Posts Tagged ‘Hollywood artist’

The paintings of Los Angeles based artist, Shane Guffogg, first appear as pure color shimmering across the canvas. But look a little longer and figurative shapes slowly reveal themselves. Look a little closer and intricate details become clear. The shapes and patterns hover somewhere between writing and design. Using the idea of illumination as a literal and metaphorical framework for his work, Shane makes oil paintings radiant with refractive light. They typically feature 70-80 layers of translucent colors that have been mixed with a glazing medium, which causes them to seem incandescent, aglow from within. Shane has long been interested in the way communications are processed and sorted, consciously and subconsciously, the way meanings are assigned by the psyche to events and images, and the way memories are created and deployed. It is no surprise that he starts the patterns in the top left corner and moves across as if he were writing a letter.


Shane lives and works behind a pink flatiron fence, in a converted storefront, of a 1920’s Victorian version of a stip mall. The U-shaped building, rings a courtyard dominated by 2 huge, feathery pepper trees. Each small storefront join together by off-setting doorways facing the courtyard and creates what was once the center of a lively market area in a very old Hollywood community. It makes sense that he would find himself at the center of a community artist’s collective, as well. Popular downtown art hub Pharmaka came to life when Shane ran into 2 other artists, John Scane and Vonn Sumner, at a Christmas party in 2003. Now Pharmaka—with its program of exhibitions, panel discussions, pod-casts and the like—is at the heart of the neighborhood.



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Marc Katano is an American artist born in Tokyo, Japan and even if viewers were unaware of his heritage they instantly see the calligraphy of the East in his signature elliptical strokes. He likes to paint continuously and his marks were originally the result of the “c” movement of his wrist directing his hand and brush. Over the last decade and a half his work has steadily progressed along a path of “less is more”. In his new works, the mark making and color washes describe a void, using tender and subtle washes of color and with the merest suggestion of the original elliptical form, he has opened up a vast and lyrical space for color and mood to express itself.


Marc utilizes the ellipse, resembling a collapsed pair of parentheses with no corners to interrupt the natural hand movement. He allows the painted ellipses to dry partially and then washes away the wet paint in a slow-dripping process that leaves only a series of outlines. The resulting matrix of thin lines, drawn in this meticulous fashion, gives the impression of movement and speed.
We met with Marc and his biggest fan, his wife Nicole, a professional photographer, in their North Hollywood home, on a rainy Monday morning. He buildt his studio afew steps from their backdoor, making it easy for Nicole to pop her head in through out the day to ohh and awww at the work he produces.


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There are few objects more representative of contemporary First World culture than the plastic bag. Having worked with the medium as her primary material for the past fifteen years, Dianna Cohen halts the usual cycle of production, distribution and disposal and asks her viewers to reevaluate the aesthetic potential of such a common object.

Cut like paper, sewn like fabric, these constructions have been presented as flat art (framed or mounted) with crumpled and shiny surfaces that are dulled by dirt and time: un-useful pieces of their former selves. They’re playfully asymmetrical in composition and most are deliriously multicolored. In her hands, they offer tactile temptation as they lay flat against or spill off the wall in voluptuous folds. Dianna’s  trashy materials take on undreamed of  seductive qualities. Rather than treating the used bags as byproducts, she focuses on their most exciting intrinsic qualities: bright, plastic color and sensual surfaces.


Dianna works from a studio, in a classic area of Hollywood, that she and her father built years ago. She is quite, thoughtful, extremely engaging and very passionate about plastic. The material’s relationship to marketing and advertisement culture is ever present, unavoidable and inherent in her work. The graphic text on the bags often influences the theme of a piece, but just as often disappears into the background of color, almost becoming subliminal in the work.


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