Twitter Reviews – March-April 2011

Phyllis Green, Spark (Green Stockings), 1994, ceramic, concrete polymer, fabric, flocking. @OtisCollege #artLA http://twitpic.com/45u9qu
3 Mar via TweetPic for iPhone

Phyllis Green, Claudette in China, 2007, ceramic, mixed media. @OtisCollege #artLA http://twitpic.com/45ubeb
3 Mar via TweetPic for iPhone

Phyllis Green, Purple Ball (background), Lulu, Bonnet, Christine, 2000-3, ceramic, acrylic. @OtisCollege #artLA http://twitpic.com/45uct2
3 Mar via TweetPic for iPhone

Phyllis Green @OtisCollege (****) At her best when she’s the most quirky yet poignant–flocking, fabric, finish, feminine & fun. #artLA
3 Mar via TweetDeck

Phyllis Green @OtisCollege: Turkish Bath, Spinning Heads & Chinese Peruvian works outshine the elementary videos & trolls with tutus. #artLA
3 Mar via TweetDeck

Rebecca Campbell @LALOUVER (***) Lovin’ potent, loose brushwork in mushroom clouds & beautiful women. Rainbows & fireworks-not so much. #artLA
18 Mar via TweetDeck

Terry Allen @LALOUVER (***) Better as radio play. Words inspire imagination. Dramatization of installations/video maudlin & overblown. #artLA
18 Mar via TweetDeck

David Musgrave @ Marc Foxx (**) Oh, Marc, will I ever walk into your gallery and not see something faded & drab? I long for the day. #artLA
18 Mar via TweetDeck

Steven Hull installation @ Rosamund Felsen. #artLA http://twitpic.com/4b94pd
19 Mar via TweetPic for iPhone

Mariangeles Soto-Diaz, The Utopian Tense of Green #2, mixed media, acrylic on panel @RuthBachofner #artLA http://twitpic.com/4ba49f
19 Mar via TweetPic for iPhone

Mariangeles Soto-Diaz, The Utopian Tense of Green Installation, vinyl @RuthBachofner #artLA http://twitpic.com/4ba4v1
19 Mar via TweetPic for iPhone

Jennifer Steinkamp @ ACME (****) Windswept branches with blossoms paradoxically pacifying. Squirming intestines not so compelling. #artLA
20 Mar via TweetDeck

3 Abstract Painters @ Frank Lloyd (****) Why’d they think McLaughlin would bridge the mocha/muddy Haywards & the impeccable Heywoods? #artLA
20 Mar via TweetDeck

3 Abstract Painters @ Frank Lloyd: They would have been great together without it. Perhaps they’re just context for a secondary market sale.
20 Mar via TweetDeck

Yuken Teruya @Shoshana_Wayne (**) Admire fastidiousness of stencils, but only piece that really works is hanging banner/kite thing. #artLA
20 Mar via TweetDeck

Patrick Nickell @ Rosamund Felsen (****) Gordian knot doodles in 3D that blend bodily sensuousness with cartoony wackiness. #artLA
20 Mar via TweetDeck

April Street @ Rosamund Felsen (**) Klimtesque patterns on Frankenthalerish color field stains=dated ‘70s pastiche. Laughable titles. #artLA
20 Mar via TweetDeck

Jimi Gleason @ Samuel Freeman (***) Oooh, Jimi’s gone textural. The simple ones work, while the gloppy, craggy ones just look gaudy. #artLA
20 Mar via TweetDeck

Ned Evans @ William Turner (***) Cropped diagonals over offset, oversized checkerboards. Not as strong as his last show. #artLA
25 Mar via TweetDeck

Bruce Houston @ Lora Schlesinger (****) Stella & Mondrian playtime–fun with modernist geometric abstraction & toy trucks. #artLA
25 Mar via TweetDeck

If These Walls Could Talk @ Charlie James (*****) @powhida is the superstar w/ Ruscha/success grid. @stevelambert’s 50/50 a standout too.
25 Mar via TweetDeck

