Go left by going right. The subconscious is a logical system. It is easy to access if you don’t think too much. The thinking is in solving the problems.
Excavation, on vellum An imagined codex full of repeated glyphs in the manner of ancient texts. As I reflect on my life as a painter, I must try to reconstruct what got me here. I think the most obvious stimulus must have been my work as a director and lighting...
Evolution Commotion – oil, dye, stamps on canvas (48" x 48") a jaunty island of Dr. Moreau Travel has also been a factor in my life. We were encouraged to get out and experience the world. Often I am amazed at how much freedom my rather conservative parents allowed...
Eros and Psyche is on paper from the self-named series depicting the classical myth of the discovery of sexuality. I was lucky to have attended a radical arts ⁄ work camp as a teenager, Lincoln Farm (no longer extant). Here I met and played with the children from the...
Chapel Repaired is a large work on canvas (60" x 80") oil and dye inspired by Giotto's Arena Chapel, creating faux stained glass using handmade stamped images. Robert Soffian is an emeritus professor of theatre, a director, painter and poet. He holds an MFA from the...
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ENCORE of The Pink Show: The diversity between Michael Flechtner and Gig Depio, Part 2 – Castelli Art Space
“Neon, more properly luminous tube, has been my medium of expression for nearly a decade. It has replaced the paint and sculptural materials I used as a student. I’m ever mindful of the compelling nature of this pure, colored, glowing light and the tendency of many to see “all things neon” as signage or kitsch.”
ENCORE of ‘American Alien,’ culturally abducted and appropriated from “My Alien Abduction” by Leo Garcia – Get link to entire story and exhibit
My Alien Abduction is Garcia’s pursuit to recover that which was taken from him … from a culture and a people. He does this through the manipulation of a digital program that in and of itself is a device of appropriation.
“I see painting as a self-correcting, continually revising endeavor, sometimes expanding or contracting, depending on who’s looking and when, and maybe an enterprise forever tied to experience.”
“Painting for me is a mysterious process. I can never put into words what I am trying to achieve. I don’t know and I don’t want to know. I go by a feeling where I let go completely and allow the paint to speak. I have to allow somewhere inside my brain to dictate what my arm is doing.”
ENCORE of L.A.’s Pink Pop-up Show” curated by William Wray and Carlos Iglesias – Over 30 wildly diverse artists gather to reflect on one happy color, Pink
We get a little queasy thinking that while hanging the show, we may find some art complimenting each other by happy accident, or be stuck in a retina-straining house of horrors full of art pieces abstractly at war. Either way, we like the tension of the merry-go-round of possibilities.
ENCORE of “Fear Not” from the Alien Abduction series by Leo Garcia at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica
Not only is Leo Garcia an acclaimed visual artist, but as a filmmaker, he produced the independent full length feature Excess Flesh, a psychological thriller with tones of body horror…
ENCORE of Leo Garcia’s “My Alien Abduction” – the exhibit that brought cultural Abduction & Appropriation to the forefront in L. A. + video trailer
If the myth of power is in part sustained by taking, or “abducting” (appropriating) what is owned by someone else and then making it your own and claiming it, then Garcia’s pantheon literally apes a hierarchical power structure that is human in invention. –Clayton Campbell
Wedding Reviews: If you are planning a wedding – “Give it some Moxie” say’s Renee at Moxie Bright Events
It’s refreshing to be with someone who not only loves what they do but does it well. “I don’t want to be everyone’s wedding planner,” says Dalo, I want to be your wedding planner.”
Wedding REVIEW: The Joshua Tree elopement, A Moxie Bright Event photographed by Jessica Schilling photograph
Rene Dalo does not impose her own feelings towards design choices, but instead, she encourages her couples to develop their own vision, even if sometimes that vision needs a solid wedding planner to reel it in when it becomes too broad.
In 2016, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum commissioned Aline to a series of portraits for the upcoming Faces of Our Planet Exhibition and Luna Press will be publishing her first children’s book in the Fall of 2017.
Wedding REVIEW: For photographer Karim Saafir – “It is a special pleasure working with couples and creating these moments together”
“To me the process of getting the perfect photograph is an artistic one. I love adding in the elements of a naturally beautiful environment, and making amazing things happen.”
REVIEW: Aline Smithson – creator of Lenscratch.com describes L.A. as, “where Korean BBQ meets a shredded beef taco, meeting Persian rice, and a Chinese…
If I had to sum up Los Angeles in one sentence: It’s where Korean BBQ meets a shredded beef taco, meeting Persian rice, and a Chinese dumpling that sits atop a crispy samosa dipped in all the incredible flavors of the globe.
Take chances. Embrace fear as a friend and learn to live with it. It’s what propels you forward. Be kind. The world gets richer when you open your heart…
This image is a building. In fact, it’s the Peterson Automotive Museum on Wilshire. It went through a major renovation in 2015 and you can read more about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petersen_Automotive_Museum.