Thursday, July 18, 2013

New LACMA design architecture

Seven doorways and windows levels rising above a sunken amphitheatre. To have historical architects design to proscribed size for doors below and upper level various Age doors as windows on the courtyard where people can merge and mingle, no contempt art as that is banished to the play yard West.  Original materials where possible, except architectural examples on the roof which will not get close up inspection, but should be as close as reasonably possible, Watts Towers over the Modern halls.
Near constant acoustic musics and proven theater.

No reason for this constant post modern conceptual hubris as museums for encyclopedic intent, got the play yards of contempt for that. Need to pull in people of all ethnicities, origin and faiths, as that is what art is for. The Highest Common Denominator, not the lowest of Entertainment nor certainly arts true enemy, the decadent Fashion of the pseudo elite effete who wish to separate themselves from humanity.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Newest, Soul Lifes 3 and 4.

Kitchen Table and Living Room Table(2)
4'x3' each. .

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Last Supper mural

God help me, I have been told to make one while cutting the lawn Gran Torino style. Not sure who it was, but message was clear, just do it. Drew up a rough draft Friday, then three days drawing it out 30"x90" as a study.
Think and feel early Christian, Orthodox,Coptic A Russian rural art filtered through early Modernism of Gauguin, Kandinsky and Matisse. A primitivism to create energy and light, as much joyous and living as sad and death filled, movement in a pseudo naive style.
God help me. I shall succeed, Inshallah. Will be posting stages of development.

Final study for Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels huge raw sienna entry wall.
Three shaped canvases.

Friday, September 7, 2012

My fan club

How cool is that? One is known by ones enemies as much as by ones friends.
Consider the source, looks like I am doing pretty good. LMAO!
Art collegia delenda est! Proven once again.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Banned in LA

Recently while blogging I have been criticized by those who claim I have never been "solicited"(interesting term, as to pimping) by any LA galleries. I forgot all about this one, as I have only attempted at three as we are a rather superficial and adolescent bunch. One was told it was closed to new artists, as there is a divide between old money and its focus on closed artwork for investment purposes, "Masters" only, meaning dead.

Another which was reopening after carrying Modern art decades earlier, but now turned into contempt art as there isn't much else in LA, told me to go to Frisco or Portland. I don't fit in here. No shit.
LA is for the nouveau riche, agents, studio heads and real estate robber barons..

The third was LA Artcore in fall 2008. Lydia Takeshita, the founder and head, immediately bought several photos I had, and put me down for a two man show of "untrained' artists in May of 2010. She vehemently promised me and showed me where she had me scheduled. As I don't care for much they show at either of their two sites, in front of MoCA and at the Brewery, I hadn't gone in a year. I looked at their 2010 schedule to contact about what works to bring, and was told I wasn't scheduled and we had been replaced by two Asian girls with rice paper works. How stereotypical and original is that.

In other words, I have been banned in LA.
Thank you, I cant think of much better cred than that.

Can you think of anything more hypocritical? But then it is the Academic/Museo/Gallery complex of investment for the nouveau riche and their parties. Political Correctness is its cover and muzzle. We can't have the search for Truth creep into the "discussion" now can we. I have been banned for blogging my opposition to the soulless, sexless, sensually and mentally deprived artscene. Where frontin pseudo intellectual nonsense and voyuerism of games, toys and therapy is the goal. Decadence.

The product of the Age of Meism and Excess.
That age is over.
"It is time to put aside childish things". St Paul and some guy named Obama.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Creating the Creation Triptych

Final Creation Triptych

Foundation Harmony   First chord
                                 Initial Rhythm and Harmonic Modulation
Drawings for new triptych, Creation. Using old painting of my avatar on left, middle is slightly too large, right needs to be slightly larger. Woman red-deep yellow with violet undercoatings, Man green-light yellow with blue, and center Creation white center to deep yellow gradation edges and orange undercoating,
Outside cornice cobalt violet, blue and orange on burnt umber, raw umber and Van Dyke brown.Rhythmic bodies burnt sienna and light to deep yellow wings And raw, burnt sienna and van dyke in middle.

