I just went to the Getty website to check out the hours for the Pacific Standard Time show and guess what I discovered they are selling? Vasa! Frequent readers of MollyLoot know what a passion I have for these slick, candy-colored sculptures and I will be certain to leave enough time after the show to scoop up a few for my very own.If you can’t make it to the Getty, you can always let your fingers do the walking to their website and order some for yourself. Lest ye think I am nothing more than a flagrant magpie, please read the bio the Getty provides on this Yugoslavian-cum-Southern Californian master craftsman. It’s art, people. For real. Each piece is unique and signed and dated by the man himself. Enjoy!
In the 1960s, Vasa developed techniques for working with cast laminated acrylic forms based on simple Euclidean shapes. These prisms of luminous construction are created by composing colored planes within these geometric forms. To fully appreciate these works of art, it is essential to observe them from different angles—the sculptures’ dimensionality contributes to an ever-changing appearance.With an advanced understanding of optical complexities, Vasa has become, in the words of Henry Seldis, former art critic of The Los Angeles Times, “the most sensuous and sensational colorist of the southern California artists working in plastic.” His work was included in the seminal exhibition American Sculpture of the Sixties at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1967 and in other museum and university exhibits. Except for a brief stay in New York, Vasa has lived in California since his arrival in the United States from Yugoslavia in the early 60s. Here in his comprehensive studio, located in the heart of Los Angeles and designed and built to accommodate the machinery, staff and advanced technology required for his work, Vasa creates and makes all of his art. Vasa is currently a senior Professor of Design at the University of California, Los Angeles.