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John Divola – Artist Lecture

Posted in Fine Art, Fine art, Landscape, Lecutre, Photography, Relationships by linhdy on December 6, 2010

I was extremely excited to listen to the very influential photographer John Divola lecture on Sunday at the downtown Museum of Contemporary Art.  Despite the lack of ventilation in the stuffy Ahmanson Auditorium, Divola plowed through an hour-long lecture on his artwork dating from his humble beginnings as a graduate student at the University of Califorian in Los Angeles to his current work as he continues to teach photography at the University of California in Riverside.  He appeared very relaxed speaking in front the intimate crowd, no surprise coming from a professor.

The most interesting part of any artist lecture, is hearing and seeing the artist talk about their work and the evolution of their art as their thought process changes.  From Divola’s older work up until his most recent was very consistent in his exploration how humankind interacts with the natural environment and his constant exploration of the abandoned spaces, the spaces around him and man-made elements within the landscape.

Even to this day, I will still recall how my photography professor showed us his Isolated Houses series– we all looked on in silent.  Divola has an instinctual eye for light and how it shapes the subject matter, and to this day, I still believe his house series is one of his most beautiful for its play on light and color.

In Artificial Nature, Divola selects and exhibits found photographs of fake natural landscapes created for movies.  At first appearing natural and eerie, the movie sets are gorgeous.  Once the viewer takes a closer look and notices the movie set signs and the painted background, the whole gig is up.

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Amanda Ross-Ho at the Cherry and Martin Gallery

Posted in Fine Art, Fine art, Photography by linhdy on November 23, 2010

Previously, I interned for the Los Angeles art gallery Cherry and Martin located in the hip Culver City art district.  I had the wonderful opportunity to learn of artist Amanda Ross-Ho’s work.  I had the even more amazing experience to have the gallery co-owner Mary Leigh Cherry walk a small group through the exhibition Bitch is the New Black at the Honor Fraser Gallery (beautiful space, great gallery).  And that was the first time I was exposed to Ross-Ho’s work.  She is a young art star worth following.Amanda Ross-Ho_TRAGEDY

A celebration of graphic design

Posted in Apartment, Decorating, Fine Art, Pretty things, Shiny Objects, Shopping, Style, Things to buy by linhdy on February 6, 2010

I wish I could keep every beautiful design very close to my heart. But instead, these designs get lost. They go in one eye and out the other. But Albert Exergian‘s clean designs are ones that are worth committing to memory (hence a whole blog post dedicated to him!). I stumbled upon Albert Exergian on the Guardian’s website.

If you didn’t already take a hint, I’ve always had a love the retro, so here’s to modernism!

Exergian is an Austrailian graphic designer who started this personal project based on his love of TV, modernism & posters. Definitely wouldn’t mind having a few of these on my wall…

Charlie's Angles, Albert Exergian

Charlie's Angles, Albert Exergian

30 Rock, Albert Exergian

30 Rock, Albert Exergian

Weeds, Albert Exergian

Weeds, Albert Exergian

Sex and the City, Albert Exergian

Sex and the City, Albert Exergian

Buy ’em.