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contemporary art in los angeles
Devon Tsuno: Watershed at Occidental College—Review by David De Boer.
Closing Saturday.
Mark Roeder: Mark Roeder (100 paintings by) at Michael Benevento on Sunset.
Closing Saturday.
Simone Gad: Art Deco on Acid at bG Gallery.
Closing Saturday.
The Conversation 3-Way, Episode 5:
Alexandra Grant and Susan Silton with Michael Shaw.
Kaucyila Brooke Tit for Twat: Can We Talk?
Opening Saturday.
Commonwealth & Council.
(Some images from Brooke’s 2012 exhibition at Badischer Kunstverein)
James Krone Catsuit for Men.
Night Gallery.
Night Gallery announcement image.
Camille Claudel, Clotho.
Image from Rodin-web.
Camille Claudel, one of the 50 chicest French women.
Claudel in her workshop.
Claudel, also from Wikipedia (see above).
Three photos by William Allen.
Some Camille Claudel at the Orsay, 2000.
Two Claudel quotes from here:
Night Gallery are making a celebration of the life and ideas of artist Camille Claudel to honor International Women’s Day.
This month-long exhibition will include the work of Sam Anderson, David Armstrong Six, Ian Cheng, Lizzie Fitch and Marina Pinsky.
 (By the way – a huge shout out to Pinsky for her inclusion in the upcoming Hammer Made in L.A. show. Yay Marina!)
More International Women’s Day info here:
Michaela Eichwald, Barry Johnston, Mathias Kryger, Frances Scholz, Jill Spector
Opening Saturday.
Tif Sigfrids.
Yay to Barry Johnston too, also in Made in L.A.
Chris Trueman: Beneath the Skin
Mark Harrington: Broken – Ground
Both opening Saturday at Edward Cella.
Paradoxically in Harmony and Open Studios.
See here for more information:
Britton Tolliver, Moonsick, opening Saturday.
Anna Meliksetian.
Issue No. 2
of no fixed address
Launch and exhibition at Raid Projects
Thursday, March 13
Come, come, come!!!
(Oh heck, why type – see image for info.)
From the good people at VIA Publication:
“I’m caught in the haze of midsummer Los Angeles, the cosmic edge we give to its preemptive emptiness. Things happen, but they never quite add up. I think it’s something about the quality of attention, information endlessly transmitted but never received.”
-Chris Kraus, Video Green
We’re on our way–VIA Issue 03. We’ve been around for two issues now, and we’re here to give the quality of attention that is needed to this fair, sprawling city of so-called emptiness. It’s time for us to have self-definition, and for you, dear contributor, we hope that you help us add quality and attentiveness to the value of art (theory), and creative journalism. 
While the scope of the contributor projects can vary (roving into social practice, design, publishing, research and other fields) contributors should always consider how their interview, feature, or review reflects back on the state of culture in Los Angeles. As an interdisciplinary publication, we are interested in work that considers how the various avenues of LA visual, economic, aural, and culinary culture overlap and work together (or against each other!) to form our current cultural landscape.
VIA is now accepting submissions for Issue 03. We’re open to many forms of content: essays, editorial, photography, creative writing, interviews, reviews, and bodies of work. Please submit a 500 word proposal, supporting images, a CV, and a writing sample to [email protected].
Submission proposal deadline: March 10, 2014
Publication date: Summer/Fall 2014
MAK Center Artists and Architects-in-Residence
Jaywalk, group exhibition of Residents
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
Admission to the exhibition is free
Please join us as Group XXXVII of MAK Center Residents present the results of their six-month stay in Los Angeles.
Christian Mayer
Vienna-based German artist Mayer invites visitors to share his focus on an Exposition Park palm tree. At 170 years, this tree is one of the oldest living things in Los Angeles that can be evidenced with photographs. During its lifespan, the city has transformed from a small pueblo to megalopolis, and the tree itself has been relocated from quiet Palm Springs to the front of the historic train station in the 1880s where it symbolized California to the newly arrived, to its current bucolic park setting, its service commemorated with a plaque. Mayer’s project will reflect on the dichotomy of this tree as a simple palm (like thousands of others in L.A.) and a very special bearer of history and sentiment.
