Kour Pour painting, detail, "In the Making" group exhibition at Roberts & Tilton
Last Saturday night was a cool, cloudless Southern California winter evening. And, throughout the corridors of Culver City’s acoustically-challenged art spaces, the rattle and squeak of shoes on cement competed unsuccessfully with the even more overwhelming din of alcoholically amplified voices. Casual chat lent a warmth that contrasted pleasantly with the night’s dusky chill, but the walls had plenty of tales to tell because much of this month’s Culver City art offerings are all about story.
At Roberts & Tilton, a group show entitled, In the Making, focuses on the narrative formed by the meandering , idiosyncratic paths artists take to derive their end-product. The show is not so much about physical process, but rather the interplay between concept and craft, planning and execution.
Opening crowd at "In the Making" exhibition at Roberts & Tilton, February 25, 2012
Highlights of the entertaining show were rug paintings by British born, Los Angeles resident Kour Pour and a curious wall-hanging by Los Angeles artist Kori Newkirk.
Brian Bress, Beadman (Parker), 2012, High definition single-channel video (color), high definition monitor and player, wall mount, Ed. of 1 + 1AP, 50.6 x 32.4 inches, 1 min., 06 sec., loop
Lilting somewhere in the perfumed mist that conjoins The Residents, David Lynch and the Muppets is Brian Bress’ new show, Under Performing at Cherry and Martin in Culver City (the toast of the early January evening when Culver City’s galleries opened their first exhibitions of 2012.)
Employing a disarming DIY approach to his own highly-visual brand of absurd, yet psychologically-charged video art, Bress has assembled an impressive collection of video pieces that – given their color-coordinated frames, nearly static imagery and occasionally recognizable allusions to specific painters or artistic periods – read much more like paintings than narrative video. Also accompanying these relatively static videos is a more traditionally narrative video piece, which (notwithstanding a moment or two of irritating artworld condescension) sets the otherworldly tone (and soundtrack) for the rest of the show. (more…)
Artie Vierkant Image Object
Artie Vierkant will probably be very happy to see reproductions of images from his China Art Objects exhibition presented here.
The sumptuousness of these Image Objects, roughly five-foot-high digital outputs mounted on shaped wooden boards, is hard to ignore. As pure eye-candy, these wall sculptures appear to be flat, rectangular rainbows slipping in and out of alignment – vertigo-inspiring moments in the lives of rotating, intersecting and overlapping semi-transparent planes – snippets from an ongoing process of playful digital manipulation. (more…)