Raleigh Barrett is a vegan Angeleno transplant who has lived in the NoHo Arts District for five years. She certainly won’t be leaving California in the next four years. Raleigh recently graduated from the University of Chicago with a Master of Arts specializing in Linguistic Anthropology. While in Chicago, she worked as the Gallery Assistant at the Renaissance Society. Raleigh is thrilled to be back and blogging for the NoHo Arts District.
Throughout the past 50 years, the sequential art medium has struggled to be identified as a legitimate form of literature, despite its rich history of depicting and confronting issues that impact social and political change. Once considered to be a medium targeted only towards children, comic books and their subject matter have matured with the industry’s own evolution, demonstrating to fans and critics alike that the comic book is an outlet for frank discussion of important, and sometimes taboo, topics. While it may be easy to quantify the impact that comic book storylines have had on readers and our society as a whole, the artwork of the medium can sometimes be overlooked, diminishing both the creativity and skill required of the artists, as well as the significance that imagery holds within the storytelling process.
NoHo Senior Arts Colony certainly lives up to their name. The staff at Nohoartsdistrict.com can't count the number of events/activities we cover at the NoHo Senior Arts Colony We are especially fond of The Gallery@NoHoSAC for its great exhibits of animation, design, photography and fine art by well established artists who have shown internationally including at the Smithsonian. The gallery is located at 10747 Magnolia Blvd at NoHo Senior Arts Colony and is open to the public 7 days a week from 10 AM to 5 PM. A true treasure in the NoHo arts community and not to be missed.
The Nohoartsdistrict.com team has decided to showcase one NoHo artist per month. Artists will be from visual and performing arts. Criteria: Must live or work in NoHo and have been involved in some form of volunteer work within the Noho arts community. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with why you or your friend should be showcased for the Noho Arts Community Spotlight. You will be featured in the Latest News on the front page of nohoartsdistrict.com which averages 75,000 visitors per month plus a shout out to our 14,000 social media followers.
I just went to Gallery 800's exhibit " Still Life" which features a collection of works by Evans Webb. What makes this exhibit extremely timely is the fact that Evans lost his fight with cancer on March 2, 2014. Evans Webb, a tireless and dedicated proponent of the Art Directors Guild Local 800, was an extremely talented artist and a man that cared about his fellow union members and a good friend of mine.
“As a white candle in a holy place, so is the beauty of an aged face.” - Joseph Campbell (Gaelic name Seosamh MacCathmhaoil), Irish poet.
These wise words were the inspiration behind photographer Robin Hart’s newest exhibit, “The Wisdom of Wabi-Sabi,” now open at the NoHo Senior Arts Colony Apartments, a Los Angeles senior apartment community centered around the arts. This wonderful new exhibit will be on display now through March 3, 2014, and is free to the public.
The Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) Gallery 800 debuted their 2014 Season with Three Artists You Should Know which opened on January 11th with a hosted reception. Gallery 800 showcases guild members’ personal art in a series of shows throughout the year. The January 11 reception featured personal works from Production Designer/Art Director Al Brenner, Scenic Designer Chris Coakley and Graphic Designer/Illustrator Pierre Bernard, Jr. The exhibit will be on display now through February 15, 2014.
I had the chance to talk to the lovely Toria Brightside. At such a young age she has achieved so much, running fashion shows for charity, being featured in fashion magazines as big as Vogue, all while studying Photography in Leeds. There is yet so much more to come from this bright young thing.
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“A bank is a place that will lend you money only if you can prove that you don’t need it. ” Bob Hope
There has been a lot of talk lately about the economy improving. I don’t know about you, but not many people I come in contact with have experienced much change. Nonetheless, change is happening, maybe not as fast as everyone would like, but there is hope on the horizon. One of the more subtle indicators, is to look at the availability of grant money. Last year, it was slim pickings. I don’t think I could come up with a dozen funding sources for artists. This year, thankfully, there is an abundance. Read on for literally hundreds of new grant opportunities and funding sources. Wake me when it’s over…
I’ve never seen myself as an artist who paints one fabulous painting at a time to fill gallery walls, satisfy a waiting list of eager buyers, and someday make it into a modern-art museum. My work isn’t so highbrow, I say to myself; because I do a lot of drawing and less painting, and choose horror mixed with humor as my favorite subject, I fall somewhere in between the gallery painting and the greeting card.
