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Monday, February 2, 2009

Art Run to L.A. part 2: Culver City / Washington Blvd and South La Cinemag Blvd.

On Washington Blvd.

Valerie Favre
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects
5795 W. Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
Valerie Favre was born in Swiss and lives in Berlin, Germany. Large paintings in the main room, a series of very small paintings in the adjacent space. The large paintings talk about nature (lush vegetation and open spaces), with elements of human presence (boats, constructions), they relate to a mythic world (the Pan-like creature next to the painter in
Bonnard Kuss II). Very dreamy. It reminds me of Gerard Garouste's world, but more lighted.
She has a figure which apparently is a constant in her work: a bunny. I tell Richard that I am interested to know when the appearance of the bunny and the deer figures -that I see everywhere these days in contemporary art- first appear.

"Voliere III", 2008, Oil on canvas, 3 parts, each 130 x 173 cm

Becca Mann - New Works
Roberts & Tilton
Becca Mann's work is puzzling. The crafts (paintings and graphite drawings) are exquisite but the theme is very strange to me: she worked with a series of photos from the Romanov family albums. I understand she was interested in the series of photos but to what is the interest to draw and paint this series now and here?

Robyn O'Neil "A world disrupted"
Roberts & Tilton
5801 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

In the same gallery, a very filled room with the work of Robyn O'Neil. Large graphite drawings, very illustrative. Large size seem to be - still - a powerful way to get the attention for the viewer. I read recently about a contemporary art oriented towards recycled and small sized, nothing like that today (except Sime's work at Bergamot - but it is certainly not "small"). Always a silly thought but where does the artist store such drawings if he does not sell them at the gallery during the show?!

Farrah Karapetian "Tragic Muse"
2762 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034

Exiting the gallery

Derek Buckner
Georges Billis Gallery
2716 La Cienega S. Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034
The Marshmallow invasion!

On S. La Cienega blvd.

Yoshimoto Nara
- paintings, drawings and large-scale sculptural installation.

Blum and Poe
2754 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

My favorite of all the shows we saw! Sorry David (if you read these lines), we saw some
girls with wide set eyes!

Meeson Pae Yang "Stratum" - New drawings.
Jane Catlin
"Assimilation" - paintings and drawings.

JK gallery
2632 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

Matthew Chambers "Like wooing a lover"
Angstrom Gallery
2622 S. La cienega blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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