Thursday, March 12, 2009

Victoria Reynolds

More raw meat! I don't know what it is that makes me like these paintings of gross slabs of meat. But I guess I have always been drawn to morbid and slightly disgusting things. Oil paintings by Victoria Reynolds, who will be at Hammer Museum in LA on Tuesday March 17th discussing the last 10 years of her artwork.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Lucas Reiner

LA artist Lucas Reiner will be at the MOCA Pacific Design Center on March 14th, 3pm along with Fred Dewey for a reception/discussion/book signing for newly published Los Angeles Trees 2001-2008: Paintings, Drawings, Filmstills.

The trees of Los Angeles, like those in many of the world's cities, face harsh conditions-pollution, traffic, haphazard construction and human interference-that seem determined to kill them off. For the past decade Reiner has made the trees of his native city the subject of his distinctive work. In their endurance, ability to thrive and grow in the face of enormousodds, Los Angeles' trees can be seen as a metaphor for human existence. This fascinating cycle of works tells the story of the relationship between mankind and nature, and the domestication of nature through civilization. Reiner's paintings are not landscapes in the traditional sense, but portraits, rendered with love and attention to each of their subject'sunique features and qualities.*

* From Amazon product description

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Old Favorites Part III

Most everyone is familiar with Georges Seurat painting "Sunday Afternoon on the island of La Grande Jatte". With that painting he initiated the neo-impressionistic art movement which altered the direction of modern art during the later part of the 19th century. Along with Paul Signac, Seurat painted in a technique called chromoluminarism where the color is broken down into its basic elements and is then painted in small dots to create the color we see from a distance. It's quite time consuming as one can imagine and the 82X121 inch "Sunday Afternoon.." reportedly took two years.

I do love the chromoluminarist style, but it is his sketches and drawings that makes me think of him as a genius. The dark conté crayon covers every square inch of the paper and its in the slight contrasts in density that the shapes appear, the drawings lack detail but they are full of life.

If you like Seurats drawings check out this book with lots of amazing pictures.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

I'll be back!

Sorry for the lack of posts as of lately. Just adjusting to my new work schedule. I will be back shortly with regular posts.

Monday, February 16, 2009

YaYa Chou

Taiwan born, Los Angeles transplant YaYa Chou is a jack of all creative trades. She started out with filmmaking, animation and moved on to installation, sculpture and mixed media painting. She uses rather unconventional materials; gummy bears, licorice (crocheted!), wiggle eyes and pepto bismol. Chou's currently showing new sculptures and installation at the Art Gallery at Moorpark College.

Also, check out her blog!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Francesca Woodman

Amazing, haunting, personal, yet detached self-portraits and portraits by American photographer Francesca Woodman.