Showing posts from February, 2017

“Rick Owens: Furniture,” at MOCA, Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, California

The relationship between art, fashion, and design is a relationship that’s fraught with tension and conflict. The late Dore Ashton said of contemporary artists who explore other arts such as fashion, architecture, etc. “born into a situation of mutation, extension and expansion... (the American Artist) is not laden with dogmatic strictures and moves freely among the arts.” Rick Owens (b. 1961), a Paris-based fashion designer, creates a furniture line along with his partner Michèle Lamy. Owens fits Ashton’s description of an artist who is unconstrained, and one who moves freely among the arts.  Owens’s works look deceptive when one enters the gallery a first glance. They are minimalist in their form and aesthetic. Shapes and material give way to function. Owen’s furniture references past sculptors such as Donald Judd, or David Smith.

However, Owens is not satisfied with just being a furniture maker. Instead, Owens wants to have a dialog with the late painter Steven Parrino (1958 – 20…

Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Santa Monica, California; January 26 to 29, 2017 (Photo Essay)

Art Los Angeles Contemporary, the International Contemporary Art Fair of the West Coast, returns for its eighth edition at the Barker Hangar, Santa Monica from January 26–29, 2017. The fair presents a selection of over 60 established and emerging galleries from around the world, with a particular focus on galleries based in Los Angeles. Participants for the 2017 edition include newcomers from Asia and Latin America as well as a number of young galleries that compose the Freeways section. Exhibiting galleries present unique, dynamic works from their roster of represented artists, offering a survey of new ideas and directions taken in the world of artmaking. The fair offers collectors, curators and enthusiasts a shared forum to participate with the emerging ideas and discourses in contemporary art.

The Barker Hangar
3021 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405