Wednesday, September 24, 2014

(Review) Lily Simonson "On Ice" at CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Natural wonders and idea of the sublime have always fascinated artists. Lily Simonson is no exception, and for her solo show Simonson combines the traditional exploration of nature and sublime with the current concerns over climate change. Last year, Simonson spent over a month in Antarctica, sleeping in a one-person tent and plein air painting in the McMurdo Dry Valleys--one of the coldest, driest environments on the planet. As the embedded artist in a National Science Foundation expedition, she worked in tandem with geologists to investigate changes in this alien landscape. Invoking the tradition of Romantic landscape painting, Simonson’s new series of mammoth canvases transport viewers to this sublime, barely-explored, and thrillingly inhospitable world.

When I look at her work, I am reminded of Caspar David Friedrich's "Sea of Ice" painting of 1823-24. Simonson, like Friedrich, overwhelms the viewer with the vision of geologic history and nature. However, her work looks closely at the structure of the landscape and the ice. Strata of ice leads the viewer to a story that is as old as time, and is still being told. Simonson uses oil and ultraviolet pigment that brings the viewer to the Antarctic with her. Simonson's paintings are abstract, but so are strata and geologic time. So the work, deceives the viewer in thinking of an abstraction when the view is clear. The colors are vibrant and alive with depth. Simonson combines both science and art to address both the past and present. Simonson takes abstraction to another level where landscape, time, and the environment become a vision of beauty and mystery. This is an excellent show.

On view until October 26, 2014.

CB1 Gallery
207 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Between the Ice Sheets No, 3 (Garwood Ice Cliff, Antarctica), 2014
Oil and ultraviolet pigment on canvas, 98" x 70"

Installation View

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Olafur Eliasson on Turner's Late Work and his Experiments with Color

In this video from the Tate Britain, Olafur Eliasson, an artist known for working with color and light, talks about the late work of J.M.W Turner and his experiments with color and atmosphere.

Monday, September 8, 2014

(Review) "Another Cats Show" at 356 Mission Street, Los Angeles, California

         Artists love their cats, and at 356 Mission Street over one hundred (mostly L.A. based) artists show their love in "Another Cats Show." When summer is either waning and in the doldrums, the organizers of "Another Cats Show" bring a fun and at times overwhelming exhibition with so many great pieces of art. The works portray the cat as friend, companion, magical beast, magician, witness and participant, and all around agent provocateur. The cats will bring a smile to your face. This is definitely a wonderful show that is not to be missed. See it before it closes.

"Another Cat Show"
356 Mission Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

through September 14th

Frieze Los Angeles 2024 (Review)

Frieze Los Angeles 2024 was held again at Santa Monica Airport from February 29, 2024, to March 3, 2024. This year’s Frieze was remarkedly d...