Almost done, but switched the cobalt blue to cerulean, wish I had undercoated it as well. Made some changes, perhaps this weekend,

Final Harmony, rhythm to complete next.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Judgment Triptych Panels

Each 84"x68". 7'x17' total.
Updated Trial
LtoR Trial, Peace, Doom

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Watts Towers(Nuestro Pueblo) flyer available. Also as a Brochure.

Recent work

Small works for me, most 4', the last nude studies 22"x28".

Larger public works tend towards cubist abstractions, these are private and so more intimate. Yet still built as musical color harmonies, linear melodies, and pulsing rhythm structures, where the larger are necessarily more dynamic and aggressive.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

LACMA's using Nuestro Pueblo

So, LACMA has no vision. At UCLA yesterday, they had no answers just jibber jabber. After the original engineer said no one had created any new ways or substances to repair the Watts Towers(Nuestro Pueblo), and the DCA guy just rambled on about himself and his poor departments layoffs, not a word about the site itself. The new conservation guy from LACMA came on, and had seen the Towers a whole five days before.

They announced that the DCA and LACMA had signed an agreement for LACMA to get involved starting Nov.1 He was correct in saying the best way to preserve the towers was maintenance, but where has LACMA and the Getty been for 56 years? When confronted in questioning, and about the total lack of publicity by LA for Nuestro Pueblo, the older engineer who had worked for the Getty and now LACMA got defensiviely loud, but still said nothing. He said that the Getty had done work PRO BONO. In otherwords, they did nada. He gave no time involved, no conclusions reached, and no action being taken. He said it was owned by the state and city and could do nothing on their own. Wrong. The Getty is all over the world, working on government owned and religous sites. They cant do anything here? Because they never volunteered to. You think the City wouldn't take them up on an offer? But they dont care, period. Its all just propaganda, PR.

To them, Nuestro Pueblo is just Folk art, absurd. It is the greatest work of creative art in California. It is not folk arts defining a small group, decorating useful objects. It is a cathedral of all humanity, to god. So the Sistine ceiling is folk art? According to this "reasoning" of self promoting academic drivel, it is. Mr. Rodia used his colors and forms constructively as with a brush on canvas, there is nothing haphazard here. Just because he never attended an art school does not mean he was not an artist. That Duchampian absurdist"logic' was a joke from the get go, very few great artists ever graduated from an art school, let alone attended

The first LACMA engineer when pressed about what this signing means, what intent they have after Director Govan supposedly saying he had an idea about the Watts Towers when he first took the job four years ago, said they would be "dating" for the first year or so, feeling each other out. Like gropping teenag boys I guess. And then seeing what they have in common. Pimps, date rapers, pure and simple, using Nuestro Pueblo as its whore. There is no other way to see it, no PC cover story they can come up with when real questions are asked, not academic, social party, polite chitchat. Wheres the beef? It's all tofu. It is about appearance, not responsibility.

Plus, the Getty has left Nuestro Pueblo out of 2011's mammoth Pacific Standard Time series of exhibits. It doesn't consider them either art, or worth saving. There are 15 main sites, all about Institutions that promoted art in LA from 1945 to 1980, though that is not the claim. They say it is about ART, that created in LA during that time span, yet no mention about Nuestro Pueblo at all. There are 35 additional satellite sites, one is the Noah Purifoy Gallery in the Watts Towers Art Center, which is really the Charles Mingus, the great bebop bassist from Watts as there are two art centers there. But listed in the Department of Cultural affairs heading, and underneath the Municipal Art Gallery. AND is only about the Gallery helping "new" artistes exhibit, and so being in Watts, no one will come. So, what does that have to do with the greatest work of art in California? Ignored, as is all south of Wilshire. LACMA and all its fellow institutions are about social events and mausoleums for its patrons, not art. Nt of humanity, not through nature, not to God. It does not define Us, nor explore our world, nor reached for Purpose and Meaning. It splinters, it does not bind. It is about the status quo and entertaining those in power.

