Friday, March 09, 2007

Another art trip to Los Angeles. Went to Bergamot Station which houses around 15 galleries, maybe more. There’s always something to be seen here, everything from “lowbrow” (I still hate that term) to the highly conceptual. I tend to gravitate towards the middle ground, work that is visually stimulating and at the same time gives you something to think about.

Bergamot has a wide variety of art, and an equally wide variety of staff attitude! It’s always nice to walk into a gallery and the receptionist says, “Hi, so and so is our artist for this show, if you have any questions, feel free to ask”. That is awesome and very powerful, it makes you feel welcome. I would spend my money there if I was buying art. But a couple galleries at Bergamot do the whole, ‘I’m not even going to acknowledge this person” when you walk in. They don’t even say hi, or look up from their computer. Is it because I don’t look like an art buyer? I’ve been to Bergamot for years now and know which galleries are the art snob ones, it kinda makes me laugh because I always think, okay, this time someone will say hi, and they always just look down when you come in. What's up with that??...

Robert Berman Gallery always has interesting work. And polite courteous staff. Here’s some of Erika Somogyi’s work. I’ve seen these somewhere, Fecalface maybe? Pretty vibrant in person and they gave me happy feelings...



I don’t recall the artist’s name but these were designs cut out of linoleum. Beautiful colors and shapes.



I don’t remember the artist or the gallery (I know, very informative), but the receptionist was cool. Art was pretty interesting too. I will find the names of these artists and post later; I took postcards from their shows but left them at home.



Track 16 Gallery has put on some good shows over the years, and their staff is always nice. This one is an exhibition of Polish circus posters. There was a lot to look at and I think they sorta frowned upon me taking pictures (I always ask and they said alright, just take them from a distance) so I only took a few shots...


Spotted a broken Space Invader above the bathrooms....


Bergamot is always fun but the real reason I braved the afternoon L.A. traffic was to attend the preshow for Mark Ryden’s Tree Show at Michael Kohn Gallery. After the 1 hour drive from Santa Monica to L.A. (not kidding, L.A. traffic around 5pm sucks!), I saw this in the window...


The show was wonderful, Ryden does not dissapoint. His work is so rich in person, the colors so vibrant. I didn’t get a lot of pictures because for one, it’s never the right time to whip out the camera, and two, I was planning on going back inside for more shots when the gallery closed it’s doors at 9. It was great seeing so many L.A. artists, and I got to finally meet Sam and Tury of Friends With You. The Clayton Brothers were there, Jamie O’Shea, P.Jay Fidler, Baseman, Brad Keech from Pressure Printing, Eric White, Camille Rose Garcia and husband Jeremy, Shag, The Pizz, of course KRK Ryden coming out to give support, Robert Jew, The Biskup, Attaboy and Annie, Mike Moon from Disney, Bob Kato, and tons I’m forgetting, it was crazy.

I don’t know if they wanted images circulated yet, but here’s some of my favorite pieces. They’re on wood rings, and I’ve seen alot of other painters use this idea (Ryan Jacob Smith comes to mind) , but Ryden’s are beautifully rendered and flow very well into the rich woods he used. Amazing as always. Go see the show. More coverage will be up on Jamie O'Shea's Supertouch... Opens Saturday...


Also, 3-9-07! Happy Birthday to my brother Jesse! Photo from 1979, Fullerton, CA. Two Soto boys on the right...

11 comments:

shaunna said...

Hey Jeff,
Thanks again for another inspiring blog. Awesome for those of us who don't get out much :)
BTW, good thing the playdate was cancelled....Dyl has some kind of pink eye.....

shaunna said...

Thanks Jeff for another super-inspiring blog! These are so great, especially for those of us who don't get out all that often. Also, good thing the playdate was cancelled....Dyl woke up with some kind of crusty pink eye....
Damn the cold & flu season!

Patches said...

What is that about gallery people huffiness anyways? I don't know why anyone would want to buy art from people who are rude! Almost as annoying as high pressure salesmen on the other end of the spectrum.

The Tree Show is great! The finished paintings are fantastic and I enjoyed being able to see his sketches and drawings (and inspirations)in person. How fortunate you were able to meet so many talented people at the pre-show.

jenny vorwaller said...

hi jeff soto,

this is actually my first time on your blog - i found it looking for the tree show pictures, :)

anyway, i'm commenting because i recognize the linoleum work that you enjoyed in la, that's david palmer:

http://www.artandperception.com/2007/03/forever-almost-falling-interview-with-david-palmer.html

:)

Anonymous said...

i feel you on that snob shit. one time, took my homie to see a show in LA. I convinced him to check out this gallery since he hardly goes. My friend has this bald head so sometimes folks get petrified by that look or something, especially if your hispanic. Girl behind the desk didn't even look our way. we said whats up to her too, but she looked away. i don't mind it anymore though, fuck that! were there to pay our respect to the visuals!

Sandy said...

Absolutely loved the inspiring stuff you posted. Check this street art stuff that I created. http://www.zimoz.com/zimo/user/sandy/1171189024806.postcard It is in 14 parts.

A Reason to Paint said...

Wow wish I could see The Tree Show, the Michael Kohn Gallery window looks fabulous; thank you for sharing it.
We have gallery receptionist snootiness here in Oz too; I think it's universal...

Jason said...

Jeff,

I make it to Bergamot Station once a month since I live down the way in Santa Monica and I agree with shit-eyed, stone cold expression each "receptionist" exudes. By the way, the artist responsible for the black pastel "bunny people" on white is Kathleen Henderson.

I managed to snatch up one of your books yesterday from GR2 on Sawtelle after discovering who you were. I always admired your work but was too forgetful to remember your name.You don't have a mailing list you? I would love to attend a future exhibit and maybe get a chance of being a proud "displayee"(I use too any quotations) of your work.

Jason said...

Jeff,

I make it to Bergamot Station once a month since I live down the way in Santa Monica and I agree with shit-eyed, stone cold expression each "receptionist" exudes. By the way, the artist responsible for the black pastel "bunny people" on white is Kathleen Henderson.

I managed to snatch up one of your books yesterday from GR2 on Sawtelle after discovering who you were. I always admired your work but was too forgetful to remember your name.You don't have a mailing list you? I would love to attend a future exhibit and maybe get a chance of being a proud "displayee"(I use too any quotations) of your work.

Anonymous said...

Jeff,
Your piece at the Art Prostitute/The Public Trust show is amazing. I was first turned onto your work at a show at the Forbidden Gallery a few years back. Unfortunately I only had the opportunity to see a few pieces. I just wish I could see more of your work in person.

David said...

Hi Jeff, just saw that you posted images of some linoleums from my exhibition at William Turner back in March. Thanks! Hope you had a good experience at the gallery. One of the reasons I show with them is that I like the way they treat gallery visitors.