Notes on Looking

Hello my friends,

This promises to be a rich and rewarding weekend. Once again the artists of Los Angeles have pulled out all the stops for us. You should take advantage of this generosity. Yes, this means driving from one end of town to another and then north and south, too. Get ready to go.

First off: Tom Allen “Summerlands” is opening at Richard Telles Fine Art on Saturday, Oct 30 from 5 to 7 PM. (Link to Allen’s own site here.) I know from experience that Telles has shows installed by Thursday afternoon so I suggest you visit on Thursday, Friday or Saturday to spend time alone with Tom’s paintings then return for the reception to congratulate the artist. In Telles’s Martel space (around the corner from his 7380 Beverly Blvd home) are Lecia Dole-Recio, Lisa Lapinski and Caroline Thomas in a group show. Richard Telles 7380 Beverly Blvd, 90036 (I promise you images soon.)

Ruben Ochoa "...that's what she said" 2010. Galvanized pole and concrete footing

Ruben Ochoa "...that's what she said" 2010. Galvanized pole and concrete footing

Ruben Ochoa "Grounded exhibition. Installation view "Get off my black" and "Grounded" with drawings on the wall

Ruben Ochoa "Grounded exhibition. Installation view "Get off my black" and "Grounded" with drawings on the wall

This is the final weekend for Ruben Ochoa “Grounded” and Yunhee Min “Attraction” at Susanne Vielmetter, 6006 Washington Blvd, Culver City, 90232. I understand Ochoa also has a large sculpture in the The Artist’s Museum opening at both MOCA spaces on Sunday Oct 31.

Yunhee Min "Attraction" installation view. To get a great view of this exhibition (one that wasn't available as a photo) go to the furthest room of the gallery and you'll find a vertical installation of small acrylic or ink paintings on duralene - a column of activity and color if you will. Keeping them in your line of sight look back through the other spaces. You'll catch glimpses of Min's paintings and Ochoa's sculptures and be very happy with what you see. The cominbination resonates nicely. (Well done Susanne!)

Yunhee Min "Attraction" installation view. To get a great view of this exhibition (one that wasn't available as a photo) go to the furthest room of the gallery and you'll find a vertical installation of small acrylic or ink paintings on duralene - a column of activity and color if you will. Keeping them in your line of sight look back through the other spaces. You'll catch glimpses of Min's paintings and Ochoa's sculptures and be very happy with what you see. The cominbination resonates nicely. (Well done Susanne!)

Yunhee Min "Attraction #12, 2010

Yunhee Min "Attraction #12, 2010

Min’s past work has included large-scale installations and canvases that to me unified (and also challenged) the Modernist practices of painting and architecture.  These new paintings make me think of angular and prismatic Baroque or Rococo spaces – rather as though untrammled happy energy is bound up by the colored frames she’s used. “Attraction” as a body of work successfully extends and exceeds her previous paintings and is a tantalizing view of what may be next.

Susanne Vielmetter LA Projects 6006 Washington Blvd, Culver City, 90232 (Next up at Vielmetter will be Edgar Arceneaux)

Larry Mullins “New Baggage” at Blythe Projects, 5797 Washington Blvd, Culver City, 90232.

Artist Noah Davis has curated “Gray Day” for Roberts and Tilton.

Erik Parker “Endless Anytime” opens at Honor Fraser on Saturday, 2622 S. La Cienega Blvd, Culver City, 90034

Marius Bercea "Rumours Town" 100 x 95 cm, oil on canvas, 2010

Marius Bercea "Rumours Town" 100 x 95 cm, oil on canvas, 2010

Since you’ll be right there at Francois Ghebaly Gallery Marius Bercea “Qui Vivra Vera” is closing on Saturday. (Upcoming at Ghebaly is Candice Lin “Holograms” on Nov 6)

Lester Monzon "Hoopla" 2010

Lester Monzon "Hoopla" 2010

Heather Cantrell, from her website (which then refers one to Kinkead) No real reason I grabbed this photo - except it's way, way compelling. Even with the knife I'd like to meet this character in a bar. I can't wait for January! Link is to "A Study in Portraiture" (disabled, new link to Cantrell's personal web site. This done May 14, 2011) online documentation Cantrell's 2008/9 two part series of artist portraits. She invited LA artists to reimagine their identities before the camera, or "play dress up" as might equally describe the process. Nice photos after the jump featuring many of the artists you know and love looking... faaabulous. Come play!

Heather Cantrell, from her website (which then refers one to Kinkead) No real reason I grabbed this photo - except it's way, way compelling. Even with the knife I'd like to meet this character in a bar. I can't wait for January! Link is to "A Study in Portraiture" (disabled, new link to Cantrell's personal web site. This done May 14, 2011) online documentation Cantrell's 2008/9 two part series of artist portraits. She invited LA artists to reimagine their identities before the camera, or "play dress up" as might equally describe the process. Nice photos after the jump featuring many of the artists you know and love looking... faaabulous. Come play!

Also nearby at Kinkead, Lester Monzon “To Press Upon or Against” closes Saturday. Looks like John Kinkead and Whitney Carter are taking the holidays off. In January Heather Cantrell will begin 2011 by showing us photographs. Yay!

