In this rendition of Art Shows a Go Go we highlight two very important openings to two very cool modern art galleries that are central to the Coachella Valley.  Carve some time into your schedule this weekend to check them out:

royale projects

You are invited to the opening of

doug fogelson: masters, edits & cuts



Doug Fogelson creates colorful, abstract photograms, capturing the shadows and reflections of audio tape that was used to record music. By employing two mediums that are anachronistic in today’s digital world he creates playful and beautiful images that comment on our accelerating culture.

doug fogelson

About the Show:

Is there still beauty in something that has been deemed obsolete by technology? How do you recreate visually the emotional content of what we hear? How can one harness the pure joy of melody, harmony, and rhythm?

Doug Fogelson explores the phenomenon of capturing sound and light by employing two mediums that are anachronistic in today’s digital world. In a contemporary re-visitation of an early, cameraless photographic process, the artist creates colorful, abstract Photograms. Fogelson places magnetic tape, used in audio recording, on photographic paper. In an additive process, similar to the way that musical “tracks” are recorded, he exposes it to colored lights multiple times. The light bounces off the magnetic tape casting rippled waves and patterns leaving traces of its shadows and reflections on the paper. When the audio tape is removed, a vibrant record of the event is permanently left behind.

Fogelson states; “My concern in the series Masters, Edits, and Cuts is threefold. The first is to honor the magical contribution of the medium called “magnetic tape”. The second is to reflect the process of recording itself between the light sensitive material and magnetic tape physically interacting. The third is to visually express something akin to the emotional content I derive from sounds and images contained by such fantastic and nearly obsolete media.”

Doug Fogelson studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College. He has been recognized by many publications including Art News, Photo District News, Art Forum, and AfterImage. This is the first exhibition of Doug Fogelson’s work at Royale Projects. – via Royale Projects

on Sunday at Royale Projects…

royale projects

special artist talk with  

farrah karapetian

SUNDAY MARCH 18 2012 (12:00-2:00pm)

Artist talk will begin at 12:15 sharp  

rsvp requested but not required 

farrah karapetian

Each piece is a risk: each entails steps that are a little bit out of my reach and each can be done only once – can never be recreated.
The history of the photogram is one of experimentation, and that spirit is a large part of what I do.”  – Farrah Karapetian

of the past exhibition of

About Farrah Karapetian’s work:

Farah Karapetian (born 1978) works with photography and in sculpture often merging the two. Her process results in images and objects that are, in the words of Los Angeles Times critic Leah Ollman, “more like a metaphor than a record.” Karapetian earned a BA in Fine Art with a concentration on Photography from Yale University and an MFA from UCLA. The artist has exhibited with Sandroni.Rey in Los Angeles and at the Centre d’Art Contemporain, Parc Saint-Léger, France, She has recently completed a residency with the Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War in Los Angeles. – via Royale Projects


A few questions with Farrah Karapetian via Royale Projects:

What inspires you as an artist?  

When I look around as I drive through LA or when I leaf through the NYTimes, I see images, objects, and circumstances that, in some regard, pose formal and psychological challenges.

What attracted you to your medium of choice?

I chose photography because it was the first medium, practice, or academic subject through which I could watch myself learn.

What is most satisfying about the creative process?

Surprise. Jouissance. The relief of an effective piece after the struggle of coordinating its manifestation.

Cowboys or Indians? 

Both. Together, because I gravitate towards tension.

Does your art carry a message?

The work is about the encounter between a subject and an object: how do I encounter things, events, traumas, as an artist and a human? How can I frame the associations I have with those things, events, and traumas in such a way that you too will have productive associations as well?

and over at Melissa Morgan Fine Art in Palm Desert this weekend….

melissa morgan fine art

melissa morgan fine art

Looking forward to seeing you there!…