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

 

LA PERGOLAS : Oliver Hess

If you’ve ever driven on US101 through downtown Los Angeles or walked above the overpass on West Aliso street, you couldn’t miss this spine like metal sculpture. Underneath the span are colorful LED lights that subtly light the night. One of the main brain child’s of this project is Oliver Hess. We have been friends and neighbors at Keystone Art Studios currently in Glassell Park. Oliver happens to be one of the most humble cerebral geniuses I know. He runs Aperiodic Industries, a company that engineers some of Oliver’s creative endeavors.

This day a few friends gathered to help him paint La Pergolas using laser cut magnetic stencils. We spray painted camouflage layers of grey and silver to add texture to the steel.  To read more about this project: http://aperiodic-industries.com/projects/la-pergolas-build/

 

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

LACMA in November 2014

LACMA‘s Samurai show was such a visual treat.  The armor for these historic warriors were impeccably made with fine detail, so much so I can’t understand how they fought at all, one would think they would be admiring each others talented clad tailors. These outfits blow away everything you see on Tokyo Fashion or were these just the ancestors of accessory to what has become the mecca of street wear. Wonderfully curated, general public, you must go visit.

My journey also recorded the work of Archibald Motley’s “Jazz Age Modernist”, a New Orleans painter who harnessed the life 1920’s in various African American communities, including Chicago, Harlem and Paris. These painting were so vibrant and dramatically captured a moment during that era.  As I strolled through the show I noticed a group of young men, possibly in their late teens or early 20’s laughing and screaming, “Oh, this shit is racist, this shit is hella racist!”.  I don’t think the young man bothered to find out that Mr. Motley was in fact, African American.

 

Made in LA at the Hammer Museum

My recent visit to the Made in LA exhibit. Some iPhone favorites. I will write more after I get a chance to read up on the curators and the work. I really enjoy Samara Golden’s installations as of late. Especially her musical living room at Night Gallery LA.

Death By Fun

Part of a performance art video for my exhibit Death By Fun, which coincides with Keystone Art Space’s “Generate” group art show, live auction and open studios. Presented by Idol Wild.
Saturday, June 14, 2014.

I’ll be posting some pics of the show soon.

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