“All the world is yours…” reads one of the 200 drawings in Yoshitomo Nara’s latest exhibition at LA’s Blum & Poe Gallery, which opened last Saturday. Nara’s solo exhibition is his seventh with the gallery, featuring a vast selection of his signature child characters in a new world of experimental materials. At the heart of the exhibition is an untapped medium for the artist: larger than life bronze sculptures. Cast from hand-sculpted clay models, the busts possess an unearthly quality in their rough interpretation of Nara’s youthful heroes. Read more after the jump.
Joo Lee Kang works with ink. She creates portraits of animals: incredibly detailed, Audubon- or Durer-like. They’re so precious and — dare I say? — cuddly that you want to pet them. It’s not the medium that’s unique here: ink has been around for centuries. Nor is it the subject matter. Animals rendered in ink have figured as subject matter since at least the time of ancient Greece and before that, in caves. What’s unique is that Kang uses a ballpoint pen to transport the ink to the paper. Here, a pen by any other name- Biro, Bic — would work as well. Read more after the jump.
Though they have been in business since the ’80s, La Luz de Jesus has maintained a steadfast focus on emerging talent among their roster of established artists. Their annual juried group show, “Laluzapalooza 2014″ seeks to breathe fresh air into the LA art scene with around 100 artworks selected from over 16,000 submissions. Heavily dosed with kitsch and pop culture, this exhibition features artwork in a variety of media, from Christopher Ulrich’s off-kilter paintings of mythological scenes to Frank Forte’s nightmarish cartoons and Peter Adamyan’s irreverent, satirical wood-relief paintings. With the exception of a few, most of the artists in the show have seldom been heard on the lips of LA gallery goers. The exhibition promises a platform for these creative voices. “Laluzapalooza” opens March 7 and will be on view through March 30.
Indiana-based sculptor Christopher David White progresses past the typical use of ceramic materials, forming the clay to look like well-worn wood. White renders rich textures in the pieces such as grain lines and bark using acrylic paint to articulate details such as moss and dirt in his surreal sculptures. Perhaps one of the most striking aspects of White’s talent is the diligently sculpted smaller details of the pieces. Micro-sized versions of objects such as brick walls and books are formed with impressive detail. White continues this aesthetic in his functional ware, making ceramic kettles and cups that look like something out of a J.R.R. Tolkien novel.
This Friday, March 7, the Whitney Museum of American Art will open their 77th Biennial for its final time at the Marcel Breuer building in the Upper East Side before moving to its new downtown location. For the 2014 exhibition, the Whitney invited three curators from outside the museum — Stuart Comer (Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art at MoMA), Anthony Elms (Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia), and Michelle Grabner (artist and Professor in the Painting and Drawing Department at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago) — to explore the loaded question: What is contemporary art in the United States now?
The sculptural work of artist Ben Foster can not be separated from his home and life in New Zealand. The varying landscapes of his home – from the mountains to the beaches – feature prominently in his work. Often his sculptures are placed within the context of these natural surroundings. His subjects are the animals of his daily life and others that share the land. The sculptures’ polygonal shape betray their man-made origin and contrast against the natural backdrop. The juxtaposition brings to mind the larger impact humans have on the environment of their home and perhaps the possibility of a peaceful coexistence. Appropriately Foster comments in his statement, “My works are a culmination of the natural and the man-made – a careful balance of form and motion.” See more of Ben Foster’s sculptures after the jump.