This Artweek.LA : Our Huffington Post blog | Here's what we are featuring on our Huffington Post blog, This Artweek.LA, for the week of August 6, 2012.
Vonn Sumner: This Makes Sense | Subtle in color but bold in content, Sumner's characters are isolated, absurd, engaging, and somehow quietly common-place.
More adventurous than his predecessors, Vonn Sumner has no fear of placing characters out of context as their masked facades suggest deeper meaning. Mentored by renowned artist Wayne Thiebaud, one can see the tradition of subtle form and beauty accentuated by the simplicity of execution. Extremely recognizable in his style of painting, Sumner creates puzzling, ambiguous, and theatrical scenes contained within singular gestures.
Vonn Sumner: This Makes Sense opens August 11 at Merry Karnowsky Gallery
Brandi Milne: Before I Hide Away | Inspired by love, loss and letting go, Before I Hide Away is a memoir about moving forward and following one's heart, despite life's challenges.
Milne describes her latest series as a circus in the snow. For the fourteen paintings in the exhibition, Milne refines her palette, highlighting muted tones as opposed to candy-like colors from past works. Milne adds, "I feel that this new work is a giant step into a more mature world for me. My work is always guided by my personal life and emotions, there's always a narrative and parallel of what I'm facing in life."
Brandi Milne: Before I Hide Away opens August 11 at Corey Helford Gallery
Your Mouth Undone: Michelle Carla Handel + Eve Wood | Language is ultimately ineffectual; even as we push words out through our mouths, we are alone in our experience of the world. Language is the manufactured barrier between us and our own mortality and as we speak or eat or kiss, we attempt to connect to the world around us, to conjoin our human experiences with those we love, yet like the mouth itself, our lives are singular and complex, forever attempting connection to another despite our isolation.
Exploring the complexities that exist between the exterior space of the natural world with the interiority of the human body, both Handel and Wood claim new and intensely realized territories whether in two-dimensional (Wood) or sculptural (Handel) form, proclaiming a near-sacred authenticity, an opportunity for deeper translation and individual transformation.
Your Mouth Undone: Michelle Carla Handel + Eve Wood opens August 9 at Garboushian
Jessica Wimbley: I Am Katrina | I Am Katrina delves into a myriad of cultural and personal territories: issues of identity, history, diaspora, class, integration, mobility, and narrative.
Whose gaze is this? What is the American Dream and who has access to it? What is Homeland? What is origin, what is the macrocosm, what are shifting observations? Using images from numerous sources, Wimbley's photographs and collages posit these questions in metaphor and allegory, setting up new and poetic narratives. Utilizing original images shot on location in Louisiana combined with internet and media searches along with the vision of other artists and scientists (biochemist Dr. Mona Monfared), the work is collaged and manipulated, integrating many avenues into a collective voice and expansive gaze.
Wimbley uses the Louisiana Creole legend of Marie Therese Coincoin (1742 - 1816), as a starting point of wisdom, beauty and freedom - ideals that form and become the figure of Katrina in her narratives.
Jessica Wimbley: I Am Katrina closes August 11 at Western Project ___________________________________________________________________________________