Outsider Explores OC’s Culture
“Greetings From the OC,” an exhibition of work by artist David Blake, opens to the public at Laguna Beach’s AR4T gallery, 1175 S. Coast Highway, on Thursday, March 6, during Art Walk.
Blake unabashedly dives headfirst into the stigma of Southern California culture. He uses silkscreen-printing techniques, painting acrylic and encaustic layers – some infused with melted-down Sex Wax – on wood. He sources imagery from vintage ‘60s and ‘70s surfer magazines, replicates patterns familiar to popular culture, and creates geometric patterns and colors to represent Orange County’s sea-to-mountains landscape.
Ringing Up New Public Art
Artist Michael Graham’s “I Want to Make a Phone Call” sculpture was installed downtown at the red phone booth on Forest Avenue last week.
The temporary installation lasts 24 months, long enough to dial up a few people.
Realism Without Borders, an Exhibition
Exhibiting side by side, paintings by Soviet and contemporary Russian, American, Ukrainian, French and German artists, “Realism Without Borders” aims to connect two centuries and two continents via the commitment to realist painting traditions.
The show opens March 1 at the LCAD Gallery at One Laguna, 225 Forest Ave.
“We share an admiration of ‘realist’ art, especially Russian works, because they were the only ones to keep up the realist tradition when the world was going towards modernism,” says group curator Akhmed Salakhly.
For more info: contact Vanessa Rothe at 949-280- 1555, [email protected]
Q Gallery Seeks Artists
Application forms are now available for artists 55 and better who wish to display their work at the Q Gallery. Visit 380 Third Street or thesusiq.org under Living it Up-Gallery Q. for forms and guidelines.
Artwork must be ready for delivery by March 6. An artist’s reception open to the public will be on March 28 from 4-5:30 p.m. More information from Judy Baker, 949-497-2441 or [email protected]