Exploring Contemporary Art with Moon & Ghiroli

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Exploring Contemporary Art with Moon & Ghiroli

As I mentioned last week, the international art fairs hit New York City. Camera girl, Megan Ghiroli and I crashed the illustrious art world to bring you, if not insightful and revelatory, at least a bemusing view of contemporary art.

We visited the Armory Show, and the Scope and Pulse Art Fairs. We also got a chance to see Mikelene Thomas' work up-close, as well as Tracey Emin, Damian Hirst, Diane Arbus, and multi-media conceptual artists Christine Hill and Jon Bergman. Megan and I had such a good time that we decided to make this a regular series.

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Comments [68]

Not2Taem's picture

Tex, "and you mentioned Texas

"and you mentioned Texas TWICE"
Not to mention inviting you to go to Italy with her and LB. So subtle. Wink

Not2Taem's picture

If that's all you want, go to

If that's all you want, go to the beach in MA. The seagulls will take good care of you and you don't need to learn a foreign language. That is, unless you need to PaK thu ca in thu gurash.

PS: I hear the villas are adorable, but the trash hasn't been picked up in years. Anyone know if that is true?

CA_Medicine_Woman's picture

I love this! It makes me

I love this! It makes me think, and gives me a chance to see what other talent exists outside my little world.

One of my favorite artists, to this day, remains a former professor of mine, Sam Huang. He is now retired from Riverside Community College in California. I took his Intro Biology class, and was fascinated by it, but was blown away by the artwork in his lecture classroom, all of which was created by him. He also did a fabulous mural along the inside of the local DMV office, as well as several other public projects throughout the city.

But, his most powerful series was called "Atrocities." Prompted by the shooting death of one of his favorite students, Huang decided to address atrocities global and minor, from wars to street crimes. Much of what he did was drawn from his childhood experiences in China during the Japanese occupation, when he lost a leg to a land mine. I had the distinct honor in being able to use his art, and an interview with him, to create a television news article about violence, and how it influences our culture.

I was out doing other field work when the piece was put into the production of the show, but word has it Huang's message, and in particular his paintings, seriously disrupted production for an hour, that was how emotionally impacting his work was on the crew and talent. The painting that did it was called "Mother - The last word of a dying soldier," which I deliberately placed at the end of the video.

As far as I know, Huang remains active in using his art as a form of activism, currently on environmental issues. His works can be seen at the Life Arts Building in Riverside, CA, as well as at several city, county, and state buildings in the area.

Funny how this blog reminded me of him after nearly 15 years. I wonder if he ever mastered drawing or painting hands, a difficult task for even the most talented artists from what I learned from him. He remains the one who has taught me most of what I know of art, and the reason I became interested in it.

Tex's picture

I am definitely in.....can we

I am definitely in.....can we please go to Tuscany? I'm ready for a bird to poop on my head for some good luck!


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minniesota's picture

Gracias, gracias, gracias. I

Gracias, gracias, gracias. I really enjoyed that, especially seeing the Mikelene Thomas artwork on video. I like the idea of $20.00 worth of art.

Sangria to you, Minnie

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

Professor C's picture

<3 !

<3 !

peacekitty's picture

I really enjoyed that Grace

I really enjoyed that Grace and Megan, thanks. I love art, especially art with bright colors.

I don't understand how a picture with colored dots on it can be worth 50,000 dollars though.

p.s. I love the picture of Grace with the colorful bouquet art. Smile

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lucia_2008's picture

Interesting. I would like to

Interesting. I would like to learn more about art. Know what I like but not sure what to call it.

Smile...life is good!!!

Grace Moon's picture

i thought we were going to

i thought we were going to plan that gay art tour to Italy, better brush up on that Italian, I think tex, and longbeach may want to join us. xo

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Grace Moon's picture

its the "intersectionality"

its the "intersectionality" of art speak. Wink

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Julia Watson's picture

I think "materiality" is my

I think "materiality" is my favorite word of the day.

Kent's picture

Hilarious! You should do all


You should do all kinds of video art tours, contemporary or no! GM, I will miss going to exhibits with you. I need to plan a trip to NY...

LongBeachDogLover's picture

That was very cool.......

That was very cool....... thank you Grace and Megan.
It's exciting to visit the world of art with someone who is truly in tune with it. I'm looking forward to future installments in the 'art' series.

An 'international art world' tour on my lap-top........... I like it !! Laughing out loud

Turquoise's picture

Thank you for a great tour...

Thank you for a great tour... and mentioning Lithuania:)

Tex's picture

I am digging this for sure

I am digging this for sure ......what I liked the best - the hand painted signs - I was fascinated, and still am, as a child with hand painted signs - the sweeping control of the brush. I also found the faint pencil marks intriguing - intriguing as to how those few simple marks controlled the entire creation/sign....the bad, ill-planned signs worried the begeezus out of me - letters or numbers out of proportion - poor planning causing the art/sign to be asymmetrical. The apothecary chick was fascinating - was she single? lesbian? Interesting way to meet.....handing out bits of good karma to women...!

I make a mean white sangria that will cost you nothing.....and you mentioned Texas TWICE.

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orange_eyed_soul_bride's picture

Loved it, thanks! And I

Loved it, thanks! And I can't wait for more. I wish I had $90,000 - that WAS a fabulous piece.

Rockets's picture

That was just awesome. Thanks

That was just awesome. Thanks for posting.

Not2Taem's picture

a whole new take on the

a whole new take on the tinfoil hat Laughing out loud

Thanks ladies. I look forward to the rest of the series.