Notes on Looking, July 1, 2010
Hello friends and Fellows,
On July 24th there’s a concert I won’t be able to attend and so I’m deputizing you to go. (I’ll be on summer vacation with David and friends in Parkfield playing with horses and wild turkeys, hiking, revisiting staring white cow and other such exciting things.)
SASSAS at King’s Road Park will be featuring the music of Scott Benzel including Music from the Trip (1967) in the style of a Schoenberg-Gershwin tennis match observed in passing by Dr. Oscar Janiger; a live performance of Inversions I – IV (recordings of which premiered in January at Kathryn Andrews’ Apartment 2 space); and the world premier performance of Blak Bloc (music for string quartet and guitar feedback).
About Blak Bloc: in the spring of this year, driving on Hwy 58 from McKittrick through cattle country to the California Valley David and I listened to Blak Bloc several times. Benzel creates rich, affecting and generous desolation with these string instruments; sometimes I was thinking I heard sirens, sometimes sweet sounds came through the speakers from a subtly played cello or viola. This lovely and also jarring music fit as well in its native urban habitat as it did out here in the wilds. As we crossed the Carrizo Plain and moved from blasted heath and salt lake to wind-waving grassland (with attendant flying insects) Benzel’s music reached a crescendo that then disappeared as sound yet stayed nicely in my mind as music does in the pause after a concert before the applause begins.
Sassas / King’s Road Park Pavilion, 1000 N. King’s Road, West Hollywood, 90069
Saturday, 11 am. We alight in Die Spinne. Turn left from Wilcox onto Melrose; left on Highland; left on La Brea; right on Venice; left on Fairfax; right on Washington; left on Sentney Ave and park immediately. Gaze across the street and consider that Susanne Vielmetter may be closed – it looks dark in there! Poke the door, it opens and in we go.
Andrea Bowers The Political Landscape occupies two of the galleries as well as some acreage in the office. Two individual projects continue Bowers’ politically activist landscape-based work: The United States v Tim DeChristopher and No Olvidado (Not Forgotten) which is about the US / Mexico border and particularly about the undeterminable number (and names) of people who have died in attempts to cross that border.
Shana Lutker. One may read the press release for Shana Lutker’s exhibition H.Y.S.T. et al. and approach the work intellectually, but to appreciate the ideas one needs to see the objects. Attend this show. Each of Lutker’s sculptures and wall works are worthwhile shapes of odd and the colors she chooses to make them look like flesh tones from a dream. (I’m sure Hugo von Hofsmannsthal when he was writing poetry as “Loris” and when he wrote the Lord Chandos Letter had his rooms fitted out in similar tones.)
After you look at the exhibition allow yourself to wander into the office and spend some time with Lutker’s video which has the sculptures animated – some of them preening, some staticly posing for us, one of them with delicate long bent legs placing fawn-like footsteps all around the space. Nice. (Honest it’s short, about four minutes. Don’t be scared.) Things come together in your mind, you want to go look again at the work.
One of Lutker’s inspirations for the show is a young French woman “Augustine” who in 1876 came under the care of J.M. Charcot for what he later termed Hysteria. This Augustine, during her time in the sanitorium, was observed by (and photographed by) Charcot and later shown to Freud. Still later in photographs she was much looked by the Surrealists and by now has been looked at by just about everyone who studies art or psychology. I wonder if in the film the elegant, bent legged sculpture who gets to wander all around, “looking” at the other sculptures is Augustine reincarnate?
You know? I’m forgetting June Gloom at Country Club last week. Crazy of me, it was a great show. I say was because the Fritz Chesnut curated exhibition was only up for the weekend. Particularly exciting for me to see? A painting by Justin Hansch titled Stone (image 21 of 24 on Country Club site); a tapestry sort of piece by Katie Herzog titled (I think) Lithium Forever (image 2 of 24); and an incredibly painstakaingly painted untitled work by Neill Orje (image 17 of 24). Try the Country Club site for these and more images and also click on Try-Har-Der for installation views with humans inhabiting (activating?) the space along with the art. (Also on T-H-D are images of the Catherine Taft curated Bourgeois Problems at Francois Ghebaly.)
