*This is the first of two writings reconnecting with the arts in Southern California. The vibe was warm and inviting by critically engaging diverse audiences. The trip welcomed and felt like home.
Southern California shines with creativity and resistance. Recently, had an art opening and the opportunity to view impressive exhibitions. The area draws one in with its mesmerizing appeal. Freedom of expression traverses here and support is on display.
Time was limited and traffic dictated the itinerary. The galleries of Culver City would be the focus located on Washington and La Cienega Boulevards. Highlights included Bryan Ida at George Billis Gallery. The former San Francisco Bay Area artist finds his groove masterfully in multiple layered pieces. From Ida’s website: “I am having an ongoing conversation in paint using the concept of layering and burying to explore the idea of recollection within a symbolic landscape. Like an archeologist that digs and reveals fragments of human history the layers represent the passage of time and the importance of memory.”
At the Figure/Landscape exhibit at Zevitas Marcus gallery, colorblind artist Josh Jefferson’s painting vibrated with intensity. Christine Feser’s Consider the Sphere exhibit at Lintel Gallery was a masterful play on process and order. The German artist’s black and white artworks between play with perception. At Edward Cella & Architecture, Clarrisa Tossin’s brilliant artwork recreates a floating worker’s camp by exploring economic disparity and climate change.
Shevan Wright’s The Rape Project highlights horror and truth brilliantly. From Samuel Freeman gallery: “In invisible ink, the artist includes notes, personal writings, psychiatric reports and a police report taken from a victim of violent rape. These additions can only be seen when the viewer chooses to activate their own role by shining a forensic blacklight provided with the installation. Wright demands that we consider who constructed the language that controls us, whom it is really intended for, and how it determines our actions.”
Upon entering Susan Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, a visitor is transported into the world of artist Edgar Arceneaux. The Until, Until, Until… exhibit includes a play and objects that explore the “…themes of audiences and trauma, migration and displacement, erasure and reformation.” Arceneaux’s impressive background includes solo exhibitions at the Museum Harlem and the Hammer Museum.
The afternoon was filled with intelligent discoveries and new memories. Could the day get any better? Well, yes indeed. Tonight would be my opening for the ART AS PROTEST exhibit at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. Time to drive the I-5 to the I-405 then the I-105 to Santa Ana…