The weekend, the time we have, the more

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Hi friends,

First off, a big old plug for my friend Karl Erickson and the DUMBO Arts Center: DUMBO SECRET GARDEN pARTy 2 is happening next weekend, Thursday June 16, 6 to 10 pm. Of course there’s a benefit auction and of course you may bid from afar, click here for an Absentee Bid Form and to begin the process of saving culture in the city where people go to miss LA. Oh gosh, I am just now checking 0ut the temptations on offer and finding such familiar and exciting names as LEE BONTECUE, and JIM DINE, and JILL NEWMAN, and LARRY RIVERS, and LAURIE NYE, and ZOE CROSHER (freaking ZOE CROSHER for crying out loud!!!!), SCOTT CALHOUN, RUSSELL NACHMAN, DIANA COOPER, RICHARD JOCHUM, RICHARD STANKIEWICZ, ALEX HAY, (okay Geoff enough already!!!!)

Self explanatory. Link in image.

Self explanatory. Link in image.

By the way, you video artists out there check out the open call for entries for Video DUMBO 2011: Entry form here. Details after the jump. Deadline is June 30. Go for it.

It’s 9 am on Friday, I’m ditching you for a while. Back.

G

Aaaand, he’s back. Back in LA: “hate California, it’s cold and it’s damp” and it certainly is right now! June gloom prevails and it gets steamy hot in the afternoon. Whoa, all the way up to 55% humidity and 80 degrees.

What on earth are we going to do this weekend? There are two painting shows that I want to write about and if I mention them I’ve learned that I’m likely not to write anything more. Sad over-promising me. In the meantime, have I mentioned to you the COLA show? I know I haven’t because I haven’t even seen it yet. If god is great and good I will be going by the Barnsdall Park gallery on Sunday to see the show.

Charles Green Shaw, gouache sketch for World's Fair motorized piece, ca 1940. See below for lack of explanation. Image from Smithsonian's Archives of American Art, which is linked.

Charles Green Shaw, gouache sketch for World's Fair motorized piece, ca 1940. See below for lack of explanation. Image from Smithsonian's Archives of American Art, which is linked.

Do you know? At the risk of picking on an institution that really needs not to be picked upon, I ask you to click on this home page for the LA Municipal Gallery: http://www.lamag.org/ do you see what I see? An announcement about “accepting submissions for an open call” for the 2011 COLA Grant Exhibition? Really? Um, the show is up. The grants have been announced. Come on. If you delve deeper and click on the Exhibitions page, here http://www.lamag.org/exhibitions/, you’ll find the information we need. Artists include Anna Boyiazis, Heather Carson, Carolyn Castaño, Tony de los Reyes, Ken Gonzales-Day, Soo Kim, Yong Soon Min, Danial Nord, Dont Rhine, and Mark Dean Veca. The show is up through July 3 and the gallery is open noon to 5 pm Thursday through Sunday.

Speaking of Sunday, I am reminded that I’m also going to the Armory pop up gallery at One Colorado (gallery is in a storefront along the western side of Fair Oaks just north of Colorado) to see Josh Peters’ work in an exhibition of work by Armory Fellows, including Ashley Landrum, Justin Lowman, Melanie Moore, Tracy Nakayama, Josh Peters, Crossman Wilkins, and Jacob Yanes. Good people. Yay Armory.

I also remind myself, and you, that the Norton Simon has an abstract painting show up thru August 15. Judging by the dates when most of the works in this exhibition were gifted to the museum (1965 thru 1975), they all were part of the Pasadena Art Museum collection. All of you Armory, Pasadena Art Alliance and FOCA members stand up and be proud: your forbears collected this work and caused it to be available to the future. Nice.

