However you add up the numbers, the Los Angeles metropolitan
area has somewhere around 18 million people.And when a city has that many diverse people, many from all over the
world, it is hard to be bored.There is
no shortage of interesting things and urban exploration opportunities in L.A. —
even if some freeway time is involved.I
find that I-hate-L.A. San Francisco
provincialism so tiresome.
Today’s L.A. adventure included Glendale and Pasadena, a
mission I had never visited, a delightful little Polish restaurant and a trip to a
delicious Armenian bakery for dessert.But the main goal of the day was a return to a favorite museum – the Pasadena Museum of California Art.
I’ve seen a number Gustave Baumann prints on trips to New
Mexico but this was my first opportunity to see his lesser-known California
work.I’ll spare you my poor snapshots
when you can review the exhibit
brochure here.It was a nice
surprise seeing a view of my own neighborhood in San Francisco circa 1930.The show also includes some of his wood
blocks and press (see above).
The Baumann show is one of the three exhibits at the museum
right now that includes Joseph Kleitsch’s
paintings and Interstitial,
a multi-artist installation of sculpture including my personal favorite, Joel
Otterson’s American Portable Pottery
Museum (shown above).
All three show are up until August and worth a visit for your
upcoming L.A. trips.
I always like discovering a “new” museum when I head to
Southern California and also appreciate my NARM
privileges.Today was my first visit to
the Museum of Latin American Art in Long
Muray photos of Frida Kahlo are stunning.It is a small how, but that alone was worth a visit to the museum.Before today, Frank
Romero’s art was something I only really knew from books and online.It was great to see a large-scale retrospective
of his diverse body of work.Check out
the links for both shows.
There are plenty of big name museums in the Los Angeles
area, but it is always worth exploring some the smaller ones as well, today’s
trip to Long Beach was a good example.
I am an artist living in San Francisco. I work primarily in mixed media, collage and landscape painting. My work has included maps, postcard-themed art and mail art projects. In 2013 I began a series called Collagescapes where I start painting paper with areas of color representing the palette of a specific place. Next I cut the paper into hundreds of small pieces, randomize the pieces and then reassemble them in various geometric patterns. Collagescapes are both landscape paintings and collages. They appear abstract but retain the color palette of the places they represent.
My new series is Time Travel Photos — handmade photo collages showing places in San Francisco where I have cut and sliced present-day photographs and interwoven photos of nature representing how the City looked before Europeans arrived. Each is an image of an urban space with the natural past emerging through. For example, creeks once again run through the Mission and dunes reappear in Golden Gate Park and tidal flats fill the Embarcadero.
My work has shown in over 40 venues, primarily in California but also in other locations in the United States and abroad. My artwork can be viewed at tofuart.com