Thursday, April 4, 2013

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Artrunner: Chinatown: Artrunner Extra: Bergamot Station

Artrunner: Chinatown: Artrunner Extra: Bergamot Station: Bergamot Station is located in the affluent city of Santa Monica. It has several galleries but most seem to sell art that is intended to loo...

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Artrunner: Chinatown: Artrunner Extra: Los Angeles Art Show

Artrunner: Chinatown: Artrunner Extra: Los Angeles Art Show: What if you could see an immense art show? Sounds like a fabulous dream doesn't it? I mean, all under one roof you could see all sorts of wo...

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Artrunner: Chinatown: Last time I went to the Chinatown Arts District (C...

Artrunner: Chinatown: Last time I went to the Chinatown Arts District (C...: Last time I went to the Chinatown Arts District (CAD) I barely missed seeing the first artist's reception of the year at L2Kontemporary. Thi...
Last time I went to the Chinatown Arts District (CAD) I barely missed seeing the first artist's reception of the year at L2Kontemporary. This exhibit will be up from January 5 to February 9 and is known as Facades and Exploding Fu-Dogs. It's by Simone Gad who in my opinion is extremely talented. Her works are very colorful and make use of very nice brushwork. The subjects are things you might expect to see in Chinatown like Fu-Dogs or Imperial Guardian Lions and traditional Chinese architecture. The paintings really have a lot of movement in them so the term exploding really suits them.  Like exploding fireworks the works really draw your attention. Flames, smoke and flowers come to mind when you first view the works. When you give them a closer look you can see the faces of the Imperial Guardian Lions and the facades of the buildings come out of the smokey, flowery color formations.

As you can see, the face can just barely be made out of the swirling mane composed of beautiful brushstrokes of this Guardian Lion. This one is more smoke than flame.

I really love the use of pinks in this work. The building facade looks alive as if the face of a dragon.

In this one the brushstrokes transform the smoke into a gorgeous tsunami of cool tones. Love the lavender in it.

More examples, a little bit less mysterious, but beautiful nonetheless.

Next up is the Twitter exhibit which is currently up at Exhale Unlimited. It is an exhibit made up of many postcard sized works which greatly vary in quality. Some are very poorly executed. Here are some examples of the better ones. Just slightly more than eye candy.

Here is an example of the really bad stuff that was on display.

On the bottom left hand corner you can read "No more cookies???"   Ahem....

How about some in your face art now? Jancar once again shows just how good it is at exhibiting great art with its current Annie Sprinkle/Elizabeth Stephens "The Collaboration" show from January 16 to February 16, 2013. Annie has been around for quite a while and has some of her books on display here.  Much of the art displays nudity and adult themes. Most of the art regards female sexuality. However, there are some penises present just in case you feel left out. Here is a great map that shows penises and vaginas lurk everywhere.

I really like the DIY like style that Annie has. Much of the art is just pictures with associated witty commentary.

I really liked this illustrated bra!

Great pictures of Annie!

Here's a females familiar friend! Some call it the "duck". Annie used one of these to artistically show her inner vagina to some.

Next up is Coagula curatorial which has a pretty decent exhibition going on now. Once again the art has Mexican icons in it which I highly enjoyed but at the same time I think it could have been executed much better. This is not saying that the artist is not very talented, just that it lacks a little in composition perhaps.

There are also some works up which make us think of gonads and that's always good, right?

Basically, as it is often, the art on the left hand side as you enter is pretty good but the art on the right hand side is pretty poor. I didn't much like the art up on the wall you face as you enter either - Mexican/Latino influenced or not. Once again Coagula is hit and miss.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Artrunner: Today's ArtAdventure!

What can be better than a private artwalk in Los Angeles' Chinatown? Few things really and today was a great day indeed!

I started with L2Kontemporary, a gallery that usually has at least two good pieces. I got there at 12 something and was saddened to see that it was closed. They do not open till 1 pm. I recommend coming to check out the galleries after 1 pm then if you intend to park in the residential area that is North of the Chinatown Arts District (CAD). L2 was closed because there will be an artist's reception tonight. I will have to check out the art that is up next time I come to the CAD. On the door there was a flyer with a small picture of one of the artist's pieces. Honestly speaking, this exhibition is very promising judging from the picture.

On to Sam Lee gallery which is just a hop, skip and a jump away. This month's art offerings were actually not that bad as eye candy! If you want a message with your art, well, this month's message isn't very interesting.

This piece is actually quite colorful in a good way and also is a great composition, but falls short from inspiring one to go out and join a social cause and or get onto a soap box. On the building that is painted we see the words "Grand Hotel". Here on Artrunner the preference is art with a message. Art for art's sake is appreciated as simple eye candy here. Not that that form of art is without its merits of course.

