Happy New Year everyone! 2011 was a whirlwind of a year with awesome artwork by amazingly talented artists. We saw street art's rapid rise to popularity due to the controversial "Art in the Streets" exhibit at MOCA, witnessed a Pop-Surrealist Queen break barriers by showing at a 'highbrow' gallery, and gushed when one of the most prolific artists of our generation presented his first solo exhibit in Los Angeles. But enough about our memorable moments of the past year, we want to highlight the 2011 posts that fascinated our beloved readers. Take a look of the top 11 posts of the year as decided by you guys and while we have your attention, we'd like to thank you for all the love and support because this wouldn't be possible without you! We hope you continue to enjoy all that Platinum Cheese and the art scene has to offer. See you in 2012! and now the top 11 posts of 2011...
11. João Ruas @ Thinkspace
On November 5th, Thinkspace opened Yore, the second solo exhibit by Brazilian artist João Ruas which features his signature mythos paintings along with several pieces painted on ostrich eggs and a mural installation. Read the full write-up here.
10. Art Chat with Joshua Petker
Fascinated by the extent women go through to project a certain image to the world, Joshua Petker paints fashionable subjects who appear confident on the outside, yet near breaking point on the inside. In his exhibit titled, Celluloid Constellations, Joshua reinterprets the movie stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age in his dreamy yet haunting aesthetic. Read the full interview here.
9. Art Chat with Souther Salazar
Souther Salazar’s highly imaginative work reinterprets the world into a mythical place full of carnivals, lost cities, dinosaurs, and other fantastical creatures. In his exhibit titled You Come Too, Souther continues to share the joy and excitement of adventure through his unique sense of storytelling while referencing Robert Frost’s poem The Pasture. Read the entire interview here.
8. Art Chat with Cleon Peterson
Known for his depictions of graphic violence and depravity, Cleon Peterson’s dystopian rips the lid off accepted social decorum to unleash aggression and other pent-up impulses. With his exhibit titled White Flag, Cleon continues upon his exploration of the tension between the conscious ego and and repressed ‘shadow’ thereby forcing us to decide where our sympathies lie. Read the full interview here.
7. Interview with Cristina Paulos
Raised on a steady diet of classic animation, mall culture, and arcade games deep within the urbanized valley of Southern California, Cristina Paulos grew up with a compulsion to playfully communicate with the world around her. Read the entire interview here.
6. The "F" List Interview with Laurie Lipton
Laurie Lipton and PC contributor Rick Galiher have a fabulously fun time with aliteration. Here Laurie talks about Fame, Fortune and her Fans. Read the full interview here.
5. Interview with David Bray
When we heard London based artist David Bray was presenting his first exhibition in the U.S., we jumped at the chance to chat with this talented illustrator. Here David talks about the concept of his show, bondage and Helmut Newton. Read the entire interview here.
4. Camille Rose Garcia at Michael Kohn Gallery (tie)
Depicting the beloved classic story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in her uniquely twisted and dysfunctional style, Camille Rose Garcia returns the fairytale to its rightful place as an unsettling children’s story perfect for adults. Read the entire write-up here.
4. Twin Peeks 20th Anniversary Art Show (tie)
David Lynch gets a big hug from Los Angeles and our readers as the legendary Clifton’s Cafeteria was transformed into a makeshift art gallery honoring Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Read the opening night recap here.
3. Studio Visit with Korin Faught
Beautiful, elegant, and refined are just a few adjectives to describe Korin Faught’s artwork. In anticipation of her exhibit "Voices of the Lake" at Corey Helford, we visited Korin in her studio and many readers eagerly logged on to get a sneak peek. Read the entire visit here.
2. Herakut Mural in Culver City
For the first time in the uber arts district of Culver City, the German street art duo known as Herakut got up to donate this incredible mural to the streets. View more images of the mural here.
1. James Jean @ Martha Otero
With the awe-inspiring collection of large-scale works depicting romantic deities in a colorful decaying setting, we weren't the only ones smitten by James Jean's "Rebus". An astounding number of fans clicked to view the lastest works by the beloved artist. Read the entire post and view images here.