Sunday, June 16, 2013

California Art Club

I was perusing Matthew Innis’s blog Underpaintings, and noticed that the California Art Club’s annual exhibit was going on while I just happened to be in LA. Seeing work in person by artists such as Joseph Paquet, David Leffel, Mian Situ, and Calvin Liang was just too good to pass up, so I moseyed on down to the USC campus to see the exhibit.


Really, really strong work. The internet is so bountiful in what we can see, it’s easy to forget just how much more impressive the work can be in person. Leffel’s work for example, is often poorly reproduced—it’s far more nuanced in person.

I was surprised at the salon style hanging of the smaller work. I suppose I shouldn’t have been, but you rarely see this density of paintings in modern museums, or high end galleries.

It was great to get up close to some of my faves—Paquet had some beautiful subtleties in his work. Being there allowed for deeper inspection (although I did get yelled at for taking up close detail pics).

Joseph Paquet
Rural Electrification 24" x 30" - Oil on Mounted Linen


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