In the Studio with Linda Sue Price

by Kristine Schomaker

What does a day in your art practice look like?

If I’m in the studio facing no deadline, I practice tube bending with the intention of developing my skill level and exploring the possibilities of how I can bend a tube. Tube bending is a learned skill that requires learning many nuances—is the glass hot enough? is it evenly heated? is enough glass heated to make the bend? After the glass is heated, you have about five seconds to bend it before it cools down too much to move any further. Room temperature affects the process as well. It’s harder to heat the glass in cold weather or with an air conditioner blowing.

If I’m in the studio facing a deadline, my first step is to review my inventory of already bent tubes to determine if there is inventory I want to use in a piece or as a model/inspiration for bending new tubes in different colors. Generally, I have an idea of where I want to go and am looking for shapes that speak to that. Then I figure out how I’m going to put them together and what my background is going to be. I try to work on two or three pieces at a time so that when I’m waiting for something to dry on one piece, I can work on a different piece. It seems at times like the work will never get done and then one day everything is complete.

What is your medium of choice? Why?

I’ve always loved the glow of neon. Then in 2005, I took a neon class from the Museum of Neon Art. I was hooked. I had two years of art school and then worked in video production for many years. I learned After Effects and created motion graphics for show titles. There is a connection between neon and video/motion graphics. Both have limited color palettes, animate and have similar methods in assembly because of the wiring involved. I learned how to read schematics to hook up video systems and that carried over to reading schematics in order to wire the neon pieces. Both also often require making adjustments to balance light levels and both are enhanced by the use of texture.

Why is art important to you?

Making art and looking at art is energizing. I love the passion of contemporary artists, what they create, the media they explore and the techniques they develop. I enjoy the process of communicating and exploring ways to do that. I like learning about the motivations of other artists and how they express it. It is invigorating.

What influences your work?

Everything. I read, listen and feel the world around me. My current motivation is to “practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty” inspired by a quote from Anne Herbert in her essay Handy Tips on how to behave at the death of the World. Whole Earth Review, 1995. Republished Sun Magazine, March 2019.

What is the most challenging part about being an artist?

Staying focused. Giving myself the time to explore and not just chase deadlines. Maintaining a balanced life.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Be fearless and don’t be sensitive to not getting into a juried show. Early on I did a very political piece for a juried political show. I wasn’t accepted but my art friends were. I was super disappointed. I was really proud of the piece. It was raw and to the point but before it’s time. A lot of my early work was like that and then twenty years later people started responding to the work.

What do you do to keep yourself motivated and interested in your work?

I listen to and read about other artists from a wide variety of fields including comedy, theater, musicians, authors, painters, photographers, etc. The CBC—Canada’s version of NPR—is a primary resource, as is NPR’s Fresh Air and the Art and Cake blog. I’ve discovered that creatives are passionate people. That is really inspiring and motivating.

What’s next for you in the future?

I want to try and incorporate more technology into my art. I want to mix video and neon which will be challenging because of the light levels.

In the Studio with Betzi Stein

By Kristine Schomaker

 

What does a day in your art practice look like?

There is no typical day. As I deal with chronic fatigue, it totally depends on how I am feeling physically and the amount of energy available to me. Ideally, since I have the most energy in the morning, I go into my studio after breakfast and paint for a few hours. Middle of the day is a wash energy wise. Often, I get a second wind and am able to paint at night before bed.

What is your medium of choice? Why?

I paint in acrylic on canvas or panel. Before converting the bedroom of my condo into my studio, I used to make my art in a corner of the room, which was fine when I worked in colored pencil and ink. But when I started to paint, I knew I wouldn’t be able to tolerate the fumes and toxicity of oils so I chose to use acrylic. Over time, I have learned to love the challenge of making this medium work for me, even in the summer when the heat dries the paint almost before it hits the canvas!

Why is art important to you?

