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Monday, August 29, 2005

"DON'T TOUCH ME" (2003) (MIXED MEDIA, 9.5 x 1.1 x 2 IN) INSTALLATION by STELLA LAI
Location: Foyer, Pygmalion-First Floor

"FOUR SEASONS VACATION -2" (2003) (gouache on paper, 30 X 22 in) by STELLA LAI
Location: Yellow Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

"FOUR SEASONS VACATION -4" (2003) (gouache on paper, 30 X 22 in) by STELLA LAI
Location: Yellow Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

"PUCHAA MASK" (2002) (YARN, 13 x 9 x 8 IN) SCULPTURE by STELLA LAI
Location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

"PUCHAA IN BOX" (MIXED MEDIA, 2001) SCULPTURE by STELLA LAI
Location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

"PUCHAA'S SHORTCUT" (2002) (ROTATING MOTOR AND MIXED MEDIA, 9 x 4 x 4 IN) SCULPTURE by STELLA LAI
Location: Library, Pygmalion-First Floor

"UNTITLED" (PUCHAA DRUNK AMONG WINE BOTTLES" (2003) DRAWING by STELLA LAI
Location: Library, Pygmalion-First Floor

"MTR SUPER HERO" (2003) (SILK SCREEN PRINT & HAND PAINTED PUSHPIN, #2/25) by STELLA LAI
Location: Turret Guest Bathroom, Pygmalion-First Floor

"[ ] PUCHAA AND CHECHE" DRAWING by STELLA LAI
Location: Library, Pygmalion-First Floor

EPHEMERA (DRAWINGS IN E.T.'S ART/POETRY JOURNAL, GALATEA GUEST BOOK, NLA AUCTION CHAPBOOK, & INVITATION AND INDIVIDUAL MASK MOLD FROM "DON'T TOUCH ME" INSTALLATION)
Location: Library, Pygmalion-First and Second Floors

"FOR JIM" (DRAWING) (2004) by STELLA LAI
Location: Galatea Offsite (With JR)

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UPDATE


Stella Lai opens a new exhibition and it is her first solo museum exhibit!

Stella Lai's graphical paintings examine Hong Kong's bi-polar history

TEMPE, Ariz. - Stella Lai, the 30 year-old San Francisco artist born in Hong Kong whose paintings have been described as so precise they could pass for digital prints, is holding her first solo museum exhibition at the Arizona State University Art Museum. Stella Lai: Let's Stop Pretending runs Sept. 1-Nov. 19 and opens with a public reception Aug. 30, 6-8 p.m.

Lai's exhibition of entirely new work is influenced by the current cultural environment of Hong Kong, which was returned to China in 1997 after 155 years as a British colony. Drawing upon her memories and knowledge of the architecture and language of Hong Kong, Lai has developed an installation of paintings that examine the city's bi-polar history and new status as a hyper-accelerated metropolis dominated by 21 st century consumption.

"Using a visual library of fragments of Hong Kong's history, I have created paintings that accurately reflect the city's present nervous condition," says Lai.

Curator John Spiak says Lai's work "at first glance appears simple and easy to define visually, yet on closer examination complex layers begin to emerge. She utilizes traditional Chinese elements such as landscapes, architecture, textiles and typography to make a statement about Hong Kong's marketing of cultural identity and perceived social norms of Asian women."

A recent Art in America review of Lai's work said it had a "graphic sensibility informed by anime and advertising," and that "behind the overall prettiness of Lai's Asian-flavored imagery, there's often a feeling of melancholy or menace."

Lai received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts and is currently in residency at the Chinese Arts Centre in Manchester, UK. She recently exhibited her work at galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego and San Jose and received favorable reviews.

Stella Lai: Let's Stop Pretending is one of three contemporary Asian art exhibitions that opens the ASU Art Museum's fall season with a reception for members and invited guests, Oct. 8, 7-9 p.m. Others include Akio Takamori: Between Clouds of Memory, Sept. 9 - Jan. 16, a mid-career survey of contemporary ceramic sculpture and graphic art by the inventive Japanese artist who lives in Seattle; and Regeneration : Contemporary Chinese Art from China and the U.S., Sept. 24 - Dec. 23, a national touring exhibition of 50-plus artworks by 26 artists, organized by the Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University.

The ASU Art Museum is part of the Herberger College of Fine Arts at Arizona State University and is located on the southeast corner of Mill Avenue and 10 th Street in Tempe. Exhibition hours are 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Tuesdays and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is free. For more information regarding artists' lectures, workshops and special events in conjunction with the three Asian exhibitions, call (480) 965-2787 or visit the museum online at http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu.