Country Club, 805 S. Genesee Ave., LA, 90036
Francois Ghebaly, 510 Bernard St., Chinatown, 90012
Angela Dufresne, Enlightenment Covers is showing at Kinkead Contemporary through July 24. Dufresne makes great paintings. (Gee Geoff, that’s helpful! Can you try a little harder?)
These are sort of grand gesture history paintings gone awry. Dufresne does paint really well. I think. Reading her own words in the press release I wonder how much of what I like about her paintings are the “kitsch tricks” and the “pretty and nasty colors” she calculatingly makes use of. I wonder, too whether she’s making me aware of the way I’m used by a world that can predict my predeliction for these moves or (heaven forbid) is she… using me? Finally I don’t care either way – her paintings are beautiful and if they bug me too, well that’s all to the better!
Kinkead Contemporary, 6029 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232
Chris Brodahl, The Waiting Room is closing on July 2 at Marc Foxx. Marc and Rodney have a summer group show coming on July 10. Nothing listed yet but what I recall from conversation is that you should hold your breath for new work by Evan Holloway, Jason Meadows, Brian Fahlstrom and Carter Mull. Among others possibly. (On the QT to the nice people at Foxx Gallery – update your artists images. 2008 is a long time ago for Carter Mull’s work.) (God I hope you’re smiling Marc.)
Uta Barth’s show at 1301 PE is also closing this weekend. And I want to take yet another opportunity to thank and congratulate Brian Butler, Isha Welsh and Mieke Marple for getting the website up and running. Beautiful and useful, too! Upcoming at 1301 are three sequential one room one artist exhibitions to see us through the summer: July 10 – July 24 Diana Thater, Laurence Aberhart and Fiona Banner kick things off. See here for more information.
You’ve got a week to go see Scott Treleaven’s Cimitero Drawings at Marc Selwyn, should you be so inclined.
Marc Selwyn Fine Art, 6222 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 90048
Now you either leave your car where it is or drive 2 blocks to Steve Turner Gallery. (After traveling into the future that is. The openings I’m about to talk about won’t happen until July 10. Consider this fair warning.) If it’s the weekend you can sometimes score parking in the back. However you get there just do it. (Oh god I just quoted Nike. Ick.)
Hey, I’m stoked! I’ve been a fan of Kennon’s for well, a long time and I’m excited to see his show. IMHO my fandom of Kennon sort of counts as homage to Kennon’s own references to fandom in his work. For him it’s Cindy Sherman, metal-based music and Richard Hawkins – for me it’s… Brian Kennon. (Honest, this is not as creepy as it sounds! I’m kind of a fan-based person. You must know this by now.)
Did you see Messineo’s work in Never Very Far Apart at Redcat recently? Her constructed paintings, which may and may not contain paint, often remind one of architecture. Mirrored bathroom medicine chests, windows flowing with screening, stud walls exposed and partially covered with chance shaped plaster board. But. Due to her careful and restrained applications of intent Messineo embeds these simple constructions with evidence of stories. One becomes aware of her restraint when one recognizes an inability to read these personal-seeming stories. It’s lovely and satisfying to be trusted with such a lack of direct direction. Beauty is present yet reticent in Messineo’s work.
RJ Messineo and Brian Kennon
Steve Turner Contemporary, 6026 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 90036
Moving to Hollywood, Michael Benevento is opening Everlasting Gobstopper on July 8. A pretty impressive summer show! Spartacus Chetwynd, Hélio Oiticica, Lil Picard, Pipilotti Rist, Eva Rothschild, Cindy Sherman, Michael E. Smith. Whoa.
Benevento Los Angeles, 7578 Sunset Blvd., LA, 90046
In 2002 Rothschild was in an exhibition at London’s Whitechapel Gallery called Early One Morning, along with Shahin Afrassiabi, Claire Barclay, Jim Lambie and Gary Webb. I’ve obsessed about this show since I bought the catalog in 2002. Why do I tell you this? Dunno. It’s what I do, share my obsessions. Cheers. Early One Morning exhibition Whitechapel link; review in Frieze; review in the Telegraph.
