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Entries by John Seed from 06/2014

April Nordbee: Small Town Duchamp

| Posted 06.01.2014 | Arts

April Nordbee, a 29-year-old mother of two who lives in Wisconsin, has found her life completely changed over the past two years, all as the result of a lucky keystroke error she made during a Google search that caused her to discover the life and work of artist Marcel Duchamp.

At Bergamot Station: Great Paintings for Every Taste

| Posted 06.05.2014 | Arts

On a visit to Los Angeles a few days ago I saw enough terrific paintings to last me for awhile. The images can do most of the talking -- but I do want to tell you that if you love painting you are going to be be impressed by the quality and variety of what you see at Santa Monica's Bergamot Station the next time you drop by.

Zombie Conceptualism: The Next Art World Trend?

| Posted 06.09.2014 | Arts

What would happen -- I have wondered -- if some of the deadpan hipster apathy of "Zombie Formalism," and also some of its grim self-confidence, were to hybridize with Conceptualism? Could "Zombie Conceptualism" be next?

'Oneira: I Dream the Self' at Studio C Gallery in Los Angeles

| Posted 06.18.2014 | Arts

Oneira was organized by Peggy Nichols, an artist who has transformed her working space at the Santa Fe Art Colony in Los Angeles into an open-by-appointment gallery and also a space for artist's workshops. Her creation is dedicated to exhibiting and emphasizing the work of women artists as a vehicle in bringing attention to the feminine characteristics and trademarks of art making.

Universal Humanism or Identity Art? Which Works Better for You?

| Posted 06.21.2014 | Arts

When I look at works of art I am more interested than ever in a single question: "What do I have in common with the artist who made this?"

Michael C. McMillen's 'The Entropic Taxi; Final Destination' at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris

| Posted 06.27.2014 | Arts

To enter Michael C. McMillen's new installation at the Grand Palais -- Entropic Taxi; The Final Destination -- visitors need to open a creaking pair of double doors below a spot-lit wooden sign that announces their destination: ELSEWHERE. I'm betting that the hint of existentialism will go over well in Paris.