Analia Saban @ Thomas Solomon (***) Interesting experiments cunningly reveal process but the grimy grays take all the joy out of it. #artLA
25 Mar via TweetDeck

Chris Doyle @ Sam Lee (****) Hand-drawn animation lends itself 2 the haunting melancholy of the nature/money/consumption/waste cycle. #artLA
25 Mar via TweetDeck

Suzan Woodruff @ William Turner (***) I’m torn. I can’t decide if paintings are fascinating process art or safe corporate/couch art? #artLA
25 Mar via TweetDeck

Mariangeles Soto-Diaz @RuthBachofner (****) Sterling tension–frenetic diagonals tempered by cool, calm greens and whites. #artLA
25 Mar via TweetDeck

Steven Hull @ Rosamund Felsen (****) Sculptures superior to the painting combines. Choo-choo track installations delightful. #artLA
25 Mar via TweetDeck

Jennifer Faist, Last Time Ever, resin, oil, alkyd, acrylic on wood @RuthBachofner #artLA http://twitpic.com/4optey
23 Apr via TweetPic for iPhone

Jennifer Faist, Mingle, resin, oil, alkyd, acrylic on wood @RuthBachofner #artLA http://twitpic.com/4opu6w
23 Apr via TweetPic for iPhone

May 3, 2011 at 3:57 PM Leave a comment

Twitter Reviews – January-February 2011

Soojung Park, Joie, ink on plexiglas @RuthBachofner http://twitpic.com/3qeog8
15 Jan via TweetPic for iPhone

Soojung Park, Bar Notes, ink on plexiglas @RuthBachofner #artLA http://twitpic.com/3qeowh
15 Jan via TweetPic for iPhone

Robert Irwin @AceGallery (****) Height to width ratio makes it hard to carry the room in the dim light; bet it looks marvelous in daylight.
8 Feb via TweetDeck

Helen Pashgian @AceGallery (*****) Gorgeous soft matte colors and surfaces, subtle interior shapes cast wonderfully mysterious shadows.
8 Feb via TweetDeck

May 3, 2011 at 2:26 PM Leave a comment

Twitter Reviews – November-December 2010

Vehicles of Imagination @CulverCenter (*****) Hot pedal cars-sparkling metallic paint, shiny chrome, pinstriping. Genius installation #artLA
13 Nov via TweetDeck

Rows of pedal cars hanging from the ceiling in “Vehicles of Imagination” @CulverCenter. #artLA http://twitpic.com/36nz0g
13 Nov via TweetPic for iPhone

Maisel: Library of Dust @UCRCMP (****) Perfect blend of aesthetics (crusty corrosion, copper) & pathos (ashes of abandoned mental patients).
13 Nov via TweetDeck

Maisel: History’s Shadow @UCRCMP (***) Slightly curious rephotographs of @GettyMuseum conservation x-rays. Vases from above resemble targets
13 Nov via TweetDeck

Re-Cycle @UCRSweeney (*****) Palpable pizzazz & spunky environmental engagement. Nifty spoke cards. Goofy costumes from @finishingschool.
13 Nov via TweetDeck

Re-Cycle @UCRSweeney highlight: Nathan Bockelman & Cameron Crone, Air Up There, flocked BMX, dirt, trophy tubes. http://twitpic.com/36p59o
13 Nov via TweetPic for iPhone

Rachel Lachowicz @Shoshana_Wayne (****) At her best when most minimal, e.g. lipstick pour paintings or Agnes Martin homage. #artLA
27 Nov via TweetDeck

Rachel Lachowicz @Shoshana_Wayne: Cardboard box installation superfluous, distracting even. #artLA
27 Nov via TweetDeck

Rachel Lachowicz left: Untitled Homage 2 Mary Cassatt, soap; right: Cell Interlocking Construction, pigment, plexi http://twitpic.com/3at4s1
27 Nov via TweetPic for iPhone

Rachel Lachowicz, Parallel Lines, pressed eyeshadow, aluminum, glass. #artLA http://twitpic.com/3at5gy
27 Nov via TweetPic for iPhone

