May 172024
 

“Island”, 2024. Acrylic on paper

“Daredevil”, 2024, Acrylic and colored pencil on paper, and “L’Observatoire, 2024, Acrylic on paper

Yancey Richardson is currently showing two exhibitions which focus on architecture and city life. Mary Lum’s paintings and collages for temporary arrangements combine elements of city life found on her walks in New York and Paris. Fragments she discovers along the way combine to form dynamic interpretations of these environments.

From the press release-

Lum mines aspects of daily life, vistas of architecture, design, and advertising that could easily go unnoticed. These familiar and often mundane sights are transformed into something more: juxtapositions and layers of random elements, which show both spontaneity and control, perhaps revealing a glimpse into the soul of a city.

The exhibition title temporary arrangements refers to Lum’s journeys though the streets of New York and Paris, observing the fragments of a crumbling façade of a building, a vendor’s pushcart, or a poster for a vernissage, which may have a short shelf life in the urban environment. Lum takes photographs on the streets looking at geometric forms, planes of color, and text. She pulls off bits of advertising posters that are peeling from their bases and collects printed materials – all of which are collaged in her sketchbooks, becoming the basis for her paintings. These elements provide inspiration for Lum, who creates a collision of perspectives and forms that boldly announce the delights of quiet discoveries.

Susan Cross, Senior Curator, Mass MoCA, wrote that Lum’s work “suggests the speed of daily life and the fragmented way in which we encounter language in the world. Language speeds up and slows down, much in the way that when we are walking or riding a bike in the city our pace is determined by what we notice around us. Words come together and fall apart, with each individual viewer making meaning.”

Influenced by Cubism and Russian Constructivism, Lum is also interested in the concept of psychogeography, as practiced by members of the Situationist International movement in the 1950s and ‘60s. Referring to the effect of a geographical location on the emotions and behavior of the individual, one may see Lum’s interdisciplinary practice as a physical manifestation of this phenomenon. Lum also finds inspiration in artist and activist Corita Kent’s graphic style and fractured text as well as artist Ray Yoshida’s use of comics, which tell stories with isolated fragments.

Mary Lum wrote, “A couple of years ago I saw a William Kentridge exhibition at the Royal Academy in London. One of the things that kept jumping out at me from that show was the phrase: ’FIND THE LESS GOOD IDEA.’ That painted phrase was repeated several times in various parts of the exhibition, and each time I saw it I got a little jolt of recognition. I’m not sure exactly what Kentridge meant by that phrase (it’s related to his Centre for the Less Good Idea in Johannesburg), but to me it meant everything about the way I work. I took the reference to mean finding the things that are in the margins, those things that are on the periphery, those things that are between the lines, that you see out of the corner of your eye. Not through a concerted effort, but by paying attention, looking around, looking the other way. And often, later, you are not sure that you’ve seen these things at all.”

For Lynn Saville’s exhibition Elevated, she has captured NYC at its most peaceful time, twilight.

From the press release-

Twilight in the city, after the sun disappears below the horizon and the hustle and bustle has dissipated, is where Lynn Saville finds refuge and inspiration. For decades, she has documented these fleeting, dream-like moments suspended in time within the urban landscape.

Elevated showcases Saville’s mastery of the city’s natural light. Much like Edward Hopper, who painted the solitude of New York City through its buildings and rooftops, Saville’s photographs transform architectural elements and structures into dramatic geometric forms and patterns through light and shadows. Saville describes the importance of capturing images at twilight, “During this transitional time, the change from daylight to moonlight and artificial light seems to awaken the city’s own dreams, apart from the business and errands of its inhabitants. For me, these dreams are expressed in basic shapes and patterns, as if the infrastructure were communing with its own geometry while distracting details are hidden in shadow. The shifting light brings out forms that may disappear in the darkness of night or remain invisible during the more chaotic visual world of daylight.”

As the exhibition title implies, photographs featured in the show were taken from the elevated platforms of New York City’s mass transit system or from the street looking upward at structures on rooftops. These photographs explore perspectives on the language of the built environment and our perception of the cityscape. For example, Elevated subway platforms offer an expanse of skyline structures such as rooftops, water towers, and upper sections of nearby buildings, which along with the coming and goings of trains become the focal point.

