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April 25, 2013 | By Jori Finkel
An artist who mines the visual excesses and verbal tics of teenagers in the ADHD age of instant messaging, Ryan Trecartin has had important early shows in L.A., but MOCA's announcement of new acquisitions Thursday marks the first time his work is entering a museum collection here. With funds from its acquisition committee and from museum director Jeffrey Deitch, MOCA is buying "B: Settings," an over-the-top installation consisting of four rather manic videos and four "sculptural theaters," which look like makeshift arrangements of odd lounging furniture.
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March 3, 2014 | By David Ng
Norman Yonemoto, a Los Angeles artist who along with his younger brother, Bruce, created innovative video installations that often explored mass media, Hollywood and other forms of pop culture, has died. He was 67. Yonemoto died Friday at his home in Venice. He had been in ill health since suffering a number of strokes, the last of which was in October, said Carole Ann Klonarides, a family representative. Collaborating with his brother for nearly four decades, Yonemoto created video artwork that often appropriated the visual vernacular of Hollywood movies, television and advertising to challenge the viewer's assumptions about the media.
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August 8, 2013
If you happen to be at the Getty Center on Friday night or Saturday afternoon, you might bump into Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger playing a pop-up recital. (Times and places will not be announced.) Reijseger embodies the range of his country's forward musical thinking, which means a forward approach to old music as well as new. This kind of building bridges over musical canals is also what Reijseger does in the music he has also contributed to filmmaker Werner Herzog's new video installation, "Hearsay of the Soul.
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September 7, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
NEW YORK -- In this cosmopolitan city it's not unusual to see people sipping wine and listening to a live band as they did Friday night on the waterfront of the East River in Williamsburg. Less traditional were the brightly colored yurts, African headdresses and vocal auctioneers that also surrounded the crowd throughout the evening. The event was the kickoff of "Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening," a project from artist Doug Aitken. It features artists and performers who will take a three-week journey across the country by train, stopping in Pittsburgh; Chicago; Minneapolis/St.
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December 14, 2012 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
A translucent, animated condom filled with red candy hearts is an animated protagonist in Jordan Wolfson's marvelous video installation at REDCAT, the New York-based artist's solo debut in Los Angeles. Projected onto a white screen suspended on the diagonal in a white room carpeted in wall-to-wall white rug, the non-narrative video feels unmoored and adrift in a languorous state of liquid reverie. We soon float along with it. "Raspberry Poser" -- the title conjures Prince -- is in effect a 14 1/2-minute music video.
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September 12, 1986 | COLIN GARDNER
Local artist Hal Honigsberg makes his solo debut with a series of mixed-media tableaux and a hilarious video installation that indicates that, at the very least, he is a jokester to be reckoned with. "Based on a True Story" is the collective title of a group of works that seamlessly fuse photography and painting to create surreal, trompe l'oeil scenarios of angst and alienation.
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January 12, 1990 | MARLENA DONOHUE
A current show of Nam June Paik's lovable, sophisticated robots fashioned from vintage TV sets features an early video installation, current video sculptures and prints. "Alexander Graham Bell," is a robotic effigy of the inventor made from antique TV cabinets modified by Paik's electronic wizardry to flash computer synchronized images related to the telephone. They spin, dissolve and shatter into colorful kaleidoscopes that make the fanciest electronic special effects look like child's play.
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September 18, 1995 | SUSAN KANDEL
Bruce and Norman Yonemoto's new video installation at Blum & Poe Gallery is a more than usually poetic meditation upon the ever-accelerating half-life of memory, both cultural and personal. "A Matter of Memory" is concise without being brief--precisely what one hopes of poetry. It consists of a glass-topped table with a laser-disc player and video projector housed below, and a glass vase filled with water on top.
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August 3, 2012 | By Holly Myers
Michelle Dizon's “Perpetual Peace,” an eight-channel video installation at the 18 th Street Arts Center, tackles an enormous subject - globalization in the Philippines - with stirring conviction, even as it stumbles occasionally into sentiment.   Born and raised in Los Angeles to parents who left the Philippines during the Marcos dictatorship, Dizon is at her best in the conscientious juxtaposition of image and fact. The installation is dominated by a large and beautifully tranquil image of a cloud-skirted Mt. Pinatubo, a volcano whose 1991 eruption hastened the evacuation of a pair of nearby American military bases, as we are told in one of several voiceovers.
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July 5, 2012 | By Holly Myers
The premise of Takehito Koganezawa's multi-channel video installation “Paint it Black, and Erase” is simple enough. Positioning a camera beneath a pane of glass loaded with wet, black pigment - an allusion to Hans Namuth's famous film of Jackson Pollock painting on glass - the Tokyo-born, Berlin-based artist made quick, continuous drawings in the pigment with his hands for precisely 111 minutes and 11 seconds. He repeated the exercise four times, to create four separate videos, three of which are installed as adjacent, wall-sized projections at Christopher Grimes Gallery.
