This past Saturday the planets aligned and the bulk of Culver City’s art galleries had coinciding opening receptions. As this only happens about twice a year, so I’m going to call it the ‘Semi-Annual Culver City Art Walk,’ during which galleries spanning La Cienega and Washington Blvd opened up their air-conditioned havens to the public for a night that did not disappoint.
It is nearly impossible to hit all the galleries in one night, but here are a few highlights –
‘Loiterers’ by Robb Putnam wins the night for the most intriguing and most terrifying installation. Putnam’s sculptures were strewn about the gallery, some were of mice creeping in corners and some were animals strung up on walls and each constructed out of a patchwork of multi-textured materials. These animals look both whimsical & haunting, especially when you get close enough to see the lifelike glass eyes. To quote his website these creatures ‘..seem like monstrously overgrown stuffed toys, wounded stray dogs or imaginary friends—misfits whose demeanors both invite and repel.’
Have you ever been curious what Renaissance painting would look like with contemporary painters sensibility? Michael Klein rides the line between traditional and modern in his recent show at Maxwell Alexander, giving a nod to the rich painting traditions of the 19th century while being completely grounded in a present-day practice.
When you walk into Jamison Carter’s ‘A Cold War’ at Klowden Mann, you’re greeted by a cacophony of colors and textures in his large scale installations. To quote the show statement, printed on the back of a neon-stripped-coffin-shaped-card, it shows him ‘Working with hand-cut wood, hand-moulderd plaster, paint, paint pens, colored glue, and paper mache, [he] utilizes a system of purposefully imperfect repetition…’ I couldn’t agree more! This is a great show to see regardless of your taste in art – it’s textures and playful arrangements are a delight to experience.
The punchline of Sarah Perry’s, ‘Within the Walls’ is given away in the title. This show takes mundane elements of walls (vents, outlets, faucets, etc.) and adds creatures coming in & taking over. Think, ‘Attack of the Killer Bees,’ but with subtlety. In fact, if you combined Hitchcock’s sensibilities, David Lynch’s bizarre suspense and fine art, it’d be a lot like this show. It is mysterious and wonderful and definitely worth checking out.
The Washington Reid Gallery is attached to an inspiring program, giving artists with a unique developmental perspective the chance to learn, create and exhibit work. The pieces on display showed off Chuck Nagle & Nicolas Canales prowess when it comes to bold colors and statement brushwork. There are also 2 featured artists on display in their project spaces – definitely check out Moto Okawa & Joe Suzuki’s work as well.
Art walks often feature non-gallery businesses hosting art receptions for the night and it is great to see the production company Charlie Co blazing that trail for Culver City. It was their first foray into hosting an artist and the response was positive as painter Patrick Ballesteros displayed work that hearkened back to the pop-culture gems of the 1980’s. Charlie Co’s reception was a one night pop-up show, but you can see more of Patrick’s work at http://patrickballesteros.com/.
‘The Gilded Age,’ had it’s opening reception on Saturday, but with a line around the corner and only 2 hours to see as much as possible, I didn’t get in. Did anyone else make it out? Send us your photos or thoughts about the to the show to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear & share!