End of June beginning of July, 2011

Danial Nord "State of the Art," 2011, mixed media. Credit: Gene Ogami, image from LA Times

Danial Nord "State of the Art," 2011, mixed media. Credit: Gene Ogami, image from LA Times

Hello, hello.

If we’re paying attention we all know that this is the final weekend for William Leavitt at MOCA. Related musical events are happening this weekend, Cage will be played among others. “the wulf” will be present!!!! Yay! I’m sorry that I’m going away. Sad me.

Also, although you wouldn’t know it unless you found the information somewhere other than the Municipal Art Gallery website, this is the closing weekend of this year’s COLA exhibition. That is, City of Los Angeles Grant, for artists in various media. Christopher Knight in the LA Times said good things, here.

Do you know – sometime during the course of 2011 a raucous ruckus was raised that “WE MUST STOP MOCA FROM TAKING OVER BARNSDALL!!!” I wondered then why the fuss and I wonder even more now. Given the current state of the institution and the space, MOCA would be doing us a favor to run it as an auxiliary exhibition gallery. I want to earnestly congratulate the artists who have been selected for the grant but also I feel badly that they are showing in the most negligent space in the city. “Sure (the City of Los Angeles tells them), I’ll give you a generous grant, but you must use it to make work and we will present in such a way that it looks awkward and is difficult to visit.”

It is time to revisit this COLA tradition as well as the need for a municipal art gallery in Los Angeles.

Give artists grants and set them free to do what they will with the money. Find some local institution who may be interested in the gallery space.

Micha Cardenas & Elle Mehrmand, technésexual, 2009

Micha Cardenas & Elle Mehrmand, technésexual, 2009

Thursday Nights at LACE hosts performance by Speculative this week.

The information I am about to pass along is way out of any time-based order, but I got an email about it yesterday and I am excited. Try to repress an excited Geoffrey.

Abel Baker Gutierrez has an exhibition opening at Luis de Jesus in Bergamot on July 23. Swimming, Gutierrez’ show is called, and its opening coincides with Shoshana Wayne’s getting-to-be-notorious Christian Cumming-Doug Harvey-curated madhouse of an exhibition, Chain Letter.

Where the hell will you be on Saturday, July 23? Say it aloud with me: “I’m going to Bergamot!”

Abel Baker Gutierrez, from the exhibition "Swimming," July, 2011 at Luis de Jesus

Abel Baker Gutierrez, from the exhibition "Swimming," July, 2011 at Luis de Jesus

Abel Baker Gutierrez, from the exhibition "Swimming," July, 2011 at Luis de Jesus

Abel Baker Gutierrez, from the exhibition "Swimming," July, 2011 at Luis de Jesus

Ooh. Abel Baker G is showing a video, too. Guaranteed to raise the ire of someone out there, these images and a film of troublingly, if quietly, sexualized Boy Scouts and boys playing. It’s funny how context has become everything for us today – as the press release points out Thomas Eakins made similar images. He’s ok, a hero even. But he did it then, when we can presume an innocent audience. (Or can we?) And Eakins wasn’t queer. (Or was he?) And we (or “Them,” depending on your point of view) are more advanced and sophisticated about these things. (And also our culture has become a culture of implacable moralizers. Huh. Are we more advanced and sophisticated? Hell – I’m not. I haven’t even figured out Joseph Kosuth yet.)

Betsy Hunt and Zach Moser at Elephant, Saturday, July 2 7 to 10 pm

Betsy Hunt and Zach Moser at Elephant, Saturday, July 2 7 to 10 pm

Another take on art and youthful charm is happening this weekend at Elephant with Fluff Wars (and here I’m quoting) “After generations of peace and prosperity, war was inevitable. The clans each had their own vision, but even the most patient negotiator realized that only fangs and metal would prevail. Soon, even the gentlest beasts of the most complacent clans were plunged into battle. So it began. Welcome to the Fluff Wars.” Fluff Wars: Prologue is a multimedia narrative installation using video, puppets, drawings, and sound. Betsy Hunt and Zach Moser are the artists responsible. Go and tell them hello.

Post is beginning another month of Kamikaze shows, one night exhibitions. July 1 we will see Devon Tsuno, July 2 will be Filmic by Carolyn Castaño, billed as “a one hour film screening and in situ narration starting at 7:30,” July 3 Danny Shain and July 4 HK Zamani.

In another jump to the future, Torrance Art Museum is doing “Baker’s Dozen III.” Thirteen are few enough to list: Chor Boogie, Joshua Callaghan, Erin Cosgrove, Martin Durazo, Amir H Fallah, Alexandra Grant, Annie Lapin, Thomas Lawson, Nathan Mabry, John Millei, Robert Olsen, Britton Tolliver and Peter Wu. Run your fingers through those yellow pages, art fans!! What a cool and disparate group, and how much fun to see. Exhibition opens Saturday, July 16 6 to 9 pm. Yay Max Presneill!!! Yay Jason Ramos!!!

Meanwhile, on the subject of shows to see during the daytime hours, Dennis Koch has new work at Marine Contemporary. I found some images on Juxtapoz which I’ll share. If you follow the link beware the freaking annoying lame video ad for pepsi. Soul eaters.

Dennis Koch, Novelty Vortex sculpture. Go see these, I want to hear what you think. I find them weird and neat.

Dennis Koch, Novelty Vortex sculpture. Go see these, I want to hear what you think. I find them weird and neat.

Drawing from Dennis Koch's show

Drawing from Dennis Koch's show

Human Resources closes out their “Queering Sex” exhibition and performance series with Dawn Kasper on Saturday, July 2. Kathryn Garcia and Sarvia Jasso curated this four day event that has included some thirty international artists.

A helpful (and fewer than four minute) talk with the curators on Vimeo.

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, “Our identity is fiction, written by our parents, relatives, education, society.”

Skip Arnold, “Girls in bikinis. Girls in bikinis.”

Garcia and Jasso also run Second Floor, a private exhibition space in Brooklyn, NY that “provides artists a platform to develop, create and exhibit work outside of the traditional gallery framework.”

If you’ve already missed a bit of “Queering Sex,” you can catch up tonight through July 2.

Smith Family Thanksgiving at the V6 Ranch in Parkfield.

Smith Family Thanksgiving at the V6 Ranch in Parkfield.

Have happy weekends, enjoy whatever you do, brush your teeth after every meal. I’m going to Parkfield. Read Rancher Jack’s blog.

Bye.

Geoff

 

 

 

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