Sandy Bleifer Ikebana

I have created artistic interpretations of my own Ikebana arrangements and, as I have done in much of my previous work in other subjects, revealed the distress that persistently undermines our aspirations of beauty and serenity. I think of these diptychs as “Memorials” because I have noticed the spontaneous collection of flowers, notes and memorabilia at sites of tragedy – and these roadside arrangements are as much a human response to loss as formal public memorials.Read More →

Moon Fruit by Moollz

This was the cover art for my first EP! I put this one in here because I have always felt a very strong connection to the moon, and I think it represents a very strong energy for a lot of my friends, as well. I also have always loved children’s book illustrations, which inspired this cover. Making this was definitely one of those “what if” pieces for me, where I just kind of let my imagination do its thing. What if you peeled open the moon and there was a 14.6 million square mile kiwi inside?Read More →

Chris Bonno photo by Dan Dion

The week began with Sexy Coco Conan. It progressed with Tomato on the Range as well as delectable Une Paire De Poires (that’s french for pair of Pears). Who doesn’t love Vincent Price; and the Eye of the Agamatto is a treasure indeed. Steve Martin from the Jerk poster was highlighted to emphasize Chris’ many techniques and finally, the revisit of a classic, The Apartment. Need we say more. What a week!Read More →

Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial project by Sandy Bleifer

The Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial Project traveled to 3 cities in the U.S. (Los Angeles, Honolulu and Berkeley) and 3 cities in Japan (Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Osaka). At all the venues, the exhibition was supported by local community groups backed by their local leaders. The exhibitions were all accompanied by community and educational programs, and in San Francisco and Honolulu, site-specific dance performances were created for the exhibit. This highly moving performance created for the exhibition by the Iona Pear Dance Theatre (now known as the Iona Contemporary Dance Theater) took place in conjunction with the exhibition at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu.Read More →

Hurricane from the Devastation series by Sandy Bleifer

The Devastation Series – by representing and replicating natural process on static works of art and juxtaposing the artwork with the processes at work in nature, underscores the current environmental crisis. The video shows how the work was inspired by nature and also imbues the artwork (which endures after the moving images on the screen are gone) with the power and magnitude of what has been revealed. Read More →

A small portion of Stone's Stones by Sandy Bleifer

Since I have been a lifetime student of classical music (piano), which involves an understanding of music composition, it occurred to me that musical compositions are built upon patterns of theme and variation. Since that epiphany, I have structured several works on classical music forms.Read More →

Graffiti Wall 35 by Sandy Bleifer

Multiple layers of paper were collaged creating two separate structures divided by the chicken wire, which supports the front layer. The many layers of papers and the obliterated graffiti testify to a long history of the wall. Wile the bold graffitii Eric Fisher painted seems to dominate the piece, it has a lot of competition from the wall surfaces. Read More →

Paper becoming me by Sandy Bleifer

This is one of a series of 15 pieces cast from a plaster of Paris mold of my face in 1985. The series demonstrates the hidden qualities of Hosho, a paper used in Japan for wood block printing, which I discovered is capable of picking up fine detail from the mold when wet, and retaining the form when dry. The rectangular format reminds the viewer of the original sheet of paper and the “paper-ness” of the sculpture.Read More →

Love, sex, and eye contact by Molly (Moollz) Kirschenbaum

This is my most recent piece. I recently became more open about being queer, and have had a lot of really great conversations with friends about dating and intimacy in the queer community. I also have found that, for myself, my own nervousness and confusion about my sexual orientation, as well as others’ confusion, have fueled some problems in past relationships and in my pursuit of new ones. This piece is meant to kind of represent, from my own personal perspective and experience, the beauty and love of queer connection and intimacy, as well as the difficulty and stress.Read More →

Elise, reclining by Molly Kirschenbaum

I had some left-over sketches of female forms from workshops past, and again decided to use this one to represent a real person. As the body is only a physical house in which we live, I found that painting a person, for me, comes down to the colors and shapes that resonate with them. So while the body is just a random one, these colors represent a childhood friend of mine whom I love with all my heart!Read More →

Molly Moollz

Moollz transported The Peppermint Club in West Hollywood to a galaxy far west from Los Angeles. Each key she tapped on her keyboard and each note she belted out was made possible by the light and love she exudes. She didn’t just leave her heart onstage; she sent it flying into the audience for her emotions to be made tangible for everyone in the room.Read More →

Rhonda by Molly Kirschenbaum

Rhonda, with headress and flames: I made this piece a while ago, over the course of…a year, I think? I had taken a figure drawing workshop in which I completed the original sketch of the model pictured. She had the most interesting expressions when posing, but I wasn’t very good at faces. I later came up with the idea of giving her a kind of “aura”, capturing her personality within a larger piece. The body became representative of her physical self, while her environment became an exploration of the energy she exuded while posing.Read More →

Walrus Woman by Hagop Belian

Walrus Woman serves as the keeper of wisdom. She teaches the importance of connection and that every individual serves a unique and divine purpose. Walruses live in large herds and are dependent on the group for survival. She is an African tribe leader wearing a walrus skull to demonstrate her strength and ability to survive.Read More →

Peace Dove is symbolic of the Great Mother and shares her connection to the divine with the world. She assists in the surrender of earthly burdens to spirit, and she is in the deepest sense, a messenger of peace. She restores balance and harmony during times of turmoil and trouble.Read More →

Meta by Hagop Belian

“Meta” is the patron saint of Resurrection and symbolizes the great cycles of transformation in life. Like the lotus blooming from the mud, she demonstrates that things of magnificent beauty are born from the depths of darkness. Rooted in the elements of earth and water, she is the embodiment of the divine feminine; while her wings lift her from the material world and represent her connection to the light.Read More →