Living the connected life: blessing, curse and “just the facts, ma’am”
Do you know, even I can’t make heads nor tails of this post’s title. It started with a Facebook invitation to an exhibition opening at a space I’ve never heard of. A new space. As you’ll imagine I checked it out. I’m still interested and I want to go. This is the blessing part. I recall a time when I’d have to troll through every space in town picking up cards on the front desk, asking people at openings, searching furiously through the LA Times, Art Scene, LA Weekly and in the olden days the LA Reader for listings of happening spots. Exhausting. (And very, very satisfying!) Now many of the invites appear magincally on my monitor. Again – huge blessing.
Hmm, what might have turned into me ranting about wasting my time looking at crap to filter for the good stuff just dissapated in glee as I remembered all the ease with which these notices come and go. So no curse. No unhappy me. Just cheerful fingers clicking away, finding cool things to delight my eyes and your eyes and expand our minds. Yay.
Viva la Commonspace. 2226 Whittier Blvd., LA, 90023. “Action (un)Packed: Abstraction After Action” is the exhibition. Nick Aguayo, Joshua Dildine, Kent Familton, Richard Galling, Steve Hampton, David Michael Lee, Ryan Peter Miller, Marcus Perez, Grant Vetter, and Steve Walters are the artists.
Images and more fun things coming soon. I ran dead into the wall of lunch. Eek. (Now it’s 5:27 PM Wednesday, I just uploaded the R. Galling image, I’ll be back after a studio visit with more.) Now it’s later, much later. Images commence.
More about Viva la: the show is called “Action (un)Packed: Abstraction After Action* *(Or where’s My CIA Handbook Now?)” and links us to a 1995 Frances Stonor Saunders article in the Independent World Modern art was CIA ‘weapon’. The paintings I see on various artist websites are variously abstract, not necessarily of the ‘action’ school, but still. The press release poses some thoughts and asks us a question: “The inaugural exhibition of Commonspace brings together a number of emerging American painters engaged in investigating the inheritance of Action Painting at the opening of the twenty-first century. This packed salon style exhibition attempts to trace new strategies of speed, viscosity, virtuosity, geometricism, color vibration and mixed vocabularies of every kind that fall beyond the stratagems of neo-modernism and postmodernism.”
(I feel the need to break up the text a bit here.)
“Action (un)Packed showcases painting practices that aren’t afraid of complexity or abjection, beauty or the ridiculous, but that actively demonstrate a dynamic negotiation between disparate regimes of pictorial signification. The defining question of this survey is whether or not we are qualitatively after Action painting or whether living in a hyperbolic economy of accelerated effects hasn’t engendered a certain degree of generosity toward the affect of Action painting once again – and if so, what defines its conditions of possibility today?”
I’m looking forward to seeing what these guys do. They are all guys, which in itself seems odd and difficult to do now. Is the choice part of some commentary on the male-dominated era of Action Painting? I don’t know, not having seen the work or talked with any of the artists. See above for address, etc.
Jonathan Louie, a friend and colleague, is writing a book about (the possibility/likelihood of) a car-less LA. (No, this will not be a novel.) Working with a non-profit called RailLA and using as a model the structure offered in Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s Sienese murals “Allegory of Good Government” and “Allegory of Bad Government” (a clever 14th Century way of not simply listing bad things but offering comparisons between good and bad as allegories from which the citizen could learn) Louie is inviting us, the citizens of Los Angeles (currently a model for “Bad City” with our dependency on cars, fossil fuels, etc.) to present examples of the good city we hold in our minds. Sort of speaking of the future in present tense. (Cue Neil Beloufa’s show at Ghebaly last year.)
Visit this RailLA page and text your imagined carless future into words. Present an idea then offer notes to support it, just like you did in school. Have fun!
I’ll get to more openings later on Thursday. I hope.
Oh dear, I almost forgot!!!!!
Good authority tells me – good authority being Matt Lipps (hey, check out the great Modern Painters feature on Matt!) that Amir Nikravan will be in the gallery at Rosamund’s for the final day of his show. I’d say show up in the early afternoon. But don’t get ahead of ME!
If Matt Lipps pdf won’t download, pick it up here at Silverman Gallery
AND, for those of you who love James Krone – he’ll be in town for a while in November celebrating the ongoing success of his “James Krone: Trickle Down Ergonomics” show at Kavi Gupta in Chicago. Good Lord.
Really now, it’s almost 3 and I’m going to bed. Have fun this weekend.