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.

Cheers!

Sam Durant, T-shirt edition for LACE, edition of 100, 2003. A FEW STILL AVAILABLE FOR $30. This looks hot on a middle-aged man with jeans and a cardigan. Yup, it do. Probably it would look good on you, too!

Sam Durant, T-shirt edition for LACE, edition of 100, 2003. A FEW STILL AVAILABLE FOR $30. This looks hot on a middle-aged man with jeans and a cardigan. Yup, it do. Probably it would look good on you, too!

LACE

James Welling, "Lock," 1998-2000, Roland ink-jet print, 16" x 20" (unframed); ed. of 15 $2200

James Welling, "Lock," 1998-2000, Roland ink-jet print, 16" x 20" (unframed); ed. of 15 $2200

TAKE A BREATH NOW – YOU’LL BE TOO EXCITED LATER…..

Sulawesi is indeed east of Borneo. Great writing is at "East of Borneo" - click to see!

Sulawesi is indeed east of Borneo. Great writing is at "East of Borneo" - click to see!

East of Borneo

NONE OF THIS IS WHAT YOU PARTICULARLY EXPECTED WHEN YOU LOGGED IN TODAY, IS IT?

$50 Drawings On Sale from Outpost! This example by Melanie Nakaue and Shizu Saldamando, Mixed media collage, 2010 9 x 12." More after the jump.

$50 Drawings On Sale from Outpost! This example by Melanie Nakaue and Shizu Saldamando, Mixed media collage, 2010 9 x 12." More after the jump.

Outpost for Contemporary Art

Another $50 drawing:Brad Eberhard, Collage, 2010 10 x 12.5"

Another $50 drawing:Brad Eberhard, Collage, 2010 10 x 12.5"

HOW MUCH MORE CAN OUR FAIR CITY OF LOS ANGELES OFFER THE DISCERNING CULTURE LOVER?

CicLAvia

5 Year Anniversary Box edition available including works by Edgar Arceneaux, Shannon Ebner, Piero Golia, Karl Haendel, and Daniel Joseph Martinez

5 Year Anniversary Box edition available including works by Edgar Arceneaux, Shannon Ebner, Piero Golia, Karl Haendel, and Daniel Joseph Martinez

LAXART

YOU GET TO DECIDE WHAT GROWS AND STAYS BY PAYING ATTENTION ALL YEAR.

Workspace, 2601 Pasadena Ave., Unit C, LA, 90031

Workspace, 2601 Pasadena Ave., Unit C, LA, 90031

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.


The Public School

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, 204 S. Avenue 19, LA, 90031

Night Gallery, 204 S. Avenue 19, LA, 90031

Davida Nemeroff and Paul Heyer in front of Night Gallery. Interview Magazine article after the jump. Hey Davida - wow. Hot. You go, girl.

Davida Nemeroff and Paul Heyer in front of Night Gallery. Interview Magazine article after the jump. Hey Davida - wow. Hot. You go, girl.

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!

Paul Heyer, Young and Full of Cum at Night Gallery

Paul Heyer, Young and Full of Cum at Night Gallery

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!

DEEP.

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.


Full Moon Pickles

Full Moon Pickles in their natural environment. And in ours. Buy them and eat them.

Full Moon Pickles in their natural environment. And in ours. Buy them and eat them.

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.

TO US.

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.

Las Cienegas Projects

Soon to be a collectible: the first LCP announcement. Check out the current exhibition!

Soon to be a collectible: the first LCP announcement. Check out the current exhibition!

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.

The April Feature at Canal: RUBY JOHNSON "Cactus Button," 2009 C-print 5x5" Edition of 10 for CANAL FEATURE $120 (I have no idea whether this edition is still available.)

The April Feature at Canal: RUBY JOHNSON "Cactus Button," 2009 C-print 5x5" Edition of 10 for CANAL FEATURE $120 (I have no idea whether this edition is still available.)

Canal

Jeff McClane, "Solaroid #7," 2009 (detail) Pigment inkjet print  11” x 14” inches, unframed Edition of 10, produced for CANAL FEATURE $120.00 About the process: ”Solaroids” are unique prints, produced using large format Fuji instant film, which undergo long exposures of direct UV light.  Prints are drum scanned and printed as archival digital chromogenic prints with white margins. -Jeff McLane

Jeff McClane, "Solaroid #7," 2009 (detail) Pigment inkjet print 11” x 14” inches, unframed Edition of 10, produced for CANAL FEATURE $120.00 About the process: ”Solaroids” are unique prints, produced using large format Fuji instant film, which undergo long exposures of direct UV light. Prints are drum scanned and printed as archival digital chromogenic prints with white margins. -Jeff McLane

MY RED LETTER STRATEGY FOR ORDERING A RUNNING LIST IS RUNNING ITS COURSE MY FRIENDS, AS NIGHT TURNS INTO DAY.

Light and Wire

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:

Art Office – The Moving Index

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.

I guess I'm able to find some images. Have fun.

I guess I'm able to find some images. Have fun.

Piano Spheres

Jacaranda

Monday Evening Concerts

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.

Dumbo Arts Center, now the domain of our friend Karl Erickson. Executive Director of the Dumbo Arts Center Karl Erickson. Yay Karl!!!!!

Dumbo Arts Center, now the domain of our friend Karl Erickson. Executive Director of the Dumbo Arts Center Karl Erickson. Yay Karl!!!!!

Dumbo

THANKS FOR SPENDING SOME TIME WITH ME. ALWAYS, ALWAYS THANK YOU. I AM INDEED THE LUCKIEST PERSON IN THE WORLD.

CHEERS.

GEOFF TUCK

FOR MY FRIENDS AND THE ARTISTS IN LOS ANGELES

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

4 Comments

  1. aaaand down the street from workspace and Night Gallery…RAID Projects!

  2. Indeed. And thank you. And thank all of you out there in LA that do that thing that we all do-thing.

    j

  3. Way to go, Geoff!
    This is an amazing proclamation!
    I love it!
    Thank you for all you do!
    xo
    Jess

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