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August 8, 2013
If you happen to be at the Getty Center on Friday night or Saturday afternoon, you might bump into Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger playing a pop-up recital. (Times and places will not be announced.) Reijseger embodies the range of his country's forward musical thinking, which means a forward approach to old music as well as new. This kind of building bridges over musical canals is also what Reijseger does in the music he has also contributed to filmmaker Werner Herzog's new video installation, "Hearsay of the Soul.
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May 9, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
The annual Alpert Awards in the Arts give a $75,000 boost to midcareer artists who often aren't well known but have earned respect in their fields. Among the higher-profile winners of this year's awards, funded by the Herb Alpert Foundation and administered by California Institute of the Arts, is the married theater directing team of Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper, whose Nature Theater of Oklahoma is in fact based in New York City. Their latest work, the musical “Life and Times: Episodes 1-4,” recently was featured in the Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival.
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April 25, 2013 | By Jori Finkel
An artist who mines the visual excesses and verbal tics of teenagers in the ADHD age of instant messaging, Ryan Trecartin has had important early shows in L.A., but MOCA's announcement of new acquisitions Thursday marks the first time his work is entering a museum collection here. With funds from its acquisition committee and from museum director Jeffrey Deitch, MOCA is buying "B: Settings," an over-the-top installation consisting of four rather manic videos and four "sculptural theaters," which look like makeshift arrangements of odd lounging furniture.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2012 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
A translucent, animated condom filled with red candy hearts is an animated protagonist in Jordan Wolfson's marvelous video installation at REDCAT, the New York-based artist's solo debut in Los Angeles. Projected onto a white screen suspended on the diagonal in a white room carpeted in wall-to-wall white rug, the non-narrative video feels unmoored and adrift in a languorous state of liquid reverie. We soon float along with it. "Raspberry Poser" -- the title conjures Prince -- is in effect a 14 1/2-minute music video.
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November 6, 2012
Who will be playing in the next Super Bowl won't be known for another three months, but CBS has already decided what show it will air once the final gun for the big game sounds. Getting one of the most sought after spots in television is CBS' drama "Elementary," which stars Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as a modern-day Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. The show made its premiere this fall and has been a solid performer for CBS. The game will air on Feb. 3. The Super Bowl is the most-watched program in the United States every year.
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November 5, 2012 | By Jori Finkel
Diana Thater's post-apocalyptic video installation "Chernobyl" has been shown a few times, but never in a setting that itself is raw with destruction: On Friday, her 2011 work about the Soviet town devastated and depopulated by the 1986 nuclear disaster opens at David Zwirner, one of the New York galleries hit hardest by flooding from Hurricane Sandy. The six-channel video features images of Chernobyl buildings in disrepair, ending with horses galloping around the remains of the nuclear power plant and swans swimming in the cooling pond.
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September 7, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
NEW YORK -- In this cosmopolitan city it's not unusual to see people sipping wine and listening to a live band as they did Friday night on the waterfront of the East River in Williamsburg. Less traditional were the brightly colored yurts, African headdresses and vocal auctioneers that also surrounded the crowd throughout the evening. The event was the kickoff of "Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening," a project from artist Doug Aitken. It features artists and performers who will take a three-week journey across the country by train, stopping in Pittsburgh; Chicago; Minneapolis/St.
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November 5, 2012 | By Jori Finkel
Diana Thater's post-apocalyptic video installation "Chernobyl" has been shown a few times, but never in a setting that itself is raw with destruction: On Friday, her 2011 work about the Soviet town devastated and depopulated by the 1986 nuclear disaster opens at David Zwirner, one of the New York galleries hit hardest by flooding from Hurricane Sandy. The six-channel video features images of Chernobyl buildings in disrepair, ending with horses galloping around the remains of the nuclear power plant and swans swimming in the cooling pond.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 2012 | By Holly Myers
Michelle Dizon's “Perpetual Peace,” an eight-channel video installation at the 18 th Street Arts Center, tackles an enormous subject - globalization in the Philippines - with stirring conviction, even as it stumbles occasionally into sentiment.   Born and raised in Los Angeles to parents who left the Philippines during the Marcos dictatorship, Dizon is at her best in the conscientious juxtaposition of image and fact. The installation is dominated by a large and beautifully tranquil image of a cloud-skirted Mt. Pinatubo, a volcano whose 1991 eruption hastened the evacuation of a pair of nearby American military bases, as we are told in one of several voiceovers.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 2012 | By Holly Myers
The premise of Takehito Koganezawa's multi-channel video installation “Paint it Black, and Erase” is simple enough. Positioning a camera beneath a pane of glass loaded with wet, black pigment - an allusion to Hans Namuth's famous film of Jackson Pollock painting on glass - the Tokyo-born, Berlin-based artist made quick, continuous drawings in the pigment with his hands for precisely 111 minutes and 11 seconds. He repeated the exercise four times, to create four separate videos, three of which are installed as adjacent, wall-sized projections at Christopher Grimes Gallery.
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