For jaywalk, Mayer will present material for a time capsule to be buried near the tree on the 100th anniversary of its move to Exposition Park. Video and photographic works will form an installation in the Garage Top. A real palm of the same species (Californian Fan Palm) will stand in the Mackey Courtyard, boxed to echo the mobility of the original. At approximately 18 feet high, the palm will allow visitors to gaze into its branches from the Garage Top gallery.
Heidrun Holzfeind
From time spent in master-planned social housing sites of the 1930s-40s, as well as research into a mobile home designed by R.M. Schindler, Vienna-based Austrian artist Heidrun Holzfeind has delved into the user experience of modern architecture in Los Angeles. For jaywalk, she will present a series of self-portraits in yoga poses, inscribing her body into the interior architecture of the Mackey Apartments. In homage to artist Valie Export’s series Körperkonfigurationen (Body Configurations), Holzfeind’s “Schindler Yoga” uses the body as a kind of measuring device to consider the relationship between the user and architectural space. The black and white photographs by architectural photographer Joshua White will be installed in her apartment.
With similar intentions, Holzfeind’s “(sleeping) nook” will transform the dining nook in her kitchen into an extra bedroom, exchanging the built-in benches and table for a bed with a wall-to-wall, eleven-sided mattress. The mattress pad transfers the peculiar shape and three dimensional space of the nook-reminiscent of a trailer, crystal, spaceship or womb-into a polygonal object, which can be variously used as a giant floor pillow, an object hung on the wall, or a space to read or contemplate.
Johannes Zotter
Austrian-born, Vienna-based architect Johannes Zotter has become engaged with a Los Angeles obsession: the ever-impending, catastrophic earthquake. Emergency preparedness kits are required decoration in the majority of L.A. homes and automobiles, and Zotter examines the logic of the earthquake in the cultural psyche of Southern California.
A video and kinetic installation in the Mackey Garages will mimic the experience of an earthquake. Visitors to the show will step up onto a constructed platform beneath an immersive video screen that will vibrate intermittently while viewers watch aerial footage of fault lines in L.A. County. The various quakes will be measured with seismographic equipment located throughout the exhibition.
Deniz Sözen
Austrian-born, Istanbul-based artist Deniz Sözen has navigated Los Angeles by its ethnic enclaves, from Chinatown to Koreatown to Little Armenia and Little Ethiopia. Arguing that a key component of the American city are these neighborhoods where previously un-associated cultures are placed side-by-side and expected to coexist, Sözen has produced an experimental documentary video exploring multiculturalism in Los Angeles. The video presents a case study of two such spatially overlapping areas: Little Armenia and Thai Town in East Hollywood.
Called “transangeles” and shown in her apartment, the video will be composed of interviews with leading figures of those communities and an aesthetic exploration of how visual elements and architecture contribute to the performance/staging of cultural identity and belonging. The soundtrack will combine samples of Thai and Armenian music and will be commissioned from L.A.-based, American-Armenian musician and composer Bei Ru. Adjacent, a shorter making of video reflects on Sözen’s own perspective as a visitor from Europe. As a self-reflexive appendix to the installation, the artist plans to put up a street sign in front of the Mackey Apartments, designating the zone as “Little Austria.”
Michael Hieslmair
Vienna-based Austrian architect Michael Hieslmair has traveled all around Los Angeles and to Tijuana in search of nodes of mobility and migration. From hotels to bus stations to the Department of Motor Vehicles, Hieslmair has used such locations as case studies for the ways in which L.A., and every city, is part of a network shaped by transnational connections and specific zones that modulate the exchanges between it and the rest of the world. He has been particularly concerned with how migratory movements and the globalized exchange of goods and services become visible, along with the fact that political change can often be found immediately looming in these zones.
