Tag Archives: Los Angeles

Museum of Ice Cream

FullSizeRender 4 copy.jpgWho doesn’t love ice cream? And a museum dedicated to ice cream? Well guess what, there is such a thing. It is called The Museum of Ice Cream and it has officially come to LA! Each room of the museum is dedicated to a different aspect of ice cream – from local creameries, to gummy bears, to sherbet, to banana splits to a sprinkles pool. Various artists created immersive installations inspired by ice cream. Artists include Abel Bentin, Baker’s Son, Drew Billiau and David Guinn, Jourdan Joly, Lizzie Darden and Ramzy Masri. My favorite room, the sprinkles pool.

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Jason Rhoades

FullSizeRender 6 copy 3.jpgTijuanatanjierchandelier // Jason Rhoades // mixed media // 2006

In an immersive exhibition of six installations is “Jason Rhoades: Installations, 1994-2006” at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles. Each room is composed of one installation. Visitors are allowed to walk through the installations. In some of the rooms the blue print drawings of the work are on view, showing the artistic process of Rhoades. His works are politically charged relating to issues of stereotypes of cultures and women. My favorite work is “My Madinah. In pursuit of my ermitage…” The interactive installation pays homage to Rhoades’s own pilgrimage from Los Angeles to Mecca, California. This work resembles a temple and a mosque as it provides a critical commentary on how society perceives temples and mosques. The floor is made of overlaid towels held together with what appears to be drizzled glue. Visitors are invited to walk barefoot across the floor, seeing the work from different angels. Various ceramic objects, a box and a stool are located on the carpet. Suspended from the ceiling are 240 neon lights with crude phrases for female genitalia such as “magic cave,” “tuna taco,” “pussy” and “hot rocket.”

FullSizeRender 4Tijuanatanjierchandelier // Jason Rhoades // mixed media // 2006

FullSizeRender 6 copySwedish Erotica and Fiero Parts // Jason Rhoades // mixed media // 1994

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aMy Brother / Brancuzi // Jason Rhoades // mixed media // 1995

aaMy Brother / Brancuzi // Jason Rhoades // mixed media // 1995

FullSizeRender 6 copy 2The Creation Myth // Jason Rhoades // mixed media // 1998

sdfThe Black Pussy…and the Pagon Idol Workshop // Jason Rhoades // mixed media // 2005

dThe Black Pussy…and the Pagon Idol Workshop // Jason Rhoades // mixed media // 2005

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My Madinah. In pursuit of my ermitage… // Jason Rhoades // mixed media // 2004

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My Madinah. In pursuit of my ermitage… // Jason Rhoades // mixed media // 2004

 

Marvel

oReversing Service (Oreo) // Kendell Carter // 2017 // cast latex // 38.1 x 28.1 x 5.1 cm

Kendall Carter addresses relevant themes of race and identity in a new body of work shown at Edward Cella Art & Architecture in an exhibition titled “Marvel.” Perhaps one of the most powerful works is “Cranes for Solange,” where Carter displays white denim jeans hanging on hooks that are locked. Above the jeans is a bathroom sign that states “Rest Rooms,” “White” and “Colored.” This site specific installation harks back to a dark time in history whilst simultaneously illustrating the problems that still exist.

pCranes for Solange // Kendell Carter // 2017 // denim jeans, lightbox, ephemera, locks, brackets

ooEffigy for a New Normalcy VI (Accepting Greatness) // Kendell Carter // 2017 // gold-plated sneakers

lFrom left to right (1) Waves for My People // Kendell Carter // 2017 // cast latex & aerosol float mounted in frame // 71.8 x 57.8 x 5.1 (2) Thai Waves in Scandinavia // Kendell Carter // 2017 // cast latex & aerosol float mounted in frame // 101 x 85.1 x 5.1 (3) Waves for Breakfast // Kendell Carter // 2017 // cast latex & aerosol float mounted in frame // 118.8 x 95.9 x 5.1 cm (4) Waves on Beverly // Kendell Carter // 2017 // cast latex & aerosol float mounted in fame // 129.5 x 88.9 x 5.1 cm (5) Dirty Waves // Kendell Carter // 2017 // cast latex & aerosol float mounted in frame // 137.2 x 121.9 x 5.1 cm (6) Waves for Amit // Kendell Carter // 2017 // cast latex & aerosol float mounted in frame // 153.7 x 125.1 x 5.1 cm (7) Waves for McQueen // Kendell Carter // cast latex & aerosol float mounted in frame // 203.2 x 143.5 x 5.1 cm

Dieter Roth, Björn Roth

FullSizeRender 6.jpgSeydisfjördur Slides – Every View of a Town 1988-1995

In the Book & Printed Matter Lab at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles is a display of photographs from the Icelandic town of Seydisfjördur. The photographs are not displayed in the traditional manner of ink on paper, rather the photographs are shown on the wall by four projectors. Created by Dieter Roth, his two sons Björn and Karl and Pal Magnússon, the photographs depict the Icelandic landscape, houses and roads. In an adjacent display are notes and the original photographic prints, allowing visitors to see the archived materials.

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Hauser & Wirth LA

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London, Somerset, Gstaad, New York. Now Los Angeles. These are the locations of the internationally renowned gallery Hauser & Wirth. Their latest gallery, in Los Angeles, opened last year in the arts district. In an open design concept, the gallery consists of individual rooms to showcase art, an outdoor courtyard, bookstore and restaurant. The restaurant, Manuela, is farm to table, and is equipped with a chicken coop and herb and vegetable garden.

