Archive for April 1st, 2009


The eye of the camera is the ultimate “keeper of light.” The show expresses a concern for portraiture and the representation of the self.  More specifically how photographic techniques can manipulate identity. The principal works are two daguerreotypes by Chuck Close, one a self-portrait and the other a sunflower.  The daguerreotype is anchored in the [...]

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For Los Angeles artists Lisa Adams and Patrick Nickell, something grows out of nothing just like a flower emerges from the depths of splintered concrete on a forgotten sidewalk.  The works of both artists express a preoccupation with the unexpected appearance of space and life.  Patrick Nickell’s freeform sculptures designed with asymmetrical and improbable proportions, [...]

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The MOCA presents Dan Graham Beyond, a diverse retrospective of Graham’s architectural models, photographs, film and video installations, conceptual designs for magazines, and writings.  The viewer is first confronted by three large-scale pieces of architecture constructed out of sleek metal and glass.  They require the viewer literally step inside of them and notice the perceptual [...]

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Modeled after the linear geometric icons found in video games like “Super Mario,” the foam sculptures of Sky Burchard transport life size video game components into the real world.  All Year Round Falling in Love presents viewers with large foam sculptures that display meticulous skill and yet they are fragile to the touch.  Each foam [...]

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Patrick Painter presents Paintings and Works on Paper of the late Francis Picabia.  The sphere of influence of the French-Spanish painter is seen in the semblance of his work to Picasso, Matisse, and Gaugin and noted in the artists he counted among his friends, Marcel Duchamp, Alfred Stieglitz, and Andre Breton.  His career spanned through [...]

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DNJ presents the large-scale photographs of Carlos and Jason Sanchez which examine the familial and the personal.  The family fulfills traditional practices, and consoles each other during times of loss.  The individual however is left to navigate through the world alone when they seek to unmask their own identity. The photographs navigate the viewer through [...]

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The works of “American Photographer” George Tice express a fascination between two wholly separate modes of life, the urban and the rural. Gallery one presents large black and white photographs of city spaces vacant of any remnants of human life.  A Mobil gas station is photographed beneath strips of glaring florescent lights, while an oil [...]

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With roots inextricably linked to a life of poverty, the black and white photographs of Sam Cherry intimately document writers and artists who live on the fringe of society and examine a “new homelessness” in Los Angeles during the 1980’s.  Cherry’s candid documentation of writer Charles Bukowski demystifies an otherwise intimidating literary giant crouched on [...]

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