January 18, 2014
MARTIN DURAZO featured in Pitzer College 50th Anniversary Exhibition: "MARTIN DURAZO: SLEEP TO DREAM", January 18 - May 17, 2014, Lenzer Art Gallery, Pitzer College
Martin Durazo's (Pitzer College, '91) multi-media installations combine elements of high-design "finish-fetish" minimalism with makeshift provisional structures. The work's compelling narratives reflect our engagement with high and low culture and explores the influence of mass media on shaping the way we think and experience the world. Impactful and experiential, Durazo's installations encourage us to question conventional values and expectations. more
January 12, 2014
museums snap up HUGO CROSTHWAITE works; Recent Acquisitions include OCMA, MOLAA, and CECUT
We are pleased to announce the recent acquisition of Hugo Crosthwaite's, which come on the heel of his immensely successful presentations at the first California Pacific Triennial, curated by Dan Cameron. His work is now included in these institutions:
Orange County Museum Art (OCMA), Newport Beach, CA
Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Los Angeles, CA
Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT), Tijuana, Mexico
January 11, 2014
Miyoshi Barosh at
Luis De Jesus Gallery, Culver City, California
Google “feel better” and 130,000,000 suggestions for attaining happiness pop up in 0.24 seconds. If the American Dream is working, why are so many of us overdosing on sugar laden treats or seeking joy in the endless line-up of adorable pets that populate You Tube? Miyoshi Barosh opens her examination of this conundrum by confronting us with “Feel Better,” a mattress-sized wall sculpture of a chocolate bar flecked with gold, imprinted with its title, commanding us to improve our emotional state. [ READ ON ]
January 05, 2014
Michael Kindred Knight featured in New American Paintings, Pacific Coast, Issue #109, January 2014
Michael Kindred Knight is featured in the current edition of New American Paintings, Pacific Coast, Issue #109. The juror for this edition was Janet Bishop, Curator of Painting and Sculpture, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She states: "The most abstract among the works...(including) Michael Kindred Knight's beautifully gestural square piece...reveal their maker's deftness with line, shape, geometry, color and composition." New American Paintings, Pacific Coast, Issue #109 [ VISIT SITE ]
December 05, 2013
margie livingston to take part in public program: "Equipollent: The Artists of Inside Art 2013", Town Hall, Seattle, December 5, 2013
Presented in conjunction with "Equipollent" at Standing Visit Projects, 301 Storefront Gallery, Seattle, WA
e·qui·pol·lent - ēkwəˈpälənt
1.equal or equivalent in power, effect, or significance.
The intent of this exhibition is to break down barriers between artists of different backgrounds, cultures and approaches to visual art and also between the artists as a group and audiences that may or may not frequent usual visual art venues or have academic artistic knowledge or education. more
Barbara Earl Thomas
December 05, 2013
Heather Gwen Martin, one of L.A.'s rising young stars, featured in Angeleno Magazine's annual Arts & Power issue.
Heather Gwen Martin has been selected as one of L.A.'s rising young stars and is featured in Angeleno Magazine's annual Arts & Power issue. Edward Goldman, the host of KCRW's popular Art Talk, a weekly art review, says: "My choice of an intriguing, emerging L.A. artist would be Heather Gwen Martin. I recently saw her work at the L.A. Louver gallery's Rogue Wave exhibition, which emphasizes the city's best young artists. She spoke at her solo exhibition at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles and proved to be not only a very good artist, but an interesting and eloquent speaker." more
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November 29, 2013
"Framed: Tijuana Painter Hugo Crosthwaite Imagines a Sci-fi Future for Mexican Youth", November 29, 2013
In the small gallery space on the ground floor of the Mexican Consulate, the works of Tijuana’s future art stars line the walls. The MacArthur Park-adjacent building is home to Tijuana Makes Me Happy, a showcase of works by artists from the border city.
Tijuana has experienced a radical transformation in the last few years. A reduction in violence and a growing middle class have fostered the explosion of the local art scene, and the work it has produced is some of the most exciting in North America. more
November 25, 2013
hugo crosthwaite featured in "Tijuana Art Comes to Los Angeles", KCET, November 25, 2013
The Mexican cultural critic Rafael Saavedra once wrote that "Tijuana moves faster than its artists and critics." The city certainly has inhabited many roles. Raffish border town. Frat guy party zone. Ground zero for spectacular acts of narco-violence. Lately, "la city" -- as Tijuana is affectionately called -- has taken on a new guise: percolating arts lab. In the last couple of years, the homicide rate has plummeted, but tourism remains relatively low, making plenty of fallow real estate on and off Avenida Revolución affordable to the creative classes. more
November 23, 2013
heather gwen martin featured in Torrance Museum's online exhibition "Intersection: Contemporary Abstraction And Figuration", November 23 - December 21, 2013
"Intersection: Contemporary Abstraction And Figuration", curated by Steve Gibson of Mockingbirdthoughtz Blog.
Thinking about this online exhibition of artists from around the world, I tried to come to some conclusions about why I was attracted to them. I am not a curator by trade although I guess I curate all the time when I look at artists' work. My blog, Mockingbirdthoughtz, was the conduit that connected me to the Torrance Art Museum. more
Although there can be no substitute for experiencing the work in person, with the nuances of surface, luminosity, and energy that are evident in a first-hand experience, these tangible encounters can only be hinted at on a computer screen. Often an online exhibition can be seen as a secondary experience, one that only suffices in lieu of the physical attendance of the art viewer. However, consider this exhibition a chance to view some images, specifically painting, through a different lens - one akin to a research tool. Much in the same way an exhibition can be influenced by square footage, wall color and lighting, so an online exhibition can direct the viewer to look at the work in a different context and follow a lead to investigate further.
These artists piqued my imagination and made me think differently about painting and art making in general. Most of them paint traditionally - just paint on a surface trying to make something unique and true in their investigative inquiries. Painters for painters..... [ VISIT SITE ]
November 23, 2013
margie livingston featured in: "Lynda Benglis And 6 Contemporary Artists Sculpt With Paint"
Lynda Benglis emerged decades ago as an artist breaking barriers and shifting paradigms. Pouring neon paints in exhibition spaces served not only as an action on the figure of the artist, but while these pieces created installations, the poured paint was also viewed and handled by Benglis as an object, and preserved as such. more
Paint has historically been used to create imagery on a foundation- canvas, wood, paper, etc. In this common format the paint becomes an object of art only after joined with a substrate. Benglis was a forerunner in breaking away from this. Today there are a number of artists pushing forward on this notion, and breaking away further in the development of their bodies of work. Artists Linda Besemer, Margie Livingston, Ryan Peter Miller, Laura Moriarty, David Allan Peters and Leah Rosenberg all create works that demonstrate the vast spectrum with which paint as a medium has been torn from the substrate and presented conceptually and physically as a substance that can be molded.
Margie Livingston recently presented a new body of work in her solo exhibit “Objectified”at Luis De Jesus Gallery in Culver City. Having spent years casting and sculpting paint, Livingston’s portfolio demonstrates an evolved investigation into forms and space, substance and the function of the object. In her newest work she casts and sculpts acrylic paint alone into slabs that appear as wood planks, the patterning of hues reminiscent of wood grain. The wood-like planks, sheets and stumps are then used in the formation of minimalist sculpture. [ READ ON ]