Rachel Lachowicz, Untitled Lipstick Painting, lipstick wax on canvas. #artLA http://twitpic.com/3at65c
27 Nov via TweetPic for iPhone

Martin Mull @ Samuel Freeman (***) I keep looking for some clever reason for combining mismatched images, but there never is a point. #artLA
27 Nov via TweetDeck

Andy Moses, Sinagua, acrylic on canvas. #artLA http://twitpic.com/3atmrt
27 Nov via TweetPic for iPhone

Andy Moses @ William Turner (****) Brighter, busier. Rainbow oil slicks, desert mirages, sky reflected in ocean, alien worlds. #artLA
27 Nov via TweetDeck

Carmen Spera @ Lois Lambert (****) Witty, designer-labeled, bejeweled, faux-flower filled, recycled-glass machine guns & handguns. #artLA
27 Nov via TweetDeck

Sherry Markovitz @ Lora Schlesinger (***) Liza Lou with less finish but more fable, fantasy & fiesta. #artLA
27 Nov via TweetDeck

Mark Garro @ Copro Gallery (**) Vintage oval frames w/ convex glass are way cool but the label poems just drag these paintings down. #artLA
27 Nov via TweetDeck

John Kneifl, Life Boat, aluminum, pigment, paper @ LA Art Core. #artLA http://twitpic.com/3dc5ho
5 Dec via TweetPic for iPhone

Ron Reihel, Camellia Series, resin @ Frank Pictures. #artLA http://twitpic.com/3ddtpr
5 Dec via TweetPic for iPhone

May 3, 2011 at 1:42 PM Leave a comment

Twitter Reviews – October 2010

L&M Arts (****) Diamond-shaped addition classy counterpart to historic brick building. Immaculate. #artLA
2 Oct via TweetDeck

Paul McCarthy @ L&M (****) Conflicted too. Train mechanics dazzling. Lip movements & EXACT twin figures & pigs creepy. #artLA
2 Oct via TweetDeck

Paul McCarthy, Train, Mechanical @ L&M. Heads spinning in unison. #artLA http://twitpic.com/2u3b8b
2 Oct via TweetPic for iPhone

Paul McCarthy, Train, Mechanical @ L&M. #artLA http://twitpic.com/2u3bnp
2 Oct via TweetPic for iPhone

Paul McCarthy, Train, Mechanical @ L&M. Weird when they turn to look at you. #artLA http://twitpic.com/2u3cf1
2 Oct via TweetPic for iPhone

Paul McCarthy, Train, Mechanical @ L&M. Heads diverge. #artLA http://twitpic.com/2u3d1a
2 Oct via TweetPic for iPhone

Paul McCarthy, Ship of Fools, Ship Adrift @ L&M. #artLA http://twitpic.com/2u3dmg
2 Oct via TweetPic for iPhone

Paul McCarthy, Ship of Fools, Ship Adrift, detail @ L&M. #artLA http://twitpic.com/2u3dz2
2 Oct via TweetPic for iPhone

Paul McCarthy, Apple Tree Boy, Apple Tree Girl @ L&M. #artLA http://twitpic.com/2u3eg0
2 Oct via TweetPic for iPhone

Liza Ryan @ Griffin (***) Standard lens flare ho hum, but delicately drawn sun flares on collage & EKG along ocean horizon alluring. #artLA
2 Oct via TweetDeck

Lari Pittman @ Regen (*****) Fantastic installation–works on paper salon-style on wall pattern that’s like a faux French ribbon memo board.
4 Oct via TweetDeck

Lari Pittman @ Regen II (****) Delightful paintings bursting w/ odd elements of Victorian illustration, flowers & Indian-style hands & feet.
4 Oct via TweetDeck

John Millei: Woman in a Chair @ Ace BH (*) Worst ever Millei paintings. Worst ever riffs on iconic Picassos. What was he thinking? #artLA
6 Oct via TweetDeck

