Los Angeles Art Gallery Tours

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Ron van der Ende, Fm3m / Salt, 2013, bas-relief on salvaged wood, 191 x 170 x 15 cm

Ron van der Ende, Fm3m / Salt, 2013, bas-relief on salvaged wood, 191 x 170 x 15 cm

One intriguing facet of today’s international art world is the way in which some styles and sensibilities, once considered distinctly regional, now pop up as the apparent inspiration for work generated thousands of miles away.

A case in point: the sculptures of Ron van der Ende, a Dutch artist working in Rotterdam, whose show, Phasmid, is on display at Ambach and Rice until July 27. Phasmid, by the way, is a reference to Phasmatodea, which are an order of insects known as walking sticks – animals that survive by camouflage and mimicry.

Van der Ende’s wooden bas-relief constructions confront viewers with aggressively 3D images of relatively ordinary objects, which – by sheer force of craft and depth mimicking illusion – are transformed into the extraordinary – with a pinch of piquant technological dread. And, intriguingly, beyond his virtuosic use of shadow and perspective, this Dutch sculptor seems to reference work by influential California artists Robert Irwin, Tony Berlant, Ronald Davis and John Okulick, not to mention George Lucas’ iconic vision of the Death Star. (more…)


François Ghebaly Gallery, Joel Kyack Opening, Culver City, September 10, 2011

François Ghebaly Gallery, Joel Kyack Opening, Culver City, September 10, 2011

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John Pearson, Oscillation/Fluctuation Series: SLG #12A, 2011, acrylic on canvas over reverse 'S' shaped strecher, 72 x 30 x 3 inches

John Pearson, Oscillation/Fluctuation Series: SLG #12A, 2011, acrylic on canvas over reverse 'S' shaped strecher, 72 x 30 x 3 inches

Pacific Standard Time, the sprawling, Getty-sponsored, 60-venue celebration of the emergence of the Los Angeles art scene, is already a major guiding consideration in much of the exhibitions scheduled across LA – even though the official event does not officially kick-off until October of this year. In a somewhat counter-intuitive approach to addressing the history of art in LA, Sam Lee Gallery in Chinatown is very intentionally mounting “Color Rise,” paintings by British-born, Ohio resident and internationally exhibited artist, John Pearson, whose last (and only) Los Angeles show was in the late ’80s.

Why John Pearson? Well, there are a couple of reasons:
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