Los Angeles in Pieces & Parts

Images from Culver City gallery walk on Washington Blvd between Helms Walk and Fairfax Ave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deer at Getty Villa the Italy in LA

The calm and serenity of this recreated Pompeii Villa is easy understand, when in  Disneyland-style a deer frolics so near!

LACMA is always an iconic art stop

and bright experience especially when you start our day in the neighborhood with pastries and beyond from Republique.

HAMMER!!!

This museum is so potent and dynamic that my experience fell into two distinct categories. The Armand Hammer Collection revitalized my love of some long life favorites, mainly Gustave Moreau. There is always so much to learn from the skill of these traditional masters. The beauty of these compositions and my, clearly bias, love of bouquets translated elegantly into "The Stories Of Almost Everyone" exhibit. Every object has a story. What does it mean when you place that object and that story in an institutional setting and burden it with a canon of higher meaning? Some of these works were pure cheek, while others were heartbreaking records of human history. 

Indulgences:

The pop up shop at Hammer (Rat Bastards), GUCCI (another theme park moment waiting in the long Rodeo Drive line to get into the storefront) Laduree Salon de Tea (the height of French decadence, eventually I’ll patron every Laudree in the world)

The End

at the Castle in the Rain - Greystone Mansion and Park

An icon in the film industry. It was worth winding up into the Beverly Hills as this epic house made for a great last look at the L.A. cityscape, even through a rainstorm.

an Art Talk with Christopher Russell

Dissonance, Coincidence & Errant Gradations of Light  "altered Photography" was showing last month at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery.

It was one of those Saturday mornings where it was difficult to leave the house but I am so glad I made it to Russel's artist talk.

He has quite the affinity for the written word (which may be apparent by the title of the show). Because of this he has an elegant way of describing his work and navigating the world of making with both frailty and bravery. He is all ready well know in the art world having work bought for museum collections and exhibiting solo around the world.

It was one of those art meeting where I felt like our work and approach was so similar I was wrapped and highly engaged, sensing that I all ready understood intrinsically what he meant (however more elegant he was at expressing it) yet different enough that I clearly had so much to learn.

Christopher Russell created his work in a kind of balancing act between writing (by making large handmade image based books and act of child like story telling for every show) and altered photography (in which he diligently folds and scratches ornate designs into a pigment print). These are such different processes but he needs both in order to creatively feel satisfied.

What drew me to his work is the use these baroque or ornate designs. I myself use damask patterns to accent my paintings of nature. For me it is a layer that goes beyond aesthetics (all thought beautiful).  I have always had a difficult time expressing what moves me to use these reoccurring motifs. Russell summed up his usage of motifs as: "everyday affirmations of something special, each motif is a like a portrait of an individual and it is important to think about these designs as an expression of who we want to be a way to glorify our status, beauty and uniqueness."



The Web World of Ellen Goldschmidt

I had the great pleasure of working with my fellow artist and dear friend  Ellen Goldschmidt on her new web site. I was a wonderful collaboration, an intimate way to get know her work, and learn from each other.

Plus it looks pretty sharp!! check it out!!

This could be the beginning of a whole new realm of aiding the artist of Portland.

 A NOTE FROM ELLEN  Dear Artist Friends,  I'm excited to announce the launch of my new website,   ellengoldschmidt.com  Please take a look.  I built it from a template on Squarespace with the guidance, tutelage and genius teaching of my friend, artist Arielle Adkin. As some of you know, I am NOT a techno wizard.  And yet, with Arielle's help, I was able to build a well designed, highly functional website that far exceeded my expectations.    I'm delighted with the outcome.  The best part is I learned what I need to know to manage the site from here on out by myself.  I did not pay an arm and a leg up front for a design and am not dependent on a designer to update the site.  Arielle has a great eye, is fun to work with and enjoys working with artists.  I highly recommend her services ( arielleadkin@gmail.com ).  Thanks for taking a look at my site.  Best, Ellen

A NOTE FROM ELLEN

Dear Artist Friends,

I'm excited to announce the launch of my new website,  ellengoldschmidt.com
Please take a look.  I built it from a template on Squarespace with the guidance, tutelage and genius teaching of my friend, artist Arielle Adkin.
As some of you know, I am NOT a techno wizard.  And yet, with Arielle's help, I was able to build a well designed, highly functional website that far exceeded my expectations.    I'm delighted with the outcome.

The best part is I learned what I need to know to manage the site from here on out by myself.  I did not pay an arm and a leg up front for a design and am not dependent on a designer to update the site.  Arielle has a great eye, is fun to work with and enjoys working with artists.  I highly recommend her services (arielleadkin@gmail.com).

Thanks for taking a look at my site.

Best,
Ellen