Rothschild showed with Karyn Lovegrove some years ago and Lambie has shown somewhere and another in town. (Will someone please show Afrassiabi, Barclay and Webb in LA or invite them here to talk. I don’t think I’ve seen much beyond a small piece by Webb once a few years ago.)
I’d call ahead for this one since there’s no opening date on the website: Ltd. Los Angeles also has a cool summer group show opening soon. Tuesday Afternoon in a Cage will have work by Van Hanos, James Hayward, Scott Reeder, Jan Van Imschoot, Michael Williams. Link to January 2010 Beautiful Decay Magazine photo article about Reeder; Painting seems to be the organizing principle for this exhibition. A fairly disparate group of practitioners, too. I wonder – is the act of painting often about sex with men painters? (“Isn’t everything about sex with men?” I heard from the lady in the front row.)
Ltd. LA, 7561 Sunset Blvd., Suite 103, LA, 90046 (Tip: an awning on the street window says, “Antiques & Fine Art. The space is btwn Flawless Auto Group and Langer’s Luggage.)
Keeping it within walking distance one may still see The Alchemy of Things Unknown… att Khastoo Gallery. (And if one takes my advice at all one will indeed visit this exhibition.)
Khastoo Gallery, 7556 Sunset Blvd., LA, 90046
Closing this weekend at Eighth Veil is Arik Levy’s exhibition Out There Logging.
Eighth Veil, 7174 / 7176 Sunset Blvd., LA, 90046
Overduin and Kite are opening their summer season with an exhibition by Nick Relph on Sunday, July 11 from 6 to 8 pm. For those who like me aren’t familiar with Relph’s work here’s a review of his March-April 2010 show at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in Art in America and here’s a link to Gavin Brown site with images. I also found a site that only has to do with Relph because he designed a t-shirt for it (sold out, by the way) The Trilogy Tapes blog and shop. I link you to it because… well would anyone like to purchase a Harry Smith “Transforming milk into milk” limited edition t-shirt? (Sorry – that one’s sold out too.)
Overduin and Kite, 6693 Sunset Blvd, LA, 90028
You’ll notice that the previous several Hollywood posts are organized not alphabetically nor by date of opening or closing. No, not at all. Geography rules. I have you traveling West to East. Technically, David and I can leave home heading West on Melrose, stop at Kantor (more later), turn right on La Brea (glancing hungrily across the avenue to Pinks where the hundreds are lined up for dogs) turn left on Fountain (here I refer you once again to Elizabeth Taylor’s advice on how to “make it” in Hollywood: always take Fountain.) turn right on Curson, park the car at Sunset and walk to the first three spaces. How rockin is that? From O & D we either continue along Sunset to the 101 to Chinatown or go down any number of streets to home at Melrose.
About Kantor Gallery. I have on good authority (hey – I got an email about this. It must be true!) that Kantor is now open on Saturdays. This despite the website’s assurances to the contrary. On July 10 from 3 to 6 pm Jennie Ottinger opens in a solo show. Should you have trouble, or desire to confirm openness before you drive and park (easier said than done in this neighborhood!) feel free to email Sasha Bergstrom-Katz at [email protected]
Kantor Gallery, 7025 Melrose Ave., 90038
LAXART is hosting Nine Stories, the UCI Master of Fine Arts exhibition. I’ve been searchin every which way and am not able to find a website for the event other than the LAXART link above. (Yes indeed, the above link is to the Coasters song that inspired Bas Jan Ader – an earlier UCI Grad – to make some of his magnificently (in)considerable art. This version uploaded complete with scratchy record sounds. Check it out: the first of the Highest Rated Comments just breaks my heart. “I may be 15 but hey this is a great song! I would have loved 2 grow up in the 50’s with my pa!” Don’t even try not to tear up.) I’ll link to as many artist websites as I can find.
Nina T. Becker;
Betsy Seder who you may also recall from an exhibition at Las Cienegas Projects with Ray Barrie and David Lamelas;
Jenny Yurshansky, you may recall Yurshansky’s A Chance Operation show at Workspace.