Art gives me PURPOSE, especially at this point in my life at age 74. As a younger person, I lived a wild and crazy life — it was the 60’s after all—moving away from home to Berkeley, followed by 2 years in Europe on my own, I was finally able to experience the freedom to live and explore life as I chose to live it without my parents hovering over me — Ultimately, after my divorce and needing to make a living, I became a massage therapist and my focus shifted away from making art. But I do realize that sculpting live bodies rather than the clay I used in college, kept me tuned in to the creative side of myself. However, I used to wish sometimes that I had the drive that many artists seemed to have but there were other things that motivated me then and I accept that. Now, I realize, I’m attempting to make up for lost time and feel a focused passion to create my art and participate as best I can.

What influences your work?

I always say that people are my muse. I get an immediate “hit” when I see someone whose energy or appearance just feels extraordinary, makes me laugh, touches my heart or pisses me off. If I’m lucky enough to get a candid photo, I know that I’ll need to paint that person eventually.

It’s impossible not to be affected by the troubled times in which we live, however, I choose to create art that makes me smile rather than brings me to tears, but who knows, one day I may be moved to express my outrage and compassion in a visual way through my art. I surprise myself often!

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What is the most challenging part about being an artist.

I am the most resistant to keeping up with the administrative tasks of being an artist. Here’s a partial list of my backlog: updating my website, writing and sending out regular newsletters, entering shows, applying to residencies, keeping track of my art, getting organized!!! I also know I would be better served by spending more time connecting with other artists regularly on social media and in person, and getting out to more galleries and networking, but I have a tendency to isolate, so that is an ongoing challenge. Bottom line, the hardest thing for me to be consistent about is believing in myself and my abilities.

What advice would you give your younger self?

If I tried to advise my younger self, I’d end up feeling remorseful. I’d much rather focus on the present, but I’d probably tell myself to keep making art regardless of the circumstances of my life.

What do you do to keep yourself motivated and interested in your work.

I wake up and attempt to banish the demons. Then I get to work.

What’s next for you in the future.

I’ll be having my first solo show (ever!) at TAG Gallery in November 2020. I’m excited about becoming a member of TAG because I’ll be learning about and participating in the running of the gallery. I’ll also be participating in regular group shows at TAG.

I’m also thrilled that “Lustful Daydreaming”, my painting of Kristine Schomaker for her Perceive Me project, just showed at Cal State LA and will be traveling to at least six different venues in California!

I am currently in a show at TAG Gallery titled “Post Modern Reactions” through March 14th. In January 2021, I’ll be participating in the Women Painters West 100th Year Celebration at the Brand Library.

Trying to make the most of my time left on the planet.

Artist Erika Lizée creates large-scale installation in Pierce College Solo Show

Erika Lizée
Gazing into the Great Unknown

August 27 – September 27, 2018
Reception: Thursday, September 13th, 6 – 8 pm

Pierce College Art Gallery
6201 Winnetka Ave.
Woodland Hills, CA 91371

https://www.erikalizee.com/

(Woodland Hills, California) – Please join us Thursday September 13th 6-8pm at the Pierce College Art Gallery for the reception of Erika Lizée’s Solo Exhibition. Lizée is a painter who creates illusion-based installations. Mysterious, biomorphic forms appear to exist within the walls of the gallery, while tendril-like elements expand and emerge into the physical space of the viewer. She imagines gallery walls as symbolic thresholds between different realms of existence, between life and death. The illusionistic quality of these installations also speaks to how perceptions and beliefs create reality.

The use of illusion in her work is important, as it gives rise to simultaneous feelings of wonder and uncertainty in viewers. For Lizée, it serves as a metaphor for how we can feel such awe for the beauty, complexity and interconnectedness of the world we live in, while also harboring intense feelings of doubt and anxiety surrounding the big questions of where we come from, what the purpose of our lives is and what happens when we eventually die.

Lizée has always been drawn to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, which is a tale that considers how our perceptions of the world around us create what we believe to be real. When our perceptions change through experience, so do our concepts of what is real. In her installations, the use of illusionistic and sculptural paintings work in conjunction with actual light and shadow to create a transformative experience for viewers, as their perceptions shift with a greater understanding of the relationship between artistic materials and exhibition space.

