Ariel Vargassal: Self-Made Myths

To be immortal is commonplace; except for man, all creatures are immortal, for they are ignorant of death. --Jorge Luis Borges

Painter Ariel Vargassal renders vignettes culled from an esoteric plane of consciousness, a hybrid world of being and nothingness, externalizing the human psyche in jewel-like portraiture augmented by symbolism. With touches of hyper-stylized post-Pop beauty and the gravitas of modern-day my...

In a more enlightened time, this exhibit would be a great showcase of contemporary photography, in all of the many technical and artistic approaches and digital and manual processes. However, in light of the age we live in, the works exhibited at Building Bridges Art Exchange must be considered for all the pertinent bite and visual fire they scream to the viewer. Hence the title: All Women Are Dangerous.Photography has a complicated legacy, start...


The exhibition focuses on the use of photography as a vehicle to explore self identity and issues of gender presentation,” stated Marisa Caichiolo, Director of BBAX.

“While some of the featured artists have a conceptual or experimental approach, others have opted for the traditional photographic process. The common thread is that they all have established a very intimate and personal photographic discussion.”

Featuring work by: Bootsy Holler — Lisa...


Every new generation of artists must deal with the dreams and burdens of art history in its own way — a dynamic that is further complicated and enriched if that generation is also confronting locally and globally significant societal and political issues at the same time. For the generation of young Japanese artists represented in this tripartite group exhibition, it’s rather a perfect storm, as they take on not only the centuries-long visual par...


Shana Nys Dambrot is an art critic, curator, and author based in Los Angeles. She is currently LA Editor for WhiteHot Magazine, Arts Editor for Vs. Magazine, Contributing Editor for Art Ltd., and a contributor to the Huffington Post, The Creators Project, Porter & Sail, Desert Magazine, and KCET's Artbound. Formerly Managing Editor at Flavorpill, her other publications have included the LA Weekly, Modern Painters, Art Review, Palm Springs Life, A...

It doesn’t matter where you’re from or what language you speak: Art is a universal language.

For the past 10 years, the Building Bridges Art Exchange at the Bergamot Station Art Center in Santa Monica has been working to connect artists across the globe to exchange ideas and share creative breakthroughs.

On Saturday, the nonprofit launches two new solo exhibitions — one from far away and one from close to home.

The main gallery space hosts internati...

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