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Notes on outside of LA

In other news that matters to me, Gaylen Gerber has a show at Wallspace (619 W. 27th St, NY 10001) Evan Holloway has a solo at Harris Lieberman right now, as does Zak Precop. Hmm. 1 PM CA time. Here I stop. Lisa Lapinski at Taka Ishi, Stephanie Taylor at Marc Jancou, Elad Lassry at Luhring Augustine, Brenna Youngblood at Tilton, and other transcontinental /  transnational LA art news later. Possibly much...

Notes on Looking

Hello my friends, This promises to be a rich and rewarding weekend. Once again the artists of Los Angeles have pulled out all the stops for us. You should take advantage of this generosity. Yes, this means driving from one end of town to another and then north and south, too. Get ready to go. First off: Tom Allen “Summerlands” is opening at Richard Telles Fine Art on Saturday, Oct 30 from 5 to 7 PM. (Link to Allen’s own site here.) I know from experience that Telles has shows installed by Thursday afternoon so I suggest you visit on Thursday, Friday or Saturday to spend time alone with Tom’s paintings then return for the reception to congratulate the artist. In Telles’s Martel space (around the corner from his 7380 Beverly Blvd home) are Lecia Dole-Recio, Lisa Lapinski and Caroline Thomas in a group show. Richard Telles 7380 Beverly Blvd, 90036 (I promise you images soon.) This is the final weekend for Ruben Ochoa “Grounded” and Yunhee Min “Attraction” at Susanne Vielmetter, 6006 Washington Blvd, Culver City, 90232. I understand Ochoa also has a large sculpture in the The Artist’s Museum opening at both MOCA spaces on Sunday Oct 31. Min’s past work has included large-scale installations and canvases that to me unified (and also challenged) the Modernist practices of painting and architecture.  These new paintings make me think of angular and prismatic Baroque or Rococo spaces – rather as though untrammled happy energy is bound up by the colored frames she’s used. “Attraction” as a body of work successfully extends and exceeds her previous paintings and is a tantalizing view of what may...

Christopher Russell, 1. Background

I first saw Christopher Russell’s photographs at Acuna-Hansen in xxx (some year a long time ago) installed in the back room. This was before his 2005 show with the gallery, “The Veil Trembles and is Very Thin” and I think some of what I recall may be mixed up with that later experience. There were four or five photographs – some landscapes with things wrong about them, a photograph of a once ubiquitous Calvin Klein ad here shown dirty, water-stained and much distressed. (Calvin Klein Inc. possibly mightn’t like Russell’s misuse of the image but to my mind this was the best those sunglass-wearing, shaven and crispy clean boys could look.) (The queerness I was loving went deeper in my mind than just a tingling of my gaydar.) Without being able to determine why, I was hooked. We went back and looked more, asked questions, and asked for an introduction to the artist. Several weeks of calendar and geography negotiations later we drove up one of the canyons in the Verdugo’s to visit Russell’s studio. Let me set the scene: Russell lives on a cul-de-sac in the canyon, the house is a charming riff on 1950’s California ranch house style – reddish stained wood with white trim and a shake roof with a nice yard. Russell and his friendly dog met us at the door, hugs-petting-hello and stuff and then he ushered us into his garage-studio and closed the door. (Stopping the inconvenient narrative and focusing on what we heard and saw) “Bedwetter” is a zine that Russell published while in grad school at Art Center and clandestinely placed...

Promises, promises (caramba!)

I swear on all that is holy to me that I will complete my Christopher Russell post. I’ll post about David Horvitz. (Is David Horvitz the Ron Popeil of 21st Century contemporary art?) I have more to tell and images for Nicholas Grider’s curation project at Elephant. Um, um, um, I’ll even make stuff up! Who know what fun we’ll have? This post is titled after a Burt Bacharach song from a Broadway musical. Never saw the musical, did see Billy Wilder’s movie predecessor with Jack Lemon and Shirley MacLaine “The Apartment” when I was a kid. Caramba was one of my words then. Jerry Orbach from the cast album. Dionne Warwick from everybody’s life in the 1960s and...

Romeo and Juliet and queers in the military

Hi Friends, We saw Berlioz’s symphonie dramatique “Romeo and Juliette” today at Disney Hall. Wow. The LA Phil, the LA Master Chorale, Charles Dutoit, mezzo-soprano Lauren McNeese, tenor  Jean-Paul Fouchecourt, and bass-baritone Jonathan Lemalu. Well, to be honest much of the symphony seemed very slow to me. I can’t find any translation of the libretto (the symphony doesn’t follow exactly Shakespeare’s play) and the YouTube music clips I find are nowhere near as powerful as the performance we just saw. I tried very hard to follow along and (along with one or two of the musicians) occasionally fell asleep. But then, somewhere around the time of Juliette’s funeral I was swept up into the music. I leaned forward and began striking my hands on my knees keeping time with the music, waving and bobbing my head like a madman. It was great! I forgave the looooong and too sweet love scene. (Love for me as a fifteen year old was nervous and active and passionate and glorious.  In Berlioz’ version R and J in love are all literary and spiritual, contemplative and sublime. Perhaps sublime just never made it to Diamond Bar, California.) Then came the wondrous bass-baritone Jonathan Lemalu singing Friar Lawrence’s explanatory aria. As the Capulet’s and the Montague’s looked on (played by the entirety of the Los Angeles Master Chorale) Lemalu sang: “Je vais dévoiler le mystère! Ce cadavre, c’était l’époux De Juliette. Voyez-vous Ce corps étendu sur la terre? C’était la femme, hélas, de Roméo. C’est moi qui les ai mariés.” And then much more. Having no French I’ll tell you what I recall. “Whose...

