Artist a Day Challenge 2016-28: Shinique Smith

When I started Culture Shock Art in 2010, my goal was to explore street art and graffiti in Los Angeles, after I stumbled upon street artist JR’s work completely by accident.  The process of discovery through investigating the origins of one of his murals led me to his 2010 TED talk after which I purchased one of his lithographs.  That … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge 2016-28: Shinique Smith

Artist a Day Challenge 2016-18: David Hammons

Most of David Hammons work is aligned with assemblage (the practice of incorporating found materials in art), so this particular piece departs from his traditional aesthetic.  Despite this, the work remains contextually rooted in some of his earlier themes.  In the 1980s Hammons created the “Basketball Hoops Series” to address the myth of sport as … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge 2016-18: David Hammons

Artist a Day Challenge 2016-11: Nick Cave

Nick Cave’s soundsuits are wondrously colorful, captivating, sculptural pieces that amplify the beauty of the human body in motion.  In 1992 Cave created his first soundsuit out of twigs and discarded items found in a park and conceived the suit in response to police brutality after the Rodney King beatings in Los Angeles. That first soundsuit was a commentary on the detachment between the … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge 2016-11: Nick Cave

Artist a Day Challenge No. 20: Kehinde Wiley

Los Angeles born artist Kehinde Wiley has developed his career in New York as a portrait artist whose work is being celebrated in an exhibition that recently opened at the Brooklyn Museum.  In  “A New Republic” his work depicts men and women placed in traditional forms of portraiture fusing that history with a present day aesthetic.  It is … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge No. 20: Kehinde Wiley

Artist a Day Challenge No.4: Elizabeth Catlett

In November I saw “Sharecropper” by Elizabeth Catlett at LACMA.  I loved the depiction of the duality of strength and despair shown as byproducts of exploitation in this piece.  As a graphic designer and sculptor in the 30’s and 40’s, much of Catlett’s art highlighted African-American and Mexican women as caretakers, patriarchs, workers and nurturers; her work was used as a platform … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge No.4: Elizabeth Catlett