The scene at the end of July

Hi people who share the city of Los Angeles with me.

I appreciate your presence here and I bear you no acrimony if I throw you a peace symbol in what looks like a fit of rage when I am sputtering down La Cienega from West Hollywood trying to get below the 10. (The peace symbol is my compromise with David, who thinks I may get punched out someday for throwing the favored alternate hand symbol. Hmm, I also use the peace symbol to say “hello,” so I guess my actions are confusing.) I think that I am not alone in this sentiment and so will not bore you with a summer light weight cutesy story featuring some pontificator (in this case me) weighing in on the inevitabilities of life as though this might be an interesting and funny thing to do.

Let’s all take a deep breath and relax.

Consider if you will an upcoming exhibition at the Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles. “Rethink LA: Perspectives on a Future City” has an opening reception on Thursday, August 4 at 6 to 9 pm at 6032 Wilshire Blvd, 90036.

Collage of LA River, Collage by P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S

Collage of LA River, Collage by P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S

Rethink LA invites artists, design professionals, policy makers, writers and others to imagine we’re fifty years in the future and to tell us what we see around us.

A group of Collagers will contrast current photo’s of our city with imagined possibilities. And a series of short films and narrations will give us the thoughts of some of these thinkers.

The fun and interactive, and possibly performative, part of this event is that we are invited to attend the opening and the “Moving Beyond Cars Party” on Thursday, August 11 without using….. you know – your car. The party party features all the good stuff one expects from a party plus the fun of not having to designate a driver. “Drink like a mad fool!!,” he said, abandoning caution to the now carless roads.

Link to A+D Museum here.

 

 

July 31 is hard upon us my friends, it happens every year at this time.

If you are at Mandrake at 7:30 on July 31 you may have more fun than most people. #3 in this season’s Talks on Painting will feature – well let your eyes slip above and read for yourself. If I type the names I risk losing one and getting tired. However you feel about painting, whether or not you even care about the vibrations that surround abstraction and representation in some circles, if you think you duked this out with your cohort in grad school in 1993 or with Roger Fry and Clem and all the thinkers over the years and especially if your life and your practice are hanging by a single conceptual thread and you desperately want to climb on the lifeboat and flee the dangerous waters into which you’ve strayed in your practice…

COME TO MANDRAKE AND LISTEN—THINK ON YOUR FEET—FIGURE SHIT OUT—ASK ??? AND JOIN THE FRAY—THROW DOWN A LINE IF YOU MUST

GET SOME INTELLECTUAL MEAT UNDER YOUR FINGERNAILS

LET’S ALL TALK ABOUT PAINTING, SHALL WE?

Kristin Calabrese, Kristin Calabrese, "Art as Bandaid", 2011, Oil on canvas, link to Vielmetter, where Calabrese currently has an exhibition of paintings

Kristin Calabrese, Kristin Calabrese, "Art as Bandaid", 2011, Oil on canvas, link to Vielmetter, where Calabrese currently has an exhibition of paintings

Kristin Calabrese, Kristin Calabrese, “Art as Bandaid”, 2011, Oil on canvas, link to Vielmetter, where Calabrese currently has an exhibition of paintings
Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, Order, Uncertainty, Movement, Immediacy, 1997 Oil on canvas 99 3/4 x 124 x 2 in. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Gift of John Baldessari

Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, Order, Uncertainty, Movement, Immediacy, 1997 Oil on canvas 99 3/4 x 124 x 2 in. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Gift of John Baldessari

 

Alison Miller, Solid, 2011 oil and acrylic on canvas 72 x 54 inches, link to Acme Gallery

Alison Miller, Solid, 2011 oil and acrylic on canvas 72 x 54 inches, link to Acme Gallery

Mary Weatherford red cave, 2011 Flashe on linen 79 x 91 inches. link to Brennan & Griffin

Mary Weatherford red cave, 2011 Flashe on linen 79 x 91 inches. link to Brennan & Griffin

 

Daniel Dove, Odeon, 2010 oil on canvas 52"x104" link to Dove's own site

Daniel Dove, Odeon, 2010 oil on canvas 52"x104" link to Dove's own site

Tierra Brillante, the film and the way forward. Bulbo exemplifying community leadership and healthful growth.

