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November 11, 2011

Zackary Drucker & Amos Mac At Luis De Jesus

Coming up soon, Luis De Jesus on La Cienega will be featuring Zackary Drucker & Amos Mac for Distance Is Where The Heart Is, Home Is Where You Hang Your Heart. The project will feature Zackary in collaboration with NYC photographer Amos Mac, exploring the ideas of sexuality and gender. [ READ ON ]

November 08, 2011


From the Venice and Sharjah biennials to museums in the U.S., France, Italy, and Russia, accusations of artistic blasphemy and sacrilege are in the news. Not so long ago, the Culture Wars seemed a strictly American phenomenon. Today, the conflict has gone global, and in an increasingly sectarian world, it is clear that artists take on religious subjects at their own peril. READ THE ARTICLE

November 07, 2011

Chris Barnard: "Toward Trinity" at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

In Chris Barnard's "Crowd Pleaser, New Mexico", a splintering shard of remaining daylight eclipses an empty box of metal bleachers facing a desolate desert landscape. Darkened clouds are set to converge, promising imminent darkness and threatening rain, but the spectacle has already taken place and the crowd has dispersed. The ambiguous New Mexican environ depicted in a pixelated and almost photorealistic manner has been transformed from a natural habitat to the site of space shuttle launches and landings.   more

Throngs of people can gather to witness military artifacts come out of top secret hiding places, to collectively affirm the existence of American military intelligence, and develop trust in an arsenal of aircraft, drones, and machinery paid for in tax dollars.  [ READ ON ]

November 02, 2011

christopher russell: scratched photographs - a photo essay

with his most recent body of work entitled 'runaway', american artist christopher russell explores and investigates the 'physical and emotional outskirts of society' by fusing together the techniques of photography, bookmaking, writing and drawing. the highly experimental pieces involve original photographs of an abandoned quarry in ohio which have been multiplied in an abstract and kaleidoscopic pattern to serve as the canvas to the series.   more

russell then manually scratches in images of ships, floral fabric,birds, and other objects that invoke notions of resilience and destruction.

the individual pieces find gravity in an original story written by the artist which tells a narrative of a young boy who fantasizes of running away to lake eerie in pursuit of his love of the sailing ships that went down in the great lakes during the 19th century. a hand-made book with spreads finished in a similar sketch-like technique serves as the common basis for the whole series. at once haunting and dream-like, russell's body of work intertwines layers of narrative and images to deconstruct a rich theme in an emotional yet analytical manner.

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October 25, 2011

CHRISTOPHER RUSSELL’s Scratched Photographs

Christopher Russell hand etches and scratches the surface of his photographs to create intricate drawings and patterns. The process involves using a sharp stylus to remove the top image-layer of the print, revealing the soft white paper pulp underneath. [ READ ON ]

October 21, 2011

Amos Mac and Zackary Drucker Explore One Transwoman's Experience in TRANSLADY FANZINE

I recently viewed the San Francisco production of author Jewelle Gomez's play Waiting for Giovanni, an electric look at the wrenching inner struggle of James Baldwin -- a spokesman for the Civil Rights struggle in the brutal wake of Emmett Till -- as to whether he should publish his gorgeous, too real novel Giovanni's Room. His fear was that his faggotry would compromise the movement. Though the play investigates questions of loyalty between identity struggles -- black vs. queer -- the real struggle is even more primal: community vs.   more

self, the pressure of a marginalized artist to produce work for the Cause vs. the desire to produce work that satisfies a deeper, personal inspiration. [ READ ON ]

October 16, 2011

abel baker gutierrez featured in "David Tutera's 'My Fair Wedding' Be Damned: Bettina Hubby's 'Get Hubbied' Project Will Transform Your Wedding Into Performance Art"

In a way, every wedding is a multimedia theatrical production. Each detail is managed, choreographed, and rehearsed; from rings, to cakes, seating charts, music, vows, catering, decoration, and of course, wardrobe. Wedding professionals have to pull off flawless manifestations of other people's most cherished romantic fantasies. Hell, the wedding-induced emotional meltdown is its own reality television sub-genre.   more

And these days, couples -- especially young, hip, creative types -- are increasingly interested in personalized, unique, YouTube-ready productions that seek to modernize tradition in a way that ameliorates their embrace of institutional social convention.

