April 11, 2013 |
For someone not yet thirty, the Turkish-born artist Refik Anadol has been remarkably prolific in the wrapping of large-scale cultural institutions - museums, university buildings, historical landmarks - with technologically formidable digital video projections. He's created civic-scale digital installations and performances in Turkey, Germany, Austria, Canada, and New Mexico, often generating imagery based on musical scores or field recordings. He is currently at work with Frank Gehry's architectural firm on a plan for next year to wrap the Disney Concert Hall with a kinetic visual composition based on Gustavo Dudamel's movements over the course of a performance.
March 3, 2013 |
No one embodies the spirit of Mod quite like Peggy Moffitt, L.A.'s own 1960s-era muse. Moffitt, model and collaborator with modernist designer Rudi Gernreich, appears in a number of memorable images from the period, including this black-and-white gem from "Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?" the 1966 cult French film by director and photographer William Klein that is a satirical send-up of the fashion industry. Seated at the far left, Moffitt, plays herself. She appears in only two scenes in the film, including this one, depicting a group of young models dressed in stripes, against a backdrop of stripes, applying their Kabuki-like makeup.
October 2, 2012 |
Can a hole be moved? Is a hole that's brought from, say, Detroit to Los Angeles the same void or a different one when it gets here? Is the void already just everywhere, merely awaiting an identifying contour? That and other philosophical conundrums are the heart of Richard Haley's engaging if occasionally erratic show (his third) at Another Year in L.A. Some of the 22 Conceptual works could be tighter. But, mostly using winningly casual materials, "Holes, Voids and Other Descriptive Terms for Blankness" is an ambitious, frequently captivating meditation on serious subjects - decay, death, decomposition and emptiness.
July 3, 2012 |
Amanda Ross-Ho makes art that engages in nonstop translation - ephemeral drawings morph into solid rooms, miniature sizes balloon into maximum magnitudes, magazine advertisements turn into gold-finished jewelry, childhood scribbles change into grown-up philosophical musings. She's the Babel fish of contemporary art. "Amanda Ross-Ho: Teeny Tiny Woman," her wry and seriously playful show at the Museum of Contemporary Art branch at the Pacific Design Center, is large in ambition and generous in rewards.
May 25, 2012 |
Following its group shows of area painters and sculptors, Another Year in LA now presents "Drawing (Los Angeles). " Featuring five artists (plus a cameo appearance by non-local Stephen Kaltenbach), the show is a sampler more than a survey but manages to convey, with a good deal of verve, how elastic the category of drawing has become. Materials matter less than manner of approach -- a certain rawness, directness, immediacy. John Knuth's word paintings spelled out using emergency road flares and Christopher Russell's scratched and spray-painted "Framing Exercises" are all tactile energy.
October 3, 2011 |
The jewelry from seven husbands. The wardrobe of a '60s jet-setter. The memorabilia of a Hollywood icon, including a love poem by Bob Dylan that he scrawled on a framed publicity poster of himself and dedicated to "Elizabeth, Sweetheart, Dream angel, Queen-of-the world. " These are among more than 2,000 objects that belonged to Elizabeth Taylor and are being auctioned by Christie's in mid-December in New York. They have already been on display in London and Moscow and will travel to other capitals of wealth.