During my recent meander through LACMA I decided to briefly reflect in a “bloggy” kind of way on three icons of 20th century art. Three major artist whose work has helped shape how we see and consume (I mean that in a commercial/financial way of course) art but whose stature has been questioned recently as purveyors of questionable personal judgement or simply bad behavior. Perhaps these qualities enhanced their artistic aura and hence give the work an edge and might even help explain their popularity. In a crass way, I am speaking of a misogynist, a manslaughterer and an emotionally detached automaton. I am referring to Picasso, Pollack and Warhol. I, for one am a fan of these artists’ work, as well as their mythic narratives, but I couldn’t help but wonder if their personal lives might at some point force people to reconsider their oeuvre. Will the art market ever price in the emotional and personal costs left in an artists’ wake?
My small sculptural wall relief TEXT (see photo below) was stolen from the stairway leading to the Mike Kelly Gallery during the weekend of February 10, 2017. The culprits preferred the TEXT piece over the TRUTH obviously not able to steal the truth as much as appropriate the text. This was the first time an artwork of mine had been pilfered in a professional gallery setting. I found the occurrence upsetting and wondered what kind of person would rip-off an artist in a space that has a very open and community vibe. Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA did offer to reimburse me for the piece which I donated back to the organization to help update their security around the Mike Kelly gallery.
Starts: Feb 04, 2017, 5PM – 7PM Ends: Feb 26, 2017, Noon – 4PM
Los Angeles based artist JonMarc Edwards will be exhibiting “The Debriti Show!” a traveling immersive installation that challenges visitors to “Choose Your Words Carefully.” Beyond Baroque will be transformed into a contemporary textual apothecary utilizing all floors and rooms to exhibit this exciting and formidable exhibition. “The Debriti Show” features word-tenders to personally guide you through the process of textual enlightenment. Both witty and profound “The Debriti Show” explores the transformational power of language and tangible text. An installation located in the Mike Kelly Gallery will showcase this unique blend of concrete poetry meets visual expansiveness. Workshops, performances and special “word-tender” appearances will occur during this month long exhibition, stay tuned for more details.
JonMarc Edwards is a visual artist working in the Silver Lake area of L.A. His work is known for paintings that transforms composed writing into concise, legible pictographic landscapes. JonMarc is a visiting artist & adjunct Lecturer, Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona, CA and maintains a studio / gallery, MARKET in Silver Lake.
Great day to spend with my kids right before my son goes back to college and my daughter prepares for her last semester of High School. It was a wonderful way to channel all the hard feelings of a tRUMP victory and do something positive. The crowds were incredible in size and good spirits. I will be going to the science march scheduled in April…
My first record purchase using my own money (pop bottle collection) was “Sugar, Sugar” by the Archies back in 1969. Two or Three years later I bought “I’m Eighteen,” by Alice Cooper and subsequently purchased the album Love It To Death after seeing them perform on “In Concert” on ABC, loved that show! I thought Alice Cooper was creepy and cool like The Creature from the Black Lagoon or Dracula, but Alice had a razor-dark voice that I thought was neat. The lyrics, make-up and theatrical element made me a loyal follower for the next four albums and have retained a soft spot for their music from the 70’s. Love It To Death is still one of my all-time favorites with the whole album full of amazing and at times funny songs, great instrumentals and fond memories. They were progenitors of glam, metal, hard rock-theater. Below is a link to an under-appreciated song, “The Ballad of Dwight Fry” although having been inducted to the RRHOF most AC aficionados and the like are familiar with this song. Watch, listen and then take on the whole album, you will be glad you did!
A Gesamtkunstwerk [guh–zahmt–koo nst-verk] translated as total work of art, is a work of art that makes use of all or many art forms or strives to do so. The term is a German word that has come to be accepted in English as a term in aesthetics.
In the show TOTAL ART JonMarc has applied this concept to the MARKET space by showing the viewer; a window installation, a mural-sized canvas from his youth, a soon-to-be-touring immersive installation, floor sculptures, new paintings, a gift shop and a café all within the 800 sq. ft. confines of the gallery.
TOTAL ART is a witty commentary on the “state of the art” but is also infused with serious conviction and issues to chew on.
For all ages. Unique, affordable art works and gifts available. Snacks, coffee & tea will be served!!
Triptych August 1972, Francis Bacon, oil on three canvases, 1972
If you have ever had the opportunity to see the film, Fox and Friends by Rainer Werner Fassbinder http://www.allmovie.com/movie/v18377 you know what it is like to feel the visceral repugnancy of slaughtered meat, but we watch between our fingers. Francis Bacon’s Triptych August 1972 has the same distancing allure as Fox and Friends. Triptych August 1972 is included in the series of “Black Triptychs” that Bacon painted during the early 1970’s in memory of his lover and model George Dyer. Garish pinks and mauves set against the forced perspective of cool grey’s and black symmetry create an atmosphere of foreboding and decay. Life and near death pause, succumb and disintegrate into the ether of unease.
Like most Angelenos everyone knows Vin Scully, the iconic broadcaster for the Los Angeles Dodgers. His amazing voice is recognized the world over. Working for the Dodger organization for 67 years, “Vinny” has witnessed so much in baseball, from the Jackie Robinson days to the move west from Brooklyn to Chavez Ravine, he could even distract us from the LA riots and earthquakes. The stories, the quintessential details of the stories, the strategies of the game within the game, the characters and the heroes of baseball could be reborn at any moment while watching or listening to the Dodgers. There was the communal bond you had with the team, the fans, families and friends alike sharing in his wealth of stories and information, an experience that we all savored but becoming rarer with each passing season. Vin Scully retired last week after broadcasting his final game October 2nd against the Giants in San Francisco. We had a year to prepare but of course that was still not enough time. It was even more bittersweet as the Guggenheim Group (as they are known) the owners of the Dodgers put their fans in a precarious situation in the last few years as they made a crazy financial “deal” that pitted the Time Warner / Charter cable company against 70% of the fan base. The fan base including me were unable to watch the beloved team on Cable much less TV. To do so Dodger fans would have to switch cable companies and pay higher premiums while some folks depending where you lived were unable to make that decision as the Dodger sponsored cable company was not even available in some areas. It’s a mess and Vin Scully is gone and it’s still going to be a mess. The whole greedy situation has turned me off… that a billion-dollar organization and a multibillion-dollar media conglomerate could turn their backs on 70% of the Dodger fan base for the last 3 years including Vin Scully’s final season was a terrible decision on their part. Few can watch them and younger potential fans have moved on to other sports or entertainment possibilities. And this may go on for the next 21 years of the contract or until the team becomes mediocre again… The point is, all this fuss, resentment, frustration and protest cannot bring Vin Scully back, he’s gone and enjoying retirement, but many fans lost a big part of their communal relationship / experience with the team and learned another hard lesson, money ball refers to the corporations that invest and run the MLB and there is little consideration for the everyday fan. So Long Vinny!