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January 21, 2014

killer pick of the week: miyoshi barosh

Imagine a bunch of felines on acid, driving through downtown Los Angeles in a supped up Caddy sipping martinis, purring to Lady GaGa and you’ve acquired just a taste of Miyoshi Barosh’s fantastical and scathing sensibility. Barosh’s kitties are ensconced in folksy decadence, and could be read as stand-ins for our own human failings, i.e. the things we value most are cute kittens, shiny cars, violent movies and plastic surgery while all around us the world goes to hell.   more

Barosh offers no panacea, no easy fix, just a seething, stagnant biosphere of gluttony, a fractured utopia. And be sure to check out Martin Durazo’s “Sub(versions)” in the Project Space. It’ll blow your mind.

~ Eve Wood 

January 19, 2014

KEN GONZALES-DAY featured speaker for "Photographic Fictions: Technology and the Digital Document", Photo LA, Sunday, January 19, 3:30-5pm

Natalie Bookchin (Artist; Photography and Media Faculty, CalArts) and Ken Gonzales-Day (Artist; Professor of Art, Chair of the Art Department, Scripps College) will discuss their work in relationship to technology, from digital manipulation and online publishing to large archives and social media [ VISIT SITE ]

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

For Pitzer's 50th anniversary exhibition, Durazo has selected an object from Pitzer's evolving archive as a starting point for a site-specific installation that will reflect on his experiences at Pitzer during the late 1980s, early '90s. [ VISIT SITE ]

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

It seeks diversity not only in ethnicity, age and gender but also in mediums, materials, philosophical views and artistic vision. Including:
Sharon Arnold
Alfredo Arreguin
Laura Castellanos
Diem Chau
Marita Dingus
Ronald Hall
Stephanie Hargrave
Alan Lau
Margie Livingston
Barbara Earl Thomas
Rodrigo Valenzuela
Dan Webb  

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

Former tourist-trap stalls around Pasaje Rodriguez are being converted into gallery spaces like 206 Arte Contemporaneo, Nodo Galeria, and Espacio Freelance. It’s a quantum leap for the Mexican government to acknowledge the progress with an art show in Los Angeles that’s open to the public. [ VISIT SITE ]

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

Artists, musicians, writers, designers and innovative chefs have set up shop in moribund commercial alleyways, empty bars and shuttered clubs for a cultural boomlet that has drawn notice on both sides of the border [ 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

Years later her poured paint artworks are preserved and installed in their original format- which presents a transformative dynamic that the artist established.

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 ]