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Found objects made into art: Timothy Washington’s long-overdue solo show

Posted February 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Washington's sculptures often contain noisemakers and moving pieces. This one, a futuristic animal inspired by Harley Davidson motorcyles, can carry the weight of the artist himself.

Read the news and it can be easy to think that art is all about money and glamor: splashy openings, $142 million paintings and rapper Drake snapping selfies at the L.A. County Museum of Art.
But an exhibition at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles is a reminder that art is also about dedication. For decades, one L.A. artist has been quietly …

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Carmen Papalia and the art of walking blind

Posted December 11, 2013 by | 5 Comments | ]
The group wound around the tar pits then entered the area behind the L.A. County Museum.

Artist Carmen Papalia has performed “Blind Field Shuttle” in cities across North America. In it, he leads a conga line of people on a walk, everyone clutching the arm of the person in front. When Papalia organizes these walks, he seeks landmarks as points of orientation. But these aren’t landmarks the average person might think of — like a statue or a street crossing, …

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‘Station to Station': Riding the art train from Barstow to Los Angeles

Posted September 26, 2013 by | 15 Comments | ]
The Station to Station train at the platform in Barstow.(Photo: Carolina Miranda)

For the last twenty days, a group of writers, singers, artists and photographers have been making their way across the country in an old Amtrak train — staging rock concerts and performance art in cities from New York to Barstow. “Station to Station,” as the project is called, was the brain child of Doug Aitken, a prominent installation and video artist based in Los …

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Photos: In ‘Nothing Left,’ artist Adriana Salazar finds art in what our bodies leave behind

Posted August 2, 2013 by | 10 Comments | ]
A close-up of one of Salazar's installation tables at the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana. Seen here: an array of hip replacement pieces.
Credit: Carolina A. Miranda

For centuries, artists have been obsessed with death. From elaborate Egyptian tombs to early Christian paintings of martyred saints — to contemporary artists, who use everything from dead sheep to stuffed goats in their work.
One artist, however, is taking the practice a step further. Adriana Salazar creates work that examines what happens to our remains after we die. Enter the back room at the Grand …

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Los Angeles school kids make fine art – with socks

Posted March 29, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
A student named Sidney (foreground) chooses materials as the group prepares to work on their group sculpture at the gallery at Charles White Elementary.

In an era of diminishing budgets, arts education in Los Angeles holds a precarious position. According to one estimate, more than half of all students in the L.A. Unified School District will not receive arts instruction in elementary school.
In the past five years, state funding for elementary arts education has dropped by 60 million dollars. Some schools have made up for the shortfall with …

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Artist brings DNA processing to life on gallery walls

Posted February 19, 2013 by | 53 Comments | ]

The O.J. Simpson case will be remembered for a lot of things. A brutal double murder, a slow-motion car chase, a glove that didn’t fit.
But on a legal level, it was an important turning point in the use of DNA evidence. Simpson’s DNA is now the focus of another type of scrutiny.
In a new exhibit at the Beall Center for Art and Technology, at …

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When freeways meet fine art

Posted December 26, 2012 by | 6 Comments | ]

Traffic jams, sketchy underpasses, and towering grey walls. Southern California freeways aren’t exactly known for their physical charm.
But earlier this month, a new kind of freeway overpass was inaugurated over the 210 in Arcadia. Designed by British artist Andrew Leicester, it is all slinky curves and basket weave patterns.
Could this mean a new era for freeway design?

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