Erika Lizée at Pierce College Art Gallery

Gazing Into the Great Unknown, A New Site Specific Installation by Erika Lizée Pierce College Art Gallery, Woodland Hills, CA Through September 27   By Jennifer Susan Jones Taking in Erika Lizée’s current installation, “Gazing Into the Great Unknown,” one marvels at the marine-rich, ocean-like palette that is a spectacle of swirls, streams, and shaded ivory…

J.J. L’Heureux, 17 Expeditions: Antarctica

17 Expeditions: Antarctica. Artwork by J.J. L’Heureux through April 2, 2018 Moorpark College Art Gallery By Jennifer Susan Jones Barren, void, well below freezing, uninhabitable. Antarctica may seem like a distant place of mystery to those who’ve never researched our southernmost continent. Encircled by the Southern Ocean (or, Antarctic Ocean) this ivory setting of sea,…

Sacrificial Lamb at Lethal Amounts Gallery

Fun with Taxidermy in Sacrificial Lamb through Feb 8 Lethal Amounts Gallery, Los Angeles   By Jennifer Susan Jones In late-nineteenth-century England, Montagu Browne had a section of his book, Practical Taxidermy, entirely devoted to “mirth-provoking characters” – animals presented anthropomorphically, such as crows playing the violin, squirrels as Romeo, and frogs doing all sorts…

Our Writers Name Their Top 5 Exhibitions of 2017

Our Writers Name Their Top 5 Exhibitions of 2017   From Kerry James Marshall to Kim Abeles, Shoshana Wayne to MOAH, women, immigrants and the resistance, Art and Cake asked our art critics to name their favorite 5 shows of 2017. Here is what they had to say: Lorraine Heitzman Kerry James Marshall: Mastry, MOCA Chagall: Fantasies…

Terry Arena: Not Just Bees at the Carnegie Art Museum

Terry Arena: Not Just Bees Carnegie Art Museum Studio Gallery By Jennifer Susan Jones   It seems fitting that the Oxnard, California Farmer’s Market is held directly across the parking lot from Terry Arena’s latest exhibit. For in this exhibit, titled “Not Just Bees,” Arena shows us the perilous state of the symbiotic relationship between…

In the Artist’s Studio – Photo Essay

In the Artist’s Studio – A Photo Essay   I always prefer to work in the studio. It isolates people from their environment. They become in a sense… symbolic of themselves. ~Richard Avedon                                            …

Rebecca Campbell Represents Women Artists One Portrait at a Time

Rebecca Campbell Represents Women Artists One Portrait at a Time By Jennifer Susan Jones Through April 6th   British professor of art history Simon Schama, who wrote a portraiture book last year called The Face of Britain,  makes the observation that “all portraits are really — or most of them —  triangular relationships.” This means…