Notes on Looking, June 10, 2010

Davida Nemeroff from the 2008 slide show Playing With Fur

Davida Nemeroff, image from slide show Playing With Fur, no date available - link to Playing With Fur page on Nemeroff's site

Hello friends and Fellows,

For those of us who are smart enough to be determined fans there is the possibility of a Michael Rashkow bi-fecta (sorry no trifecta yet) this week that will have you traveling from Lincoln Heights after 10:30 some night to Beverly Hills at 6 pm on Saturday.

Davida Nemeroff at Night Gallery opened Casa Bella with Rashkow, Joshua Callaghan and Jennifer Boysen last Tuesday. (More exciting Davida Nemeroff news a bit later so stay tuned!) Night Gallery is open 10 pm to 2 am Tuesday through Thursday and (I could kick myself for not knowing this this weekend!!) on Sunday from 3 pm to 7 pm. If you aren’t already you need to be aware of Night Gallery and Nemeroff.
Night Gallery, 204 S. Ave. 18, LA, 90031

Jennifer Boysen is a new name to me, and having now looked at images on her website I regret this fact!

If you have any French Los Angeles Confidential is an exhibition that Allyson Spellacy and Sandra Patron curated at the Parc Saint Léger Center for Contemporary Art, which for those of us who don’t know France very well is about 2 hours south of Paris. Boysen was included as were a number of interesting LA artists. (The captions of the great exhibition images on this museum site are in English so don’t scrimp!)

I know where I’ll be part of Sunday afternoon – in Lincoln Heights at Night Gallery seeing Casa Bella which looks to be a fantastic exhibition.

Garboushian Gallery (disclosure here – Herair Garboushian is a member of FOCA), opens a two person show with Rashkow and Skylar Haskard this coming Saturday.

You may have seen Rashkow’s work in a group show at Parker Jones (Matt Connors, Nancy de Holl, Michael Rashkow, Rowan Wood, July-August 2009) and a previous solo show at China Art Objects. (June-July 2009, no images on CAO site but I did find something there that I’ll share in a minute.)

Haskard has shown with Anna Helwing and (memorably for me because I missed 18 Happenings in 6 Parts at LACE while recovering from transplant surgery and had a mobile phone narration by Sweetness) at the MOCA organized Allan Kaprow Art As Life series of performances in 2008. Even more memorably for me at the subsequent LACE Auction mine was the winning bid for Sandwich Man, the Skylar Haskard sculpture that was performed with in 18 Happenings by Simone Forti and Steve Roden. I’ve been lucky to look at it every day of my life since. Imagine: Simone Forti and Steve Roden interacted with a wondrous object that now is under my care. Wow. Talk about blessed! (Big Three Cheers to Aandrea Stang is appropriate here, too!)
Garboushian Gallery, 427 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, 90210

Um, you do know that Nancy Rubins is showing across Camden at Gagosian Gallery don’t you? Watch for traffic while you cross the street.

 

Chris Johansen, All Are Welcome Here - China Art Objects

Chris Johansen, All Are Welcome Here - link to more images on China Art Objects site

Two are the many furthermores from the above post.

Davida Nemeroff, Potpourri opens at Workspace on Saturday, June 12 from 8 to 10 pm. I’ve been waiting to see work by Nemeroff since I spoke with her the first time I visited Night Gallery. I say this because I’ve visited, looked at and linked to her blog, I’ve visited, looked at and linked to her website, and while the images I see there seem documentary in nature or narrative based the new work I’ve seen images of look strange and unidentifiable and outside of any story.
Workspace, 2601 Pasadena Ave., LA, 90031

As a for instance of Nemeroff’s past work, check out Three Crosses, a zine about judgment day she published in an edition of 100 in 2008. Beautiful. Also see Playing With Fur, a 2008 slide show installation that includes the above image with the swing set. I can also tell you that Nemeroff has shown in the past with Katherine Mulherin Contemporary Art in Toronto. Mulherin has a project space at the Automat in Chinatown right now.
Mulherin at the Automat, 936 Chung King Road, LA, 90012

China Art Objects (you thought I’d forget, didn’t you?) has The Flower Show with work by Chris Johansen, Stan Kaplan and David Korty. The images are beautiful and represent rather surprising and satisfying work by each of these familiar artists. I don’t think I’m the only one among us who loves paintings and I can’t imagine a better place to spend a summer afternoon than at China Art with these.
China Art Objects, 933 Chung King Road, LA 90012

If you stay in Chinatown for a few more moments you can stop in Kunsthalle LA to see the penultimate weenend of Marie Jaeger’s The Big Nowhere exhibition. Review in LA Times by Sharon Mizota here.
Kunsthalle LA, 932 Chung King Road, LA 90012

Um, wait – there’s more! Patrick Lakey, Everything We Love is Going to Die will remain at Happy Lion for the duration of June.

