LA Times, by Valli Herman March 15

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Artists throughout the ages have faithfully preserved and even improved upon the fashions of each era, and today is no different. This month and next, three artists – two photographers and a painter – are staging showings of works that capture unique moments in the evolution of fashion.

In “Mom’s Friends,” Venice-based painter and new media artist Kimberly Brooks explores issues of feminine identity, nostalgia and womanhood in a series of oil and gouache portraits based on photos of her mohter and her fashionable 1970s friends from Brooks’ Mill Valley, Calif., childhood. Brooks captures the era’s sense of freedom and fresh power in compositions that feature bold ‘70s style. The exhibit, her second solo show, continues through April 7 at the Taylor de Cordoba gallery, 2660 S. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles. Hours are 11 am to 6 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

Preparing for Mom’s Friends

Liz Goldwyn was kind enough to pose for me in authentic 70s clothing from The Way We Wore on La Brea. (Not only is she luminous but also author of the magnificent book, Pretty Things)lizgoldwyn.jpg

I’m gathering old magazines from the 70s

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collecting textiles and hanging them all over the studio
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looking at 70s fashion on ebay…

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raiding all the old family photo albums

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(the artist at eight!)
It means making gouaches to work out palettes and compositions for the oil paintings.

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