More and more artists are developing their own brands of merchandise (such as prints, T-shirts, and toys). As they approach stores, they have (to put it mildly) mixed experiences. When you take this quiz, pretend you’re the store owner! Consider each situation below and answer as honestly as you can.
Thea Saks, “Franklinstein,” oil on canvas.
It’s been three months since my last posting about how work is going on the art show Daniel and I are doing for October. Now it has a name: “Enlightenment.” It’s about the Age of Enlightenment, which was roughly mid-1600s to late 1700s in Europe and the American colonies.
When I met artist Susan Trachman through mutual friends and she told me she had an exhibit of medical art at the UCLA medical school, I wanted to make sure I saw it. I’ve seen art with many different themes, but never art made from medical supplies. This exhibit, “Patient/Artist,” is a chronicle of Trachman’s 25 years of treatment for multiple sclerosis—treatment that has been central to nearly all of her adulthood.
Susan Trachman, “Living Color 2,” MRI scan of the artist’s brain, digitally colorized by the artist.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition in which the immune system attacks and damages the myelin sheaths surrounding nerves, resulting in many different symptoms; these can include motor impairment, pain, and numbness. In making the best of this life-altering condition, Trachman chose to make art from it, offering us an insider’s view of life with MS. Trachman has illuminated MRI scans of her head with eye-popping color, created elaborate floral arrangements with syringes, arranged 120 red plastic medical-waste containers in configurations that represent how the disposed-of treatments were used in her regimen, and constructed a variety of three-dimensional pieces containing medicine bottles.
Susan Trachman, “Relief at a Price,” 3D collage made of one five-day medical treatment package, mounted in plywood, covered in burlap, and framed in Plexiglas.
The artist has included captions with her pieces that explain what the various materials are and how they contribute to the larger picture of her experience. For example, in the piece “Relief at a Price,” the contents of one five-day medical treatment package (one 5-ml vial of Acthar Gel, five needles, five syringes, and five alcohol pads) are mounted on plywood, covered in burlap, and framed in Plexiglas. She writes, “When the tightness in my legs and the numbness in my extremities get to be too much, there are tools for temporary relief…but at a price.” And the price, as shown in the piece, is a whopping $25,000. “I can use Acthar Gel up to four times a year,” she remarks. “Thank God I have insurance.”
Trachman, a Los Angeles native with a background in both commercial and residential interior design, was diagnosed with MS in her mid-twenties. Once she began treatment, she began saving her medical supplies to see how she could eventually make something interesting with them. She began working on the pieces in this show about 7 years ago. Becoming creative with the supplies was a way for her to tell her story and remain positive about her condition, focusing on what she could do rather than what her condition prevented her from doing.
Susan Trachman, “Java Chip,” wall sculpture of 120 Sharps containers (used for the disposal of needles and syringes) hung on 9 steel rods.
This exhibit is a very timely one for me, since a good friend of mine was very recently diagnosed with transverse myelitis (inflammation of the spinal cord that is sometimes an early sign of MS). I took my pictures of Trachman’s exhibit to the hospital and showed them to my friend, because I felt they would be inspiring…although my friend, like Trachman, already has a positive, productive attitude.
This exhibit is one of a series that curator Ted Meyer intends for the Learning Resource Center, a new building at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Hopefully we will continue to see art at this location that has meaning for patients, their caregivers and loved ones, and lovers of art who may or may not be touched by people living with serious medical conditions.
“Patient/Artist” by Susan Trachman is running through June 30 at the David Geffen School of Medicine Learning Resource Center, 700 Westwood Plaza, Westwood. (I wish it was running longer—or, rather, that my schedule had allowed me to visit this show and blog about it sooner.)
Susan Trachman, “Flower on Steroids” (detail), digitally mastered collage printed on canvas. The artist writes, “When on steroids, all my senses are heightened. My extremities…no longer feel numb. I get a boost of energy, making me feel bigger than life.”