Lynda Benglis at Blum & Poe

Lynda Benglis Blum & Poe, Los Angeles By Shana Nys Dambrot Through December 16th   Lynda Benglis’ career is characterized by the dramatic upending of many kinds of social and art historical expectations; as a practical matter her rebellion is not only stylistic, but material as well. Her sculptures combine elements of polyurethane, ceramic, handmade…

Studio Visit: Jeff Colson, The Entropy of Memory

Studio Visit: Jeff Colson, The Entropy of Memory By Gary Brewer   “Only entropy comes easy.” Anton Chekhov   “Everyday objects shriek aloud.” René Magritte   There is something about the deadpan expression on Buster Keaton’s face that belies the physicality and poetry of his comedy. It is the balance of humor and melancholy that…

Beautiful Parts at CSUN Art Gallery

Beautiful Parts CSUN Art Gallery on view through October 26th by Eve Wood   Attempting to scrutinize and understand what makes someone, or something, beautiful is and has always been a dangerous game that only ever leads to feelings of disappointment and self doubt. That being said, Rough Play, the collective who conceived and organized…

Ruben Ochoa at Art + Practice

Ruben Ochoa Sampled y Surveyed Art + Practice By Jody Zellen Through January 27, 2018   Three photographs installed low to the ground in a corner of the gallery,  provide a key to understanding Ruben Ochoa’s evocative installation, Sampled y Surveyed, which in numerous ways brings the outside in. These images: Overlapped in the 90063,…

Process is King: Conceptual Craft @ DENK Gallery

Process is King: Conceptual Craft @ DENK Gallery By Jacqueline Bell Johnson Through October 14th   For the longest time “craft” was a dirty word in fine art.  Craft refers to functional objects, often commissioned or created for profit.  It refers to mindless, pretty, kitsch work made even more accessible by merchandising.  Even work of…