Sunday, April 12, 2009

April Artwalk


Yet another great Art Walk. The star of the show again would have to be the dA Gallery and their CGU show. Rolo, the curator has been frequenting Claremont Graduate University's shows held every Tuesday and picking through the grad students studios to find the right stuff. And stuff he found, the show features work from over 20 students ranging from a huge brightly colored fabric stage with stuffed hanging forms, to a spray foam monkey swinging from a tire. Nothing traditional at this show, its all over the edge make you think and look twice kind of work. Just around the block was the "Vegas Show" hosted by Franz Keller and Bob Pece of SCA Gallery. This show pulled out all the stops, and the dice, and the cards. The feature of this show seemed to be the painting-assemblage of 17 year old budding artist Cecilia LeGaspe. You might recognize the name since her father is a famous local who was working on a giant totem pole painting at the Po Gallery. Manny also had work hanging at the Glass House Record Store, including some 4 new paintings specially for the show. Moving on down the block, Alex Brown put together yet another benefit show with ceramic pots available at a mere $5. Just next door Magic Door 4 books was having a book signing and talk with a quite famous author. There was a nice crowd gathered there to listen to his words of wisdom. Back on the home front, Bunny Gunner featured the work of Ryan Chorbagian, who's first show ever was quite a success. Ryan's pieces were continuously being praised and admired. His assemblage pieces consist of wood and metal found boxes filled with other found trinkets such as religious statues, flash bulbs, wire, candles, old discarded photos and other interesting gems. Just next door, Inkd Chronicles displayed the drawings and paintings of David Cook. A regular to the space, David's graphite drawings have a sort of surreal and psychedelic feel with faces transforming into other beings and animals. All in all, another great Art Walk to keep the year on the right step. Get ready for next month, and summer, its going to be hot in more ways than one. Art walks are every 2nd Saturday of the month from 6pm - 10pm.

3 comments:

Hedy said...

The Pomona Art Walk is a great way to spend an evening in culture. Budding artists and veterans alike have a great forum for the art lover to admire their work. I find myself looking forward the second Saturday of every month. This past week, I was most impressed with the work of Ryan Chorbagian, shown at Bunny Gunner's. What an impressive set of ecclectic and thought provoking assemblages. Each project twisted my mind into positions and shapes that I did not realize were even possible. I left with a hunger for more. First show? Ryan, it seems long overdue. The work at the DA was also quite clever. Awakening the childlike curiousities within. Here I go again, looking forward the next second Saturday of the month! Yay for May. Special thanks and admiration to the artists who are brave enough to display their hearts and souls on the walls and in the windows, in the shows within the galleries, in the art and on the walk in lovely and quite quaint downtown Pomona.

Hedy said...

How could I forget to mention this. I had the chance to talk with Ryan Chorbagian. What a chill guy! Completely down to Earth and mezmorizing. If you get the chance, introduce yourself. I see lots of Ryan on the Art Horizon....

Kate Thornton said...

Another spectacular show, Susie! Ryan's work was great - anything tha reuses old dentures gets my vote! And the show at the da was an explosion of the future of art.

I love the art scene here - vibrant, alive, changing and solid. Fr. Bill's show was the kind of exhibition that just makes you stop and stand still.

475 gallery - down on the Fr. Bill's Studio end of the street - was really worth a look, too. And there are a whole bunch of new galleries down on the West Side of Second now. See you guys for Closing Saturday (with SMOGDANCE too!)
Kate