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Friday, August 26, 2011

Linda Day-Visual Artist-Painter

A Tribute to Linda Day
Los Angeles Based Visual Artist
Watercolor MM by Linda Day
Linda Day-a true "Rough-rider"

One of the last times I saw Linda was a couple of years ago in July.  She was in my studio in the late morning and asked me for some coffee.  I remember her enjoying a couple of cups of black coffee with her signature cigarettes.  She was happy to learn that she was in a non-restrictive smoking environment. As a painter she lived in "paint soup" with a vodka martini chaser.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Artist's Annual Open House @ gallerRoy @ Casa la Reina


Downey, CA
Annual open house was held August 14, 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Lisa Adams- "gouaches" for upcoming exhibition at Offramp Gallery

Gouache #1 2011 (9 1/2 " x 7" )

Gouache #2 2011 (9 1/2 " x 7" )

Gouache #3 2011 (9 1/2" x 7"

Art Review from August 16, 2011 interview to follow.

Offramp Gallery
1202 Lincoln Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103

Gouache #19 2011 (9 1/2" x 7")

Thursday, August 11, 2011


Ruth Bachofner Gallery
2525 Michigan  Ave G-2
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Entering Abstraction
July 23, 2011-September 3, 2011
Michael Salerno-one of the artists in the exhibit.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Horizontal Totem Pole-Exquisite Corpse Featherduster-Everything Has Feathers

The Thirteenth Grade, curated by Mary Anna Pomonis, at POST, July 26, 2011
POST's July Kamikaze One-Night Exhibition Series

1904 East 7th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Participating Artists: Kristin Calabrese, Christine Guyiangco, Hazel Handan, Anaeis Ohanian, Stas Orlovski, Ben Tegel, Sabina Ott, Jason Pinsker, Max Presnell, Justin Stadel, Guilia Tassius. Allison Stewart, Jessika Wood, and Eve Wood
Mary Anna Pomonis leading the band.

Anaeis Ohanian
June Diamond and Dawn Arrowsmith (taking photos)

Thirteen Grade is was a romantic, cummunal, and intentional art experience consisting of 13 artists of varied experiences.  Mary Anna Pomonis integrated young artists that are either beginning or are in the process of their college art careers, combined with experienced artists.  Pomonis has experience working with teens that are serious about their work. Supporting and engaging young art talent is part of Pomonis artists' statement.  This drawing "happening" worked in a non-linear fashion allowing for open communication by the participants.   Each artist took turns drawing on 13 pieces of paper that were taped to the walls of the gallery.  Justin Stadel, mounted 13 "flip cameras"-one for each piece of drawing paper.  As the artists rotated clockwise and counter-clockwise, they added their drawing signatures by using collage, photo transfers, stencils, e-xacto knives and various painting and drawing materials. 

As an art educator Pomonis is probably experienced in using the Equisite Corpse as a way to charge up creativity in a classroom environment.  The Thirteenth Grade was a tribute to the success of keeping this art phenonmen alive.  The artists in the show worked as a collective to complete thirteen drawings in two hours.  The fact that they could each take away a drawing at the end of the evening was not a priority to these artists.   Almost like a "childhood cake walk", the artists gracefully glided from drawing to drawing inspired by each other and the audience.  The viewers were also participating in the performance by asking the artists questions about their art techniques and styles.  Interestingly enough, the artists' credentials were never an issue.  It was a hot July evening in a downtown art gallery surged with cerebral and physical urges on the artistic side.
Habib (the director)

Sabina Ott at the wall.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Meditation and Endowments-You Are What You Eat

HOY SPACE: Sonia Romero's Inner Landscape
Sonia Romero
Vincent Price Museum
East Los Angeles College
1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez
Monterey Park, CA 91754
May 20, 2011-August 19, 2011

Sonia Romero's art work is part of the inauguration of the new Vincent Price Museum at East Los Angeles College.  Romero is featured in"Hoy Space", a space in the museum dedicated to emerging artists.  As a young artist that was invited to exhibit 2 1/2 years ago, Romero stated that she began her work in a "feisty-political mode" and ended her journey on the "beautiful side".  The beginning has images displayed in piles.  "Dead Piles" (2009), consists of a pile of "fleshy" pigs.  Also, there is a wall installation of three piles, in which, the pile of bison skulls, retells a story of North American carnage. Romero described the piles as signifying "consumptions" and "abundance".  She is interested in the "historical and contemporary relationship" culture has with food.  The "beautiful side", culminates with the paper cut "Inner Landscape" (2011).  The paper cut depicts a voluptuous woman in a slumbering-existential pose enveloped by garlands of flowers on the vine.  A bouquet of three roses protects her heart.  The female is not a drowning "Ophelia", but a woman who has discovered a gift through meditation and transformation.  Romero learned the importance of "coming from the inside out" and knowing that "we choose what to put in our bodies".

Romero was forthcoming when she spoke about her parental legacy of renowned Chicano artist Frank Romero and Nancy Romero, whose art contains her study of anthropology and mythology.  She said sometimes she feels a pressure from the Chicano community to be more political.  I told her that all art is political.  Romero has her foot in more than one world.  However, she said that her post-college career has changed her art perspective and that "being her father's daughter has influenced her life".