May 4, 2016 - Emily Spivack
"In this series for T, the writer and author of “Worn Stories,” Emily Spivack, interviews creative types about their most prized possessions. For the artist David Horvitz’s much anticipated commissioned work at this year’s Frieze New York, a professional pickpocket will work in reverse, secretly depositing mini sculptures into fairgoers’ pockets and bags. Here, Horvitz reflects on the art of giving things away, as art — and perhaps his oldest personal object: his orthodontics."Download Article (PDF)
May 4, 2016 - Andy Battaglia
Frieze Projects at Frieze New York
May 4-7, 2016
“Visitors to the Frieze New York art fair might want to watch out for close encounters of the pickpocket kind.
Or not—since failing to elude the perpetrator in the act might lead to scoring a free artwork.
The work will be a small metal sculpture by the artist David Horvitz. And the delivery system, during Frieze’s run this Thursday through Sunday on Randall’s Island, will be a pickpocket hired to covertly circumnavigate the fair, dropping art into unguarded pockets and bags.”Download Article (PDF)
May 1, 2016 - John Dorfman
"With creations like these, today’s emerging designers are playing havoc with the modernist mantra “form follows function”— unless the function is to provide delight as well as utility, to stimulate the imagination as well to support the body. The design scene is being pervaded by a spirit of exuberance and playfulness, and something more—a sense that the traditional separation between design object and work of fine art is arbitrary and obsolete."Download Article (PDF)
April 25, 2016
Woven at the Descanso Gardens' Sturt Haaga Gallery
May 17 - August 28, 2016
Like weaving itself, the premise of this exhibition is both simple and satisfyingly complex. When the purpose of weaving transcends utility and enters art, we see in full the many meanings and association to be found in the act of weaving, and in things woven. Artists included are Marsia Alexander-Clarke, Melanie Ciccone, Clifford Eberly, Susan Feldman, Agustin Garza, Jenny Hart, Nicholette Kominos, Dinh Q. Le, Kristin Leachman, Jairlyn Mason, Thinh Nguyen, Echiko Ohira, James Richards, Meriel Stern, Andrew K. Thompson, Joan Weinzettle, Pontus Willfors.
April 7, 2016 - Edie Cohen
On Laurie Frick's installation at Neustar Corporation in San Francisco.
"'Art corresponding to what they do.' That was the solution proposed by Studios Architecture associate Kelly Mocock when she was designing the San Francisco office of a data-management concern, Neustar. So Mocock started searching the Internet, which brought her to an installation by Laurie Frick."
April 6, 2016
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded George Legrady with a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship in support of his art.
"Throughout his artistic career, Legrady has pursued a highly visible experimental and research-oriented artistic practice that integrates digital computer technologies with photography, conceptual art, and art theory. The proposed artwork to be realized with support of the Guggenheim Fellowship is an installation titled, “Aesthetic Metavision,” that builds on a recently realized series of projects, “Swarm Vision”, “Exquisite Vision”, “AutoVision,” which have evolved out of bridging arts and engineering questions concerned with training an autonomous multi-camera system to acquire aesthetics-defined behavior and agency."
March 2, 2016 - Anise Stevens
Farewell, Eden, at the Descanso Garden's Sturt Haaga Gallery
February 22 - April 3, 2016
The Clash of Nature and the Human Imprint in "Farewell, Eden"
"During the 19th century, landscape painting was a popular form of expression for artists to celebrate mankind’s dominion over nature. Pastoral scenes of manicured lawns, tamed gardens and ripe harvests depicted a peaceful, almost perfect world where man and nature thrived in harmonious union.
Currently on view at Descanso Garden’s Sturt Haaga Gallery, “Farewell, Eden” presents us with a much different perspective. Now that our ecosystem has been severely compromised after years upon years of so-called human progress, our old, romantic notions about nature no longer apply as an accurate representation of our planet’s health. Comprising 62 pieces by 13 Los Angeles based artists, “Farewell, Eden” poignantly articulates this reality across three gallery spaces, each of which afford viewers visual contact with the surrounding gardens."Download Article (PDF)
March 1, 2016 - Suzanne Hudson
Atmospheric Abstraction, Quint Gallery, San Diego, Ca
December 12 - January 30, 2016
"For De Luca, color (and especially colored light) evokes place, specifically Los Angeles. Her paintings often bring to mind dusk, their palettes keyed to such familiar referents as gathering clouds and incandescent sunsets. Planetary orbs recur within the image fields, and brass, nickel, and copper frames appended to border sections of the panels likewise appear throughout, serving as compositional elements that reflect ambient light onto geometric representational forms where they meet the painted gradients."Download Article (PDF)