Notes on Looking, June 24, 2010

Installation view of The Alchemy of Things Unknown at Khastoo Gallery. I'm pretty ignorant of occult history - I think this front black pyramid piece is by J.F.C Fuller and/or Austin Osman Spare. There's sound inside! Link to Khastoo.

Installation view of The Alchemy of Things Unknown at Khastoo Gallery. I'm pretty ignorant of occult history - I think this front black pyramid piece is by J.F.C Fuller and/or Austin Osman Spare. There's sound inside! Link to Khastoo.

Installation view of Alchemy of Things Unknown at Khastoo Gallery. Link to more images.

Installation view of Alchemy of Things Unknown at Khastoo Gallery. Link to more images.

Hello friends!

If you didn’t read Notes on the FOCA email earlier today then aren’t you the lucky one?! I foolishly forgot possibly the best show opening this weekend: Doctor Zomb curated by Spencer Douglass with work by Scoli Acosta, Polly Apfelbaum, Olga Balema, Joshua Callaghan, Meg Cranston, Cayetano Ferrer,Gustavo Herrera, Ali Prosch, Amanda Ross-Ho and with writing by Lia Trinka-Browner.
Glendale College Art Gallery, 1500 N. Verdugo Rd., Glendale, 91208
Park in Lot A, accessible from Mountain St. half way up the hill from Verdugo.

Also when I was writing last night the Internet was possessed. Now I have links and images to the show at Khastoo and more! Yay! But first: about Ohio, Mark Bradford and family.

Mark Bradford, Luma 2010 Link to Wexner Center press release and more images from the exhibition

Mark Bradford, Luma 2010 Link to Wexner Center press release and more images from the exhibition

Dateline: Columbus, Ohio

Um, it’s a bleary 6:30 am, I’m rising and writing – chipper yet barely recovered from the previous evening’s wedding of niece day. (The fabulous fireworks and the party ended at 1 am.) What a revelation it is to see a family – three, four and five generations – witness together the passing of custom’s torch from the past through the present to the future. In-laws are great opportunities for learning.

But back to art. Mark Bradford at the Wexner Center. This 10 year survey includes 38 of Bradford’s paintings and sculptures we’ve seen and admired over the past decade and also includes a generous 14 new works. Above, see Luma (all works listed 2010) and here on pinnochioisonfire.com listen and watch as Bradford explains his process with this new work. If you’re seeing and hearing doubles don’t worry – simply grab the centerline with your cursor and pull to the left to hear about Luma or to the right to hear about another similar painting titled Pal. Exceedingly lovely paintings these are. Conceptually tight too. When described, the process Bradford uses to make these works mirrors both the works themselves and the function that Bradford has set out for them.

Luma is constructed of many layers of newsprint covered with graphite to mimic a newspaper template. The graphite is in several density’s from #2 to #11 and producing different colors of gray. Once layered and then sanded through, the several colors are revealed as is the one constant – the newspaper border. So imagine: the graphite is information and also represents the information contained in a newspaper. Each sheet is filled with this information – obliterating any readable meaning the information may contain by the act of filling and overfilling. The shade of each sheet differs. When Bradford sands through the layered sheets – whether guided by intuition, plan, reaction or all of these – he reveals and also forms the information we ultimately experience. Information into which we put meaning. Information which can be fact or emotion or history or news or color or…

As Bradford notes in his talk these works collapse the formal (in this case the regularity of formal monochrome abstraction) into the social (in this case referring I think to the information contained in newspapers) creating a way forward for reading political and philosophical notions from inside abstract work.

Hey, hey, hey! Other great new paintings by Bradford on both website above as well as the Sikkema-Jenkins site. Check out Grey Gardens, Paris Is Burning and the several Value paintings. Wow. (You’ll need to search around on your own for these treasures. Lord knows where I found them the first time.)

I’m reminded of work by Donald Moffett, who’s been making beautiful and powerfully political abstract paintings since 1988; when as a founding member of Gran Fury he participated in group exhibitions at the Dia in NY and NGBK in Berlin. Two more links for Moffett courtesy of Anthony Meier Fine Arts in San Francisco: Dan Fox in the October 2007 Frieze and Holland Cotter in the February 21, 2003 New York Times.

