Taking a break and in doing so offering you much more to read

Hi friends, I want to be ready for the upcoming panel discussion at RAID with Jason Ramon, Tulsa Kinney, Zak Smith and me. The topic is THE PROBLEM WITH WRITING ABOUT ART and I’d be happy if we – I include each of you in that “we,” can really share our ideas, discuss as a group and take apart this stated problem.

To assist us in that I offer you below links to as many art-writing sources as I was able to think of – if you have any sites or sources that you’d like to share, please make use of the comment function to post a link!!

Off I go for a few days, doing some things that I’ve been meaning to do for a while. In the meantime I hope that you’ll spend some time with our friends, reading and looking. And then come to the discussion on Saturday, February 12!

Another Righteous Transfer where Carol Cheh does a stellar job of documenting our city’s performance scene.

Leap Into the Void Michael Buitron is really great at parsing ideas and inviting dialogue. Great things to read.

The OC Art Blog, a contemporary art listing-and-sometimes-more blog from Orange County, CA.

East of Borneo, a sort of writer’s forum or “collaborative online journal and multi-media archive with a particular interest in investigating the art of Los Angeles.”

Try Harder, just always, always Try Harder.

Feedback to the Future, has cool stuff on it selected by Tanya Zimbardo.

You Have Been Here Some Time is amazing and beautiful and often features artist projects. Yay David John.

Art L.A. Mode, click around the several links to Arely Villegas’s assorted ventures.

Fine Arts LA

ArtSlant

Artillery Mag

X-TRA

Daily Serving, column by Catherine Wagley

Art Ltd.

Art US

Los Angeles Times (yes, the LA Times is afterall OUR PAPER OF RECORD AND THIS STILL MATTERS!)

I do invite you to read your old copies of Artillery Magazine and especially to seek out the articles by Tulsa Kinney and Zak Smith.

Perhaps if you read this “A Hundred Years of Blurbs” by Zak Smith you, like me, will gain some insight to the several possible readings of this problem.

I’m gonna post some recent images from a few of the above links. I like images and you probably do, too.

Cheers and see you Saturday.

Dellekamp Arquitectos, Gratitude Open Chapel, from YHBHST

Dellekamp Arquitectos, Gratitude Open Chapel, from YHBHST

Ricky Swallow, Field Cup (turquoise), patinated bronze, 2010 also from YHBHST

Ricky Swallow, Field Cup (turquoise), patinated bronze, 2010 also from YHBHST

George Herms at Redcat from EoB

George Herms at Redcat from EoB

Suprasensorial from Daily Serving

Suprasensorial from Daily Serving

Also Suprasensorial from Daily Serving

Also Suprasensorial from Daily Serving

Dennis Oppenheim Transfer Drawing from Feedback to the Future blog

Dennis Oppenheim Transfer Drawing from Feedback to the Future blog

Mathilde ter Hejine, from Feedback to the Future. I had the very good luck to see this video "Mathilde, Mathilde" when Susanne Vielmetter showed it at ter Hejine's last show.

Mathilde ter Hejine, from Feedback to the Future. I had the very good luck to see this video "Mathilde, Mathilde" when Susanne Vielmetter showed it at ter Hejine's last show.

Speaking of having the good fortune to see something, on Saturday David and I were near Orange County to see our friends, Michael and Sirje Gold’s collection exhibition “Goldmine” at the UAM Long Beach. We figured we’d go all the way, since we’d come so far, and finally see the Orange County Biennial. I just don’t know. Without more context each artist’s work was only interesting insofar as I already know of it. Art Fairs do the same thing to me – I can’t see the trees for the forest. And furthermore, biennials are like Chevrolet’s anymore – everyone’s got one! Spare me.

(Are you listening UCLA Hammer Museum? For a decade your own curatorial staff have been doing amazing exhibitions and pointedly NOT calling the biennials. What the heck gives all of a sudden with your plans to get in that weak and damp laundry sack??????)

But – while there we met Darin Klein and he clued us into the closing performance for “Cult of Ruin: Strategies of Accumulation” at various galleries at UCI. About the exhibition itself I can’t say much, as we were there only briefly. The works I did see were mostly pretty cool.

We read the exhibition publication, the prose was dense. Oh dear.

The performance by Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly (and a large number of other fine people) was about the most fun you can imagine. It began with one person wearing headphones and reciting (reading? repeating?) a description of a man and a woman performing. With his body he danced from these spoken instructions. (Darin later told me that the text was from a secret recording one of the guys had made at the Guggenheim during a performance of a kiss that was meant not to be recorded.)

So he worked his way through the twenty or so minute duet, acting both parts and making some really interesting shapes with his body. Then another person took over “reading” and a beautiful young stick figure man, boy really, began to dance his own interpretation of the instructions.

I think when the next iteration and expansion of this three hour performance began, the person “reading” was no longer working from an original text, but was describing what he saw before him. And of course there was yet another dancer trying to interpret these new description/instructions.

I believe that over the course of the performance audience members were invited to join the dance.

All of the above reminds me that Control Room is having an opening this Friday, February 11, from 7 to 10 pm. Why the connection, you ask? Well, I saw Evelena Ruether and William Kaminski at the performance. If you had been there, you would have seen them, too. Who are they? Go to the website, go to the opening, and you’ll see.

Now do you understand why I have to force myself away from the computer????? Blogohorrea.

Bye for now, see you soon.

Geoff

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