Notes on Looking, July 8, 2010

Jessica Labatte, Green Spectrum 2009 Link to Jessica Labatte website

Jessica Labatte, Green Spectrum 2009 Link to Jessica Labatte website

Hello friends in Notes on Looking Land!

Much will I have to tell you about the Cal Arts and Irvine Grad shows last week but first some music news.

Several of our favorite purveyors of musical excellence and mind expansion have announced their 2010-2011 seasons, topping my list is the Long Beach Opera which has Phillip Glass’s Akhnaten coming in March! You should be able to hear me squealing where ever you may be reading this, I’m that excited. A recording of this opera stayed in constant rotation in David’s car for most of two years. You know from reading Notes how much time we spend in the car so you can imagine how many times I’ve heard the love duet of Akhnaten and Nefertiti and The Window of Appearances and the Funeral of Amenhotep III from NY artist and writer Sarah Zucker’s video interpretation of the opera which she calls Meerkunkhamen.

Is there more at the LBO? For sure! Check it out!

Piano Spheres once again dons its shining mantle and ascends to the throne of piano playing in LA. Yay! FYI Piano Spheres works like your dream of a curating job: five stellar pianists are invited to put together their dream recital and play it for us at the Colburn School’s Zipper Hall. No restrictions as to type of music, only a demand that they stretch their own capabilities as well as the listening audiences. For 2010 / 2011 we’ll have Gloria Cheng on September 28, Vicki Ray on November 30, Liam Viney with Anna Grindberg on February 8, Marc Robson on March 29 and Susan Svrcek on May 10.

Jacaranda and Monday Evening Concerts aren’t up quite yet, but I know you know that SASSAS has our summer planned for us featuring Scott Benzel on July 24 and Wadada Leo Smith on August 28.

The musical behemoth in town, the LA Phil, has a pretty bitchen’ line up starting for me on October 12 with Jean-Yves Thibaudet playing chamber music with members of the Phil; then four performances to choose from of Dudamel conducting Olivier Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphony October 14 through 17; Bang on a Can on October 19; Ravi Shankar’s 90th Birthday Celebration on October 20. And that’s just October! I swear it only gets better from here! You can’t avoid culture unless you run away.

The promising allure of visual art beckons, nay casts a spell on me from the around the corner of my mind.

Saturday, 2 pm at LACE with Douglas Kearney and Not Content – you know? I’ll get back to LACE and Douglas and the collaborative poetry of the crude and the black in a minute. First I want to shout about Canal.

On Sunday, July 11 from 5 to 8 pm Canal presents Fast Hands, an exhibition of five Chicago artists Jessica Labatte, Daniel Everett, Erin M. Chlaghmo, Michael Jon Radziewicz, and John Henderson. This exhibition will be hosted by Canal at Elephant, yet another entirely worth-your-attention-space whose address is 3325 Division Street, LA, 90065. Check the links – the work looks very interesting!

Elephant, 3325 Division Street, LA, 90065

Michael Radziewicz, Polished Steel Pure Gold n.d. Link to Michael RAdziewicz website

Michael Radziewicz, Polished Steel Pure Gold n.d. Link to Michael RAdziewicz website

Also Sunday, at LACE and not entirely at a competing time, the aforementioned Douglas Kearney along with Vanessa Place and Divya Victor will perform, read, inhabit, share, divvy up, become fecund with – surprise! – poetry. It’s a lot to try to talk about – I had a great time on Saturday with Kearney and another helpful volunteer who, like me had no idea what to expect when Kearney invited us to mark with post-its the graffiti variously scrawled, typefaced, calligraphied on the wall of LACE’s center gallery. Imagine our delight when our own misunderstanding led Kearney to also misunderstand the directions we gave him and so we together created three not one new poems out of a sea of language! A sea ostensibly devoted to oil spills, Jim Crow, shared desperation and equally shared responsibility. As I said, I had a blast! It’s all part of the summer project at LACE, Not Content. Join us again on Sunday at 4 pm. Not Content site at Les Figues Press (with images) and associated Painted Over/Under site.

LACE, 6522 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 90028

Post-LA, of which one may not have heard for a while, is hosting a July Kamikaze exhibition – or rather 31 Kamikaze exhibitions throughout July. Follow the Post-LA link to read, in descending order of appearance, of the 31 shows. 23 to go the way I do the math!

Post-LA, 1904 East 7th Place, LA, 90021

Last week I told you about exciting openings this weekend. (Here’s where my whining starts.) I can’t do it again, I’m too tired. The flu hit me on Sunday and I spent three days in bed. I missed a day of work! These things do not happen to me. So. Two items for your hopper: check the Notes on Looking blog for the July 1 openings announcement and check again later this week for the rest of what I should be writing now. To tease you a little and to sate my own need to transfer information: included are openings at Redcat, Las Cienegas, Pepin Moore, Overduin and Kite, Kantor, Benevento, Steve Turner, 1301 PE, Marc Foxx, Acme, the above mentioned Canal /  Elephant and LACE. Um, also happening (and this gets dangerously close to beginning my proposed post about the Grad shows last weekend) LAXART is screening Alison O’Daniel’s film Night Sky on Saturday, July 10 at 8:30 pm. I watched the trailer for O’Daniel’s film probably eight times at the LAXART opening. I couldn’t stop. Wow. Here is Night Sky trailer for you on Vimeo and here’s an opportunity to support the project on O’Daniel’s own site.

Blow the walls down, that’s what the work I saw last weekend in Chinatown and at LAXART did.

In the three or so hours I spent looking on Saturday the 2010 Cal Arts Grads and their cohorts from down south at UC Irvine made me terribly grateful I live in LA and can see stuff such as they make. If you missed the two shows, well damn you for a fool!

Each space in Chinatown had at least one of the artists whose work was on the premises on site and happy to answer questions and engage in dialogue. Thanks to Keith Rocka Knittel, Greg J. Hayes, Deborah Christ, Kelly Cline all of Cal Arts for taking the time to talk with me and to Nina Becker of UC Irvine for spending time with me both in Chinatown and later at LAXART. By the way: The Cal Arts Box Scheme site promises a closing party this Friday, July 9 from 6 to 10 pm (I guess in the general direction of Chinatown) and the UCI show at LAXART is up through Saturday.

A friendly word of advice: be not afraid to ask questions at any of these spaces if you’re interested in any of the work. I mean this particularly for those among you who may not have contemporary art as an alternative lifestyle. 90% of what I know I learned by asking questions. Even in what can be the intimidating atmosphere of an art gallery people like to share information.

My friends I leave you now to several images. Enjoy! And then, when you’ve looked and are just absolutely ready for more visit me at Notes on Looking!

Cheers,

Geoff Tuck

Nina Becker, Bull Run, WV also called Blue Hole,  Link to statement about this work on Becker's site

Nina Becker, Bull Run, WV also called Blue Hole, Link to statement about this work on Becker's site

Kelly Cline, Untitled, 2009 Link to Cal Arts Open Studios page

Kelly Cline, Untitled, 2009 Link to Cal Arts Open Studios page

Jenny Yurshansky, A Hermetic Dilemma Link to Yurshansky's site

Jenny Yurshansky, A Hermetic Dilemma Link to Yurshansky's site

detail image from The Past is Now, the Present has Yet to Arrive Link to Yurshansky's site

detail image from The Past is Now, the Present has Yet to Arrive Link to Yurshansky's site

Alise Spinella, How to Locate Water (For the Future) link to Spinella's site

Alise Spinella, How to Locate Water (For the Future) link to Spinella's site

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