Tag Archives: Los Angeles

Park People

IMG_7640Park People // Nathan Sawaya

Artist Nathan Sawaya created six sculptures made out of a toy known worldwide — LEGOS. The sculptures were titled “Park People.” The monochrome LEGO people were seated on various benches in downtown Los Angeles. Sitting in a variety of poses, the sculptures encouraged a passerby to sit along side them and interact with public art. 

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Amber Goldhammer

FullSizeRender 33.jpgEver see graffiti on the street and wish you could take it home? Amber Goldhammer’s art allows you to take graffiti home. Her canvas are filled with graffiti style words and phrases in bold colors and in black and white. Looking at her work becomes almost a scavenger hunt where you are researching for words and faces through the overlaid color. One of her new series is “I Love You,” where the phrase repeats over and over again all over the canvas. 

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Street Art Palms

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A gray electrical box on the sidewalk. Sounds boring right? Well, there is a current trend that is changing people’s perception of electrical boxes. In various cities in Los Angeles, such as Culver City, artists are using these seemingly ordinary objects as a blank canvas for their works. Painted in vibrant colors and varying designs, these boxes are becoming public works of art. Check out this one from Palms in Culver City. At a block party the public was invited to paint their handprints making this not only an artistic work of art but a communal one as well. 

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Still Life with Owls

IMG_1265.jpgStill Life with Owls // Jonas Wood 

If you have recently driven by MOCA in Los Angeles you may notice the entrance looks different. Artist Jonas Wood has created a mural to completely envelop the façade. Consisting of brightly colored flora, Wood creates a vibrant image of nature in this large scale work. 

IMG_1338.jpgStill Life with Owls // Jonas Wood

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Hiplights

IMG_7576.JPGHiplights (Enlighted Hips) // Pipilotti Rist // 2011// used & washed underpants, steel cables & custom-made LED lamps 

Yes that is underwear hanging from a wire. And yes, I know what you were thinking, this is art? Created by video artist Pipilotti Rist, this work is known as “Hiplights (Enlighted Hips)” and showcases both used and washed underwear hanging on a wire, illuminated by LED lamps. Resembling a drying wire for clothes, Rist creates a playful scene in an otherwise ordinary hallway. 

Pause

 

FullSizeRender 8.jpg In Transit // Abdulnasser Gharem // silkscreen on paper // 2013

LACMA had an exhibition titled “Pause” which showcased works by Abdulnasser Gharem. An artist, Gharem is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Saudi Army. In “Pause” Gharem’s pieces reflect post 9/11 life. His works provide commentary on how that horrific event not only affected life in America but impacted other parts of the world. To highlight the interconnectedness of the world, Gharem blends Western and Eastern characteristics in his work such as geometric designs and Arabic script, which are characteristics of the East, with American icons such as the Twin Towers and US fighter jets. Viewers were intended to stop, pause and reflect on current world affairs since that tragic day in 2001. 

FullSizeRender 4The Path (Siraat) // Abdulnasser Gharem // silkscreen on paper // 2012

FullSizeRender 9Hemisphere // Abdulnasser Gharem // digital print and lacquer paint on rubber stamps on aluminum // 2017

FullSizeRender 6Ricochet // Abdulnasser Gharem // digital print and lacquer paint on rubber stamps on aluminum 

FullSizeRender 7Hemisphere // Abdulnasser Gharem // polyurethane with sand-cast bronze and aluminum inlay // 2017

 

It worked for Ed Ruscha

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Known for his images with overlaid text, Ed Ruscha has developed an iconic artistic style. While art gazing at Bergamot Station, I found this work and it made me chuckle. Resembling a classic Ed Ruscha piece, this artist overlaid text stating “It Worked for Ed Ruscha,” implying if it worked for Ruscha it will work for him too. 

(space) Men in the Cities

FullSizeRender 6Psychotic Reaction // David Trulli // Robert Berman Gallery // 2017

David Trulli designed a series of galaxy inspired works. Titled “(space) men in the Cities,” these pieces are created in the technique known as scratchboard. Essentially, Trulli utilized a black-coated clay board in which he carefully scratched out his design. What remains are his meticulous interstellar scenes of astronauts, UFOs and swirling space comets.

FullSizeRender 25 (T) Galaxy Door // David Trulli // Robert Berman Gallery // 2010 (R) Gravity’s Rainbow // David Trulli // Robert Berman Gallery (L)  Galaxy Bridge // David Trulli // Robert Bearman Gallery // 2015

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Féminaire

FullSizeRender 14.jpgMai-Thu Perret

32 glazed ceramics, 9 figures and 1 dog comprise the exhibition “Féminaire” at David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles. Artist Mai-Thu Perret uses artistic techniques such as ceramic, papier-mâché and wicker to create works that comment on female identity. Displayed on an elevated platform is “Les Guarillères,” which includes the 9 figures and 1 dog. Each figure is created with different materials yet as an ensemble they all appear as a contemporary army in modern clothing. The figures, and dog, all face the ceramic wall hangings. Like the figures, each ceramic is different. Some are smooth, others are more textural and many include mix colors.

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FullSizeRender 16From “Les guérillères” // Mai-Thu Perret // 2016

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