Los Angeles Art Gallery Tours

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Christopher Pate, Eyes on Farrah 2012, acrylic, graphite, colored pencil, found poster, and collage on paper, 29-3/4 x 22 in.

Christopher Pate, Eyes on Farrah 2012, acrylic, graphite, colored pencil, found poster, and collage on paper, 29-3/4 x 22 in.

I couldn’t help but share this image with you. I received it as part of an invitation to a three person exhibition entitled Drown Me in Pictures at a gallery in the Crenshaw District called Latned Atsär (yes, that’s Rasta Dental spelled backwards.) The show opens Saturday October 20th, 2012, 7-10pm. The three artists are Amir H. FallahAlexander Kroll and Christopher Pate – all painters whose work is wonderfully easygoing, yet intelligent and well-executed.

The collage, by Los Angeles art world fixture, artist, noted curator and (full disclosure) also my good friend, Christopher Pate, is especially compelling because it is so very familiar and so obviously politically fraught – and yet, above all – blithely joyous, painterly and just plain strange. (more…)


Jon Rafman, Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa, 2011, Archival C Print, 57.5 x 92 inches, 1/1 AP

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, 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…)