Both of these exhibitions close 5/18/24.

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Gal Pals- Ex-Marionette

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (10/1-10/4/15)-

Thursday

Craft Night at the Craft and Folk Art Museum has artist Meghan Gordon hosting a night of socializing, drinking and collaborating through
clay.  Objects made will be fired and glazed and picked up at a later date- $8 but make sure to RSVP- http://www.eventbrite.com/e/craftnight-one-night-clay-night-workshop-with-some-times-tickets-18748504281

Art critic and historian Hal Foster is reading from his latest book, Bad New Days at MOCA Grand Ave (free)- http://www.moca.org/program/hal-foster-what-is-contemporary

Gary Numan is performing his album Telekon in its entirety at the Teregram ballroom- http://www.teragramballroom.com/event/887945-gary-numan-performing-los-angeles

Ultimate Painting are playing at the Satellite with Morgan Delt and the Dreamboys- http://www.thesatellitela.com/event/914189-ultimate-painting-feat-james-los-angeles/

LACMA is screening the first two episodes of the second season of the series The Knick for free (with a reserved ticket).There is a reception afterwards- http://www.lacma.org/event/knick-0

Makthaverskan is playing with Roses at The Smell- https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/926327

Friday

Gal Pals are headlining a free show at Acerogami in Pomona- https://www.facebook.com/wearegalpals

The Gaslamp Killer Experience is at the Regent Theater- http://www.theregenttheater.com/event/929245-gaslamp-killer-experience-los-angeles/

THE SIDE PROJECT screening series will be focused on Music & Sound and The Moving Image, “exploring the integration of visuals with music and sound”. Eight short films will be shown with the last one being a virtual reality film. Additional event info here https://www.facebook.com/thesideprojectseries RSVP here- http://www.thesideprojectseries.com/events/

Thievery Corporation are at the Greek Theatre with Cypress Hill- http://www.greektheatrela.com/events/event_details.php?id=3199

Saturday

Learn about screenprinting and make your own print inspired by the excellent Corita Kent exhibition currently on view at the Pasadena Museum of Contemporary Art (free with admission $7 or go metro and pay $5)- http://pmcaonline.org/programs/theres-only-make/

MOCA is hosting a book launch for Outside the Lines, Too: An Inspired and Inventive Coloring Book by Creative Masterminds, with over fifty artists on site to sign the book as well as music by Money Mark and activity/coloring stations- http://www.moca.org/program/book-launch-outside-the-lines-too-an-inspired-and-inventive-coloring-book-by-creative-masterminds

LACMA is having several speakers discuss the themes behind the new exhibition New Objectivity: Modern German Art in the Weimar Republic 1919–1933, including the curator Stephanie Barron- http://www.lacma.org/event/realism-and-modernism

The Bread and Puppet Theater is performing FIRE at Blum & Poe Gallery in Culver City at 7pm (free but limited seating- RSVP)- http://www.blumandpoe.com/content/bread-and-puppet-theater

A Day in the Desert Festival is a concert/music event taking place in an open space in Pioneertown near Joshua Tree. Simian Mobile Disco are headlining the event that takes place all day Saturday, although you can camp there all weekend. $150 is a little steep but it includes food, snacks and yoga. There is a limited capacity of 250 people. The full lineup and more info here- http://www.adayin.org/thedesert/

Night Terrors of 1927 are playing at the Troubadour with Machineheart- http://www.troubadour.com/event/912157-night-terrors-1927-los-angeles/

Saturday and Sunday

Fall 2015 Brewery Art Walk and Open Studios event is a fun way to see artists’ work where they create it. Free entrance and free parking with a beer garden and food as well- https://www.facebook.com/events/1625468024386338/

Sunday

Artist Magdalena Fernández will be speaking with Alma Ruiz about her work in conjunction with her first U.S. solo museum exhibition at MOCA Pacific Design Center (free)- http://www.moca.org/program/art-talk-magdalena-fernandez-and-alma-ruiz

KCRW is hosting the 7th Annual Good Food Pie Contest at the Fowler Museum. Music, pie tasting and more – http://events.kcrw.com/events/2015/10/4/7th-annual-good-food-pie-contest

homeLA is having another site specific dance performance- this time at the foundation of a home at sunset- http://www.homela.org/