Hello friendly ones,
Do you also feel like you just turned the corner from a quiet street only to have the entire world come rushing at you? Eek. What a weekend.
The first thing I’ll mention is Josh Peters’ painting show at Kaycee Olsen, Furious Seasons. There is a panel discussion on Saturday, Jan 8 at 5:30 pm. I’ll be part of the panel, as will Peters and Ezhra Jean Black with Kaycee Olsen moderating (or keeping us in line). Come for fun, fireworks and a serious conversation about the matter at hand – which in this case is painting.
You should then head down La Cienega and right on Washington to Artists Curated Projects at Parker Jones Gallery for a show of paintings by Laurie Nye.
BIG DISCLAIMER HERE: Never trust me when I give directions. Never. Furthermore, I no longer have the patience to post addresses so I suggest you follow the links and do your own Google map thing. Or get a Thomas Guide, like I have. (Mine’s from 1987 and you can’t have it.) Or rent a Maybach and hire a driver. Onward.
Now you really need to turn back around and head north on La Cienega again. The estimable Emma Gray, EGHQ is hosting Lucas Michael – Ten Years in Los Angeles, videos, sculptures and drawings by this artists who, as we all now know, has spent a decade in our fair city. Michael is decamping for NY and this exhibition will send him off nicely. Come wish Lucas well!
Now unpark your car and catch the 10 Fwy heading west. Then get off at the next exit, head back to La Cienega and re-read my DISCLAIMER above. I’m trying to send you to Angles Gallery for a solo and a group exhibition. Instead, I’m sending you to where Angles was for twenty years, rather than the place on La Cienega where they moved last year. This time you get the address: 2754 La Cienega Blvd., LA, 90034. Soo Kim will have a solo exhibition, Black Sun, and she has curated Sing Me To Sleep, a group show with work by Linda Burnham, Phil Chang, Richard Choi, Morgan Cuppet-Michelsen, Christa Garcia, Alex Hartley, Siri Kaur, Tania Kovats, Tracy Powell, and Mark Wyse. I link to and am taking a pertinent quote from ArtSlant, since I can’t find a press release for the group show:
“Sing me to sleep is an exhibition of works from Soo Kim’s personal collection which has, hitherto, lived in the private space of the artist’s bedroom. Kim acquired these works as gifts or trades over the years; they are the first thing she sees in the morning and the last thing that she sees at night. Through time, the works continue to reveal themselves, referencing the slowness that influences Kim’s practice.”
This sounds like a nice show to see.
This month there are a million great films at LACMA! Including Play It As It Lays (which, by the way, someone at LACMA did a beautiful job of describing/reviewing in the “Film Listings” that I link to. Congratulations to whomever!! Friday, January 7 at 9:20 pm – sufficiently late that you can do openings AND see this FREE film.
Here’s a link to Space 15 Twenty. Having mentioned Joan Didion and Play It As It Lays, I must now tell you that Natascha Snellman is in a pretty cool sounding project opening at Actual Size on January 15. You’ve got a while before this opens, but do put Pals on your calendar. Pals is an exhibition featuring Snellman, Wilson Chang, Tyler Jamison, Richard Lidinsky and P.J. Risse. Pals is a film project, or perhaps a TV show, a “studio audience television program” to quote the press release. The cast of characters is pretty intriguing and Actual Size does consistently challenging, smart and fun things.
Go north on Fairfax to Wilshire now. Stop at Acme to see Los Angeles Museum of Ceramic Art, an exhibition organized by Roger Herman and Monique Van Genderen. Marc Foxx has Makiko Kudo opening, and down the street Steve Turner has Joshua Callaghan, Elysian Parking and Morgan Wells, I’d Tell You, But I’d Have To Kill You.
You will have to get on a freeway some time Saturday night and head to Chinatown. Charles Irvin, Ride the Fantasy is opening at WPA and I’m pretty certain 2nd Cannons has their final show in the tiny space on Bernard St. The show features The Institute of Social Hypocrisy. I’m going to be a cutting and pasting fool here because I know nothing, and I want to find stuff out.
Institute of Social Hypocrisy – Mission Statement
The Institute of Social Hypocrisy is the Paris based artificial organization that fronts an ongoing collaborative work by the artist Victor Boullet. The Institute of Social Hypocrisy is conducted in the form of a protracted performance piece and its very existence is brought about by inviting participation with others.
Each player and event contributes vital information and connections that allow the Institute to progress.
The ISH provides a perception of authority and thus acts as a Trojan horse; it permits the contributors to covertly infiltrate organizations and to gain access people that they might not normally be able to approach.
The accepted paraphernalia that symbolize an official structure also represent The Institute. Door plaques, headed paper, business cards and a flag combine to present an authoritative façade that conceals the true internal activity.
The fundamental theme recurring in Victor Boullet’s work is that of alienation and acceptance. He highlights the aspects of intrinsically hypocritical social behaviour used to ingratiate oneself with others. This sense of exclusion, and the subsequent desire to put up an illusion of conformity, functions as the point of departure for the activities taking place within the The Institute of Social Hypocrisy
The Institute combines these two connected aspects, of simulated bureaucracy and hypocrisy to form a conceptual umbrella under which a programme of related events can take place. It provides a structure for artists to take control of the programming and direction of their work and to be responsible for the events, installations and publications that occur.
Opportunities for Shopping! http://www.theinstituteofsocialhypocrisy.com/index.php?/shop/
Official Fanzine: http://www.theinstituteofsocialhypocrisy.com/index.php?/fanzine/
Perhaps you’d like to SUBSCRIBE? http://www.theinstituteofsocialhypocrisy.com/index.php?/subscribe/
Right here is the only place in this post you can find the real, live ISH 2nd Cannons ANNOUNCEMENT:
– Dear Dr Jacobsen
I gather from your letter that your son is a homosexual. I am most impressed by the fact that you do not mention this term yourself in your information about him. You should study the sketch by Munch where Edvard Munch is being electrocuted, he wrote above the drawing: “Professor Jacobsen is electrifying the famous painter Munch, and is bringing a positive masculine force and a negative feminine force to his fragile brain.” May I question you as to why you avoid it? By asking me if I can help your son, you mean, I suppose, if I can abolish homosexuality and make normal heterosexuality take its place. The answer is, in a general way we cannot promise to achieve it.
In a certain number of cases we succeed in developing the blighted germs of heterosexual tendencies.
I agree with you that Dr Jacobsen is a fine physician. He walks around like a pope among white nurses and pale patients. The food is white too — everything is white except Jacobsen, so I ask him to pose for me. I place him in the picture, big and strutting in a fire of colour like all hell. Then he pleads with me — becomes tame like a pigeon.” Homosexuality is assuredly no advantage I was told by the people organizing documenta XIII.
By the way Edvard Munch told me that Dr Jacobsen told you that Francis Bacon once told David Sylvester by being homosexual he was relieved of the heterosexual commitments in life, and by that he meant he could work more.
Although if you follow this link you can read it on the ISH site. http://www.theinstituteofsocialhypocrisy.com/index.php?/projects09/ish20/
With that my friends, I shall take a cue from Victor Boullet and ISH and say
Have a hell of a good time this weekend!!!!!