From oversized photographic cut-outs of a woman sticking out her tongue whose skin is actually cat hair to a sketch by Rembrandt, this is the L.A. Arts Show.
Last Wednesday night was the gala opening and thanks to Victoria Wilson Roberts and Vicki Laidig, yours truly was able to experience the evening. Also in the group was Altadena resident Peggy Sue Davis and Pasadena realtor Rosey Bell who ran into all sorts of folks they knew while we attempted to logically and methodically walk the aisles (with short breaks for a bar run, a pumpkin ravioli nibble, or a spicy tuna wrap).
Among the many highlights were two works by J. Michael Walker. First is his 7′ x 15′ “San Miguel Street: The Last Judgement of Don Vicente de los Reves de la Osa” (2007). The soulful, thoughtful, perhaps even resigned look in Don Vicente’s face, along with the incredible detail, is mesmerizing. Wait for a moment when it’s not crowded, so you can step back and engage the whole image; it takes a moment to absorb it all.
His next submission is “La Santa Desconocida; An Unknown Saint” (1994). The saint’s eyes draw the observer in, along with the strength of her jaw and the settledness of her lips. She may be “unknown” amongst the dozens or hundreds of revered saints, but Walker’s skillfulness makes her powerful presence.
This is a great video/interivew: CDSavoia: J. Michael Walker: Explore the World of Creativity.
Scenes from the L.A. Arts Gala:
(Above) “Ripples” (2012) by Jeffrey Laudenslager, stainless steel and titanium
“Walking at Night” by Li Feilin, oil on paper
“Head Above Water 2″ (2012) by Gay Ribisi, arhival photographic print
“Aggregation” (2007) by Kwang Young Chun, mixed media with Korean Mulberry paper
Christian Lieverse, acrylic on canvas
“Phantasm” (2013) by Toshinobu Sugimoto, marble stone
From Villa Del Arte Galleries, Barcelona, Spain
“Horticulture” (2009) by Laura Ann Jacobs, mixed media sculpture
“Day Glow Felix” by Ronnie Cutrone, acrylic on flag
“Pabst” by Jason Houchen, woodburning
“Swallow” (2011) by Lv Yan, mixed media on cloth
“Phillipe’s at Dusk” by Alexander V. Orlov, oil on canvas, at Pasadena’s American Legacy Fine Arts
“Festival Necklace” by Mian Situ, oil on canvas, at Pasadena’s American Legacy Fine Arts Gallery
“Boats in the Harbor” by Edgar Alwin Payne
“Le Pont Neuf” by Jules Eugene Pages, oil on canvas
“La Baie de Douarnenez à Marèe Bass” (1873) by Jules Breton
“Hide and Seek” by Nancy Seamons Crookston, California Art Club
“Gondole aux lampions” (1904) by Ferdinand du Puigaudeau, oil on canvas