Mar 042017

                                                                         (above work by Sandra Low, Steve Seleska, and Amy Kaps)

Currently at Walter Maciel Gallery is With Liberty and Justice for Some, for which the gallery invited artists from across the country to do 8×8 inch portraits of individuals who came to the United States as immigrants- including historic subjects, personal friends, relatives, strangers, and sometimes self portraits. The gallery is also donating a portion of each sale to various non-profit groups including ACLU, Planned Parenthood, The Trevor Project, Center for Reproductive Rights, and the LA and SF LGBT Centers. Also showing at the gallery is I.D. Please!, with works by artists Hung Liu, John Bankston, Lezley Saar, John Jurayi, Maria E. Piñeres, Nike Schröder, Dana Weiser and Monica Lundy, who have all developed studio practices based around notions of identity.

This exhibition closes 3/4/17.

Also closing this weekend in Culver City-

Egan Frantz’s The Oat Paintings at Roberts & Tilton

(image via Roberts & Tilton)

And at Kopeikin Gallery are Ardeshir Tabrizi’s Observations in Linear Time (palm tree), and Jason Engelund’s Meta-Landscapes and Visual Ambient Drones (blue).

(images via Kopeikin)

Dec 122015



If you are headed to Culver City, make sure to check out Leon Benn’s painting exhibit Spare Time at Roberts & Tilton gallery.

His process for creating these paintings is especially interesting.

From the press release

The surfaces are slowly built up through varying layers, dimensions, demands. Benn starts his paintings by selecting canvas, which he then treats and hand dyes prior to starting batik applied through a water-based resist. Drawings utilizing oil pastels breaches the structure left from the underlying batik motif. The results are phantasmagoric paint-scapes that explore imagistic transference of natural imagery to a static commercial medium.

This show closes 12/12/15

Apr 182015



Derek Fordjour



Matt Lifson


Alex Chaves


Currently at Roberts & Tilton, the exhibition And There Is An End is a wonderfully eclectic mix of painting and sculpture.

From the press release-

A search for poetic truths entails a search for art that not only has a dialogue with  contemporary  issues, but talks back to us. This exhibition brings together disparate voices to convene in a context spanning multiple generations and varied identities. With a range of works that acknowledges the individual via paintings and sculptural works with an unabashed display of the personal, the hand and the intuitive, implementing autonomous figuration and tactile expressions of materials that question the act of production and active image making.

This show closes 4/18/15.

Oct 252014





Kehinde Wiley The World Stage: Haiti at Roberts & Tilton

Today (10/25) is the last day to see Kehinde Wiley’s The World Stage:Haiti, the latest in his series of global portraits. For this exhibition he altered his usual process for finding subjects.

From the press release:

…Kehinde Wiley found beauty in Haiti bringing it to the forefront by creating his own beauty pageants, in the long tradition of pageant culture native to the region. In previous World Stage iterations, Wiley conducted his castings on the streets. With The World Stage:Haiti, he employed a different approach specific to the culture: open calls on the radio, posters around the streets of Jacmel, Jalouise and Port-au-Prince culminating in beauty pageants. Across the Caribbean, pageants serve as mass entertainment events, allowing locals to do more than exhibit poise, talent and physical beauty; pageants are a manifestation of collective cultural values. Wiley’s pageant winners were chosen randomly rather than through a judging process. By showing the pageant contestants paintings of European masters on which the new works would be based, Wiley deepened the connection between both place and era.

For a really fascinating look at his previous work and process, I recommend watching the recent PBS documentary Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace, available on their website (free).

Mar 072014



Daniel Joseph Martinez- The report of my death is an exaggeration; Memoirs of Becoming Narrenschiff

At Roberts & Tilton until 3/8, Martinez’s show is comprised of two parts- the first is a group of text paintings and small framed polaroids of mysterious objects surrounding a group of unearthed bonsai trees in the center of the gallery. In the second gallery is a group of photos of buildings around Los Angeles with Martinez’s text added.

Martinez’s work for this exhibition is based on Das Narrenschiff, or Ship of Fools, a satirical work created by Sebastian Brant in 1494, which focused on human folly in society. For three years Martinez traveled around Los Angeles on the bus with this in mind, observing the other passengers and his surroundings.  The result is a grim but affecting look into the perspective he gained from his travels.

(lower image via Roberts & Tilton)

Dec 132013


From Betye Saar’s :The Alpha & Omega-The Beginning & The End 

Betye Saar’s installation at Roberts & Tilton contains many objects all coming together to contemplate time, identity, nature and the world around us.  Unlike her previous show at the gallery, Red Timewhich challenged the viewer with both its imagery and the power of the color itself; The Alpha and Omega, creates a feeling of calm, both in its color palette of blues and grays but also in the objects chosen like clocks and ships.  In both shows, history is an important theme. This can be seen most clearly in The Challenges of Fate, a sculpture within the work, made up of a black bird perched on a cage housing a ship, which is above a globe resting on a glass box of bones, all set upon a stack of books.

Also at the gallery is Projections Part II: Film As Painting, curated by Aaron Rose. Multiple films by various artists are presented through different projections and monitor displays. The films are very different in content but work together to present the concept of film as not just film, but moving painting. There are thirteen films within the show and their creation dates range from the earliest, Len Lye’s A Colour Box (1935) to Rose’s own The Dress (2013). One standout is Marie Menken’s Go! Go! Go! (1962-4) a frantic speeding up of footage of life in the 1960’s in New York.

Both shows close tomorrow, 12/14.