Studio Systems II at Torrance Art Museum: Half-Time

Half-Time at Studio System 2018 Torrance Art Museum By Lawrence Gipe Studio System 2018 is the brainchild of Max Presneill, the Torrance Art Museum’s director, curator and a dynamic impresario in the LA art world. One of Presneill’s themes as an organizer is an exploration into the nature of chemistry between artists. In his (now…

Studio Visit: Jodi Bonassi, Stories of the Persona

Studio Visit: Jodi Bonassi, Stories of the Persona   “It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” Joseph Campbell “Like Chekhov, I am a collector of souls…” Alice Neel By Gary Brewer Painting is a spiritual discipline; it is a space and an…

Celebrating DADA through Fauxism

FAUX SHO’ : DADA Centennial Part 2 at MuzeuMM By genie Davis On view through December 12th Dadaism began in Zürich, Switzerland, an artistic reaction to nationalism and the causes of WWI. Now is a terrific time to revisit this European avant garde art movement, given our current, shall we say xenophobic, political climate. And…

A MAS Attack: The End Is Just The Beginning

A MAS Attack: The End Is Just The Beginning By Jacqueline Bell Johnson   The final MAS Attack exhibition, MAS 13 happened last Saturday at the Torrance Art Museum (TAM) where scores of artists made an appearance to bid farewell and to celebrate what makes these shows great. MAS stands for Mutual Appreciation Society, and…

Personalizing the Political at The Loft at Liz’s: GUNS

Personalizing the Political at The Loft at Liz’s: GUNS Written by Genie Davis   The Loft at Liz’s is offering an inclusive, layered show in GUNS, a group exhibition featuring 23 artists and their intensely personal, and subjectively political take on the eponymous weapons. Curated jointly by Betty Ann Brown, gallery-owner Liz Gordon, and Dr.…