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JOURNAL

Filtering by Category: FILM

COAST MODERN IS THERAPY FOR THOSE WHO LOVE MODERNISM

Geren Lockhart

Coast Modern, a documentary by Mike Bernard & Gavin Froome studies the path of west coast modernism in architecture. Looking back to the roots of the movement and stepping in and out of the global movement to show the similarities and differences to the smaller more localized movement on the west coast of the United States. I live in Los Angeles in a house built in 1954 by one of the lesser known architects from this school, and everything in the film spoke to me and the type of life I've chosen to live in the house I call La Cuesta. It is a truly unique way of living, simple in its own way and tied to the outdoors. It was like a session of therapy for me to hear some of the home owners and architects interviewed speak about the life lived in these spaces. I will be watching this film over and over again throughout the years. If you are a fan of this world, this film is for you. You can watch on-line here: Coast Modern


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THE TRUTH OF A DANCERS LIFE

Geren Lockhart

First Position is an enchanting documentary by Bess Kargman that follows six young dancers as they follow the road to competing in the Youth America Grand Prix. The competition touted to be the most challenging in the world. I happened upon the movie in my Netflix feed and can happily recommend you spend some of your valuable time watching it. You can also purchase the DVD here: First Position


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AN ORIGINAL TRACEY EMIN FOR 80 BUCKS

Geren Lockhart

Sedition is a new way of looking at digital art. Founded by alpha art world players it's for real and all of the works are originals from the artists released in limited editions through the Sedition service. I like the idea that this represents the group purchase of a work by a likeminded group of "collectors." It is a creative way to heighten your digital screen experience.  Imagine a dinner party and your flatscreen showcasing my favorite work the gorgeous, mystical, peaceful time lapse Elmgreen & Dragset capture of a day in the life of their Prada Marfa installation instead of a black box. Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Bill Viola, Aaron Koblin and Yoko Ono are just a few of the artists comprising the 200+ pieces on offer. Pricing from 8USD - 1600USD allows you a wide range to experiment before diving in too deep.


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YOKO ONO IS 70 SOMETHING YEARS YOUNG

Geren Lockhart

Yoko Ono has an expansive retrospective on view at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art just outside Copenhagen in Denmark. I was unaware that Yoko Ono's artistic career has spanned so many decades and has been such a constant in her life. It's smart art, it's conceptual art. The wishing tree in the courtyard between buildings was a buzz with people thinking. It was a great sight to see. On my way out of the exhibit, I overheard a couple of other Americans who were also viewing the exhibit. They judged it to be "self involved look at me art". I have to disagree. Yoko Ono has been under a microscope for longer than I have been alive and the idea that she challenged the world and engaged in new ways of thinking while supporting and partnering with young artists over the years is admirable to me. She didn't have to put herself out there, she didn't need to, her livelihood didn't depend on it, and she knew she was a open to criticism from day one. She's a great example of waking up every day and living it as though it might be the last. She learned that lesson the hard way a long time ago!  I really enjoyed the exhibit and wish I had been able to spend more time taking it all in. Go YOKO. Leave your mark. 

 


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THE TATE PLAYS WORD GAMES WITH ED RUSCHA

Geren Lockhart

One of my favorite artists and one of my favorite Angelenos is Ed Ruscha. I had the chance to attend a rare talk Ed gave at the Soho House in West Hollywood last year and it was very inspiring. This video brought me right back to the talk, I hope you will also be inspired by this great artists wise words.  


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MUSEUM VISIT: LOUISIANA MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

Geren Lockhart

The Louisiana as it is called is one of the great venues for experiencing art in the entire world. The site and the buildings are masterpieces on their own. The center of the site began with additions to an original patrician villa. Every detail of the site seems to successfully explore their core concept. The interaction of architecture with art and nature.   

The museum is a must see site for anyone who visits Copenhagen. There is nowhere like it in the world. Getting to the museum is easy just catch a train from central station in Copenhagen and in about forty minutes you are ready to disembark.  From the moment you get off at the stop you will be faced with art and mother natures natural beauty co-exisiting in a very unique way. A beautiful fifteen minute walk takes you to the museum site. Allow yourself more time than I did when you visit. I only had two hours and could have easily spent a half a day. Planning for lunch or dinner there is a great idea. The cafe has a wide variety of quality offerings and is blessed with one of the worlds great views.  Facing the Oresund with massive Alexander Calder sculptures in the foreground and Sweden in the background you can take in the landscape from the expansive patios or the inside the beautifully designed dining room.  

The buildings and sculpture gardens appear at once peaceful and grand.  The interiors of the galleries, cafe and theater all perfectly integrate with the experience of viewing art and make it easy to appreciate the portion of the permanent collection currently being shown. The galleries showcasing the museums Giacometti pieces which are situated overlooking a serene body of water surrounded by green trees makes you wonder which is the art, the sculpture, the building or the surrounds. 

 

The museum shop is world class and worth a block of time as well. They have expansive archives of past exhibition catalogs and books as well as top notch design objects and clothes on offer. 

Currently being exhibited are two shows Tara Donovan and Yoko Ono. Both well curated and presented. I would go back to see either tomorrow and would go back any day to see the museum itself. 

 

LOUISIANA MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, DENMARK // louisiana.dk

 


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