Hieslmair will present both an installation and a three-part workshop at the Mackey Garages in collaboration with L.A.-based urban planner James Rojas. The installation will cover the courtyard and driveway of the Mackey site with colored tape to create a map of the Los Angeles Basin, highlighting three specific movement patterns the architect has observed. “The Push and Pull!” workshops (February 17, March 9, and March 13) are open to the public and invite participants to contribute stories about their mobility and migration experiences. Responses will then be integrated into a three-dimensional, walk-in map installed inside a garage.


Also part of jaywalk:
Push and Pull!
Workshops on Socio-Spatial Nodes of Mobility and Migration
Organized by Tracing Spaces and Place It!
March 9, and March 13, 2014
Garages at the Mackey Apartments
1137 South Cochran Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Through a series of three public workshops participants will join Tracings Spaces (Michael Hieslmair and Michael Zinganel) and Place It! (James Rojas) to trace and depict both policing individual experiences at specific nodes and hubs of transnational mobility and migration in and around the places they live in or encounter on route. At such nodes effects of migratory movements and the globalized exchange of goods and services become visible, and there political changes can be found immediately looming. Inside one of the garages at the Mackey Apartments, they will create a striding geographic and spatial cartography, a walkable globe with corners and edges, permeated by a network of paths, with Los Angeles as its center.
Every city is part of a network shaped by transnational connections and specific zones that modulate the exchanges between it and the rest of the world. At such nodes, the effects of migratory movements and the globalized exchange of goods and services become visible, and there political changes can be found immediately looming. Using the experience and materials of Rojas’s well-known practice, Tracing Spaces and Place It! will utilize these workshops to highlight urban patterns and complement them with political reflection in the form of comic drawings.
Each workshop is free and open to the public. Please feel free to join at anytime during hours listed for each session!
Visitors are asked to come by the Mackey Apartments in Mid-Wilshire during the hours announced below, or by appointment, and talk about their mobility and/or migration experiences, the experiences of friends and relatives, knowledge gained from the fine arts, science and mass media. Methods of Mapping will highlight new urban patterns complemented with political reflection in the form of comic drawings.
The next workshop will be complemented by presentations on Mapping Cultural Space: Sites, Systems, and Practices by Kyong Park and Tracing Spaces
Workshop II and critique: (Kyong Park + Tracing Spaces)
Workshop 2-5 PM
Presentations 4:30-7 PM
Workshop III and final presentation: (Tracing Spaces + Place It! + Guests)
2-5 PM
For further questions and individual appointments please contact:
Michael Hieslmair
About Tracing Spaces
Michael Hieslmair and Michael Zinganel live and work as artists, curators and writers in Vienna. Since 2005, they collaborate for research and art projects about the impact of transnational mobility, migration and tourism on cultural change in urban, suburban and rural agglomerations. In 2012, they founded Tracing Spaces, a platform for interdisciplinary research projects, events and publications.
About Place It!
Founder James Rojas lives in Los Angeles, holds an MA in City Planning and an MS in Architecture Studies from MIT. He works as a city and transportation planner, and is the founder of the Latino Urban Forum, a non-profit dedicated to increasing awareness of planning and design issues facing low-income Latinos. He has written and lectured extensively about how culture and immigration are transforming the American front yard and landscape, and, through Place It!, has organized an impressive number of on-site model installations and interactive workshops.
Kyong Park
He is involved in a wide range of works on Public Culture, including research, documentation, and representations focused on the urban landscapes that delineate the economic, political and cultural borders and territories of the contemporary social geography. Working in visual arts, architecture, theory and curatorial practices, Park incorporates text, photography, video, installation and new media into his works, a practice that is rooted in research, participation and activism in public spaces.
Banana and arterial circulation sketch;
David with Matt Austin piece.
Mantegna! Christ with the Virgin’s Soul!!!
Stuffed toy cock blocker (;
Plus poems by Tess Gallagher and Raymond Carver.
Photo by echoman, from Flickr
My friends, it’s been a fabulous time, sitting and clicking.
Now I need to partake of some viands and relax.
David Bowie, for me and you.
Ziggy plays guitar…

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