Aesthetic consulting + creative operations solutions by Alexia Lewis

Posts in Review
Made in LA 2014: The Hammer Biennial | A Review

I've often said that there's a certain je ne sais quoi about Los Angeles that makes it more hospitable to the beginnings of an art career than other cities.  Berlin is the only other place I can think of that compares, it's just that there's no beaches there.  Because of that certain something in the air here, LA is a magnet for artists of all stripes and talents, and with that comes a lot of mediocrity.  In my opinion, a good 80% of art being shown and promoted here - both "outsider" and "legit" - is complete and utter bullshit.  But man oh man does that last 20% make up for it.

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Noah Davis: Garden City @ Papillion | A Review

I feel like I need to be up-front and honest right away:  I always feel a little out of my element whenever I visit an art gallery and the works on view are paintings.  It's because I never took a painting class, and so I feel a little inadequate, like I can't 100% appreciate painting as an art form. Only 87% maybe, and only that because of the intense amount of art history and theory I was required to study. And I personally feel like there's a special place in hell for people whose only critique when they see works of art is "I like/dislike it," and that's it.  Why? At least tell me why!

I'll tell you why I enjoyed "Garden City", and it has a lot to do with the subject matter of Noah Davis' more prominently featured painting series Pueblo del Rio, and where Papillion is located.

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