CHERYL WEST PETTY AT SISKIYOU ARTS MUSEUM PRESENTS DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES 1985
Reception September 12, 2015 5-7pm.
Cheryl Petty lived the Downtown Los Angeles art scene in the 80s and presents works on canvas from that period at the Siskiyou Arts Museum, reception September 12. Downtown Los Angeles 1985.
Her 1981 studio was on 765 San Pedro Street, upstairs from a sock factory and facing west in the garment district south of Little Tokyo. Her 1983 Traction Street studio was above Al's Bar.
The 1980s era Downtown Los Angeles art and culture scene was an explosion of feminism within many culture eruptions such as MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) on North Central and LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) Young Artist of the Year.
The loft phenomenon developed around Santa Fe and spread to J-town and the garment district where Petty had her first studio on San Pedro.
Al’s bar was downstairs from Petty's studio on Traction St, the place she met artist Andrew Wilf one week before he committed suicide by cocaine overdose in 1981. It became the hippest place not to miss as related in this article from the Los Angeles Times Club Buzz in 2001.
This period saw the emergence of numerous cult bands such as the Red Hot Chile Peppers who performed in the street also in 1981. Their fusion funk-psychedelic-punk-rock aesthetic appeals to the hipsters and artists, throbbing with hedonism and excess.
Urban landscapes evoke the getting there ethos, portraits of roads, on ramps and intersections with trees converge around an empty center.
Battle of the Sexes
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Inspector Chen Series by Qiu Xiaolong
“In Qiu Xiaolong’s new novel, Shanghai Redemption, Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai police finds himself once again enmeshed in elite political struggles inside the Chinese Communist Party, but it is now harder than ever for him to navigate the conflicts. This latest installment in the Inspector Chen series was published in March in France, and an English-language edition is set for release in the United States in September. In an interview, Mr. Qiu, a Shanghai native who now lives in St. Louis, discussed how the 2012 downfall of Bo Xilai, the ambitious party chief of Chongqing and Politburo member, influenced the novel. Mr. Bo’s purge from the party and criminal trial on corruption charges were precipitated by the flight of his former police chief, Wang Lijun, to the United States Consulate in Chengdu, where Mr. Wang told American officials that Mr. Bo’s wife, Gu Kailai, had killed a British businessman with poison.” The New York Times, Edward Wong, August 16, 2015.
ShaLi studies golf for the next book.
In the next story, there is a scene on a private 9-hole golf course on the grounds of the Beijing Military Prison No.1 where Rick Martin is undercover as a prisoner. To make the scene realistic and fresh, ShaLi rode along with expert golfers from the McCloud Golf Club, a 9-hole par 35 course established in 1923, on two occasions this summer and recorded the interactions between the players and their dialogue.
Old-timers at the club encouraged ShaLi to hit the ball, which she did, sending it straight down the fairway on hole #7. These men are board members going back to when the mill closed and it sold the course to newly laid-off workers in the 70s. They say it’s the only publicly owned course in the US.
West Meets East June 26 to July 21 at the Liberty Arts Gallery in Yreka, CA.
I submitted a Chinese Brush Painting, Guo Hua, piece to the show, presenting Eastern arts and culture as seen through Western eyes, and curated by Daryl Brooks and Rajiv Hotek.
My first Studio Workshop at SAM was Chinese Brush Painting. The workshop was inspired by the Yreka Liberty Arts show West Meets East in July. The basic techniques of Chinese Brush Painting, Guo Hua, was covered in three sessions: proper brush handling, different brush strokes, ink and color mixing.
Three main types of painting included: Shan Shui Hua-landscapes, Hua Niao Hua-flowers, animals and fruit, and Ren Wu Hua-portrait and people. These are major subjects for both Eastern and Western paintings.
At 3,400 feet, 1036m, this is the most popular campground on the Shasta-Trinity circuit. It’s only thirty minutes from my home in Dunsmuir, easy for me to drive over and secure a site while James drives up from Stockton with my granddaughter, Madeline. Lots of bears in the area, so the campground was closed a few days in July to install new bear boxes, metal cupboards for campers to store food. There are three falls on the McCloud River here, the Lower, Middle and Upper Falls.
Wo yao hui Beijing
October 1 I fly to Beijing. More details to follow.
Yi huir jian