In Artillery Magazine‘s fourth annual “LA Issue,” four of the publication’s top critics were charged with the task of summarizing the highs and lows of the past 2009-2010 art season. Each writer was to select one show to be the titleholder for the categories of “Overexposed,” “Underexposed” and “Perfect Exposure,” the latter of the three being the coveted position.
James Scarborough – as this post’s title will suggest – awarded Allison Schulnik‘s “Home for Hobo” as his “Perfect Exposure” exhibition for the previous season. Says the critic:
“Allison Schulnik’s show at Mark Moore Gallery was primal, raw and refreshing. Her work suggests an abecedarian plunge down a rabbit hole toward an aesthetic Ground Zero, emerging conceptually uncluttered at figuration and narrative from a Lascaux-ean cave. Her fertile gobs of paint trump irony, pastiche and virtuality with humanism filtered through a videographer’s eye for kinetic staging.”
Pick up a copy of the current issue to see Scarborough’s other list picks, and stick it up on your fridge for good measure.
Toiling away in a non-air-conditioned Los Angeles studio, Kiel Johnson is feverishly creating another one of his cardboard realities for the universe at large.
First up, Johnson and fellow artista Klai Brown created the “8-Bit Man,” a fully wearable cardboard robot get-up that Brown donned for an upcoming Toshiba commercial, which will air later this summer (stay tuned for the link)! Check out some of the behind-the-scenes images from the filming session below. Glistening man in loincloth not included with suit, sadly.
Simultaneously, Johnson has been fashioning a new series of 3-D goodies for his upcoming show at Davidson Contemporary (New York), which opens on September 23, 2010. If you’re in the area, start plugging this date into your iCal, as Johnson will be making the trek out to the Big Apple to be on hand for the reception. Check back for more of Johnson’s mad-scientist tendencies in the next few months; there’s never a dull moment around Hyperbole Studios.
Last night, Mike Weiss Gallery (NY) opened their summer group exhibition, “Reflexive Self” with two incredible new paintings by Kim Dorland. On view through August 14, the show features work by Dead Dads Club Corporation, Kris Knight, Stefanie Gutheil, and Marc Seguin.
For more information, visit the gallery’s website. Better yet, swing by and see the show if you’re in New York!
With impeccable timing, the New York Foundation for the Arts recently announced their 2010 Painting Fellowship Award Recipients – and among them was MMG’s currently exhibiting artist, Ben Weiner. Of the 6,200 applicants, Weiner was chosen alongside 117 other talented painters; excellent news in tandem with recent acquisitions of his work by the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation (CA) and Sammlung Mondstudio (Germany).
Be sure to catch Weiner’s current solo exhibition, “Material and Illusion,” before it closes July 3rd!
Executive Editor Evan Orensten and the incredible team over at Cool Hunting took some time to visit with Kim Rugg in her studio earlier this month as they produce a video featuring the London-based artist. With an expected release date in the next few weeks, the video will document Rugg’s process and new projects – a real treat for those familiar with her intensely intricate work.
Stephen Westfall of BOMB Magazine recently featured Cordy Ryman in the publication’s summer issue, speaking highly of Ryman’s adept use of materiality and spontaneity. Says Westfall:
“His paint can be sticky as tar or fluid as a thin milkshake. A tough, tiny urchin of a painting might be fastened to the wall with nuts and bolts as though it possesses the will and strength to pull itself free and escape out the door.”
Ryman will have his second solo exhibition with DCKT Contemporary this fall, opening September 8, 2010 – a show surely not to be missed.
Mark Moore Gallery also recommends checking out DCKT’s current summer exhibition, Brion Nuda Rosch, an artist that you may see in a certain Los Angeles gallery sometime this fall….just sayin’….
New York activity makes the MMG Blog headlines again, as Yoram Wolberger’s first solo show in the Big Apple at Benrimon Contemporary garners the attention of ArtInfo. Making the editor’s “Weekly Ten” picks for June 11, “Cowboys and Indians” (on view through July 3), can be found on the shortlist alongside The International Center for Photography’s group show and Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro” music video. Good company…check out the full-length list by clicking here!
For more information on the exhibition, please visit Benrimon’s website.