The installations serve as a parallel for the journey of our personal and shared life experiences. Individually, each piece has its own inspirations, pulling from sacred geometry, nature and symbols of the feminine. Overall, these works speak to the deep-rooted questions we have always faced in relation to the existence of the universe and our role in it.

Erika Lizée was born in Chicago, Illinois, yet was raised in a tiny town in Northern Wisconsin. Much of her childhood was spent exploring the woods, swimming the lakes and climbing the snowdrifts of this serene part of the country. Her upbringing fostered a strong connection to the natural world, which remains an important aspect of Lizée’s life and artwork.

Ms. Lizée is an artist that creates site-specific, illusion-based installations with acrylic paint. Most recently, she has built installations within the Vita Art Center, Gallery 825, Launch LA, ArtShare LA, and the International Terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Her work has been featured in Juxtapoz, Beautiful/Decay, HiFructose, The Huffington Post and Beautiful Bizarre magazines.

Erika Lizée earned a BFA in Painting from UNC Asheville, and her MFA in Painting from CSU Northridge. She is a Professor of Art at Moorpark College, as well as the Director of the Moorpark College Art Gallery. She lives and works in the greater Los Angeles area.

Blue Roof Studios Arts Festival: A Day of Encounters and  Discovery

Saturday, June 23, 12:00pm to 5:00pm

 

June, 2018:  Blue Roof Studios is pleased to announce Blue Roof Studios Arts Festival,  celebrating the summer solstice, will take place on Saturday, June 23 from 12pm to 5pm, at 7329 S Broadway. The festival highlights the richness and diversity of the arts in South Los Angeles and beyond, reflecting Blue Roof Studio’s commitment to fostering and amplifying creativity, connection, and inclusion within the community.

Blue Roof Studios and festival founder Galia Linn describes the vision of the festival, “In the current climate of increased tension and isolation, melting away the barriers is the duty of those who care. We come together and see each other in a joint celebration of art.”

Offering an immersive multidisciplinary art experiences the day will feature artwork by over 60 artists and 20 Artisans reflecting the diversity of Blue Roof Studios neighborhood as well as greater Los Angeles. Local tacos, homemade popsicles, pizza by Delicious Pizza and other culinary treats will be offered by neighborhood businesses and community members as well venders from the greater LA area.

Spreading over Broadway avenue sidewalk, Blue Roof’s parking lot and the entire building – The day’s rich assortment of offerings will be a drum circle lead by master drummer Aboubacar Kouyate – whos talking drum can be heard on the Black Panther soundtrack; free cooking demonstrations by RootDown LA; music by local DJ Joaquin Romero /DJ Wordamouph;  a participatory performance utilizing three rocking chairs and three people by interdisciplinary performer Nehara Kalev; an Art Makers Bazaar curated by Kaleidoscope Kollective featuring handmade clothing, henna tattoos, unique objects and work by local and LA-based artists and artisans such as Alexandra Grant X-Artists’ Books and GrantLOVE project; art workshops by Barnsdall Arts; CAAM, and Blue Roof Studios resident Beverly Morrison.

The art installations will include: RADIANT a group exhibition curated by Leonardo Bravo / Big City Forum celebrating how we honor the light, our connection to the earth, the sun, and to each other; an exhibit curated by Bettina Hubby from Curatorial Hub featuring  a diverse selection of works under $500 by well-known and emerging artists from Los Angeles and beyond; and Kristine Schomaker of Shoebox PR will curate “IMAGINE” a show of works by artists from her community of artists. In addition, Blue Roof Studios resident artists  Diana Sanchez, Terri Klass, Jacqueline Palafox, Zemer Peled and Beverly Morrison will open their studios for the event. Guest artists installations by Corazon Del Sol in collaboration with Marguerita Drexel and Linda Franke.

