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9-29-10

Hello friends, Last night the (half or so) moon poked through a sweltering late night haze and the Arroyo Seco as we left downtown. In my mind I supposed said moon had been listening along with us as Gloria Cheng played a Piano Spheres concert at Zipper Hall and then, being just as exhilarated as we were, came out in its half-dressed state to applaud. A link to Mark Swed’s review in the Times. What among the shows I’ve seen in the past three weeks can I recommend you see while they last? “Last Minute Intervention” (curated by Marichris Ty, Wayne’s Director) at SW2, installed in a former salon de beaute at Bergamot Station. This project inaugurates a continuing series of off-site exhibitions for Wayne. “jerry/jury rigged” at the Glendale College Art Gallery, curated by Jan Tumlir. “Says I” at Parker Jones Gallery in Culver City. more coming later today… it’s now 12:59 in the...

September 27, 2010: Michael Krebber (Updated April 4, 2011)

Saturday 11:30 AM finds us moderately frustrated in our search for parking on Beverly near Martel. Anywhere would be fine, but even the neighborhood to the south is packed. (Local Permit Parking only after 6 so don’t try this area during openings.) Surrendering to my worst scofflaw nature I parked in a convenient loading zone. All this in 100+ degree heat in a black convertible with no AC. Sweaty badgers we were. First stop: Richard Telles to see Michael Krebber’s first solo at the gallery since 2004 and first showing at all in LA (save a recent MOCA collection show) since Telles’s group show “Degree Zero” in 2007. Rare then is our opportunity to see Krebber’s work. Two things have me interested in Krebber: 1. Several people I respect and admire respect and admire Krebber’s work. 2. Having now spent a couple of hours online reading and looking I’m no closer to understanding than I was in the gallery on Saturday or at any of the shows I listed above. No, I don’t have a weird inferiority complex that makes me like stuff I don’t understand – I’d say rather from what I’ve picked up in my reading that Krebber’s project is to almost get there, to almost close the gap between an artist (Krebber in this case) presenting an idea and the understanding of that idea by others. I can’t help but think that gap is a pretty interesting place to be. As a helpful reference I recommend Man Without Qualities. an Artforum International reprint on The Free Online Library. Daniel Birnbaum, John Kelsey and Jessica Morgan writing. (A question for the...

September 23, 2010: Latned Atsar Fucked Up Dwg Pty!

Latned Atsar is hosting the “Fucked Up Drawing Party XI” on Saturday, October 2 from 8 PM to whenever you pass out. Recall this space from the “Larval Stages” show, featured way at the bottom of Notes on Looking July 22 post. I do believe L. Atsar is still the project of Alexandra Wetzel and Nathan Danilowicz and it seems that distinctly possible that Miss Fucked Up Drawing Party also exists in human form. At least she exists on Facebook and Myspace. Oh – I missed linking to Alexandra Wetzel – she doesn’t yet have a site but we can confirm that Wetzel is currently Registrar at M+B Gallery in West Hollywood. Whom can we count on to attend this event? Well, as of 10:40 PM on Thursday, September 23 I see on the fb page that Margie Schnibbe, Robert Summers, Yaron Michael Hakim, Itza Vilaboy, Mackenzie Hoffman, Karisa Morante, CanChan Akira Sugawara, Jessica Gaston, and Frank Ryan have accepted invitations. Who’s hesitating? And indeed why? I kinda have to acknowledge that my various linkings are mostly for my own benefit. I get to find out who people are. Robert Summers teaches at Otis; Itza Vilaboy keeps popping up with pretty interesting writing projects over the last few years – since Lia Trinka Browner curated “Yellow” at the FOCA space in Chinatown and included Vilaboy in the related publication… Who may be attending? Well at least Jessica Robin Trent , Melanie Lee, Juan Capistran , Christina McPhee and James Matthews. Who sends regrets? At least Farrah Karapetian, Genevieve Williams, Patrick Lehman and Rhonda Fingerman. I’m growing sleepy and running...

