Sometimes, after a typical week of work and (rather uneventful) normal routine, you feel the need for a little culture or creative rejuvenation. We recently took advantage of the free admission to LACMA to break out of monotony and kick-start the weekend with a little art. Even an hour or two wandering a few of the exhibits is sure to get some creative juices flowing and your brain shifting gears. It is said that engaging with art (and even more so when actively creating art) activates multiple parts of the brain, and is a natural mental “pick me up” that I’ll happily take at any time!
Here are a few pieces that caught my attention during this particular visit…
Alberto Giacometti // Head-Skull // 1934 // Bronze
This piece by Giacometti stands out among his usual textural and elongated forms.
Christo // Portrait of Ray // 1969 // rope, tarp, oil and graphite on canvas
Call me crazy, but I’m always a sucker for some canvas and rope in any form. While most works of art by Christo Javacheff and wife Jeanne-Claude are better known for wrapping entire architectural structures, monuments and even elements of nature, I still love the simplicity of this suggestive smaller piece.
Arnaldo Pomodoro // Disk // 1982-83 // bronze
Rachel Lachowicz // Cell, Interlocking Construction // 2010 // pigment, cosmetic compound, plexiglass
Most of my favorites seemed to be older works, but this contemporary piece caught my eye for its graphic nature and bold use of many shades of blue.
Anthony Pearson // untitled (plaster positive) // 1969 // pigmented hydrocal plaster and walnut
The texture and motion of this piece could reference anything from solidified lava to elephant skin… perhaps that’s why it’s untitled, leaving interoperation to the viewer.
And of course, a little sliver of Matisse (capturing Den & Delve’s favorite color palate)…
Henri Matisse // Le Gerbe (The Sheaf) // 1953 // ceramic
Lastly, a LACMA favorite of anyone who visits is the permanent outdoor installation Urban Light. Created by Chris Burden, this neatly organized structure is made from 202 restored cast iron street lamps, and is equally stunning in both daylight and evening. We had the chance to view it in both elements, before and after our time inside the museum.
So next time you need a little mental pick-me-up, don’t underestimate a little exposure to art (or any type of museum for that matter). You may be affected in ways you don’t even realize. Many museums throughout the US have opportunities for free admission, so do a little research and see what’s waiting for you to discover in your city. Your brain will thank you!