Category Archives: Art

MOCA, L.A. Unveils 1st Madworkshop by Sonia Liu

gia on the move art installation moca On the radar this week is the installation of 24 year old ArtCenter College of Design (Pasadena) student, Sonia Liu’s multileveled communal seating system to debut on the plaza at the Grand Avenue location of the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles on Thursday, June 2, 2016.

Entitled sanke, the work will be introduced by the artist in conversation with MOCA’s Director, Philippe Vergne at 4 pm, followed by a private reception at 5 pm. This is MADWORKSHOP’s first public exhibition since its inception in 2015.

Unlike any other outdoor seating for public spaces readily available on the market, Sonia Liu’s sanke system includes attached outdoor tables and seating for 10-12 in multiple heights and shapes, all on the same dining structure. Fabricated with durable, weather-resistant materials in a mixed palate of natural wood finishes and glossy colors, the sanke tables were designed to explored the ways public space is used in the digital age, encourage human interaction and engender a sense of togetherness, even for those dining alone.

“This innovative approach changes the way we interact in a communal space,” said David Martin, FAIA, Co-Founder of Madworkshop. “In a smartphone culture trending toward human isolation, the sanke design promotes human connection without forcing the issue.”

In keeping with MADWORKSHOP’s mission, craftsmanship is at the core of the sanke project. Liu chose cost-efficient materials and created simple construction and fastening methods with manufacturing and installation in mind. MADWORKSHOP is planning for mass production of the sanke tables and, as part of its mission, is currently seeking manufacturing partners.

For more information about the MADWORKSHOP Foundation please visit

Film To Watch: Art Bastard – Rise of a Rabble-Rouser

gia on the move art moviesIn a madcap art world obsessed with money, fame and hype, how does an artist driven by justice, defiance and his own singular style thrive? ART BASTARD is the tale of a rebel who never fit into today’s art world… yet has become one of its most provocative, rabble-rousing characters nevertheless. At once a portrait of the artist as a young troublemaker, an alternate history of modern art and a quintessential New York story, ART BASTARD is as energetic, humorous and unapologetically honest as the uncompromising man at its center: Robert Cenedella.

CAVU Pictures presents a Concannon Productions film, ART BASTARD, written and directed by Victor Kanefsky and produced by Chris T.

The new documentary will release in New York on May 20th at the Angelika Film Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and on June 3rd in Los Angeles/Orange County at the Laemmle Monica Film Center in Santa Monica and Edwards University Town Center 6 in Irvine, followed by a national release.

Cenedella was a contemporary of Andy Warhol. But he has essentially served as the anti-Warhol. His noisy, raucous, color-splashed paintings of city scenes approach the world with a sincerity that defies the irony, frivolity and controversy-for-the-sake-of-controversy that have become the cultural currency since the 60s.

Yet, as ART BASTARD reveals, Cenedella couldn’t be any more a product of these times. He was the son of a blacklisted writer, raised on crushed 50s dreams. He’s been haunted by dark family secrets that had him questioning his identity. His passionate convictions started so young they got him kicked out of high school. Even when he found solace and expression in art, he was an unabashed outsider – never a gallery darling, not pursued by museum curators, but an artist who was going to have his say regardless of who was paying attention. Even so, over time, Cenedella’s vast canvases, rife with the chaotic beauty of politics, humor, history and humanity, drew admirers from all walks of society – even from the vaunted art patrons who rejected him.

In a fast-moving series of riveting interviews with family members, art critics, museum directors, New York power brokers, art students and Cenedella himself, director Victor Kanefsky candidly presents Cenedella’s personal journey – and reveals the creation of a modern art career that ignored all the modern art rules.

Kanefsky follows Cenedella from his days selling cheeky “I Like Ludwig” buttons to pay his art school tuition to his apprenticeship in New York with George Grosz (1893-1959), the German painter and graphic artist who was the most outstanding caricaturist and political satirist of the period after World War I.

Grosz inspired Cenedella with his merging of refined technique with blistering social critique; from Cenedella’s provocative 1965 “Yes Art” exhibit which became the most popular – and debated – show of the year, lambasting the crass commercialism of the blossoming Pop Art movement, to his sudden, 12-year break from painting and his fruitful return as a teacher, mentor and unbowed iconoclast of American painting.