Join in saving Nuestro Pueblo, Our Town. It is up to us, the powers that be have failed. They must be made to pay attention, and focus once more on what is important to all of humanity.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Saving the Rodia/Watts Towers

Nuestro Pueblo

It is time. Los Angeles is broke, and seeking private groups to manage its art centers. And none is more important to LA, and the world, than the Watts Towers. Over a decades long struggle, with donated and found items, Sam Rodia put together and constructed the Towers with his own hands. Originally and appropriately named Nuestro Pueblo “Our Town”, the Watts Towers are truly creative art. Built with a baptizing bath and font, it has been used for services to God and weddings. Seeking to bond us together, in God's creation of nature, no higher calling can be held.
LACMA, The Getty, the Catholic Church, AME and other religious denominations need to step forward, and join to save this gift to man and God. It has survived earthquakes, man's attempted destruction, and neglect. But cannot for long, it needs, and deserves our loving care. For it is for Us. Nuestro Pueblo. No greater work of art exists in La Ciudad de Los Angeles, nor is there a single work more important or been made in our nation during the post War years. It must be saved, and used as it was intended, to gather the tribes. To be the center of our community. Let it be filled with life, music, and family. It is Art.
The State Park site of Nuestro Pueblo is a large triangle. Along with the two art center's already established, there is room to build small buildings in a village setting. More is needed to prolong the experience of the Towers, bring in people, and keep them coming back. A music museum, cottages representing nations of the America's and its music; Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Salsa, Samba, Bossa Nova, Reggae, … are simple suggestions for bringing humanity together beneath this wondrous creation. This idea could easily be presented as Art of the Nation’s pavilions for Cuba, Brazil, Lesser Antilles, Jamaica and the US, with others established as spaces open. Creative music’s that mingle the cultures of Europe, Africa, and pre-Columbian peoples.
Two houses in the area will eventually be bought and either converted, or torn down and built as new pavilions when available. The costs will be minimal, no plumbing as the existing facilities can be used and expanded. Simple house sized structures with art that visualize’s the feel of the music’s within. Headsets for sampling, rooms in various configurations so different styles and representative musician’s can be presented. Kansas City has an excellent jazz museum that can be used as a example, but broken up into small structures of less than 80' diameter. Five or six can be built right now, keeping as many trees as possible, promoting a relaxed and organic feel of community. Where people can mingle, have food and produce stands, and festivals on a regular basis. So we truly have Our Town, with the Towers as our Cathedral. The Art's are meant to be unified for an exaltation of mind, body, and soul, not separated and sterilized for investment and academic detachment.
Artists can be commissioned, or nations brought in to decorate how they feel best to enrich their musical traditions. I have already started such art studies in my Judgment Chapel for the 2011 Venice Biennale. Based on the music of John Coltrane, specifically a Love Supreme, it would be but one wing of at least four with a central court for sampling music and mingling in a jazz pavilion. Parking will remain an issue, but the with the Metro Blue Line right next to the area, visitors will find it to be an almost seamless direct connect to MoLAA and LACMA. These two museums can sponsor tours and bring in groups on the line or in buses. Along with promotion of the described Festival’s of the America’s in the already constructed open courtyard behind the Towers. An alliance with MoLAA and LACMA must be made to promote conservation and public transport. And the entire city, and not just isolated pockets of culture, which leaves the vast majority out along with so much of the creative power of our people.
This suggestion is but one way. However, something must be done, and now. This would be extremely inexpensive, no big architect firm involved. Just simple structure's that are typical of the nations involved, with differences shown to be of a common humanity. The Mingus Center kept for ticketing, and book and music store. Continue to show the Life of Rodia film, as well as others. And expand exhibits like the African musical instrument’s currently showing. The community center can continue to be used for classes and exhibits.
As with all true creative art, this can change and evolve in time. Not be stagnant and rigid, for mingled ethnicity's, cultures and improvisation are the ways of our hemisphere. And a way for us to bond in common purpose. For Purpose is everything, and from which Art flows. This must be for us, by us, and of us. As the Towers were built for.
Nuestro Pueblo.
*****************************The Beginning*****************************
The Rev. Chip Murray, retired of the First AME in Los Angeles and nationally known from the aftermath of the Rodney King uprising, now a Senior Fellow at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at USC, has bestowed on me the task of gathering our tribes. To bring churches, mosques, temples, and secular groups of all our people together, to form a pact as one supporting this holy site. For it is sacred, beyond any other in our nation. Only Yosemite, built by God, is more powerful an experience of eternity and creative power. For art is the meek, man made equivalent of God's forces. Attempting to follow the path of creation and passion, reflecting the life around us. As we define who we are, explore the World around us, and seek God, to find Purpose and live life as intensely, purely and humbly as we can.
Monies are not sought; the eternal hand of reaching out for cash is not here. But it is held out for joining. To support and participate in this holy site, to use it as both Mr. Rodia wished, and in the spirit of giving and community he revealed. Organizations, secular and religious, can hold festivals here, and have one day a year their congregations come and visit the Towers. The admission price and fundraising from the music, cultural activities, foods, and service's going towards the Art Centers and Preservation funds.
We must prove to those who hold the power, the money, and the self-interest of the business class that it is in the interest of all. Then the Getty, LACMA and MoLAA, foundations such as the Irvine, will know the importance of this site and be compelled to act. That we are One, and that Art has returned to being the unifier it always was. And that we hold a common faith in our humanity, world and God.
How can we ask if we will not give? We must prove to ourselves our own worth, that the words Responsibility, Commitment, and Sacrifice still have meaning, and that we live our Word. A man's worth is in whom he communes with, what he does, and his word. Let us of faith in southern LA County, from the 10 Freeway to here in Long Beach, unite in common purpose to protect and use this gift to man, and monument to God. Let us be Men, and put aside childish things. Those things which divide, and of the individuals own selfish desire. We must prove to others our strength, our dedication, our love. It is time to gather the Tribes, and this is the place. -
Nuestro Pueblo.
Contact me, and let us work together. Or we will fall, together

