Art For Existential Questioning

There’s a new exhibit at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, titled “Room to Live.” The exhibit features recent acquisitions, and will run October 4, 2013 through January 13, 2014.

The pieces will challenge your perceptions. The exhibition was organized by Curator Bennett Simpsion. According to the museum’s website, “Themes of existential questioning and extravagant subjectivity weave among the individual works, many shown at MOCA for the first time.” There are various forms of works, from paintings, photography, and sculpture to installations, video, and slide-projections. Some of the works are large-scale pieces.

Cosima von Bonin’s “Untitled (Bikini Loop #1)” will set you on an unusual train of thought when you see it in the gallery of the museum. Rodney McMillian’s “Representation of a Landscape as a Wall” will inspire new thoughts in the viewer about landscapes and how we view them as well as walls and what we make of them.

Ideally, art should be experienced in person. Photographs of works rarely give you the full experience of what that work is really doing. Often a photo gives you no idea of the scope of the work. For instance, the McMillian piece mentioned is listed as 168 x 583 3/16 inches (14 feet by almost 49 feet long – taller than two 6 foot tall men with one standing on the shoulders of the other, and longer than the yardage needed to make a first down in football). The physical presence of a work can produce a surprising visceral sensation, well worth seeking out.

Los Angeles has many smaller galleries scattered throughout the region where you can experience all types of visual arts. Many are easily accessible and worthy of your attention.

If you are searching for abstract art in Los Angeles you can find the studio of Diana Hobson, where you can see works like “Clown Boy.”

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Diana Hobson’s works are located at her exclusive Gallery on world-famous Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice Beach. In her gallery you will find an astounding mix of art and technology but instead of feeling out of place, the two experiences stimulate and compliment each other. You will discover that the two interests, technology and art, do not need to be antithetical. Drop in any time and get a close up experience of Diana’s intriguing works of art.

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