Does the name Michael M. Ornstein sound familiar? It didn’t to us. Apparently, he’s a fairly popular actor, known for his work as Chuck Marstein on Sons of Anarchy. Any more familiar? We’re still not sure. Regardless, we found out about him because he’s also a painter. In doing research, it was not-too-hard to find that he has a recurring role on the FX show. How great is that? Funny enough, his work sounds like the total opposite of anything anarchist: they are colorful, post-impressionistic-abstractions/modern abstract impressionism portraits of people. They’re nice.
Last we left Catherine Opie and her Art21 appearance, she was working on a collection of photos to be shown at the Cleveland Clinic that celebrates some of the calming beauty of Ohio, her homestate. We thought that was it as it was such a contained and finished looking segment. Well, surprise, Art21 has followed up with a look at her new body of work up at the Cleveland Clinic! Looks great, too.
“There will come a day when we all can afford the art we want,” I say to myself at every gallery show I go to, a mantra that pacifies insane coveting of various modern art pieces that cost as much as my life. I truly believe it! In Los Angeles, there is a lot of affordable art from young artists and many resources for acquiring the more precious, luxurious pieces. An example of this is the Los Angeles Modern Auctions, a fine art and design explosion of items you could own.
Naturally, the “you” in reference is a person who has $10K+ sitting around in an art fund. But, if you don’t have that kind of money, you can spend $30 to get your hands on something you’ll find on all artsy people in LA’s desks this month: the LAMA catalogue.
Sci-Fi has a show called How It Works and it’s on Netflix. At night, when I’m working, I’ll put it on in the background and marvel at how weirdo things from surfboards to plastic wrap are made. It’s essentially Sesame Street for adults as it is educational, somewhat elementary, and entirely captivating. There was one episode on how bronze sculpture is made that I watched a few weeks back and the whole time I nodded back to the television, telling it, “Yes, that really is how it’s made!!”
Just so you know, I am not a secret bronze fanatic, one of those people who had a childhood obsession with this very specific subject matter. Quite the contrary, actually: a little over a month ago I attended a small bronze sculpture workshop by Arts Refoundry, a full service foundry that has been helping artists, makers, and the bronze curious. In the class we learned about the bronze sculpting process and participated in an abbreviated version of the How It’s Made episode. So, basically, I am now expert bronzesmith–and I have a bowl to prove it!
I was in a meeting yesterday and a woman who had on a necklace with what appeared to be a golden column hanging from it. It wasn’t a Grecian or Corinthian column, no: it was a strip of metal hanging from a black cord. It looked familiar, a piece of jewelry so simple yet so powerful. It’s an item both familiar and foreign: I could have sworn I’d seen it before.
“Excuse me, sorry,” I asked. “Where did you get that necklace? Who made it? It’s really special.”
“Oh, this?” She grabs it, placing the shining rectangle between long fingers. She takes a beat. “You know, I don’t remember. I think it was a gift?”
I nodded, thanked her, and powerwalked away so I could do quick research on this necklace on my phone. I didn’t find it where I thought I remembered it (Beverly’s OK, Abbot Kinney’s Tortoise were good guesses.) however I did find it from an e-mail we received: the piece must have been from LA architecture firm Marmol Radziner‘s jewelry offshoot. They make beautifully minimalistic industrial jewelry.