Levels of Participation.
(The responses to this idea have been excellent, and suggestions great. A pamphlet will soon be available for downloading and printing for organizations.)
1. Revealing to our congregations that Our Town exists, encouraging and arranging dates to visit. This alone should be enough to save the Art Centers with its $7 admission. With the DCA budget cuts, once the Centers gets their funding back from us, our children need to know its resources and utilize them. Kids need to be well rounded, and art and music develop their young minds and souls.
2. Forming Nuestro Pueblo Council. Leaders bonding to create a larger force, to take it on to the monied institutions once it has been shown that this is part of our community, and that it is an essential work that demands preservation. Collecting funds through festivals and activities, it must be shown that we participate, and walk the walk.
I will be the Town Coordinator, as appointed by Rev. Murray, for the actual site is small and can take only so many people at a time. To make sure we do not overlap our visitations, and can arrange group activities with the Department of Cultural Affairs, whose budget has been slashed. A non-profit fund will be set up, and when large enough to impress, will be revealed to those institutions that should be involved, LACMA, MoLAA, and especially the Getty.
3. Once the Art Centers and Towers have been saved, we can develop the park. We must have reason's for people to come back, and prolong their visit. There wil be times when the Towers, Our Town's Cathedral, will be closed for restoration. To be fiancially viable more will be needed. Producing a quality book of the Towers would also bring in income and people from across the world, as incredibly none has ever been done. Forming the Music Museum of the America's would also redevelop the entire area. It must be run by those representing Nuestro Pueblo, and not taken away by the financial institutions. But run in partnership.
Visit the official Towers site
And write the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
This can be done. It is time.
Write me, and pdf,s of a flyer and brochure will be made available.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Judgment Chapel

The Triptych is finally done. 7' high each by 68", 7'x17' total . The Chapel is designed. Two 5'x10' wings of musical warriors guide us in, a circle of Angels dance in greeting before us. Trial awaits.

It has no single religion or dogma attached. It is personal accountability. We must all answer for our lives at some point, even if you do not believe in God. On your deathbed, you must go over your life, and come to a conclusion whether it was worthy or not. Some are sociopaths, some are saints. We all are sinners. And even the worst of us has some redeeming quality. Is it enough?Should we wait til it is too late? What do we leave behind? It is not for us to judge you, but your own conscience. And whatever may await.
Today is always the day to atone for our ways and renew our faith in life. We will not be here long, what have we done? Is the world better for our having been here? Was love in our lives? Did we sacrifice for others? Did we give as willingly and happily as we took? Was our life in balance; mind, body and soul nurtured and worked for the benefit of all?
The left panel is Trial. The Angel of the Lord stands before us, awaiting his command, to let in or destroy. The Trial is going on, defense to the right pleading our case, of frail man and his weaknesses, as well as his triumphs. The left the prosecutor demands perfection, and reveals our failures. God looks on from upper right, his verdict in waiting.
The right, our failure, Doom. The Angel takes vengeance as Gods anger burns. Yeshua cries for our soul, for in the Quran as well as Bible, Isa, Jesus, is there at the end times. But he is always there to plead for Man, for he is pure. The middle panel we have Acceptance, we are welcomed and God glows in joy for we are loved. But do we?
The Age of Meism and Excess behind us, our most recent Gilded Age over. Judgment of Humanity is here and we have failed as a society, but there is time while we live. Do we make the most of it?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Revitalization of LACMA

