Friday, May 2, 2014

Artrunner: Chinatown: Spring 2013 in the Chinatown Arts District

Artrunner: Chinatown: Spring 2013 in the Chinatown Arts District: It's now Spring 2014 and we are barely posting material from Spring 2013. We hope to put up some new material soon! Here we go! Mico...

Spring 2013 in the Chinatown Arts District

It's now Spring 2014 and we are barely posting material from Spring 2013. We hope to put up some new material soon! Here we go!



Micol Hebron's "Reverse Engineering" was at Jancar from March 9 to April 13, 2013. The artist's reception happened on March 9, 2013 from 6 to 9.

I didn't think much of this artist's work.

In the backroom there was a  lady on TV crying in desperation. You could sit and watch it from a couch with a bottle of booze on a table right by it. Amazing....

At Charlie James Gallery you could see Nery Gabriel Lemus' installation A Hero Aint Nothin' But A Sandwich from February 16 to April 13, 2013.


Here you see the words "papi" which is father in Spanish as spoken by a child. The words are made out of traditional Mexican textiles. Next to these words is an object made with similar textiles that appears to have an eye.


Here we have a horse or a donkey with a Chavo del Ocho doll on it. The doll is put into place by a couple of belts. El Chavo del Ocho was a Mexican television character from the seventies. El Chavo was a poor kid that lived in a barrel in a "vecindario" or poor neighborhood. El Chavo had no parents. He lacked a father figure and this installation puts a critical eye on male heroes which are father figures of sorts.


Hilarious and to the point. This installation was pretty good!



Spiderman as drawn by a child. He's asking a question which seems to refer to his impotence. Once again an apparent failure of the hero figure.

Jim Thompson "1977" from February 16 to April 13, 2013. This installation was downstairs.


I don't care for baseball and didn't care for this installation.


At Coagula was the "Yes" show featuring Carol Es,Vito Lorusso, Michael Maas, Antonio Mendoza, Joe O'Neill, Leigh Salgado, Sharon Suhovy, Joshua Petker and Jerk. The opening reception was on April 6, 2013 from 6 to 9.



Not my cup of tea but this is an example of the best this show had to offer.



What can you say about these three D roses other than they are beautiful? I would hang them on my wall. Definitely!


Not really my cup of tea either but I like the composition and colors. In my eyes it's a bit anthropomorphic. Who knows? Ask the artist. He just may know....


Another cool composition.



When it rains it pours. I found this work to be worthy of photographing.



L2 Kontemporary featured Gronk's installation India Queen from March 30 to May 4, 2013.


I liked the colors and compositions. Won't say much cause I can't say much. In my opinion this kind of stuff is eye candy.


Nice!


Very nice!

Sabina Lee featured Kaoru Soeno's "A View" from April 6 - May 6, 2013.


I didn't care much for it but I should mention that one of my friends purchased on of these works.


Not very interesting.


More of the same.


Another view of the works.

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.