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

Micol Hebron "Smile On" performance still. Also the sort of picture one can show to Grandma.

Micol Hebron "Smile On" performance still. Also the sort of picture one can show to Grandma. more Micol images soon

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.

Hebron at "Perform! Now!" this past July in Chinatown. Image carefully taken by Arely Villegas, link to Villegas' blog Art a L.A. Mode. (More great pix after the jump.)

Hebron at "Perform! Now!" this past July in Chinatown. Image carefully taken by Arely Villegas, link to Villegas' blog Art a L.A. Mode. (More great pix after the jump.)

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 "A Girl's Gotta Do What A Girl's Gotta Do" at Brennan & Griffin, link to gallery

Michele O'Marah "A Girl's Gotta Do What A Girl's Gotta Do" at Brennan & Griffin, link to gallery

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 Brennan and Griffin. Something won’t allow me to link directly to the treat I want to share, but if you click here and then click the next image arrow icon 5 or 6 times you’ll find a really cool video preview of the exhibition. This is very worth doing.

WOW! News flash! Exposureroom.com features the “A Girl’s Gotta…” video preview I mention above. LIFE IS AWESOME IN MY WORLD. And getting awesomer.

Also available I discover are clips of “White Diamonds /  Agent Orange” 2001, “Valley Girl” 2002, and “Faustus’s Children” 2006.

Hey you – trustees at MOMA. Get your check books out and start writing! LA didn’t send you this stuff just to look at.

Scan of the poster for Sarah Cain project "California Does Psychic" text is taken from tributes by authors and friends to poet Hannah Weiner on the news of her death in 1997. Charles Bernstein, Charles Alexander, Jacques Debrot, Ron Silliman, and Rod Smith are quoted.

Scan of the poster for Sarah Cain project "California Does Psychic" text is taken from tributes by authors and friends to poet Hannah Weiner on the news of her death in 1997. Charles Bernstein, Charles Alexander, Jacques Debrot, Ron Silliman, and Rod Smith are quoted.

Also in NY “California Does Psychic” Los Angeles artist Sarah Cain “does” Sara Meltzer’s unfinished space in Chelsea. Cain’s painting installations are often site specific and for this show she was given fairly raw space for a month to create paintings on the walls, ceiling and floors of the soon to be gallery. Inspired by and freely interpreting from the writings of Hannah Weiner, check the images – as with her 2009 California Biennial installation “Midnight Mission” at 533, here Cain exposes the structure of the space and her disjunctive-seeming moves offer chances for intellectual or aesthetic holism. (Holisty? Holistics?)

"When does it or you begin?" Image from Hannah Weiner page on SUNY-Buffalo site, the phrase is the title of Temporary Services January 2009 Festival of Writing, Performance and Video. Link to Temporary Services.

"When does it or you begin?" Image from Hannah Weiner page on SUNY-Buffalo site, the phrase is the title of Temporary Services January 2009 Festival of Writing, Performance and Video. Link to Temporary Services.

Sarah Cain, installation view at Sara Meltzer Projects

Sarah Cain, installation view at Sara Meltzer Projects

Detail of "Untitled, Ray Bans with Slits" Sarah Cain

Detail of "Untitled, Ray Bans with Slits" Sarah Cain

Quickly on to Stephanie Taylor and “Pork Shank Stew” opening at Marc Jancou Gallery on October 28. Yet another and completely variant occasion of site specificity from our friend Taylor. Affect a serious, nasal Boston-type accent and repeat after me “Marc Jancou.” (What on earth did you just say??? It sounded like pork shank stew to me.) Yes my friends, Stephanie Taylor does things to language that the best punster would never attempt. And that’s only the beginning of the train of fun! The curious syllables suggest materials and objects, these… things and object-signifiers are then spun with notes. Singers and musicians are hired, recordings are made, pretty soon the objects reveal themselves to be sculpture and photographs and drawings and… tah duh an exhibition is born. Yay!!!!

Stephanie Taylor "Wiffles" 2010 fiber print, 8" x 10"

Stephanie Taylor "Wiffles" 2010 fiber print, 8" x 10"

This following paragraph is dedicated to the city and people of New York, who may not know it but they are beautiful and so is their city. This is a very personal song so if the viewer cannot understand it, particularly those of you who are European residents – save up all your bread and fly Trans Love Airways to… (Qui finisce l’opera, perché a questo punto il maestro è morto) Well, just get yourself to NYC and Marc Jancou Gallery to see Stephanie Taylor’s “Pork Shank Stew.”

While you’re there (he said with emphasis) do pick up a copy of The Stephanie Taylor Songbook, the soon-to-be released compendium of Taylor’s many songs. Please note, as you turn the pages, that for the introduction – ooh! the prolegomenon – Taylor invited me (Geoff Tuck) to pen a few lines. (More than a few, if you know me.) As my surfer friends, after riding a particularly sweet curl, used to call out from beyond the waves, “Dude – I’m stoked!”

I’ll have more tomorrow (right now it’s midnight on Wednesday) , more traveling Angelenas and Angelenos, probably some shows in town and of course a tease about the upcoming Messiaen Turangalila Symphony at Disney Hall.

Heimir Björgúlfsson from Greene Park - these images cleverly come with captions pre-installed. Fortunately Bjorgulfsson has his own website so I have something to write and link to!

Heimir Björgúlfsson from Greene Park - these images cleverly come with captions pre-installed. Fortunately Bjorgulfsson has his own website so I have something to write and link to!

Baptiste Debombourg (see photo caption for particulars) also is web equipped. Click already.

Baptiste Debombourg (see photo caption for particulars) also is web equipped. Click already.

Jeff Ostergren, recently in shows curated by Catherine Taft and also Jan Tumlir. He's got a site, too. Go.

Jeff Ostergren, recently in shows curated by Catherine Taft and also Jan Tumlir. He's got a site, too. Go.

Peter Wu and his website.

Peter Wu and his website.

I don't have access tonight to an image of Michael Carter's work in the show, so - I pulled one from his site. "Doubting Thomas" was the title of this installation when Carter showed it at the Peggy Phelps Gallery in Claremont this year.

I don't have access tonight to an image of Michael Carter's work in the show, so - I pulled one from his site. "Doubting Thomas" was the title of this installation when Carter showed it at the Peggy Phelps Gallery in Claremont this year.

As I walk out the door I’m leaving you with info about and images from “Charnel House Scraps” now pay attention to the name I’m about to give you – you’ll be hearing more from – Greene Park Gallery, a roving two-headed curatorial exercise of Rob Greene and Caroline Park, currently touching down at Francois Ghebaly’s Kunsthalle LA in Chinatown. Eek. Elysian Park Museum of Art at LACE, too!

I’m going to sleep now. Just a few more viands for the feast:

A reminder that Von Tundra goes to A-Z West opens at Specific on Saturday the 16th. Stop in also to see work by Mark Roeder, D’Ette Nogle, Clare Graham and Mark Golamco.

5 Points Readings at Workspace has “Notes on Film” with Michael Ned Holte, George Percari and Mary Woronov. Sunday the 17th.

FOCA has “Everything is Political” a collaborative exhibition by Andrea Bowers and Daniel Joseph Martinez also on Sunday the 17th. At 4 PM.

By the way, the links scattered among this post include Eric Burden and the Animals “San Franciscan Nights” – a 5 minute clip from Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” – the final scene from Puccini’s “Turandot” – um there may be more that I’ve forgotten. Enjoy.

If I don’t see you tomorrow tell yourself hello!

Geoff Tuck

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