Thursday night so far
Some of us good people in the city of the angels will spend tonight scampering back and forth from Taft Green’s “Act Natural” exhibition to the LA Mart for BOOM and Re:Present.
Human Resources tonight is hosting a listening party to celebrate Green’s investigation of the history and distribution of coffee as a cultural fact with… coffee drinks and music selections by Jan Tumlir and other among the Selectors of Coolth in Sound and Music in Los Angeles. It seems as though the recently much celebrated Cindy Bernard will be spinning a couple of videos to begin our aural/visual quest. I think you should plan on attending.
Act Natural Listening Party 8 to 10:30 at Human Resources 410 Bernard Street in Chinatown.
While there you can slip upstairs and enjoy Scott Benzel’s triumphant and multi-faceted mal-dis-tri-bu-tion, which everyone must see who is interested in art-making, the distribution of ideas and the presentation of culture in our happy (or not) world.
I have seen several exhibitions lately, and had conversations with artists that are good to consider in the context of Benzel’s current exhibition at Human Resources: Sayre Gomez in his recent work at Las Cienegas Projects, Parker Davis’s work as Wintergarten Ltd., Aaron Wrinkle and his continuing investigations into agencies of Display and Distribution of art, and also Authorship in an art practice, as well as Kathryn Andrews‘ powerful ongoing investigation of cultural value.
As a side note on Andrews’ work: I hugely appreciate that she imbues shiny, drop-dead beauty with meaning beyond itself and that she does this while taking on the ‘big guys’ of shine, Koons and Hirst et al. Andrews raises the stakes on this game and there is an erotics to this. I hate to risk male-centralizing my interest, but it’s really hot to see a woman artist throwing, and landing punches.