View Post

Wild Contrast at the Hammer

In I Liked by Very Special ContributorLeave a Comment

By G. James Daichendt Black Mountain College was a small progressive liberal arts college in North Carolina that operated for a short time between the years 1933-1957. The school positioned the arts as the central aspect in the curriculum and some of the most influential artists of the midcentury era taught or studied at the experimental institution. “Leap Before You …

View Post

Moira Hahn the Original Cosplayer

In I Liked by Moto OkawaLeave a Comment

Long before cosplayers, even before otaku, there was Moira Hahn and her animals. At Gregorio Escalante Gallery in Chinatown, Hahn’s exquisite and precise, masterful watercolor technique orchestrates a complex, layered dance of colors and patterns. Monkeys, cats, rats, along with chimeras from myths and anime icons such as Doraemon and Astro Boy, all partake in Hahn’s topical narratives. In one …

View Post

ArtILikeLA 2015 Yearend Countdown

In I Liked by Moto OkawaLeave a Comment

In the spring of this year, we started blogging about art we liked in and around Los Angeles. The saying “Location, location, location” definitely held water for us, too. The art we found here was like a thirst-quenching oasis for this drought-striken, endlessly sunny desert city of angels. After nearly 60 entries, covering both staple and up-and-coming gallery spots both …

View Post

What Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia Does for Love

In Short & Sweet by Moto OkawaLeave a Comment

In Plegarias, a collection of Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia’s new pet project of sort at CB1 Gallery, an intimate painting — appropriately hung all by itself on one wall — is most exquisite among the eclectic gathering of small works on panel and paper, plus one sculptural construction suspended in midair. If the curatorial intent was that of distillation, Por Amor …

View Post

David Klamen Paints Paintings from Angle

In Short & Sweet by Moto OkawaLeave a Comment

The amazing popularity of Instagram —simultaneously reinforced and dampened by numerous brands advertising their “visual story” — allows for casual, mediated cultural voyeurism of all kinds, including art. While there is the convenience of searching for images from the latest art fairs with taps on a smartphone, most photographed artworks look subpar at best. The situation gets worse as many …

View Post

Them Cats and Dogs Are Us

In I Liked by Moto OkawaLeave a Comment

Inside un petite Garage — a space so small that even in its past life as a parking garage, only a single coupe would have barely fit — adorable, meme-worthy kittens and doggies hang orderly on its walls. Curated by Yumi Yamaguchi who owns and directs the gallery located in a busy, prime real estate spot in Tokyo, the awww-inducing …

View Post

Let’s Go Kick Some Booties

In I Liked by Moto OkawaLeave a Comment

With the cheeky title “… a pointy toe boot up the backside” and the matching attitude, Houston-based artist Christian Eckart packs an incredible number – 30 works by 10 artists working in H-Town – into the modest spaces of Wilding Cran Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles. There is enough hanging on the walls to comfortably fill a wing of any …

View Post

One Man’s Trash Ain’t No Trash

In ArtILikeLA Exclusive by Moto Okawa2 Comments

A smelly refrigerator? A chipped dinner plate? A t-shirt that is so last season? Are we to just throw them away and acquire new ones? Sure, nothing lasts forever. This is especially true for consumer products. Between the end of their life cycle and the time they return to the earth, however, there is an interminable span in which these …

View Post

Heather Hansen Draws in the Mind

In I Liked by Moto OkawaLeave a Comment

Heather Hansen began by bowing her head twice, acknowledging the presence of standing audiences in the gallery at OCHI Projects. No music followed. Instead, a respectable silence filled the room while the residual heat of late September afternoon continued to smolder. Dressed in black, Hansen laid her back on the clean white canvas stretched on the floor. She held two …

View Post

Sandeep Mukherjee Just Is

In Short & Sweet by Moto OkawaLeave a Comment

At newly opened Chimento Contemporary, Sandeep Mukherjee’s panoramic paintings just are. Spanning across the two jointed walls, these ten paintings, collectively titled as Mutual Entanglements, quietly float in the space, seemingly hovering over the white floor. The sight offers neither an excitement nor a disappointment. It just is. As a result, a meditative engagement transpires. Olive green and varying evening …