While Cenedella forthrightly questions the mechanics – and profit-making — of the art world, he has it out for no one. As he puts it: “It’s not what they show that bothers me, it’s what they don’t show.”

What ART BASTARD shows, in stunning cinematic detail, are the living, breathing, storytelling canvases that Cenedella has created for six decades. Set to a rollicking soundtrack, the film not only tours Cendella’s life. It also tours his eye-poppingly intricate, New York-centered paintings as one might travel the city – peering into every corner to uncover Cenedella’s characters, commentary and emotions.

Running Time: 84 minutes
Rating: Not Unrated
Language: English

2016 C.O.L.A. Exhibition Honors LA Artists – May 15th

gia on the move barnsdall art parkOn May 16th LA’s creative spirit is honored with the 2016 City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Individual Artists Fellowships

“Los Angeles is the creative crossroads of the world, with a dynamic and diverse arts scene,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The C.O.L.A. grants from L.A.’s Department of Cultural Affairs are an investment in our local artists, and the new works they produce through this program enhance our city as a global destination for art, culture, and creativity.”

Los Angeles boasts a high concentration of artists and is the only City in the country to support individual artists with grants each year.

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) awards 12 exemplary mid-career artists whose achievements enhance our dynamic and diverse city.

Each artist will present new work created specifically for C.O.L.A., at DCA’s

Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) located at:
4800 Hollywood Boulevard in Barnsdall Art Park
from May 15 through July 3, 2016

Opening Reception is on May 15, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

gia on the move art C.O.L.A. tracey paleoChosen by a team of experts, the 2016 C.O.L.A. award recipients in the visual arts include: Paolo Davanzo, Marsian De Lellis, Keiko Fukazawa, Megan Geckler, Won Ju Lim, Blue McRight, Sandeep Mukherjee, Christine Nguyen, and Jim Skuldt. The 2016 C.O.L.A. award recipients in literature are Sarah Maclay, Claudia Rodriguez, and Lynne Thompson. Each artist will present new work created specifically for C.O.L.A. with a $10,000 grant awarded by DCA.

“What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas”…except in Coachella

beerCoachella gets an extra buzz this year as Las Vegas extends the essence of “What Happens Here, Stays Here” (WHHSH) and adult freedom, with an unveiling of  its limited edition #WHHSH Beer this month during the music and arts festivals in Palm Springs, on April 16-17.

Guests will celebrate the craft brew along with performances by chart-topping artists, delicious culinary offerings from top Vegas eateries, beauty services from the leading glam squads of the Strip, surprise celebrity guests and more.

“’What Happens Here, Stays Here’ has always been about the freedom to be and do in Vegas what you can’t at home. We felt that #WHHSH Beer is the perfect embodiment of that and a reminder of what awaits when you embrace the Vegas lifestyle.”

#WHHSH Beer will be the first of Las Vegas’ limited edition #WHHSH signature products to be introduced for a tangible extension of the famous Vegas experience.

coachellaCrafted locally in Las Vegas by Tenaya Creek Brewery, #WHHSH Beer is an easy drinking, pale ale with hints of citrus and pine creating a cool, clean finish. The exclusive beer will only be available at select Las Vegas sponsored events. 


The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center.  With nearly 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and 11 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA’s mission centers on attracting ever increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area.  For more information, go or

Film to Watch: Packed in a Trunk

Audience Award, Best Documentary, Provincetown Int’l Film Festival

full-f1008d-packedinatrunk-keyartFeature doc PACKED IN A TRUNK: THE LOST ART OF EDITH LAKE WILKINSON uncovers the story of gifted and prolific lesbian artist Edith Lake Wilkinson, who was committed to an asylum in 1924 and never heard from again.

Edith was part of the early Provincetown art scene and produced an astounding body of work. In 1924 she was committed to an asylum, encouraged by the family lawyer who subsequently siphoned off her funds. Objections had also been raised to Edith’s “close and constant contact” with her longtime companion Fannie.

