I disabled my Facebook account. Social media is a recipe for mental illness on a good day. It’s not the great social experiment they advertised. It’s the fucking zombie apocalypse.
The moment I unplugged was liberating. It felt like the day I left the prison of corporate culture, free from a mind numbing conformity. Wild. Feral. My true nature. If I believed in the woo, my spirit guide would be a bad taxidermy experiment between a feral cat and a honey badger or wolverine.
Three “other hand” portraits are now available through stARTup Art Fair’s weekly art selection and shop. Schlitzie the beloved pinhead from the movie Freaks, Alleged the controversial portrait of Michael Jackson, and The Catlady portrait of socialite and plastic surgery marvel, Jocelyn Wildenstein are ready for your walls. Learn more about the other hand process and purchase your original art HERE.
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Mash Gallery presents I OF LA, a celebratory exhibition of LA’s most discoverable artists. Los Angeles, CA, June 30, 2020.
Mash Gallery celebrates the DTLA Arts District community with its expansive exhibition, I OF LA, opening August 29, 2020. I OF LA features 20 of the area’s best discoverable artists—selected from almost 200 submissions and single-handedly curated by MASH Gallery founder and artist, Haleh Mashian. This breathtaking summer show provides a much-needed and safe opportunity to bring the community together to find solace through art.
“Mash Gallery added every precaution to make this an exciting indoor/outdoor event while being totally safe. Come inside or stay outside, for a unique art experience,” encourages MASH.
I OF LA encompasses the space between vision and communication, between artist and audience. “I aim for symbolic interactions to create a contrasting visual syntax for I OF LA. The works possess an energetic rawness and were not designed to be exhibited together. My goal is to highlight this kinetic visual energy against an orderly and refined structure to enhance the high degree of visual complexity around us,” says Haleh. Haleh explains that the term “emerging artist” can be misleading. So-called emerging artists are sometimes freer and less restrained to experiment with ideas, concepts and materials that don’t immediately resonate with each other—but the unexpected results can generate an energy, a fluidity, that lay previously undiscovered. “I wanted to give these voices a presence in an established gallery,” adds Haleh.
Showcased artists include vivid abstractionist Moises Ortiz, whose arresting works evince an energetic use of color and composition; Terri Lloyd, whose faceless figures grace the stark suburban pastel backgrounds of her childhood; abstract photographer of ordinary household items, Laura Hull; urban street artist and portraitist, Jacob Root; modern-day Lichenstein descendant, Dan Litzinger, whose pop-comic style mixes mid-century aesthetics with current pop culture imagery; the minimalist installation art of Alex Chiu among many others.
To meet the safety needs of social distancing, the MASH Gallery venue is uniquely suited for today’s live gatherings that require more space and open air. Haleh Mashian has created a true indoor-outdoor space made possible by large, glass garage doors that open directly onto street-level and a high volumetric ceiling fan with two exhaust fans that blow fresh air into the gallery. Helpful floor markings will adhere to six-feet social distancing guidelines, so that at any given time, the gallery is never at over-capacity.
Artwork will hang on outside walls as well as displayed on mobile walls on the sidewalk outside MASH. This summer opening will feature aDJ or live music and a wine bar facing the street. Safety is MASH’s first priority as the gallery knows that inspiring and continuing community is just as important during this time of recovery.
MASH Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located in the Los Angeles Arts District conceived to accommodate independent curators in order to manifest their vision. The brainchild of artist Haleh Mashian, the venue is designed to create intimate conversations between those curators, artists, and the Los Angeles art audience. MASH places its commercial programming into the hands of an ever-changing rotation of curated shows. While scheduling and presenting art installations is an expected feature for museums, it is new territory for a commercial art space. Instead of representing individual artists, MASH Gallery showcases a robust schedule of compelling contemporary art shows, bringing the art gallery to life like never before.
For more information, visit mashgallery.com or @mash_gallery. Contact: MASH Gallery E: firstname.lastname@example.org Media Relations I: @mash_gallery 1325 Palmetto Street, Suite 130 W: mashgallery.com Los Angeles, CA 90013 F: facebook.com/MashGallery/ O: 213.325.2759
Nothing like a pandemic, a capitalist market “fluctuation”, and the fact that a mentor is now in hospice to remind me about what is truly important. What can one do when faced with things so much larger than oneself? Reorganize and prioritize.
