Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Jeremy Blake discusses "Winchester" 2002; a 2005 interview from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Born in Fort Sill, OK, 1971; died in New York, 2007
In considering whether there might be art from SFMOMA's collection that would be well suited for inclusion in Project Los Altos, Jeremy Blake's Winchester trilogy came to mind right away. Not only is it one of the most visually alluring animations in our holdings, but it was inspired by the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose — a South Bay icon we figured everyone who lives or works in Silicon Valley would know, whether they had visited it themselves or just seen it advertised on billboards.
The eccentric Victorian home was built by Sarah Winchester, heiress to her husband's rifle-manufacturing fortune. In the late nineteenth century, Mrs. Winchester also owned the first hundred acres that would become the town of Los Altos. She built the Winchester Mansion, as it was then known, between the years 1884 and 1922. This long period of compulsive and often nonsensical construction was undertaken to confuse or ward off ghosts.
Blake was fascinated by Mrs. Winchester and the "fearful chambers of her mind." In order to create this fluid, non-narrative video trilogy, the artist, who trained as a painter, digitally synthesized and manipulated source material ranging from newly shot film footage to vintage advertisements and photographs. The first work, Winchester (2002), offers what might be called a psychological tour of the fears and beliefs that drove the home's growth. 1906 (2003), named for the year of the Bay Area's great earthquake, explores the construction and architecture of the mansion. Century 21 (2004), the trilogy's final installment, references nearby movie theaters with glimpses of actors and artists whom Blake saw as embodiments of the Wild West.
Curator of Painting and Sculpture
Curator of Painting and Sculpture
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Monday, January 20, 2014
Lynn Aldrich "un/common objects" at the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California
Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery
Art Center College of Design
1700 Lida Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Happy New Year to all my followers and to those that visit. I am going to continue to cover the art world here in Los Angeles and all over the world throughout 2014. I want to thank everyone for reading and supporting this blog. It's been over 5 years since I started this labor of love. I have had over 60 thousand hits since I began and it keeps growing. 2014 is going to be a great year for art.
I am very excited about 2014. I am particularly looking forward to the Mike Kelly retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), and the John Altoon retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). This year, I have decided to open this blog to guest contributors and writers. If you want to have a writing about art, or want to curate an online show or project on this blog, please feel free to email me, Mario Vasquez, firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email include a short proposal, and your contact information. I will let you know whether it will be posted.
Thank you again and I promise to give you great art from all over the world.
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