Simon Toparovsky: Vessels and Channels


Take a tour among rubble and ruin, surrealist shrubbery, martyred saints and otherworldly wall art for the last days of artist Simon Toparovsky‘s transcendent exhibition “Vessels and Channels,” on view at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Downtown Los Angeles through February 15.


You’re invited to challenge your emotions as you experience Toparovsky’s sculptures, two-dimensional imagery and meditative mixed-media installations that tap into the mythical and mystical.
Toparovsky, an internationally celebrated contemporary artist, explores the transient condition of the human spirit through his artwork and creative genius. He is inspired by the sacred functions of early Renaissance art, which can be clearly observed through the contemporary portals he created for the side chapels of the largest Catholic church to have been built in 200 years.


Toparovsky has focused on narrative sculpture since he moved to Los Angeles in 1981. Working with wax and clay, found objects, manipulated plants and textiles, he has created cast bronze panels, figures and mixed media compositions which stand alone and are used as elements for site-specific installations. He has been commissioned to create private art gardens and large scale public works.


Since the 1970s his art has been exhibited internationally and acquired for many collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Getty Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Centre Pompidou, Beaubourg and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. In 1998, he was awarded the commission to create the life-size bronze crucifix for the main altar of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, which was consecrated in September 2002.


Accompanying “Vessels and Channels” is a programmed visual artwork, a mosaic journal entitled Imagining Christ: Making the Crucifix by Mr. Toparovsky, presented on a large-scale monitor. It marks the first use of digital art in the Cathedral.


For more information, visit


Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
555 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Author: SoCalLifeMag Staff

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