Back in LA and slightly overwhelmed (and when I admit to overwhelmingness you know it’s bad/good)

Whitney Hubbs, Untitled, 20 x 24”, silver gelatin print, 2010 showing in "Embarrassment I: Vulnerability" at KM Gallery in Santa Monica

Whitney Hubbs, Untitled, 20 x 24”, silver gelatin print, 2010 showing in "Embarrassment I: Vulnerability" at KM Gallery in Santa Monica

Peter Holzhauer, "Hilltop" 36 x 44”, C-print, 2010

Peter Holzhauer, "Hilltop" 36 x 44”, C-print, 2010

Laura Kim, "Still Ill" 77 slides (unprocessed 35mm color negative film, plastic slide mounts) and slide projector, 2010

Laura Kim, "Still Ill" 77 slides (unprocessed 35mm color negative film, plastic slide mounts) and slide projector, 2010

A lot is what’s happening this weekend. Good grief.

On Saturday, in Santa Monica KM Gallery celebrates the opening of Embarrassment I: Vulnerability. Artists included are: Michael Dopp, Liz Glynn, Peter Holzhauer, Whitney Hubbs, Laura Kim, Juliana Romano, Frank Ryan, Lily Simonson, Caleb Waldorf, Jessica Williams. Wow.

Let’s see, you’ll remember a Michael Dopp exhibition Dilate at Kinkead this summer –  and this will make you curious to see more.

You don’t know this but a year ago the much-admired Phil Chang recommended Peter Holzhauer and his work to me – I didn’t need persuading as I had been spending time on the web looking at Holzauer’s photos already. I’ve been meaning to follow up and meet him – here’s my chance! And all our chance to see the work in real life.

Do I really need to remind you how wonderful Whitney Hubbs’s photos are? I’ve written about her and featured her pictures since my introduction to her work at Tony Payne’s “Phil” space in Highland Park. Furthermore Hubbs quotes from Rudyard Kipling on her website. Enough said.

Two artists I’m not familiar with but look forward to seeing the work of then… Frank Ryan – famous in my home town for hosting 533 in his (former) studio space at 533 Los Angeles St. as well as his paintings at Walter Maciel, et al.

Three more artists I’m hopeful to see work of and then… Aha! Caleb Waldorf is involved with The Public School. This is a good thing. Life circles more and more closely to nirvana – if I may defuse the disinterest porti0n of nirvana and emphasize the wisdom. I want to know more about Public School, you need to know about Public School, ergo Waldorf is required meeting.

Lily Simonson, "Urban Plein Air" 2010, oil on canvas, 30x40" This image is HUGE. It filled my modestly-sized monitor. 2000x2629. Eek.

Lily Simonson, "Urban Plein Air" 2010, oil on canvas, 30x40" This image is HUGE. It filled my modestly-sized monitor. 2000x2629. Eek.

Jessica Williams, although the name of this jpg may be "Hideaway" the title of the painting imaged is "Love Scene" 2010, oil on canvas 9x12"

Jessica Williams, although the name of this jpg may be "Hideaway" the title of the painting imaged is "Love Scene" 2010, oil on canvas 9x12"

Backing up a bit, you must follow the link to Lily Simonson’s website. Nice things happen when you do. Link to video of a woman (Simonson?) singing Venus in Furs into a hand-held shower head while standing in front of a big, big painting at an opening. Then other stuff happens. (How does one spell Severan anyway?)

So ok, I could go on all night. Instead I’ll leave you with some of what Williams’ on her website calls “pictures.” I have no titles, or any information at all – I simply enjoyed looking at them and think you might, too. Cheers.

My apologies to Michael Dopp, Liz Glynn, Juliana Romano, Frank Ryan and Caleb Waldorf for not including images.

PS: it’s distinctly unlikely that I’ll be anywhere Saturday night except for Specific Merchandise, but I’ll have much of the afternoon to cruise around!

My thanks to Ashton Allen for sending me an email out of the blue.

Jessica Williams from the grouping "8"

Jessica Williams from the grouping "8"

Jessica Williams from the grouping "11"

Jessica Williams from the grouping "11"

Jessica Williams from the grouping "19"

Jessica Williams from the grouping "19"

I take this to be Jessica. From the grouping "20"

I take this to be Jessica. From the grouping "20"

Good-bye from two people I don't know, grouping "11"

Good-bye from two people I don't know, grouping "11"

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