I fell in love with woodcuts in the 80s when I attended a German Expressionist show at LA County Museum. My wife gave me a woodcutting set for my birthday and I dove in blindly. I began carving images inspired by classic movies. Each carving takes 40-50 hours. The process forces me to slow down. [...]
There’s a bit of madness in LA-based artist Gordon Magnin’s works. He calls each one an ‘altered found image’. We think it’s demented. Still, it’s the good sort of dementedness. There’s something cool about taking a cut-out of a face and repeating that cut-out till the essence of the image is never the same again. If there’s any way we’d ever agree to let anyone mangle up our face digitally, this would have to be the only way.
LA artist Doug Aitken’s Text Sculpture series uses light-boxes, mirror works, living plants and photography to create interplay of words and images. Aiken has a previous body of work ranging from photography, films, installations and architectural interventions, and has collaborated with the likes of very cool Tilda Swinton and Cat Power.
LA-based artist and Sumi Ink Club founder Sarah Anderson focuses on collaborative work, inviting anyone who wants to join her in creating massive ink drawings. Still, she maintains a pretty distinct style. If you’re in Baltimore, check out her stuff at the Harmonic Huh show at the Hexagon, which will be up until June 19.
LA-based conceptual artist Zach Stadel examines the assumptions and presumed utility ascribed to various materials by reworking the ways in which they define and are defined by space, gravity, and light.