The present moment and for the future
Hello my friends,
Yes – it is the time of year once again when we get loving reminders of importance embedded in pleas for donations. Wonderful things, these opportunities for giving.
I’m offering you a few suggestions as concerns active goodness of heart. Some are institutions that will be familiar and some you see on my list will be artists’ spaces and/or enterprises that are run as small cultural production businesses – probably these are not tax exempt, possibly not even set up to expect or receive gifts – but I imagine if you have a generous feeling no one will turn you away. In several cases perhaps you’d be able to purchase something instead of gifting. Um, let me rephrase that: buying something from an artist or small business may be the greatest gift you can give.
TAKE A BREATH NOW – YOU’LL BE TOO EXCITED LATER…..
NONE OF THIS IS WHAT YOU PARTICULARLY EXPECTED WHEN YOU LOGGED IN TODAY, IS IT?
HOW MUCH MORE CAN OUR FAIR CITY OF LOS ANGELES OFFER THE DISCERNING CULTURE LOVER?
YOU GET TO DECIDE WHAT GROWS AND STAYS BY PAYING ATTENTION ALL YEAR.
Workspace Possible buying opportunity here: Bobbi Woods exhibition just opened last Saturday. Check it out!
AND WHILE OUR ATTENTION MATTERS, AND SINCE MOST OF THE SPACES I’M LISTING ARE QUIET ABOUT ASKING, I’M SHOUTING OUT ON THEIR BEHALF: DONATE, BUY, GIVE, UNDERWRITE, GRANT, COMMISSION, DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO MAKE SURE WE’RE ALL HERE NEXT YEAR. YAY.
UM, WE DON’T HAVE ANOTHER WORLD.
THE ART AND MUSIC I WRITE ABOUT ISN’T CULTURAL CONSUMABLES. IT’S A MANNER OF LIVING.
PEOPLE MAKING THINGS TO SHOW EACH OTHER AND MAKING SOUNDS FOR OTHERS TO HEAR DRAW US TOGETHER, THEY MAKE US BIGGER AS INDIVIDUALS BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT PEOPLE DO FOR EACH OTHER: INSPIRE GROWTH AND LEARNING.
NOT HAVING ANOTHER (WORLD) MEANS WE NEED TO IMPROVE THIS ONE. GO FOR IT.
Night Gallery Possible purchase opportunity at Night, too: Paul Heyer has a beautiful installation of sculpture and paintings on view now.
(Did I mention the paintings to you collector types? They’re just wonderful. Honest.
(Okay – a brief paragraph on what I saw: Heyer’s paintings are portraits masquerading as classic abstractions. Slender, sexy gold chains, sheets of dimpled resin, seashells that make faces. Yes, faces. These faces are as wonderfully unsettling as Heyer’s somehow nautical cum glam sculptures that glimmer brassily in the corners of the gallery reflecting a hazy gilding on the walls. Did I mention the lovely and alluring black leather exercise equipment? The shadow of which points directly at one of the paintings and which then had me wandering all over the space searching out more non-coincidences. Furthermore – there is always the shadow of a leather sling hidden somewhere in exercise equipment. Always. A large goldish resin rectangle hangs from the ceiling, making two rooms out of the gallery’s space. A door? A window? Stained glass? There are the seashells again, embedded in it and in the netting that is stretched across this panel of resin. Webbed netting such as a fisherman might use, bringing to mind sea life, fecund tidal pools. Um, and fishnet stockings. The funk of life is everywhere all over Heyer’s exhibition like a dark and salty perfume. As Millie Jackson has said, “Put a little dab here – psst, a dab here – psst, and down here – psst psst – I want everything to be smellin’ good!”)
Hey Paul – we haven’t met. I love your show!
PARTLY I’M MAKING THESE ROWS OF RED TEXT TO HAVE A SEPARATION BTWN SPACES.
OOOH – THAT’S SOMETHING: TEXT AS THE VOID BETWEEN SPACES!
GET ME MY BONG.
Commonwealth and Council Great work by Erich Bollman – exhibition is closing Dec 18 but if you hurry…
“RED IS THE COLOR WHAT DRIVES MENS WILD.” REMEMBER THIS NEXT TIME YOU DRESS, LADIES.
AND YOU MEN – VICTIMS OF YOUR COLOR SENSE THAT YOU ARE – RED SILK BOXERS. THAT’S ALL I GOT TO SAY.
DO YOU KNOW?
OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS I’VE WITNESSED MORE INSTANCES OF INDIVIDUAL BRAVERY THAN I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT LIKELY OR EVEN POSSIBLE.
PEOPLE I KNOW HAVE SO MUCH AT STAKE RIGHT NOW – THIS RISK SHOWS IN THE WORK, IN THE ACTS OF REACHING OUT, AND IN THE BRAVERY I MENTIONED ABOVE.
EACH OF THE PEOPLE AND INSTITUTIONS LISTED IN THIS NOTES ON LOOKING POST HAVE PUT THEMSELVES ON THE LINE TO SUPPORT WHAT IS MEANINGFUL TO THEM.
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum I am reminded again and again how important SBCAF is to continuing and preserving the dialogue about contemporary art in Southern California. Friends have showed there, artists I don’t know but admire have shown there, artists and curators and writers have recommended Miki Garcia and her program to me. It looks like in January I’ll finally get to meet the esteemed Ms. Garcia. I’m excited!
JANUARY LOOKS LIKE ANOTHER CONTINENT FROM HERE. YES I CAN SEE IT, MY BRAIN MAKES ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT WHAT MAY HAPPEN, BUT I TELL YOU. I NEVER.
JUST ME MYSELF HAS HAD SO MANY MOMENTS WHEN I COULD HAVE JUST….. BEEN BROKEN IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS.
IN JULY OF THIS YEAR I CAME CLOSE TO LOSING THE ORGANS I GOT TRANSPLANTED ONLY IN MARCH OF 2008.
DO YOU THINK THIS IS HARD WORK YOU SEE ME DOING HERE, TILL 2:30 IN THE MORNING?
THIS IS GRATITUDE.
THANKS EVERYONE FOR MAKING LIFE RICH.
WHATEVER YOUR BELIEFS, IF GOD IS PRESENT, ABSENT OR OF NO CONSEQUENCE TO YOU; SOMEHOW THE END OF THE YEAR, THE TIME WHEN THE SUN TURNS AROUND AND STARTS COMING BACK TO US IS IMPORTANT.
FOR MILLIONS OF YEARS PEOPLE HAVE BEEN PRAYING, SEARCHING, LIGHTING THINGS ON FIRE, WATCHING THE STARS AND LINING UP ROCKS TO HONOR THE SPIRIT OF OUR SUN AS IT TURNS AROUND.
WE ARE STILL.
MY RED LETTER STRATEGY FOR ORDERING A RUNNING LIST IS RUNNING ITS COURSE MY FRIENDS, AS NIGHT TURNS INTO DAY.
Light and Wire is also a web-based enterprise. I can’t find any images I can use, so I’ll cut some text:
LIGHT & WIRE GALLERY is a web-based art space that explores the boundaries of viewing art outside of a conventional gallery format, while highlighting work by emerging artists. Since July of 2008, LIGHT & WIRE has launched upwards of 20 shows, including one physical exhibition and a public art project. LIGHT & WIRE is directed by Gladys-Katherina Hernando and is based in Los Angeles, California.
I’ll also give you the list of artists who’ve worked with Gladys:
- ANALIA SABAN
- ANDY PARKER
- BRENDAN THREADGILL
- CANDACE NYCZ
- CHRIS LIPOMI
- DANIEL CUMMINGS
- DAVID HORVITZ
- EMILIE HALPERN
- ETHAN AYER
- GINNY COOK
- GREG WILKEN
- HEATHER COOK
- HEATHER RASMUSSEN
- ITZA VILABOY
- JACOB CIOCCI
- JACOB MELCHI
- JEFF CROUSE
- JILL SPECTOR
- LIA LOWENTHAL
- LINDSAY LJUNGKULL
- LISA WILLIAMSON
- MARIE JAGER
- MATT MacFARLAND
- MICHAEL SMOLER
- NORA JEAN PETERSEN
- RASHEL PEDDERSEN
- SUZANNE OSHINSKY
- TAMARA SUSSMAN
Moving Index and Art Office exhibit films and videos online. I wasn’t able to find any images I could pull and something in my media uploader is dorky and resistant to my fumbling, clumsy appeals. Follow the link.
Take a look at how many times I’ve written about concerts I’ve attended at these three venues. Over the past 6 years I’ve had my ears realigned with my mind and my heart by listening to the great music from all the truly fine players and important 20th Century composers on the programs at Piano Spheres, Jacaranda and Monday Evening Concerts. Support them and your selves by listening and then repaying the favors they do us.