Review

Roy Dowell at Various Small Fires

It’s always a pleasure to witness the work of an artist who, by sheer originality and talent, has developed an iconography and stylistic vocabulary that is at once familiar and completely foreign. Familiar and foreign are not, as many might think, contradictory. Roy Dowell understands the dissonant interdependence of classic modernism and inventive, rule bending […]

Roy Dowell at Various Small Fires

Leon Benn at Carter & Citizen

Painting continues to be relevant. If one has any doubt on this subject one need only witness the strong and mysterious paintings by Leon Benn currently on exhibit at Carter & Citizen in Culver City through October 12th, 2013. There are a multitude of qualities on exhibit. Three elements that Benn has firmly in his […]

Leon Benn at Carter & Citizen

Five Exhibitions to anticipate in the up coming season

While the Fine Art Landscape is really more of a 365 days a year affair, September still feels like a renewal of promise. Perhaps our affection for the academic calendar is in our aesthetic DNA. Perhaps cooling tempertures index a return to culture. Regardless of catalytic source, here are five excellent exhibitions which will grace […]

Five Exhibitions to anticipate in the up coming season

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