Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Weekend in the Arts-LA Style

LA Art ShowLA Art Show Premiere Party

The LA Art Show Premiere Party was a welcome addition to LA Arts Month. Held in the DTLA Convention Center, the year's annual creative-centric event featured prominent artists from over 100 galleries located in Los Angeles and worldwide. Actor, David Arquette played host to the 6,000+ guests in attendance. Featured, were 3 art shows in one: contemporary art, fine art and fine prints. Everything in one place, at one time? Juuuuust my cup of tea.

Opening the night was a controversial performance piece. In association with the current Three Weeks in January project, Myths of Rape performers wore signage displaying current myths about rape and sexual assault. The piece drew inspiration from a 1977 artwork titled Three Weeks in May and focused on creating awareness and cultivating activism to end violence toward women in Los Angeles.

Freeja-ChristiaanLieverseWandering in amidst the vast amount of talent, I was particularly drawn to the: specialty, NYC and French vintage posters, Jack Roth's mixed media assemblage, and an intriguingly moving piece titled Freeja by The Netherlands' Christiaan Lieverse (see right).

The FOOD. Several trips to the Hama Sushi bar sent me buzzing on my way, but not far past the chocolate-dipped marshmallows and rice crispy squares on a stick. This dreamland dessert could not have been a more perfect match to the champagne cocktails. Add the savory conversation amongst fellow artist aficionados and consider my inspiration wheels officially turning, the success inherent.

If you somehow managed to miss this immense display of emerging and classic art, be sure and visit the LA Art Show website for a list of participating galleries and artists.

Rodarte & LACMA

Rodarte#2Such a delight to fit in a visit to LACMA on an otherwise busy Friday afternoon. Since I typically spend more time at MOCA, the Rodarte exhibit was an excuse for LACMA and I to become better acquainted and WOW am I glad I did.

Nestled in amongst the permanent Renaissance collection at LACMA were 8 dresses of Rodarte's SS12 couture collection inspired by Fra Angelico. The sculptural creations, each in a state of whimsy and architectural bliss, are reminiscent of Baroque sculpture, Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The springtime colors and detailed draping are a fluid representation of a romantic age with a dramatic edge; suitably fit for today's distinctive woman. Not to mention, a gold crown or two.

The next time you're there, be sure to take advantage of the LA resident benefits: free after 5pm every day and all day on Thursdays. Also, parking is free on 6th St and at least 5 buses can drop you off within half a block of the LACMA entrance. You have until Feb. 5th to fit it into your schedule. Go! You'll love yourself for it.

Affordable Art Fair

Since Wednesday's Premiere Party was hardly enough time to see all the art at the LA Art Show, I ventured out toward all the fun Sunday and hit up the Affordable Art Fair as well.

Although smaller than its counterpart across the street, I found it to be much more my speed in terms of approachability, interesting medium choices, and well, prices. Located on the Event Deck at LA Live, it featured contemporary art priced from $100 to $10,000 with half of the art priced below $5,000.

Favorites included: a photograph by Marie-Lou Desmeules titled 'Puala', and preeettttty much everything within Thinkspace's exhibit (gallery-crush much?). Since I had to narrow it down.I spent an inordinate amount of time staring down the Head Study Series of effervescent drawings by Jason Thielke and Untitled Exposure #1 & 2 by Matt Doust were. simply. captivating.

Unique, contemporary furniture and d�cor by H-Studio only added to the youthful and vibrant ambiance that permeated the exhibition space. Overall, an influential look through the eyes of creative folks I wouldn't mind spending more time with sooner rather than later.

Coming Up.

With less than a week left to LA Arts Month, do not despair! LA is packed full of art inspiration year-round. Here are a few I'll be checking out now & in the near future:

Thursday Jan 19th-Sun Jan 29th. Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival presents 'Art in LA 1945-80'. Los Angeles.

Saturday, Jan 28th. The Analog Gallery presents 'Manifest Destiny'. 6-9 pm. 3535 Hayden Ave Ste 100, Culver City.

Saturday, Feb 18th. Drkrm.gallery presents 'Ansel Adams'. 7-10 pm. 727 S Spring St DTLA.

Saturday, Feb 25th. White Gloss Gallery. Time & details TBD. 433 S Spring St DTLA.

Saturday, March 3rd. Thinkspace Gallery presents 'Picks of the Harvest 2012'. 6009 Washington Blvd, Culver City.

-Melissa Doll

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