The coming weekend and what to do with it
There is more going on here than meets the eye, my friends. And I, Hercule Poirot, will uncover the facts and will lay them out in display for your selection.
We begin with the curious case of Tortoise on Domino by that nefarious do-badder Lesley Moon at Workspace. This Saturday night. Ms. Moon has done us the service of announcing her intention to present “a special ‘living’ component to the opening…” and attempts to lure us with the the seemingly innocent promise “… that I think you’ll appreciate.”
You stand warned! Danger lurks at 2601 Pasadena Avenue at 7 pm on Saturday, March 7. Be there to meet your fate or possibly suffer anyway. hahahahahahaha
To throw another context at you with only slightly more reason behind it, did you ever see the James Bond movie Thunderball? Do you remember Domino Vitale? She of Largo and the good ship Disco Volante? She it is who came to my mind with a tortoise on her back. No reason at all! So sorry Lesley, I cannot stop myself sometimes.
Here’s an image that might just inspire a little thickening out there in Notes on Looking-land.
Hot chick, yes? And well, er, armed. (This from Paul Baack’s photostream on Flickr.)
Bye for now Lesley Moon!
But wait! I smell a rat in Chinatown, too! Dan Graham – that bent madperson that he is, has assembled the expert safe-cracking, code whacking team of Matt Siegle and Ignacio Perez Meruane to fascinate our sensibilities with Unit/Constellation. It must be a code name for some plot to befuddle us while our mental wallets are picked.
Eek. I shall wear my foil hat and confound their efforts.
Take that! 506 Bernard Street! And I’ll show you what for on Saturday night, March 12 (again) from 7 to 9 pm.
I must quote to you from the press release, since that dean of inscrutability, Dan Graham, remains web-mute. (Um, you do know that I am really writing about Aaron Wrinkle, don’t you? I mean Dan Graham is entirely somebody else. Or might be…)
506 Bernard St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Open Hours: By Appointment Only
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ignacio Perez Meruane & Matt Siegle
March 12 –
Gallery Hours: by appointment
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 12, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Dan Graham is pleased to present Unit/Constellation, a show of artwork
by Ignacio Perez Meruane and Matt Siegle. This exhibition will consist
of a gallery specific installation by each artist and also marks the
closing of the gallery. Opening Reception Saturday March 12, from 7 –
For Unit/Constellation, Perez Meruane exhibits a wall-mounted, plywood
object titled Archiving Unit for Dan Graham. Both a sculpture
referring t…o a Minimalist object and a functional piece of office
furniture, Archiving Unit is meant to house documents relating to both
incarnations of Dan Graham. This includes writings, press releases,
sketches, and exhibition documentation. Building on the themes of
reflexivity and self-awareness associated with the gallery’s namesake,
the archive is intended to document the history of the space while
highlighting the relationship between work exhibited and associated
materials considered secondary. Persons who have relevant materials
are encouraged to contact the gallery ([email protected]) with
contributions for the archive.
Siegle exhibits a group of drawings titled Hours Of Operation For Dan
Graham. Six sculptural drawings will be taped to the inside of the
glass front door, mimicking the signage attached to other storefronts
in the Chintatown area. Rather than delineating conditions for
business, the drawings loosely map an immediate and more distant
historical background for the gallery.
Both projects are designed to act as singular and specific objects
while outlining the shifting history around the gallery. While
dropping pinpoints in the cultural and exhibition narratives behind
Dan Graham, each installation also extends into future viewings. The
artworks are durational, and will remain on display while new artworks
by others rotate into the exhibition space, along w/ screenings and
performances. This will continue until the closing of the gallery.
Gallery Hours by Appointment Only
Tel.323 600 5731
Morton Keepsneak is his nom du crime, and under the pseudonym “Parker Jones” he’s doing bad behavior again. With his newly suited and shaven Russian hit man, Gerald Davis. (Whaaaa? Shaved Russians? Huh?)
If you saw this desperado’s last painting, then you’ll know to WEAR PROTECTION GENTLEMEN!
The painting in question was last seen at Art Los Angeles Contemporary, as documented by Pedro Velez in Artnet. (Oh – oops! I’m in that column, too. Do you think I did this on purpose?)
And oh hey – we’re not talking eye protection, either.
Off the subject, does anybody else remember the band Eye Protection – apparently from SFO back in the 1980s?
(Wow. This is all sounding really hostile, huh? I don’t know where that came from. I started out a mild-mannered Belgian armchair detective and suddenly I’m all hard-boiled like a Dashiell Hammett novel or something. Eek. Play nice, Geoff.)
Interestingly, if you race back across town to 741 New High Street you will be implicated in Birthing Valley of the Blood Poppies at Actual Size. (“Tis a small thing really,” the Sizers say, “But ’tis our own.”)
Yeah, I know horrible misquote. Ick. Tis a misquote, really, but tis mine own. So okay, I looked it up. As You Like It. Enough of this.
Tired, I am. It’s 12:32 am, Tuesday, March 8, 2011.
Lord knows there is more but I am falling with Sherlock off the Reichenbach Falls at the edge of consciousness into the Lethe’s sweet arms, in yonder lake where she lives.
As always, Hercule/Sherlock/The Continental Op/Bond/and a little Domino/Geoff Tuck