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 and I saw a photograph of this tree in a group show at Raid Projects: Charles La Belle, Illuminated Trees # 10. La Belle maintains an admirably thorough website where I found the above image.
Museum exhibitions that you may have missed and are closing soon (preceded by images intended to tantalize you and cause your hand to grab the keys and your feet to hit the ground running):
Back to closing museum shows:
Arshile Gorky: Retrospective at MOCA Grand Ave is closing Monday, September 20
Looks like Dennis Hopper’s Double Standard is closing 6 days later on Sunday the 26th.
Hammer Projects: Eric Baudelaire is closing on Sunday, September 26
Greg Lynn: Fountain is gone after the 26th
Friedrich Kunath comes down the 26th as well.
OCMA has three permanent collection exhibitions closing on the 19th. Presumably they’re clearing out the museum for installation of the upcoming (hold your breath and get ready to explode because I’m sure it’s going to be fabulous) California Biennial.
Should one be traveling north, at the Santa Barbara Museum Chaotic Harmony: Contemporary Korean Photography is closing on the 19th as are two related exhibitions.
In reference to the photos above: in San Diego Here Not There: San Diego Art Now closes at the La Jolla MCA San Diego site on September 19th.
This being the second weekend of September madness, I think I need to skip all else save for Stuff Coming Up This Week:
The school that can’t keep bad news away from its football team sure can run a School of Fine Arts: USC Roski School of Fine Arts MFA exhibition opening reception this Thursday, September 16 from 6 to 9 pm. (Thereby using up my entire knowledge of sports, college or otherwise.)
Gayle and Ed Roski Fine Arts Gallery, Graduate Fine Arts Bldg (IFT), 3001 S. Flower St., LA, 90007
I’m getting kind of stuck for links or images for Sean Kennedy and Lisa Ohlweiler. Frustrating for me. I’ve in the past used an image of Ohlweiler taken by Evan Walsh, but doing so a second time would be cheating. I’ll keep looking and post anything I find. (If you follow this link and scroll down you’ll find the image and original post about “The First Thing” exhibition at Redling Fine Art with work by Ohlweiler.)
LACE Back to School Sale (and Damn Fine Party!) at (the former)
Francois Ghebaly Gallery
510 Bernard Street, Chinatown, 90012.
Thursday, September 16, 7 to 9 pm.
I’m feeling steamless. I keep listing things. “Well why don’t you tell us something that excites you Geoff?” Thanks for your suggestion – I will.
Parker Jones Gallery, Says I with work by D’Ette Nogle, Dan Finsel, Keirsten Puusemp, and Math Bass. “Can you give us some insight? Why this particular upcoming show?” D’Ette Nogle and her tantalizing practice of absence has fascinated me since a LACE Auction in 2000. (You may recall the story from my May 13, 2010 post.) Finsel made a knock out vidio installation at Parker’s Chinatown space in January, 2010. I Could be Anybody, I Could be Somebody had me squirming all the several times I watched. Math Bass and Kiersten Puusemp? I only know corners but those corners look pretty interesting. Go visit Parker on Saturday from 6 to 9 pm.
Parker Jones, 8545 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232
Cherry and Martin, Seven Card Stud featuring work by Brian Bress, Matt Connors, Mari Eastman, Peter Harkawik, Nick Herman, Alex Klein and Nathan Mabry. I counted and there are in fact seven artists in the show. I don’t know anything about poker or I’d make a smart remark about Texas Hold ‘Em. Or studs. Or getting carded at 7-11. Hmm.
Alex Klein has shown (Person to Person, a solo show) at Las Cienegas Projects; as a participant in Mateo Tannatt’s installation for Support Group, curated by Michael Ned Holte at Tom Solomon Cottage Home; and Klein is the editor of Words Without Pictures. (The last is available from Aperture Books (linked) and… I recommend you purchase a copy of your own. Indeed I’ll go further and insist that you do. Invaluable. Challenging. And, lest you assume dry writing rules the world of thinking, WWP is fun to read.)
Peter Harkawik had work in the recent summer group show at Kinkead, Stille Post. Check the link – the single image Kinkead has online from Stille Post is Harkawik’s. Harkawik also had work at Night Gallery with Wintergarten Ltd. in a show called Hearts of Palm. Having checked his website at the time of the Night Gallery show I can tell you Harkawik has a shiny new website that you should check out. From which I shall fearlessly hoover an image, see above.
Nick Herman. Without any further web action, this provides my full knowledge of Herman. Oh – Herman is also publisher of Ante Projects which has pages for Publishing (innovative editorial material and limited edition ephemera), Design (not sure – describes itself as a multidisciplinary design studio), and Art (Herman’s own).
Cherry and Martin, 2712 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City, 90034
Two things come up from that last paragraph. Night Gallery is at 204 S. Avenue 19, Lincoln Heights, 90031 and is open from 10 pm to 2 am Tuesday to Thursday. Telephone 646-717-4925 or email [email protected] for exhibition information.
