Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Ai Weiwei: Zodiac @ Jeffrey Deitch Gallery

Posted on October 7th, 2018 by Joseph A. Hazani

The opening of Jeffrey Deitch’s Los Angeles Gallery of the artist Ai Weiwei does well to showcase the expansiveness of the space. The 15,000 square feet gallery is phenomenally curated, most notably with the center-piece Stools acting as not only the anchor-point and talking piece but as a center stage for which the entire exhibition […]

Michael Arntz @ The Landing

Posted on September 25th, 2018 by Joseph A. Hazani

In an unnamed exhibition with perhaps an unnamed collection of artworks, Mr. Michael Arntz puts forward a rare breed of meticulous depth to his compositions at The Landing while simultaneously interconnecting each piece to portray a larger commentary on immigration. What makes the narration purely aesthetic and an anvil which hammers away at any suspicions […]

Chinatown Arts District

Posted on September 17th, 2018 by Joseph A. Hazani

In Los Angeles there is typically a flurry of art openings the weekend immediately following Labor Day. It is the ignition to a new art season after the phlegmatic slumber of summer. I dropped by the formidable Tieken Gallery to catch a glimpse of the old and new.   View this post on Instagram A post […]

‘Made in LA’ 2018 @ The Hammer Museum – Review

Posted on September 14th, 2018 by Joseph A. Hazani

In the most recent show at The Hammer Museum titled ‘Made in LA’, there was a potpourri of works that most provocatively were racially charged, yet the strongest works by Charles Long created an atmosphere of mysticism which made the visit worthwhile in itself. It is not to say, however, that the racial works (despite […]

‘It Seems to Be True’ by Chris Madans @ FIG Gallery

Posted on August 24th, 2018 by Joseph A. Hazani

In a hyper-digital age where being human has been more and more transported into ephemeral pushes of graphical buttons to be forgotten amidst oceans of media creation, Chris Madans responds in a thrillingly ingenious manner. In this exhibition at First Independent Gallery, she subtlety offers a rebuking counterweight, swaying like a lethargic pendulum the subjective […]

‘Covenant’ by Allen Williams @ CoproGallery

Posted on August 21st, 2018 by Joseph A. Hazani

Is it good to contemplate death? There is the presumption of its permanence to the human condition, which can be considered merely an extension of the permanently unknowable. It is a pessimism, however, to the most extreme degree to meditate on death, which can pose startling to those so accustomed to a positive outlook. And […]

GR2: 15 Year Anniversary

Posted on August 10th, 2018 by Joseph A. Hazani

Last Saturday night housed an eclectic array of art and media at the Giant Robot Store 15th Anniversary. Most fertile was the continuing trend of childhood nostalgia (see recent reviews here and here) as a method of tranquilizing the fear of the unknown which resonates with the ostensible contemporary tumult. Like many works in this style, […]

‘Magical Thinking’ by Jasmine Becket-Griffith @ Corey Helford Gallery

Posted on August 1st, 2018 by Joseph A. Hazani

Albert Einstein once said that imagination is more important than knowledge. The ability to extend the boundaries of what is real is the provenance of art, and is the central theme of the Magical Thinking opening. Ms. Jasmine Becket-Griffith is able to unravel a fantastical land which covertly is connected with our own reality to […]

Patssi Valdez @ Castelli Art Space

Posted on July 27th, 2018 by Joseph A. Hazani

At the Sanguine Gallery Launch Party & Inaugural Exhibition, Ms. Patssi Valdez provides a good demonstration on understanding the importance of originality and novelty in artwork. If the aim of art is to elevate the soul through the appearance of the transcendent encapsulated by the artwork itself, providing a spiritual exercise for the subjective viewer, […]

‘Cosmic Traffic Jam’ @ Zevitas Marcus Gallery

Posted on July 13th, 2018 by Joseph A. Hazani

The opening of Cosmic Traffic Jam was blinded by a disappointing, persistent blight of social anxieties of sexuality, gender, and race being perceived as artistic truth. As I repeatedly recount, the aim of art ought to be toward purity, toward an act of authenticating a subjective viewer through the interaction of an inconceivable creative expression, thereby […]