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Prov.: Direct from Artist; Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Culver City, CA

"MEADOW'S EDGE" (1986) (62" X 84", ACRYLIC ON CANVAS) by JON D'ORAZIO
Location: Living Room, Pygmalion-First Floor

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UPDATE:

Jon D'Orazio has a new website at www.jondorazio.com

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Prov.: O.K. Harris, New York City

TWO DRAWINGS IN E.T.'S ART/POETRY JOURNAL (2001) by G. SCOTT MACLEOD
Location: Library, Pygmalion-Second Floor

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One of the highlights of my 2001 residency at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico was meeting Montreal-based artist Scott MacLeod. It was great seeing him make these Taos-inspired paintings. In my journal, he made drawings (one of them of a "Gotland Grave") related to his "Ancestral Homes" series; I was really pleased to hear later that his series were exhibited in 2002 at the Swedish American Museum Center in Chicago). I really love this series as it's narrative-laden while also working effectively as purely visual (even abstract) imagery.

UPDATE:

Congrats to Scott MacLeod who's exhibiting in the following exhibition:

Arscenique Productions Presents
The Sacred Feminine & Masculine, Labyrinthina


For Music, Art and Fashion event
Love and The Machine

Saturday, September 3rd 2005
Vernissage 5 to 7 p.m.
At the S.A.T. 1195 St-Laurent
$12 in advance
$15 at the door

Scott MacLeod is one of the 15 artists invited to participate in Love and The Machine. This one night event at the SAT (Societe des arts technologiques) will feature work from a variety of musicians, artists and fashion designers.

MacLeod was recently awarded the prestigious Artistic research and creation A grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec for his current project called the Sacred Feminine and Masculine, Labyrinthina.

This photography and video installation inspired by sacred geometry, archaeology, and archetypal mythology deals with the seven stages of life; birth, innocence, teens, maidenhood/Youngman, mother/father, wise-woman/man and finally the elder/death.

In this installation the photographs are juxtaposed by two of videos. One depicting the life cycle of an oak tree and the second dealing circular symbols such as the yin and yang, Celtic shields, mandalas, labyrinths etc… all reflecting the circular nature of the cycle of life.

MacLeod had the pleasure of working with digital artist Jessica Charbonneau who managed the photomontage and Flash elements of this installation.

For more information go to the following sites or call 514. 487. 8766.
www.arscenique.org
http://www.macleod9.com/labyrinthina/
http://www.sat.qc.ca/

Hip Hop artist Mr. Goodvibes will be performing a freestyle piece inspired
by the installation at 6:00 p.m.

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Prov.: Direct From Artist

Thursday, August 18, 2005

"MT-M13" (2005) (WATERCOLOR, INK AND GRAPHITE ON PAPER, 15 x 18 IN UNFRAMED) by EMILIE CLARK
Location: TBD

We're delighted to celebrate our recent trip to Ojai where we discovered the gallery touted as the "best contemporary art gallery in the Central Coast" by Santa Barbara Magazine, Nathan Larramendy Gallery. We were pleasantly surprised to see some favorites there, including Emilie Clark whom I've actually followed for a while. Who'da thought I'd finally acquire one of her works in Ojai?! Anyway, her drawing is from her from her "Carnivore" series and we're glad to have it!

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Prov.: Nathan Larramendy Gallery, Ojai, CA

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

"[] (SNAKE)" (carved, painted wood, 1980) by DIRK KORTZ
Location: Temporarily with the artist for repair

Long before he focused on paintings, Dirk Kortz also made wonderful woodcarvings of snakes.

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Prov.: To Come, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Monday, August 08, 2005

"[]" (BOWL WITH TWO HANDLES, GOLDEN SURFACE) by BEATRICE WOOD
Location: Library, Pygmalion-First Floor

"FRIGHTENED OF HER DREAMS" (COLORED PENCIL ON PAPER) (1995) by BEATRICE WOOD
Location: TBD

"MADAM LOLA'S PLEASURE PALACE" by COUNTESS LOLA SCREWVINSKY (ALIAS BEATRICE WOOD) (No. 39 of 500 SIGNED LIMITED FACSIMILE EDITION OF THE ORIGINAL SPIRAL BOUND BOOK) (1994) by BEATRICE WOOD
Location: Library, Pygmalion-Second Floor

SECOND MENTION DUE TO UPDATE

UPDATE:


This weekend, we visited Ojai and the definite highlight of the trip was visiting Beatrice Wood's former house and studio. While we had looked forward to seeing more of the pots for which Beata (as she was known) became famous, the revelation was the treasure trove through her drawings. We were fortunate to get one, as well as a copy of her signed limited edition book.

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Prov.: Bowl (LP); Drawing and Book (Beatrice Wood Foundation, Ojai, CA).

Monday, August 01, 2005

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