Having nothing to do with this current post, except I found that the Norton Simon has a collection of Feininger's decorated letters. This image Lyonel Feininger, Untitled (Night View of Trees and Streetlamp, Burgkühnauer Allee, Dessau), 1928. From the Paris Review, which is linked. The Review has a further link to Laura Muir's recently published "Lyonel Feininger: Photographs 1928-1939"

Having nothing to do with this current post, except I found that the Norton Simon has a collection of Feininger's decorated letters. This image Lyonel Feininger, Untitled (Night View of Trees and Streetlamp, Burgkühnauer Allee, Dessau), 1928. From the Paris Review, which is linked. The Review has a further link to Laura Muir's recently published "Lyonel Feininger: Photographs 1928-1939"

noon friday, more soon

4:01, I’ve been ‘ooot and abooot’ as my Scottish nanny used to say. (She who was always slimming.)

I am reminded, and I therefore remind you, that William Leavitt’s exhibition at MOCA is closing way to soon. July 3, to be exact. If you want to hit a double, go to Margo Leavin and see his painting installation “Chavo Rising” also showing are drawings by David Smith and a painting by John M. Miller (intense pattern minimal color guy). Nothing on the Leavin website, but I swear it’s as I say.

Hmm, I was in Cirrus this week and saw a few of the prints that Leavitt did with LAXART hanging in the back. Go to Cirrus and make it a trifecta. (What’s that three hat move in hockey?)

Slater Bradley, "Gold Toyko 3" 2007

Slater Bradley, "Gold Toyko 3" 2007

Fred Fehlau, "Between A Rock and a Hard Place (Inside/Outside)" 1991 (click to enlarge this image, it is a pretty great work)

Fred Fehlau, "Between A Rock and a Hard Place (Inside/Outside)" 1991 (click to enlarge this image, it is a pretty great work)

Not so off the point, Jean and the gang have just opened “Inside/Outside: States of Being” at the aforementioned Cirrus. Work by Daniel Brandely, Slater Bradley, Karen Carson, Guy de Cointet, Joe Deutch, Marcel Dzarma, Fred Fehlau, Jedd Garet, Salomon Huerta, Glenn Kaino, Bruce Nauman, Ed Ruscha, Sarah Seager, Thaddeus Strode.

You don’t go to Cirrus much, you say? Where is that part of Alameda anyway? Wrong. Um, totally your mistake. Check out the list of artists. No one is so good that they can afford to miss work like this. Often this is true at Cirrus, I would not steer you wrong. Go.

Cirrus, 642 D. Alameda, 90013

Also at Cirrus, Jedd Garet, "Nice Sky" 1982. It seems to me that Charline von Heyl mentioned this guy as an exemplar of "American Bad Painting." Good or bad, here it is.

Also at Cirrus, Jedd Garet, "Nice Sky" 1982. It seems to me that Charline von Heyl mentioned this guy as an exemplar of "American Bad Painting." Good or bad, here it is.

While we’re downtown, Control Room has a show called “Gray Wash” that opened on Thursday, June 7. The gallery is open but you have to call or email. Haven’t seen the show but I will go out on a limb and tell you to stop by. Pretty certain I am. Gallery website not up to date, try Facebook page here. I’m going to cut and paste, because it sounds interesting:

Gray Wash: design art is an exhibition featuring 16 artists whose practices up until now have been focused largely in either design|media art or fine art. For this exhibition, the artists and designers work in four distinct collaborative groups that have emerged from a student-led workshop at UCLA. This exploratory class was designed to consider the varying methods and approaches attendant to each field, and to specifically investigate the moments of commonality that may or may not be offered by various kinds of institutional delineations. As a culmination of this inquiry, each group will present not only an artwork, but something that underlines the result of differing modes of collaborative art making. Less a concise statement than a broad investigation, this exhibition presents works that double as readable records of various collaborative approaches, which among other things momentarily highlight, obliterate, generate and/or combine the group of distinct individual practices into one form.

Artist/designers are: Kevin Cheng, Aaron Dadacay, Ashi Diamon, Rafael Esparza, Dawn Faelnar, Ralph Guerrero, Lucas Kazansky, Omar Lopez, Kristine Manalo, Julie Ok, Chris Phillips, Anna Reutinger, Trenton Szewczyk, Cliff Simmons, Vladlina Syrkin and Samantha Vaughan.

