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Getting into it with our friend. Intro to the end.

It occurred to me after I scanned everything at lunch today, that a person who hasn’t seen the original “Failever of Judgment” catalog will have trouble seeing any changes; given that I’m collaging from a source that is itself printed images of collaged and scanned images….. This gets screwy to reason through. Telltale signs of my own intervention will be such things as I have around the office: Kohinoor architect’s dots, “sign here” posts, and various pens and tape. There’ll be more and I probably will not alert you as they come up. I’m not so worried about veracity here. As it happens, if I get nothing else but that top image out of this exercise then I’m happy. In that instance I used on Guyton and Walker’s book the scanning method they used on slices of fruit: I sliced part of a page away and laid it on my happy multi function high volume Rico flat bed scanner, leaving the top open and setting it for 8.5 x 11 full color. A nice combo of luck and intuitive persistence gave me that particularly upright, chunky, pleasantly phallic and decidedly cheerful black and white image. Yay. I begin to understand the satisfaction of working for pictures. I mean if G and T were aiming only for perfect pictures then one need go no further than that red one on the right above. (Um, I think I just made one of those, whatcha call em Freudian Slips. Of course where I typed “G and T” I meant to type “G and W.” Guyton and Walker, not Geoff and Tuck. Creepy.)...

An insanely quick turnaround

Hello my friends, What with Art Los Angeles Contemporary and The Collective Show and X-TRA’a star-studded 1 Image, 1 Minute program and Art 2102 Dispatches & Directions (edited by Ronni Kim and Jesse Aron Green, D&D is a collection of essays that also includes a useful guide to artist spaces and non-profits in our fair city) and D’Ette Nogle “Reality/Relax” exhibition opening at Parker Jones and Dani Tull’s “Archaic Revival” at Las Cienegas and trying to make it to the Luckman for Banquet of the Black Jackal and the adjacent Cal State LA Fine Arts Gallery for “Universe City” and Video at Kristi Engle and the CEAIT Festival at Redcat which is playing Iannis Xenakis music — and hey Geoff, what about the “Decolonizing Architecture” show —  then we have Piano Spheres next Tuesday and then trying to eat and sleep, well I just don’t know whether to shit or go blind this weekend!!!! (This is a particularly pungent and astray comment one relative or another used to make when excitement was too plentiful.) Link to purchase Dispatches & Directions via PayPal, link to donate to Art 2102. Hey kids, rock n roll. Rock on. (Yeah, I’m predictable that...

Where were we now?

I’m not going to pretend to tell you things in any order, I’ll trust you to follow any links that interest you and do your own calendaring and mapping. Or, ooh! “You may filter my offerings through the register(s) of your own temporal and geographic motif(ives), (and utilizing the haptics of your own keyboarding skills) there-by siting your presence variously throughout the city and avoiding the potential for distanciation associated with this non-site that is the Internet.” (would that the web were some 21st Century Althing of human-kind, instead of a non-site, but such is not the...

Brevity and alacrity, the science of

Like a fast moving train, I shall speed through much of what I know about this week and weekend. Closing: Patricia Fernandez and Maha Saab at Ltd. I’ve seen presentations of work by each of these recent grads at spaces around town and now it good to see a more extensive show. I went last weekend, just missing a MOCA Contemporary’s artist talk. This weekend you can visit the exhibition at Ltd. on Sunset Blvd as well as new work by each artist at  Shirley’s booth at Art Los Angeles Contemporary. Go. Since I mention Shirley Morales and Ltd. I want to offer my congratulations to Ms. Morales, who has now been on the street with Ltd. for an entire year. Yay Sirley, cheers to your continuing endeavors! Speaking of Art Los Angeles Contemporary, you do have your tickets already, don’t you? Contemporary art from around the globe, performances and events by some of LA’s most challenging and exciting artists. GET IN LINE NOW! Brendan Fowler will be performing (courtesy of Untitled, NY) Thursday at 9 and Friday at 4; Paul Pescador will be performing (courtesy of Human Resources) also on Friday; X-TRA magazine is hosting another 1 Image 1 Minute event – this at CAA in Century City on 7:30 Friday, Jan 28. Last year this event much more than sold out. This year 1I1M is indeed one of the most sought after tickets in town….. cocktails at CAA? Fascinating intellectuals each speaking about an image close to their heart? Do you need more reasons to jump on board?! Design Loves Art, at the Pacific Design Center, will be...

