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Notes on Looking, June 24, 2010

Hello friends! If you didn’t read Notes on the FOCA email earlier today then aren’t you the lucky one?! I foolishly forgot possibly the best show opening this weekend: Doctor Zomb curated by Spencer Douglass with work by Scoli Acosta, Polly Apfelbaum, Olga Balema, Joshua Callaghan, Meg Cranston, Cayetano Ferrer,Gustavo Herrera, Ali Prosch, Amanda Ross-Ho and with writing by Lia Trinka-Browner. Glendale College Art Gallery, 1500 N. Verdugo Rd., Glendale, 91208 Park in Lot A, accessible from Mountain St. half way up the hill from Verdugo. Also when I was writing last night the Internet was possessed. Now I have links and images to the show at Khastoo and more! Yay! But first: about Ohio, Mark Bradford and family. Dateline: Columbus, Ohio Um, it’s a bleary 6:30 am, I’m rising and writing – chipper yet barely recovered from the previous evening’s wedding of niece day. (The fabulous fireworks and the party ended at 1 am.) What a revelation it is to see a family – three, four and five generations – witness together the passing of custom’s torch from the past through the present to the future. In-laws are great opportunities for learning. But back to art. Mark Bradford at the Wexner Center. This 10 year survey includes 38 of Bradford’s paintings and sculptures we’ve seen and admired over the past decade and also includes a generous 14 new works. Above, see Luma (all works listed 2010) and here on pinnochioisonfire.com listen and watch as Bradford explains his process with this new work. If you’re seeing and hearing doubles don’t worry – simply grab the centerline with your cursor...

Notes on Looking, June 17, 2010

Hello friends and Fellows, I’ll get to Notes in a moment but first I’m putting on my shameless hussy hat-of-self-promotion to announce that I’ve posted myself to the blogosphere: http://notesonlooking.com is ready and eager for your perusal! Yes, another place to find Notes on Looking and I’m hopeful a variety of diverse and equally fun things as the future unrolls. As you’ll find noted in the “About” page an entire ton of credit and thanks go to the Fellows of Contemporary Art who allow my voice to develop and flourish under their care. Another ton of happy thanks are devoted to Bettina Korek for welcoming me into her family of content producers at For Your Art and her cohort Jessica Simmons who fixes factual errors with consistency and charming lighthandedness. A third ton I want to mail to Daniel Lara who designed and set up my site. Not much changes except now I have my own home and a place to archive Notes under my own name. Wheeeee! More in the vein of shameless self promotion! (Which vein was that Geoff?) X-TRA has posted its new issue to x-traonline.org (with several key omissions to maintain attractiveness for your increasingly mandatory purchase) and on that site you’ll find… 1 Image 1 Minute by Geoff Tuck! Also you’ll find essays by Benjamin Lord, Jan Tumlir, Kristina Newhouse, a companion 1 Image 1 Minute by Christopher Haun and an artist project by Alex Slade. Back to Notes. I feel a need to remind you of the Velaslavasay Panorama. Coming up on June 17 at 8 pm Æ and Nanuka Tchitchoua will present...

Notes on Looking, June 10, 2010

Hello friends and Fellows, For those of us who are smart enough to be determined fans there is the possibility of a Michael Rashkow bi-fecta (sorry no trifecta yet) this week that will have you traveling from Lincoln Heights after 10:30 some night to Beverly Hills at 6 pm on Saturday. Davida Nemeroff at Night Gallery opened Casa Bella with Rashkow, Joshua Callaghan and Jennifer Boysen last Tuesday. (More exciting Davida Nemeroff news a bit later so stay tuned!) Night Gallery is open 10 pm to 2 am Tuesday through Thursday and (I could kick myself for not knowing this this weekend!!) on Sunday from 3 pm to 7 pm. If you aren’t already you need to be aware of Night Gallery and Nemeroff. Night Gallery, 204 S. Ave. 18, LA, 90031 Jennifer Boysen is a new name to me, and having now looked at images on her website I regret this fact! If you have any French Los Angeles Confidential is an exhibition that Allyson Spellacy and Sandra Patron curated at the Parc Saint Léger Center for Contemporary Art, which for those of us who don’t know France very well is about 2 hours south of Paris. Boysen was included as were a number of interesting LA artists. (The captions of the great exhibition images on this museum site are in English so don’t scrimp!) I know where I’ll be part of Sunday afternoon – in Lincoln Heights at Night Gallery seeing Casa Bella which looks to be a fantastic exhibition. Garboushian Gallery (disclosure here – Herair Garboushian is a member of FOCA), opens a two person show...

Notes on Looking, June 3, 2010

Hello friends and Fellows, (beware links in this post. when uploading from my archive i lost the connetions. i’ve relinked only up to Autumn Ramsey so far…) All that stuff I told you about Support Group at Cottage Home last week? It’s even truer now. Honestly, go see this show. Beginning outside with Kathryn Andrews’ piece It’s all about… Gaylen Gerber which is comprised of two billboard size signs both white background with red lettering and chainlink graphic in a font to match the Cottage Home sign. One reads “It’s all about…” and the other reads “Gaylen Gerber!” So is Gerber such an awesome dude that Andrews felt compelled to thus honor him? Is this title a caprice of Andrews’s? Is it because Gerber’s own work, while not entirely lacking (three walls are painted Gerber Grey and one of each pair of fluorescent tubes are covered with grey filters, the walls enclosing and the curiously warm grey light touching each work of art in the exhibition) is noticeably unapparent even for a  conceptual show? Who can tell? Walk through the front door and find yourself at first perplexed. Should you wait a moment and choose a magazine from the convenient rack by the door? Should you follow what seems to be the advice of a glow in the dark, scary, pointing hand sculpture and continue into the gallery? Entering the main gallery space one might think, “Well gee, this looks more like it’s all about Kathryn Andrews!” She’s fenced off the middle two thirds of the space with chain link, which encloses two 7′ tall concrete block walls painted...