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A Studio Visit And Interview With Peter Wu

A Studio Visit And Interview With Peter Wu

During a series of coincidental and fortuitous events, I was introduced to Peter Wu’s art in a Santa Monica apartment recently and was instantly captivated. While other birthday party guests in the living area were focused on Wonder Woman, I could not get my eyes off the photograph above the mantle. I inquired with the host, and he revealed that the artist’s name was Peter Wu and he would be having a show at Greene Exhibitions soon.

Soon after the party, I contacted Peter and asked if he would do an interview prior to his show. Peter invited me to his new studio in Rampart Village. When I arrived to Peter’s studio, one of the first things he asked me was if I knew how to play “cricket.” Since I had never played, I was anxious to learn. Slightly nervous, I did not understand the scoring process at first. I tossed the darts anyway, trying to aim at the stark, white board. Peter kicked my butt. The game was, however, a great way to relax in each other’s company before talking about his art.

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Sandeep Mukherjee: In The Studio

An exclusive studio review of the L.A. based artist’s new body of work.

Sandeep Mukherjee: In The Studio

During the last year, I had the unique opportunity to witness a body of art work born by the hands and mind of the artist Sandeep Mukherjee. You could say I was his assistant but it was like no other job I ever held—-more like a middle-age mentorship. Sandeep approaches his art much like his life outside the studio—with grace, dignity, inquiry, care, seriousness and definitely humor. Fortunately, I have never found myself working for an artist who continues doling out the same doses of processual, sado-masochism onto his or her assistants like they did unto themselves when they had to make the work on their own. No, Sandeep would rather take formal elements of color, composition and material and ground them up in his version of a wave particle mortar and pestle that causes no one any harm or danger. Sandeep’s process is a controlled yet complex experiment with multiple matters and mixtures subsumed, exposed and allowed to develop naturally. What is revealed over and over on the surfaces of his paintings is utterly unique, visual elixirs of wild richness, density and spatial ecstasy.

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William Leavitt At X-TRA’s 15 Years In 15 Days

William Leavitt At X-TRA's 15 Years In 15 Days

X-TRA is a quarterly art magazine distributed in Los Angeles. For Your Art, a physical location on Wilshire across from LACMA, is hosting X-TRA’s 15th year anniversary. X-TRA is celebrating for 15 consecutive nights with programming each evening that reflects content from that specific printed volume. For example, Monday was the 8th night out of 15, William Leavitt was invited to present a reading of Habitat since he was featured in Vol. 8. I think I got that right.

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Mary Weatherford’s Bakersfield Paintings At LAXART

Mary Weatherford's Bakersfield Paintings At LAXART 1

Despite the geographic titles for Mary Weatherford’s Bakersfield Paintingsthat are derived from street names in the California city and inspired by the Kern River, big oil and local lore, the paintings evoked a larger sense of being than could be contained by any one location. I immediately perceived the grandeur of the works upon entering the packed gallery on opening night. The large-scale canvases bespoke ethos through thin layers of aggressive applications of veiled Flashe paint and linear cuts of neon tubing. It appeared that the paint and neon were codependent and required each other’s existence for the message to get across. 

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Fridge At Control Room

The Fridge At Control Room

As a location, the Control Room is an electrifying and humming space. As a moniker for the artists’ run, commercial gallery located on the edge of the Arts District in Downtown L.A., it’s quite brilliant. Having never visited, I imagined a modest sized floor plan with room to seriously examine art. For my first experience, I went to the closing night of Fridge, September 2nd, 2012. I was rewarded with a proliferation of surprising connections between works that were completely transportive. Remember, I am an escapist at heart. Reality bites, for reals.

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Ghana Must Go Fiber CAFAM Los Angeles

CAFAM is hosting a two day event called Ghana Must Go on November 1 and November 2. There will be a trunk show, West African inspired works, performances, and more.

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Fit, Form, Function Compton

Fit, Form, Function is a new (and first) Compton based arts journal. They’re hoping to explore a few things, their first issue specifically speaking to “objects we do not touch.” If you want to get involved, send in submissions by November 15.

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House Of Modern Horrors Alex Miller Los Angeles Halloween 2014

In case you need more frights this weekend, Alex Miller is bringing an immersive exhibition called the House Of Modern Horrors. It’s a cringeworthy event showcasing “nightmares that haunt our reality.” EEeEeEeeeEE. There will also be some comedians, too.

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