About Blue Roof Studios

Founded in 2016 by artist Galia Linn, Blue Roof Studios is a new multidisciplinary art hub located in South Los Angeles that offers a place for artists to work in an environment that fosters creativity and community. We are dedicated to developing long-term relationships, opening doors to meaningful experiences in the arts, growing accessible programs such as free art workshops, screenings, artist talks, exhibitions, and festivals.

The Blue Roof Studios Arts Festival is funded in part by the LA Department of Cultural Affairs, CANNDU/Empower LA, LACI CleanTech incubator, Maker City LA, and the generous support of friends of Blue Roof Studios. Additional support provided  by Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr., the California African American Museum, BardoLA, On Broadway Tattoos and social.experiment.

For more information and a complete list of of participants and schedule of events,

visit https://www.blueroofstudios.org/blue-roof-studios-arts-festival/

Diana Sanchez: blueroofstudios6@gmail.com

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A.M. Rousseau
Lines of Inquiry

May 5 to June 2, 2018
Opening Reception: May 5, 6-9pm
Artist Talk/Book Signing:
June 2, 2-4pm

Jason Vass
1452 E. Sixth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021

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(Los Angeles, California) – Jason Vass is pleased to present Lines of Inquiry, an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by A.M. Rousseau. Rousseau is a multi-disciplined artist, writer and photographer currently living in Southern California who has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Rousseau’s works are imbued with an investigation of line. She takes her inspiration from a Paul Klee dictum: “Take a line for a walk, aimlessly for the sake of the walk.” She sees each line as a metaphor for the way life happens: one point leading to another, ever changing. For her, “Every line is a reflection of individual will, a unique indicator of purpose and direction, just as in hieroglyphics, a kind of handwriting that can be read if the system of mark making is understood.”

The works on view range from black and white works on paper like Downward Hang, and Left Leaning in which a succession of quasi concentric black lines gracefully flow as if suspended across two supports. The algorithm used in creating these works becomes more complex as Rousseau moves across multiple sheets of paper adding color into the mix. In works like Fire and Ice Quartet and 100 Line Rush Triptych the undulating curves have a wave-like pattern reminiscent of an abstracted ocean. When Rousseau moves from paper to canvas and from ink and colored pencil to acrylic paint, she begins to fill in shapes creating denser compositions where the linear elements originate from a central core.

Rousseau’s lines are both gestural and used to outline geometric forms as in Perspective Collective and Spiral Quartet. Her work has much in common with the timeless quality of ancient Chinese and Japanese calligraphy, at the same time as it is firmly rooted in contemporary art practice as comparisons to works by conceptual artists Sol LeWitt or Robert Mangold are apt as are connections to the works of Julie Mehretu.

A.M. Rousseau received her undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. She is the recipient of a National Endowment in the Arts Fellowship, The Djerassi Foundation Affymax Fellowship, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Artist Residency, Yaddo Artist residency, the Virginia Center for the Arts residency, the Manhattan Borough President’s Award for Excellence and Service in the Arts, and the Harc Foundation Award. She has been exhibiting since 1990 including most recently exhibitions at the Upland Museum of Art (2017), the Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (2016), CMay Gallery, Los Angeles and Korea (2015).

 

Los Angeles based Jeff Iorillo works with a variety of media to create sculptural pieces that resonate in the subconscious of the viewer. Jeff has recently been in Black at The Loft at Liz’s. In April, he will be part of “Scranch”, a group happening in Twentynine Palms. Then, opening May 3, he will be in a three-person show at LA Artcore Brewery Annex.

jeffiorillo.com

Artist Statement
I’m a Los Angeles-based painter, sculptor and filmmaker working in acrylic, enamel and mixed media on canvas, masonite, and metal, as well as clay, plaster, sheet steel, and video.

I am essentially a process artist, inspired by the investigation of materials and methods. This ongoing process exploration leads to distinct bodies of work, whose consistent throughline is a bold abstract approach pushing mass and momentum, color and gesture. I’m interested in seizing the attention with an immediate impact, then holding it with a dynamic technique and details that encourage speculation.

