Keeping the weekend random
Hello my friends,
Those among you who’ve visited already this week witnessed my somewhat random/manic blog post development strategy. Thanks for being along for the ride(s).
Before we settle in let me put on my gray cardigan, get out my pipe, and lean against this handy mantle so I may introduce our musical selections for the week. Ok, there it is. Everybody comfortable?
Merle Haggard, I Can’t Hold Myself In Line. Haggard was raw and beautiful and back then country music was natural family with the blues. Dispossessed and passionate. Somehow since 1969 country music has become a smug pabulum which our ruling class consumes in an effort to reassure itself of its validity and down home roots. Cue any current track for whatever politician’s rally. Enjoy the real thing. Great Merle Haggard discography on Slipcue.
Linda Ronstadt, Girls Talk from her 1980 album Mad Love. Um, dunno. I was twenty, enough explanation probably.
Things feel pretty hairy recently and I’m a trifle overwhelmed. (I’m warning you. If I pack too much in blame the generosity of our artists, not poor bloody-fingered me!)
Thursday, Nov 18 at the PDC (Melrose at San Vicente in West Hollywood) a million things open. Eek. Honestly there’s too much for me to interestingly list. The PDC website does a good job and has links to gallery websites, go there.
I’m fairly certain this is the inaugural exhibition for Annie Wharton Los Angeles. Congratulations Annie! You’ll help bring the mojo of Chinatown to the near west side. Favorites of mine are in The Way The Morning Broke Was Quite Unusual: Ingibjorg Birgisdottir, Alika Cooper, John Espinosa, Peter Harkawik, Davida Nemeroff, Mary Ann Pomonis, Lina Theodoru and Bobbi Woods. Admittedly I’m not familiar with ALL these artists but rest assured – the ones I do know ROCK.
Standard Deviation at See Line Gallery (also a PDC space). I know this to be a large group show. Um, Christopher Haun, Karen Lofgren, Natascha Snellman and Jason Yates are but 4 of the 18ish artists included. Go to the gallery site or the PDC site or the ArtSlant page.
More on rockingness – Natascha Snellman has curated Play It As It Lays for Space 15Twenty. Um, that would be at 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd. In the dreaded-but-much-admired Cahuenga Corridor.
Another amazing line-up of artists is offered to us by Noah Davis in his first, initial, primary, cardinal, introductory, (ooooh primordial!) curating project Gray Day open at Roberts and Tilton through Dec 18.
While we’re here, walk next door to Blythe Projects to see Larry Mullins’ first solo with the gallery, New Baggage. Abstraction, text, all-over visual push-back, bad/sad/angry stories – lettering that might be Appalachia/Ozark graffiti done in an Old English font – Mullins makes intellectually and aesthetically sustaining paintings. Go see.
Brief interjection the Wednesday morning at 8:15 am: “Hah!!! Writer guy fucked up. If you’re reading this after I fixed my mistake, just move along people – there’s nothing here to see.”
[I gotta go get dinner at the Colburn School Cafeteria then a concert at Disney Hall. May not post more until Wednesday at lunch, being as how I’m tired….. weep for me. (Wednesday night: About that George Crumb concert on Tuesday night: Wow. You should have been there. Read Mark Swed’s review and believe it.)]
Andy Kolar “Little Guys” and Ron Mueske “New Work” at Carl Berg Projects. Again, at the PDC.
Maya Lujan, Alice Clements and Tyler Stallings – three solo shows at Jancar. Lujan’s site – Clements’ site – Stallings’ site. Hey, wow. Three for three. (I heard a sports person use that phrase once. It fits in the same box for me as ‘end run’ and ‘td’ and stuff like that.)
Saturday, Nov 20. Image Swap at Actual Size to celebrate the exhibition Consuegra/Wintergarten. Taken separately these are Eduardo Consuegra (shows with Richard Telles) and Wintergarten Ltd. An assortment of images follow.
One final note for this meandering post:
Andrew Berardini and the aforementioned Karen Lofgren (Test time: $0.01 to anyone who can find that first mention of Lofgren’s name!!) talk together and with you, if you choose, at LACE. Under discussion will be Lofgren’s current microlounge exhibition at LACE, Signs Point to Yes.
Berardini gives good talk – he sort of ramps up the energy on intellectual pursuits, making a chase and a spar out of what many dialoguists serve up as mealy, dry hash.
Be warned though – Karen Lofgren has wolf blood in her veins and matches our hero in brains. Watch out Andrew!
Wishing once again that I could be everywhere in LA, I am yours,