In Wonderland: Women Surrealists at LACMA

This looks like it will be a great show!  In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States

Frida Kahlo, Autorretrato con collar de espinas y colibri (Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird), 1940, Oil on canvas, Canvas: 30 x 24 in
The Mountain Helen Lundeberg c. 1933 Oil on Celotex Canvas: 48 x 54 in. Framed: 58 x 64 in.

 

The exhibition includes works in a variety of media dating from 1931 to 1968, and some later examples that demonstrate Surrealism’s influence on the feminist movement. Iconic figures such as Louise Bourgeois, Leonora Carrington, Frida Kahlo, Lee Miller, Kay Sage, Dorothea Tanning, and Remedios Varo are represented, along with lesser known or newly discovered practitioners.

January 29, 2012–May 6, 2012

Velvets 1974-1982

Peter Alexander, Dorado, 1982, 94 x 115″, Acrylic & Fabric Collage on Velvet

When one thinks of paintings on black velvet they are most likely to envision a kitschy idyllic landscape or portrait of Elvis collecting dust in a thrift shop and not in a contemporary gallery.   Perhaps because of this common predisposition, I was struck by the mixed media acrylic paintings and fabric collage on velvet by Peter Alexander.  Which are on view at Craig Kull Gallery in Santa Monica as part of the city wide Pacific Standard Time Art in L.A. 1945-1980 exhibits.  Alexander’s Velvets are instead a  spectacular mix a science fiction space odyssey especially when viewed from a distance. Up close there is a quirky costumed or Muppet-like puppet assemblage of collaged patchy fabrics, exposed stitching, and glitter glue.  Large in size, they embody the space of a classic Ab-Ex painting, but physically are more akin to a folk art quilt hanging on a wall.  I found Alexander’s Velvets a delightful mix of the language of abstract spatial paintings and the two-dimensionality of fabric collage.

Hello Santa Monica

Santa Monica Pier 1910

 

 

 

 

 

 

We drove route 66 all the way across the country from Texas to Santa Monica, California last week. It was an epic moving trip, the car was loaded with cats, clothes, art materials, and more. Along the way I finally saw Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo too. I can’t wait to set up my new studio but until then enjoying exploring Santa Monica and Venice as well as hitting the beach.