The more, 3 Feb to 6 Feb (more or less…)

Jessica Williams, "By The Bed," oil on canvas, 30 x 40"

Jessica Williams, "By The Bed," oil on canvas, 30 x 40"

Jessica Williams, "Real Life Lies Elsewhere," oil on canvas, 9 x 12"

Jessica Williams, "Real Life Lies Elsewhere," oil on canvas, 9 x 12"

Should you be in Santa Monica this evening, Thursday February 3, you ought to attend the artist’s talk at Gallery KM with artists Michael Dopp, Whitney Hubbs, Lily Simonson and Jessica Williams. Nothing on the gallery site yet so you’ll have to find them on Facebook or trust me. The talk begins at 7 PM.

And then Jessica better get some sleep tonight  because she’s got an opening of her own Saturday from 6 to 9 PM at Young Art Gallery. Yes my friends, paintings to admire and to desire will be on display at Young Art.

Great work happens all over town, or rather great work is made and shown all over town. Young Art is at 418 Bamboo Lane, Unit B, Chinatown 90012. Gallery KM is at 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 90404.

Since at least part of every weekend should be spent in Chinatown another “ought to” is the current group exhibition at Cottage Home. I mean group in the sense that three gallery spaces haved ganged up to show us cool stuff. Anthony Greaney and Samson Project, both from Boston and Dan Graham, which hales from down Broadway, along Bernard Street and then across the terryifingly tremendously high speed Hill Street exit from the 110 Arroyo Parkway. Wave at the CHP as you jay walk!

Craig Drennen "13th & 14th Mistress," 2010, oil on canvas and latex on wall, each canvas 24 x 24 inches; line: 3 inches thick x 12 inches. Courtesy of Samsøn. I learned many years ago my friends, from Holly Myers in a review of drawings by Jeff Ono, that the proper art critical term for images such as this/these is "butt holes." Whatever you call them, when presented a thousand times life size they sure get your attention, don't they?

Craig Drennen "13th & 14th Mistress," 2010, oil on canvas and latex on wall, each canvas 24 x 24 inches; line: 3 inches thick x 12 inches. Courtesy of Samsøn. I learned many years ago my friends, from Holly Myers in a review of drawings by Jeff Ono, that the proper art critical term for images such as this/these is "butt holes." Whatever you call them, when presented a thousand times life size they sure get your attention, don't they?

“Um, step away from the comedic banter sir.”

Graham offers us a huge installation by recent Cal Arts grad Keith Rocka Knittel or try this blogspot site Keithrockaworld. And even better go see the work by all the artists. 

Thanks to the constant efforts of ArtSlant I can give you a complete list of the artists in this exhibition: Craig Drennen, Liz Glynn, Greg Hayes, Ian Jeffrey, Keith Rocka Knittel, Nick Kramer, Calvin Lee, Annette Lemieux, Todd Pavlisko, Matthew Rich, Carlin Wing.

Glynn, Hayes, Jeffrey and Kramer are from Greaney; and Drennen, LeMieux, Pavlisko and Rich are from Samson – although on the Cottage Home site I can just barely make out that Samson also has work by Gabriel Martinez, a person with the last name of Tolliver, as well as Jeffrey Gibson.

Apologies to the artists and please see below for my current browser/computer challenges. 

Anthony Greaney Gallery website.

Samson Projects website.

I’m going off randomly here because some things are coming to mind. I suspect that I recall Greg Hayes from the recent Cal Arts MFA show in Chinatown and looking at his website assures me of this. G.J. Hayes website. I even recall speaking with Hayes at Charlie James, where his work lived during the two weekend exhibition.

Greg Hayes quote: “My art practice is based on the idea that art making is a way of thinking.  The process is a space for contemplation outside of and in addition to the thoughts necessary to complete the act.  At the core of this practice is an insistent investigation of time and experience through the unique conditions of photography.”

Greg J. Hayes "Memorial benches, joggers, or a house that controls the waterfall," 2010, time exposure / c-print, 46 x 60 inches (1 x 1.5 m) Courtesy of Anthony Greaney, Boston, MA

Greg J. Hayes "Memorial benches, joggers, or a house that controls the waterfall," 2010, time exposure / c-print, 46 x 60 inches (1 x 1.5 m) Courtesy of Anthony Greaney, Boston, MA

Keith Rocka Knittel also had work in that MFA show last summer.

I have a pertinent-to-his-sculptural-installation-at-Cottage-Home quote from Knittel, too:

“Prosperity Gospel is a sculptural installation with concepts arising from a Pentecostal theology Knittel links, through these pieces, to the recent housing bubble and its subsequent burst in America’s Sun-Belt states.  Knittel toys with the idea of gospel as a counterpart to the achievement of the American dream through the creation of objects that represent this idea that faith will reap financial reward.

Fabricated from ready-made, artificially opulent construction materials accessed in home renovation super-stores, the central pieces in Prosperity Gospel are symbolic of miraculous financial gifts from the Heavens.  Two large architectural elements book-end the installation and emblematically re-construct an existing space- the project space Dan Graham- within Cottage Home, while also functioning as altars or lecterns that tower over the viewer. ”

I like the look of Knittel’s installation at Cottage Home, I appreciate the altar-ness of it and the way he re-places my experience back into Dan Graham gallery. The objects are mindful of the artist’s intent and of their own place in the domain or order of sculpture. I’m not sure the installation goes as many places or as far as Knittel desires. You may be certain however, that I will remember walking around and looking at “Prosperity Gospel,”  leaning in to get closer views, and catching the scent of cheap fiber board construction material mixed with gloomy, glossy desperation.

left to right: Nick Kramer, Ian Jeffrey, Keith Rocka Knittel and Annette Lemieux. Courtesy of Anthony Greaney, Boston, MA & DAN GRAHAM, LA, CA

left to right: Nick Kramer, Ian Jeffrey, Keith Rocka Knittel and Annette Lemieux. Courtesy of Anthony Greaney, Boston, MA & DAN GRAHAM, LA, CA

You may recall that back in July Knittel reminded us that “We’re all haunted by the ghost of Michael Asher.” Scroll down for the pretty fantastic image.

I’m getting pretty close to the end of my day, I’ve been working on an unfamiliar computer with much less memory and capability than my own so even this pretty minimal post has me feeling tired and crabby.

Whatever Geoff, just give us the goods, ok???? Oooo, you’re such a harsh master! Please. Um, my fractured personhood is starting to show, I better sign off.

Thanks for your time, and COME TO THE CONCERT AT ZIPPER HALL TONIGHT!!!! DAVID AND I WILL BE THERE EARLY IN THE COLBURN SCHOOL CAFETERIA. JOIN US!

Big smile.

Geoff

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