Saturday afternoon in Culver City with Curator Dan Cameron was quite a visual treat. We stopped into six galleries, bringing us up to speed on several exciting artists and their work.
Honor Fraser, our first visit of the afternoon, surprised us with the presence of artist Alexis Smith who gave us a walkthrough of her current work on exhibit. Hearing about the creative process and motivations straight from the artist has no comparison. Her work is a collage of imagery that, as Alexis stated “either speaks to you or doesn’t.”
LAXArt, the only non-profit contemporary art space on our hop, had an exhibition of work by Dashiell Manley which combines video with paintings, based on the film “The Great Train Robbery.” We also stopped at Cherry and Martin to see the work of Floria Morlat, followed by Blum & Poe to see large canvases and installations by LA based artist Julian Hoeber and the fine work of Japanese artist Koji Enokura.
Luis de Jesus had a dynamic exhibition with the work of three different artists. In the first gallery the video work of Antonia Wright is disturbing yet beautiful. Her social commentary leads her to perform oftentimes injury-causing acts, such as rolling down a dirty alley in the middle of the night. Marisol Rendon’s large wood sculptures of dragon lizards give off a sensation of anxiety, and conversely, hope. And finally, in the third gallery was the work of Hugo Crosthwaite, an artist whose work will be on view at the 2013 California-Pacific Triennial, his small drawings recalling Goya’s satirical caricatures.
Our final stop was at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. There we sat down for the viewing of Mary Reid Kelley’s new videos made in collaboration with her partner Patrick Kelley. Susanne shared with us how these videos mesmerized her and most visitors to the gallery. Entitled “The Syphilis of Sisyphus” (2011) and “Priapus Agonistes” (2013) these videos “fuse Classical drama, Modern literature and contemporary pop culture into razor-sharp observations on gender, class, and urban development.” Also on exhibit were large canvases by artist Yunhee Min, the fluorescent colors lightly applied pinpoint to her interest in the “atmospheric nature of the works.”
Culver City is full of surprises and the exhibitions change regularly. I am due another visit soon!