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Our BoldPas Impressions

Aug 22, 2017

BoldPas, a new event presented last week in the alleyways of Old Pasadena was a colorful, fun affair. Lots of people were had location maps in hand, planning to run the installation gamut; from a little girl and her mom to a group of college age young men, from couples to

This wasn’t high art, fine art, sophisticated, complex art. Most were bright and boldly colorful, fun and whimsical. Many of the works were more craft than art. We don’t mean that disparagingly. We adore craft. Yet, craft is considered skilled work, an application of a technique, whereas art is “a creative merit that comes from within.” There is room for interpretation in art. Craft is decorative and functional. One is not necessarily better than the other, but there is a difference, a gap in fact.

The Flower Pepper Gallery’s pop-up canvases were fun and we began our walk at Holly Street and Big Bang Theory Way as we own a work by artist Lena Sayadian. We were not disappointed; Sayadian’s pup tent had a beautifully depicted ram, with butterflies alight above him. The other side held a black bear staring straight at the viewer while swimming salmon jump above and, perhaps, out of reach.

 

 

 

 

 

Pasadena’s own Yeti & Friends created a marvelous interactive monster tent…

 

 

 

 

Other tents…

 

 

 

 

Sarah Umles invited folks to practice her craft at the installation “Crystal Lucida,” painting shadows…

 

 

Sarah Umles practices her craft.

 

Zemaj Sakaamini and Arty Vartanyan created “Vantage Obscura” and welcomed people to step inside…

 

 

 

 

“Better as a Color” by Asli Tusavul…

 

 

 

 

 

Crossing Colorado Boulevard we walked under Abbey Luck’s “Rainbow Gates”…

 

 

 

On Mills Place, Paul Heinz displayed his “Colorful Cacti”…

 

 

 

And along Martin Alley, Ash Cano invited people to “pick” her roses…

 

 

 

 

 

Wandering into Kendall Alley, we came upon Po Yan Leung’s distinctive and odd animals in an installation called “Walking the Pets”…

 

 

 

Anali Gharakhani’s “Blister” work were cardboard spheres that had been cut and shaped, creating nesting chairs. The work was impressive, the shapes attractive, and kids climbed happily over them.

 

 

 

Andrew Hem is known for his mural work and he did some live painting. He had cut outs of some of his “people.” Simple with almost bland, yet intense expressions.

 

 

 

 

The installation we would most call art (versus craft) is Viviana Palacio’s “Displacement of Working Objects,” which was a row of old orchard ladders leaned up against a brick wall with oranges lined on the ladder steps, though over time they fell to the ground. A box full of oranges was available for passerby to do with as they wished.

 

 

 

 




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