Stan Kaplan, Look Into My Eye - link to more images on China Art Objects site

Stan Kaplan, Look Into My Eye - link to more images on China Art Objects site

A noteworthy event that began on May 30th with the closing reception for Anna Mayer’s The People Concerned exhibition at Sea and Space, continues through the current two month break, has a brief respite in August when Danish art space Koh-i-nor takes over for a month and culminates in September, 2010 with the closing of Sea and Space Explorations in Highland Park. Congratulations on work well done and also thanks for more than 30 exhibitions and performance events since July 2007 to Lara Bank (President), Haruko Tanaka (Vice President), Clay Chaplin (Treasurer), Asher Hartman (Board Member), and Adam Overton (Secretary and Board Member 2008-2010). I’ve had several of my best art experiences in the past few years at Sea and Space, which is saying a lot for a small, artist-run non-profit. Keep doing great things!

Alfred Jensen, Negative Optic Electric Force, Positive Optic Electric Force, 1975

Alfred Jensen, Negative Optic Electric Force, Positive Optic Electric Force, 1975 You ought to read these brief and fascinating documents - e.g. "Modern number abstractions have not meant much to me, nor have mystical associations of number. Ancient calendar systems, the edge of the sun reappearing, have been a source of my concrete and symbolic number structures. I follow Pythagoras, who said - Let the true principle be known, the beginning is the half of the whole." and "In a school story about his family, six-year old Peter wrote, "My father is strong and good because he paints solar energy." Underline emphasis is mine.

A reminder that Khastoo Gallery in Hollywood opens The Alchemy of Things Unknown (and a Visual Meditation on Transformation) in (at this writing) 1 day, 5 hours, 44 minutes and counting down the seconds. You’ll be so bummed if you don’t make the trek to Sunset Blvd for this reception. There’s work by artists who have never shown in LA before and there’s work by artists who, each time they do show it’s a must see event. If all the participating artists attend the opening the Dark Lord himself will need to grant a dispensation! How can you resist?

Tell you what – turn out the lights in the bathroom, light a candle and stare into the flame reflected in the mirror. Call out, “Mary Worth, Mary Worth; I believe, Mary Worth.” You’ll see a face, the magic will happen and you’ll be at Khastoo! (Please tell me someone else remembers this from childhood! Mary Worth as Bloody Mary, whipping  a rock with a wet cloth to change the weather and removing one’s window screens to allow entry to vampires. David thinks I’m nuts.)
Khastoo, 7556 W. Sunset Blvd., LA, 90046 Thursday, June 10 from 7 to 9 pm

Dan Weinberg is hosting another of his annual drawing/painting shows, this one called Wall to Wall. What sticks in my mind? A 1972 work by Carl Andre, another work from the 1970s by Thomas Chimes that resembles a late 19th or early 20th Century portrait of… Lenin or someone equally intense. Chimes, in the body of work represented here rendered intellectual and cultural icons in almost old-fashioned, ikon-like fashion in brownish oils on small panels with integral (and possibly painted) frames. This modest painting stopped us dead in our tracks.

Weinberg, with his wide-ranging interests and apparently intuitive selection  process manages always to fascinate in these large group shows. It takes a lifetime of paying attention to develop intuition such as his!
Daniel Weinberg Gallery, 6148 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 90048 (in the 6150 complex)

Unnamed Thomas Chimes painting, dated probably between 1974 and 1978 and certainly of Ludwig Wittgenstein. There's a similar painting in the Cartin Collection in Hartford, Connecticut. In the picture I've linked to the source for this image, "Squarelight Blog" which offers additional images of varied work by Chimes but offers no information about said work. Sad.

Unnamed Thomas Chimes painting, dated probably between 1974 and 1978 and certainly of Ludwig Wittgenstein. There's a similar painting in the Cartin Collection in Hartford, Connecticut. In the picture I've linked to the source for this image, "Squarelight Blog" which offers additional images of varied work by Chimes but offers no information about said work. Sad.

