UCLA’s Hammer Museum presents the epic concoction of artist Phoebe Washburn
While New York-based installation artist Phoebe Washburn’s work has at times drawn comparisons to that of other scavenger artists like Thomas Hirschhorn, Sarah Sze and Dieter Roth, it’s the simplistic philosophy behind her work that has set her apart. Using her patchwork of found materials, she assembles epic pieces that serve aesthetic applications birthed directly from her own building system. “I like playing with this idea that function and structure is all revealed, a seeing behind the curtain kind of deal,” she says.
“I wanted to help people understand the visual world so I had an idea to be the art reporter, like the weather man, and I wrote a letter to a television station...They didn’t answer my letter,” quips art aficionado Elsa Longhouser.
Although a position at a gallery gave Longhouser her entrée into the art world, elements of her charmingly unique career concept, conceived after graduation from the University of Pennsylvania, guide Longhauser in her role as curator of the Santa Monica Museum of Art.
Los Angeles’ Norton Simon Museum is Telling Tales in an intriguingly intimate display
Art can be a visual novel. Its words are illustrated through the elements of scenery, color, technique and media. When a masterful piece of art tells a story it can cre- ate a fascinating portrayal of the artist’s mind. Throughout history, stories have been depicted through visual representation—from the Bible and religious texts to classical mythology. At the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California, you can find a “library” of fascinating stories in an intimate showing of classical art works of renowned artists.
In its latest show, Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art examines the ways in which architecture and fashion commingle in today’s world
The pairing of fashion and architecture together in an art exhibition isn’t necessarily intuitive. After all, the tailored creations of Comme des Garçons, Azzedine Alaïa and Vivienne Westwood may not exactly conjure associations with archi-names like Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid or Herzog & de Meuron. And yet, Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) has done just that with its latest show.