Notes on Looking, Oct 21, 2010

“100% Natural” curated by Nicholas Grider at Elephant. Tommi Cahill, Roger Tilton with Cynde Miller or Cynde Miller bio here. Sunday October 24 from 5 to 8 PM at 3325 Division Street, LA, 90065 I haven’t any images of work for the exhibition, so I’m grabbing what I can from these artists. Not pertinent but maybe nice to see so you have an idea of the past work. I’m stumped for any Cynde Miller images. I’ll keep trying. I hope I’ll see you Sunday at Elephant? 3325 Division St., LA, 90065 Oh – I almost forgot! Nicholas Grider and Grider at his wordpress site Everything Everywhere All the Time. My own thoughts on Grider’s curating at Sea and Space from April 1, 2010 and April 15,...

again with the in between days

East of Borneo is happily launched to an eager public!!! Many are the reasons to visit. Check images for fun and more. Go there, look – read – listen. Then – upload your own relevant contributions. More making things happen. From friends of yours in LA. Yes indeed. So...

More interim list

Sunday, October 17 FOCA space in Chinatown – “Everything is Political” Andrea Bowers. Daniel Joseph Martinez. Also Clyde Beswick Gallery – “Plato o Pomo” Martin Durazo and “Animate Objects” Chris Oatey Monday, October 18 Donald Moffett 1997 exhibition catalogue “Blue (NY)” arrived in the mail. Yay Ebay. Upcoming Tuesday, Bang on a Can at Disney Hall. Green Umbrella series. Tickets still...

Notes on Looking, October 18, 2010

I had an interesting talk with Paul Pescador about the Elysian Park Museum of Art. Which, btw is the focus of an exhibition and a series of participation opportunities at LACE. 4 days later I talked with Solomon Bothwell about The Public School. By performing a little interpretive google mixography I find that EPMoA has been a proposed class at the LA branch of Public School, may indeed have been proposed by Luke Fischbeck, and incorporates such “tags” as barbecue, baseball, curation, earth art, ecology, installation art, institutional critique, landscape design, museum, outdoors, park, participation, performance art, public art, reading, site specificity, urban planning . Many are the fascinating strands to follow. A few facts first. The Elysian Park Museum of Art was initiated in October 2009 as a series of performances, installations and interventions taking place in the 600 acres of Elysian Park. These acts would be open to the public and announced as such but would, owing to the nature of the project – usually requiring some sort of participation, walking out of doors, visiting the park itself – would be likely to attract modest crowds. Any interventions or lasting installations would of course be available for viewing or participation by the public but they would not be tagged as museum exhibits. Rather, anything noticed by anyone would be understood – well, freely. Without the kind of direction / explanation we may find in a wall tag or marker. See Public School proposal by Fischbeck here. See proposed syllabus by Pescador here. Over the course of the last year EPMoA invited members of the class to each...

Interim List

Wednesday, Oct 13 LACE opening(s) Thursday, Oct 14 Lesley Moon at Brookfield Ernst & Young Plaza, Figueroa and 6th Friday, Oct 15 The Prince at 7th St. and Catalina for soju Saturday, Oct 16 Las Cienegas Projects; Graphaids; Greene Park Gallery at Kunsthalle in Chinatown; studio visit w/ Antonio Puleo; studio visit w/ Lisa Madonna Sunday, Oct 17 Olivier Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphony at Disney Hall – review by Mark Swed – review by Robert D. Thomas....

For your consideration

January 28, 2010 just uploaded. Agnes Varda 1 Image 1 Minute; X-TRA; Art LA Contemporary; Charles Karubian at Parker Jones; Marcus Civin at Francois Ghebaly; home hemo-dialysis; Baldessari at Leavin; Welling at Regen; Joint Dialogue at Overduin and Kite; Jered Sprecher; Statler-Waldorf; Iannis Xenakis; and so...

An occasional and not nearly comprehensive look at LA artists doing work elsewhere

Artists from Los Angeles show their work all over the world. Those of you who travel may get to see some of what I’m writing about. Me? My boundaries are pretty clear – I’ll stay in LA and cheer.  Go Team. Micol Hebron has been appointed Senior Curator at the Salt Lake Art Center. (Cara Despain reporting in the Salt Lake City Weekly here and a mention in the local paper, the Deseret News.) Among California’s increasingly decreasing exports, Hebron with her aggressively enlightened Feminist / Humanist way of thinking and working feels like a valuable gift to give. Challenge, imagination and energy. Three words I think she lives by. Utah will have its proclaimed Industriousness equalled and exceeded as Micol Hebron… to quote an early exhibition press release “blasts her way through art history” there was something about “taking no prisoners” in that old document, too. I’m working from my memory of a 10 year old event – somehow I’ve kept a mental image of Micol astride a rocket ship – maybe like Slim Pickens in Dr. Strangelove. Much love to you Micol and all my best wishes! More soon but do be aware this is the last weekend to see Hebron’s show “Essential” at Jancar. The more will include news about Stephanie Taylor in NY, Flora Weigman and Amy Granat in London, Michele O’Marah in NY, Sarah Cain in NY. (Pretend two or four hours have passed…….. hmm….. click, click….. damn! not that one……… drive home and start again) Michele O’Marah presents to the honored denizens of New York City her acclaimed film installation “A Girl’s Gotta Do What A Girl’s Gotta Do” at...