Friday, June 26, 2009

Susan Collis to be 2010 Armory Show commisioned artist

Susan Collis, who will have a show at TAM in gallery 2 next spring has just been announced the Armory Show's commisioned artist for 2010. Collis joins past commissionee's such as Mary Heilmann, John Wesley, John Waters, and many more who are invited to create a small edition work for one of the most important art fairs in the world.

Collis' work turns every day mundane objects into spectacular moments of beauty. The above pictured pieces are comprised of coral, black onyx, 18 carrot white gold, diamond, silver, opals, turqoise, garnets, seed pearls, mother of pearls, fresh water pearl, marcacite, and of course, a wooden broom.

To see more work by Collis, visit who represents her work in London.

The Society of Interested Persons Salon @ TAM welcomes Nikki Darling as our literary curator

Beginning on August 6th TAM will host a bi-monthly salon where we will invite a visual artist, a literary person, a lecturer, and a musician/band to present their work to us, the interested persons. These evening will be hosted out on our patio, under the setting sun. I will announce our participants as the event draws nearer, but TAM is excited to have as our Salon literary curator, Nikki Darling.

Nikki Darling's work explores rock and roll from the feminist
perspective. Using pop as a microcosm of how women are treated in a
larger context her writing attempts to expose inequalities in
expectation and product.
She hosts the Five Points reading at Workspace Gallery in Lincoln
Heights with Kate Wolf.
She is currently enrolled in the Cal Art's, Critical Studies
department where she is working toward her MFA in writing. She works
on staff at Black Clock, the Cal Arts literary journal and is the
former Interviews Editor at LA Record. She currently works on staff in
the LA Weekly music department.

Nikki will choose the reader for the evening and will be a welcome addition to the TAM team.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

This weeks final 12 Gauger: Jaime Scholnick

TAM is proud to present Los Angeles artist Jaime Scholnick in our final week of our 12 Gauge series. The exhibition will run from June 25-June 27, 11-5P, with a reception and artists talk on Saturday afternoon. For more information of Jaime's work visit

Monday, June 22, 2009

Film night @ TAM

The first Art House/Art Garden film night, which I will note, did not happen in our garden this time, went off splendidly on Friday. Lee Lynch and Doug Harvey brought their killer installation and film and performance of "Ned's Draw" which really made the crowd go wild. It was funny, interactive, and included a lot of interesting objects that provoked many audience questions. It was a true account of an old California legend of the last remnents of Natives that held out in Northern California, and an ambiguously gay bounty hunter who eventually gets killed by his servant Ned. "Passing", which Doug brought, by English artists Eric Wright & Cathy Ward, was visually haunting 8mm footage of Vegas and other Western outpost towns, and the narration by L.M. Kit Carson added to the tone of the piece.
And Spencer Douglas and Gustavo Herrera (pictured above) gave a small introduction before screening their stop motion piece, "Buffalo Mierde" which was also a definate crowd pleaser. Our next installment will be held, this time in our sculpture garden, on July 17th. More details to come.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

TAM's Next 12 Gauger: Mary Anna Pomonis

TAM is proud to present Los Angeles artist Mary Anna Pomonis from June 18-June 20. Pomonis presents graphite and charcoal pieces on panel and a floor sculture. Pomonis' dynamic work has been exhibited nationally for over 10 years from Los Angeles, to Chicago, to New York. To see more images and to read her statements on her various projects, visit Museum hours are 11-5P.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Art House/Art Garden @ TAM Kickoff Night

This Friday, June 19th, from 8-10P in Gallery 1.

We will be kicking off our monthly film night which we are calling "Art House/Art Garden". Each month we will invite a curator for the evening to select a feature film, and two video art shorts, either from their own collection, or from submissions recieved from our ongoing open submissions call here at the museum. Oh yeah, and it's free.

This months curator will be Los Angeles based artist/curator/critic Doug Harvey who has selected Lee Lynch's piece titled "Ned's Draw" which will include live acting and an installation. Doug has also selected a piece by Eric Wright & Cathy Ward titled "Passing" which is narrated by LM Kit Carson who wrote Paris, Texas.

Los Angeles artists Gustavo Herrera & Spencer Douglass will kick off the evening with their piece "Buffalo Mierda".

So come and join us on Friday for an evening of great film and art at TAM. Also check out,, and for more info on our presenters.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Next 12 Gauger: Justin Bower 6/11-6/13

Recent Claremont Graduate University grad Justin Bower will be exhibiting his unique take on portraiture. With a dynamic handling of paint and pallette, Bower puts a contemporary re-visioning of one of art's oldest subject matters. Bower will be included in our January exhbition "Reflected Gaze", a look at contemporary portraiture. More on that exhibition to come.

Claudia Parducci @ TAM

Here are some installation and opening shots of Claudia's 12 Gauge exhbition this past week.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Next 12 Gauger: Claudia Parducci

Our next 12 Gauge exhibitor will be Los Angeles based painter and installation artist Claudia Parducci (June 4-6). To see more of her work visit her site,

Josh Peters installation photos