Happy Birthday to Andy Warhol, born on August 6th, 1928. This image is from an exhibition of his work at the Palm Springs Art Museum in 2018.
For his current exhibition at the Palm Springs Art Museum, Todd Gray:Plurality of Being, Gray combines images that could initially be seen as incongruous to add layers of meaning and complexity to issues of identity.
Using his own previous photographic explorations from different parts of the world, he then places the images together within frames he’s found or was given. Through this process the history of his own journey combines with that of those he’s photographed. In some works the roots of trees reach out between images pulling them together or imitate the stretching out of arms. The blue and white of a bandanna finds its place within the colors of the universe in another. The viewer can put together their own meanings from these juxtapositions or just enjoy the beauty of the sculptural collages.
From the press release-
Using pictures made when he was Michael Jackson’s personal photographer in the 1980s, along with those of verdant flora, local friends, and galactic imagery, Todd Gray’s wall collages portray the multiplicity of experience and memory across space and time.
Mixing archival images of Jackson on tour in the United States with lush landscapes from Italy to South Africa, Gray’s photographic sculptures reframe and reveal an intimate yet collective post-colonial, transatlantic memory. By layering images, bodies and faces become fragmented, drawing into question the role photography plays in the transmission of history and cultural identity.
This is the first U.S. presentation of work made during Gray’s 2017 residency at NIROX in Johannesburg, South Africa.
This exhibition closes 4/7/19.
If you are in Palm Springs for New Year’s Eve, take some time and visit Robolights. This is the last year it will be at its current location on an estate in the Movie Colony area.
Robolights is an ongoing work created by artist Kenny Irwin Jr., at his childhood home. The sprawling installation incorporates Christmas holiday themes, robots, aliens and, of course, numerous lights. The various creations are made from found, recycled, and donated objects.
There are some Disneyland influences, seen in a castle similar to the It’s A Small World Castle, and a boat with creatures singing holiday songs (you see it while crossing a bridge over the water), reminiscent of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. There are also merry-go-rounds, animatronics, video games, and music which give the place the feeling of an amusement park.
Also worth mentioning are the Islamic details seen around the installation, adding to the uniqueness of the space. The artist converted to Islam as an adult.
Robolights is a maze of larger than life creatures as well as little details that become more and more noticeable on each pass through. It’s eccentric, fun, chaotic, a little bit dark at times (so many skulls and skeletons) and well worth spending some time exploring.
Keep in mind if you go that there is no neighborhood parking around Robolights- only for residents. Parking is located a short walk away at Ruth Hardy Park. Robolights will close on January 2nd, 2019.
Currently at Palm Springs Museum of Art is Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. Taking up the majority of the first floor of the museum, the exhibition includes many of his well known prints as well as several of his illustrations from his early graphic design career, a few of his Screen Tests (including Edie Sedgwick’s), his album covers, and a short documentary created for the museum with local residents who knew the artist.
This exhibition closes 5/28/18.
Quilt- Young Gold
Things to do this weekend in Los Angeles (2/13-2/16)-
- Artwalk Downtown LA- http://downtownartwalk.org/artwalk-lounge/
- Flux- new film and video work at The Hammer- http://hammer.ucla.edu/calendar/detail/type/program/id/2089
- Imagine Dragons, The Naked and Famous at the Forum- http://www.fabulousforum.com/event/imagine-dragons.html
- Casablanca at the Egyptian Theater- http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/casablanca-1
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the Aero Theater- http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/breakfast-at-tiffany%E2%80%99s-3
- Spiritualized at the Ace Hotel (also on Saturday)- http://www.acehotel.com/calendar/losangeles/spiritualized
- Quilt at the Satellite- http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/429499?utm_medium=469634
- Sandra Bernhard and The Flawless Zircons: Sandyland at Royce Hall- http://cap.ucla.edu/calendar/event_detail.asp?id=381
- Death and the Powers live simulcast at the Hammer- an interactive, multimedia event occurring simultaneously with the opera performance at The Dallas Opera- http://hammer.ucla.edu/calendar/detail/type/program/id/2090
- LA Zine Fest at Helms Bakery- http://lazinefest.com/la-zine-fest-2014-exhibitors/
This is also a big weekend in Palm Springs-
- Palm Springs Art Fair- http://palmspringsfineartfair.com/
- Modernism Week- http://www.modernismweek.com/
- Opening of Recline/Design: Art and the Aesthetics of Repose at Palm Springs Art Museum- http://www.psmuseum.org/palm-desert/exhibition/recline-design-art-and-aesthetics-repose/
AND- Beware Jamzilla-another 405 closure- http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-jamzilla-405-freeway-20140212,0,2425934.story#axzz2tDx5O1oZ