Kinkead Contemporary has Lester Monzon To Press Upon or Against opening Saturday the 18th from 6 to 9 pm. A catalog with essay by Ed Schad has been published to accompany this exhibition and will be available at the reception.
Kinkead Contemporary, 6029 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232
Not on any list of upcoming but something I very much want to see: did you know Shoshana Wayne has a second space at Bergamot? SW2. I can’t find anything on Wayne’s website so I’m linking to the ever resourceful ArtSlant page for the space. (Of course what I mean to say is that ArtSlant is a great resource for me – every time I Google an artist’s name, there is ArtSlant. While I’m sure they’re also resourceful – that would be another conversation.)
Nick Kramer (he of great things at Latned Atsar, Roger Dickes’ Air Pressure – w/ tons o’ images, Aram Moshayedi’s The Awful Parenthesis at Cirrus – also w/ images. Dude’s been in all the best shows recently.)
Fay Ray who is also in Annie Buckley and John Souza’s exhibition Psychic Outlaws opening this weekend at the Cal State LA Luckman Gallery
Must give credit to Marichris Ty, curator of the exhibition.
Searching Marichris Ty on the net, I came across something that leads me to believe Shoshana Wayne may in fact have a group exhibition, Material/Immaterial in her main space. I find nothing on the gallery’s site so definitely stop by when you visit Bergamot next.
Shoshana Wayne 2, 2525 Michigan Ave., No. B1, Santa Monica, 90404
Luckman Fine Arts Center and Gallery, 5151 State University Dr., LA, 90032 (check the link – the Luckman has the next 4 shows scheduled and they look excellent)
Country Club, Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe: Bright White Underground opens Friday, September 17 from 6 to 9 pm.
Country Club, 805 S. Genesee Ave., LA, 90036
Just a few more. In Culver City and in Chinatown.
Kaycee Olsen opens the inaugural solo exhibition in her new space, Jeff Sheng Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. A timelier exhibition rarely comes up.
2nd Cannons presents new work by Katie Aliprando at 510 Bernard St., Chinatown, 90012. Friday 7 to 9 pm.
Pepin Moore will show new photographs and sculptures by Emelie Halpern in an exhibition titled Eclipse, opening Friday from 7 to 9 pm.
Pepin Moore, 933 Chung King Rd., Chinatown, 90012
The Box, Wally Hedrick opens also Friday from 7 to 9 pm.
The Box, 977 Chung King Rd., Chinatown, 90012
After everything else simmers down on Saturday, head to 741 New High Street, Chinatown, 90012 and to Actual Size Gallery for Please Remember Everything, a night of film and music. From 11 pm to 2 am.
Aaron Brown, Aaron Wrinkle, Adam Cruces, Bjarki Bragason, Brad Troemel, Carlos Laszlo, Charles Irvin, Christopher Michlig, dev01ded, Dmitri Hertz, Emily-Rose Wagner, Eugene Kotlyarenko, Gustavo Herrera, Joanna Leitch, Justin Swinburne, Keith Rocka Knittel, Lindsay Lawson, Lucy Chinen, Maliea Croy, Mark Essen, Morrisa Maltz, Matt MacFarland, Max Hegedus, Michael Decker, Michael Ray-Von, Pascual Sisto, Robert Becraft, Sean Boylan, Spencer Douglass, STEEL5000, Tony Banuelos, Yogi Proctor, Zach Kleyn
Performances and DJ sets by DJ AEIOU, FEMKA project, Keith Rocka Knittel, Sam Davis,The White Widow and special guests.
The announcement states “Exhibition will be on display from September 18 – October 3, 2010” so I guess there will be things to see after the party. I hope so.
So hey – check out that list at Actual Size! Truly great things ye shall see. Robert Becraft had a great video in a show that Sayre Gomez curated at the Eagle Rock Arts Center last year, Spencer Douglass just showed work at Kavi Gupta in Berlin, Michael Decker has been all over this year, I could go on. (You know I could.)
Around a few corners on Yale Street those two whose website gets more hits than CNN – Annie Wharton and Anat Egbi of The Company – are beginning their season with Jen DeNike: The Scrying Trilogy sculpture, ballet and film.
The Company, 946 Yale St., Chinatown, 90012
I told you last week that Kalup Linzy is opening at Ltd. Los Angeles this week. Monday, September 20 at 8:30 pm. Performance at 9 pm.
Ltd., 7561 W. Sunset Blvd., 103, LA, 90046
Michael Krebber From MCB to MBC at Richard Telles.
Richard Telles Fine Art, 7380 Beverly Blvd., LA, 90036
Oh dear, my eyes were once again bigger than my head. Or whatever that saying is…
Have a great weekend,