DeWain Valentine: Early Resin Sculptures @ Ace BH (*****) Exquisite–especially small burnt orange disc & mossy green saucer. #artLA
6 Oct via TweetDeck

DeWain Valentine @ Ace BH (*****) Really too bad they were crammed into a small back room & lined up along a wall in the office. #artLA
6 Oct via TweetDeck

BTW, looks like @justinbowerart will be showing @acegallery BH next. Saw a bunch of paintings stacked in the gallery ready for installation.
6 Oct via TweetDeck

Brad Eberhard @ Cottage Home (****) Feathery oil stick lines help to convey the feeling of torn paper without actual collage. #artLA
8 Oct via TweetDeck

Eberhard @ Cottage Home: The intimate paintings would have been better served in a more intimate setting/installation. #artLA
8 Oct via TweetDeck

Anthony Discenza @ Sabina Lee (***) The “_ meets _” pairings too random to inspire compelling narrative. Nothing struck me as clever. #artLA
8 Oct via TweetDeck

Hum, a Bay-Area Conceputalist @ Sabina Lee. Is Charlie rubbing off on her or is she just trying to keep up with the Jameses? #artLA
8 Oct via TweetDeck

Alex Israel, rented studio props on pedestals. @OCMA California Biennial #CalBi2010 http://twitpic.com/30vf6u
25 Oct via TweetPic for iPhone

Andy Ralph, Trash Clan, 5 32-gallon cans, 2x4s, spinning castors. @OCMA California Biennial #CalBi2010 http://twitpic.com/30vi92
25 Oct via TweetPic for iPhone

Luke Butler, Enterprise series, acrylic on canvas. @OCMA California Biennial #CalBi2010 http://twitpic.com/30vjw8
25 Oct via TweetPic for iPhone

Zlatan Vukosavljevic, DuckBunny Chamber, interior. @OCMA California Biennial #CalBi2010 http://twitpic.com/30vonn
25 Oct via TweetPic for iPhone

Tucker Nichols, banner, plastic objects & tape rolls on pedestal. @OCMA California Biennial #CalBi2010 http://twitpic.com/30vzeo
25 Oct via TweetPic for iPhone

Sherin Guirguis, mixed media on paper & CNC routed plywood kinetic sculpture. @OCMA California Biennial #CalBi20http://twitpic.com/30w3j6
25 Oct via TweetPic for iPhone

Andy Kolar, Six Deep, oil on canvas. @OCMA California Biennial #CalBi2010 http://twitpic.com/30wm80
25 Oct via TweetPic for iPhone

Patrick Wilson, acrylic on canvas. @OCMA California Biennial #CalBi2010 http://twitpic.com/30wpyj
25 Oct via TweetPic for iPhone

Gil Blank, No Title, No Date, C-print. @OCMA California Biennial #CalBi2010 http://twitpic.com/30wqvc
25 Oct via TweetPic for iPhone

Glenna Jennings, Ellie from Dinner.Party.Pistol series, photograph. @OCMA California Biennial #CalBi2010 http://twitpic.com/30wtmt
25 Oct via TweetPic for iPhone

Carlee Fernandez, Life After Death. @OCMA California Biennial #CalBi2010 http://twitpic.com/30wuz0
25 Oct via TweetPic for iPhone

Lisa Williamson. @OCMA California Biennial #CalBi2010 http://twitpic.com/30wvs6
25 Oct via TweetPic for iPhone

Etching on graphite blocks. @OCMA California Biennial #CalBi2010 http://twitpic.com/30x2g4
25 Oct via TweetPic for iPhone

Nate Boyce, videos. @OCMA California Biennial #CalBi2010 http://twitpic.com/30x2uo
25 Oct via TweetPic for iPhone

Will Rogan, Other Worlds series, photographs. @OCMA California Biennial #CalBi2010 http://twitpic.com/30x39e
25 Oct via TweetPic for iPhone

Rebecca Goldfarb, Traveling Through Darkness, flashlights, wax, boxes, wood. @OCMA California Biennial #CalBi201http://twitpic.com/30x4a6
25 Oct via TweetPic for iPhone

