January 17, 2013 |
A dozen new table-top sculptures by Patrick Nickell represent a significant evolution, which the artist also signals by titling his beguiling exhibition “Letting Go.” Serendipity has always been a prominent feature of his meandering abstractions, but now it has brought him to an implied - and sometimes even frank - figuration. Nickell's last show at Rosamund Felsen Gallery two years ago, which featured some of the mid-career artist's finest work, featured looping interlaces of painted plaster over a metal armature, painted and set on top of simple, homemade white tables that function as homey pedestals.
January 16, 2014 |
Jean Lowe is not an illusionist in the conventional sense of the term. Her painted images and papier-mache sculptures don't typically fool the eye by closely resembling the things they represent. Her game has more to do with the machinations of the mind, the conflations and confusions between what we know, want and believe. Maybe a better term for her would be delusionist, for she stabs satirically at broad-scale practices of deception, as well as personal patterns of self-deception.
December 19, 2013 |
By the time Monet got around to painting pictures of haystacks, viewers pretty much knew that his works were not about farming. All kinds of subjects, including perception, time, workmanship and mortality, as well as paint's capacity to make and convey meaning, played into the Impressionist's images of life in the French countryside. Times have changed - and not for the better. Today it seems that people look at pictures and see little more than what they depict, without bothering to pay attention to the hows or whys of the process.
September 18, 2009 |
There is something wonderfully peculiar about the paintings of Gegam Kacherian , but it's difficult to pinpoint just what it is. Each of the 15 works in his second solo show at Rosamund Felsen Gallery begins in a reasonable, even orthodox manner with an aerial view of a city skyline, or else the billowing clouds of a turbulent sky-scape. He has a knack for spatial atmospherics and most of these scenes would make for very handsome compositions in their own right. Over these, however, he layers a whirling miscellany of fantastical imagery: animals, figures, flora, architecture, and various totemic objects, all wound in ectoplasmic strands of abstract pigment.
November 22, 2001
* Nancy Jackson (Rosamund Felsen Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., B-4, Santa Monica,  828-8488). Drawings, paintings and sculpture, including an untitled work, above. Ends Dec. 22.
August 18, 2006 |
When Los Angeles artist Jason Rhoades died suddenly this month at age 41, most published obituaries said the cause of death was unknown, pending autopsy results. Others cited the cause as heart failure, per one of Rhoades' primary art dealers. For this enigmatic artist -- known for large-scale installations that often incorporated performance or interactive aspects -- postmortem rumors about a fast-lane lifestyle seemed to overwhelm the discussion about his art.