Um, and then it’s Saturday. Yay.

Negotiation of Objects, Sean Kennedy, Natalie Labriola and Kenneth Tam, Saturday, September 17 at Actual Size.

Notes on Looking-guy is once again reduced to cutting and pasting text from outside sources. AAAAAAAUGH, I am become one among the thousands of dreaded and despised content aggregators!!!

Save me!

Save yourself!

But before we save anybody from my overquoting, I had the inspiration to Google “ooga booga michel foucault” as well as “ooga booga” with every combination of artists in this exhibition. Don’t ask why students, teacher doesn’t know why he does things. His fingers just click and click.

I find that our friends at Ooga Booga in Chinatown and online have one object attributable to any series of those terms: F.R. David Magazine, The “Stuff and Nonsense” Issue 2, Winter 2008, which is sold out. Darn, should have tried this sooner! BUT “A is for ‘orses Issue 3 ” Autumn 2008; “The Book of Intentions Issue 4” Summer 2008; The “Keep it to Yourself” Issue 5, Spring 2009; The Iditorial Issue 6, Winter 2009; and With Love Issue 7, Summer 2010 ARE ALL STiLL AvAILaBLE!!! CLICK HERE and throw your money at OOGA BOOGA in fifteen dollar chunks.

All this because the Actually Sized curators have quoted Foucault to good effect in their press release.

Now read this:

“Knowledge is not made for understanding, it is made for cutting.” – Michel Foucault

Actual Size Los Angeles is pleased to present, Negotiation of Objects, a two-part group exhibition featuring the work of Sean Kennedy, Natalie Labriola and Kenneth Tam.

The two parallel installations will take place at the 741 New High Street location and Art Platform LA. The exhibitions feature sculptures and wall-mounted works that explore cultural reflexivity in objects. The works by these artists, exhibited in two venues, dialogue to explore the act of marking surfaces, and how a variety of everyday materials respond to the artist’s influence and the effect of time passing. Finger marks on suede, emoticons imprinted in clay, and the contours of wood grain act as meditations on our contemporary symbolic language, and the media that conveys it.

Exhibition at Actual Size Los Angeles September 17th – October 8th, 2011
Exhibition at Art Platform LA September 30th – October 2nd, 2011

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 17th, 7-10pm. Gallery Hours: Sat- Sun 12:00- 5:00pm; Weekdays by appointment. Actual Size Los Angeles, 741 New High Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Co/Lab at Art Platform LA, presented by Artra Curatorial at the LA Mart, Concourse Level, 1933 S. Broadway Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90007. Opening Preview: Friday, September 30th, 3-5pm, General Admission: Sat-Sun 11am-6pm, Mon 11am-4pm. For more information go to:

Sean Kennedy’s practice often harnesses dust, light and circumstance to create works that comment on the ephemeral. Kennedy uses the vocabulary of minimalism to create his suede “paintings.” These monochrome works continue his structured investigations of the visual traces of time. The artist stretches suede over a framework much in the same way a canvas is prepared. The material is left vulnerable to impermanent alterations, from deliberate handling, or by accidental brushes against the surface.

Natalie Labriola’s ceramic tablet offers a playful index of emoticons, exhibiting letters, numbers and other symbols that create casual markers of a range of emotional reactions. The mimetic symbols, 21st century calligrammes imprinted upon the “stone,” suggest a commemorative plaque for the internet age. Labriola’s work treats modern technology with an ironic reverence. In one piece, a gravestone-like pedestal rests on the floor, engraved with the sardonic statement, “Did I shave my legs for this?” Her carefully studied drawings of cracked iPhone screens appear as luminous monoliths.

Kenneth Tam molds and carves his sculptures as if he were tracing the contours of a body. Tam pushes the limits of his materials, which include Bondo, concrete, shopping bags, and deodorant, by relating to their inherent physical qualities. In “Drunken Map,” he carves along the grain of a plank of wood, resulting in a fluid, frame-like structure that leans delicately against a wall. Kenneth Tam’s artistic practice is intuitive, subtle and playful. His works navigate between the object’s natural state and the artist’s drive to alter it. This give-and-take between accepting and pressing the limits of the media is also displayed in his video work, which documents encounters with individuals he meets through the internet. Tam captures the challenges of negotiating with strangers as they perform tasks together.

