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JULY/AUGUST 2016

 

 

 

Our current Previews feature our editors' and contributing writers' evaluations of exhibition that open or continue into the current month, so as to provide you with the opportunity to view those that are of interest to you.

 

To look up past articles you can go to our archive of Articles forward from April, 2010; or the ArtScene Articles Archive prior to April, 2010 will be called up from a database separate from those starting April, 2010, so you will experience differences in appearance and navigation.

 

Here are our Previews and Recommendations for July/August, 2016.

 
“SUB ROSA: BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE MUSEUM"

 

Juan de Flandes, (Spanish, ca. 1460–1519), "Portrait of an Infanta", front and verso

June 25 - August 14, 2016 at UC Santa Barbara, Art, Design & Architecture Museum, Santa Barbara

by A. Moret

When exploring the halls of a museum and viewing the works of Old Master painters in person for the very first time, rather than projected in dark art history lecture halls or reproduced in glistening color on glossy pages of an art history book, it is easy to forget that we are only privy to one side of the painting’s story. While we can gather fragments of the painting’s history when looking at the painted image, we are limited to viewing the work from a single vantage point. What if we could turn the painting over to reveal its entire history?

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"TEXT"

 

Jana Cruder, still from “The Way of Modern Man,” 2016, photograph from video.

June 25 - August 6, 2016 at PYO Gallery LA, Downtown

at Liz Goldner

How far we’ve come since the first Homo sapiens grunted and then hesitatingly formed words to communicate with one another! The spoken word eventually led to writing, printing, recording, broadcasting and finally to today’s multi-media environment, with so many different methods of conversing. The latter is the message of “Text,” an off-the-grid exhibition exploring the ways we use the written, printed, spoken, sung and texted word.

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SHIRLEY TSE

 

Shirley Tse, “Bamboo Extension”

July 9 - September 3, 2016 at Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica

by Jody Zellen

Shirley Tse is a Los Angeles based sculptor well known for her floor and wall pieces made from polystyrene and plastic. In earlier works she was concerned with the inherent properties of her materials, their malleability and their plasticity as signifiers. These pieces explored ideas of fluidity, often addressing social and political issues of transport, migration and waste associated with packing materials like styrofoam and bubblewrap.

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LENA MOROSS

 

Lena Moross, “Carmine Opera #3”

June 11 - July 11, 2016 at MuzeuMM, South Los Angeles

by Genie Davis

Lena Moross creates large-scale, fluid images of beauty that are couched within a social narrative in her exhibit “For the Love of Carmine.” Her impressionistic watercolors, rife with color, reflect the experience of growing up a transgender male in the late 1940s.

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CONTINUING AND RECOMMENDED, JULY/AUGUST 2016



Andrea Bowers, "Tired of Living Paycheck to Paycheck (May Day March, 2015, Los Angeles, California)” (detail), 2016, is currently on view at Susanne Vielmetter.


"The Triumph of Labor" is the title of Andrea Bowers' latest effort as well as its literal and symbolic jumping off point, in the form of a 22-foot-long, black marker on found (recycled) cardboard. Bowers takes a late-19th century illustration by Walter Crane, depicting a May Day worker's march, as its source. That's right: Bowers is up to her usual shenanigans: illuminating, highlighting and celebrating the objectives and protests of the poor and disenfranchised, in turn throwing something of a monkey wrench in the art world's very different celebration of its own. As surprising and charming as it is that a nine-foot high, 22-foot-long drawing is able to feel modest, or rather humble. It’s not at all surprising that her latest intimate drawings — photorealistic graphite or colored pencil on paper depictions, mainly of protesters — continue to draw us in, impressing as much with their craft as their compassion (or is it the other way around?).

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JUNE, 2016

 

 

 

Our current Previews feature our editors' and contributing writers' evaluations of exhibition that open or continue into the current month, so as to provide you with the opportunity to view those that are of interest to you.

 

To look up past articles you can go to our archive of Articles forward from April, 2010; or the ArtScene Articles Archive prior to April, 2010 will be called up from a database separate from those starting April, 2010, so you will experience differences in appearance and navigation.

 

Here are our Previews and Recommendations for June, 2016.

 
CINDY SHERMAN

 

Cindy Sherman, “Untitled #205”

 

June 11 - October 2, 2016 at The Broad, Downtown

by Elenore Welles

 

 

The theatrical impulse to assume a variety of personas go at least as far back as the gods and goddesses who populated Greek, Norse and Hindu mythology. Those impulses continue to remain relevant, brought into the present era with actors and musicians such as Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. However, starting in the 1970s, innovative photographer Cindy Sherman preceded them with provocative self-portraits of female clichés. Throughout her career as a conceptual artist, Sherman has not only posed questions of identity, but also how it is viewed through the lens of 20th and 21st centuries pop culture.

 

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PATRICK GRAHAM

 

Patrick Graham, “Table”

 

 

May 21 - July 30, 2016 at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Miracle Mile

by Simone Kussatz

 

 

Patrick Graham is one of those exceptional artists who has the ability to create works that derive from his own turbulences and connect them to the collective experience. Born in the idyllic midlands of Ireland in County Westmeath, where he felt one with nature and God, he describes it as a place of silence “with an orchestra of beautiful sounds — buzzing, chirping, flitting.” His paintings echo how this tranquility was ruined by circumstances that were out of his control.

 

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SKYLAR HUGHES

 

Skylar Hughes, “Grey One”

 

 

June 4 - July 16, 2016 at The Lodge, Hollywood

by Andy Brumer

 

 

The mythic sounding, rough hewn alliteration of this show’s title, “We’re All Stone Raising,” belies the effortless elegance, smoothness of style and gentle demeanor of Skylar Hughes' paintings. The name comes from a song lyric written by the artist, a native of Connecticut now living in Los Angeles. Each small oil on canvas presents a flowing, lyrical and/or dreamlike abstraction of forests, trees, light, lakes, rocks, waves and clouds. Speaking of the work in a statement, Hughes says that the works' basis lies “... in the landscape tradition and use of representational imagery [that] serves as a ground for abstraction and suggestion ...”

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