All of this stuff we’re experiencing is so real it demands being present, fully present. But, man is that work. When I get a bit overwhelmed, I have to take a step back. The best way for me to do that is, as cheesy as it sounds, is to practice gratitude. Nothing big, just think about things, mundane, every day things, that I am grateful about.
I could list the material stuff, like the house, the cars, the computer, groceries, stuff like this. But then there are the more mundane things that often get lost in the shuffle of the struggle to be something or someone in this society. Like the birds shouting their chisme (gossip) across the Backyard Emirates in the late afternoon. Or the smell of the cats when I put a little kiss on their heads, just to annoy them. Yes, Castor smells different than Ozzy.
This week I’m truly grateful that I was able to put to words how my mentor has affected me, the mark he made not just on my art practice, but on me as a person —in my life. It was important for me to let him know that I see him, truly see him. That what he has done for artists over the years has been out of love, and that is fucking revolutionary.
Magical things do happen, even in a pandemic. During one of my FaceTime painting sessions with my dear friend Pina (she’s in NY), we discovered that we could merge our energy to create something new and beautiful to share it with other artists, students, and so on. It was as if we both had half of a heart-shaped charm and finally found the piece that was missing. I won’t reveal too much, because we need to put this talk into action to see if it will work. I will say it incorporates other hand painting and a little something sort of zen.
Pina and I were also talking about how creating a thing of beauty can be a revolutionary act. It occurred to me that revolution doesn’t have to be violent, it can be as simple as changing one’s mind. Of course, there’s an element of risk. Change is often uncomfortable.
As I think about post-pandemic life, I really do not want to go back to “normal.” A return to normal is not good enough, and it’s not sustainable. Do I have a solution? Philosophically, yes. As for specifics, no, I don’t have answers. And maybe that’s okay for now. I think the important thing is to ask the right questions and have the hard conversations. Think beyond what we know. Do a little free falling into the abyss. Maybe just learn to love each other and ourselves a little bit more…
Be well, stay well…
P.S. Below are this week’s Mutual Aid and Cooperation introductions. Take a moment to mingle.
Alessandor’s Tea of the Weak
I met Alessandor through the Artery platform. She reached out to meet for coffee and we became fast friends. You know, she’s the one that coined “Anti Terri.” In a lot of ways, Alessandor reminds me of a young Terri. She’s way more driven and eloquent than I was at the same age, nonetheless, there is this no bullshit thread that weaves between our generations that I do adore. Never mind her wicked sense of humor mixed with the occasional pun or dad joke. Alessandor is also the mastermind behind Fuck The Art Market.
“The Tea of the Weak is my weekly t-shirt. Each week on Monday, I will release a design that will only be available for one week, until the following Monday, when I shall release a new one.”
If you like a naked cat, grab this Tee before it’s gone.
Steven’s facebook intro says, “Worker bee making shiny things for
personal enjoyment and for the amusement of others.” I couldn’t agree
more. Steven and I met at South Coast Contemporary in San Pedro about 5
or 6 years ago, where we were both exhibiting. I immediately fell in
love with his work which reflects a thoughtfulness I appreciate and
often a biting sense humor.
Like myself, Steven has a not so imaginary pal named Greenie. Greenie and Pink Buddha exchange holiday cards at Christmas time.
When asked if I could introduce him to you, Steven replied:
“Thinking about the info you asked for in your blog, I have come to
realize that my life is the very definition of mundane and ordinary. No
story to tell–no criminal record, no world record, no vinyl
record(ings); nothing. Last brush with the law was when I was in grade
school. [My friends and I were busted tagging the back of Jefferson
Bowl in Culver City.] This is so embarrassing! Ah, damn… “
No, Steven, I wouldn’t call you mundane. Not by any means.
Shane blew my mind about 10 or so years ago at a little event in
Pasadena known as the Alternative Art Market. He showed up with his
ODDoman sculpture and I couldn’t take my hands off the thing all day.
He’s such a gentle being and here was this pokey strange almost S&M
sculpture, I loved the paradox! Shane’s work reached beyond his soft
sculptures. He produces some amazing digital works along with abstract
painting and then some. One of the things I love most about Shane’s work
is his sense of humor which lands somewhere between Archie McPhee and
Mad Magazine. Especially his Silly Products T-shirts.
