Jun 072024
 

“Nathan (Venise) III”, 2024, Oil on canvas

“Le ciel est bleu, les montagnes sont vertes”, 2024, Oil on canvas

“Ce soleil est la mer tout entière de mon enfance”, 2024, Oil on canvas

“Le Sporting”, 2024, Oil on canvas

Christine Safa’s paintings for These are the days I (have) love(d) at Bortolami’s upstairs gallery, capture the way memories often feel. The figures emerge from her canvases in a beautiful, dreamlike haze.

From the press release-

Painted from the memories of time spent in and around the Mediterranean, Safa returns to the studio, distilling these instances, rendering intimate landscapes, portraits of friends, lovers, and reminisced occasions. At certain moments, the human body sublimates into landscape—a shoulder becomes a mountain, or the horizon blends with a profile—moving in and out of one another. In Safa’s words:

“I see my paintings as tributes, fragments of memories, that which remains. That’s what I paint, what’s left. As I paint, I give birth to the silhouette, the shape of the ruins of memories which both greet and are the victims of time; which for me means my experience of these interior landscapes.”

Layered imagery adjoins distinct recollections as Safa refracts them through her body and mind in her attempt to record them as precisely as she can. Each title furthers our understanding of the artist as both painter and poet, acting as poems unto themselves, enhancing the meaning she seeks through paint and pigment.

Safa’s use of color and texture play a pivotal role in achieving the dreamy poeticism in her work and harken back to the influence of 15th century Italian painting and its relation to frescoes. She achieves her vibrant pallet by mixing pure pigment with oil, and creates plaster-like surfaces with rabbit skin glue and marble powder. This chalky, thickened substrate allows her to probe the canvas, to carve and scrape in her search for the image. The process is rightfully a slow one, as Safa forever encapsulates these fleeting moments into canvas, and her practice thus reveals itself as the poetic investigation and recollection of time passed.

This exhibition closes 6/8/24.

Nov 042023
 

Jenn Ryann Miller’s charming creations, seen above, are currently on view at Tempus Projects in the Kress Contemporary building in  Ybor City for her solo exhibition, Hobby House.

From the gallery-

Hobby House– where art meets self-indulgence, subversion meets humor, and creativity meets absurdity. With ceramics, sterling silver, a little photography and a lot of gemstones Hobby House presents objects that are meticulously crafted for no good reason other than looking fabulous. Hobby House contemplates the places and practices of art making with humor, irony, and a little wit.

Jenn Ryann Miller explores materiality and aesthetics through sculpture and painting. With a background in functional ceramics, her work subverts tradition and process through the experimentation with oblique materials and forms. Miller has been part of numerous solo and group exhibitions in Florida and the United States. Originally from Connecticut, she received a BFA from the University of Connecticut and MA from the University of South Florida. Miller currently teaches ceramics at the University of South Florida.

In another of the Tempus Projects gallery spaces is Justin Myers‘ exhibition, What Did We Use To Say, seen below, which uses collage along with a video and sound installation to explore the concept of memory.

From the gallery and artist-

What Did We Use To Say? Trying to remember things from the past from distorted and fragmented memories. Is that really how it happened? With intention, the mind has the ability to erase just as easily as it does create. The mind decides what stays and what gets purged for the new. Are you in control? Or is the subconscious doing as it pleases? In this work, I explore deconstruction, recomposition, and sampling, and their impact on memory and perception.

Justin Myers, a Tampa Native, is a member of music projects Justin Depth, Alien House, and Diamond Man. He also is the co-founder of Tampa-based record label, Image Research Records.

Justin studied printmaking at HCC in Ybor City and began experimenting with sculpture and installation-based works during his time there. Myers finds inspiration from discarded imagery, random thought, and spontaneous actions. Over the last 10 years, Myers has participated in numerous exhibitions at Tempus Projects, including the T-shirt shows, Mix Tape Show, Return to Sender, and an offsite window installation as part of a partnership with Downtown Tampa and more. In 2020, Myers partnered with his brother, Jeremy Myers on a virtual exhibit with Tempus Projects titled, “One Day of Perfect”. Justin has been involved with Tempus Projects since his music project Alien House made its debut performance in November of 2011.

Both of these exhibitions are on view until 12/14/23.

Jun 182023
 

This work, by artist Cyla Costa, was part of the Ladies Who Paint all female mural festival in San Diego.

The subject of the mural is the Portuguese word “saudade“. It has no direct translation but she defines it as “a tangle of emotions both happy and sad about missing someone or something” (as seen in the second image).

 

Mar 082023
 

Chiharu Shiota, “Connected to the Universe”, 2023

Chiharu Shiota, “Connected to the Universe”, 2023 (detail)

Chiharu Shiota, “Connected to the Universe”, 2023, detail

“Connected to the Universe”, 2023

Chiharu Shiota’s gorgeous installations are just one part of her engaging exhibition, Signs of Life, at Templon in NYC. The installations lead to other rooms of smaller sculptures as well as  paintings.

