Venice filmmaker Juri Koll has a knack for capturing the magic of L.A.’s art world. Through his independent film series, Koll has documented the likes of scavenger poet Maddy Lemel, assemblage artist Flewnt and Venice’s own sculpture luminary Fred Eversley. Koll knows the local art landscape. His documentary of the construction process that went into the big steel “V” sculpture on Venice Beach, created in 1991 by Mark di Suvero, recently wound up in the American art archives at the Smithsonian. No wonder, then, he’s also an advisor for the up-and-coming Venice Institute of Contemporary Art. For the past two years, Koll has been documenting the life and art of Lisa Adams. Koll’s film looks at the unique world Adams’ paintings inhabit as well as how personal hardship — Adams nearly lost sight in her right eye in the summer of 2012 — tempered her conviction to persevere with her art. Adams, who for a time worked from a Venice studio and in 2000 cofounded the alternative art gallery Crazy Space in Santa Monica, has emerged as one of Southern California’s more celebrated contemporary artists. The documentary “Lisa Adams: As It Appears To Be” premieres in a one-night only screening at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 6, at the Crest Theater, 1262 Westwood Blvd., Westwood. (310) 470-1508; theartworld.net —Josephine...Read More
Marina del Rey artist Kamil Vojnar merges paint and photos to create works that blend the real and surreal By Michael Aushenker Whether gothic and brooding or punched up by swathes of pastel, the art of Kamil Vojnar imports a dark, ephemeral quality; solitary figures often suspended mid-air by cables or angels’ wings, or entombed in bathtubs doubling as coffins. Bathed in sepia tones, his images hover dreamlike between reality and the surreal, between photography and paintings. Vojnar’s latest works are on exhibit through April 19 at Santa Monica’s TAG Gallery, where he will speak about his art on...Read More
By Beatrice Rosen From photography and arts administration to social justice advocacy and nonprofit business, 35-year-old Jeseca Dawson fused her interests by attending the graduate Public Practice Program at Westchester’s Otis College of Art and Design from 2010 to 2012. Most recently, as a post graduate curatorial fellow at Otis’ Ben Maltz Gallery, Dawson said she was given the ideal platform to publicly showcase how such diverse interests do in fact interrelate: a gallery art show. Glued to the Seat: Revealing Hidden Realities, a group exhibition based on retelling and revealing bigotry and stigma within society, opened June 22...Read More
Thirty years after fleeing Iran, artist explores post-revolution repercussions on the female psyche in her first Westside solo show By Michael Aushenker Fariba Ameri is an artist who has wandered a long way from home, both physically and metaphysically. After 17 years of life in her native Iran, things changed fast in her country while she attended college in Los Angeles in the late 1970s. She lost her home, her country… and her past with it. “The revolution happened,” Ameri told The Argonaut. “I left home with the idea to go study and I never went back.” Fate had...Read More
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