Poster for the Tierra Brillante organization, in support of Bulbo's documentary project of the same name. Link to tierrabrillante.org

Poster for the Tierra Brillante organization, in support of Bulbo's documentary project of the same name. Link to tierrabrillante.org

And for those of you who like me, have no Spanish, I also offer you a link to Brilliant Soil, the same information as above, but in English.

I also offer you a link to MIT TechTV and”Tierra Brillante: Omar Foglio and Jose Luis Figueroa” a filmed discussion with the artists.

“Bulbo, a Tijuana- and Los Angeles-based media collective, explores cultural, artistic and everyday themes often overlooked or under-represented in mass media. Their documentary, Tierra Brilliante (“the brightest glaze”) spotlights lead poisoning suffered by practitioners of traditional ceramics in Mexico. Omar Foglio has taught research methodology, communications theory and courses on music and culture at the School of Humanities of Universidad Autónoma de Baja California and at Universidad Iberoamericana Plantel Noroeste. Jose Luis Figueroa has been a trial lawyer and art instructor. He co-directed Tierra Brillante, and Omar Folgio was in charge of production for the same film. Tierra Brillante is a co-production between Galatea and the Mexican Institute of Cinema (IMCINE).”

I quote now from Omar Foglio’s friendly email to me of last week,

“With the help of over 100 people we have achieved our first goal: to present the film at the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market in New Mexico. The next step is the Brilliant Soil tour of the Purepecha communities in Michoacan so the story of Herlinda can help inspire more artisans to make the change to lead-free glazes.”

For additional information, see also bulbo.

I bring the above to your attention (and I shall continue in this vein of giving in just a moment) because our friends at bulbo are endeavoring to exhibit their film not only in the galleries and museums which will be the typical venue for an artist collective’s films but also beyond to the potter communities of Mexico, where the showing of a film such as this can serve as an invitation to discuss alternative glazing methods among members of the communities who work with clay and currently use lead-based glazes.

Short story even shorter – click here, learn more then make a donation.

Handiwork of Herlinda, link to tierrabrillante wordpress site

Handiwork of Herlinda, link to tierrabrillante wordpress site

Examples of classic Michoacan pottery, link to MIchoacan, bajo mis ojos

Examples of classic Michoacan pottery, link to MIchoacan, bajo mis ojos

 Artist Curated Projects sale to benefit artists:

Work by Kelly Cline, link to the Artist Curated Projects flat file

Work by Kelly Cline, link to the Artist Curated Projects flat file

Davida Nemeroff work at ACP

Davida Nemeroff work at ACP

 

Suzanne Wright work at ACP

Suzanne Wright work at ACP

Kiki Johnson at ACP

Kiki Johnson at ACP

 

David Gilbert at ACP, titled "Two," which title I suspect to be a sweeter statement than it might appear.

David Gilbert at ACP, titled "Two," which title I suspect to be a sweeter statement than it might appear.

Stanya Kahn, ACP

Stanya Kahn, ACP

Dawn Kasper once for ACP

Dawn Kasper once for ACP

 

Dawn Kasper twice for ACP

Dawn Kasper twice for ACP

 

Dawn Kasper three times for ACP!! How much better does it get friends?

Dawn Kasper three times for ACP!! How much better does it get friends?

A FOUR-FECTA OF KASPERS! Unbelievable good news. More fun to upload than any old cute kitten video.

A FOUR-FECTA OF KASPERS! Unbelievable good news. More fun to upload than any old cute kitten video.

 

Travis Boyer and Sadie Benning at ACP

Travis Boyer and Sadie Benning at ACP

William Downs at ACP

William Downs at ACP

 

Caroline Thomas at ACP

Caroline Thomas at ACP

Betsy Lin Seder and ACP. Gold, my friends. Even fool's gold. In case August 2 bodes poorly for our sustenance and continued living - buy gold from ACP. Betsy Lin Seder has you covered. Framed archival inkjet prints so your grandchildren will know what gold looked like....

