Twelve Bagatelles (2015) for Janis Crystal Lipzin

Through Artists’ Lenses: “Twelve Bagatelles for Janis Crystal Lipzin” by Rick Bahto from The Huntington on Vimeo.

The Huntington asked three Los Angeles–area artists (Rick Bahto, Charlotte Pryce, and Steve Roden) to make short, silent films for the walls of the entryway of the Mapel Orientation Gallery. Each film is a poetic visual exploration of objects from our collections and spaces you can venture to during your visit. The orientation of the films is vertical because of the shape of the walls onto which they are projected in the gallery. See the other two artist films at

“Twelve Bagatelles for Janis Crystal Lipzin” by Rick Bahto, 2015 (super 8 transferred to digital, color & black-and-white, silent)

Artist statement:
Since moving to Southern California, I have returned again and again to The Huntington’s Desert Garden, endlessly fascinated by the variety of plants housed in this collection. For my film, I have placed the colors and textures of plants found in the Desert Garden Conservatory in conversation with other artists’ representations of plants, found in works ranging from medieval Books of Hours to Severin Roesen’s “Still Life with Flowers and Bird’s Nest.” This film is dedicated to Janis Crystal Lipzin—dear friend, mentor, artist, and gardener.

© 2015 Rick Bahto

May 30 & 31, 2015. Chatty Catties World Premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival.

A feature length movie that I co-wrote the script for (with Pablo Valencia) called Chatty Catties is playing at the Seattle International Film Festival later this month.

Chatty Catties
May 30, 2015 at 9:30 pm
May 31, 2015 at 11:30 am

Meet sassy tabby Leonard and his emotional wreck of an owner, in a world where domesticated cats are able to communicate with people and pass judgment on their all-too-human foibles. Hard-of-hearing actors provide the feline voices in this hilarious black comedy. World Premiere

More information here.

Review of Casey Anderson: voices, percussion at the wulf.

I recently performed in Casey Anderson’s TALK RADIO (an opera) at the wulf., which was reviewed by Paul Muller in New Classic LA. Read below.

The wulf in downtown Los Angeles was the site for a concert of the experimental music of composer Casey Anderson. A nice Sunday night crowd turned out on April 19, 2015 to hear an evening of new music at the leading edge of the performance vanguard. Continue reading

Cult of the Supreme Being May 7, 1794. Riverside Art Museum.

Cult of the Supreme Being May 7, 1794
Riverside Art Museum
3425 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA, 92501

Exhibition: May 7 – June 21, 2015
Opening / Riverside Artswalk: May 7, 2015, 6-9 pm
Reception: May 30, 2015, 1-4 pm

The Riverside Art Museum is pleased to announce the 2015 University of California at Riverside Masters of Fine Arts Exhibition, titled Cult of the Supreme Being May 7, 1794, spotlighting the work of eleven first and second year graduate students, facilitated by UCR Associate Professor of Art, Brandon Lattu. These students work in various mediums, including: sculpture, painting, photography, video, and installation. Working towards the culmination of their thesis projects, they each approach their work with a unique voice, conceptual framework, and formal sensibility. All of the students in the exhibition are actively engaged in dialogue with an important lineage of artistic practice and the ever-evolving arena of contemporary art.