I’m looking to create images and objects with a presence that feels substantial, inhabited. I’m less interested in communicating my own story than I am in providing a moment of contemplation that invites the viewer to create their own. I’m going for work that has a tone, a feeling specific to itself.

The work lives at the boundary between control and chaos: a specific, usually invented, technique pushed to its breaking point to achieve a spontaneity and unrestrained quality beyond my original intention.

Shoebox PR is proud to share the exciting work of our artists and their latest exhibitions. We are honored to work with a diverse group of contemporary artists whose work ranges through conceptual, narrative, surreal, technical, historical and scientific. You will find them poetic, heart wrenching, awe-inspiring and more. Our artists are collected; they have press histories, growing resumes and they are making things happen.

If you are planning an important and thought provoking exhibition, our artists may provide the impact you want. We are happy to arrange studio visits, interviews and articles with our growing list of emerging and mid-career artists.

Thank you so much for your continued support. We would love to hear from you.


Glen

Glenn Waggner’s latest body of work combines landscapes, architecture and figures in alternate worlds. His solo show, The Existential After Party, at Neutra Institute Gallery & Museum, opens March 31, with a reception 7–10 pm, until April 15.


Kathryn

Kathryn Hart is busy creating new work for her trip to New York in May where she will be showing at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn and in a solo show at School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. Kathryn was recently written up in Diversions LA.


Catherine

Catherine Ruane was showing in Feminism Now at Shoebox Projects and at Porch Gallery in the Thomas Fire Artists’ Recovery Exhibition earlier this month. She’s now at work preparing for an upcoming group show at Coagula Curatorial in June and for a solo show in September at West Valley College in Phoenix., AZ. Catherine was recently profiled by Gary Brewer in Art and Cake and her work was featured in the Drawing Issue of Artillery Magazine this spring.


Frederika

Shoebox is pleased to welcome Frederika Roeder to our group. Frederika is a painter influenced by a passion for extreme sporting, as a surfer and skier. She is currently showing Naked As a Daisy exhibit at Shockboxx to March 25 and in Art in Place at Art Exchange until May 6. She will also be in StArt Up Art Fair San Francisco April 27-29.


Robert

Robert Nelson is gearing up for a busy 2018. Robert has work in “Bottle Rocket to the Future” at Lyceum Gallery presented by West Coast Drawing until April 15 and you can find Robert’s work in Art in a New Place, at Art Exchange in Long Beach until May 6. Coming up this year, Robert has two solo shows. From August 11 to September 30, Robert will be at MOAH Lancaster with new work and then, running October 20 to November 30, Robert’s Dialog with the Future series will be at LAAA/Gallery 825.


Scott

Scott Froschauer unveiled his The Word on The Street public art installation in Glendale on November 2. The installation is still open for visitors at sites throughout the city and was mentioned in LA Times and on ABC7. Scott’s Ten Principles will be on display at Playa Art Park, Reno, Nevada until May. He is currently working on a long term installation at Beyond the Lines Gallery and trying to be modest about his participatin in No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man in the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington opening March 30.


Dani

Dani Dodge was snowed under in Ireland while on a residency at Cow House Studios. She created brilliant environmental works in the studio woods to honor the stormy weather.


Karen

Karen Hochman Brown is currently showing and demonstrating her process in “Botanic Geometry” at Crain Art Gallery in Crowell Public Library, San Marino. The show was reviewed by Kathy Zimmerer for Art and Cake. Coming up in April , Karen will be having a solo show at The Main Gallery in Santa Clarita. In May, she will be taking part in the LA Metro System’s “Through the Eyes of Artists” with posters on public transit throughout the city.


Douglas

Douglas Tausik Ryder creates large scale sculptures that replicate the look and feel of traditional, crafted objects but are made with computer-aided technology. Douglas will be having a solo show of his large works at Jason Vass Gallery in October.