For one such couple -- the photographer Ruben Diaz and the artist and designer Bec Ulrich -- the answer wasn't to get married; it was to Get Hubbied. [ READ ON ]

October 04, 2011

Art Review: "Chris Barnard: Toward Trinity" at Luis De Jesus

Romantic traditions of American landscape painting get apocalyptic comeuppance from our post-nuclear era in eight new paintings by Chris Barnard. Dubbed "Toward Trinity," presumably after the New Mexico blast site where the first nuclear weapon was detonated 66 years ago, the works are a pointedly unhealthful concoction of glamour and destruction, thrilling power and impending ruination. Last year Barnard showed paintings fusing imagery of military power with abstraction. He goes for a similar blend here, at the new Culver City location of Luis De Jesus Gallery.   more

The balance is tough to capture, but he manages it more often than not.

The most compelling example is a desert vista with a florid sky as dramatic as anything Albert Bierstadt or Frederic Edwin Church painted in 19th-Century expansionist glorification of a Jacksonian Western landscape. Barnard puts a modern viewing stand -- a notably empty grid, the spectators absent or perhaps vaporized -- in the foreground; there, it faces a cold white flash of intense light at the distant horizon.

Almost imperceptibly, the heavenly clouds begin to wrap the viewing stand far below. (The stand also seems to be dissolving.) It's an impossible feat of natural science, but a direct hit of painterly artifice.

Luis De Jesus, 2685 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City, (310) 838-6000, through Oct. 15. Closed Sunday and Monday.

-- Christopher Knight [ VISIT SITE ]

September 27, 2011

This Week It's All Fair

There's a slew of new fairs in town this week which, coupled with the official launch of Pacific Standard Time, may finally affirm Los Angeles' standing as a world-class contemporary art center. This weekend Downtown Los Angeles will play host to a trio of new art fairs led by Art Platform - Los Angeles, whose parent company produces The Armory Show, Art Chicago, Art Toronto, NEXT, Volta, Volta NY, and now, Art Platform - Los Angeles.

Following Art Platform's lead are PULSE and Fountain art fairs, each with roots established in Miami and New York.   more

Each hoping to transplant some of that success in Los Angeles. All three fairs offer a unique vibe, with exhibiting galleries hailing from all over the United States (including many from right here in Los Angeles) and the world.
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September 27, 2011

chris barnard at luis de jesus los angeles

Posted by Tracey Harnish - Chris Barnard's paintings are filled with eerily desolate landscapes. Most of the paintings include a structure that is created by human hands, symbols of our advanced civilization, yet they are strangely devoid of human life. Light is painted in a way that makes it a character, a force in the painting. Sunlight streams like lightening bolts, in a most alien way. In fact in all of these paintings there is a feeling of extra terrestrial pervasiveness.   more

There is an element that is foreign, other worldly and you can't tell if what you are seeing is the result of a society that has completely alienated itself or if the world has been de-peopled by a race from another planet. High tech is coupled with simple structures like a bleacher. Nature scenes act as weirdly as do a cityscape, with skies that are interrupted by unexplainable light forms. All display something like a virus that has altered the norm. These associations are amplified by the flatness of painting of structures, as in the bleacher which seems comprised of flat lines that are not physically solid, as cloud and light intersect the structure in unreal ways.

The work is a modern take on Edward Hopper, going one step further and removing the figures in those paintings that displayed their angst and isolation. Here buildings and nature speak for the lack of human life present.

The show runs through October 15 at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

(This post also appeared on Tracey Harnish's "LA Art Diary":
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