Archive for August, 2009

Don Fritz Pushes the Margins

Posted by erin on August 27th, 2009

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Fritz’ New Work Sounds Alarm at Billy Shire

By Erin Goodwin-Guerrero

The Billy Shire Gallery in Culver City is one of my favorite galleries. There are a lot of painters with cutting edge aesthetics, and a variety of media and messages. It’s a destination for art lovers that appreciate aspects of Low Brow and can chuckle over Bad Boy Art. Some Bad Boy Art is on the light side — a celebration of popular artforms such as cartooning, advertising and bad taste, and some deliberately pushes our buttons. It is naughty, nasty, explicit and unapologetic.

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Day in the Life, by Don Fritz, reveals the underlayers of the perfect Fifties

In some respects, the oeuvre of Santa Cruz artist Don Fritz might seem to be working its way from the former to the latter, as he explores truth and lies about childhood. In form, the newer work moves along the same track as earlier paintings, prints and drawings that explore the veneer of sweetness, politeness, denial and taboos that cover up many realities of family life and childhood. Yet, as Fritz moves on to look at adolescence, his forms are becoming more explicit. Images that depict adolescent sexuality in the style of a fifties children’ reader, cannot be easily dismissed at face value as one might have done previously. As in the context of his earlier work, the question becomes “what is under the surface?”

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Silicon Valley Artists Show in L.A. and Seattle

Posted by erin on August 25th, 2009

Middlebrook and Karimi are seen along the Coast…

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David Middlebrook’s installation in Foster White Gallery, Seattle

David Middlebrook’s new work continues to explore the mysteries of lost species, archeological discoveries and gravity-defying creatures and phenomna.

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Connected, From Traces of Being, 2009, watercolor, graphite drawing and screenprint by Pantea Karimi

Pantea Karimi investigates the history of political and social movements, with an emphasis on Iran, in the exhibition Traces of Being in Los Angeles at the Morono Kiang Gallery in September-November.

CALIFORNIA IN RELIEF- Emphasis on Northern California

Posted by erin on August 13th, 2009

History of the Relief Print Documented by Important Historic Examples
By Erin Goodwin-Guerrero

Curator Art Hazelwood, himself a relief artist, has done an extensive amount of research on the relief print in Northern California. The Hearst Gallery exhibition, California in Relief, at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, is packed with nearly one hundred examples of how relief printing — wood engraving, linocut and woodcut, along with some mixed approaches — has contributed to the history of printmaking in this area. A lot of fascinating biographical information accompanies each artist’s print.

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Edgar Dorsey Taylor’s Agave Forest, 1965

Hazelwood identifies seven areas of influence that affected the work of Northern California printmakers, ranging from 19th Century Japanese woodcuts, showing their effects at the beginning of the 20th Century, to the print workshops that began to flourish in the Bay Area in the 60’s and 70’s. The show begins with a number of artists who had lived and worked in Japan, and continues with Japanese artists who came to work in the United States, only to be interred during World War II. It concludes with works by some of the recent historic San Francisco greats, such as Wiley and Arneson. (more…)