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I love Hoopla! Emporium. This is truly an eclectic Altadena gem. It’s family run, by super groovy people. Yes, I know Lori and Scott personally. Hoopla! is the place for that hard to buy for gift. The shop is artfully laid out and if nothing else you will want to walk by the shop’s big window to check out the seasonal and event decorations. I couldn’t share product here, the decision was too difficult to make, so hop on over to the Shop and get a feel for what Hoopla! is all about.
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This week, I have one artist to introduce, Jeff Hughart. I “met” Jeff online about 10 years ago through an art blog I used to write for. The blog is gone, but Jeff and I still talk via social media. We not only have art in common, we have Punk Rock and Los Angeles in common too.
Jeff is a self-taught and self-representing artist who works primarily in acrylics, producing paintings that are often raw, emotional, colorful, and energetic. Influences of his punk rock past are expressed in his characteristically vivid palette and visceral brushstrokes. Jeff sells his artwork in gallery shows, on his website (jeffhughart.com), on ebay, etsy and by appointment in his private studio in Bisbee, AZ. Although a relative newcomer to the art world, he is pleased to have hundreds of collectors from around the world, and has already had his paintings in many shows from San Francisco to London.
Checking in. How are you doing? Yes, my friend I’m talking to you. How are you doing?
Are you struggling to keep your mind occupied? Feeling like you have to over compensate with busy projects? Are you taking advantage of the down time to push creative boundaries, experiment?
Or are you giving yourself permission to sit still? Do you know what day it is?
Drop me a line and let me know how you are coping or not coping. I want to hear from you.
Something I’m doing, and I believe we talked about it a few weeks ago, is spending two two-hour sessions on FaceTime with a dear friend of mine in New York. We started out painting each other’s portraits and plan to continue our sessions past the portraits and into other works. This provides both of us with a bit of a structure, some accountability in varying degrees, and allows us to maintain our personal connection. All of which contributes toward a state of acceptance regarding the current shared circumstances.
Let me know how you are managing this new paradigm.
This is the second installment of Mutual Aid and Cooperation. This is an action based loosely on the idea of those who aren’t affected economically helping out those who are affected economically by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since I’m not wealthy and in the same bucket of hardship, this is my way of paying it forward.
Every week or so, depending on how many people respond to the call for art (HERE), I will introduce those artists to you.
Stay safe, be well.
Mildred Rivera works in many mediums. She’s a painter of animals, an incredible sculptor, works in glass, and a print maker. In fact, she worked with Ruth Leaf for 10 years. Mildred has worked long and hard to overcome dyslexia, but has never let it get in her way.
Ann Heintz is another multi-talented artist who works in a variety of media including, collage, mixed media paintings, and fiber art.
“i’m not sure what story to tell you about myself. there are so many interesting, funny, heartbreaking stories to choose from. someday we’ll sit down with some beers and i’ll tell you the life story. for now i’ll tell you about the time i saved a guy from choking in the restaurant where i worked. i was working as a hostess in this fine dining restaurant in evanston, il. i was seating a table in one of the dining rooms and i hear this woman screaming that her husband is choking. i had just gone through cpr and first aid training for my nanny job so i knew what to do. i abandoned the people i was seating and ran over to the table. i saw the man in distress and without thinking got behind him and proceeded to do the heimlich on him. he was a pretty big guy so it was hard, but i did it and the food popped out and flew across the table. after the adrenaline rush, i walked dazedly back to the host stand. then the table i was seating came back and said, um, hey, you never finished seating us. i got a gracious thank you from the family and a bottle of wine from the restaurant for saving the guys life. weird stuff, i can’t make this up!”
Jorge Bernal is perhaps one of my favorite living artists. He rarely if ever starts a drawing with a plan. Instead, he lets the art guide him, spontaneously. I truly admire this. He also works in a language that is rooted in the subconscious. I really love our afternoons filled with coffee, guava cake, walks and deep deep conversation.
Jorge says: I visualize each piece of my artwork as a page in a book I have been writing about my life all these years, and also believe those individuals who feel attracted to a particular piece, “understand” the language in it, maybe not “letter” by “letter”, but the essence of the “writings” in that particular page.
At the most basic level, what I offer is similar to talk therapy – you come to talk about the problems of your life to an intent ear. More specifically, I listen very carefully to how your language structures your thoughts and desire. I don’t intrude, I listen patiently, pointing out when the logic of your language betrays or enables the very aspirations you espouse or believe you want. This follows the teachings and ethics of Jacques Lacan.