Making it reflective of the general populace of Los Angeles, and relevant to humanity . Things it has strayed from more and more over the decades since its inception. There is a drive to tear down the old buildings, spend hundreds of millions we don’t have for something new, again, and remake it as a popular place, which it no longer is. I have been three times lately and doubt there were more than a hundred people each time, on Saturdays no less. Only special events bring people to the museums. Events that require funds and promotions, not making it a part of people’s lives, a place that the various communities of Southern California can call home.
There are some very good things about LACMA, its collections are slowly improving, and overall has been showcased in comfortable and appropriate ways. But much more can be done, and a new edifice to the few is not going to improve its standing in the population of 12 million it is supposed to serve. The recent architecture has been appropriate for its subject, shallow contemporary art in a building looking like it is made of tinker toys, a covered area that makes one feel he is pulling up to a gas pump, obviously reverenced from Ed Ruscha’s Standard Station painting.
As with most things pop, it only references itself, as it has little connection to the reality of the many, except in pretending to see ideas in common items. Conceptually giving them meanings they don’t truly have. And so separating its creators from the world they are supposed to serve, by claiming intellectual superiority, when it is truly just myopic arrogance. And the lack of creativity and improvisation in interlacing and layering different styles the true antithesis of Art, the inability to see commonalities and potential the outcome of decades of Academic teachings. Which are about separation for control and market value, not appreciating life, and creating profit, not the passionate joining of humanity.
The new architect Director Govan is interested in is from northern Europe. His ideas and lines are appropriate for a cold, snowy, and forested environment, but have no place in a Mediterranean clime with Latin America as its largest coming influence. We are a hot and dry culture, where buildings are designed to keep us cool, not warm and dry from wet and cold. Our architecture is of outdoors, of living with nature, not separating ourselves. We need a festive environment, one that brings different cultures together, and makes it a place of communing, of disparate peoples joining and creating a cross fertilization of structures and forms.
The buildings we have are easily mutable with some creative energy. Current architects leave no room for innovation or change, all steel and glass and stone, with no ability to create swirls of color, harmonies that unite us in common joys. Yet we have left them beige, boring, not attempting to give them an energy we can easily, and cheaply provide. It is called paint. A foreign substance to most artists these days, color is what creates form, and together, a feeling of belonging. The current Ahmanson, Bing and Hammer are dull outside, but in that they have pillars and panels besides the stone, they can be painted and changed over time, nothing is static forever. The ancient Greeks painted the Parthenon, not cold white stone, but festive places to unite as a culture. LACMA can do the same, and for very little monies.
I have created an example, the Ahmanson with burnt umber pillars and yellow gold in between their folds. Burnt orange, of the sunsets, atop the roof, and the façade of the walkway. Burnt red along the wall panels both upper and lower. The same color will be on the pillars of the Hammer, mixing with its pinkish panels. From the Tar Pit area it will have the appearance of wood, as redwood trees between the foliage. Various golden yellow and orange will be on various singular panels of the two buildings, with the same Thalo Green of the pillars of Times court in the under passage. The green will also be on the lower level panels of the Bing, with Thalo blue ones on the upper panels and the walkway façade, with brilliant white pillars and golden yellow interior on both.
This is but the setting, the courtyard will have a gazebo type bandstand, with perhaps a climate controlled storage against the Art of the Americas building to store an upright grand, which is fine for such a venue. On the stand concerts can be given, allowing performers, both of acting and acoustic music, allotted times to enhance a Central Park style involvement of the audience/viewer of the Museums, for music will be integrated into the visual art of LACMA, not just in concerts. Behind the stand a scale replica of our greatest local artistic treasure, the Simon Rodia/Watts towers can be made. Not in ceramic, but replicating it in wrought iron, made at a local foundry, something LA used to be known for.
