Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tempus Fugit: Observations on Time

Myron Kaufman, The Ride of Your Life, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 25 1/2" x 16" each
of three panels

This week's Image of the Week is Offramp Gallery artist Myron Kaufman's The Ride of Your Life (right). One of the hallmarks of Myron's work is his gift for witty narrative -- in this case, an amusement park-like ride of your life that ends with "EXIT ALL" through the ominous jaws of death.

Thanks to artist Gary Raymond who recently returned from a trip to England raving about Christian Marclay's 24-hour video "The Clock" that was showing at the White Cube in London. The film is a fully functional 24-hour clock made up of clips from several thousand films referencing the time. It also has the critics raving. Here is a BBC news video about "The Clock".  I'm dying to see it and hope it makes it to this side of the pond soon.

Speaking of artists with too much time on their hands, here are two other 24-hour video clocks by Dutch designer Maarten Baas: the grandfather clock and the sweeper's clock.

I found this thought-provoking video "The Secret Powers of Time." Professor Philip Zimbardo, professor emeritus in psychology at Stanford University, talks about our individual perspectives of time and how they influence our work, health and well-being.  He describes the six major time zones that humans live in: two focusing on the past, two on the present and two on the future. Which time zone are you operating in?

Congratulations are in order for Offramp artist Quinton Bemiller, who is included in the soon to be released The Open DaybookOver 300 contributing artists have created work especially for this book that is designed to be used as a daily journal, sketch book or admired as an art book.  

To launch the book, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is holding The Open Day Book Party on December 5 from 4-6pm which will feature drinks and appetizers, astrology readings, and speed drawing to fill your calendar for the years to come. The event is open to the public -- I hope to see you there!
Upcoming Events at Offramp Gallery
Gwen Samuels, Springs,
2010, mixed media, size
varies, from ArtZone at 
Offramp Gallery, Dec. 11-19 

The opening reception for ArtZone will be on Sunday, December 12, from 2-5pm. The exhibition is at Offramp for eight days only with these special hours: Saturday & Sunday (December 11, 12, 18, 19): noon-8pm; Monday - Friday (December 13-17): 4-8pm.

ArtZone is a joint venture between Project 210 and Offramp Gallery, a one-stop holiday shop for affordable art. Twenty-seven artists from both galleries have been invited to submit art work priced at $500 or below.

Artists include:  Lea Anderson, Quinton Bemiller, Wilhelm Bleckman, Anita Bunn, Elaine Carhartt, Marilyn Cvitanic, Joyce Dallal, Chuck Feesago, James Griffith, D. Jean Hester, Stanton Hunter, Myron Kaufman, Bianca Kolonusz-Partee, Nicholette Kominos, Linsley Lambert, Megan Madzeoff, Kristan Marvell, Caroline Maxwell, Dan Taulapapa McMullin, Richard Osaka, Gwen Samuels, Susan Sironi, Francesco Siqueiros, Erika Suderburg, Theodore Svenningsen, Ruth Trotter and Megann Zwierlein.

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