In this video flashback to 2005, Gallery HD teams up with James Cohan Gallery to take an extended visit to Fred Tomaselli’s studio to capture the artist in the process of making his mixed media painting Organism for the exhibition Ecstasy: In and About Altered States at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Tomaselli declares himself to be a maximalist for wanting to “throw as much information into an object as it can physically handle” and proceeds to load his work in progress with cut-out body parts, leaves from plants he grows, and pharmaceutical pills his assistance gather to make a psychedelic image of a figure falling in space. Covering the meticulously crafted imagery in a clear resin, which Tomaselli recalls first using when he was making surfboards, the artist send it off to the show, where he hopes the audience will have a transcendental experience while rapidly viewing a piece that took six months to make. Watch the insightful video into Tomaselli’s unique process of making art, which reflects the collective world he inhabits, after the jump.
Calling him a “risk-taker” for mounting a major show of street art, the New York Times continued its love affair with Jeffrey Deitch, while the best that the Los Angeles press can muster is complaints about the graffiti brought on by the exhibition. Times contributor Guy Trebay paints an exciting picture of the opening of Art in the Streets at the Museum of Contemporary Art in LA and pulls in quotes about Deitch from mega-collector and MOCA’s founding chairman Eli Broad, who said, “We wanted someone who was, call it what you want, a game-changer,” while stating that what the museum was seeking when they hired him as the new director was “an impresario.”