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Notes on Looking, March 25, 2010

Dear friends and Fellows, I think Mercury is transiting Saturn in my House of the Speeding Car Chase. Life is just whizzing by. I’ll take a short poke at it and then be off. While visiting Paul Pescador’s window installation at Outpost last week I learned that I can listen to the sounds of space on a U of Iowa website. An indirect learning experience: some nice person thanked another person for giving her something I don’t recall and in return passed along the web address. Pescador copied that letter, along with dozens of others in his drawing. I ran home and listened and space sounds pretty much as you’d expect it to – crackly and kind of fun. Tonight, Thursday at Sam Lee Gallery at the PDC Nathan Hayden opens for the walking purpose, a show that it turns out I’ve been waiting to see for a while, without knowing it. In December 2007 Hayden had a show at the Manhattan Beach Art Center that I visited, the work was new to me, Hayden had recently graduated from UC Santa Barbara and the thing that most remained in my mind is a conversation we had about a series of small, tiny even, impromptu drawings where Hayden made interestingly intuitive marks, drawings and cartoons on an odd variety of papers he had at hand while traveling and walking. These drawings illustrated for me how when we walk in a new terrain or city images jump out strangely to our eyes because we don’t have the context of familiarity and thoughts come to mind that make no obvious reference to...

Notes on Looking, March 18, 2010

I’m a bit off my leash lately friends and Fellows, read on: The wisteria are in bloom along the Hollywood Fwy again – southbound near the Darling’s Flowers sign. What a sweet reminder of… well, pick your sentimental poeticism. It’s nice to imagine that I can catch the scent when traffic is bad and I have the top down. Indeed on my way home tonight, northbound, traffic was stopped in the transition and I could smell wisteria. Whatever charmed neighborhood once graced this spot lives on through its residents planting choices. Yay! I’m glad our makings and remakings of Los Angeles can’t entirely wipe away our shared past. Closing this weekend but I swear not before I make it in is Minimum Yields Maximum at Monte Vista Projects. I almost got there this past Saturday but they close at 5. Keep that in mind when you make plans. Leah Ollman wrote a review in the Times which has a few images, if you like. Monte Vista, 5442 Monte Vista St. 90042. So I ask you. Is the Joshua Callaghan who has work in Minimum Yields Maximum the same Josh Callaghan that Nicholas Bourriaud curated into Repurpose, a show at Southern Exposure in SFO a fairly long time ago? I’ve been seeing Callahan’s work around town lately and until now hadn’t the sense to google “Bourriaud Southern Exposure” to find out. I answered my own question – he is. He had a great video in that 2002 show: a million Hollywood movie clips with characters saying “Josh” and “Callahan” over and over. And over. We laughed out loud. I remember...

Notes on Looking, March 11, 2010

Hello friends and Fellows, Almost before I say a word I want to remind you about next Tuesday, March 16 Piano Spheres concert with Joanne Pierce Martin. A couple of years ago I read an LA Phil on Tour blog note by Martin recounting her October 31, 2007 trek through London with some Philharmonic mates to hear music by highly regarded Theremin player Pamelia Kurstin. Wow. A Theremin! Click through and read about her adventure! Martin mentioned in this post that she’d be taking lessons on the instrument her sweet husband bought for her, and I’ve been holding my breath for her to play something here. Buy your tickets now! Zipper Hall, 200 S. Grand Ave, 90012. An email just strolled my way bringing news of Miller Updegraff’s opening tonight, Thursday at Michael Benevento on Sunset Blvd. I’m eager to see this show. The work of his I have seen – at the Eagle Rock Art Center’s Current Trends in Modern Painting show last month – piqued my interest but since I’ve only seen one painting that interest is informed mostly by reading and listening. Here’s a link to Updegraff’s own website and Benevento has some images on his. Thursday evening catch the bus for Michael Benevento at 7576 Sunset Blvd, 90046! Across Sunset at Ltd., Shirley Morales is opening with Rachel Foullon. Remember to cross at the corner… Friday night we were with  the lucky ones at Redcat’s CEAIT Festival for the second night of electronic music performances. I emphasize lucky because we saw Steve Roden performing. Roden was trying a number of new strategies on stage that...

Notes on Looking, March 4, 2010

Hello friends and Fellows, I swear, I get to have more fun. Friday night we spent at Cottage Home watching German videos made from 1963 to 1983. (Please note that I don’t call this “video art” – would I call a painting show “painting art”? Good grief.) Cheers to the Goethe Institute and Inke Arns, who organized the event. We were a pretty excited group of discerning culture monsters who eagerly filled the space. Thanks to the magic of determined international citizen uplaoders, the internet and the searching efforts of yours truly you can enjoy much of the video we saw that night. Click on a few things below for some nice surprises. Jan Dibbets, …Tide Object with Correction of Perspective is not available online that I could find but a rather less interesting and much longer recreation of the piece that Dibbets did in 2009 is. You can get the idea from watching but you really missed out if you weren’t at Cottage Home. The original is an elegant 3 minute film of a tractor or two dragging marks into a beach at low tide making a trapezoid. The trapezoid looks square because of a trick of perspective and then the tide rises, washing the whole away. After viewing this, and thinking on other land art projects I’ve experienced I’m choosing to see a sweet and human side to this work. Joseph Beuys, Filz TV was on the program that night and is here for you to watch. Die Tödliche Doris is also available for your viewing pleasure. FYI this film has a German punk band recreating in...