Posts Tagged ‘assemblage’

I saw this show in August. I can easily say it had the biggest impact on me out of anything I’ve seen in the past few years. Maybe since this one. And the website doesn’t even come close to doing it justice. This kind of irked me at first, but after scouring the site  for a good picture to share it kind of makes sense that the pieces aren’t  captured well by photography. Here’s one teeny bite.

It’s an arrowhead, by Tim Hawkindson, made entirely out of eggshell fragments. Yeah, it’s that kind of show. Where it’s so ridiculously awesome it makes you angry. In that “Stop, already! I’m already impressed beyond belief—you don’t have to make a lamp out of mini light bulbs inserted into dandelion puffs!”  kind of way.

I probably shouldn’t try to write about it.  Come over instead,  I’ll show you the book and get all worked up in real life.


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I stumbled into an exhibit put on by the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermy (yes, you read that correctly) last night at the La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Feliz. I considered doing a little write-up, but really? What can you say that “rogue taxidermy” doesn’t already express quite accurately?

Fighting Siberian Mice by Jeanie M.

What a treat.

Check out the gallery website (linked above), or here for more pics and a review. Then go and try not to drop an f-bomb in front of a less-impressed visitor like I did.

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There are two shows at the CAFAM right now, and as the CAFAM typically can do no wrong, they are both unique, if anything else. One is Mithila painting from India (and maybe Nepal, too?). Not my favorite aesthetically, but it includes a really interesting write up on the culture and the government’s effort to maintain the artistic tradition. My favorite part was the titles, just about every piece has a literal name, which is refreshing in a world of “Untitled Blue No. 7.” Lots of samples here.

Upstairs is a show called Celestial Ash based on the work of Joseph Cornell. I love Cornell’s shadow boxes, and am usually easily impressed by most things assemblage, but I was kinda underwhelmed by most of the show. Maybe because I was expecting Cornell? I don’t know, there’s a thorough write up on it in the LAT that probably digs a little deeper than I did .

Freakin’ Michael C. McMillen, though.

The Asylum of Lost Thoughts

He used to have a walk-through installation on display at the LACMA called Central Meridian, The Garage. I remember being entirely freaked out by it as a kid, and his creepy-ass installation at the CAFAM took me right back.

(Oh, and the best part is that I googled the name of the garage piece and hit the blog of the LACMA employee who had to take it apart for storage. Ha.)

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The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations' Millenium General Assembly

The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millenium General Assembly, James Hampton


I saw this for the first time a few years ago and it just about made my face melt off. I saw it again last week and I got a bit weepy again. James Hampton was a janitor who built this at night, in secret, entirely out of found objects. It took him fourteen years. This website isn’t the cutest, but if you dig deep enough it just might make you all melty too. Then someone write a movie about his life, okay?

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