What is different about my practice from traditional psychoanalysis or therapy is that I encourage the talking about ones artistic practice and life as being heavily related to ones life, and with this in mind encourage the showing of ones artwork, in documentation in sessions, sent beforehand or after, or, on certain occasions, in your studio.
As a general rule, the early stages of psychoanalytic life coaching are more conversational, similar to how most life coaches work, though do not be surprised to be challenged by existential questions related to practical issues.
The central activity of Lacanian analysis is what Freud deemed “free association”, which means that you speak whatever comes to mind. Whatever the reason you may be coming – your art, your relationship, depression, lack of desire, creative struggles, relationship troubles or stress- whatever it may be, the beginnings of your own solution will begin to take form by letting your particular language be heard, but most importantly by yourself.
As for what to expect from my behavior, the practice of Lacanian analysis is incredibly flexible and dynamic, but with that comes a challenge, a challenge for he or she who comes to speak to test the limits of their thoughts and their dreams. What this comes down to is that I will often leave the answering up to you, providing assistance only when necessary in order to reveal thinking that is intertwined with anxieties and conflicts concerning the people and events in your life.
We may work face to face, we may work with you on the couch, if you must be out of town, we will work via Skype. Perhaps you believe something can be shown with artwork better than it can be said. In other words, when considering the unconscious mechanisms of your desire, expect the unexpected.
This is an ongoing series to help those in my community that are economically impacted by the virus COVID-19. Each week, you will be introduced to several artists, artisans, musicians, writers, etc. If you are not economically impacted by the virus, please consider buying something from those who are.
I, like no other individual, like no other political party, like no other self proclaimed authority will ever permanently shape society. We are society. We may individually or collectively influence it though. How we emerge from our current crisis or the next one is still a guess. I love my freedom and liberty, it allows me to grow on my own terms and through my own choices. What I did notice, as did many, is that most people were easily divided and much of the blame was on the corruption prevalent in all government globally. So, when we emerge from this crisis, do we want to influence change or just accept the continued corruption? I believe we have windows of opportunity and I can sit back and await that window closing or use my influence, my love, my peace, to promote a “better more caring society.” So, I must. —Nigel Mitchell
YarnKat is a place for things yarn, crochet, knit and cats. Yep, cats. Being a crazy cat lady runs in the family. Proprietress, Kathy Bartholomew, is my sister and she will gladly tell you horror stories about growing up with me as her sister.
Fact: Kathy was born with strabismus and had three eye surgeries before Kindergarten.
Give In To The Idea, 24 x 36 inches, Montana spray paint on canvas $350 Venmo: @LukeSaenz24
Luke Saenz: As a child, I dug holes. A corridor filled with wonder & amusement. As a young human, I learned about myself and art from my amazing mentor ( anti-Terri-fucking-Lloyd).
What do we say to the establishment? Fuck you.
Fun Fact: Luke cracked his head open one night, partying with his pals. Ended up getting staples to hold it all together. I insisted he send me a photo of it so I could share it on myspace. Facebook: luke.saenz3 Instagram: lukesaenz24
Working with charcoal along 2000+ miles with stones, rivers and creeks, 600 marked sites with earth since 7/27/2016… with being with alignment and with the energies I sense with the place and space, the time of day and the seasons as continuum…
Greg Patch: I had a Polio vaccine, and had mumps, measels and chicken pox and bumped myself many more times.
L–R: The recycled aqua, cobalt and clear glass drops with copper, brass and crystal studded resin are $20 each, (tags read $40) but “Tarnished Scorpio’s” everyday lo prices are in effect, yah undaStand?
Nina says: When I was a toddler just having started to walk my parents always had me in a leather harness with a leather leash until I was about 4 ….. wonder if that’s where my fondness for B & D comes from.
Are you interested in participating in this action? Please check out the Call For Artists page for details.
Terri’s Tertulia, aka, the March 21 Open Studio has been postponed.
Considering that some of the exhibiting artists are in the segment of population that is most at risk, I have decided it would be best to postpone the Tertulia/open studio event until warmer weather prevails.
This isn’t to say that we fear the general public, we don’t. And nor should the public fear us. However, as we are told the virus behaves, it’s very hard to know if or when someone might be a host for COVID-19.
With all the conflicting information regarding Coronavirus, my gut is telling me to err on the side of caution for all parties.
My understanding of the virus, like many other respiratory viruses, is that it doesn’t thrive in warmer weather. Let’s look to maybe Summer Solstice time for another gathering, TBA.