SoCal MFA 2018 at Millard Sheets Art Center

SoCal MFA 2018 Juried Exhibition at Millard Sheets Art Center Through June 2   by Jacqueline Bell Johnson Many of the works in this exhibition start out visually striking, funny, and vibrant but quickly move to discomforting, lingering, even grotesque explorations. Thinking of artists as a reflection of their times (even if unwillingly so), this…

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…

Diasporagasm at SBC SoLA Gallery

Diasporagasm at SBC SoLA Gallery By Genie Davis Through November 19th   Filled with light, color, and form, Diasporagasm at SBC SoLA Gallery through November 19th presents the vibrant work of artists Bright Ackwerh, Kwame Akoto, Lavialle Campbell, Florine Demosthene, June Edmonds, Cole James, Jeffrey Meris, Jodi Minnis, Nii Kotei Nikoi, Keisha Oliver, Duane Paul, Gio…

Pop Surreal Playhouse at Artshare LA

Pop Surreal Playhouse at Artshare LA By Betty Ann Brown Through October 22nd   The Los Angeles art world was stunned to learn of the death of Gregorio Escalante last month. The highly respected Escalante was one of the first and most influential champions of Lowbrow and Street Art, a founder of Juxtapoz Magazine, and…

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…

“Discomposure” at Richard Telles Gallery

Discomposure at Richard Telles Gallery By Genie Davis   Just closed at the Richard Telles Gallery is Discomposure, a strange and mysterious group exhibition featuring the work of Carroll Dunham, Victor Estrada, Elizabeth Murray, and Sterling Ruby. What the artists share is the exhibition’s titular sense of being discomposed, an anxious state that leads to…