PackedInATrunk_010Once she was put away, Edith’s work and all her worldly possessions were packed into trunks and shipped off to a relative in West Virginia, where they sat in an attic for the next 40 years. Edith was never heard from again.

Edith’s great-niece, Jane Anderson (Emmy Award-winning writer & director) grew up surrounded by Edith’s paintings, thanks to her mother who had gone poking through that dusty attic and rescued Edith’s work. Anderson learned to paint and draw under the influence of her great-aunt’s brilliant, light-drenched canvasses. When she started pursuing her own life as an artist, Jane began a decades-long journey to get Edith’s work back out into the world. The film follows Jane and her spouse Tess in their efforts to find answers to the mystery of Edith’s buried life, return the work to Provincetown, and have Edith’s contributions recognized by the art world. PACKED IN A TRUNK is about rescuing the work of lost and gifted souls out of attics and closets and forgotten rooms.

Wolfe Video Presents

The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson 

78 min * 2015 * Documentary * Color
Director, Co-Writer, Executive Producer: Michelle Boyaner
Co-Writer, Executive Producer: Jane Anderson
Cinematographer / Editor: Barbara Green
Distributed by: Wolfe Video

PACKED IN A TRUNK: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson debuts April 26, 2016 across all digital platforms including iTunes, Vimeo On Demand, and, and is also available that date on DVD via Wolfe Video and many major retailers. 


Michelle Boyaner, Director, Co-Writer, Executive Producer

Michelle Boyaner is an award winning Filmmaker/Writer/Director whose films have included the Documentary short films, Hi, You’ve Reached Dave’s Apartment, and Tina Paulina: Living on Hope Street; the Documentary feature, A Finished Life: The Goodbye and No Regrets Tour and the narrative shorts, You’re Still Young and The Bedwetter. Prior to her film work, Michelle wrote Oh, for God’s Sake Whisper It, a book of personal essays chronicling her beloved Grandmother’s battle with Alzheimer’s.

Jane Anderson, Co-Writer, Executive Producer

Jane Anderson is an award-winning writer and director for film, theater, and television. Most recently, she wrote the critically acclaimed HBO mini-series adaptation of the novel Olive Kitteridge, starring Frances McDormand. Other work includes: HBO’s The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom for which she received an Emmy, a Penn Award and Writers Guild Award for best teleplay. She wrote and directed The Baby Dance (adapted from her play) which received a Peabody Award, and Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for best writing and made-for-TV film. She wrote and directed Normal for HBO (adapted from her play) which garnered Emmy nominations, Golden Globe nominations and Directors’ Guild and Writers’ Guild nominations for best writing and directing. Her other television films include When Billie Beat Bobby and the first segment of If These Walls Could Talk 2 which starred Vanessa Redgrave and earned Ms. Anderson an Emmy nomination for best writing. Screenwriting credits include: How to Make An American Quilt, It Could Happen to You and The Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio, which she also directed.


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#GraffitiTuesday : What’s On Wall and…Street Art Inspiration

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Luke Austin: Soft Instant Opens March 19 Downtown Los Angeles

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Image Credit: Luke Austin, Ben (New York), 2015, archival inkjet print, 36 in. x 36 in.

MARCH 19–APRIL 16, 2016



Social media phenom and Australian-born, Los Angeles-based photographer Luke Austin opens his  first solo exhibition in Los Angeles on March 19. Known for his intimate nude male portraits, Austin captures images that reveal the individuality of his subjects in a moment of disarming contact. Austin intuitively conveys humanizing vulnerability and masculinity.

Austin used the Instagram platform as a way to connect with potential subjects. And in 2013 traveled to eleven different cities throughout Europe, Australia and North America, to meet over 132 men behind the Instagram accounts that interested him. He photographed these strangers in the interiors of their homes and personal spaces, publishing the collections in Beau Book, a popularly acclaimed photo book released in 2015.

Motivated by a desire to uncover the identities of the men hidden behind the platform’s visually staged and filtered culture, Austin set out to reveal and connect to something more immediate, natural and raw.

Soft Instant is a departure from Austin’s previously slick digital output of photographs of strangers and will feature a series of 14 portraits of friends shot entirely on film at his home in Los Angeles (2016) and New York City (2015).

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Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 6pm.