Ginny Bishton's collages made from thousands of tiny handcut circular pieces glued together are just amazing! The collage is made from cutting up photos of plants and flowers she sees in her neighborhood when she takes a daily walk.
I loved Anna Sew Hoy's sculptures--this one was made of glazed ceramic, rope, suede, lace, glass, and mirror. I especially liked the turquoise glazed one that looked sort of like a modern take on a clay tumbleweed. Unfortunately I don't have a photo of that as no cameras were allowed.
Matthew Monahan's giant sculptures, reminiscent of pieces from lost civilizations, really appealed to me in the way that they melded ancient China, ancient Greece, juxtiposed with the present.
Liz Craft's "Death Rider (Virgo) premiered at the Whitney Biennial in 2004, but has not been shown before in Los Angeles. It's made from cast bronze, the most traditional material for sculpture, featuring the eternal "death and the maiden" theme--love the contrast with the low rider motorcycle, especially the surreal maiden in a Virgo tee shirt and hotpants (missing a body).
Sharon Ellis's paintings might be my favorite pick from the show. She builds up the surface of her canvases with multiple layers of alkyd glazes, a synthetic resin that dries quickly and allows the color to be applied in thin layers. The result is translucent layers that allow light to pass through and reflect off the canvas, giving an eerie hyper-realness to her meticulously detailed scenes.
Special thanks to Morgan Kroll at the Hammer for helping me with the photos and to my friend Danny for his insatiable curiosity about art and insisting that we check out the show when I would've been perfectly content to take a nap. Glad I didn't!
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