Set for participatory film, 54 from @FinishingSchool. @OCMA California Biennial #CalBi2010 http://twitpic.com/30x5ji
25 Oct via TweetPic for iPhone

Artist’s Museum opening @MOCAlosangeles: I guess when you keep trotting out same art repeatedly & just rearrange it, people stop showing up.
30 Oct via TweetDeck

April 25, 2011 at 4:51 PM Leave a comment

Twitter Reviews – September 2010

Prelude to an Apocalypse @ Pedersen (***) Rose’s severe landscape of intense red & purple against sickly ochre & olive is eerily menacing.
11 Sep via TweetDeck

Roland Reiss: Selections from 60s @ Andi Campognone (***) Andi’s new space looks great. Excited to see Roland’s resin work in person. #artLA
11 Sep via TweetDeck

Michael McMillen @LALOUVER (*****) Miniatures amazing. I thought I was hearing sounds & smelling odors that weren’t actually there. #artLA
27 Sep via TweetDeck

Carlee Fernandez @ ACME. (*****) Taxidermy drained of any morbidity by the gorgeous tactility and colors of fur & feathers. #artLA
27 Sep via TweetDeck

Fernandez @ ACME: The intertwining bobcats & birds echo the connection of child strapped to mother in her photograph. #artLA
27 Sep via TweetDeck

Deborah Aschheim @ Edward Cella (****) Real melancholic sense of a fading utopian afterglow. Ink on Dura-lar perfect medium. #artLA
27 Sep via TweetDeck

Ana Rodriguez @ Steve Turner (****) Paintings could have stood on their own without the fake cakes. #artLA
27 Sep via TweetDeck

Eamon Ore-Giron @ Steve Turner (**) Music poster/album imagery through tribal cutout patterns underwhelming, bordering on passé. #artLA
27 Sep via TweetDeck

Devon Troy Strothers @ Richard Heller (****) Construction paper collages of dance crowds have great energy. Love all the afros. #artLA
27 Sep via TweetDeck

Billy Zane @ Frank Pictures (**) Not as bad as expected, yet trite, 8th-generation AbEx imitations of Gottlieb & Pollock by a celeb. #artLA
27 Sep via TweetDeck

Mark Manders @hammer_museum (**) Know how when UR high U think you’ve got brilliant ideas but then U come down & find they’re just stupid?
27 Sep via TweetDeck

April 24, 2011 at 8:42 PM Leave a comment

Twitter Reviews – July 2010

Greg Miller @ Turner (**) Never gets beyond pages of pulp fiction collaged on panels. Just wallows in shallow, cliched, mid-C. cheesecake.
12 Jul via TweetDeck

@Chad_Person @MMooreGallery (***) Gosh. Such an awful lot of hard work for just a few one-liners. #artLA
12 Jul via TweetDeck

Jacci Den Hartog @ Felsen (***) Lithe shapes of wall sculptures intriguing but garish colors which work so well in paintings are just too much.
12 Jul via TweetDeck

Hopper @MOCAlosangeles (**) Only the b&w photos from the 60s are museum-worthy. The wall/graffiti-inspired paintings are bush-league. #artLA
12 Jul via TweetDeck

Greg Miller @ William Turner: BTW Dennis Hopper portrait reeks of opportunism. #artLA
13 Jul via TweetDeck

Bell Day by @machineproject @hammer_museum has been pretty cool. The jingles are relaxing. Didn’t feel like a cow at all. #artLA
17 Jul via TweetDeck

April 24, 2011 at 8:01 PM Leave a comment

Why I Don’t Follow You on Twitter

I actually take the time to look at the profile of every new follower I get.  I don’t, however, follow all of them back. In fact, I follow only about 20% of them.  Hopefully you’re following me because you’re interested in my tweets and not just looking for me to follow you back.  If I did follow you back, this post is not for you.  If I didn’t, and you’d like some friendly advice, here’s a list of possible reasons:

You don’t have an avatar.
If you can’t take the time to upload a picture, I won’t take the time to click the follow button.