Christopher Russell, Runaway-Framed "Landscape" 2010, digital print, scratched, spraypaint

Christopher Russell, Runaway-Framed "Landscape" 2010, digital print, scratched, spraypaint

Christopher Russell, from the book "Runaway" page 2

Christopher Russell, from the book "Runaway" page 2

Moving farther west, Christopher Russell’s show “Runaway” is at Luis de Jesus right now. It would be a good idea for you to see this exhibition. When I visited at the opening I became afraid to write about “Runaways.” (This happens with artists whose work I love.) With his powerful images – what first attracted me to Christopher’s work – Russell poses questions to which I may not want answers. And when I do (secretly, in the back of my head) envision the responses yet more questions present themselves. This work is very dark. Some of if may comes across as obsessive and neurotic: death, sex, kidnapping, abandonment and fury. These fixations express themselves in his artistic processes. Consider the hellishly repetitive motions it must take to scratch away all that image from the photos, his use and reuse of William Morris-inspired patterning on wallpaper, the essential repetitive nature of photography, his ongoing publications of murderous and scatological stories – is the driving force abasement or intelligence?

Again from "Runaway" the story of one (or those) who left culture behind to start again - making up rules that were suggested by need. This is "page 5."

Again from "Runaway" the story of one (or those) who left culture behind to start again - making up rules that were suggested by need. This is "page 5."

Close at hand you’ll find “Steve Hurd: Five Fictions” and “Amir Nikravan: Thresholds” at Rosamund Felsen. David Pagel in the LA Times writes approvingly of Hurd’s exhibition. Several friends whose advice I’ve gotten used to taking have recommended Nikravan’s show to me. (Since I’m out of town two weekends in a row if I have to race from downtown to Santa Monica after work one day I shall, indeed I shall.)

All of the above at various locations in Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica 90404. Ok, Luis de Jesus is Unit F2, Rosamund Felsen is at B4. Go soon.

Peter Wu from Charnel House Scraps. See image for description. By the way, allow me to elucidate "finnisage" for you: Finnisage, nom masculin, action de finir. In English this means PARTY.

Peter Wu from Charnel House Scraps. See image for description. By the way, allow me to elucidate "finnisage" for you: Finnisage, nom masculin, action de finir. In English this means PARTY.

Also Greene Park. This by Jeff Ostergren. I don't think he really looks like this.

Also Greene Park. This by Jeff Ostergren. I don't think he really looks like this.

Chinatown. Finissage for Greene Park Gallery and the exhibition “Charnel House Scraps” at Kunsthalle. Greene Park Gallery is more a presence that inhabits many spaces than a bricks and mortar gallery. It roves. I imagine that if you email Rob Greene or Caroline Park at [email protected] they’ll share the next destination with you.

Justin Cole "Marcus, Martin & Malcolm" graphite on paper. It's quite likely that none of the work I'm posting will be included in Cole's show. Perhaps these pictures will give you impetus to go to C-town. Um, pick up your keys, walk out the door and... drive.

Justin Cole "Marcus, Martin & Malcolm" graphite on paper. It's quite likely that none of the work I'm posting will be included in Cole's show. Perhaps these pictures will give you impetus to go to C-town. Um, pick up your keys, walk out the door and... drive.

Just across Chung King Road Pepin Moore opens on Saturday with Justin Cole “Historical Impulse.” PM not yet having any Cole images on their site I’m encouraged to visit Justin Cole’s own site. And I’m glad I Googled. Wow, is Cole good!

Justin Cole "1491" this also coming from his "Drawings" page the media are graphite on paper.

Justin Cole "1491" this also coming from his "Drawings" page the media are graphite on paper.

From Cole's series "Quotations on Time in Space" the C-print "Don De Lillo/Culver City" (bringing a little color to this corner of Notes on Looking)

From Cole's series "Quotations on Time in Space" the C-print "Don De Lillo/Culver City" (bringing a little color to this corner of Notes on Looking)

Trundle north a way to Charlie James Gallery. If you see a lovely, willowy woman manning the gallery don’t be confused. Emma Gray has curated the show currently on view. Zoe Crosher “For Ur Eyes Only – The Unveiling of Michelle Dubois.” Aperture has Zoe Crosher pages, including info about a multiple Crosher did of the Michelle Dubois project. Totally sold out, btw. Apeture 198, Spring 2010 is available and contains the essay Femme Fatale: Zoe Crosher’s Reconsidered Archive of Michelle Dubois by Jan Tumlir.

Zoe Crosher "Kodak Color Film, From the Unveiling of Michelle Dubois"

Zoe Crosher "Kodak Color Film, From the Unveiling of Michelle Dubois"

Crosher again, not from the Charlie James show but from Crosher's site, here linked. "The Cindy Shermanesque (But She's The Real Thing)"

Crosher again, not from the Charlie James show but from Crosher's site, here linked. "The Cindy Shermanesque (But She's The Real Thing)"

Human Resources “Crying Over Spilled Milk” performance organized by Paul Pescador and including Alexis Disselkoen, Brian Getnick and Pescador himself.

Hoovered from the Armory's Flickr stream. Roden must have mailed this to Jay Belloli. Awesome.

Hoovered from the Armory's Flickr stream. Roden must have mailed this to Jay Belloli. Awesome.

Even farther north, at the Armory in Pasadena Steve Roden will perform sound works at his exhibition “In Between: A Twenty Year Survey.” You’re gonna have to wrestle with your conscience about which of these to attend.

I leave you with pictures of “100% Natural” at Elephant. 3325 Division St, LA, 90065

Check out earlier posts for additional information on Christopher Russell, Nicholas Grider and other fascinating instances of excellence in our world. Cheers.

"100% Natural" curated by Nicholas Grider at Elephant

"100% Natural" curated by Nicholas Grider at Elephant

"100% Natural" curated by Nicholas Grider at Elephant

"100% Natural" curated by Nicholas Grider at Elephant

Again, Elephant

Again, Elephant

Indeed there is rarely any payoff. Elephant

Indeed there is rarely any payoff. Elephant

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