August 15, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - The term "realism" doesn't exactly fit John Valadez's exceptional work as an artist, even though his paintings and large pastel drawings are characterized by acute observation of men and women going about their business, often in public settings. His compositional framework centers on heightened or self-conscious display - on theatrical performance and human drama, whether striking or routine. The technique simultaneously calls attention to his intervention as an artist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2003 |
He is earnest and polite and modest. His hair is carefully trimmed, and his necktie is immaculately knotted. He listens meekly when the abuelitas, the old ladies, bend his ear with their complaints. Ask about his mother, and his eyes grow a little moist. Closing in on 40 years old, he drinks hot chocolate when everyone else is having coffee. So what is a nice boy like Paul Gonzales doing in politics?
June 5, 2011 |
"For me, living on the border of Montebello and East L.A.," says artist Patssi Valdez, "this was the local school everybody went to. You first came here and then went on to other colleges. " She is sitting on the corner of the campus she attended nearly 40 years ago, in front of the new Vincent Price Art Museum, where she's featured in "Round Trip: Eight East Los Angeles College Alumni Artists" (through Aug. 19). "I'd always wanted to be an artist. " Valdez later got a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design, but she vividly recalls the teachers, students and her roots in this part of the city.
April 16, 1998 |
They can be classical or contemporary, abstract or realistic, a humorous commentary or a poignant statement. And no manner where you drive or walk in Los Angeles County, you will undoubtedly soon find a mural adorning a freeway wall, public building, underpass or private residence. Big, expansive and rich in story, murals transform ordinary structures into unique works of art.
December 25, 1998 |
Ramiro Salcedo steps onto Broadway between 2nd and 3rd streets downtown. It's the Christmas season, but you sure wouldn't know it. No dancing mechanical toys in storefront windows. Only stereos blasting rap and hip-hop. No "Happy Holidays" greeting up on the old Million Dollar Theater marquee. No Santa anywhere. For sure, it's not like the old days. For a moment, Salcedo thinks back to the Christmases of yesteryear when streetcars clanged down the boulevard, filled with carolers.
August 2, 1993 |
The downtown arts scene is poised for another surge reminiscent to that of the '70s. From the Brewery on the north to Traction Avenue, along Molino Street, to the Santa Fe Art Colony in the south, artists are working in their studios. Yes, after the departure of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and even Gorky's, there is an art scene downtown ("A New Space for LACE," Calendar, April 27). We're not dead yet, no matter how many obituaries the Los Angeles Times writes. We're going to miss LACE.