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ArtScene Preview: Patti Oleon

January 12, 2018 - Michael Shaw

Patti Oleon's five paintings, slated for a show dubbed "Sideways" (after the title of one work) prompt the question: What's the ceiling on painted architectural interiors? That can be taken literally, in the sense of challenging the relevance of such modes. Is it an overplayed trope, and/or ultimately placating to the market? It's also as a pun-like take on one of Oleon's recurring motifs, in which ceilings double as floors; in the case of "Danielli" --- perhaps the strongest among these new paintings --- it's not clear whether we're seeing ceiling or sky. The oil-on-panel (and linen-over-panel) paintings, ranging in size from two-feet to four-and-a-half-feet high, qualify as a jewel-like, and clearly offer eye-candy splendors in their re-interpretations of grand European lobbies, hotels, hallways and opera houses from locales such as Istanbul, Venice and Prague. 

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Whitehot Magazine: Halprin Review

November 8, 2017 - Lawrence Gipe

The landscape architecture of Lawrence Halprin has been well documented, and justly so. Take one example: the Ira Keller Forecourt Fountain (1970-71) in Portland, Oregon, a public courtyard made of waterfalls and stacked concrete platforms that prompted the otherwise implacable New York Times critic Ada Louise Huxtable to proclaim it “one of the most important urban spaces since the Renaissance.”



KCRW: Lawrence Halprin

October 17, 2017 - Avishay Artsy

Amid the glittering glass-and-steel towers and bustle of downtown Los Angeles, office workers could be forgiven for seeking a quiet garden with a fountain to enjoy during their lunch hour.

They might find solace in a series of four parks along Hope Street, created in the late 1980s and early ’90s by the late Lawrence Halprin. His modernist urban parks offer a feeling of serenity in the hectic core of big city life.

The landscape designer, a trailblazer in his field, is enjoying a renaissance, spurred on by a traveling exhibition that has now arrived in Los Angeles, and by a call to arms from conservationists intent on preserving his legacy against forces that would alter or tear down his monumental parks.

Halprin’s downtown LA projects include the Bunker Hill Steps, a massive concrete staircase connecting Hope Street with the Los Angeles Public Library’s Central Library on Fifth Street that is surrounded by plants and bisected by a flowing waterfall. Until recently, the water cascaded over rocky outcrops; but those were replaced by smooth bricks — a change Halprin’s fans say contradicts the original intent of the design.


The Fullest Interview: Mara De Luca

October 11, 2017 - Chelsea McCarthy

I call Mara De Luca to let her know I have arrived. I used to work here as her studio assistant when I was in undergrad at Otis College of Art and Design. I hear her arrive on the other side of the gate, I see her smile as she slides the gate open with two hands.

Mara is warm and centered, alert and generous.

I follow her back through the dense jungle of thick green leaves and healthy bushes, large ceramic vessels are strewn throughout the property. There is a kiln to the right of the path and a pond of moving, recycled water used to irrigate the garden. Mara’s studio is private and in the back corner, behind a tree. The large roll up door is pulled back — her long and narrow studio airy and well lit. I slide around the perimeter of her studio, processing her new paintings. She has cherries and mint tea for us to share. We pluck cherries from their stems while we catch up.


Michael St. John: Recent Press

September 29, 2017

Recent press coverage for Michael St. John, including Art In America, The New York Times, BOMB Magazine, Artspeak, etc. 

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Lawrence Halprin: ArtScene

September 26, 2017 - Scarlet Cheng

With Lawrence Halprin, "Alternative Scores - Drawing from Life," we get to see some of his unexpected artwork and sketches, rarely seen before in public. Halprin was one of America's leading urban designers and landscape architects in the post-World War II period. Educated at the Harvard Graduate School of Design undder the likes of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer, he eventually setlled in the Bay Area during the 1940s and made his career there. He became famous for the environmentally sensitive master plan of Sea Ranch, a residentail community along the Sonoma County coast, in the 1960s, and he was responsible for some of the redesign of downtown Los Angeles in the 1990s. 

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Lawrence Halprin: KCRW Weekly Pick

September 25, 2017 - Karen Bruckner

This week, you can: learn about the landscape 'choreography' of Lawrence Halprin; see the embellished Southern California version of Spanish Colonial Revival; spend the weekend at Watts Towers; parade through car-free streets in Santa Monica; and explore Cuban culture, low and high-tech.


LA Times: Ryan Callis

August 12, 2017 - David Pagel

If an early 20th century painting by Arthur Dove had a love child with an early 21st century emoji, it might look like one of Ryan Callis’ seven new paintings at Edward Cella Art & Architecture.

Dove’s DNA can be seen in the compositional sophistication Ryan brings to his paintings, mixing representational elements with geometric shapes, both simple and fanciful. Part of paintings fall into place with their neighbors while never feeling cramped or crowded.

The muscular colors and slippery tonal shifts Dove (1880-1946) deployed to construct his dynamic landscapes lives on in the visual electricity of Ryan’s idiosyncratic palette, whose funky juxtapositions of organic and unnatural tints are a bit more jittery yet cut from the same cloth.


C-File Feature: Brad Miller

July 25, 2017

LOS ANGELES — Southern California-based sculptor and ceramic artist Brad Miller’s latest exhibition Brad Miller: Stones & Object Relations Theory at Edward Cella gallery (July 22 – August 19, 2017) aligns with his keenness and curiosity for organic forms and our psychoanalytic relationships to them featuring lichen-like texture and hand-made stones. Recalling this layered frenzied energy in his Venice Beach studio, Miller physically interacts with his work applying layer after layer of slip and paint, firing, torching, sanding, tumbling and grinding away the layers. This graduall process reveals their temporary condition as objects that change according to the needs of those who use them. Employing methods of abstract expressionism and conceptualism, Miller orchestrates accidents to build forms that mirror found stones and paintings that could be sculptures in an exacting manner.


SurfSimply Magazine: Ryan Callis Interview

July 22, 2017 - Mat Arney

“Surf Art” is often an incorrect label to hang on the work of many artists whose life as a surfer might sometimes influence their work. Ryan Callis is a surfer and an artist, but his critically acclaimed art stands separate and you’d be hard pushed to tell that he is an avid, daily, surfer from looking at the majority of his output. His most recent exhibition Ocean Memories, which opens this weekend at the Edward Cella Art and Architecture Gallery in Los Angeles, draws almost exclusively upon his experiences as a surfer however; Surf Simply caught up with Ryan between returning from a trip to Hawaii and the opening of the exhibition to find out more about how and why he’s finally brought the two together.