Karen Koblitz at El Camino College Art Gallery

Karen Koblitz, Cultural Diplomacy; A Mid-career Survey El Camino College Art Gallery Through April 26, 2018.   By Genie Davis Koblitz describes her lush and lovely work as paying “homage to the functional roots of ceramics while elaborating on historical and decorative elements. The influences seen in my work come from life experiences, travels and readings.”…

Kim Schoenstadt and Cole Case at Chimento Contemporary

Two Solo Shows at Chimento Contemporary; Kim Schoenstadt, Context v. Perspective and Cole Case, Riding Shotgun in the Sky   Through May 5, 2018 By Jody Zellen Kim Schoenstadt is interested in architecture, perspective and point of view. To that end, she makes works that appear flat and dimensional simultaneously. In her prize winning installation at the 2018…

Ruth Pastine at Porch Gallery

Ruth Pastine: BroadBands Porch Gallery, Ojai March 22 – April 22, 2018   By Shana Nys Dambrot Ruth Pastine’s chromatically saturated paintings are in some ways odes to the power of pure color, but they are also excavations of the artist’s role in communicating, manipulating, and amplifying that power. And anyway they’re too disruptive to…

Co/Lab III at the Torrance Art Museum

Torrance Art Museum: International Exhibition Includes Los Angles Collectives and More Through May 18th.  By Genie Davis Co/Lab III, at the Torrance Art Museum through May 8th offers a stellar pairing of 8 artist-run collectives from Berlin with 8 artist-run gallery spaces from LA. The 16 groups create eight separate curatorial projects; 76 artists in…

BioPerversity at Nicodim

BioPerversity at Nicodim Gallery through April 28, 2018 By Shana Nys Dambrot We tend to use anthropomorphized animals as proxies in metaphors and morality plays, fairy tales and Freudian projections, tattoos and illuminated manuscripts. Old myths are full of half human, half animal creatures, often gods or at least demigods. Minotaur, mermaid, centaur, Anubis, wood…