Sunday, January 22, 2012

Personal Faves of the LA Art Show

There was lots to see at the LA Art Show. The art from all over the world was truly impressive. I wish I could write about everyone. However, there were two artists that I found myself drawn to. Their voice, their skill drew me in.

I met Tony Abeyta last year at the LA Art Show. I was simply awed by his work. I consider myself a Los Angeles writer. I love my town, and often use it as a back drop for my work.

I like that Mr. Abeyta does that with his paintings. The Southwest has an active art scene, but is sometimes dismissed as, well, being the Southwest. There can be regional snobbery, which I find defeats the purpose of an artistic community.

I fell inlove with the Southwest when I'd visit my college friend in New Mexico. Back then, the Southwest was a really big. Fashion, design and art, particularly by Georgia O'keeffe and R.C. Gorman, was being widely explored.

I love that he uses Native American iconagraphy in his abstracts.

Another favorite was discovering the work of the late S.C. Yuan brought down from Carmel by Trotter Galleries. I was happy to see a person of Asian descent in a gallery known for "early California & American Paintings."

I loved his color palate, and the spirit his paintings evoked. From his bio, one read: "Despondent over what he felt was lack of recognition for his work, his inability to become nationally known, and his failing marriage, Yuan took his own life and died September 6, 1974."

I had a discussion with a gallerist about Pacific Standard Time, which hopes to solidify Southern California as an active part of post-war art. He wasn't sure if PST had done that. However, I did think PST did manage to explore the work of artists of color who were never mentioned.

It would be great if they could do PST Northern California, and Mr. Yuan's work would finally get the recognition it deserves.

Let's take a look at this still life.

Look at the brush work of this painting. I loved that he piled it on thick! Of all the paintings I'd seen, I probably spent the most time gazing into the work of Mr. Yuan. Mr. Yuan thank you.

LA Art Show thank you for bringing art from all over to my city!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Sculpture and Stuff

There were some wacky things that were shown at the LA Art Show. Among all of the beautiful paintings and vibrant colors, it was nice to see some work that was a little more challenging.

I liked this pod theme. I really had to look at it to comprehend what it was about. I like seeing art that causes me to see the world differently.

These life-like torsos was something to behold!

This three-eyed Asian dude gave me the creeps--in a good way. He stands about 2 and half feet and was positioned behind glass. I wondered what was the artist's intent in doing this. The "third eye" is an important pychic trait in some cultures. Seen in that way, it becomes less scary and more provocative.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Oh, Buddha! More from the LA Art Show

Like last year, China was well represented at the LA Art Show. Read 2011 blog post here. The China Pavillion was truly charming, particularly the presentation of Buddhas. Spirituality was absent at last year's show. 2011 exhibited more of China's nationalism. This time we're asked to look deeper into the Chinese soul.

These paintings of monks made me pause.

Some revered Tibetan Buddhist leaders were among the Buddha Show.

There were some naysayers who felt all this joyful Tibetan stuff was propaganda by the Chinese. Tibetan life under China is not as tranquil as these paintings portray. Point well taken. I noticed that His Holiness the Dalai Lama was not painted among the portraits. HHDL is, of course, considered an enemy of the state.

Regardless, the artist's skill of these paintings can not be denied. You can't tell from this post, but the next picture was HUGE. Maybe 20 feet by 40 feet. It's basically a mural--and this was worth the price of admission.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The LA Art Show is HERE!!!

I went to the opening night of the LA Art Show. What an amazing event. It's great to start off the year being exposed to art from all over the world. Galleries and artists make the trek to our glamorous city to see if we're intereted in paintings, sculture, prints. If you're wondering, you bet we are.

I spoke with one gallerist who had come for the past several years because the LA scene is so supportive of artists. Another gallerist said she has three different booths at the show to showcase work from the east coast. She contacted her west coast clients, and was happy to see that they came.

I'll be blogging about the event all weekend, so keep dropping by. The China Pavillion, Santa Fe Art, the Buddhist exhibit, Northern California galleries were a highlight for this writer. I'll be sharing images in the next few days.

One critique I had about last year's show was the lack of social commentary that art can provide. That was not the case this year as visitors were greeted with performance artists carrying signs educating us about rape. It grounded the evening, reminding us that art can inspire change and thought.

Upon entering, it seemed the energy changed quite drastically as we're greeted with a large fortune cookie!

The fortune cookie theme continued into the show...

There was a showing of some familiar names:
Jasper Johns


Joan Miro

There is a ton to see. Go check it out.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Write in 2012!

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Friday, January 13, 2012

What's Your Story?

Last year, the White House Initiative on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs asked members of the community to submit a video called "What's Your Story?" The purpose was to highlight the accomplishments of Asians in America. Here is my contribution. It was on the mighty Prince Gomolvilas. I make fun of Prince whenever I get. I've called him Thai crackhead and a whore, but I have to admit: he's talented.

With affection, here's my video of that crack--ur, fine artist Prince.