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'Some City Angels'
at Edward Cella Art + Architecture, Los Angeles, California
Recommendation by G. James Daichendt

Continuing through October 29, 2011

“Some City Angels” features a combination of artists that represent a slice of Los Angeles, a city that is currently undergoing a well-researched and celebrated reflection on its own cultural history. Featuring a mix of visual declarations about thought and creative trajectory, curator Marlena Doktorczyk-Donohue is interested in where L.A. art is today. Eight artists are represented and it’s through juxtaposition that they are best understood.

The work of Deborah Aschheim and her mind map inspired drawings like “Clinic” is a welcome contrast to the theatrical photography of Elana Mann. Aschhiem shares a symbolic visual network (circles and lines) that displays abstract relationships, while Mann utilizes a net full of black balloons that become an extension of her body. These forceful images create a space for Kate Harding, whose simple media (paper, pencil, and tape) in “Study #2” has a delicate appearance that nonetheless raise large questions about the finality of artwork. Adam Berg captures a creative spark in “Accelerated Accelerator, #1” with its exhilarating spectrum of color. Berg’s work functions as a creative nexus poised to throw out these forms and colors onto the surrounding walls of the gallery. Collectively, there is no single issue represented, but a sense is conveyed of the potential future for art in L.A.

Published courtesy of ArtSceneCal ©2011

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