Sunday, September 7, 2008

Culver City Openings 9.6.08

Dateline: Culver City
By Cole Case

As expected, the opening night of the fall art season here was totally nuts. There were hundreds, if not thousands, of people cruising La Cienega and Washington Blvds. I decided to stay in Culver City rather than try to hit all the other hot spots like 6150, Chinatown, Bergamot, etc. Traffic in LA is just too unforgiving to try to attempt an epic but ultimately futile and frustrating trek from the Westside to the Eastside on opening night.

Highlights included Tanya Batura's sculpture show at Western Project, Roberts & Tilton's awesome new humungous and beautiful space holding their grand opening next to Susanne Vielmetter, and Alex Lee's deranged mushroom cloud sculpture at Kinkead Contemporary. Images of all of these accompany this post.

Most of these pix are of people and not art because it was so crowded you couldn't see a goddamned thing! I did manage to get some shots of Tanya with her powerful charcoal grey ceramic head sculptures as well as Alex Lee's nuclear nightmare.

If you're from LA you probably recognize a lot of these folks, if not I got a good shot of Ace Gallery's rockstar painter John Millei sporting a George Clooney like beard talking to installation goddess Megan Geckler.

KCLOG founder Kris had one of his paintings up behind Cliff's desk at Western Project, diggit Kris!

The Colts got clobbered by the Bears tonight so I'm licking my wounds and preparing to teach my Otis kids tomorrow.

More fun to come!

Stay out of trouble you crazy kids!

xo Cole