The book, the triumph, the need to tell, the road home, part one

My motives now clear, I may return to our tale. Telling, like testifying. Links to the entire “Guyton/Walker Failever Over New Year” series: On the Road with Guyton/Walker “The Failever of Judgement” and the journey over New Year’s weekend A flurry of Failever’s and a bit of the road Our journey continues Looking at the edge (and also you can bet looking at Moyra Davey) And, as it happens, the ground is always present The book, the triumph, the need to tell, the road home, part one Getting into in with our friend. Intro to The End. Something(s) I Learned Today (including more re: G and...

There are things we all must do and see btwn today and Jan 23

And I’m late telling you about most of them, favorite people that you are. Oh dear. The Collective Show. All over our fair berg there will be collective action taking place. Check the events page: http://www.collectiveshow.org/LA/la-events.php  Check out the Satellite events: http://www.collectiveshow.org/LA/la-events.php#satellite  You kind of don’t want to miss this – granted it’ll be difficult to be everywhere, but pick your event(s) and stick to your plan. Tuesday, Jan 18 Night Gallery has an exhibition opening: http://www.nightgallery.ca/ WP9 – Miles Coolidge, Patrick Meagher and Yunhee Min. The email I got makes this intriguing statement: “Pull out the plugs, turn on the highbeams, süss out the room with a flashlight, mind the interstitial spaces and recessions . . . A decade-and-a-half after time together at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany- from bar chats to breakfasts at the local artist’s club, WP8- the conviviality reconvenes at Night Gallery for a collaborative show of light fancies.” So – student hijinks will mix once again with intellectual endeavor with our friends Min, Coolidge and Meagher. Show up after 10 pm on Tuesday. Avenue 19 and Broadway. One of the sweet spots on the LA art map! PDC this Thursday – the usual intense cluster**** of openings. Do you know? I’d love to link you to the Design Loves Art page on the pdc website but I’ll be damned if I can find it. Here’s a link to the main PDC page in case they get something up http://www.pacificdesigncenter.com/# and here’s a link to Annie Wharton Los Angeles – no implied favoritism, it’s simply that I got an email from Daniel Ingroff and he has work in a group...

There is more to the weekend than just news, weather and sports. There’s ART.

Come one, come all!! Aperture Foundation presents “In Print, Online and On-Demand: Words Without Picture Revisited.” Stacy Allen, Alex Klein and Wendy Yao will – oh, heck. I should simply cut and paste. Here goes: Stacy, Alex and Wendy, three of the finest minds in Los Angeles, “will discuss new approaches to traditional publishing models, support for critical voices and commentary in the photographic field, and emergent discursive possibilities both in print and online. This event coincides with the announcement of Words Without Pictures, Aperture’s first ePublication and part of the Aperture Ideas series, which is devoted to celebrating the finest critical and creative minds exploring key concepts in photography.“ All of which means to me that I may actually need to get some sort of e-reading device. Crazy. Hey – they do look neat when I’m sitting on the Metro or on a bus and see some cool person swaying with the rhythm and reading with one hand. Hmm….. wow – WWP all the time.   Some of you will remember my posts over this summer of quotes from, and images and links inspired by, Alex Klein’s book Words Without Pictures. In fact many of you seem once again to be viewing these posts, a fact which warms an old writer’s heart, I assure you. (Where would my ego be without Google Stats?) To further enable you, and to entice some new readers to spend time here, I’ll link to those past posts now: Notes on Looking, August 5th, 2010 (you’ll need to scroll or read all the way to the bottom of the post) NoL August 6,...

More of the Real Deal

Aaah yes my friends, back to the weekend. Saturday, Jan 15 our friends at Actual Size are hosting the premier of “Pals,” a TV show style video that was shot on site at Actual Size and tha features four young artists installing a group exhibition in a gallery. The four young artists in the Actual Size show are Wilson Chang, Richard Lidinsky, PJ Risse, and Natascha Snellman. Regarding the four young artists in “Pals,” while they are performed by the above named artists – they exist mostly in their own minds. Yes my friends, narcissism raises it’s ugly head. Hmm, I could try to craft an extended metaphor about the artworld being an echo chamber inhabited by a lot of little Narcissisi – but that wouldn’t be accurate, would it? Cinematography by Tyler Jamison, original score by Wilson Chang.  There is an opening at Raid Projects, also on Saturday, that gives us the intriguing option of also driving to Common Space on Whittier Blvd. I’m cruising blind here, and can only pass along what I see on my monitor. A collaborative and nomadic exhibition initiative called “Durden and Ray” are celebrating a successful first year of “thinking outside the (white) box,” having presented the work of a number of artists in several international venues. Raid and Common Space will show us what all this means. Stop by and find out! Elephant, which is a continuing moment in the space of artistic practice, investigation, exhibition and celebration, once again invite us to Glassel Park – this time to see “Woodshed Oracle,” the first (public) exhibition of work by Dr. Guy Lafleur, about whom...