RUSH HOUR: Perform Chinatown 2015 (Los Angeles, CA)

I went to go visit the wonderful and strange world that is performance art. Up and down gallery row on Chun King Road, the street is littered with voyeurs. This was a small window into the many happenings of this eventful day.

PERFORM CHINATOWN

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

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