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Merry Christmas!

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I want to wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I will see you in 2017 with exciting and new art to discover. In the meantime, please enjoy this Christmas art as part of the Christmas and New Years holiday. Thank you for being there with me.

Best Wishes,

Mario

























Land of the Smokes: Landscapes and Los Angeles; a group show curated by Mario Vasquez at Last Projects, Los Angeles, California

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Sandow Birk
Jaime Becker
Andrea Brown
Franco Castilla
Alika Cooper
Alice Konitz
Laida Lertxundi
Julie Orr
Katie Shapiro
Andrew K. Thompson
Jenny Yurshansky

curated by: Mario Vasquez

Last Projects
6546 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, California 90028
Gallery hours thurs-sat 3-7pm

Los Angeles based artists look at the landscape as metaphor, allegory, and reflection. In the 16th century when the Spanish explorers viewed the coast off present-day Los Angeles, they witnessed forest fires in the hills above San Pedro harbor. The native Americans referred to the Los Angeles landscape as the “Land of the Smokes.” The relationship between “smoke” and the Los Angeles landscape is also a metaphor between a place that always teeters on disaster, and the use of smoke to create a fantasy; that which blurs the line between the reality and fiction. Each of the artists in this exhibition explore the Los Angeles landscape and its many facets including the natural and the built. The Los Angeles landscape …

Halloween Art 2016

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Happy Halloween!







The High Line Park, New York City

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http://www.vernissage.tv | A walk on The High Line Park in New York City, a former elevated freight railroad spur called the West Side Line, which runs along the lower west side of Manhattan. It has been saved from demolition and redesigned. The southernmost section, from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street, opened as a city park in 2009, the middle section opened in June 2011.

Thoughts on being in the Art World Part 1 - Passion for Art

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As the gallery season begins and I myself start curating again, I decided to pause for a moment to reflect on some observations that I have made since getting involved in the art world. I realized that I have been attending gallery openings and being connected with the art world for over 10 years, and writing about art on this blog since 2008. So I wanted to share with you, the reader, how to get involved and contribute to the dialog of the art world. I will tell you that since I began, there is never a dull day. I discover new art and artists out there with vision and beauty. I love to see Art that engages and challenges the assumptions that you, I and everyone lives with everyday. This post will be the first in an ongoing series where I explore aspects of the art scene, the art  world and how you can be a part of something exciting and ever changing.

Have Passion for the Art and Be Open
I start with the obvious, because you need a passion for art in order to begin your journey. Howe…

Kyla Hansen "Rib Mountain" at Five Car Garage, Los Angeles, California

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Kyla Hansen's solo show titled "Rib Mountain" is an exploration in the idea of the feminized landscape. By using ceramics, quilts, found objects and texts, Hansen weaves a new narrative of the landscape of the American West. "Rib Mountain" is about reconfiguring an approach to the desert. When one thinks of the desert, there is a vast empty landscape where a mythology has been created of both heroism and manifest destiny. Hansen thus utilizes assemblage as a way to retell the stories that occupy both the history and fiction created around the desert landscape.

"Throughout her work, Hansen plays with language, landscape and slippery histories. The text quilt Cave Bacon references both the storied, drapery-like rock formations of Lehman Caves in The Great Basin National Park as well as the female body. The exhibition title Rib Mountain comes from the isolated quartzite hill, Rib Mountain, the folkloric resting place of the mythical giant lumberjack Paul Buny…

A Studio Visit with Wilhelm Sasnal

Wilhelm Sasnal is a painter, photographer and film-maker working in Kraków, Poland. Sasnal uses photographs as a starting point for his work, selecting images that he sees as open to interpretation. The artist talks to us about the privilege of being a painter and his belief that artists should have opinions.

"Icons" at Chung King Projects (2006), Chinatown, Los Angeles, California

For this week's post, I decided to look back 10 years ago to a group show on Chung King Road, in Chinatown, Los Angeles. This video gives you the sense of what the Chinatown art scene was like prior to 2008. Chung King Project is now Francois Ghebaly Gallery in downtown Los Angeles. Francois is briefly interviewed, and speaks about the group show opening in September 2006. Enjoy this walk down memory lane.

For its season opening, Chung King Project presents “Icons”, an exhibition of paintings by six European artists, all showing in the United States for the first time: Guy Allott, Edward Kay, Victor Man, Gavin Nolan, Rigo Schmidt, Gavin Tremlett. Chung King Project is a collaborative project between Mihai Nicodim (Kontainer Gallery, Los Angeles), Nicholas Baker and Zoë Foster (fa projects, London) and Friedrich Loock (Wohnmaschine, Berlin). Chung King Project, Los Angeles, opening, September 8, 2006. By VTV correspondents Parichard Holm, Slim K and Gerold Wunstel.

United by thei…

Made in LA 2016 Biennial "a, the, though, only" at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California

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In the 1960's, after living in Berkeley, California, Richard Diebenkorn moved away from figurative painting to abstraction. Diebenkorn began painting his Ocean Park series. In his Ocean Park series, Diebenkorn did not see these works as landscape paintings despite the name referring to a part of Santa Monica, near the beach. Thus the relationship between the geographic name and the canvas became itself an abstraction.

After looking at the 2016 Made in LA biennial "a, the, though, only," currently at the Hammer Museum on view through August 28, 2016, Los Angeles as a place becomes an abstraction of concepts and practices that were complimentary and contradictory. What is Los Angeles? How does Los Angeles relate to it's artistic production? How do artists relate to Los Angeles as a place? These are questions that the curators Aram Moshayedi and Hamza Walker explore in the 2016 iteration of the Made in L.A. Biennial. Moshayedi and Walker chose 26 artists whose work expl…