Los Angeles Art Gallery Tours

Illuminating the Los Angeles Art Scene

Los Angeles Art Gallery Tours at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Conference

Los Angeles Art Gallery Tours at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Conference

This week, Los Angeles Art Gallery Tours is representing the entire Los Angeles art scene for a national contingent of development and urban design thinkers, the Urban Land Institute, who have flocked to the LA Convention Center to attend land-use themed seminars.

Despite conference attendees’ natural appetite for urban exploration, like most conventioneers, their view of our amazing city is likely to be restricted to hotel rooms and the less-than-inspiring downtown Convention Center which, despite Alexis Smith’s impressive terazzo lobby, remains pretty much a cookie-cutter version of any other city’s convention center. LAAGT is here with a team of LA cultural representatives to deliver a little taste of the free-flowing creative energy that our little megalopolis has to offer.

Positive energy abounds here, thanks both to the enthusiastic innovative spirit of the conference’s attendees and also to KCRW’s brilliant and ebullient Frances Anderton, of Design and Architecture (DnA) fame, who along with public relations firm, Secret Agent PR, organized our portion of the event.

 


Last Sunday night, I attended a two-hour “kamikaze” art exhibition at PØST, curated by my friend Danny Shain. Each night, for the entire rest of the month, a new show will be opening and closing in the space, in keeping with masochistic gallery director (and incredible artist) HK Zamani’s rationale that “Difficult times invite difficult gestures. By design, these exhibits remain close to art and distant from the other stuff.” Click here for July’s kamikaze schedule. See images below.

Richard Diebekorn, Ocean Park paint pan

Richard Diebekorn, Ocean Park paint pan

Richard Diebekorn, Ocean Park paint pan

Richard Diebekorn, Ocean Park paint pan

Richard Diebekorn, Ocean Park No. 129, 1984, oil on canvas

Richard Diebekorn, Ocean Park No. 129, 1984, oil on canvas

Danny’s show was entitled epiphenomenon and included works found, made or saved by the participating artists (Richard Diebenkorn, Jeff Kopp, Anders Lansing, Robert Levine, Trevor Norris, Chris Pate, Michael Pierzynski, Richard Serra, Danny Shain, and artist/gallerist HK Zamani. )

Highlights included paint pans that Richard Diebenkorn had used as palettes for his signature Ocean Park series – which curator Shain collected as cast-offs from the artist while helping him to move from Santa Monica to Healdsberg.

Also intriguing was a box of wax noses (the artist’s nose, by the way) by Michael Pierzynski, cast for his 2007 sculpture, Breathe.

Michael Pierzynski, wax noses in a peanut butter box

Michael Pierzynski, wax noses in a peanut butter box

Michael Pierzynski, wax noses in a peanut butter box (detail)

Michael Pierzynski, wax noses in a peanut butter box (detail)

Michael Pierzynski, Breathe, 2007, Plastic, acrylic, wax, and plexi, 8 x 9 x 6 inches

Michael Pierzynski, Breathe, 2007, Plastic, acrylic, wax, and plexi, 8 x 9 x 6 inches

 

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