Showing posts from December, 2013

Christmas Art 2013


I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I am taking time off for the holidays, but I will be back in 2014. In the meantime, enjoy this Christmas art from the Renaissance to the present. Thank you for reading my blog and your continued support.

"Vessel" by Mark Whalen at The Standard Hotel, Hollywood, California

Artist Statement
The idea to start exploring ceramics as a medium rather than simply a subject in my paintings came about through my interest in the history of vessels. A vessel can be so many things – a receptacle, a nautical craft, a tubular conductive structure, container or hollow utensil. They have many functions, from the rudimentary to the sacred. They are, at once, incredibly decorative, collectable and purposeful items and for this reason I have incorporated them into the narrative of my paintings as just that, collectable items and items that have a significant purpose to the characters using them. I found that as the vessel forms were evolving within the paintings, so too was my thought process behind how my work can be presented. As with the video works I have collaborated on in the past, I have long felt that the subjects within my paintings allow me a freedom to explore broader art making forms without jeopardizing the integrity of the conceptual foundation. Consequentl…

LIFE: ON THE MOON at Various Small Fires, Venice, California


November 2nd – December 7th
The surface is fine and powdery. I can kick it up loosely with my toe. It does adhere in fine layers, like powdered charcoal, to the sole and sides of my boots. I only go in a small fraction of an inch, maybe an eighth of an inch, but I can see the footprints of my boots and the treads in the fine, sandy particles.” — Neil Armstrong, 1969
I described the moon shot once as a very expensive non-site…To an extent I thought that after they got to the moon there was a strange demoralization that set in that they didn’t discover little green men, or something.” — Robert Smithson, 1972
Various Small Fires presents LIFE: ON THE MOON, a group exhibition tracing the immediate influence and lasting significance of the epochal July 20, 1969 moon landing on the early development of Land Art, represented by Robert Smithson and Michelle Stuart, in dialogue with rec…

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) Preview - Vernissage Video

This video provides you with a walkthrough of the new Pérez Art Museum Miami on the occasion of the press preview. The museum that opens this week during Art Basel Miami Beach week has been designed by the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. The Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron have created a rather transparent museum that offers 200,000 square feet of programmable space for exhibitions, educational and other social activities. It also features vertical gardens by hanging garden designer Patrick Blanc. As opening exhibitions, the Jorge M. Pérez Art Museum of Miami-Dade County presents Ai Weiwei, Amelia Peláez, Bouchra Khalili, Yael Bartana, Monika Sosnowska, and Hew Locke, and the group show Americana. Pérez Art Museum Miami. Press preview, December 3, 2013.

Hostile Hospitality - A Group Show Curated by Christy Roberts, Upland, California

Hospitality and hostility both originate from the same latin root word, hostis, meaning stranger or enemy. Hostile Hospitality, Highland House’s third event, curated by Christy Roberts, will explore the relationship between host and stranger/enemy and host and stranger/guest. 

Artists include: Matthew Carter, Steven Frost, Girl Puke, Michelle Carla Handel, Kyla Hansen, Michele Jaquis, Zach Kleyn, Alexander Kroll, Liz Nurenberg, Dominic Quagliozzi, Chris Reynolds, Tessie Whitmore, and Peter Wu.

Highland House is a private residence and artist studio in Upland, California, approximately 40 miles east of Los Angeles that seeks to provide Culture Workers with a space for alternative presentation and local community members with exposure to new modes of culture production. Highland House Collective is made up of working artists, whose practices are based in Los Angeles, but who reside in the Inland Empire. Members include: Kristen Bradford, Christy Roberts, Gary Michael Spisak, Andrew K. Tho…