Whitney Museum (New York)

While tripping to NYC, I was able to make it over to the new Whitney Museum in Chelsea. I’ve been to a few biennials in the past and am looking forward to attend future exhibits in this new structure. You can purchase tickets online and set a date.

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Richard Ankrom: THE CURIO SHOP & William Powhida: Seditions @ Charlie James Gallery (Los Angeles)

I first saw the work of Richard Ankrom, if I can remember correctly, was at Art Mrkt Fair at the Concourse in San Francisco. I believe it was their first one before heading to Fort Mason Center. He had these “fetish figurines”, basically thrift store type sculptures with black leather resin coated masks. I then saw a short documentary on his performance art of fabricating and installing freeway signs in Los Angeles, Guerrilla Public Service, but at the time I didn’t realize it was the same artist. The vast differences between these two works has caused me to be a bigger fan. At “The Curio Shop”, Ankrom changes the full first floor of Charlie James Gallery into his own quirky fetish shop or lair if you prefer.

Below deck, William Powhida’s Seditions, bathed me some painstaking and high  anxiety word art. I loved his renderings.

Photography by Micke Tong

Noah Purifoy’s Desert Museum (Joshua Tree, CA)

It was a beautiful and hot sunny day out in the desert searching for the Desert Museum. If you want to witness dedication to art, then Noah Purifoy’s (1917-2004) assemblage work is a must see. His retrospective at LACMA was a glimpse of the what he has built out in Joshua Tree. I urge everyone to visit the Desert Museum and learn more about this artist that originated from Snow Hill, Alabama who has become a Los Angeles icon.

 

Photography by Micke Tong

Graphic Play: Purin Phanichphant

Purin Phanichphant’s art is fun. “Graphic Play” has a graphic designers aesthetic, odd in a good way, with intellectual properties. Graphic Play took place May 13, 2015 at Keystone Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California.

Photography by Micke Tong

 

Art Trek February

Had a full art journey. Travelled from Hollywood to K-Town to Chinatown. Rain didn’t stop the art enthusiasts this evening. Visual overload in good way.

Barnsdall Museum, Los Angeles. First Robert Williams and Juxtapoz 20 at LAMAG. It was a joy to hear and see Williams work. I admired his charisma and there was a grand fare of fanboys and girls. I loved his distinct voice and I became well aware of his historical cult status just by glancing around. He spoke of the hardships of being an artist, a man humbled, Williams also spoke of his multiple water colors at the Whitney which he had painted in 3 days. Equally sound was the maze of rooms Juxtapoz curated with a grip of artists from the magazines archives.  It was the first time I was able to view Joram Roukes collage mixed painting. Also, glad to witness bay area artist, Brett Amory in his private room painting install. Here I captured some of Brett’s early work in 2008 at 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco.

Stopped over at Gabba Gallery‘s “Curate This” show where I went to visit Kohl King ‘s work. Layer after layer of  these Gaf tape works are intense, I wanted to touch them or at least peel away some of these sticky strips. I am happy to report that I will be working with King and curating a show with Rebecca O’leary at Keystone Art Gallery titled “Divergence”, opening taking place March 21, 2015, 6-10 pm. Join us on FB https://www.facebook.com/events/826886064048492/ or visit us.

Chinatown, final destination. Paige Wery’s Goodluck Gallery presented, what I thought I over heard was Andrea Joyce Heimer’s first exhibit, and it was so good. Her dreamy, surreal, graphic paintings had a spirit of wonder. Charlie James hosted Amir Fallah, draped figures that reminded me of photo fashion trends of late. I was drawn to the beams, which cut time and space. See More. Coop plastered the walls at Coagula. There were drawings a plenty, do you hear that? that’s back woods art speak for scores of illustrations in pencil sketches and black ink.  Coops signature ink drawings, but my strange satisfaction was the early 1989, Spacemen 3 Poster!

David Altmejd: The Flux & The Puddle

 

EPIC!!!!!  David Altmejd, is on his way to being the greatest artist of our time in my opinion.  He just gets more mad every time I see his work, and every time I see his work I am left breathless.  Inspiring to the core, his imagination takes me to places I’ve never been.  I first saw his work at the Whitney Biennial in NYC a number of years ago and have been following him ever since. He just makes me want to push myself.  Just see his work for yourself.  You won’t be sorry I introduced you to this amazingly talented Canadian.  Good god.

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Rights to Trample On

 

Always making a statement.  I have been following Spain’s Luz Interuptus for a few years now.  This groups light installations come from all different innovative media’s and I love how renegade they are, art in it’s purist form of expression.  Here with “Rights to Trample On”  they definitely take a political stance for women.

In Spain it seems that the social rights acquired during many years of democracy are in danger of extinction. These rights are considered to be basic by the citizens of evolved societies which we desire to be like, are now being diminished and if we are not careful, will eventually disappear through maneuvers of distraction, which do not deceive almost anyone, who does not want to be fooled.

Not happy with taking away the rights of workers, of the citizens, with reducing education and health care to a minimum and taxes at historical highs, now they are trying to make decisions on the fundamental rights of womenreducing the possibilities de abortion to virtually non-existent.

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