Anna Maria Maiolino was born in Italy during the war under fascist ruling. She was displaced a second time under military dictatorship of the country she resided most of her life in Brazil. These displacements influenced her work. She is part of a group of Latin American female artists who reacted to South American dictatorships. They were part of a resistance that inspired their work. Historically speaking, this movement only included men and ignored the women’s perspective until now. In contrast, women used their bodies in their work. Maiolino’s work explored her role as a citizen and mother. For example, her photograph, “By a Thread” (1976), she places herself between her daughter and mother. It was to show three generations and how she still creates as a mother. In “They are on the Table” the artist has clay objects that are shaped as baked goods. The title announces a dinner… read more →
MOCA is exhbiting a thirty-five-year retrospective of artist Kerry James Marshall. It brought together The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOCA, MCA Chicago, and Helen Molesworth (Chief Curator of MOCA). They were interested in celebrating the colorful figurative paintings of African Americans. There are few historical works that represent this. Marshall grew up in the civil rights in Birmingham, Alabama. He said, “You can’t be born in Birmingham in 1955 and grow up in South Central [Los Angeles] near the Black Panthers headquarters and not feel like you’ve got some kind of social responsibility. You can’t move to Watts in 1963 and not speak about it. That determined a lot of where my work was going to go…” (MOCA website) The exhibition contains almost eighty paintings that depict a unity and humanity. The figures are strong, beautiful, and show a belonging. He made a variety of paintings including: portraits, interiors, and… read more →
Olson Visual worked on MOCA Pacific Design Center’s exhibition Rick Ownes: Furniture. The Parisian fashion and furniture designer that influenced much of design today. Owens started his journey in 1994, here in Los Angeles. His pieces resonate the modernist era using strong forms. In 2007, he started using different materials such as bronze, marble, ox bone, concrete, leather, and alabaster. The large two-story sculpture found in the center of the room was purely made out of alabaster. It referenced the 1960s period of monochramtic paintings. Alongside his work are the paintings from the late artist, Steven Parrino, who influenced much of his work. Both come out of Parisian design and have a strong sense of minimal form with distorted effects. Parrino does this with misshaped canvases while Owen distorts using texture. Both find “high” and “low” culture in their work such as film noir and cult horror movies. They also… read more →
Olson Visual installed large banner graphics to the outside walls of the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. There is no job that is too small or large for OV. Here, they used a crane to install these crisp clean banners. MOCA has three locations: The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, MOCA Grand Avenue, and MOCA Pacific Design Center. The institution also has a seminal work of art titled, Double Negative in the Nevada desert by artist Michael Heizer. The museum is committed to the interpretation of art that is created after the year 1940 which includes: new media, performance art, painting, sculpture, installation, etc. They preserve and present known contemporary work and support the creation of new pieces. Their main focus is the show artwork of our time. Don’t forget to check out Hito Steyerl’s video installation Factory of the Sun. It is his U.S. debut. Hito Steyerl: Factory of… read more →
“I will not make any more boring art” is the phrase that Olson Visual used to adorn the walls of MOCA. The quote was by the conceptual Californian artist, John Baldessari in a 1971 video. Recently, Olson Visual placed this on a large wall graphic. Baldessari was considered one of the pioneers of appropriation art by decontextualizing and juxtaposition if words and text. Some of his works were ironic, funny, taunting, and witty. He was known to evoke a critique and dialogue on art and sometimes, played with linguistics and mass media. This year’s MOCA gala honored this artist. The glamorous event was attended by the Hollywood’s elite including: Rosanna Arquette, Marisa Tomei, Patricia Arquette, and Dita Von Teese. Art stars were also on tow with Shepard Fairey, China Chow, and Mark Bradford.
Olson Visual recently worked on Sturtevant: Double Trouble at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Here are some amazing installation shots of our team hard at work. This included a large banner that covered the side of the building in downtown Los Angeles. Also, they worked on numerous murals. Sturtevant reproduced other artists’ works of art including pieces by Jasper Johns, Joseph Beuys, Robert Gober, Marcel Duchamp, and Andy Warhol. This created a controversy on the validity of the work. Some critics appraised it and wrote about how it defined our media-obsessed culture. Others denied it and questioned the validity. Her work shows Warhol’s “Marilyn Diptych” but with a strange twist as… read more →
The scratch that tore across Los Angeles in “Art in the Streets” (MOCA) left out some key ingredients. It was more of a spectacle rather then exhibiting a complete census of street art. Getty has taken this into their own hands and picked up where MOCA has left off. Many influential graffiti and mural artists were chosen to respond to a sixteen century manuscript that was found in the Getty Research Institute. This was the liber amicorum or “book of friends” were a group of friends created a book together. This idea spawned the Getty Graffiti Black Book which its title comes from the books that were used by street artists for their sketches and ideas. The “Scratch” exhibition in El Segundo is a continuation of this project by having the artists from the book curate or chose six artists to work together with other street artists to create murals.… read more →
“I believe that art is socially useful. If it is destructive, it is constructively so. What helps some, hurts others—all art is not made for the same audience. We are in a very restrictive period where many think it is necessary to narrow the limits of what is allowable, to set up a unitary reality and condemn the idea of multiple “realities.” I support an art of multiplicity, which is why I am an “anti-classical” artist. In fact, I like to think that I make my work primarily for those who dislike it. I get pleasure from that idea.” —Mike Kelley Mike Kelley’s artwork represents mass culture’s subjects of religion, philosophy, history, art, and science. His work represents a generation with bands such as Sonic Youth. He worked in many mediums including drawing, photography, video, performance painting, and stuffed animals. Yes, stuffed animals. His work was described as… read more →
MOCA is proud to present a very provocative exhibition containing the most two significant figures of the twentieth century erotic art. Bob Mizer and Tom of Finland are the forefathers of post-war gay culture and a comprehensive collection can be found at MOCA PDC.
Former MOCA director, Jeffrey Deitch will be leaving by the end of July and heading back to New York.