You don’t have a bio or a website.
I’d like to know a little bit about who you are and what you’re interested in.  If you don’t have a bio, I can’t tell if we have mutual interests. If you don’t have a website, I can’t see the interesting art you’re making or gallery shows you’re blogging about.

You haven’t tweeted yet.
If I’m going to follow you that means I’m going to have to read your tweets. I can’t tell if you have anything interesting to say if you haven’t said anything yet.

You protect your tweet privacy.
Okay, I can take a hint. If you did really want me to follow you back, I suggest you change your settings. I’m not going to send you a request.  Besides, if I can’t see what you’ve tweeted, how can I tell if I want to follow you?

You @reply me with spam.
When you @reply me with a link to your blog/art/website/etc., and you @reply the same message to a bunch of other people as well, I’ll probably block you. This is what is known as SPAM.

You follow tons of people, but no one is following you.
Hey, if other people aren’t following you back, why should I?

You tweet in all CAPS.
I don’t want to be shouted at.

You quote famous people.
I don’t go for those inspirational quips or quasi-philosphical quotes on art from famous artists. I want to know what you think.

You repeat the same message frequently.
If you post messages like, “Hey, check out my website,” too often, it just looks like you’re trying to drive up your site hits. Interact with other people. Retweet things you find interesting. It’s not all about you.

You retweet people I already follow–a lot.
On the flip side, people who do nothing but @reply people I don’t follow, and retweet people I do follow don’t offer me anything more than what I’ve already got.

Your twitter stream is filled with promotional messages.
If you tweet about how I can increase my followers, get rich quick, find incredible real estate deals or make money at home, it tells me you don’t know twitter or how to avoid these scams. Either that, or you’re not a real person. In either case, I’m not interested.

You’re using a bot to follow keywords or hashtags.
Actually read my tweets and decide if you are interested in what I have to say, and if I might be interested in what you have to say. Just because I tweet about Miami doesn’t mean I live in Miami or care what your deli special is today.

Your tweets are exclusively from a blog or Facebook feed.
This tells me you probably don’t even read the tweets of those you follow because you’re not interacting with them. You’re on auto pilot, un-engaging, and not twitterati material.

You overuse hashtags.
I think hashtags are great for following an event or conversation, but don’t go overboard. If every other word in your tweets is a hashtag, it is difficult to read and looks like you’re trying too hard. Two hashtags per tweet, max.

You don’t tweet about art.
Hey, I’m interested in the art world, galleries, museums, art, artists, exhibitions. If you spend the majority of your time on twitter tweeting about other things, I’m probably not going to follow you.

You frequently start a tweet with “I favorited a YouTube video…”
I’m just not into the latest viral video or some favorite music video from the eighties, sorry.

You are constantly checking in on foursquare.
If you’re at a gallery or museum, I’m interested. But if you’re frequently checking in at the gym, work, coffee shop, etc., I could care less.

You say, “Good morning,” or “Good night,” every day.
I don’t have time for clutter like this. Get to your point.

You tweet more than 20 times a day, regularly.
People who blather on and on get ignored. You can’t have that many interesting things to say unless you’re live-tweeting a museum walkthrough or a panel discussion. You’re just taking up valuable space in my API call limits. Retweet only the best-of-the-best links, not everything you read that day.

You mention Etsy.
If you list Etsy in your website or bio, or are constantly asking people to check out your stuff on Etsy, I will not follow you.  I’m interested in the real art world.

You’re an online art marketer/advisor.
If you’re an art career coach or giving out tips on marketing my artwork or asking me to check out your new online artist community, don’t bother. Most online forums/niche networks for artists prey on the naïve and untalented. Twitter is my online art community.

You give away prizes if people retweet you.
If you’re really worth following, you don’t need gimicks. Earn followers the old-fashioned way–by consistently having interesting things to say.

November 17, 2010 at 4:22 PM 3 comments

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