Feeling a little too low on energy to do our own art, we visited a couple of art openings. Started with Corey Helford Gallery who was featuring acrylic-on-wood panel paintings by Amy Sol. Soft colors with female figures and animals cast in dream like settings. Upstairs were new works by illustrator Tom Bagshaw. Dark and moody. The next artist reception was for Jim Houser at Lebasse projects. Had fun looking at all the mixed media installations. Whimsical and inspiring. Mark especially liked the music set up. Had a peek in the back room and found some beautiful paintings by the collaborative street artists Herakut. Check them out if you get a chance.
Saturday night found us hanging around Culver City art openings, along with a thousand other people. La Cienega Blvd. was mobbed. After an amazing meal at Brunello’s Trattoria, we pushed and shoved our way into a few galleries to see what was what. Had lots of fun with Robb Putnam‘s misfit dogs at the Walter Maciel Gallery. But neither of us enjoyed Jill Greenberg’s new photos of decapitated pigs and urinating chimps. Claustrophobia finally set in and we retreated home to the beach bungalo.
One show of note was Ingrid Calame at Susanne Vielmetter Gallery. Her installation showcased HUGE color pencil drawings traced from the marks on streets and sidewalks. Most impressive was the 50 foot long wall drawing when you enter the gallery. Bravo Ingrid.
Yossi Govran, the distinguished sculptor who formed (and runs) the Santa Monica Arts Studios, called us last week and mentioned that he had a little extra wall space at the Arena One Gallery Annual Holiday Show.
He invited Wendy and I to put our latest work up.
Planning for a five foot section of wall, we decided to group all our boxed pieces into a wild whirring gadgetty cluster, complete with a couple ammeter needles jumping. Here’s some images of the final install.
We spent a couple of days touring downtown Seattle in the Pioneer Square area (oddly, there is a Pioneer Square district in Portland as well). First stop was the Pratt Gallery at the Tashiro Kaplan Building where we found various bits of Big Bird along with other body parts. We liked the collection at the Foster/White Gallery with their install of a few giant sculptures by Paul Vexler. It felt nice to move around the space of those winding wooden sculptures. Our favorite stop was at Platform Gallery where we met the owner Stephen Lyons. He was featuring playful and strange works from artist Patte Loper. Ethereal scenes of creatures bursting out of the sky. Had a great chat about the Seattle art scene and the difficulties he encounters running a successful gallery in this economy. We had noticed many vacant spaces in our walk around the area and wondered at his success. Many thanks to Stephen for being steadfast and a genuine patron of artists.
As it turns out, we really enjoyed the Seattle art scene. SAM is magnificent. Especially loved Doh Ho Suh‘s dog-tag sculpture Some/One and his multimedia installation Gate. And the Walter Oltmann sculptures. Artsy’s Doh Ho Suh’s site
After my root canal, I decided to chill out in the A+D Museum. They had a special exhibit about Charles and Ray Eames. Wandered around reading their quotes about every day objects and the simple pleasures of daily life. My favorite was the Rye Bread and Swiss Cheese display.
Spent the weekend visiting a few friend’s exhibits. Saturday we went to Mike Stilke‘s curated show at LeBasse Projects called “The Future Is Not What It Used To Be”. He’d constructed one of his beautiful book installations near the entrance.
Another favorite of ours was Brian Dettmer‘s piece “Complete Book Of Marvels”.
Walking next door to Think Space Gallery we caught the tail end of a great show called “In The Wake Of Dreams”. Always a fan of Mari Inuki, especially her masked painting “We Are Not Who You Think We Are”.
Sunday we hopped over to the Beacon Arts Building to see new work from our friend Pontus. The last we’d heard from him he’d cut one of his fingers off. The prospect of seeing blood on his latest sculpture was too intriguing. Alas, although there was lots of broken glass, I was denied any gore. But we did love his new work!
Walking down to the other studios in the complex, we found a group show that had lots of surprises. Sound and video as well as big sculptural installations. Mark and I spent a good deal of time running around the space and admiring the work.
Most notable was a sound installation from Winter Jenssen.
Spent Saturday night running around art shows. First we visited Obsolete’s reception for sculptor Christina Bothwell and painter Marianne Kolb. Then chowed noddles on Sawtelle before attending the GR2 Robots Benefit Show.
Many thanks to LA Weekly’s Paul Bradley for mentioning our new art in his article, “The Hacker Artistry of Breaking Shit and Rebuilding it Better.”