J Fredric

J. Fredric May is currently showing in a two-person show at Keck School of Medicine of USC until April 19th. He is preparing for a solo exhibition of “Apparition: Postcards from Eye See You” at Blue Sky Gallery in the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, April 5–29, in Portland, OR. He will also have work in Construction: A Group Show About Memory and Fabrication at Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica Art Studios opening April 21.


Steve

Steve Seleska has recently closed shows at Irvine Fine Arts Center, Shoebox Projects, Coagula Curatorial and the San Luis Obispo Museum of Arts. Steve is currently at work in his studio getting ready for future exhibitions.


Lauren

Lauren Mendelsohn-Bass recently had work in Art in Place at Newberry Lofts, Long Beach and took part in Art Grind at the Mar Vista Artwalk. She is currently showing in Art in a New Place at Art Exchange just down the road. Next month, Lauren will be showing two pieces in Made in California opening April 21.


Cathy

Cathy Immordino’s busy schedule continues with work in the Member’s Show at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO until April 7 and again in May. She is also part of a panel discussion at the Academy of Art University on May 2. Cathy’s photo, Leave Me Alone, has been accepted into Alluvian Spring 2018 Environmental Loss & Abandonment issue.


Jeff

Jeff Iorillo has work in Black at The Loft at Liz’s until March 26. In April Jeff will be part of “Scranch”, a group happening in Twentynine Palms. Then, opening May 3, he will be in a three-person show at LA Artcore Brewery Annex.


Chen

After a number of shows in early March, Chenhung Chen is in the studio preparing for the StArt Up Art Fair in San Francisco opening April 27 and for Studio Systems IIat Torrance Art Museum in June. Chen is delighted to have been chosen as one of the artists exhibiting at LAX – Los Angeles International Airport in their upcoming program. More details to come.


JJ

J.J. L’Heureux continues her busy schedule of showings in 2018. “Faces from the Southern Ocean” is on view at the Houston Museum of Natural Science until April. She also has work in “Art Speaks! Lend Your Voice” presented by the National Women’s Caucus for Art at Arena 1 Gallery in Santa Monica. Her show, 17 Expeditions: Antarctica continues at Moorpark College Art Gallery, until April 2.


Sam

Samuelle Richardson has had a number of shows in March, at LAAA/Gallery 825, in Art Speaks! Lend Your Voice and in Feminism Now. After seeking inspiration in Europe recently, she is preparing to be part of Studio Systems II at TAM in June and in a juried exhibition at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery opening July 22.


John Waiblinger

John Waiblinger is busy in the studio preparing for upcoming shows in 2018. He currently has work on display locally in Journey at Cerritos College Art Gallery, March 19-23.


Erika

Erika Lizee recently had work in Art Palm Springs and in Feminism Now at Shoebox Projects. Erika is currently showing in Women on the Rise, 2018 at Vita Art Center until March 31.


Randi

Randi Matushevitz opened her solo show, Conundrum, at LAAA on March 17. It runs through April 20. She is also looking forward to taking part in A Feminist Perspective 4.0 presented by We Choose Art at Montalban Gallery, opening March 23.


Pam

Pam Douglas has recently closed shows at The Ebell of Los Angeles (with Women Painters West)  and Points of View at Muzeumm. She is busy preparing for a solo show at TAG in September.


Bibi

Bibi Davidson is currently showing La Luzapalooza at La Luz de Jesus gallery until April 1. Later this month, you can find Bibi’s work in A Feminist Perspective 4.0presented by We Choose Art at Montalban Gallery, opening March 23.


Linda

Linda Sue Price will continue in She Bends: Women in Neon when it opens at The Midway Arts Complex in San Francisco on March 24. While at MONA in Glendale, the show was reviewed in Art and Cake. Locally, Linda has work in Art + Science + Craft IV at the Fine Arts Building in Los Angeles through April 8 and in Art in a New Place at Art Exchange in Long Beach through May 6.


Susan

Susan Amorde has recently shown in Feminism Now at Shoebox Projects and in “Points of View” at Muzeumm. She is currently at work in the studio on new projects.