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 May 14, 2012.
Unsettled: The Art of Vincent Sabella | This solo
exhibition, curated by Shana Nys Dambrot, is culled from three discrete collections of the artist's work.
Extermination, Sabella's most recent body of work, is a full-frontal look into the ravages of war. Refining his layered approach to painting, and moving the text narrative to the spines of each canvas, the artist lets the metaphors of military history fly: soldiers stare blankly out from behind lit cigarettes; a fresh-faced boy Hitler is backed by a rising swastika moon; even Little Boy himself makes an appearance as a phantom clown face in a mushroom cloud.
Unsettled: The Art of Vincent Sabella opens May 18 at Edgar Varela Fine Arts (EVFA)
Debra Scacco: Birds of Passage | This London based artist's practice is centered around defining the concept of 'home'. Born in 1970's New York to an Italian family, Debra Scacco's ethnic ties instilled in her both a devotion to family in the truest sense and ownership of a history not strictly her own. These ties paired with geographic displacement, mean that she is perpetually in a transient state: in between places, in between origins, in between roles, and ultimately in between the person she feels she should be and the person she has become. The result of this constant emotional flux is a lifelong fixation with what 'home' is, and the seeming impossibility of belonging.
Debra Scacco: Birds of Passage opens May 17 at Marine Contemporary
Yeonju Sung: Earthly Paradise :: Displaced Realities | Art-merge | LAB launches its first pop-up gallery with the photographic works of Korean contemporary artist Yeonju Sung . Sung deconstructs and reconstructs vegetables and fruits in startling ways, sometimes separating skin from flesh, or cutting them into strips, and interweaving them. She has used bananas, red cabbage, leeks, mushrooms, and lotus roots, and then takes a studio portrait of the results. "At first glance they may appear to be a high-fashion cocktail dress or bodice, something Lady Gaga would wear to her next soiree," says art critic Scarlet Cheng, who is writing the essay for the show's catalog. "Then we recognize the object for what it is - and have an experience of the uncanny, which is a jarring mixture of pleasure and of dislocation."
Yeonju Sung: Earthly Paradise :: Displaced Realities opens May 17 at the Pacific Design Center (PDC)
Linda King: New Paintings | The visual complexity in King's vibrant new paintings is a combination of fluid movements of paint with hardedge shapes and flat intense backgrounds, which shifts the viewer's eye as shape becomes negative and space becomes shape. King's natural and urban surroundings inspire her use of dramatic color schemes. She uses the physical forms of vintage ceramic and metal platters or everyday household objects as stencils to edit the background and create different shapes. Overlapping layers of paint splatters, drips and pools, King creates spatial illusions evoking both microscopic views and a grander sense of distance. The juxtaposition of boundaries subverts perception and solid planes, tricking the viewer's association to what is considered background or foreground.
Linda King: New Paintings opens May 17 at den contemporary