Art Review

Patrick McGrath Muñiz @ Krab Jab Studio
https://krabjabstudio.com/shop/patrick-mcgrath-muniz/   Mr. Muniz does a terrific job of providing a fully encompassed swipe, if not coy jab, at American consumerism by treating it in a satirically sacramental manner. Indeed, the lust for the almighty profit, which drives the levers of the multinational mass consumer conglomerate (and the most iconic of these organizations are front
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Jacques Flechemuller @ Good Luck Art Gallery
In this solo exhibition, Jacques Flechemuller defines “cheeky” for us. In which, we have the indication of humor, but something that is smarmy. It never broaches the terrain of condescension-gladly-, yet it can, because of its acidity, deliver a provocation to the subject upon perception. It does so by presenting not so much disturbing images
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Beside You Jolene Lai Solo Exhibition at ThinkSpace Art Gallery
The ThinkSpace Gallery for me is beginning to develop a pattern of the style of artist they seek to shelter and showcase, and at the most basic is the artist who has become a master of technique. That is, the artist who is more than adept at painting a photorealistic artwork, where the abundant use
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PhotoLA @ REEF
The 26th edition of PhotoLA was eye opening. It was not the photography per se which made such an enchanting pass at originality and human creativity, though to be sure it was there in spades; it was the utter awakening, more epiphany, of being able to perceive what photography’s role is in human artistry. Perhaps
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Ocean Exhibit @ Beyond The Lines Gallery
There is some form of the sacred captured uniquely in an oceanic scenery. At the edge of the landed world, where there is nothing but a blue horizon yonder, where blue heaven and blue sky become uniform, one can have a mystical experience were it such a privileged resort. For those coastal residents who were
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Abe Begalin Solo Show
Abe Begalin took possession of half of an art gallery, filling that half with viscerally imposing, even daunting, monuments to an indeterminate scientific future. It is, in his own way, a contribution to science fiction which in itself is a categorization of the fantasizing of science, more or less. And with such fantasizing of science,
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The Seductive Line: Eroticism in the Early 20th Century Germany
Modern German artists, especially enveloped in the Weimar Republic, have an eerie perspective on the nature of humanity. As is demonstrated with these etchings, there is no longer a celebration or a humanism in representing mankind. Note how historically in the West, and recharged with the Renaissance, the anthropomorphic form was consistently utilized to imagine
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Islam Now, Part 2
While missing the first installment of this exposure to another perspective of the world, I was fortunate enough to find this one, albeit quaintly installed in a side corner of one of the Los Angeles County Museum’s building. There are two immediate invocations that are summoned when walking briskly through this. The first is the
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SOCKS by Eishi Takaoka @ G2 (Giant Robot) Gallery
I have spoken before about the need for the mastery of technique to be controlled and directed in a righteous manner; that the artist should not be mired and contented with their mastery of a craft. It is simply a higher form of onanism, then, which does not reveal anything spiritually significant to the audience
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Dark Stage @ Thinkspace Gallery
Can good, if not great, artistic technique be sufficient enough a measure for good art? Is such mastery of the most fastidious detail in visual representation not an astonishment in itself? This is the challenge prompted by the artist, Adam Caldwell, who is exhibiting works that are self-described as emulating Jacques-Louis David’s intentionally theatrical spacing
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