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Sugimoto Sadamitsu, Iga Flower Vessel, stoneware, 10.5 x 5.25 x 4.5 in.

Sugimoto Sadamitsu, Iga Flower Vessel, stoneware, 10.5 x 5.25 x 4.5 in.

Okay, I’m a little late sharing this – the show is over and done, but…

I had an epiphany while visiting the Sugimoto Sadamitsu exhibition, Shigaraki and Iga, at Frank Lloyd Gallery, in Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station  – one of those infrequent, marvelous, thunderbolt realizations that something I’ve virtually ignored actually provides some real and cogent insight that, for some reason, I’d previously neglected to notice. (more…)


Kelli Connell, Carnival, 2006, digital photograph, 40 x 30 inches

Kelli Connell, Carnival, 2006, digital photograph, 40 x 30 inches

Sometimes stories are so believable that you accept them as fact. Such is the case with photographer Kelli Connell‘s work at Kopeikin Gallery in Culver City.

The Oklahoma-born, Texas-educated, Chicago resident’s exhibition, Double Life, seems a warm and thoughtful documentation of the shared lives of a young lesbian couple. Some of the scenes reflect mild tension, while others present gently-staged, playful fantasy situations. The pictures are never hyper-theatrical, strident or exploitative. The genuine love and connection communicated between the two women is palpable, whimsically romantic and refreshingly pure in its bare-bones simplicity.

The only thing is that, in actuality, the two women in the images are one and the same person. Friend of the artist, Kiba Jacobson, is costumed and seamlessly Photoshopped to seem convincing at-home with… herself. Oops, there goes the illusion of love. (more…)


Kour Pour painting, detail, "In the Making" group exhibition at Roberts & Tilton

Kour Pour painting, detail, "In the Making" group exhibition at Roberts & Tilton

Last Saturday night was a cool, cloudless Southern California winter evening. And, throughout the corridors of Culver City’s acoustically-challenged art spaces, the rattle and squeak of shoes on cement competed unsuccessfully with the even more overwhelming din of alcoholically amplified voices. Casual chat lent a warmth that contrasted pleasantly with the night’s dusky chill, but the walls had plenty of tales to tell because much of this month’s Culver City art offerings are all about story.

At Roberts & Tilton, a group show entitled, In the Making, focuses on the narrative formed by the meandering , idiosyncratic paths artists take to derive their end-product. The show is not so much about physical process, but rather the interplay between concept and craft, planning and execution.

Opening crowd at "In the Making" exhibition at Roberts & Tilton, February 25, 2012

Opening crowd at "In the Making" exhibition at Roberts & Tilton, February 25, 2012

Highlights of the entertaining show were rug paintings by British born, Los Angeles resident Kour Pour and a curious wall-hanging by Los Angeles artist Kori Newkirk.

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