Zach Harris painting currently on view at Khastoo Gallery - no link available. Sorry Leila! I tried every quarter hour for three hours as I wrote tonight and I still couldn't open the Khastoo site. Sad. I also couldn't open Art Slant and so link to you from there, nor could I open Cherry and Martin. This has never happened before. Notes on Looking land is a sad place without links! I'll fix it tomorrow.  Harris' paintings appear highly finished and possibly shiny in images I think. They appear more Henry Miller-esque or early 20th Century Big Sur pre-Bohemian-drug-induced-meditation-hand-crafted when I see them in life. If you can't imagine what I mean it's my fault and you need to visit the group shows at Country Club and Khastoo. Yes, both. They deserve it.

Zach Harris painting currently on view at Khastoo Gallery. Harris's paintings appear highly finished and possibly shiny in images I think. They have hand-carved frames and appear more Henry Miller-esque or early 20th Century Big Sur pre-Bohemian-drug-induced-meditation-hand-crafted when I see them in life. If you can't imagine what I mean it's my fault and you need to visit the group shows at Country Club and Khastoo. Yes, both. They deserve it.

Onward to Ultimacy, Penultimacy and Upcomingness!

X-TRA release party and conversation at Human Resources is tonight! Human Resources (as part of their exhibition The Mystics Circle) [as you’ve noticed by now I just love to apostrophize words and with “Mystics” I really had to wrench my hand away from the keyboard!] this Sunday from 5 to 10 pm is hosting a BBQ, film screening and artist discussion featuring Skip Arnold, Candice Lin and Brian Bress and Moderator Catherine Taft. If you like flesh dressed, undressed or on the grill then this is probably for you!
Human Resources, 510 Bernard St., Chinatown, 90012

To continue and extend the conflicts Country Club is opening the aptly titled June Gloom group show curated by Fritz Chestnut and with work by – oh, I can’t list all of them. There are 10 artists in this show, each of whom you crave work by. Um, if Country Club had this on their site I could link to it. I do find it on Facebook but I know many of you haven’t fallen under that spell yet. Maybe it’s time? (link to June Gloom Facebook page behind “time”) John Bauer, Zoe Crosher, Justin Hansch, Zach Harris, Katie Herzog, Matt Luem, Neill Orje, Josh Peters, Brett Cody Rogers, Mary Weatherford. (See? I can list artists after all.)
Country Club, 805 S. Genesee Ave., at the South-west corner of Genesee and 8th Street in LA, 90046
(the Modernist Schindler house not the apartments or the Spanish cottage style house)

One thing I reminded myself of by searching is that Country Club LAs next show is a solo with Kori Newkirk. Does that inspire you to follow the link?

Fine Arts LA presents Panel of the Muses at LACE along with the Hollywood Fringe Festival. (I’m having a hell of a time getting links to work tonight! Is the moon full? AAAAAUGH!) Furthermore this event doesn’t appear on the LACE calendar.
Fine Arts LA panel talk 8 pm Thursday, June 24 at LACE, 6522 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 90028

Image from Shana Lutker opening at Susanne Vielmetter shamelessly hoovered up from Try-Har-Der. I love you tryhardering people! You always have images. Link to general Try-Har-Der site in case they've uploaded new images since I accessed it. Link to Vielmetter further along in this post.

Image from Shana Lutker opening at Susanne Vielmetter shamelessly hoovered up from Try-Har-Der. I love you tryhardering people! You always have images. Link to general Try-Har-Der site in case they've uploaded new images since I accessed it. Link to Vielmetter further along in this post.

Friday at Dan Graham Summer Dudes opens. Another Facebook joining possibility for you if you follow the link. Are all these artists dudes? Does dude imply a gender? I quote liberally from the press release: “There are oozes, goo-zes, subjective bruises, ink-ies, blink-ies, drippers and flippers coming from these artist’s works. We could have called it Psychedelic Sun Burns, Dick Puddles, Sandy Hairs, Non Lazy Sun Bathers or Rip Currents, but the point is these are some great dudes, it’s summer, there’s a gallery, and a weekend to play.” Greg Curtis, Michael Decker, Bradney Evans, Doug Harvey, Brennan Hill. John Hogan, Sanya Kantarovsky, Avram Kosasky, Miles Martinez, Raymond Pettibon, Vincent Ramos, Marcos Siref
Dan Graham, 506 Bernard Street, Chinatown, 90012 [email protected]

Um. it seems along with Dan Graham we have another named for an artist space open at 506 Bernard Street. Adrian Piper (no relation other than admiratory to Adrian Piper) (Who by the way is to be admired not only for her ground-breaking conceptual work in the 70s but also because in defiance of proposed cuts to the text by two publishers she published online her two volume study in Kantian metaethics, Rationality and the Structure of the Self. I’ve had occasion to link to this in the past – Lord knows whether I’d ever be able to work my way through it!)

