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Kaucyila Brooke and Rabelais: Gargantua and Pantagruel in the Garden of Eden

The tale of Madam and Eve is an adventure story and creation myth told in wall-mounted photomontages that look sort of like comic book panels. Visiting Kaucyila Brooke’s show, Tit for Twat: Can We Talk? (at Commonwealth & Council through March 29) and watching as the generously proportioned characters pose themselves in elaborate gardens, I imagined I was seeing travel snapshots from an alternate reality: a reality where humankind springs from the loins of two robust young women; a reality where the Garden of Eden does not imply a fall from grace. In this three-part project, of which Can We Talk? is the second part, Madam and Eve are played by two friends of the artist, who were in their youth when the photos were taken some twenty years ago. Also featured is a Greek chorus of daytime talk show hosts: Oprah, Rikki Lake, and two whose names no longer come so easily to mind offer commentary on Brooke’s narrative and drive it forward. There is an undercurrent of 1970s Feminism and of communes and lesbian separatism which places this work directly in the field of identity and gender-based art. But instead of approaching her politics with a tone of pedantic moralizing, in Tit for Twat Brooke employs the rambunctious, ebullient and satiric sensibility of Rabelais and of Cervantes. Madam and Eve might be Brooke’s Gargantua and Pantagruel, poking fun at an established culture which is conservative, self-important and corrupt. The two have fun; they revel in their own bodies as in the body of the world. Their quest is not only pre-Modern (where Modernism is a reductive search for truth), it is pre-Enlightenment; and...

…turn left in 1000 feet. Destination will be on your right. (Notes on Looking email March 17, 2014)

Notes on Looking Contemporary Art in Los Angeles Be aware of the size and weight of your vehicle when you cross or enter traffic. http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/cdl_htm/sec2.htm   TUESDAY   ZIPPER HALL VICKI RAY NEW TERRITORIES PIANO SPHERES  More here: http://pianospheres.org/   Ray’s selections for the evening’s recital include:   Christopher Cerrone – Hoyt-Schermerhorn Joseph Pereira – Six Settings for Solo Piano (world premiere) (Piano Spheres Commission) Donnacha Denneby – Stainless Staining (for piano and soundtrack) George Aperghis/arr. V. Ray – Recitation 9 Vicki Ray – The Waking (audience favorite from Spring 2013 poll) Vicki Ray – Jugg(ular)ling   “A pianist with a sparkling tone and a gripping rhythmic sense, Ray makes everything she touches a pleasure to listen to.”  (Mark Swed, LA Times)   “Vicki Ray is cinnamon toast with sriraca. I love love love hearing her play.” (Anonymous)   Remember, folks, that’s http://pianospheres.org/ WEDNESDAY   HERE, THERE STEPHEN COLLIER NATALIE JONES ADAM JANES Stephen Collier, Untitled, oil, enamel plywood, sheet rock, xerox, rubber eggs 60×48   ARTIST CURATED PROJECTS http://artistcuratedprojects.com/   https://www.facebook.com/events/610460262352370/ THURSDAY   DOWNTOWN PHOTOROOM INAUGURAL GROUP SHOW   From the slide series Biosphere II © Markus Krottendorfer, 2013   ONE SHOTS AND IMAGINES KAUCYILA BROOKE CLEGG & GUTTMANN MARKUS KROTTENDORFER SONIA LEIMER SHARON LOCKHART JOSEPHINE PRYDE MANDLA REUTER STEPHANIE TAYLOR    ORGANIZED BY CHRISTIAN MAYER   http://www.downtownphotoroom.com/    https://www.facebook.com/pages/DOWNTOWN-PHOTOROOM/178749198981011   SATURDAY JENNIFER SULLIVAN BIG GIRL PAINTINGS     5 CAR GARAGE   http://emmagrayhq.com/2014/tomorrow/jennifer-sullivan-march-22nd   https://www.facebook.com/events/368070069998923/   SUNDAY   Put on your best hat and wind your clock.   http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Wind+Your+Clock/59N6Bn?src=5  ...

jaywalk: Heidrun Holzfeind, Michael Hieslmair, Christian Mayer, Deniz Sözen, Johannes Zotter

jaywalk Heidrun Holzfeind, Michael Hieslmair, Christian Mayer, Deniz Sözen, Johannes Zotter MAK Center Artists and Architects-in-Residence Opening: Thursday, March 13, 2014, 7-9 PM Exhibition: March 14-16, 2014, 11 AM-6 PM Mackey Apartments and Garage Top 1137 South Cochran Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90019 Please join us as Group XXXVII of MAK Center Residents present the results of their six-month stay in Los...

Closing Soon: Devon Tsuno: Watershed—Presenting Nature as Democratic by David De Boer

Devon Tsuno’s democratic sensibility is apparent on the walls of both the Weingart and Mullin Art Galleries at Occidental College in his exhibition Watershed. Sifting through multiple processes, Tsuno’s exhibition presents two paradigms: The first is a straightforward hang in a white cube gallery of labor-intensive abstract paintings made with spray and acrylic paint on handmade paper. These paintings take on the subject matter of Los Angeles’ non-native vegetation and bodies of water, reminding us that the free sunshine and (almost) free water of Los Angeles creates a generous environment where all can flourish. A second kind of democracy is explored in a gallery that partially simulates domestic space. Here, a homespun parlor (that old-fashioned meeting place of public and private) is simulated in the gallery, using digitally printed wallpaper and a faux fireplace. Over the fireplace, where might be a family portrait, or a photograph of the man of the house, hangs a Risograph print. There are bookshelves in this room too, as there might be in a real parlor, and the volumes that are featured more deeply express Tsuno’s interest in democratic, cooperative action: each of the many books is part of an ongoing collaboration with Oxy Book Art students using Risograph and letterpress techniques. Additionally, handmade wooden milk crates contain 10,000 prints from this same project. Much like exploring the Los Angeles landscape, navigating through Tsuno’s various modes of display and creative process presents the viewer with an artificial division. On one hand we see an artist fully engaged as a sole maker; incessantly laboring over material with the desire to create one-of-a-kind objects. And on the other hand, we...