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…)
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
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…)