Category: Art

A New Art Perspective: Linda King on ‘Indicators and Origins’

By Nicole Borgenicht Linda King’s artwork has been exhibited in numerous gallery one-person and group shows throughout the United States. With an MFA from the University of Iowa and an MA from California State University, King has taught painting and drawing at Long Beach City College for 26 years. Both her masters and MFA were in printmaking, which she uses in her painterly works. However, rather than with a lot of brush strokes, King pours sand, placing vinyl cut pieces beside some brushed areas all in symmetrical fashions. The paintings in her newest show Indicators and Origins are abstract suggestions of time and place. Through a fluid technique in layering, King said, “As with printmaking, I put on and take off like an etching. There are separate layers as with history and metaphor for painting transformation.” King revealed painted areas of what was there before layering to show how she builds onto the past. In looking at her painting Journey, many stories jump out. The metallic paint in areas both sit flatly on a plane but have texture, and at the same time contain an iridescence that flickers outside of the painting. Shapes correspond to something we are familiar with, whether a box or a cloud, but at same time do not always appear in logical ways. Having taught perspective for years, King likes to break its rules and...

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Venice Car Show Fundraiser for the Venice Mexican American Traquero Monument

Venice, CA. The Venice Car Show Fundraiser for the Venice Mexican American Traquero Monument will take place at Oakwood Park (767 California Ave) in Venice on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Car entrance fee is $25.00 and the gates will open at 8 a.m. They will also be celebrating Mexican Independence Day since Venice’s Annual “El Grito” Mexican Independence Day Celebration takes place during this week. This is a free family-friendly community event that has been sponsored by Council Member Mike Bonin. All proceeds will go towards the Venice Mexican American Traquero Monument. There will be Oaxaquena Food Truck, DJ music by Joey Bustamante, 50/50 Drawing Raffle, photo booth, live entertainment by Venice’s Fly N. Lion Band, Venice’s Finest Classic Cars and Low riders, The Moss Lady-Gwen Moseley, Urban Mysticism Bath and Body Works, Mexican Gifts, Oaxaquena Gifts,Venice Brand, Venice Heritage Museum, C’Los Designs, and a Flor de Mayo Folklorico Boutique. Live performances by Danza Azteca Chicimeca and Donja Princesa Folklorico Group. There will be a special guest, Jimmy Humilde, Venice native and producer. The Venice Mexican American Traquero Monument was approved to be placed at the Windward Circle in Venice and passed unanimously by the LA City Council on May 5, 2021 with Civil Rights leader Dolores Huerta’s blessing. The project is moving forward and has strong support from the LA City Council...

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Recovery Justice: Being Well Exhibit

Artist Lionel Popkin’s “Six Positions of Uncertainty” is about the attempt of finding how to live with one’s self in isolation. [Photo by Luis Chavez] Where Compassion Intersects By Nicole Borgenicht Entering the exhibition building, a three-room gallery installation entitled Three Structures Touching opens an empathetic forum. This show is a collaboration of artist Maj Hassager from Denmark with Quinn Research Center founders Carolyn and Bill Edwards. It comprises structures symbolizing a freeway going through the neighborhood and displacing black residents. In addition, videos and photography on African American history shows challenges, work and goals in the Broadway district of Santa Monica. The executive director of 18th Street Art Center Jan Williamson said, “Three Structures Touching is African Americans from the 1800s to present-day Santa Monica and traumas in the black community. While Recovery Justice is present-day trauma and how artists respond to it.” Next, the Recovery Justice explores the unique ways artist create in lieu of the pandemic and incidents during this difficult period. A rather uplifting portrayal of people uniting is a piece called One Mask One Love One Heart, to heal globally, of all 18th Street artists. This is an outdoor mural 10 x 30 feet and a small piece indoors by Susie McKay Krieser and Yrneh Gabon featuring beautiful colors with an upbeat message. Another positive message is by Rebecca Yousseff, The Sowing Imperative, of beautiful...

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National Geographic Migrant Women

The Broad Stage and National Geographic highlight migrant women’s stories By Bridgette M. Redman When they were open for live shows, one of the most popular offerings at The Broad Stage was the National Geographic Live series. At 7 p.m. on April 14, they’ll host one a digital show, this time on a slightly more serious topic than they usually do. National Geographic Live’s “Women and Migration” features the work of three photographers capturing the stories from among the more than 270 million people in 2019 who were migrants, refugees or immigrants. More than half of that number were women, often leaving home because of famine or violence. The show will be followed by a live moderated conversation and an audience question and answer session with the photographers. “Our hope is that the audience finds this type of programming valuable so that we can expand types of presentations we do with them when we do them in person,” said Eric Bloom, The Broad Stage’s director of artistic planning. Photographers give voices to the unheard The photographers—who hail from such places as Istanbul, Madagascar and Pakistan—are professionals who document displacement and migration, human rights, healthcare, climate change and gender issues. The are part of The Everyday Projects, photographers who use their medium to give voices to the unheard and to shatter stereotypes. The moderator, Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel, is a National...

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Making a Statement  

By Kellie Chudzinski Black Lives Matter protests poured into the streets of Los Angeles’ wealthiest neighborhoods in late May through early June, with more recent demonstrations spilling into nearby Westwood. Playa del Rey, often noted as the city’s last sleepy beach town, was relatively unaffected by the thousands of protesters who took to the streets in nearby Venice and Santa Monica earlier this year. But moved by the need for equal justice and equality, local artist Rob Revere sought to use his art to give his neighbors a reminder of the daily fight Black communities face. Following George Floyd’s...

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