June 19, 2011 |
Two shows at the Craft and Folk Art Museum (through Sept. 11) demonstrate how artists can work their magic to make unconventional materials impressive and expressive. Walking into Jennifer Angus' installation "All Creatures Great and Small" is a bit startling, as one realizes the wee components of her work. Insects. About 5,000 of them, pinned to the wall in patterns and posing in display cases. They're in glorious jewel-like colors and obsidian sheens, in the shapes of leaves and in shapes not seen in nature.
November 23, 2010
Maryna Hrushetska, who has served as the director of the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles for nearly six years, will be stepping down from her role effective Dec. 30, the museum said Monday. Hrushetska joined the museum in March 2005 in the midst of a difficult time for the institution, which had gone through five directors in eight years. During her tenure, she helped to stabilize the organization, overseeing 37 exhibitions and helping increase attendance by 67%, with a 38% increase in revenue, the museum said.
November 7, 2010 |
High and low culture, the sacred and the profane, the esoteric and the pop collide in the works of Einar and Jamex de la Torre, brothers who have collaborated closely as artists for 20 years. Although they started working in glass, shaping figurative work that often borrowed themes from their Mexican roots, they have moved toward larger sculpture and installation work, several of which anchor their retrospective, "Borderlandia: Cultural Topography by Einar and Jamex de la Torre" at the Craft and Folk Art Museum.
July 18, 2010
When Aaron Kramer was a boy, he would ride his bike through the streets of his Chicago neighborhood on the evening before trash pickup, trawling for interesting discards. "Thursday night was my gold mine night as a kid," he recalls. Settled in Santa Monica for the last dozen years, Kramer, 46, still keeps an eye out for underappreciated treasures, such as the wooden brooms he noticed poking out of garbage cans, their handles worn from repeated use. Whenever he saw one, he'd throw it in the back of his van, and after a while, he'd collected enough to create a headboard out of them.
January 24, 2010
For Robert M. Place, Tarot scholar and illustrator, the main function of the Tarot is not fortunetelling -- instead, a reading can yield self-knowledge valuable for dealing with the future. "When we're using the cards," he says, "we're allowing our unconscious to communicate with us -- perhaps you would say a higher self." The cards also represent an artistic tradition, and the show he's curated for the Craft and Folk Art Museum, "The Fool's Journey: The History and Symbolism of the Tarot" (opening today)
HOME & GARDEN
March 28, 2009 |
Though it is called Global Bazaar @ CAFAM, the Craft and Folk Art Museum's sale next Friday and April 4 boasts plenty of local talent. Vendors of handmade, fair-trade goods include Pasadena and Westwood ceramists, Marina del Rey glassblower Liz Marx and Venice recycling artist Aaron Kramer, who weaves coffee stirrers into lighting globes. Kramer will also display "Boats," shown here, a sculptural wall installation composed of 33 easy-to-mount wooden vessels forged from thrift-shop salad bowls.