Betsy Lin Seder and ACP. Gold, my friends. Even fool's gold. In case August 2 bodes poorly for our sustenance and continued living - buy gold from ACP. Betsy Lin Seder has you covered. Framed archival inkjet prints so your grandchildren will know what gold looked like....

 

Betsy Lin Seder

Betsy Lin Seder

Do you suppose that Artist Curated Projects is held in high esteem in our little city? I suppose this to be true and I act upon my supposition. Eve Fowler and Lucas Michael have presented some of this city’s most intriguing exhibitions and artist projects over the past three years.

This coming Saturday and Sunday ACP will host an open house celebration and art sale benefiting every artist whose work you buy and ACP. You can see the excellence of the offering above and I can tell you that I was on the phone with Eve Fowler a few minutes ago telling her of my posting and….. I’m gonna get more images. Yay. Life always gets better.

Cody Trepte and much more after the history and then a time jump.

Enjoy.

For example:

The Drowned Giant, 2008, curated by Jeff Ono, installation view

The Drowned Giant, 2008, curated by Jeff Ono, installation view

O Brother, Alexandro Segade, September 2008

O Brother, Alexandro Segade, September 2008

Scorpius, curated by Pearl C Hsiung, November 2008

Scorpius, curated by Pearl C Hsiung, November 2008

Mother Daughter, Veronica Johnson and Kiki Johnson, December 2008

Mother Daughter, Veronica Johnson and Kiki Johnson, December 2008

Kimono My House, curated by Anna Sew Hoy, and at the home of Anna Sew Hoy and Giles Miller, March 2009

Kimono My House, curated by Anna Sew Hoy, and at the home of Anna Sew Hoy and Giles Miller, March 2009

Pac Man, Rico Gatson and Ellie Murphy, March 2009

Pac Man, Rico Gatson and Ellie Murphy, March 2009

something's gonna soon, Math Bass, Zackary Drucker, Dylan MIra, Martha Windahl, at APF Lab in NY, May 2009

something's gonna soon, Math Bass, Zackary Drucker, Dylan MIra, Martha Windahl, at APF Lab in NY, May 2009

 

Taphomancy, curated by Kiki Johnson, at 922 Nolden, May 2009

Taphomancy, curated by Kiki Johnson, at 922 Nolden, May 2009

Float Like A Butterfly Sting Like A Bee, curated by Yunhee Min, June 2009

Float Like A Butterfly Sting Like A Bee, curated by Yunhee Min, June 2009

Interiority Complex, curated by Primitivo Suarez Wolfe

Interiority Complex, curated by Primitivo Suarez Wolfe

The Map Quest, Jocelyn Foye & Jean Robison, August 2009. I believe you will also find a reference to The Map Quest on the CCF2 post. Rockin.

The Map Quest, Jocelyn Foye & Jean Robison, August 2009. I believe you will also find a reference to The Map Quest on the CCF2 post. Rockin.

Echo, n. Echo, v., Jenn Berger, Daniel Ingroff, Billy Kheel, Nathan McChristy and Evan Walsh, ACP at POST, Friday, September 11, 2009

Echo, n. Echo, v., Jenn Berger, Daniel Ingroff, Billy Kheel, Nathan McChristy and Evan Walsh, ACP at POST, Friday, September 11, 2009

 

This is a test, organized by Sam Gordon, ACP at X Initiative, September 16, 2009

This is a test, organized by Sam Gordon, ACP at X Initiative, September 16, 2009

mama-san, curated by Young Chung, ACP at Glendale College Art Gallery, October, 2009

mama-san, curated by Young Chung, ACP at Glendale College Art Gallery, October, 2009

Nine more shows to go, gotta take a break. Fingers are twitching.

Bye for now.

6:30 pm on Monday, July 25, 2011

 

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