Control Room, 2006 E. 7th St., 90021, [email protected]

In the vicinity, Wendy Heldman “You Are So Beautiful and I Am A Fool” is showing at Sci-Arc. I and you have seen Heldman’s paintings at Marine, Sixspace, Jail and Domestic Setting – it will be nice to catch up with the work. Yay Wendy.

Sci-Arc, 960 E. 3rd St., 90013

Momentarily leaving downtown, Heather Cook’s exhibition at Kordansky is closing on June 18. Penultimacy has been reached. Fair warning. Go. Go. Go. I was heading there this afternoon but traffic bested me, so it’s either tomorrow or next week. Or both. I saw the work at the reception and am eagerly looking forward to revisiting the exhibition.

Heather Cook at Kordansky, installation view

Heather Cook at Kordansky, installation view

Heather Cook at Kordansky, installation view

Heather Cook at Kordansky, installation view

Tell you what – I had only seen Cook’s work in a group show prior to this, it was the bleached fabric work that looks like draped velvet. I was so ready to be pleased with the beauty and let it go at that; and then we walked into Kordansky’s on the evening of May 14th and, and… wow. Forgive a sexist metaphor: it was like I got a date with the prettiest cheerleader in school and she came to dinner carrying volumes of poetry by Carl Andre and Rimbaud. And then declaimed the texts from memory, leaving me to play catch up with the books. (Remember that I’m queer and mostly I TeePeed football players houses with cheerleaders, I never dated them.) (btw – I have now exhausted my knowledge of important sounding poetry. No, I was not the pretty one with the books.)

Heather Cook, "Double Faced Broken 3/1 Twill Rag Rug (3 EPI)," 2011, (detail) remnants of old artworks, bleach, silkscreen, cotton and wool warp, 116 x 34 inches (294.64 x 86.36 cm)

Heather Cook, "Double Faced Broken 3/1 Twill Rag Rug (3 EPI)," 2011, (detail) remnants of old artworks, bleach, silkscreen, cotton and wool warp, 116 x 34 inches (294.64 x 86.36 cm)

Heather Cook, "Routine 7 Fold with Shadow (Black)," 2011, silkscreen and bleach on cotton jersey and push pins, 92.5 x 118 x 36 inches (235 x 299.8 x 91.4 cm)

Heather Cook, "Routine 7 Fold with Shadow (Black)," 2011, silkscreen and bleach on cotton jersey and push pins, 92.5 x 118 x 36 inches (235 x 299.8 x 91.4 cm)

I am certain there is other ultimacy and penultimacy around town…… it’ll come to me. I do posts all the time, so I’ll catch up.

But before I leave you to wrestle with my email provider:

GO TO PEPIN MOORE ON SATURDAY OR GO TO SLEEP UNSATISFIED, A BITTER, LONELY, PERSON.

NO ONE WILL DATE YOU IF YOU MISS THIS SHOW.

YOUR SPOUSE WILL FIND SOMEONE ELSE AND YOUR DOG WILL LEAVE.

YOUR CAT WILL, TOO.

“Us Est,” or “US EST,” curated by Soo Kim and with work by Andrew Cameron, Noriko Furunishi, Christa Garcia, Christopher Haun, Ian James, Dwyer Kilcollin, Wakana Kimura, Matt Lipps, Karthik Pandian, Matthew Porter, Hannah Whitaker, and Mark Wyse.

Pepin Moore, 933 Chung King Road, 90012

Reminds me that my hyperlink to I Heart Photograph disappeared, or rather I disappeared it. Cannot think why I would do this – by far the most and best photo blog I know, that is I Heart Photograph. And since there are no images on the PM site yet, and many or at least several of the artists in the show have work on I Heart I recommend that you spend some time there. Bone up on your “Words Without Pictures,” too. (Hey – someone fix the WWP website. It no longer links to Aperture page. I googled and linked to correct Aperture page FYI.)

Off I go like milk,

Geoff

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