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Pooch.

Picked up this book about Peter Clark on a whim at Skylight yesterday.

Whoah. Paper arts, collage, dogs, and smart-funny. So many of my favorites.

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I’ve spent a lot of time at the Getty Center. And I’ve never run across him until yesterday.

Portrait of Pope Clement VIII Jacopo Ligozzi, designer;  Romolo di Francesco Ferrucci del Tadda, mosaicist; Italian, Florence, 1600 – 1601

I’m SO not a portrait of the Pope kinda girl, but doesn’t this look like it could slide right into a folk art museum? As always, I love me some well done collage/assemblage/chunks of stuff on canvas.

Here are the details on the materials:  Marble, lapis lazuli, mother-of-pearl, limestone, calcite (some covering painted paper or fabric cartouches) on and surrounded by a silicate black stone.

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Went to the Art Walk downtown last week. Man. There is some not so good art out there.

But! I did wander into a cool new gallery, g727–though I’m not so sure about their website. Jonas Lara had great photos from his freeway series up down the block, as did Patrick Hammerlin at The Hive.


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His work is collaged, starting with found pieces of scrap wood, and the little shot above doesn’t do it justice. He was just lovely, selling lots of pieces and chatting it up about his process with anyone who was interested. I, of course, heart collage, assemblage, Los Angeles, and those creepy windmills, so what’s not to like? Vaguely reminded me of these old favorites.

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Water Stunts.

I love these. I love the artist. I don’t love that Bethesda is far away.

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Beasties.

There’s an exhibit at Gallery 1988 right now called “Under the Influence: The Official Art Tribute to Beastie Boys”. I think the best part is the variety of mediums–there’s everything from painting, to stained glass, to stuffed dolls. The “influence” part is pretty varied, too. Some pieces are inspired by lyrics, others by the Beasties’ “look” and others are just really interesting portraits. Below are just a few of the ones I liked. I linked them to each artist’s blog or webpage. The show has a blog at http://beasties88.blogspot.com/ and you can see all of the pieces there.

Los Beastie Boys, Michael Alvarez

Los Beastie Boys, Michael Alvarez

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Soundwaves, Ken Garduno

Soundwaves, Ken Garduno

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Bone-Up-Hard, Jason D'Aquino

Bone-Up-Hard, Jason D’Aquino

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Socialize, Roland Tamayo

Socialize, Roland Tamayo

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Stitchbeasties, Ellen Schinderman

Stitchbeasties, Ellen Schinderman

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Tokyo 2, Eric Tan

Tokyo 2, Eric Tan

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I went to one of my all-time favorite museums today, the California Folk Art and Craft Museum near the LACMA. It’s the best spot for just popping in—not too big, just five bones, and it always has the coolest exhibits. Today I went to see “Within Four Miles” by Josh Dorman.

Josh Dorman

I wish you could see the details better here, but I think it’s one of those you’ve got to visit up close. He essentially does really intricate collages on antique maps. Kind of surreal, Dali imagery but so delicate, like if Paul Klee used more concrete, realistic images. It’s not my favorite, content-wise, but I’m such a sucker for a well done collage, and these are amazing. The show at CAFAM is closing, but he’s represented by the George Billis Gallery in Culver City, so maybe they’ll have more opportunities to check out his stuff.

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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

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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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