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JOURNAL

COAST MODERN IS THERAPY FOR THOSE WHO LOVE MODERNISM

Geren Lockhart

Coast Modern, a documentary by Mike Bernard & Gavin Froome studies the path of west coast modernism in architecture. Looking back to the roots of the movement and stepping in and out of the global movement to show the similarities and differences to the smaller more localized movement on the west coast of the United States. I live in Los Angeles in a house built in 1954 by one of the lesser known architects from this school, and everything in the film spoke to me and the type of life I've chosen to live in the house I call La Cuesta. It is a truly unique way of living, simple in its own way and tied to the outdoors. It was like a session of therapy for me to hear some of the home owners and architects interviewed speak about the life lived in these spaces. I will be watching this film over and over again throughout the years. If you are a fan of this world, this film is for you. You can watch on-line here: Coast Modern


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FUN WITH ART & GIFS

Geren Lockhart

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I've taken to firing off rapid frames with my Samsung S5 (full disclosure they give me phones and I love them) because the images are linked to my google photos and the system will auto select photos to turn into .gif, these are some from today's gallery crawl. They make me smile. Paul Marlow was kind enough to be the subject, even if he didn't really know he was, and good news I didn't get kicked out of Gagosian or Zwirner in the process. 


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AN AMERICAN ORIGINAL

Geren Lockhart

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Gertrude Kasebier was one of the first female American photographers, born in 1852 in what is today Des Moines, Iowa she spent her early years in the wild west before settling in New York, marrying and eventually studying photography and art at the Pratt Institute. It is her birthday today which is what led me to investigate her life and work further. I was so pleasantly surprise to learn that she was a true American original. A woman in a man's world at a time when it was unheard of. She spent her working years between New York and Europe, rubbing elbows with some of the era's greatest photographers and artists of her day. A contemporary of F. Holland Day & Edward Steichen through those friendships she found her way to being able to photograph the notoriously reclusive Auguste Rodin in 1905. She was a pioneer in the art of photography, championing the idea of it being a perfect vocation for women.  Most striking to me are the portraits she took of the Sioux Indians when her life collided with theirs as they made their way thru New York traveling with the Buffalo Bills Wild West show, she chose to have them sit in a relaxed environment and attempted to capture them as they really were, with as little costume as possible. Her images are held in the National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian Institute. What a wonderful treat to find a great female American photographer from long ago who thrived.

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THE TRUTH OF A DANCERS LIFE

Geren Lockhart

First Position is an enchanting documentary by Bess Kargman that follows six young dancers as they follow the road to competing in the Youth America Grand Prix. The competition touted to be the most challenging in the world. I happened upon the movie in my Netflix feed and can happily recommend you spend some of your valuable time watching it. You can also purchase the DVD here: First Position


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A CONTROVERSIAL GENIUS

Geren Lockhart

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Joseph Beuys, painter, author, sculptor, teacher, performance artist, political activist, lecturer and most of all ground shattering human was born yesterday in 1921. Widely recognized posthumously as one of the most influential artists of the last half of the 20th century his impact is felt far and wide today. Working between mediums and subjects, I most closely associate him with his felt works which you find in the collections of many major museums around the world. They are awe inspiring in their simplicity. His life was as interesting as his works are, both are worth investigating further. I have two fat art books at home that need some more attention, when I finally land back in LA.  

I first came to know of Beuys during an extended visit to Munich, Germany in 2004 where I was piggybacking onto a very good friends commercial production. Fortunately it meant that I was working LA hours in Germany and had my days open for exploring. I speak no German (everyone sounded like Snoopy to me) resulting in the things I saw having a particularly profound effect on me.  The Pinakothek Der Moderne is a glorious museum which I highly recommend it if you find yourself in Munich. Museum gift shops and their hidden treasures are one of my favorite shopping spots no matter the city or country. The shop at the Pinakothek had two chunky postcards in editions from  Beuys world. I snagged a felt one for 10 euros at the time, wanting the entire stacks of both, but not having the suitcase space. Below there are links to Gagosian's shopping site where you can procure either...for a bit more than they were a decade ago, but for millions less than a felt suit. I framed mine and it hangs proudly in my house reminding me of this great artist each time I pass it

 



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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO DALI

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1968 WAS QUITE A YEAR

Geren Lockhart

The full title of this necessary book is 1968 : Radical Italian Furniture: Photographs by Maurizio Cattelan & Pieropaolo Ferrari. Tonight I attended a talk between alpha collector Dakis Joannou and creative director Dennis Freedman that was moderated by Felix Burrichter, editor of Pin-Up magazine. 1968 grew out of the common obsession that  Dakis & Dennis hold for this period in Italian Furniture. Dakis read aloud a list of the significant events recorded in 1968:  from moon expeditions to Stanford accepting women, and the last voyage of a steam train among many other seminal events from that paramount year he noted that the evolution of society as we know it today and it's ties to that one year are why the book holds the title it does. All three men were beyond charming and engaging and the book is one for the library for sure. Purchase here: 1968


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ARTIST TO KNOW ∞ JENNIFER NOCON

Geren Lockhart

Jennifer Nocon works with a multitude of materials to create her scale defying pieces. The pieces I had the pleasure of seeing att the Art Los Angeles Contemporary show in February were primarily felt. Gorgeous thick alive felt. We were awestruck by the response we had to her work. She works in Los Angeles which also made me proud to think about great art being made in the town I call home. She exhibits with the Tracy WIlliams Gallery. if you see word of her work being up go see it. 


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RON MUECK ∞ FONDATION CARTIER

Geren Lockhart

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to visit the Ron Mueck exhibit at the Fondation Cartier when it was in residence last summer. Ron Mueck was a new artist to me, I didn't know of his painstakingly real in everyway except scale world. Ron is an Australian artist working in London and he produces interesting, engaging, sometimes alarming works. The works tend to be either micro or macro in their scale but the details and the realism are always the same. It's stunning when  you get to the end of the exhibit and you realize that you feel the same reaction and sense of realism with a 10 foot sculpture as you do with on 12 inches high. Photos weren't allowed in the space but if you visit the Fondation Cartier site you can see the entire exhibit and get the chance to view some of the video work by Gautier Deblonde which runs in long form as part of the exhibit. Gautier was installed in Ron's studio for the development of this shows works, and its sometimes painful the pace Ron works at, but it is always interesting. Below is a video of David Lynch giving his interpretations of what the show represents, more similar videos to this by other notable personalities on the site. The impact of this exhibit was greatly heightened through the "gallery" space itself, a gorgeous Jean Nouvel building. The building is a frame of glass that's brutal and delicately balanced to create a cocoon of light for the works. A lovely back lounging space is perfect for stealing a quick espresso and a moment of calm in the middle of Paris. The show has migrated south to the Museum of Modern art in Rio should you be lucky enough to be there while it's up. Ron Mueck is a unique talent worth the trip.


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AN ORIGINAL TRACEY EMIN FOR 80 BUCKS

Geren Lockhart

Sedition is a new way of looking at digital art. Founded by alpha art world players it's for real and all of the works are originals from the artists released in limited editions through the Sedition service. I like the idea that this represents the group purchase of a work by a likeminded group of "collectors." It is a creative way to heighten your digital screen experience.  Imagine a dinner party and your flatscreen showcasing my favorite work the gorgeous, mystical, peaceful time lapse Elmgreen & Dragset capture of a day in the life of their Prada Marfa installation instead of a black box. Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Bill Viola, Aaron Koblin and Yoko Ono are just a few of the artists comprising the 200+ pieces on offer. Pricing from 8USD - 1600USD allows you a wide range to experiment before diving in too deep.


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