A game of musical chairs at Bergamot Station
Last year, Bergamot Station was facing huge works in order to create a brand new Station for the Tram, Metro Rail. A whole line of warehouses were destroyed to clean the place for the Tram forcing the galleries to relocate. The galleries took that opportunity, last summer, for a big game of musical chairs.
Rosamund Felsen (formerly lot B) decided to move her Gallery East LA, in the Art District, South Santa Fe Ave. Skidmore Contemporary art took her place, moving from lot D to lot B. Lora Schlesinger who was isolated in lot A, moved to lot B also. Sloan Projects, recently founded by Hanna Sloane, took a spot in lot B as well as Robert Berman who moved to lot B were we used to see Samuel Freeman LLC who is now at La Cienega blvd.
The other big change was the closing of the Santa Monica Museum of Art -SMMoA. They announce in their website a “planned gestation period” to relocate in a “permanent” location which, apparently, won’t be anymore it’s obvious home, Bergamot Station…
Despite the missing of Rosamund Felsen and the SMMoA, it is still a real pleasure to go there and see so many galleries at the same time. You drive so much in Los Angeles that it is always good when “things” are in the same area.
at Bergamot Station,
Museum quality for
through October 17th, 2015
At the age of 81, San Francisco Bay artist, Raymond Saunders shows a great refreshing creativity. His paintings are full of signs and clues made of found material that sound to be his source of inspiration to start a piece. You really have to see the pieces in person, Internet does not render the accurate sensations for the colors and the size.
To be noticed also at Lora Schlesinger, an exquisite sculpture by Beatrice Wood
through October 31, 2015
If you have $125.000 to spend, please run to buy this awesome/subtle/timeless series of eight panels of photographs by Mike Kelley revealing discretely different sections of the Detroit River. Astonishing.
Here again Internet doesn’t render the piece at its most
through 28 November 2015
This is a must be seen exhibition for sure. Those vintage feel but contemporary made collages are wonderful.
Ken Graves rearranges found photographs from early to mid-twentieth century American magazines and inserting a range of materials.
Graves creates surreal images that open a world of interpretive narratives. His collages reflect his background as a photographer and professor, and they pay tribute to Victorian paper collages and surrealist art while commenting on contemporary situations.
Carolle Benitah’s sewn and beaded photographic images bridge the relationship between her past experiences as a fashion designer with her current photography practice. She takes images from her childhood. Then she sews with a read thread the link between the people on the image in order to explain her feelings about the relationship. It is like an analysis she shows to everyone. Very strong work.
To be followed:
The gallery opened at Bergamot Station during last Spring. Hannah Sloane (above) Owner/Director and former Director at Rose Gallery doesn’t intend to show specifically photographs. Her statement would be to show mostly female committed artists, no matter the medium they use.
Currently her fourth show is
“Blue“MARY BETH HEFFERNAN
through October 17, 2015
This very young emerging artist, Canadian native, has just graduated (2015) from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. She lives and works in NY city.
For her first show at Craig Krull Gallery, she exhibits a series of naive oil painted Desert feel landscapes. When looking at those very thick oil paintings on canvas we are amazed to feel the heat, the shadow, the desert.
For some unknown reason thick paint is frequently used in Canada as for Kim Dorland, famous Canadian painter and Larsen sort of continues that bloodline.
This is new, this is interesting, but, there is a “but”: despite the indubitable skills of the painter, I doubt she can build a whole career with that sort of painting and topics, and we have to pay attention of possibilities of cracks due to the thickness. But, for the moment you can purchase end enjoy one of those wonderful Socal/desert feel paintings, the price is still reasonable.
John Rose : KNOT CHAOS @Robert Berman Gallery
through October 10, 2015
LA based artist, Jose Knot was a painter until the early 90’s, when his work took on a more three-dimensional format and evolved into sculpture. He uses poplar wood to construct the Zen-like forms that bear relation to his interest in visual scientific data.
Dwayne Booth (Mr. Fish) lives in Philadelphia, PAD. He is a cartoonist and freelance writer whose work can most regularly be seen on Harpers.org and Truthdig.com. In 2008, he was ranked #1 on a list of “the 10 most important voices to listen to this election cycle,” as compiled by Best Life magazine.
His drawings, at Bergamot Station, give the breathe of freedom and it feels good.
Excellent Photography Project
through November 14, 2015
Gallery Luisotti shows exhibition after exhibition at Bergamot Station, a more demanding selection of artworks.
Taken in 2013, the series of seven photographs remains as a trace of a temporary 1:1 scale model of a previously unbuilt golf clubhouse of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s design from 1930. Situated on a hill on the outskirts of Krefeld, Germany, the model was built in May of 2013 and was dismantled in December of the same year. Very rigorous project from the conception to the photographs, though unbelievable ! Excellent.
“Time Line” by Gustavo Acosta @Latin American Masters LAM
through 28 November 2015 (TBD)
Very interesting urban landscapes by Cuban Artist, Gustavo Acosta. The painter doesn’t do only perspective and paint, it’s like he knows which people lives in each building he paints. So, more than accumulation of buildings, this is an accumulation of souls!
follow below the making of his art