Sean Kennedy (b. 1983, Akron, OH) currently lives and works in Los Angeles and holds an MFA from The University of Southern California (2010). Kennedy also studied at Staedelschule, Frankfurt, Germany (2006-2008), during which time he had a solo exhibition at Tschoperl, Ffm, DE, and participated in a residency at the Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder in Trondheim, Norway. More recently, Kennedy had a solo exhibition at Jancar Jones Gallery in San Francisco, CA, and exhibited work in group exhibitions, Beige and Plastic, curated by Leila Khastoo, Los Angeles, CA and TBD/TCB at Paredon Blanco, Los Angeles, CA.
Natalie Labriola (b. 1987 in Mesa, AZ) lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her BFA from New York University, Steinhardt School (2010). Labriola also studied at the Yale University Summer School of Music and Art, The New York Studio Program, and the The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Selected exhibitions include BRUCEFORMA, organized by The Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York City, New Work, Rosenberg Gallery, NYU, New York City, and Nepotistically Yours, curated by Karen Archey, MWNM, New York City.

Kenneth Tam (b. 1982 in New York, NY) currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Tam received his MFA from the University of Southern California (2010) and BFA from The Cooper Union (2004). Selected solo and group exhibitions include Casual Encounters, Roski Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, LACE Annual Benefit – Curated by Michael Ned Holte, LACE, Los Angeles, CA, Work After Work, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, CA, The Los Angeles Initiative – Rema Hort Mann Foundation Launch – Honor Fraser, Los Angeles,CA, Imitation of Action at Latned Atsar, Los Angeles, CA, and a forthcoming exhibition at Pauline Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

And because this music came into my head when I first visited Actual Size, and because now I want to, I offer you the music I associate with our friends on New High Street (having no idea what they or you may think of this, here goes) Valery Gergiev sweating and slamming his way with the Vienna Philharmonic through Stravinsky’s Firebird:

Don’t you dare not call me a romantic.

As the crow walks from New High Street, the crow will want to pass by JB Jurve at 742 North Broadway, upstairs, for the closing weekend of Apogee – A compilation of solitude, ecology, and recreation. Open Saturday from 2 to 6 and by appointment. Contact here.

JB JURVE is pleased to announce APOGEE – a compilation of solitude, ecology and recreation, featuring a series of readings and musical iinterventions, a presentation of the book of the same title and an exhibition of participating artists in conjunction with nüans. APOGEE is the second publication by the artist group nüans, which will be released by Revolver Publishers in 2011.

APOGEE is the place in the universe, which is most distant to earth. A mathematical quantity and allegory for the absolute seclusion. APOGEE is the retreat to privacy, confidentiality and relaxation and can blossom in foreign environments. nüans has invited 80 artists and theorists to contribute to various topics related to the theme of islands/isolation. The show in Los Angeles is the last step in a series of APOGEE previews and features various aspects of isolation and laziness in an urban context.

nüans is an artists collective organized by Anna Heidenhain, Elmar Hermann and Maki Umehara in Istanbul, Turkey and Düsseldorf, Germany. nüans finds specific locations that fit the context of each event. The projects are designed to work in an interdisciplinary way in order to bring about an exchange of ideas between a wide array of collaboratos.

Utilizing minimal editing techniques, repetition, and corporal action to engage the observer, Aaron GM (LA) uses his body, voice, minimal studio props, and a single lens to create a whimsical and compelling oeuvre.

Ana Barrado photographed the rockets in Cape Canaveral in 1988 and created futuristic images that have appeared in J.G. Ballard’s story collection “The Atrocity Exhibition” published by RE/Search. Her
visions of skyward-pointing missiles perfectly complement Ballard’s apocalyptic landscape as well as claustrophobic scenarios of isolation in general.

The American Felling Axe that Elmar Hermann uses in his installation at JB Jurve is an icon of American wildlife romanticism. A perfect example for taking cultural evolution radically serious. Every
feature of this axe was meticulously designed for uselesness which turns a woodland tool into a general symbol for snobby weariness.

Gökce Suvari is a Turkish artist who lives and works in Istanbul, at the gallery Gökce is going to realize some impossible maze wall drawings which combine modernist architecture and dead-end
possibilities of finding your way in this pre-organised systems. Somewhat a humorous approach to isolated and close circuit living / working structures.

A famous yoga teacher once said: “If you don’t have anymore, maybe you don’t need it anymore.“ – a sentence that inspired Berlin based artist Klara Adam to use it as a title for a very fragile modell of a
shipwrecked villa.

Maki Umehara: “I‘ve decided to live and travel in foreign countries during my life, to be dislocated and represent myself as a performer and as a moving object, which would bring a new meaning and
communication to the cummunties in which I live.” An installation “Homes in Mum-Bay” is going to be presented at JB Jurve as decoration of villa in India, where private and public spaces seemed
to be often placed together.

