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Well, we all know that I love a good art installation. And this one is no exception. Advertised in LA Weekly, the artist known as Terry Allen is offering a Western take on the “patron saint of artistic madness, Antonin Artaud“. And what does that mean? Well, it means that this artist now is showing the latest, fully developed version of “Ghost Ship Rodez: The Momo Chronicles,” the project about the French playwright and theater revolutionary.

A Texas native, Allen graduated from the Chouinard Art Institute (in LA) in the 60’s, inspired by theories of artistic abandon. As a result, madness and art are familiar themes in Allen’s work, but the real surprise in “Ghost Ship Rodez” is how his most characteristic environment — a broad “Western” space that includes the Texas panhandle, New Mexico, California and Mexico — fit his peculiar vision of Artaud’s descent into the most unstable period of his life and career.

So check out this unique homage to this French playwright at the L.A. Louver until April 16th!

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Honestly, there’s something about the art of photography that beckons to my soul. I can’t get enough of good, solid, journalistic-type photos. You know, the kind that make you see the ordinary in an extraordinary way. It’s almost as if they freeze the most mundane moments in time, allowing the viewer to form their own value judgment.

This same sentiment can be applied to Vanessa Atlan’s conception of photography – as a believer in its power to bring back memory and to capture time. “Photography can become a bizarre medium, a new form of hallucination: false on the level of perception, true on the level of time.” It is indeed hallucinations, “memories of other lives, imagined or lived” (to quote Atlan) that the artist captures with the camera. She creates a kaleidoscope of images, as complex and fascinating as life itself. The photographer manages to transcend any limitable difference between life and art, dreams and reality.

Imagine my excitement when I heard that she was opening her first gallery exhibit in the United States, right in Los Angeles. Officially beginning January 20th, “Wonderland Stereo”, focuses on the different mediums and presents unreleased material. Photographs, projections, and drawings are gathered in a both hypnotic and poetical environment.

So, I encourage all of you readers to come out and view her beautiful pieces. It’s bound to be a wonderful exhibit, with something for everybody.

Check out her work here, at her website. Unfortunately, her work isn’t able to be “copied and posted” onto the blog due to copyright protection. So you’re just going to have to take my word for it and visit her website. You won’t be disappointed.

Showing at the “Here is Elsewhere” Gallery.
B 231 Space, Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Ave # G102- Blue Building, Second Floor,
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Runs from January 20 – March 1, 2011.

(Text modified from the official gallery website.)