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February 22, 1985 | WILLIAM WILSON
California artist John Nava has a precise love of the way things are structured, be they old Roman buildings or young American women. He paints these subjects carefully. Maybe one ought to say he draws . In either case, carefully is right. The pleasure of looking at his large painted drawings of Doric arcades, brooding live caryatids and the occasional upside-down chair are very like the delectation offered by engineers' plans. They are pristine and distant.
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November 11, 1999 | KARIN GRENNAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
John Nava says his most famous artwork is the "Dump Weldon" bumper sticker that adorned so many Ojai Valley cars in the early 1990s in a campaign that quashed plans to build a Weldon Canyon landfill. Come fall of 2001, though, the Ojai artist will be celebrated for works displayed in a much more distinguished setting than the back of a Buick. About 36 of his tapestries will hang inside the new Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. It's the commission of a lifetime.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1999 | KARIN GRENNAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
John Nava says that his most famous artwork is the "Dump Weldon" bumper sticker that adorned so many Ojai Valley cars in the early 1990s in a campaign that quashed plans to build a landfill in Weldon Canyon. In the fall of 2001, though, the Ojai artist will be celebrated for works displayed in a much more distinguished setting than the back of a Buick. More than 30 of his tapestries will hang inside the new Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1999 | KARIN GRENNAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
John Nava says that his most famous artwork is the "Dump Weldon" bumper sticker that adorned so many Ojai Valley cars in the early 1990s in a campaign that quashed plans to build a landfill in Weldon Canyon. In the fall of 2001, though, the Ojai artist will be celebrated for works displayed in a much more distinguished setting than the back of a Buick. More than 30 of his tapestries will hang inside the new Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1999 | KARIN GRENNAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
John Nava says his most famous artwork is the "Dump Weldon" bumper sticker that adorned so many Ojai Valley cars in the early 1990s in a campaign that quashed plans to build a Weldon Canyon landfill. Come fall of 2001, though, the Ojai artist will be celebrated for works displayed in a much more distinguished setting than the back of a Buick. About 36 of his tapestries will hang inside the new Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. It's the commission of a lifetime.
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March 27, 1988 | WILLIAM WILSON
It was bound to happen. About 10 years ago I was trying to figure out what I could do that was completely unlike anything going on. I was looking for something, well, dangerous. Modern art had become so safe. You could get away with anything because there were no rules. Artists could always smirk and say they were just kidding. Irony acted as a kind of safety net. I wanted to do something without a net. Classicism attracted me because you either get it right or you don't.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1993
Theater has the potential to educate and enlighten; to redefine and reinvigorate our values. In their attempt to block funding of the El Portal project, Mildred Wilder and John Nava may be cutting off an inspirational source from which support of the decent and humane projects they value could spring. BARRY CUTLER Sherman Oaks
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December 20, 1992 | NANCY KAPITANOFF, Nancy Kapitanoff writes regularly about art for The Times
Sculptor and master glass bender Michael Flechtner has brought a rollicking menagerie of colorful, animated 3-D and bas-relief neon works to the Julie Rico Gallery in his show, "Gas, Food & Logic." A neon dinosaur head greets you at the door with a friendly roar. Four-foot-long sharks pop out of a toaster. Cows jump over the moon. A cat plays cat and mouse with a computer mouse. The series of flashing gorilla heads could remind one of Mt. Rushmore.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 1994 | TRACY WILSON
Ojai Valley residents who are demanding that the National Weather Service move its Sulphur Mountain radar tower raised about $26,000 this week during a $50-a-person dinner and art auction. More than 200 people crowded the tiny Wheeler Hot Springs restaurant Tuesday night for the event, which was hosted by local celebrities Scott Bakula, Mary Steenburgen and Rickie Lee Jones.
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November 24, 1989 | CATHY CURTIS
John Nava always seems to be setting out to achieve noble goals in his paintings; trouble is, his ever-so-high-minded themes rarely seem to be borne out in the work. The latest group is mostly of well-proportioned young women, alone or in pairs, who wear modest bathing suits and stand on the beach, averting their faces to look down or gaze out to sea. Each image is primarily in a single tonality--pale yellow, pink or blue--with a peculiarly invasive under-layer of collaged torn papers.
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March 27, 1988 | WILLIAM WILSON
It was bound to happen. About 10 years ago I was trying to figure out what I could do that was completely unlike anything going on. I was looking for something, well, dangerous. Modern art had become so safe. You could get away with anything because there were no rules. Artists could always smirk and say they were just kidding. Irony acted as a kind of safety net. I wanted to do something without a net. Classicism attracted me because you either get it right or you don't.
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