Kristian Burford, Audition, Scene 1: In Love, 2013
Australian born and bred Angeleno, Kristian Burford, pulls off a Los Angeles miracle in his exhibition, Audition, at Culver City’s Nye + Brown gallery.
In an alchemical transformation, Burford combines three familiar visual components to reveal something new, poignant and ripe for interpretation.
Two life-size, fluorescent-lit, beige office cubicles are each inhabited by a sculpture of a similarly beige-hued female nude, who appears bored in one tableau and frightened or anxious in the other. Each cage-like diorama is walled with two-way mirrors, visually multiplying the cubicles and nudes ad infinitum and from all vantage points. (more…)
Ken Gonzales-Day, RUN UP, 2007, LIGHTJET MOUNTED ON ALUMINUM, EDITION OF 5
Does knowing some background information about artwork really matter? Or, should everything you need to know about an image just be sitting there, exposed and open for scrutiny?
Ken Gonzales-Day’s series, Hang Trees, part of his exhibition at Luis de Jesus Gallery in Culver City, elegantly decides this question with a visceral sucker punch heightened by the very invisibility of its source information.
Ken Gonzales-Day, NIGHT FALLS II, 2007, LIGHTJET MOUNTED ON ALUMINUM, EDITION OF 5
Walk into the gallery and you are confronted with beautiful photos of oak trees and probing, high-focus portraits of young Latino men. Lovely, but so what?
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…)