September 23, 2010: The drumbeat continues

The drumbeat continues… Insistent, impatient, potentially violent and all too human. Driven mad with desire a crowd gathers. Everybody wants to know. Will the beast be sated? Will the mountain explode? (Is contemporary art in Los Angeles the hairy monster with the horribly scarred chest or the nubile maiden clutched shrieking in its fist? Gee, talk about proposing a false dichotomy…) I hasten to reassure you of my sanity. I drafted the above sentence(s) with the intention of blasting forth an announcement that Tom Lawson and Stacey Allan’s (and Cal Arts) participatory online intellect fest East of Borneo has been launched. Um, not yet it seems from glancing at the website. I do suggest you follow the link and sign up for information – this reconsideration and expansion of a magazine sounds like just the thing to keep us going in between art shows. Possibly my reference to plot lines from 1930s tropic mis-adventure movies still misses the mark for you? In 1931 George Melford made a film with the title East of Borneo, it starred Rose Hobart as a young woman searching for her husband in a tropical locale. In 1936 the charmingly obsessed Joseph Cornell refactored this B-movie into Surrealist art, I quote at length from Ubuweb: “Rose Hobart consists almost entirely of footage taken from East of Borneo, a 1931 jungle B-film starring the nearly forgotten actress Rose Hobart. Cornell condensed the 77-minute feature into a 20-minute short, removing virtually every shot that didn’t feature Hobart, as well as all of the action sequences. In so doing, he utterly transforms the images, stripping away the awkward construction and...

Notes on Looking, September 16, 2010

Hello People of the City, And most particularly those among us who devote time to looking and listening, knowing that these are essential paths to thinking. Ahem. Speaking of paths, this weekend I had the opportunity to re-travel a path through town that I’ve been driving since Hector was a pup. Generally speaking Cahuenga (hugging the south flank of the freeway) to Barham to Forest Lawn to the 101 and in my case on to the 134 in the general direction of Pasadena. (More about my destination later.) In my distant past this route would be reversed and begin far to the east of Pasadena. Always, at least since 1974, along Forest Lawn Drive just west of the cemetery there was an oak tree pressed hard between the asphalt road and the concrete Los Angeles River channel. In the 70s I saw this oak as the sentinel marking a transition from “Outside the City” to “Within the Domain of Adventure.” What the Celts may have named a duir. To me it was The Blasted Oak and signified survival in the very maw of adversity. Like any 14 year old I needed such an exemplar and protector in 1974 as much as I required the promise of illicit adventure in the city beyond this door. Somehow, sometime in the past decade when I wasn’t paying attention said tree disappeared. The roadway was widened to offer automobiiles a lane in which to have emergencies, as automobiles often do, and no trace is left of my friend and companion The Blasted Oak. Um, an art experience saved the day. In 2001 David...

Notes on Looking, September 9, 2010 (with correction re: La Luz de Jesus and/or Luis de Jesus)

Dear friends of Los Angeles art, Many are the shows opening over the next three weeks. I suggest you put on nice clothes, comfortable shoes, a cheerful smile with which to greet friends and a good spritz of that perfume named “Patience and Forbearance” as this is going to be a marathon. Cheers. Friday, September 10 from 5 to 8. First on my own list is Artist Curated Projects which opens from 4 pm to 7 pm on Saturday, September 11 (thereby beating the evening reception crush) with a large group show of pretty incredible works of art by many of the (also incredible) artists ACP has been associated with over the years. Shannon Ebner, Anna Sew Hoy, Rico Gatson, Lucas Michael, Sam Gordon, Yunhee Min, Dawn Kasper, A.L. Steiner, Pearl C. Hsiung, Zackary Drucker, these are but one quarter of the artists offering work. I say “offering” because of course all this work is for sale and the sale of these modestly priced works of art will support ACP in it’s effort to achieve 501(c)3 status and thereby bring to all of us who look and think (and make art) more and deeper opportunities for exploring these passions. Um, (the question one rarely gets to ask in a gallery) how modestly priced are these works, Geoff? $300.00 and under. Go to town. For those among us who don’t troll the Internet for back up I’ll link to the Press page of ACP website where you may read the thoughts important writers on ACP past projects: T.J. Carlin...

Notes on vacation notes: happening this weekend!

Hi friends, This world doesn’t slow down. Ever. John Pearson at WPA shows photographs and video in )black( opening Saturday, September 4 from 6 to 9 pm. New at The Moving Index – Program 4 Curated by Catherine Taft. Video work by Spencer Douglass/Gustavo Herrera, Jesse Reding Fleming, Nikhil Murthy, Kelly Sears. Links directly to films here: Spencer Douglass and Gustavo Herrera Buffalo Mierda. Jesse Reding Fleming Points of Entry. Nikhil Murthy Two Crashes (1926/2007). Kelly Sears Voices on the Line. Additions coming later today: more complete research, images and more links. An opening this weekend at Las Cienegas Projects for instance. (Um, maybe. It’s getting less likely before Saturday…)...