Nine Stories at LAXART; Saturday, July 3 6 to 9 pm
LAXART, 2640 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA, 90034
Thanks to the completeness of my friends at Actual Size website I actually can list the artists and galleries participating in Cal Arts Box Scheme Master of Fine Arts exhibition:
Actual Size, 741 New High Street, Chinatown, 90012, 213-290-5458 for information
Cottage Home, 410 Cottage Home Street, Chinatown, 90012, 310-428-2964 for information
Dan Graham, 506 Bernard St., Chinatown, 90012
Charlie James, 975 Chung King Road, Chinatown, 90012, 213-687-0844 for information
The Company, 946 Yale Street, Chinatown, 90012, 213-221-7082 for information
Cottage Home Cal Arts Grad Students
Um, here’s the hard part. The artists in the combined Art and Photography / Media Grad Show are:
Carrie Rebecca Armellino;
M. Blake Besharian;
Margaret Haines I can also suggest you visit this pdf document of Haines’s work. If this fails (it’s a slow download) then on her main page click on Arielle de Pinto 2010 Collection. Cool stuff;
Greg J. Hayes;
Steve Kado seems to have a lot going on: Kado interview on Youtube and I suspect the Blankett and Veneer Magazine have something to do with Kado. In any case the Veneer site is more fun than Disneyland!
Zach Kleyn and (only because this caught my eye and my sense of humor) Greenspan Trance, 2008, an audio song using samples of Alan Greenspan’s testimony to Congress,
Keith Rocka Knittel and here’s a scoop I got by relentlessly clicking – at his Cottage Home installation Knittel will show his installation We’re All Haunted by Michael Asher’s Ghosts;
Rena Kosnett, I’m going out on a limb and linking you to some other Kosnett treat-related-sites: rabbi cosmic and Kosnett’s Flickr site;
Rachel McRae, McRae also has one of those “Under Construction” sites. Hey Rachel, don’t feel pressured – I’ve been watching Amanda Ross-Ho’s site for the better part of a year and still it’s Coming Soon;
Sage Paisner, here’s a nice about page for Paisner,
Alise Spinella and also a link to Chicago based Harold Arts again because I make the choices on Notes and this residency program sounds completely interesting and worth attention;
Orlando Tirado Amador, and also on a mysterious alternate Cal Arts Box Scheme site. His name doesn’t appear on the main site. Oh, I get it. Joker or dreamer? Amador is listed on the main site as Fire Semen. You go guy;
Each list one makes is fraught with danger. Have I left someone out? Or unfairly represented someone? I hope not on both counts. Please shake a few hands if you visit the openings and say a huge and heartfelt congratulations to the various and triumphant (and probably broke) graduates. Yay! Yay!
A couple of things before I leave.
Blum and Poe have absolutely a lot going on this July 3. From when to when? Probably aim for 6 pm tp 9 pm and you won’t go wrong.
B & P, 2727 S, La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034
Las Cienegas Projects has one show closing this weekend (click to find out who, it’s getting late!) and then opening on July 10 Aaron Wrinkle (he of Dan Graham space) will dismantle the space of the gallery and remantle it with his life. It’s all a bit fuzzy to me just now but I trust Wrinkle to make it great. Come to LCP many times through July and August!!
LCP, 2045 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA, 90034
Pepin Moore, a new face in town occupying an estimable space. Not going to tell you, you figure it out. (Oh all right. China Art Objects are moving to the former MC space on Comey in Culver City.) Drew Heitzler has curated Animal Style: The New Warrior for the inaugural show with Justin Beal, Scott Benzel, Gil Blank, Jedidiah Caesar, Matthew Chambers, Fritz Chesnut, Krysten Cunningham, Mark Hagen, Emelie Halpern, Lucy Raven. Does this sound good to you? Some that you recognize, some that you hardly ever heard of? (I like music links. You may not.) Just you wait. Parties are way better in Chinatown. Art is too. (Of course I say that to all the neighborhoods.)
Pepin Moore, 933 Chung King Road, Chinatown, 90012
Redcat on July 9 is opening Chen Chieh-Jen: Empire’s Borders II – Western Enterprises, Inc. Films. More later, I’m sure. Check out the theater schedule, too. Mike Kelley / Michael E. Smith A Voyage of Growth and Discovery is screening on July 12 and the New Original Works Festival opens on July 22.
Redcat, 631 W. 2nd St., LA, 90012
Bye! Thanks for readingg