Ross Ice Shelf (top) and Sunk (bottom)by Mary Iverson, acrylic, ink, magazine photo on canvas.
Iverson’s works portray the ever-present and growing danger that nature faces from globalization. The found photographs of pristine landscapes become obscured by networks of fine lines, sinking ships, and containers that lay strewn across the environment, telling an all too familiar tale of ecological destruction at the hands of mankind. I’m very intrigued by her works. You can check out more at http://maryiverson.com/.
“For the third and final stop of the nationally touring Quentin vs. Coen art show, I made this half martial arts – half spaghetti western style wedding picture poster. Original and 150 numbered copies will be available during the show, which will be on view October 1st and 2nd at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park as part of the Beyond Eden Art Fair. More info on the fair can be found here, any remaining copies of the prints will then be made available online here. Collectors interested in the original signed copy should contact email@example.com to be placed on the show’s preview list.”
“On the surface, Taysir Batniji’s installation at Barnsdall Park’s Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery might seem like just another conceptual art gag: two walls full of what appear to be 60 plain, white pieces of paper displayed in plain white frames.
Honey bees are very special to me because a long time ago I learned that my name actually means honey bee in Greek and it was just so appropriate given my love of gardening and nature. It fit me so well!
Did you know that prior to European settlement in the 1600s, there were actually no true honeybees in the Americas?! There was a form of stingerless bee used by the Mayans to cultivate honey and other native bees such as bumble bees that could be used to pollinate, but honeybees actually didn’t reach the west coast until 200 years after the first honeybees were brought to America! There are over 20,000 species of bees in the world, only 7 of which are honeybees. The past 30 years, however, has seen the disappearance of dozens of species of bees due to the mysterious and devastating colony collapse disorder which has killed anomalous amounts of overwintering hives throughout the last several years. The cause of this disorder is widely unknown but scientist speculate that it could have derived from the overharvesting of honey (which honey bees actually store to use as a source of food to produce heat during the winter) or overuse of pesticides. Diseases spread by commercial honeybees as well as competition from those very same bees are also posing serious threats to native bee populations. Bee preservationists are advocating to have native bees raised locally to pollinate crops so as to minimize the transportation of commercial hives moving throughout the country.
Sweet Carnivore by Scott Hove, acrylic polyurethane foam and mixed media.
This San Francisco native is best known for his cake-like creations which are usually anything but sweet. Combining the work of cake art with terrifying hybrid animal parts such as a mouth full of ferocious teeth or menacing horns, Hove tells the story of the “relationship between the beautiful and the brutal”. You can learn more about it on his website at http://www.mshove.com/index.htm.
Kicks on Route 66 #1 (top) and Emerald City #2 (bottom) by Restitution Press, mixed media on wood panel and canvas.
Restitution Press, aka Ryan Graeff, is a mixed media artist from the South Bay (i.e.; where I am from!!) who likes to call himself a “visual historian”. His recent body of work has been centered around depictions of iconic Los Angeles and American historic locales. The funny part is that the way I know about him is because my brother’s very good friend, Jimmy, is apparently close friends with the artist from way back! Who would’ve thought?!