This is the penultimate week of Scott Short’s show at Christopher Grimes. If you can hold your horses till June 26 Grimes opens Make It New, group show with work by (unless I’m completely misreading) Allan Sekula, Julião Sarmento and Lawrence Weiner. Looks good!
Christopher Grimes Gallery, 916 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, 90401

If you’re in Santa Monica Won Ju Lim has both East and West Galleries at Patrick Painter, Baroque Pet Shop and New Work. This one’s up through July 3 but you might forget if you wait.
Patrick Painter, 2525 Michigan Ave., Units A8 and B2, Santa Monica, 90404

Griffin Contemporary, make that William Griffin Gallery is opening Wall Installations on June 12 from 6 to 8 pm. Several friends have recommended this group show to me.
William Griffin Gallery, 2902 Nebraska Ave., Santa Monica, 90404

Working our way eastward, Kinkead Contemporary has Angela Dufresne, Enlightenment Covers opening Saturday, June 12 from 6 to 9 pm.
Kinkead Contemporary, 6029 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232

Farther east and moving from penultimacy to ultimacy itself, Mickalene Thomas Put A Little Sugar In My Bowl and Mary Reid Kelley Sadie, the Saddest Sadist are closing this weekend at Susanne Vielmetter LA Projects. Who knew that Mickalene Thomas would have her own website?! Hmm. Mary Reid Kelley, too. Pretty generous stuff.
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, 6006 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232

I know you know that Tim Hawkinson is showing at Blum and Poe. You and I both know that you know this.
Blum and Poe, 2727 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, 90034

Samantha Magowan painting, 2010. Apropos nothing in this post but fulfilling the promise I made to you several weeks ago to share pictures from Adam Miller's In the Eyes of Lions exhibition at 533 when I received them. I offer you an extreme close up detail of Samantha Magowan's painting from that show as well as a link to 533 and more great images. I also tell you that 533 has a new show, Tumbleweeds and Other Histories which has a closing reception and performance coming up on June 26th. More later.

Apropos nothing in this post but fulfilling the promise I made to you several weeks ago to share pictures from Adam Miller's In the Eyes of Lions exhibition at 533 when I received them. I offer you an extreme close up detail of Samantha Magowan's painting from that show as well as a link to 533 and more great images. I also tell you that 533 has a new show, Tumbleweeds and Other Histories which has a closing reception and performance coming up on June 26th. More later.

Now we travel northwards! Kaycee Olsen Gallery. New in town. The space that is, not Kaycee herself. Introduce yourself, ask about the work. Look and look again. Encourage her to tell you about Cameron Crone’s working process, about being introduced to and then falling in love with Josh Peters’s paintings and about her excitement at working with well established artists like Aaron Noble and Jeff Sheng.

If you miss the space as you stroll remember that you have to walk north from the street entrance of Blum and Poe and turn left onto Alvira St. Then turn right into the parking lot behind the gold stucco building with tapering white concrete piers that look like they hold up the white concrete roof. Physically the building resembles a 1970ish B of A or a warehouse or sound stage and lets you know right away that what happens inside is much more important than anything outside.

When crossing La Cienega take care! This street is a major traffic artery and drivers will not slow down for you. (Somehow walking across or along La Cienega brings to my mind Peter Greenaway’s film The Cook, The Thief, His Wife And Her Lover: Beautiful, luscious and captivating (art) objects inhabit stark interior spaces which themselves occupy a grim, heartless appearing streetscape; entirely like the bizarre, colorful and beautiful moments that (cruelly) animate Greenaway’s even grimmer and less hearty city.)

On the other side, at LAXART you can see a neat architecturally inspired installation by Gregory Michael Hernandez called Rebuilt Homestead as well as Searchin’ vs Buildin’ with work by Colter Jacobsen curated by Malik Gaines. Once you click on the site you’ll see info about Joel Kyack’s Superclogger drive-time puppet show and you will find a timetable and guide for Kyack’s freeway puppet theater performances.
LAXART, 2640 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, 90034

Thanks, my friends for spending a little time with me in Notes on Looking Land – remember if it’s hot this weekend MOCA, LACMA and the Hammer all have air conditioning! As luck would have it linking to LACMA alerts me to the fact that today (only) Thursday, June 10 the Resnick Pavillion will be open for a sneak preview with Walter de Maria’s The 2000 Sculpture installed. I suspect a number of you will want to see this!

Cheers,

Geoff Tuck

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