Las Cienegas Projects, Simon Leung at (and more!)

A nice reminder From E. A. Poe offered to us by Jenny Odell, an SFAI grad I found in a web image search.

A nice reminder From E. A. Poe offered to us by Jenny Odell, an SFAI grad I found in a web image search.

This coming Friday, Dec 17 from 6 to 9 pm you will want to be at 2045 S. La Cienega Blvd to see Simon Leung’s three-channel video installation POE. (Also shows with Yvonne Rainer and Nils Schirrmacher.) This December exhibition provides us with an excellent opportunity at the close of a year of excellent, beautiful and challenging programing to thank Amy Thoner and Steven Hull for  Las Cienegas Projects. I didn’t see every show at LCP during the year but I’ll recap a few great ones that have stuck with me and that I’ll continue to think about:

In January, 2010 LCP featured Dante Brebner and Marcos Rosales and Francis Coy in a multi-dimensional collaboration that resulted in truly bizarre work. (I’m going to give you an alternative Coy link since the main site is under repair and soon to be relaunched. Franics Coy video.)  Tortured stream 0f consciousness writings by Rosales were given to Brebner who created enigmatic, tiny dioramas depicting scenes – or possible stage settings – for the drama that Brebner inferred from Rosales’s text. I recall these as being mounted into the central gallery walls at a bit lower than eye level with small windows for viewing. Really small – a couple of inches square. Rosales received photos of the dioramas and wrote a script from which a film was made by Rosales and Coy. This film was shown in LCP’s third space.

The dioramas and the images in the film were gorgeous – colorful, rich, weird and disturbing, plump with possible meanings. Sort of  Hollywood-via-Carl Jung archetypal scenery. The “Sagging Mattress” instead of the “Crossroads,” magical seeming spaces in which our unconscious can roam freely. I recall the movie having a repellant story – the hero is psychologically and sexually debased, and is destroyed utterly and then finally he recovers his freedom and his ‘self’ but….. I left the film unsure of his apparent restoration and just a little unnerved at my own attraction to his misadventures. What at first viewing had been so disturbing now had too much allure.

Dante Brebner, "Tori Gate" (Secular Paradise*) 2009 mixed media. Interior dimensions 4” x 4” x 6” *Inspirational title by Marcos Rosales

Dante Brebner, "Tori Gate" (Secular Paradise*) 2009 mixed media. Interior dimensions 4” x 4” x 6” *Inspirational title by Marcos Rosales

Dante Brebner, "Mattress" (A Sagging Mattress Filled with the Stunted Dreams of a Lustful Imbecile*) 2009 mixed media. Interior dimensions  2.5” x 5” x 5.5” * Inspirational title by Marcos Rosales. Link to Brebner's own website.

Dante Brebner, "Mattress" (A Sagging Mattress Filled with the Stunted Dreams of a Lustful Imbecile*) 2009 mixed media. Interior dimensions 2.5” x 5” x 5.5” * Inspirational title by Marcos Rosales. Link to Brebner's own website.

Brebner again, this being "Underwater" (It Wedges Its Way Between Lovers, Grasping You Tighter than a Black Gloved Hand Clenched Around a Frail Thin Neck*) 2009 mixed media. Interior dimensions  3” x 5” x 5.5” * Inspirational title by Marcos Rosales. Link to Brebner's "About" page.

Brebner again, this being "Underwater" (It Wedges Its Way Between Lovers, Grasping You Tighter than a Black Gloved Hand Clenched Around a Frail Thin Neck*) 2009 mixed media. Interior dimensions 3” x 5” x 5.5” * Inspirational title by Marcos Rosales. Link to Brebner's "About" page.

 I’ll select a few additional images from exhibitions at LCP that still live with me and then move on. Well, not on but more toward the exhibition that’s opening on Friday. Bear with me a moment.

Millie Wilson, from the exhibition "I am not here anymore but I am fine" at Las Cienegas Projects, March/April 2010

Millie Wilson, from the exhibition "I am not here anymore but I am fine" at Las Cienegas Projects, March/April 2010

Vishal Jugdeo, from the film "Violent Broadcast" at LCP in May, 2010.

Vishal Jugdeo, from the film "Violent Broadcast" at LCP in May, 2010.

Isabel Heimerdinger, from the video installation "Selling Chinese Cabbage, Las Cienegas October, 2010.

Isabel Heimerdinger, from the video installation "Selling Chinese Cabbage, Las Cienegas October, 2010.

The upshot is, thanks Amy and Steven. remember to put LCP on your list friends.

Simon Leung’s POE project was released in 2007 and I think premiered at the Glyndor Gallery of WaveHill. I also find helpful (fascinating, even) information at my recent art support bff’s the Slought Foundation where a program titled Poe after Smithson after Rainer appeared in March of 2010.

If you’d like to fill your head with useful knowledge follow my link and get in touch with your patient self for a 112 minute recording of Leung’s lecture from that event “The (anterior) spectator who later becomes the posterity: a lecture on Étant donnés,” with David Joselit as respondent, followed by public conversation.

I’m not finding many fun POE images, I’ll go freeform.

Frontispiece of 1930 edition of Poe's Arthur Gordon Pym, link to Washington University Libraries

Frontispiece of 1930 edition of Poe's Arthur Gordon Pym, link to Washington University Libraries

Robert Smithson, Mono Lake Nonsite (Cinders Near Black Point), 1968, Part I. From Little' Red's Recovery Room, May 2008 post "pedagogue, pedagog 1. Originally, a man having the oversight of a child or youth; an attendant (or slave) who led a boy to school; (now obsolete)" scroll down a bit after the jump.

Robert Smithson, Mono Lake Nonsite (Cinders Near Black Point), 1968, Part I. From Little' Red's Recovery Room, May 2008 post "pedagogue, pedagog 1. Originally, a man having the oversight of a child or youth; an attendant (or slave) who led a boy to school; (now obsolete)" scroll down a bit after the jump.

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