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February 27, 2000 | HUNTER DROHOJOWSKA-PHILP, Hunter Drohojowska-Philp is a frequent contributor to Calendar
For the last month, Robert Therrien's downtown sculpture studio could have doubled as a costume shop for giants. For one thing, a 15-foot-tall beard made of stainless steel "hair" is hanging by its earpieces from a metal stand. "I thought the beard was an interesting subject because it's a symbol of the artist," Therrien says, by way of explanation. "At one point, one of the models was Brancusi's beard, but I eliminated it because it was the wrong shape.
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February 27, 2000 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT
Robert Therrien's sculpture has taken a remarkable turn in the 1990s. Once his work walked the very delicate line between figurative clarity and elusive abstraction--a tall, narrow, six-sided wooden form hung on the wall but plainly reminiscent of a coffin, say, or three silvery, slightly irregular metallic spheres, stacked one atop the other, like an industrial-strength snowman.
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December 25, 1994
Regarding the article on Silvia Alfaro's return to Mexico ("Going Home," Dec. 18): I guess in a small way Proposition 187 is starting to work. ROBERT THERRIEN Ventura
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February 27, 2000 | HUNTER DROHOJOWSKA-PHILP, Hunter Drohojowska-Philp is a frequent contributor to Calendar
For the last month, Robert Therrien's downtown sculpture studio could have doubled as a costume shop for giants. For one thing, a 15-foot-tall beard made of stainless steel "hair" is hanging by its earpieces from a metal stand. "I thought the beard was an interesting subject because it's a symbol of the artist," Therrien says, by way of explanation. "At one point, one of the models was Brancusi's beard, but I eliminated it because it was the wrong shape.
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February 15, 1985 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC
Robert Therrien has shaped up as such an interesting sculptor of strange, totemic or memory-laden objects that it's disappointing to find his current show surveying more familiar pieces than introducing new ones. That feeling says more about our expectations of young artists than it does about their ability to feed a ravenous audience.
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February 27, 2000 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT
Robert Therrien's sculpture has taken a remarkable turn in the 1990s. Once his work walked the very delicate line between figurative clarity and elusive abstraction--a tall, narrow, six-sided wooden form hung on the wall but plainly reminiscent of a coffin, say, or three silvery, slightly irregular metallic spheres, stacked one atop the other, like an industrial-strength snowman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1992
As the dredging of the Ventura Keys nears completion, we are again contemplating the "Myth of Sisyphus" syndrome. Citywide-generated drainage has once again started silting up the marina through the Arundell Barranca and city storm drains. The city, as is government's normal stance, refuses to look at permanent solutions but insists on temporary and more expensive ones. Condoning continuous pollution sources, especially in the age of ecological awareness, is one more example of irresponsible government.
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July 3, 1992
Regarding your article on Ventura County cities fearing state funding cuts, June 17, whenever business is bad, business must resort to pay cuts, layoffs, etc. in order to survive. This is especially true with small businesses where the owners take no money out in order to keep operating. I know. I've done it for the past year. Where do government employees get off thinking they are immune to the above economic realities? There is a price to pay for free enterprise and it's not always positive.
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June 3, 1995 | JEFF McDONALD
With fewer than 25% of Ventura Keys residents agreeing to a 100-page settlement offer, litigation will move ahead in a years-old lawsuit against Ventura and three other public agencies, city officials said. Just 65 of more than 300 Keys homeowners agreed to the offer, which would have reduced annual dredging assessments from nearly $2,000 a year to about $800, city officials said.
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May 4, 2000
* Art. A survey of the whimsical works of Robert Therrien, including 15-foot fake beards, above, a monumental table and chairs, and a precarious stack of 20 oversize blue-plastic bowls and dishes, will close Sunday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Today, noon to 8 p.m.; Friday, noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Adults, $7; students and seniors, $5; children, $1; children 5 and younger, free. (323) 857-6000. * Museums.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1994
Regarding the article on Silvia Alfaro's return to Mexico ("Going Home," Dec. 18): I guess in a small way Proposition 187 is starting to work. ROBERT THERRIEN Ventura
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February 15, 1985 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC
Robert Therrien has shaped up as such an interesting sculptor of strange, totemic or memory-laden objects that it's disappointing to find his current show surveying more familiar pieces than introducing new ones. That feeling says more about our expectations of young artists than it does about their ability to feed a ravenous audience.
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June 21, 1995 | JEFF McDONALD
Despite complaints from residents and a pending court decision that could do away with the assessment district, the City Council has approved another year of taxes for homeowners in the Ventura Keys. The council voted 5 to 2 late Monday to tax about 300 Ventura Keys homeowners nearly $2,000 to pay for dredging the waterways behind the upscale homes. There was no change in the amount of the assessment.
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May 23, 1995 | JEFF McDONALD
Despite complaints from more than a dozen speakers at a public hearing late Monday, the Ventura City Council is moving ahead with plans to tax homeowners in the exclusive Ventura Keys neighborhood for the cost of dredging canals. But if the first of two public hearings was any indication, residents are likely to again express their disapproval next month. Speaker after speaker complained that the council should not impose the annual assessments, which are just under $2,000 per homeowner.
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