And as the outside will become a meeting place and lively creative atmosphere, so it can be moved inside. Entering the Ahmanson, and descending the steps to the lower level another Los Angeles image icon will await. Perhaps our most famous buildings is not something new and humongous, but the downtown Bradbury Buildings interior space. As the elevator service is slow and so useless that I usually take the stairs at LACMA, a similar Bradbury style elevator in the middle can rise to the top floor, with iron and wood walkways alternating in different directions to the floors. This will activate a totally unused space, a so far wasted opportunity. A new sunroof built around the elevator, with colored panels rising up behind redwood colored pillars. Golden on the lower level, then sun burnt orange, the third Thalo green and blue at the top. Slight modulations will enliven it according to the light, changeable murals could be hung on the tan rock panels, and outsized posters of past LACMA events as well as collection artworks can be displayed.
This will make a sterile and useless space come alive, and with sofas scattered around the floor area, with appropriate music’s pumped in, a meeting place of people in a cold and distant city can bring about an interaction we lack in our cultural institutions. Most of the galleries are fine now, much better than in the past with the white cube concept banished for the most part. The adjacent new Oceanic room is wonderful, the light and simple earth tone colors allow the richness of the wood and organic substances to shine through. The Pre-Columbian room is interesting, but does need the eye popping wood stained to a less distracting Cocoa bean color.
Separating the newer Contemporary works into the BCAM is good, so as not to weaken the creative art of these buildings. However, the waste of wall space is incredible in the Broad. The lower level of the Serra behemoths are dull and lifeless, place rich and living colors on the empty walls around them. A painter I know of in the Bay area, Bob Nugent, has done a huge 200+ foot painting of the Amazon, which would enhance the rusted colors of the Serra’s, and at least give them the appearance of nature, that they are of the Colorado River valleys, not just tons and tons of wasted, rusting steel.
The now neglected entrance between the Bing and Art of the Americas building could be rebuilt into a series of musical pavilions, with the great sounds of the Americas lined up against its walls. Brazilian, Caribbean, blues and Jazz, the musical equivalent to Modern Art, can be entered with appropriate visuals and perhaps smells of those lands and cultures, and music should be introduced throughout the Museum. Silence is not needed in visual art, the best of which is the physical embodiment of music and poetry. Not prose, which is but illustration. Or ideas which are solely of the individual, and not mankind.
The Japanese Pavilion is an eyesore. The sickly green is not of Japan, and washes away the sensual masculinity of Japanese art in waves of mossy decay. Repainting the walls an off white, and replacing the dirty plastic panels with a more rice paper colored and textured protecting white would help set off the strong designs of the scrolls and screens. A dark wood, from railings to the ceiling to the tops of the kiosks would create a more virile and strong environment and create a much better light. The old May Co. building could be used as a giant canvas, one to paint murals upon, but it is the easily rectified Time’s Courtyard that can become a crosscurrent of LA, where peoples form various communities can meet and interact.
Buses should be connected to outlying cultural venues to bring in populations who don’t usually go to LACMA, and take those who are there outbound to see our cultural treasures. Such as the Watt’s Towers, which LACMA should be involved with in saving and promoting, and the Buddhist Bell and park in San Pedro. Places in San Gabriel, the San Fernando and East LA should be involved in bringing new talents and peoples into the isolated WLA and Miracle Mile areas, which are far more secluded than they think. Outreach between parts of the city and its ethnic communities is essential , and has been neglected. This is the way of the 21st century, making art relevant to humanity again, exploring nature, defining who we are, and seeking a way to be more, to have purpose, to seek god.
This is not only possible but necessary, for we are at a time of great change and opportunity. A time to explore and grow together, where the old ways have failed us. New ways must be created to conserve and protect our world, and unify to strengthen one another. It is no longer about I, about me, about the individual. It is about Us, with each person resolving to be a part of the whole. To grow as one, for we will fail together if we do not. Waste is no longer an option, personal glorification a detriment to humanity. A new time is upon us, a time to put aside childish things.