Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

‘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 […]

Camilla Taylor & ‘Diverted Destruction’ @ The Loft at Liz’s

Posted on June 29th, 2018 by Joseph A. Hazani

Diverted Destruction from The Loft at Liz’s presents an assortment of artwork that most politely is described as “recycled”. While that is a worthy creative effort in its own right, for the sake of art we ought to expect goodness to be represented aesthetically. What else would the purpose of raising one person’s trash be if […]

‘The Fashion Show’ @ Peter Fetterman Gallery

Posted on June 22nd, 2018 by Joseph A. Hazani

Peter Fetterman Gallery’s The Fashion Show opening represents that rare nexus of art and commerce, wherein commercial enterprises lead to transforming the concept of marketing into something – though not always – transcendent. The ideal of art, after all, is to elevate and reverberate a sense of the sacred. Brute mass marketing hardly accomplishes this […]

Jordi Alcaraz – ‘Defying Boundaries’ @ Jack Rutberg Fine Arts

Posted on June 8th, 2018 by Joseph A. Hazani

Jack Rutberg Fine Arts presents an overwhelming, if not monumental, installment of work by the Catalan artist Jordi Alcaraz in what can simply be described as a paragon of contemporary high art. We can gather from the works that Mr. Alcaraz dances effortlessly in his exploration of our conception of space yet is successful with […]