Ellen C. Caldwell

May 09, 2012, 8:20am

Charlene Liu’s Triple Threat at Taylor De Cordoba

In her third solo show “Everywhere Close to Me” at Taylor De Cordoba, Charlene Liu creates and mediates really special moments with her works on paper.  Using delicate cutouts, overlapping and woven papers, and sculptural pigmented pulpy constructs, Liu creates a world that is both delicate and daring.

Listed under: Los Angeles, Review

April 26, 2012, 8:30am

Shaken and Stirred: Jonas Wood at David Kordansky Gallery

Straight up, Jonas Wood’s solo show at the David Kordansky Gallery (through May 12th) is one of my favorite shows of 2012 thus far.  His larger-than-life, vibrant, and bright paintings are fetching, nostalgic, and cheerful.  They are not “cheerful” in a sickening, sugarcoated, Katy-Perry-esque way, but in one that is varied, unexpected, and welcome.  Some of the imagery and styles bring to mind childhood memories and the accompanying nostalgic feelings. - Ellen Caldwell, LA Contributor

Listed under: Los Angeles, Review

April 24, 2012, 8:25am

Naughty by Nature with MARISSA TEXTOR

Marissa Textor’s graphite drawings are hyperrealistic and vivid.  With her pencil, Textor bends and molds shades of grey and white seamlessly, creating images so true to life that they appear to be photographic.

Her subjects vary, but she often creates images of pre- and post-destruction, conjuring an extreme sense of foreboding or impending devastation.  Somehow this momentum she captures lingers with you as a viewer.  After seeing “Alone out Here” in NAP 97, I am still somewhat-subconsciously haunted and chilled by the quiet and predatory sharks she depicts. - Ellen C. Caldwell, LA Contributor

Listed under: Q&A

April 18, 2012, 8:15am

Holly Coulis’ Fruits and Florals at Cherry and Martin

Walking into Holly Coulis’ solo show at Cherry and Martin, I was surprised to see a majority of large, boldly imagined paintings of flowers, fruits, and vegetable still lifes interspersed with and handful of blurred, dulled landscapes. - Ellen Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor

Listed under: Los Angeles, Review

April 17, 2012, 8:15am

The Limitless Possibilities of Firelei Báez at the Richard Heller Gallery

Firelei Báez’ solo show “Not Even Unalterable Limitations” at the Richard Heller Gallery is saturated with dense color and rich content.  While at her show, I repeatedly heard the muffled sound of visitors oohing and aahing their awe and approval from the gallery’s large entryway, before even fully stepping inside.

Listed under: Los Angeles, Review

April 03, 2012, 8:25am

War, Peace, and Cleon Peterson at the Guerrero Gallery

At San Francisco’s Guerrero Gallery, Cleon Peterson’s “The Brinksman” brings viewers into a binary world.  It’s black and white.  It’s black and red.  It’s haves and have-nots.  It’s suitless and suits.  It’s men and women.  And it is completely without boundaries.

Classical statues intersperse a world that has been turned upside down.  People are slaughtered, hung from nooses, decapitated, and wounded throughout the exaggeratedly two-dimensionally flat world framed in Peterson’s paintings.  It is clear that when the “brinksman” are free and on the loose, no one else is.

Listed under: Review

April 02, 2012, 8:15am

The Art and Artifice of Geodes: In the Studio with Elyse Graham

At once lifelike and ethereal, organic and otherworldly, Elyse Graham’s geodes are captivating and mysterious.  Simply put, they tell a story.  But that story is not at all simplistic in style, process, or production.

Listed under: Interview

March 17, 2012, 10:35am

Weekly Recap (Week of March 12)

Last weekend was fun, with a trip to NYC for the art fairs. That led to quite a few posts summarizing our experiences there. We also had some great interviews throughout the week given to us by contributors Ellen C. Caldwell and Josh Reames. If you missed any of the posts, check them out below!

Listed under: Art Fairs, Art World

March 14, 2012, 8:15am

Gavin Bunner’s Gardens (and Hillsides) of Earthly Delights

Satirical. Sexual? Sensical and non… Gavin Bunner’s (NAP #65 & #97) paintings are flat out funny, farcical, and intelligent.  Growing out of his earlier experimentation with watercolors and humorous juxtapositions, Bunner began creating larger compositions in which he inundates the viewer and field with likely and unlikely pairings from pop-culture and the larger media oversoul: Google. - Ellen C. Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor

Listed under: Interview

February 16, 2012, 8:15am

Mapping our Foreclosures, One Quilt at a Time: Kathryn Clark

Kathryn Clark’s (NAP#97) sewn pieces draw on an established quilting aesthetic and tradition.  Visually, they evoke memories of my grandma’s quilts, patch working, and hand-sewn labors of love.  Thematically, they record and capture a history.

Listed under: Los Angeles, Q&A

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