Joshua Hagler at The Brand Library

Joshua Hagler, The River Lethe at The Brand Library Art Center Through August 24 By Lorraine Heitzman In The River Lethe Joshua Hagler challenges the hubris that defined the exploration of the American West and Westward Expansion to conclude that grief is the cost of forgetting. His epic narratives, although partially obscured and deconstructed, are…

Julia Schwartz at Visitor Welcome Center

Julia Schwartz tenderly cradled and lavishly flung  Visitor Welcome Center Through August 11th   By Lorraine Heitzman   It is a well-known axiom that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The same may be said for our emotions. Such is the experience of seeing Julia Schwartz’s poignant show at Visitor Welcome Center. What…

Sacha Baumann’s FULL BLEDE

Sacha Baumann’s FULL BLEDE By Lorraine Heitzman In this time of vanishing newspapers, it is a special kind of luxury to hold a printed publication in your hands, to feel and appreciate the tactile quality of newsprint despite the unassuming nature of the material. Sacha Baumann, the driving creative force behind FULL BLEDE, is well…

Book Review; Lynn Robb, surface | tension

Lynn Robb surface | tension By Lorraine Heitzman As anyone who is acquainted with even the most rudimentary principals of visual perception knows, our minds, in concert with our eyes, will unconsciously make connections in an effort to understand visual information. Gestalt psychologists in the 1930’s and 40’s postulated that we perceive new and unknown…

HK Zamani, Untitled #13, Like Ghosts, JAUS; photo courtesy of the gallery

Like Ghosts: New Works by Rema Ghuloum and HK Zamani at JAUS

Like Ghosts: Rema Ghuloum and HK Zamani through April 8 JAUS, Los Angeles By Lorraine Heitzman There is currently a show at JAUS that highlights two equally vibrant but divergent voices in contemporary abstraction. The work by Rema Ghuloum and HK Zamani surprisingly complement one another and the juxtaposition of the paintings by these two…

Yevgeniya Baras, "Towards Something Standing Open" at the Landing ; Photo by Maggie Shannon, courtesy of the gallery

Yevgeniya Baras at the Landing

Yevgeniya Baras, Towards Something Standing Open through March 10 the Landing, Los Angeles By Lorraine Heitzman Where to begin with this pleasurable, satisfying show? In Yevegeniya Baras’s first solo show in Los Angeles she presents a body of work that is deliciously tactile and fully realized. The series of small paintings is so self-assured that…