Navigating California’s concrete skateparks through the lens of Amir Zaki

August 21, 2019 - Luke Halls

Hawk and American-Australian designer Peter Zellner preface a new photographic tome by American artist Amir Zaki, California Concrete: A Landscape of Skateparks. The book documents 12 of the state’s most symbolic skating hotspots from San Diego to Sacramento, which came to be adopted by the modern Californian skating community from the 1970s onwards.


California's "elaborately designed" concrete skateparks captured by Amir Zaki

August 20, 2019 - Eleanor Gibson

Jagged tunnels edged with red trim, scooped walls and wave-like canopies are among the defining features of these vacant concrete skateparks in California, photographed by artist Amir Zaki. The images feature in the California Concrete, a Landscape of Skateparks publication, and document 12 unusual and elaborate skateparks in city's across the state. 


Ramp It Up! Amir Zaki Captures Quiet California Skateparks

August 20, 2019 - LeVar Thomas

Though I’m a spectator, the ramps at some skate parks look really exciting. I would imagine that goes double for skaters that brave those loops, ramps, rails and outcrops for a chance at glory. They likely imagine the possibilities that each ramp provides, which is a testament to the architects who make them.Photographer Amir Zaki must agree, and set out to document some elaborate architecture in the skateparks of California. Documenting the parks for California Concrete, Zaki beat skaters to the parks on early mornings to capture the sports monuments.


Patti Oleon's artwork featured in new book, Ribbon of Darkness: Inferencing from the Shadowy Arts and Sciences

August 15, 2019

Patti Oleon's artwork is featured in a new book by Barbara Maria Stafford, Ribbon of Darkness: Inferencing from the Shadowy Arts and Sciences.



Group Show "Vernacular Environments, Part 3 at Edward Cella Art & Architecture

July 18, 2019

Edward Cella Art & Architecture is hosting “Vernacular Environments, Part 3,” the third of an annual exhibition that explores a diversity of tensions between the figure and the environment.

On view through August 24, 2019, the exhibition features work by David Alekhuogie, Allan Bennetts, Daniel Cummings, Kirsten Deirup, Adriene Jenik, Erik Hanson, Shannon Lucy, Constance Mallinson, Thomas McDonell, Syd Mead, and Wendy Red Star.

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You've Never Seen Skate Parks Like This Before (Amir Zaki's California Concrete)

July 1, 2019 - Michael Hardy

When you think of skateboard photography, you probably picture a skater flying through the air while performing some recondite feat of physical wizardry. In Amir Zaki's photographs, though, skaters themselves are nowhere to be seen. Zaki grew up skating in Beaumont, California, and has the greatest respect for practitioners of the sport. But when he turned his own camera on the skate parks of his home region, his interest was more in the parks than the skating. Read more.

Chapelle de Poulet AN ESSAY IN XIII PIECES

June 25, 2019 - Jeffrey Vallance

In 1978 artist Jeffrey Vallance bought a frozen fryer chicken at the Ralph’s Supermarket in Canoga Park, California. He later buried the chicken at the Los Angeles Pet Cemetery after a brief memorial service. He also installed a grave marker for the frozen bird, naming her Blinky the Friendly Hen. This seriocomic artwork has taken the concept and processes of documentation to its most absurd conclusion. The piece became the quintessential conceptual artwork of the 1970s and Vallance’s straightforward approach offers a striking commentary on our society, the treatment of animals, spirituality and death. The year 2018 marked the 40th anniversary of Vallance’s Blinky project and, in celebration of this historic event, Vallance has released The Special 40th Anniversary Edition of the publication, Blinky (published in 2019 by California State University, Northridge Art Galleries) in conjunction with an exhibition at CSUN featuring a Blinky Chapel, Reliquary Chamber, Theatre, Poultry Gift Shop and “Free Range” a group show including over 80 international artists. Below, we’ve Vallance’s reflections on the sanctity of the chicken—a study of the chicken as a catechistic carrion vehicle for the serious study of spirituality in thirteen pieces. Click through the titles to take the essay piece by piece

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UNDER THE RADAR: A Dismal Decade (Jeffrey Vallance)

May 30, 2019 - Doug Harvey

Eighties nostalgia is a sad and sick thing. In Dazed and Confused, Richard Linklater’s early-’90s exercise in ’70s nostalgia, the character Cynthia (played by Beck’s future wife!) explains her Every Other Decade theory thusly: “The ’50s were boring. The ’60s rocked. The ’70s, my God, they obviously suck. So maybe the ’80s will be like, radical. I figure we’ll be in our 20s and hey, it can’t get any worse.” This was a joke directed at those who actually lived through the ’80s, which sucked in ways Cynthia could have never dreamed of.

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Artist Explores Ideology of California’s Built Environment

May 22, 2019 - DREW ZEIBA

Working between Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, California, artist Aili Schmeltzculls from a wide array of architectural and design iconographies, reducing and remixing them in paintings and sculptures, to question their ideological underpinnings. In A Future Perfect, her solo show on display now at the Los Angeles gallery Edward Cella Art & Architecture, Schmeltz toys with art deco and modernist visual languages that compose so much of the built landscape of Southern California.    Read More.  

Sara Carter’s “A Novel's Protagonist” at Edward Cella Art + Architecture, Los Angeles

May 20, 2019

Edward Cella Art + Architecture, Los Angeles, is showcasing new paintings by Sara Carter in the artist's first solo show with the gallery titled “A Novel's Protagonist.”

Carter, after working in San Francisco for several years, is back in Austin, Texas. Her artistic narrative is a personal and spiritual quest for beauty where she aims to build a transcendent environment through a wide range of expression and technical abilities. In a recent interview, she states, “My work is an articulation of perspective, perception, and experience as it pertains to states of mind within and beyond what is considered ordinary.”

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