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The Mysterious Burial Mask: Information and Evidence: a group show curated by Andrew K. Thompson

On April 23, 2009, an unexplained occurrence happened at The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art at Cal State San Bernardino,  in San Bernardino, California. While installing a show of their permanent collection of Egyptian art, a Roman Egyptian death mask dating back to about the 2nd Century AD moved on its own without any force or assistance. The whole incident was caught on video surveillance. So what do you do when a mysterious and unexplained phenomenon occurs in a museum? You call artists to explore what happened. That is what curator and current MFA candidate Andrew K. Thompson did when learning of this event. The result is a provocative exploration of the mysterious forces that may have contributed or caused the mask to move on its own.

Mario Vasquez (MV):         Briefly, what happened on April 23, 2009? and what attracted you to this particular event as a curator?

Andrew K. Thompson (AT):         In short, a Roman-Egyptian burial mask from the second A.D. mysteriously …

"The Edge of Night" - Max Maslansky at 5 Car Garage, Venice Beach, California

In Paul Thomas Anderson's 1997 film, "Boogie Nights," Anderson tells the story of the rise and fall of fictional porn actor Dirk Diggler. Diggler is portrayed as both the active participant and ultimate victim; an innocent lured by the eroticism and money of the porn industry.

Max Maslansky, in his current exhibition paintings introduces the viewer to Dennis Posa, aka Dennis Parker, aka Wade Nichols (1946 – 1985), an actor and singer from Freeport, New York who started his career in pornographic films. His first feature film role was probably in the 1975 gay adult film Boynapped! He subsequently appeared mostly in straight porn films shot in New York and Los Angeles.

In 1979, under the name of Dennis Parker, he recorded a solo disco album on Casablanca Records entitled "Like an Eagle", produced by Village People creator/producer Jacques Morali. Buoyed by his singing career, Posa (still as Dennis Parker) joined the cast of the mainstream television soap opera &q…

Jonas Wood at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles

Video by Enrico

A major exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Jonas Wood is currently on view at David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles. Jonas Wood’s solo show at the gallery’s new location at 5130 W. Edgewood Place is Wood’s most expansive and diverse exhibition to date. It extends across three exhibition spaces, with each room focusing on a genre within his painting practice: plants, sports cards, and portraits. A salon-style installation of works on paper that are closely related to the paintings on view complements the exhibition. In this video, we attend the opening reception of the show on November 8, 2014. The exhibition runs until January 10, 2015.

Jonas Wood was born in Boston, MA (US) in 1977. Wood lives and works in Los Angeles. Selected solo exhibitions include Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the High Line, New York; the Lever House Art Collection, New York; Anton Kern Gallery, New York; and Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago.

Jonas Wood at David Kordanksy Gallery, Los Angeles. O…

Aaron Morse "Cloud World" at ACME Gallery, Los Angeles, California

ACME. is pleased to present "Cloud World," a solo exhibition of new work by Los Angeles based artist Aaron Morse. The show features new paintings ranging from small to large scale. These new canvases explore three different scenes: luminous cloudscapes, turbulent seascapes, and illustrations of various, exotic animals from the land, sky, and sea. Morse presents these three different worlds in colorful and surreal depictions where space manages to seem disorienting and infinite.

Aaron Morse (b. 1974, Tucson, Arizona) received his MFA from the University of Cincinnati and his BFA at the University of Arizona. Recent exhibitions include I-20 Gallery, New York; Andrew Rafacz/Country Club, Chicago; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro; ACME., Los Angeles; the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan; and the Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles. Morse's work is included in the permanent collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; the Hammer Museum of Art, UCLA; the Lo…

Halloween Art - Witches and the Bewitched

Happy Halloween!

(Review) Ed Moses "Cross-Section" at the University Art Gallery, University of California, Irvine

Ed Moses is a painter. He is not an Abstract Expressionist or an Abstract painter. He is a painter who paints abstract works. Those are the words that one of the curators and a painter himself, Kevin  Appel, relayed to me when walking through the extensive and comprehensive retrospective of Ed Moses. Ed Moses put Los Angeles abstraction on the art world map. Curated by Kevin Appel, and Juli Carson,"Cross-Section" traces the common thematic thread binding Moses’s prolific and continuous act of exploration. Moses shows his unbinding courage to take chances on visual strategies. A constant experimenter who always tries to redefine the process and visual in contemporary painting. This exhibition demonstrates the constant process of change and the willingness to go beyond the conventions of painting.

Moses' painting emerges from the West Coast Pop Art and Light and Space movements of the 1960s to reinvigorate abstract painting. Beginning with his crisscross paintings of the 1…