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FullSizeRender 7Pacific Ocean // Mary Heilmann // acrylic paint // 2016

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Days and Nights, Lemons

sScene with Sliced Bread, Sundown // Holly Coulis // 2017 // oil on linen // 30.13 x 24 in

“Days and Nights, Lemons” is the title of a recent show of work by Holly Coulis in Cherry and Martin Gallery. In this body of work various still life scenes are painted on linen. Images of wine bottles, glasses, fruits and utensils are some of the main subjects. These objects are characteristic of traditional Dutch still life paintings from the 1600s. Here Coulis creates a modern still life through bold colors and stylized forms.

ssKnife, Potatoes (for French Fries), Bowls // Holly Coulis // 2017 // oil on linen // 30.13 x 36.13 in

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Water at Night // Holly Coulis // 2017 // oil on linen // 22 x 19 in

Blume & Poe

FullSizeRender.jpgGathering and Territory – S // Kishio Suga // 1995/2017 // wood, metal // installed dimensions variable

At Blume & Poe’s LA location is a retrospective of Japanese artist Kishio Suga. Some of Suga’s early works on paper are on view in addition to large scale installations. Known for his artistic practice of combining natural and man-made works in the Japanese style of Mono-ha, Suga’s minimal artistic manner is evident. For many of these installations, they will never look the same way as they do in Blume & Poe as their dimensions vary each time they are installed.

FullSizeRender 2Gathering and Territory – S // Kishio Suga // 1995/2017 // wood, metal // installed dimensions variable

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Differentiated Orders // Kishio Suga // stone, paper // 1979/2017 // installed dimensions variable

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(Back Wall) Cause of Directionality // Kishio Suga // wood, paint // 2016 (Floor) Contored Positioning // Kishio Suga // 1982/2017 // wood, branches // installed dimensions variable

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Layered Dependence // Kishio Suga // wallpaper, marker ink // 1977

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Continuous Existence – L // Kishio Suga // 1977/2017 // branches, rope, zinc plate, stone // installed dimensions variable

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Units of Dependency // Kishio Suga // 1974/2017 // concrete blocks, grass // installed dimensions variable

Blox and Bax

wef.jpgHedz // Kenny Scharf // oil on linen with powder coated aluminum frame // 2016 // 48 x 34 cm

In a fun, playful Honor Fraser Gallery exhibition were pieces by Kenny Scharf. Titled “Blox and Bax,” three of Scharf’s series were on view: BLOCKHEADZ, TV Bax and Assemblage Tableaux Vivants. In BLOCKHEADZ, bold colored geometric faces with large noses and varying expressions painted on large canvases hang on the gallery’s white walls. For TV BAX Scharf uses old TV’s and brings them to life with his iconic faces. Some sport dazzling teeth and vibrant paint while one even includes a painted green skull. In the final series on view, Assemblage Tableaux Vivants, Scharf creates small sculptures using a variety of materials such as beads, game board pieces and plastic toys. Despite the different materials used in each series, what all three share in common is their commentary on commercialism in today’s world.

aaHeadblox // Kenny Scharf // oil on canvas // 2016 // 96 x 120 in

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Viva El Robot Infinitum // Kenny Scharf // 2017 // 70 x 90 in

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 #1 // Kenny Scharf // oil and mixed media on found television // 2016 // 22 x 30 x 13 in

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 I Heart You // Kenny Scharf // mixed media assemblage // 2016 // 23 x 24 x 8 in

Blinded by the Light

xxSunset 1 – 18 // Sadie Benning // 2016 // wood, casein, acrylic gouache & aqua resin // 38 x 54 in

Entering Susanne Vielmetter’s Gallery in Culver City I was taken back by the first work I saw. 18 horizontal panels were arranged on the wall all depicting the same scene: a sunset. Conceived by Sadie Benning, these seemingly identical 18 sunsets were made with casein, acrylic gouache and aqua resin. Since Benning created these panels by hand, each sunset is actually slightly different. It is up to the viewer to notice the subtle differences between each adjacent panel. This small variation of details and juxtapositions are a common thread in Benning’s works.

zz(L) Smiley Face // Sadie Benning // 2016 // wood, aqua resin, casein & acrylic gouache and Euro Lux // 60 x 24 in (R) Bottle Boo // 2016 // wood, aqua resin, casein & acrylic gouache // 60 x 26 in

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(L) Sunglasses Person 1 // Sadie Benning // 2016 // wood, aqua resin, casein & acrylic gouache // 61 x 48 in (R) Sunglasses Person 2 // Sadie Benning // 2016 // wood, aqua resin, casein & acrylic gouache // 61 x 48 in

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Underwater // Sadie Benning // 2017 // wood, aqua resin, casein & acrylic gouache // 2017 // 48 x 33 in

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Left to Right (1) Mom in Garden // Sadie Benning // 2017 //  wood, aqua resin, casein and acrylic gouache // 64 x 45.5 in (2) Yellow Sun // Sadie Benning // 2017 // wood, aqua resin, casein and acrylic gouache // 64 x 48 in (3) Yellow Tree // Sadie Benning // 2017 // wood, aqua resin, casein and acrylic gouache // 64 x 48 in (4) Yellow Field // Sadie Benning //          2017 // wood, aqua resin, casein and acrylic gouache // 64 x 48 in