The Multiple Facets of Amanda Thompson’s Sculptures

Courtesy of Amanda Thompson As with most great artists, Amanda Thompson’s sculptures reveal a subtle perspective on the artist herself. Born in Tokyo to English and American parents and raised in London, Thompson has spent much of her life traveling around the world. Not surprisingly, she’s spent a lot of time feeling like an outsider. As she disclosed about her artwork in a recent one-on-one interview, “There is this element of something really trying to conform to something, really trying so hard to fit in, having multiple faces in order to be liked but not quite feeling that. It’s in there.” Clearly, Thompson’s pieces have many layers both literally and figuratively. “The way I work is,

Don't Miss "Buyer and Cellar"

Courtesy of the Falcon Theatre We were fortunate enough to see the very funny “Buyer and Cellar” starring the incredibly charming Jai Rodriguez at the Falcon Theatre in Toluca Lake recently. If you’re looking for an escape from the drama of the presidential election, slip into this fictional story of an out of work actor taking a job in the hard-to-believe-it’s-true world of Barbara Streisand’s personal basement shopping mall. You may only know Jai as the “Culture Vulture” from “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” But he’s a really talented actor and he carries the whole show on his shoulders — playing multiple characters with a mind-boggling ease. There’s even a moment where he switches off b

Just Below the Surface: Blu Smith Dives Between Abstract and Expressive Painting

Courtesy of Blu Smith Artist Blu Smith is a born and bred Canadian who, at the age of 21, moved to the picturesque locale of Victoria on Vancouver Island. After a two-year diploma program at Okanagan College, Smith continued his studies at the University of Victoria. While he focused on a Fine Arts degree in school, he worked at a local sign shop during the day. “I was able to learn a lot about layout and design and did a lot of logo work, worked very large with a lot of these very big signs,” recounted Smith. “That molded me for a time anyways.” Smith realized he was honing very specific expertise, “Your technical skill had to be really spot on. I really developed that skill for reali

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