But back to Friday. Waves at Adrian Piper is organized by Melinda Guillen, Daniel Ingroff and Paul Pescador with work by Alexis Disselkoen, David Gilbert, Katie Herzog and Davida Nemeroff. Good stuff dude!
Adrian Piper, 506 Bernard St., Chinatown, 90012

Tumbleweeds And Other Histories is closing at 533 on Saturday with a performance party. I haven’t yet seen this show but I trust absolutely everything 533 does. You should, too. Never once have I been disappointed or bored or anything less than excited by shows at this space. Curated by Biddy Tran with work by Steve Kado, Meghann McCrory, Ignacio Perez, Gala Porras-Kim, Ali Prosch, Ingrid Von Sydow.
533, 533 S. Los Angeles St., 2nd Fl., LA, 90013

Alice Neel, Red Grooms and Mimi Gross (No. 1) from LA Louver, link to Louver

Alice Neel, Red Grooms and Mimi Gross (No. 1) from LA Louver, link to Louver

Closing this Saturday, June 26 at LA Louver are Alice Neel: Paintings and Rogue Wave Projects: Olga Koumoundouros. Go see these shows if you haven’t already.
LA Louver, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, 90291

Support Group at Cottage Home is closing Saturday!!! Sad but true. I know what we’ll do! Let’s pretend the gallery is a drive in theater! Except leave your car outside. But do put on a bathing suit and bring suntan lotion, popcorn, soda pop, polly shells, a cheap transistor radio and a towel to lay on. Honest – Tom and Tim like it when guests do this! Michael Ned Holte,
Kathryn Andrews, Gaylen Gerber and Mateo Tannatt do too. (Am I brown on this side? Can you see my tan line? Do you think I’ll peel? and other quotes from teenage years in CA)
Tom Solomon at Cottage Home, 410 Cottage Home St., LA, 90012

Portrait makes up for our disappointment by opening at Tom’s other space on Bernard St. Conceptual hijinks from John Baldessari, Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, Ed Ruscha, William Wegman, Lawrence Weiner.
Tom Solomon Gallery, 427 Bernard St., LA, 90012

Nearby and also great to see, Koh’s show at Solway Jones is also closing Saturday.
Solway Jones, 990 N. Hill St. No. 180, LA, 90012

Signs of Life organized by Gladys-Katherina Hernando opens at Telles Fine Art from 5 to 7 pm on Saturday. Artists are Emelie Halperin, Lorna MacIntyre, Kris Martin, Lisa Tan and Greg Wilken.
Richard Telles Fine Art, 7380n Beverly Blvd., LA, 90036

Painting in progress by Neill Orje. Link to Orje's site.

Painting in progress by Neill Orje. Link to Orje's site.

Closing July 3 at Cherry and Martin is They Have Not the Art to Argue with Pictures, work by Robert Heinecken along with Erik Frydenborg, Nicolás Guagnini, Wade Guyton, Leigh Ledare, Amanda Ross-Ho, Collier Schorr. I’m still having trouble getting some websites to open. Google Cherry and Martin to see images. Or possibly better and certainly available as I write go to Try-Har-Der and see what the saw!
Cherry and Martin, 2712 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034

It is after all (I tell myself) summer and probably people have other things to do than obsess about art. I’m feeling pretty stumped right now – few sites will let me link, images are playing tricks on me, I’m probably missing a thousand things you’re all shouting at your monitors right now and… I’m going to put this to bed.

Enjoy your weekend, blessings heaped upon you for reading my Notes and please take a moment to check http://notesonlooking.com to see what archive stuff I’ve posted to my blog since you last visited. Remember – the more times you Google “Geoff Tuck Notes on Looking Contemporary Art in Los Angeles” the… hmm, well – the happier I’ll be. (Just wait until I get my Twitter feed.) (There’s a joke in there somewhere.)

Promised link to Susanne Vielmetter.

It’s nice to be home!!! LA CA Rules.

Geoff Tuck

Katie Herzog Whittier Public Library (entrance), link to Herzog's site

Katie Herzog Whittier Public Library (entrance), link to Herzog's site

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