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.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Judith Schaechter

Judith Schaechter creates modern stained glass in a distinct pop surrealist style. Not only are these pieces perfectly made in a tradition that dates back to the A.D. era, they are at the same time new and innovative in its imagery expression.

More on her website, also stop by her blog where she shows work in progress as well as lessons in stained glass artistry.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Old Favorites Part II

Polish art deco painter Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980) is one of the biggest names in the style of art deco, and was at her time one of the most prolific portrait painters. You would have to drop a cool $2000 (est. at $20,000 in today's money) to have her immortalize you on the canvas. And this was during a recession. She is the epitome of the new female ideal that surfaced during the early 1900's; independent, rebellious and sexually liberated. Here are some favorites...

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Patrice Longo Dworkin

Using anything but a standard white canvas adds another layer of interest to the artwork, as with Patrice Longo Dworkin's mixed media paintings on acrylic panel. I especially like her newer pieces where the organic shapes take on a more abstract form.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Annie Lapin

I saw two of Annie Lapins paintings at the LA25-Half life exhibit at LACE last year and I like her abstract (but not completely), heavy layered, oil and mixed media paintings where everything seems to be in motion.

All images from Angles Gallery.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

2008 California Biennial

The California Biennial show at Orange County Museum of Art is up until March 15th. The highlights include Raymond Pettibon, Bruce Conner and Edgar Arceneaux. The Biennial show is also exhibited in other locations, but since the show has been going on a while there is only a few more coming up:

Sarah Cain showing February 12 - March 21st at Five Thirty Three Gallery in Los Angeles.

Skylar Haskard, Einar and Jamex de la Torre showing until March 15th at OCMA Orange Lounge 3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa.

D'nell Larson showing until February 14th at Queen's Nails Projects in San Francisco.

Shana Lutker, Anna Sew Hoy and Brenna Youngblood showing until March 1st at University Art Museum UCSB, Santa Barbara.

The Exhibition formerly known as Passengers showing until August 29th at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art in San Francisco.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Paper + Cutting = Art

Peter Callesen, a danish artist, is using the good old A4 white paper in an absolutely magical way. By cutting out intricate, sometimes simple, designs and using the cut out paper to sculpt fantastic forms, he marries 2D with 3D.

The range of his art is quite extensive, even with the very limited use of material and complete lack of color. However, the pieces all have a dream like, magical expression in common. Callesen gets his inspiration from fairy tales, romanticism and memories from childhood.

"Angel" has that dreamy feeling, with almost religious connotations. The cut out shape resembles Christian iconography with the angels wings stretched out and surrounded by the beaming light that is halo-like in its execution. The sculpted cage with the angel trapped inside creates a stark contrast. In a way it reminds me of Plato's allegory of the cave.

It's a quite different feeling in "The Closet". The little sculpted closet merely hints at what it holds in store. It's in the negative space that the real story is told, where the ghosts, ghouls, skeletons and demons lurk in the shadows.

"Big wave moving towards a small castle made of sand" is one of my absolute favorites. The simplicity of the shape and how the paper is used to show the motion of a wave makes this so full of feeling and life. The little defiant castle and the big threatening wave are so different, yet I get the feeling that they are dependent on each other. I imagine that after the wave has hit the castle, as it retracts back into the ocean it would pull the castle back up with it, like an endless cycle of destruction and creation.