Art in the San Fernando Valley

"Guardian," photostructure of film/performance by Stephen Seemayer, 1979

Guardian, photostructure of film/performance by Stephen Seemayer, 1979

Before he moved to Downtown Los Angeles, artist and filmmaker Stephen Seemayer worked out of an abandoned ice skating rink on Ventura Boulevard. Seemayer, who was raised in the San Fernando Valley, is one of several artists featured in a new exhibit at Cal State Northridge’s Art & Design Center.

People in Cars, North Hollywood, 1970 by Mike Mandel.

People in Cars, North Hollywood, 1970 by Mike Mandel.

“Valley Vista: Art in the San Fernando Valley ca. 1970-1990” is curated by Damon Willick and opens Mon., Aug. 25, 2014, with a public reception on Sat., Sept. 6, from 4-7 p.m. Highlighted by seminal works in painting, sculpture, photography and performance art, “Valley Vista” examines the unique contribution of the Valley to L.A.’s cultural history, and features work by many artists whose careers and lives took root in the Valley, including Hans Burkhardt, Karen Carson, Scott Grieger, Channa Horwitz, Gary Lloyd, Mike Mandel, Barry Markowitz, Michael C. McMillen, Stuart Rapeport, Jeffrey Vallance and Robert Williams, among others.

L.A. Times article

L.A. Weekly article


Arts District in the News

L.A.'s downtown Arts District is changing rapidly, possibly to the detriment of the artists for which it is named.

L.A.’s downtown Arts District is changing rapidly, possibly to the detriment of the artists for which it is named.

“Four dollars for a cup of coffee?” gasps Young Turks director Stephen Seemayer in the Los Angeles Times’ July 30, 2014, cover story. “It better have crystal meth in it!”

Seemayer, who is now at work on a new documentary called Tales of the American, remembers living downtown when a cup of joe was a nickel at Philippe’s and a 3,000-sq. ft. studio cost $150 a month.

Times reporter Marisa Gerber and photographer Jabin Botsford take a look at the rapidly changing Arts District.


Action Critic Randy Johnsen Exhibits Work

fmsrNow on exhibit at Outeast Gallery in Montauk, NY: FMSR14, Farrell Brickhouse, Mason Saltarrelli, Sydney Albertini and Eric “Randy” Johnsen, the Action Critic of “Young Turks” fame.

The show runs through July 7, 2014.

Outeast Gallery
65 Tuthill Road
Montauk, NY 11954

Llyn Foulkes Documentary


THROUGH JUNE 6! At the Downtown Independent. “Llyn Foulkes: One Man Band,” a new and fascinating documentary about the brilliant painter and musician who has lived and worked downtown for nearly five decades.

Variety calls “One Man Band” “an illuminating portrait of the artist as a hermetic, self-doubting, obsessive-compulsive perfectionist.” It “resounds with a sense of art making as a profoundly solitary, intensely physical endeavor, and of Foulkes himself as the ultimate work-in-progress.”

Downtown Independent
251 S. Main St.
L.A. 90012

John Rabe on Young Turks and Tales of the American

John Rabe, host of KPCC’s popular radio show Off-Ramp, talks about “Young Turks,” the previous documentary by filmmakers Stephen Seemayer and Pamela Wilson, and the upcoming film “Tales of the American.” Rabe will serve as narrator of “Tales of the American,” now in production.

Woods Davy and Pierre Picot at Craig Krull

WoodsDavy_Pierre Picot2014 CUSculptor Woods Davy — one of the artists profiled in “Young Turks” — and painter Pierre Picot, who has lived off and on in Los Angeles for much of the past four decades, will show their work in an exhibition opening at Craig Krull Gallery at Bergamot Station next Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Davy’s new pieces are organic clusters of rounded sea stones and bleached coral rubble that evoke an underwater landscape, while Picot’s Chinese-influenced paintings and drawings are raw, gestural and gritty.

The show will continue through May 17. The reception is Sat., April 12, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Craig Krull Gallery
Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave., Building B3
Santa Monica, CA 90404