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Wednesday, January 30, 2008 An Arts Scene

Art Sticker on parking meter, Culver City

Well, Culver City is "the" place now.  All the new art galleries on the eastern part of the city, formally designated as the Culver City Art District, prompted the New York Times in 2007 to praise the new art scene and call Culver City a "nascent Chelsea." And Culver City is the hometown of Drew Barrymore, Gary Carter, the baseball player, Rocky George, the guitar player for Suicidal Tendencies, Helen Hunt, Gwen Verdon, and that comedian who says rather unfortunate things, Michael Richards.  So maybe it is a "nascent Chelsea." No, Culver City is not really Chelsea, but it will have to do.

You have to love the flowerbox, with padlocks.

Utility box with Bird of Paradise graphic, Culver City

Truth or Fiction,
Nobuho Nagasawa
Laminated glass and steel, 10' h x 4' w x 3' d

Northeast corner of Culver Boulevard and Duquesne Avenue 

Truth or Fiction is comprised of three free-standing, triangular pillars made of laminated glass etched with images referencing Culver City's motion picture history. These images include MGM's Leo the Lion and an enlarged eye from Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound. At night, the sculpture is illuminated from within - projecting moving phrases, images of native Southern California plants and animals, and various visual references from the film industry, including a reel from a movie camera.

"Truth or Fiction," Nobuho Nagasawa, northeast corner of Culver Boulevard and Duquesne Avenue, Culver City

LA Kitsch

WWA Gallery, Washington Boulevard, Culver City
WWA Gallery, Washington Boulevard, Culver City - Bob's Big Boy
WWA Gallery, Washington Boulevard, Culver City - The Dirty Matini

But Culver City did a nice job with the new and not kitsch City Hall they saved a bit of the old one.

Culver City, City Hall - arch of the old City Hall in front to the new one
Culver City, City Hall - mixed trees
Street Clock, Culver City

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Technical Note:

Most of these photographs were shot with a Nikon D70 - using lens (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto, or after 5 June 2006, (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0.  Earlier photography was done with a Sony Mavica digital still camera (MVC-FD-88) with built-in digital zoom.

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All text and photos, unless otherwise noted, Copyright © 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 - Alan M. Pavlik