California-Pacific Triennial at Orange County Museum of Art

The California-Pacific Triennial opened a couple of weeks ago at The Orange County Museum of Art. The ambitious exhibition, which runs through November 17th, is the debut of a new format that used to be the California Biennial and has morphed to include 15 artists from countries that border the Pacific Ocean. The premise that […]

Triennial Mash up by Mario M. Muller

Windshield Perspective at A+D Museum

I’m a sucker for sidebars. Small boxes filled with tantalizing stats about a certain topic, augmented by a pie chart or per cent breakdown lure my eye away from a substantive narrative article almost every time. Now imagine an exhibition based on the sidebar concept and you have an approximation of Windshield Perspective currently on […]

An Interactive and colaberative map of Los Angeles festooned by notes by visitors and map pins.
Windshield Perspective-Installation View
(Photo: M. M. Muller)

Kenton Nelson at Peter Mendenhall

The line between illustration and fine art becomes blurry sometimes. When this happens, both categories can benefit. The specificity and narrative potential of  illustration’s paradigm can infuse fine art with a matter-of-factness so often missing. Conversely, fine art’s pretension can lend resonance to illustration’s cul de sac pleasures. This “both/and” synthesis is in ample evidence […]

Kenton Nelson at Peter Mendenhall

Ron van der Ende at Ambach & Rice

The pleasures of trompe l’oeil effects are immediate. However the gee whiz marvel over the technical ability to optically deceive fades fast like the precipitous drop in earnings of a wide release film in its second weekend receipts. In a new exhibition at Ambach and Rice, Ron van der Ende races headlong towards this cliff […]

Ron van der Ende at Ambach & Rice

Matthias Merkel Hess at Acme.

Matthias Merkel Hess demonstrates an impressive power of aesthetic transformation with a contemplative and intelligent solo exhibition at Acme Gallery on Wilshire Boulevard. One of the foremost principles of art is an act of transformation. This can be as basic as observing the three-dimensional object and rendering it in two dimensions. Of course it can […]

Matthias Merkel Hess, Installation View at Acme, LA

Incognito at Santa Monica Museum of Art

The Santa Monica Museum of Art throws a great party. Every year, around this time there’s a party that’s thrown called Incognito. Should the name conjure images of revelers with bars across their eyes or entire heads pixelated beyond recognition, you might be a little off in your expectations. Incognito is an annual fundraiser for […]

My Silhouetted Form of a Giacometti, executed on a Vintage Map.

Rinko Kawauchi at Rose Gallery

The power of photography, in its infancy, was often associated with magic. To capture the likeness of animate or inanimate objects with chemicals is of course a sort of alchemy. But along with democratic availability of the technology came not only a ubiquity but also a disillusion of magic. Rinko Kawauchi is one of the […]

Rinko Kawachi
Untitled, from the series Ametsuchi, 2012
Lamba Print, 58 x 72 Inches
in a limited edition of three
Courtesy Rose Galley, Santa Monica

Que Serra, Serra at Gagosian

I’ve always been a fan of drawings by sculptors. Perhaps more than any category of artist, sculptors have an innate understanding of line, volume and form on paper. Puryear, Shapiro, Balkenhol, Rodin and Kapoor have all been bilingual in sculpture and drawing. Richard Serra belongs to this group in a distinctive manner. Rather than translate […]

Que Serra, Serra at Gagosian

Paris Photo, Los Angeles

Let’s face facts: art fairs are entertainment. They provide an opportunity for the mildly culturally curious to scan and peruse 40-80 galleries which trot out their chosen “best.” All under one roof.  Art fairs are the malls of the visual culture world. They come in all shapes and sizes. Some are pretentious, expensive and self […]

Paris Photo at the Paramount Studios Lot 2013

Matt Wedel at LA Louver

Heroic can come in many forms. More often than not it is content that signals the heroic. And yet, perhaps the most inventive form of the heroic in art slips under the radar in the guise of scale. This is certainly true of a medium that is often, if not always, associated with intimacy and […]

Matt Wedel at LA Louver