San Diego State University talk: set of rules change elements within set rules fine art – applied arts – fine arts – applied arts – applied arts – fine arts process informs decisions public – private – public – private – public – private – private – public private = studio work = scale = small enough to work with hands public art is a collaboration with his wife Ellen, the client, and the public experiments, akin to being a scientist public art = scale = large
“It’s nice to be lost, not knowing where you are going” architect – artist – architect – artist – artist – architect
As we drove up to LA we engaged in great conversation and the roads where dry.
Our first stop was the Hammer Museum to see the Rachel Whiteread drawing exhibit.
Included in the show were some sculptures, models
And postcard studies
On our way to Bergamot Station we stopped at Giant Robot 2.
Oliver Michaels at Shoshana Wayne
Joe Goode at Greenfield Sacks
Larry Bell at Frank Lloyd
Hyuk Jun Yi at Sarah Lee
And I was totally sucked in with Jeffrey Wells installation at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. He made me pay attention and played with my perception.
What brought us to Bergamot on this visit was the first reception of Luis de Jesus Los Angeles, with the works of Daniel Tierney in the large bright white main room, and a group show in the smaller room.
Luis moved the gallery, Luis de Jesus Seminal Projects, to LA. It is unfortunate for San Diego that we no longer have this gallery, and I hope he will be able to continue to represent his San Diego artist in Los Angeles. I do wonder why he changed the name of the gallery, felt the necessity to have Los Angeles in the name, and why the gallery space has so many fluorescent lights (I noticed it cast a weird color on people).
It was an energizing trip up there. It was also different to go into spaces as an artist in transition, questioning if my art practice can remain one of object making, thereby shifting away from the need for conventional galleries that show objects. I no longer wondered, would this gallery be appropriate for my work, do I send them a packet, are they accepting proposals, etc. It was very liberating; I just had to experience the work.
This morning I woke up, stayed in bed for a while, and totally changed my mind about my proposal to Art on how I see it now.
Teddy Cruz, Suzanne Lacy, Rick Lowe, Mat Coolidge, Rebecca Solnit.
Some of what was said that sticks with me:
Mat Coolidge talked briefly about if something is pointed out, attention brought to it, that you are then neglecting everything else. My temporary installations have been about bringing awareness to a specific. It will be challenging to investigate how not to do this. This is eye opening and I think it will be a challenging investigation into how not to do this in my art practice.
They all said artists need to not consider themselves as special, and I believe this to be true.
It was also pointed out that all their works take time, long periods of time, change does not happen quickly, time must be invested. This is eye opening, and a wonderful gift for my work is changing, the change is happening slowly, and now I can give myself the time needed.