Ellen C. Caldwell

September 24, 2012, 8:25am

ART, OBJECTIFIED WITH KEVIN ARNOLD

Kevin Arnold’s (NAP #100) multi-paneled canvases are refreshing and humorous.  Creating art that is all about the object and its very own objecticity, if you will, Arnold paints canvases as physical placeholders and stand-ins for the very objects he depicts.  Canvases become vinyl pillows, packing cardboard boxes, folding chairs and tables. 

Listed under: Interview, Q&A

September 17, 2012, 7:25am

Gallerist at Home: Monique Meloche

Hip, stylish, and ever-tasteful, Monique Meloche (the founder, owner, and namesake of monique meloche gallery) and her husband live in a contemporary single family home in Ukranian Village, Chicago.  After Meloche and her husband got married and moved into their home, they opened the gallery in that very residence in October of 2000 with an exhibition aptly called "Homewrecker” before opening to the public in 2001.

Listed under: Gallerist at Home

August 27, 2012, 8:20am

In the Studio: The Process of a Painting with Jave Gakumei Yoshimoto

Jave Gakumei Yoshimoto’s (NAP #99 & 102) recent work "Baptism of Concrete Estuary" was massive in size and massively received.

After the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Yoshimoto began working on a scroll painting to highlight the destruction and devastation the country faced.  What began as a small endeavor, however, grew to be a 30 foot long scroll painting that also acted as a fundraiser for building an art center in Japan in the wake of nature’s destruction.

August 22, 2012, 8:25am

The Masked Men and Women of Michelle Ramin

Michelle Ramin (NAP#99), composes colored pencil portraits of her friends and family.  Sounds cute and cuddly at first, but not necessarily.  Ramin’s portraits depict those close to her in great detail, all while they are wearing face masks.  Creepy, yet personal; Scary, yet seductive, Ramin’s works are compositionally and conceptually challenging both on an individual and larger societal level.

Listed under: Q&A

August 20, 2012, 8:30am

Gallerist at Home: Deb Klowden Mann

Deb Klowden Mann, the co-owner and director of gallery km in Santa Monica, is dedicated to developing her gallery’s program with an emphasis on LA artists who not only represent the present moment, but also stand the test of time. - Ellen Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor

Listed under: Gallerist at Home

August 16, 2012, 8:30am

Ria Brodell’s Butch Heroes

In her series Butch Heroes, Ria Brodell (NAP #74 & #98) reinterprets Catholic holy cards in larger, hand-painted versions that look to buried and near-endangered histories of earlier generations of LGBTQ heroes, role models, and martyrs.

Listed under: Q&A

August 02, 2012, 8:25am

Looking at LA and Mexico: Two Group Shows, One City

Summertime in the gallery art scene often means a variety of group shows full of both new and established artists.  Culver City this month is no exception.  As I wandered from gallery to gallery, two shows that are just doors apart on South La Cienega really struck me, especially given their immediate juxtaposition and proximity to one another.

Listed under: Los Angeles, Review

July 31, 2012, 7:25am

The Road Ahead at Roberts & Tilton

The Road Ahead is a retrospective group show at Roberts & Tilton this summer in Los Angeles.  It features work from 14 artists, with many artists contributing multiple works.

Listed under: Los Angeles, Review

July 16, 2012, 8:30am

Gallerist at Home: Andres Guerrero

Andres Guerrero, current director and owner of the Guerrero Gallery in the Mission District in San Francisco, and former director/founder of White Walls, is not your typical gallery director.  Glancing at both the art in his gallery and at his home makes that clear.

Listed under: Gallerist at Home

July 12, 2012, 8:30am

Museum Admission: Frohawk Two Feathers at MCA Denver

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Denver is an institution and space that is not to be missed – as is the case with Denver itself.  Nestled near the South Platte River, Union Station, LoDo, and Commons Park, MCA is a wide-open, three-story exhibition space that has cultivated an innovative and energetic program, thanks to its visionary director Adam Lerner and its entire team.

Listed under: Museum Admission

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