The second piece is pretty similar in many ways. Great composition and almost as colorful. Yes, it's a cockpit from some sort of aircraft. I particularly like the use of purple in some of the features of the cockpit.

Of course, these are not the only pieces at Sam Lee currently. These are just the ones that stood out. I don't intend to ever show all the pieces in any given gallery since one of the goals of Artrunner is to motivate art enthusiasts to come out to the CAD!

Next up is Anat Ebgi Gallery. Today's offering was "The Star Card" by Jen DeNike. It's a pretty cool installation. Often this kind of art is not much appreciated by anyone but art snobs but this installation has got character in my opinion. There is a television monitor roughly in the center of the room that is playing the video of an attractive woman wading in water while she puts water into pitchers and pulls paper stars out of her mouth. I really like the visual effect of the stars coming out of her mouth and the fact this act is associated with a watery environment. A cool feeling comes to mind, like as if you were pulling the night sky out and allowing the water to reflect it. Simply beautiful. There is a mattress of sorts in front of the TV and if you look at it you can tell that some people have actually gotten onto it to watch the images on the television.

There are nice pieces on the walls which depict the same woman, probably, in watery scenes. To the right, as you enter, there is a particularly nice piece of the woman. She is submerged and there are a ring of stars in the upper left hand corner. This work gave me the chills. It reminded me of a scene of the suicide of a Shakespearean woman I've seen somewhere. It's great when works of art bring random memories to mind and make them almost vivid again.

I must admit a bias of mine here.I am utterly fascinated by stars, the night and their play on the ocean or other such bodies of water. For this reason primarily, this installation really seemed great to me.

Jancar Gallery was closed. I didn't check to see why.

My favorite gallery, Charlie James, which rarely fails to excite me, was a let down this time around. From December 15th of last year till February 2 they will be showcasing "Eyes Words" by Richard Kraft. Below are some pictures of the exhibit.

In this room you are surrounded by portraits cut off at the hairline and right above the neck of several people. The images are grainy. You do get an eerie sense of being watched by the people in the pictures.

The best part of the exhibit is in the second, smaller room, just behind the first. Newspaper or book pages were cut into little triangles and were used  to form a nicely eye catching mosaic. It might be amusing to actually read these snippings for a while but that probably isn't the point to this piece.

Downstairs there is a collection of much smaller portraits with similar characteristics to the ones above.

All in all it is an aesthetically pleasing exhibit, but it failed to entertain me even half as much as the best exhibits I have seen at Charlie James Gallery.

Sabina Lee had a really outstanding exhibit today. It's more on the eye candy side but it's just too nice to not really get a thrill out of checking it out!

There is actually a message here. It might not be the most biting message but it has its moments. The colorful squares actually have letters and if you read them you will get little messages here and there. It seems that the overall message is in the stream of consciousness style. Really nice! You can pick up a nice booklet for the exhibit in the gallery which has all of the text printed on it in more easy to read print. This piece is dreamlike. It's really worth the visit.

Finally at Coagula Curatorial I was greatly disappointed. I have seen some pretty good exhibits here but today's had only some modestly cool elements which were in the form of cardboard covered with interesting messages. One thing I do like about Coagula is that they do have a good sample of ethnic art.

The artwork above is very colorful, but not a shining example of the greatest, most interesting compositions.

The writing on cardboard was fairly cool. However, since Spanish was used I have a bias!

Well that's it for now! Hope you saw something you liked!

Artrunner: A Beginning

Artrunner is a convenient place for anyone who is interested in the Los Angeles art scene to check out some of the best and worst works of art on a monthly basis from a cushy chair in your own home. Many of us have the interest but not the time to check out the great art Chinatown has to offer. Artrunner will bring you pictures and commentary as well as keep you updated on gallery openings and closings. It also hopes to inspire you to actually visit the galleries. The goal here is to offer a sneak peak at what is going on so you may determine whether or not you will actually visit the galleries. Our focus here will be on the galleries in the Chinatown Arts District (CAD). In my opinion, the best art in the Los Angeles area can be found in the CAD! Gallery Row in DTLA really does not compare. The CAD art galleries are all huddled up close together so you don't have to walk all over the place as in Gallery Row. Parking is no problem really if you know where to look. There is a residential area just North of the CAD where you can park for free. Few times have I been unable to find parking there.

I hope that at the end of the day this site will have you saying: "Run that art by me again!"

     The art above is by Steve Lambert and was displayed in the Charlie James Gallery in the Fall of 2012.