Matt Sheridan‘s “Curse of The Paper Tigers” is a multi-channel animation video installation projected across a Chinatown rooftop wall which questions dissonance between Chinese and American cultures
with animated signs and actions of travel, economics, conflict and redaction.

Film producer Michael H Shamberg´s Turtle Salon reconnects with an international coterie of artists, writers, filmmakers, actors, musicians, dancers and architects – at the gallery we present “Mito
Songs”- a collection of photos he’s been collecting for some years. For the closing reception of the show he is going to prepare a special screening of his work and colaborators that are part of the
turtle universe.

WJM Kok is a Dutch artist who lives and works in Amsterdam. “Untitled (As Long As The Grass Grows)” is out of a series video pieces in which difference is provoked by using visualisations from a standard
computer software music player, to generate a non-repetition of sorts in which everything is continuously on the move. The video also seems to act as a screensaver, which appears when a computer falls to sleep mode due to a lack of interaction.

Joe Baiza is a punk rock and jazz guitarist who lives in Los Angeles. Baiza is a founding member of the bands Saccharine Trust, Universal Congress Of, and The Mecolodiacs. He also performed guest guitar
spots on several Minutemen tracks and played alongside “Black Flag’s Greg Ginn” and “Chuck Dukowski”. At JB Jurve Baiza is going to perform a solo set during the opening night.

Alexis Smith, Isadora, 1980-81, Mixed media collage (two panels) on painted corrugated paper

Tom Solomon is opening the season with Alexis Smith Early Works, also on Saturday. In point of fact, this exhibition has been up since September 10 but on Saturday the 17th will be the reception.

John Pearson, Continnum (Regeneration) Series: SLG #2, 2011, Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 32 1/2 x 3 inches

Crossing Bernard and traveling south on Hill Street, enjoying watching the happy speed trap as we stroll, we first will come to Sam Lee, who is showing English elder statesman artist John Pearson with new paintings in Color Rise.

A little further on, and turning now onto Bamboo Lane, you find Young Art which is showing Paul Forney, Artists Only.

Being as how we are all cheerful, straightforward non-scofflaws we shall continue down Hill Street to the crosswalk and then access Chung King Road. Single file now!

Brett Cody Rogers, Painter’s Forms is opening at Pepin Moore. I visited Rogers twice over the summer, after hearing him speak at one of the panel discussions at Mandrake. I like this work a lot, a whole lot. Go see for yourself on Saturday but make sure to stop by NoL later this week.

Jay Stuckey will be showing at The Company in a show titled Glad Day. Again, of Stuckey, and unless you’ve kept your eyes closed for the past decade then you will be somewhat familiar with his work. Should your familiarity stop you from seeing this new show? Um, did you kiss your spouse this morning? Will you do it again? Sam-o diff-o. Art is like kisses – it’s always new. Go.

Jay Stuckey, fuck you, Fuck You, FUCK YOU-2011-oil and collage on canvas-55x75

Jay Stuckey, Glad Day (For William Blake) 2011. Oil collage on canvas, 33" x 45"

I see that Charlie James will have a reception for Richard Kraft Something With Birds In It

L2Kontemporary will be showing work by Gronk

And then I have to blow this part of town because Kristi Engle on Avenue 50 is showing Christian Tedeschi, whom I had the good fortune to meet during the LACE 10K and the NELA Art Walk. The Jaw Bone and the Air Around it is another exhibition to visit, if not at the opening then certainly during the run of the show.

Peter Holzhauer, Mulholland Bridge, Black-and-white photograph, 2011

Now, or possibly earlier since this party stops at 8 pm, GO TO CAL STATE LA AND THE LUCKMAN GALLERY.

Primer II:

One painter. One sculptor. One photographer.  One filmmaker. One designer…

Primer ll focuses on artists who are part of Los Angeles’ vibrant art community, and provides a space for their work to reach a wider audience. This recurring exhibition introduces one artist per discipline, and one work or series per artist.

Participating artists: Yanira Cartagena, Nathan Danilowicz, Peter Holzhauer, Norm Laich, Hazel Mandujano, & Eric Torborg.

With all that said, remember to be nice to people who visit our city. The poor things have to go home again.

Part 3 of walking after midnight in Hollywood between 1979 and 1987: sidewalks, streets, memories, stories, tales from from places that escaped as much attention as they were able. We all did.

Much more of this oral history [Parts 1, 2, 3, 4(a), and 4(b)] is on YouTube at the channel geofftuck



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