June 14, 2017

Mini in the Mail #68: "From Pillar to Post"

"From Pillar to Post," 5x5in., oil on masonite

It's hard to describe but L.A. doesn't have so much the kind of grimy, organic urbanscapes you get in places where people have trod for centuries and held on to their pasts, but it does have wildly clean lines and geometries that look like diagrams in math textbooks.

While I think of the north and the east of the North American continent as drenched in water and mouldy, constantly shifting from the freeze-thaw cycle, a little funky smelling, and lit up gothically, the southwest is kiln dried, UVed clean, odourless (except for the plants when you disturb them), light, and lit up like a film set.

For this little painting and other works of mine, check out www.ivanostocco.com.

June 5, 2017

Mini in the Mail #67: "Burnt Reflection"

"Burnt Reflection," 5x5in., oil on masonite

Spent some time in L.A. over the weekend, among other things to attend the dedication and grand opening of the Zev Yaroslavsky L.A. River Greenway Trail in Studio City, part of L.A.'s river greenway project. If you've ever seen the L.A. River with its insane concrete encasement and mostly dry bed, you'll know why any effort to revive it is heroic.

A lusher than normal view. 3,000 native trees and plants were planted in the half-mile walking stretch. The inauguration ceremony took place under the white canopies.

The most touching moment was the dedication by Rudy Ortega Jr., Chairman of the L.A. Native American Indian Commission and a member of the FernandeƱo Tataviam band, whose ancestors have long lived in the area.

The small painting, though not touching on the river directly, came out of the trip.

For more of my artwork, check out www.ivanostocco.com.

June 1, 2017

Mini in the Mail #66: "Tangled Roots"

"Tangled Roots," 5x5in., oil on masonite

My 66th mini painting, this of a giant ficus in noir, towering in all directions, its canopy sheltering half a block, and proclamations of love graffitied into its smooth bark. Its roots overflow, entangle, unsettle, like a pit of pythons.

Like our own roots in family and community.

For this mini painting and others like it, check out www.ivanostocco.com.