DIVERGENCE

I love curating shows, I find it to be an art project or shall I say production in itself. With Divergence, I was fortunate to team up with Rebecca O’Leary for this exhibit featuring an international cast of female artists. The show took place at Keystone Art Gallery in Los Angeles, California.

Opening Reception Saturday, March 21, 2015  | 6—10pm.

Divergence is an exhibition of work by 8 contemporary female artists working in distinctly different mediums. Curated by Micke Tong and Rebecca O’Leary, Divergence spotlights artists who are working in an interdisciplinary manner, integrating unique methodologies or concepts into their artistic practice. The artwork exhibited is of varied styles and genres: conceptual art, abstract painting, ceramic sculpture, mixed media and photography, providing a widely spread artistic experience for the viewer.

In their practices, these artists have subtly but bravely emerged out of the veil of restrictions and limitations of traditional mediums and found their own path to making unique works of art.

Presenting Female Artists: Angela Baker, Brük Dunbar, Sacha Eckes, Laurie Frick, Kohl King, Jessica Miller, Kylea Borges and Kari Reardon.

Photography: 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!

The Object & The Void: Bedford Gallery (Walnut Creek, CA)

Nestled in the Lesher Center of Performing Arts in beautiful Walnut Creek, California is Bedford Gallery. A museum room type space with quality curated exhibits. I stopped by to see “The Object & The Void” featuring Linda Fleming, Bella Feldman, Yoshimoto Saito and Clay Jensen. Very well spaced and grouped sculptures, yet had a very natural appeal.

Suggested Review by David Roth @ Square Cylinder.

 

Photography: Micke Tong