Eugene Daub: monumental sculptor

From conception to completion Sculptor Eugene Daub shows us the process behind his monumental work by Bondo Wyszpolski In their pursuit of being able to commission a bronze statue of the late writer Charles Bukowski, Angela Romero and others from the San Pedro Heritage Museum came knocking at the studio door of Eugene Daub. Although…

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Wanting sex? So are the men in this play

War of the sexes “Lizastrata” at the Getty Villa (a review) by Bondo Wyszpolski A long, long time ago, before most of us were born, Aristophanes wrote a play in which a woman named Lysistrata gathered up her gal pals and explained what she had in mind. The Peloponnesian War, at that point already a…

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“Nomad” – There were hundreds of artists!

They came, they showed, they took it down and left TAM’s Nomad pop-up brought art galore to the South Bay Text and photos by Bondo Wyszpolski Last weekend, August 28 and 29, the Torrance Art Museum (TAM) pulled off a very large and very successful event, bringing in over 470 artists to show their work…

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Art with a classical sensibility

Elegance, mystery, and a classic touch The artistic journey of Aaron Westerberg by Bondo Wyszpolski He seems to be living in one century yet channeling another; living on the Pacific coast but with a sensibility more attuned to the Atlantic seaboard. I think this is evident in the work and it is clearly apparent in…

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The LA Art Show’s back this weekend

LA Art Show returns Less spectacular, but plenty to see by Bondo Wyszpolski There are many places to see art in and around Los Angeles, but one location where it all comes together is the annual LA Art Show, where dozens and dozens of galleries and exhibitors display dozens and dozens of the most talented…

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Riding along with Fido… and T-Rex

Of dinosaurs and dogs Barks and growls at Universal Studios Hollywood by Bondo Wyszpolski Let’s start with the one where you won’t get drenched, and that would be “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” which is the newest attraction at Universal, and one that’s fairly charming all in all. Besides, it’s one thing…

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South of the border with Annie Appel

Running in the family Annie Appel’s “The Mexico Journeys – Carmelita” opens Saturday at the PV Art Center by Bondo Wyszpolski It’s one thing for a photographer to shoot hundreds or thousands of nicely composed or stylized pictures, and yet another to immerse herself in long-term projects, to venture out of her comfort zone, and…

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Going all out at the Torrance Art Museum

Tears of joy, tears of sorrow, and what’s that about social media? Jason Jenn curated “Even Sparkles Have Shadows” for the Torrance Art Museum by Bondo Wyszpolski “Ultra!” was conceived last summer when the Torrance Art Museum staff realized that having a mostly outdoor public art tour would be beneficial for everyone. It has since…

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Life, always hanging in the balance

Struggling within the jaws of the universe Scott Meskill’s “Fall Down and Rust” coming to ShockBoxx in Hermosa Beach by Bondo Wyszpolski The figures in Scott Meskill’s recent and not-so-recent paintings are pretty much cut from the same cloth. Generally speaking, they’re male, nude, and often in a curled or contorted position. None of them…

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Stepping through the silver screen

Back to the backlot Warner Bros. Studio Tour has rolled out the red carpet by Bondo Wyszpolski If you can’t be in the movies or on TV, you can always visit the places where they make them, and with that said we’re now in Burbank and ready to join in on the new and improved…

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Music in the garden, under the stars

Smiles of a summer night Looking up at the Constellation Quartet by Bondo Wyszpolski Violinist Emily Moore, sitting outdoors on a recent sunny afternoon, mentions the difficulty of finding intimate venues in which to perform. “We call them listening spaces,” she explains, “the small space where acoustic acts do really well. The string quartet will…

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Ceramic dynamic in Manhattan Beach

Feat of Clay “Architecture of Touch” in local art center by Bondo Wyszpolski It’s probably one of the last art shows with limited access for the public, but “Architecture of Touch” highlights recent work by the instructors, staff, and students of the ceramics studio and pottery program that the City of Manhattan Beach initiated in…

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Mario Giacomelli: A Sunday kind of love

Local color in black and white “Mario Giacomelli: Figure/Ground,” by Virginia Heckert (Getty Publications, 160 pp., $24.95 paper) by Bondo Wyszpolski Mario Giacomelli (1925-2000) lived his entire life in the Italian coastal town of Senigallia, in the Marche region along the Adriatic Sea. He opened a print shop in 1950, bought a camera in 1953…

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Resin is hosting Mira Costa artists

Resonating at Resin Mira Costa student art show this weekend by Bondo Wyszpolski It can be a little too easy to overlook or ignore the many exhibitions at Resin Gallery, but one would need to be extremely nearsighted, culturally speaking, not to see and admire Rafael McMaster’s enthusiasm and optimism as the driving force behind…

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PV High’s “Urinetown” goes with the flow

by Bondo Wyszpolski One might have wagered that a musical called “Urinetown” would have a strike or two against it from the start, let alone little chance of reaching Broadway (and pulling in three Tony Awards). It’s a wager that would have been lost, and in fact the show has been embraced by high schools…

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