From the press release-

After a foundation degree in painting at Seika University in Kyoto, Chiharu Shiota chose to pursue her artistic studies in Berlin, focusing on performance. Her practice soon shifted towards site-specific installations. She skilfully weaves knotted threads to create fantastical scenes combining salvaged window frames, a piano, suitcases, books and used clothes. Bordering on drawing and sculpture, her fabulous ephemeral, immersive installations have become her signature. Since her impressive installation for the Japanese Pavilion at the Venice Bienniale in 2015, she has become one of the key figures on the international art scene and is regularly invited to show her work at museums worldwide.

In a hyper-connected world, Chiharu Shiota’s new exhibition questions the notion of the “web”, a living organism similar to the structures that make up the universe or the neurons our brains are built on. Created on-site over two weeks, a large-scale installation made of red threads symbolizes this permanent connection of information, collective memory and the world’s knowledge which cuts across cultures and continents. At the heart of the work are two arms, her own, placed on the ground. They are cast in bronze, palms facing up to the sky. “I always thought that if death took my body, I wouldn’t exist anymore,” explains the artist. “I’m now convinced that my spirit will continue to exist because there is more to me than a body. My consciousness is connected to everything around me and my art unfolds by way of people’s memory.”

The installation is followed by a series of sculptures. Enfolded at the centre of each one, as though frozen in place by the intertwined threads, are objects from daily life. “I feel that the objects we possess are like a third skin,” she says. “We accumulate these things and transpose our presence and our memory to them.” Often obsolete, weighed down by impenetrable histories, these objects — old suitcases, stained dolls, miniature pieces of furniture and tiny bottles — represent the treasures offered up by memory, to be seen but not touched.

“State of Being (Dress)”, 2022

State of Being (Photos), 2022

State of Being (Photos), 2022 (detail)

This exhibition closes 3/9/23.

Jul 252019
 

Lala Lala- Water Over Sex

Thing to do in Los Angeles this weekend (7/25-7/28/19)-

Thursday

Megan Thee Stallion, Rico Nasty, Blueface, Comethazine, Tierra Whack, DaBaby and more will be performing for the XXL Freshman 2019 Concert at The Novo

Justus Proffit and Outer Spaces are opening for Radiator Hospital at The Hi Hat

Hammer Museum’s free Summer Concert Series continues this week with a performance by The Tracks as well as KCRW DJs, food trucks and a cash bar

Skirball Cultural Center is free on Thursdays and this week there is a free sunset concert with marimba super-group Río Mira performing

Hollywood Night Market at Yamashiro is a lovely way to have some food and drinks while enjoying beautiful views of the city- free shuttles leave from the Mosaic parking lot

 

Friday

The Underground Museum’s Purple Garden Cinema is hosting FWD: Short Films. The free program, curated by MEMORY, will feature a range of work from emerging and established filmmakers.

Metro Art has a new program featuring LA based DJ collectives- Movements at Union Station. The first night in the series will feature The Soul Children, an LA based crew of artist, promoters and DJs. The event will also include a drop-in silkscreen stencil workshop led by Self Help Graphics & Art, a photo booth and food trucks.

B Boys are playing a free show at Hotel Figueroa with Bodega and Shark Toys

Golden Vessel is performing at El Cid with Instupendo and The Nicholas

The Music Center’s Dance DTLA, a night of free dance lessons and music ,continues this week with a disco theme

UCLA Film & Television Archive is screening an action film double feature of Sister Street Fighter and Lady Terminator, at Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater ($9)

Florist are playing at Pico Union Project with Hand Habits (solo)

 

Saturday

The Getty’s free concert series Off the 405 continues this week with Lala Lala

Bergamot Station is having a Summer Open House all day with live music, art openings, a book sale, art talk, food, drink, and more

The Box is screening Leigh Ledare’s The Task at 2pm with a conversation with the artist and Catherine Taft, director and curator at LAXART, to follow from 4:30-6:30pm

Morgan Delt is playing at the Lodge Room with Pearl Charles, Vinyl Williams, The Sunsettes, and Mad Alchemy Light Show

The Drums are playing at the Hollywood Palladium with CHAI

Smokescreens, Holy Tunics, and Susan are playing at The Monty Bar

UCLA Film & Television Archive is screening a double feature of the Paris-set films Funny Face and Paris Blues, at Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater ($9)

Latin American folk-rock group Aterciopelados are playing a free show at Pershing Square with Elefante opening

 

Sunday

To celebrate the opening weekend of The Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness, Zak Ové’s sculptural installation, LACMA is hosting an afternoon of art, music, which will include a discussion with Ové. A performance by Trinidad Steel Drum Band begins at 4 pm, followed by a conversation with Ové at 5 pm. (free)

Independent Shakespeare Co. is having a free performance of the play Pericles in Griffith Park tonight (also Saturday)

Shutups, Weird Night, Launcher, Slaughterhouse, and Shitgiver are all performing at The Rec Center

Cam’ron is playing a $5 show at The Novo

Johanna Samuels and Dylan Rodrigue are opening for Lou Roy at the Bootleg Theater

 

All Weekend

OUTFEST Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival continues in various locations with screenings that include shorts and television episodes. This weekend some of the screenings will be at the outdoor Ford Theatre including- the Kathy Griffin documentary, with Griffin in conversation with Louis Virtel pre-screening on Thursday, and the documentary Gay Chorus Deep South on Friday which includes a performance by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus.