The Standard hotel in Downtown LA is currently hosting a big-scale West Coast debut of British artist Lucy Sparrow. As her fifth fully-felted art installation, Sparrow Mart opened doors on August 1st and will stay open for business until the end of the month. We say “open for business” because of the fact that this art installation is a fully functional supermarket, offering a wide range of everyday supplies entirely made from felt and fabric. From bubblegum, fruit and veggies, to different packaging of favorite snacks, […]
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For Angeleno’s who missed Yayoi Kusuma’s turn at The Broad (covered) last year, here is your second chance. With All My Love For The Tulips, I Pray Forever (2011) features the Japanese artist’s penchant for polka dots in an immersive installation with large fiberglass-reinforced plastic tulips surrounded by floor-to-ceiling red dots. Ranging from over 7 to almost 10 feet tall, the three oversized flowers reinforces the illusion that the viewer has shrunk down to miniature size, an effect amplified by the repeating dots. Photo credit (top image): Charles […]
An exhibition entitled Year of the Dog recently closed at the Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles, their second solo from Joakim Ojanen. Featuring a comprehensive selection of the Stockholm-based artist’s ceramics, bronzes, charcoal drawings, and oil paintings, the show focuses in on Ojanen’s cast of characters that seem to be taken from a children’s book or Adult Swim cartoon. The paintings are somewhat abstract and the sculptures are loose, expertly done with a child-like innocence yet unsettling at the same time. Photo credit: Artsy, Richard McKinnon, and Ethan […]
This Saturday night (August 4th), Thinkspace in Los Angeles will be opening a new show from Alex Garant entitled Voyage of The Insomniac. The new collection of oil paintings from the Canadian artist were inspired by a recent bout of insomnia and features 13 new pieces representing each hour between midnight and noon, with an extra 13th piece for the 13th hour (the eternity of a sleepless moment). Known for her flickering superimposed portraits, Garant has a perfect new theme to match her imagery, capturing the feeling of being […]
Currently at the Gagosian in Beverly Hills, seven monumental pieces from Tom Wesselmann are on display spanning two decades of work – 1963 to 1983. Assembling some prime examples of the American Pop artist’s Still Lifes, Standing Still Lifes, and Bedroom Paintings, the Los Angeles gallery has given art fans a chance to see some of the most striking series of works from his career. The shaped canvases, oftentimes mounted on the wall or floor, give them a more dimensional feel and usually incorporate painting and collage, […]
Continuing to show with Giant Robot 2 in Los Angeles, Edwin Ushiro (interviewed) will be presenting a new body of work starting this Saturday (July 14th). As is his usual practice, the new exhibition, Graduation, will draw from nostalgic experiences growing up in Hawaii, producing haunting and ethereal imagery crafted with his unique mixed media process. Ushiro further states – “Graduation is a series of drawings and paintings that recount stories from my childhood that focuses on the point when you have reached a goal and the endless possibilities ahead. […]
Tomorrow (July 7th), Cleon Peterson will be opening a brutal new show at the Los Angeles location of Over The Influence. Featuring new acrylic-on-canvas paintings, small bronze sculptures, and one large-scale sculpture, Blood & Soil will continue the locally-based artist’s provocative treatise on the dynamics of power, violence, and oppression. Taking the title of the exhibition from a Nazi slogan, Peterson takes an unflinching look at the rise of nationalism, populist fervor, economic inequality, and political corruption where the lawbreakers and law enforcers are one and the same in today’s […]
Tomorrow night (June 30th) in Los Angeles, Thinkspace Gallery will be presenting new works from Alvaro Naddeo in their project room. Continuing the locally-based artist’s focus on the ideas of waste, overconsumption and social inequality, AmeriCan’t includes a selection of watercolor on paper works that create impossible structures from urban detritus and discarded items. Born in Brazil, Naddeo has also lived in Lima, New York, and now LA, experiences that shape what he paints along with influences from his time working in advertising.
Nicolas Romero, also known by his alias Ever/Siempre, currently has a solo show on view at The Diogenes Club in LA. The space for experimental art projects in Los Angeles’ Frog Town neighborhood is hosting his latest series of works titled Empathy/a. Continuing projects with a strong conceptual note, the exhibition addresses the relationships we have with objects, a subject that the Argentinian artist has been touching on of late. The works represent allegorical presentations of our feelings through objects that reveal these internal aspects of individuals. Starting with […]
Continuing his longstanding collaboration with Heath Ceramics (also see 2014 in LA and 2015 in SF), Brendan Monroe (interviewed) recently held a showing at their Los Angeles showroom. Entitled Formations, the focus of the new body of the work was experimenting with Heath tile’s flat clay surface as a new medium for his organic patterns. Rounding out the exhibition was a selection of framed wall hangings, large and small, along with drawings and blob sculptures, some of which can still be viewed in the gallery space. Photo credit: Brandon Shigeta. Discuss Brendan Monroe here.