Roamin’ around Los Angeles

While we were in Los Angeles early last month, we visited the Getty Villa. The amazing building is like a real Roman villa, but on a very large and impressive scale. The rooms are filled with Roman antiquities – we’ll show a few highlights in the coming blog entries.


Sydney on the Fly 2

These two artworks caught our attention in the “Glorious” exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, which we featured yesterday. The large and rather Chinese style painting above is “Blossom gatherers II” by Indian/English artist Raqib Shaw. The 17th century Japanese screen below depicts Flowers of the four seasons” starting with the New Year on the right.

Sydney on the Fly

We recently had a one day layover in Sydney, breaking the long journey between Perth and Los Angeles. As usual, our first port of call in Sydney was the Art Gallery of New South Wales. After having coffee and pear slice in the cafe, we looked around the “Glorious” exhibition.

This exhibition features a wide range of interesting artworks and artforms from many parts of Asia. We even folded some simple origami. The exhibition runs through to next year and is well worth a visit.

Ghostly Light

While we were in Fremantle a few days back, we called in at the Fremantle Arts Centre (above) to catch the “Light Geist” exhibition. Over the years the historic building has served as a mental asylum, homeless shelter, technical school and military headquarters.

Light Geist features illuminated artworks/installations that are in darkened rooms, creating a rather intriguing, disorienting and mysterious atmosphere – but all entertaining and well worth a visit. The exhibition runs through to 22 January.

Another Model City

As well as yesterday’s model of Los Angeles, we saw another model city at the Long Beach Museum of Art, in the current exhibition titled “Vitality and Verve in the Third Dimension”.

The artwork is part of an installation by Kiel Johnson, titled “Hold Fast”. It depicts many scenes around Los Angeles’ port city. The exhibition runs through to Oct 16.

A Long Way from Home 3

Origami also turned up during our visit to Long Beach, the port city of Los Angeles. At the Long Beach Museum of Art, we noticed these origami cranes in the stairwell.

The current exhibition is “Vitality and Verve in the Third Dimension” and features works by Californian artists like Aaron De La Cruz (below) and a number of artists who were in town to paint murals for POW! WOW! Long Beach 2016. The exhibition runs through to Oct 16.

If I was in LA 3

Here are some more works on display at the exhibition “Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami”. The large bird above is “Ruga Swan” by China/USA artist Jiangmei Wu. It is made with corrugated board.

​North Americans Martin and Erik Demaine folded this amazingly origami, in which curved creases give the work its complex 3D coiled shape. And the piece titled “Unidentified Flying Origami (UFO)” below is by French origami artist Vincent Floderer. The exhibition is being held at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, and runs through to August 21.