A big thanks to ArtScene for the positive nod about my work at the Laguna Art Museum.
“The OsCene 2010 is a biennial-style survey of paintings, sculpture, photography and installations in a variety of styles, techniques and media by 50 California artists. For those familiar with the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, the OsCene might appear correspondingly tepid with its numerous scenes of Orange County domesticity. But there are also plenty of quietly experimental works that expose the often hidden, darker sides of Southern California life.
“The Pack Rat” by Gina Genis is a glaring exposé of this contradiction. Photographed surreptitiously from the outside of a Leisure World (retirement community) apartment at night, it reveals a domestic setting, talked about but seldom seen. An elderly man sits at a table surrounded by floor to ceiling junk and garbage, including empty potato chip cans, a notice from the DMV, newspapers, cardboard boxes, old electronic equipment, albums, plastic bins and bottles and artificial flowers.
More serene is Andrew Printer’s “Rob and Ted” depicting two men enjoying breakfast in a well-appointed kitchen, both stark naked. “Overland #7” by Fran Siegel is a hybrid painting/low relief sculpture of Los Angeles just above LAX. The colored pencil, ink and pigment on cut papers and wood used here represent more than elements of the work, but a conceptual comment on the random quality of this unplanned city. “Family Trees” by Suvan Geer is a luminous collage of old family photos that appear and disappear against the backdrop of a giant, ancient-looking tree, partially shrouded by transparent curtains with dried leaves scattered on the floor in front. The work is inspired by and commemorates the dead tree as much as the people who have passed on (Laguna Art Museum, Orange County).
Take ArtScene’s recommendation and catch the exhibit. The last day to view is this Sunday, May 16th.