Monday, October 26, 2015

Lit Crawl & Adventures in Art

Alexandra Grant: I was born to love not to hate (3)
2015, Mixed media on paper backed with fabric


Last week, I participated with a group of writers from Tertulia Literary Salon as one of the featured readers in Lit Crawl LA / NoHo Arts District. The event is a sort of literary smorgasbord, with several concurrent programs at different venues throughout the evening. Lit Crawl is free and open to the public. It's a great opportunity for emerging writers to get some exposure and instant audience response. It was exciting - and unnerving - to be on the program. I read an excerpt from my wip - which has been in progress for never mind how many years (six).

It's been frustrating and sobering to grapple with the challenge of completing a large creative project while pursuing so many other things at the same time. To wit, in the last few months, I've reviewed a number of art exhibits for various art magazines. As of July, I'm now a contributing writer for Art Ltd. Magazine.  I'm also delighted to announce that I was just invited to become a contributor for Fabrik. Contemporary Art and Design, another beautiful Los Angeles art magazine.

Here are some of my most recent published reviews, profiles, etc. with links where available: 
(magazines available at newsstands, galleries, online and/or by subscription)

* Alexandra Grant and Steve Roden: These Carnations Defy Language @ Pasadena Museum of California Art published in WhiteHot Magazine of Contemporary Art - my review of the beautiful collaborative exhibit by these two LA artists, inspired by the writing of 20th century French poet, Francis Ponge.

* Ed Moses: A Los Angeles Icon in ArtPulse Magazine Issue 23 - an in-depth piece I wrote about Moses, reviewing his recent exhibits at LACMA and William Turner Gallery, touching on my visit to his studio and his retrospective at UC Irvine last year, his life, and the evolution of his oeuvre.

* In Art Ltd. Sept/Oct - my profile of Sara Bright, an LA artist who for the last year has been creating a series of moveable frescoes, recently shown at George Lawson Gallery, San Francisco.

* Also in Art Ltd. Sept/Oct - My review of David Hockney: Painting and Photography at LA Louver

In Art Ltd. July/Aug. - My review of Tandie Mast and Christina Shurts: Pike: A Collaboration at LAUNCH LA

Also published in WhiteHot Magazine of Contemporary Art - my reviews of:
* Carol Sears: Recent Linescapes at Coagula Curatorial - abstract paintings with compositions evoking maps
* Julie Heffernan: Pre-Occupations at Mark Moore Gallery - self-portraits portraying the artist as environmental activist
Merion Estes: Dystopia @ CB1 Gallery - mesmerizing abstract multi media collage/paintings with an alternate take on the future of the environment

Also in ArtPulse Issue 23: My reviews of: Craig Taylor: En face at CB1 Gallery, Christine Frerichs: Serenade at Klowden Mann and Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974-1989 at the Hammer Museum. Most of these articles are accessible here.

Coming up in ArtPulse Issue 24: My interview with sculptor David B. Jang as well as reviews of Melanie Daniel: Piecemaker at Shulamit Nazarian Gallery, Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada at LACMA and Mark Bradford: Scorched Earth at the Hammer Museum...

When I can squeeze in other projects, I hope to soon resume work on a new series of paintings that have been dancing in my mind for months.

Please stay tuned... 

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