Art. The final frontier, perhaps, for beauty, joy, and in this case, SoCal style.
Catherine Ruane with her incredibly detailed graphite work – natural subject, ethereal execution.
Snezana Saraswati Petrovic – that’s 3D printing as sculpture.
Gay Summer Shadow Rick with a lovely and quintessential LA beach scene.
Annie Clavell with her light filled work.
Francisco Alvarado captures the spirit of these times.
The delicious scent of lemon oil, below in a delightfully experimental piece by Elizabeth Stringer.
Aline Mare with a piece the pulls viewers into a dramatic universe that fuses painting and photography.
Monica Wyatt with a found-art sculpture that dances with energy.
Karrie Ross with the glitter of gold, a treasure of a painting.
Kristine Schomaker offers riveting rainbows and ribbons of paint – and powerful feminist metaphor.
Below, Bibi Davidson with her “red girl,” as distinctive as the artist herself.
Photographer Hector Felix in action, documenting the scene.
Below, Dwora Fried with one of her fluid, fascinating assemblages.
Below, Mike Mollett, sometimes known as one of Los Angeles’ performance art Mudpeople, with his better half, Dee.
Below, the rich color palette of Kristine Augustyne.
Above, a close look at Dwora Fried’s box, politically potent. Below, the vibrant neon art of Linda Sue Price.
Below, the finely detailed art of Jodi Bonassi, who often depicts the warmth of the art community in LA.
In January 2013, Max Presneill
, Kio Griffith
, Colton Stenke
, put together the first MAS attack, a mutual appreciation society for artists. The idea was for artists to hang their own work, spend time at the event meeting other artists and art lovers, make art, show it, and support it.
The final such event was held last Saturday night at the Torrance Art Museum, where Presneill is curator. An amazing art jumble of sculpture, performance (signed ping pong balls shot from a tube, anyone), paintings, photography, mixed media – a pure wow, as exhilarating as it was encompassing.
Below, artists Shelly Heffler, Dwora Fried, and the author.
So many artists, so many highlights – and a spirit of fun and friendship that glowed throughout the museum. If you weren’t there, you should’ve been; if you don’t know these artists, get to know them now. And if you love LA art and artists, then support art, talk about it, attend openings, buy it, photograph it, openly adore it.
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Art is on fire in Los Angeles these days, and here’s to MAS attack for being one of the delightful tinders that set the blaze going. Take a look at some of the fine flames that joined in the grand finale last Saturday night.
Albert Lopez Jr
Brian Thomas Jones
Catherine Kimball Davis
Cherie Benner Davis
Claudia Morales McCain
David Michael Lee
Debby & Larry Kline
Diane Nebolon Silver
Diane Pirie Cockerill
Diego Gutierrez Monterrubio
Gay Summer Sadow Rick
Hung Viet Nguyen
Ismael de Anda III
Jackie Bell Johnson
Joel Robert-Elton Woodard
Khang Bao Nguyen
L Aviva Diamond
Lara Jo Regan
Laura Catherine Soto
Lauren Michele Kasmer
Leah C Dixon
Linda Sue Price
Luigia Gio Martelloni
Luke Van Hook
Lynn E Coleman
Matthew Owen Driggs
Megan Frances Abrahams
Mei Xian Qui
Michele Wood Page
Nadege Monchera Baer
Natasha June Dee
Peggy Sivert Zask
Sean Michael Gallagher
Snezana Saraswati Petrovic
Susan Feldman Tucker
Susan Poms Amorde
Tania Jazz Alverez
Veda B Kaya
Above artist Catherine Ruane with artist Tracey Weiss, who is wearing her piece – a wrap made from recycled Perrier bottles. Scratchy yes, stunning, that too.
Above, Sonja Schenk’s evocative icy cliff; below Cia Foreman with her shiny green leaves.
Above, photographic artist Jane Szabo with a fascinating change of pace for her in terms of subject matter; below Megan Abrahams with a hopeful green sprout.
A complimentary couple: above Daniel Leighton, below Ana Leighton with their smart and beautiful works.
South Bay Contemporary gallerist, curator, and artist – Peggy Silvert Zask with her ceramic horse, below.
Above, Australian artist and curator Tom Dunn; below glass bricks with ashes – a part of a large installation by the always exciting, always cutting edge, poetic Dani Dodge.
Above the woven wires of brilliantly enigmatic artist Chenhung Chen; below Steven Wolkoff showing all the girls his perfect paint etching.
Above artists and BLAM and Durden and Ray alums, Dani Dodge, Steven Wolkoff, and Tom Dunn. Below Siobhan McClure makes the color pink a force to be reckoned with.
Above, crazy prolific and wonderfully impressionistic story telling art by Scott Trimble; below Alanna Marcellitti shines.
Goofing around, artists Loren Phillips and Hung Viet Nguyen claim each others work as their own.
Below, the jeweled, mosaic-like work of Hung Viet Nguyen with Phillips vast floaty blue behind him.
Below: artists just want to have fun.
Above, the gouged wood wall reliefs of Michael Giancristiano; below- wild colors in Luigia Gia Martelloni’s piece.
Above, Susan Amorde with her arrow-attacked suitcase sculpture, lethally wonderful. Below a serious moment of farewell from MAS attack founders.
Above a close up of Hung Viet Nguyen’s work; below the jubilant work of artist Susan Lizotte.
Above, the performance art of Debby and Larry Kline ping pongs through the crowd.
Above, artist Jenny Hager sets the canvas ablaze – just as MAS attack sparked the flame of artists creating community.
It was a farewell, it was an amazing group show and it was fun – the final MAS Attack exhibition at Torrance Art Museum was a terrific swan song.
– Genie Davis; photos: Genie Davis