Jon Rafman, Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa, 2011, Archival C Print, 57.5 x 92 inches, 1/1 AP
If you boiled the artist/viewer relationship down, the simple act of sharing might turn out to be its purest essence. That isolated gesture is more than enough to generate a meaningfully communicative experience.
Two Canadian-born artists currently on exhibit in Culver City, Marc Hundley and Jon Rafman, deliver elegant and heartfelt tokens of sharing that transcend the simplicity of their respective approaches. (more…)
Jonas Wood, BBall Studio, 2012, oil and acrylic on canvas, 105 x 138 inches (266.7 x 350.5 cm)
Jonas Wood really knows how to paint. In his most recent exhibition at David Kordansky Gallery, the Boston-born, Los Angeles resident delivers an oddly sincere art historical cocktail generously spiked with sizeable shot of himself.
He also provided me with the opportunity to learn a new German intellectual-type word, applied to this same show by an anonymous reviewer for the Huffington Post (apparently in reference to the artist’s BA in psychology.) The word is Unheimliche – which according to Wikipedia
“is a Freudian concept of an instance where something can be familiar, yet foreign at the same time, resulting in a feeling of it being uncomfortably strange or uncomfortably familiar.” (more…)