Email newsletter, July 24, 2014
“In the summer of 2010, we decided to curate an experiment in group dynamics: we invited a few artists with ostensibly little in common other than our acquaintance to spend a weekend with us at Blue Oak Camp, on the V6 Ranch in Parkfield, CA.
We organized a caravan, packed some groceries, and took off up the 5, past Kilowatt and the Missouri Triangle and into the unknown, with no set schedule, no agenda, no shared experience as a group except that we each had a stake in the universe of contemporary art.” – David Richards
Saturday, July 26, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Commonwealth & Council
Parkfield Review #3 / 2012-2013 release party
Please join David and me, along with many of the 150 artists who have attended the Parkfield retreats for the release of Parkfield Review #3 / 2012-2013.
Contributors to this third Parkfield Review include: Dewey Ambrosino, Joshua Aster, Josh Atlas, Jared Baxter, David Bell, Andras Blazsek, Andrea Bowers, John Burtle, Kristin Calabrese, Young Chung, Eduardo Consuegra, Vanessa Conte, Robert Crouch, Dominique Drozdz, Adam Feldmeth, Tara Foley, Jack Heard, Micol Hebron, Marcus Herse, EJ Hill, Jonathon Hornedo, Ian James, Kelly Kleinschrodt, Kristi Lippire, Karen Lofgren, Ben Love, Ari Marcantonio, Jaime Knight, Yann Novak, Chris Oliveria, Carl Pomposelli, Gala Porras-Kim, Max Schwartz, Leah Shirley, Bobbi Woods, and Matt Wardell.
Many thanks to Mat Timmons of Insert Blanc Press for design and production of this publication.
Available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Parkfield-Review-2012-2013/dp/0991109260
The Permission of Mike Kelley by Karl Erickson; a personal reckoning of the Mike Kelley retrospective.
“Kelley’s laughter, (…) is not always, or even often, joyous. It is mocking, and the viewer is just as likely to be caught up in the artist’s belittlement as “the powers that be.” The sneering voice of Kelley reverberates throughout his artwork. Combined with screams, scrapes, moans and drones from various works, his voice issues from videos such as Blind Country, The Banana Man and installations such as Dialogue #5 (One Hand Clapping), wheedling and accusing. His nasal vocal tone, deliberate or not, stands in for all of the cynical and negative parts of Kelley’s work; telling us that so much is wrong and there is little hope, that gifts are obligations, aesthetic pleasure is misdirected sexual urge, and laughter is mockery.”
Continue reading here.
Paul Pescador, Summer and the Movies
Paul Pescador reminds us of summers past with autobiographical tales as well as commentary on Jacques Tati’s Mr. Hulot’s Holiday, Godard’s Contempt, Todd Haynes’ Superstar, and Sadie Benning’s early 90s PixelVision videos.
“1. We’re sitting in traffic. It’s the first day summer. No, thats not true, its the first day that June gloom has burnt off and the heat has set in. We’re sitting in the car stuck in gridlock traffic. It’s Saturday and we’re trying to get to the beach for a birthday in Malibu. We’re dead silent; frustrated and exhausted by the heat and traffic. We sit and listen to Siri read us directions as she sends us on and off freeways. Somewhere between the 101, 105, 405 and the 710 intersection, I remember why I never go to the beach. The interchange is like Godard’s film Weekend (1967): miles and miles of traffic and car accidents. I shout out, “There better be a dead body!””
Continue reading here.
Commonwealth & Council resident artists reception:
Sarah McMenimen, Gina Osterloh and Ana Vega.
Saturday, July 26, from 7:00 to 10:00 PM.
“Influenced both by scientific and ritualistic lexicons, Sarah McMenimen converts the space into a laboratory to carry out various procedures engaged in cycles of transformation. Without a given hypothesis to prove, the results are tactile, temporal, and accept the lack of an absolute resolve.” – CW&C
“HIT LARGELY. PRECISELY. INSTANTANEOUSLY.
HIT WITH ELEGANCE.” – Osterloh & Vega
“Native Strategies: N (enter) S : Issue #5: Music Issues – the privileging and negation of bodies of sound. Native Strategies will utilize the LACE stages to host performances and to stimulate collaboration between the often disparate artistic worlds of music and sound production in Los Angeles. This week, they invite a group of performances and musicians to perform to and for each other, including Odeya Nini & Oscar Miguel Santos (Sister Mantos), Dorian Wood & Claire Cronin, Todd Lerew & Kevin Robinson, Morgan Lee Gerstmar & Xina Xurner, and Weba Garretson & Ingrid Lee.”
Curated by Jules Gimbrone, Brian Getnik and Tanya Rubbak.
Saturday, July 26, 1:00 to 3:00 PM and Sunday, July 27, 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Native Strategies is a network of performance art makers, producers and critical thinkers who seek to invigorate and make globally visible Los Angeles’s performance art community. Co-directed by Brian Getnick and Tanya Rubbak, Native Strategies is a 5 year long study (2011 – 2016) of LA performance modalities through the creation of 10 differently themed performance series and 10 uniquely designed journals, resulting in a book.
Native Strategies: http://nativestrategiesla.com/
PAM Residencies July resident is Zach Kleyn. Kleyn will present a new performance on Friday and Saturday, August 1st and 2nd.
“Zach came by yesterday. He might be praying with the Evangelicals while at PAM and this encounter might just play a role in the performance he’s been developing with a large puppet-doppelganger. He seemed interested in the fact that PAM used to be occupied by a Santos priest and he made some interesting correlations between Santeria, the Christians downstairs, and the charismatic religion he was raised in. Excited to see what happens when a resident investigates PAM’s spirits, upstairs and downstairs.” – Brian Getnick
PAM Residencies: http://pamresidencies.wordpress.com/
Zach Kleyn: http://www.zachkleyn.com/
Zach Kleyn will also be performing at Perform Chinatown, on July 26, at 6:00, 8:00 and 9:30, on Chung King Road.
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LOS ANGELES, CA
PERFORM CHINATOWN 2014: CHAOS REIGNS!
DOUG HARVEY, LEE LYNCH, PAIGE WERY, AND THE GALLERIES OF CHINATOWN PRESENT:
L.A.’S 6TH ANNUAL SHOWCASE OF PERFORMANCE ART
SATURDAY JULY 26th
BETWEEN 12 NOON AND 10 PM
VENUES IN AND AROUND CHUNG KING ROAD IN CHINATOWN, LOS ANGELES
INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN TO RAISE ARTIST FEES FOR PARTICIPANTS
PRESS INQUIRIES CONTACT PAIGE WERY @ 323-243-0658 or
[email protected] OR VISIT
The sixth edition of L.A.’s premier performance art gathering will present over 40 performers, distributed across a host of Chinatown galleries and public spaces on the 26th of July between 12 Noon and 10 PM.
This year’s rendition pools the complementary curatorial talents of Doug Harvey (Chain Letter, LA Weekly Annual Biennials), Lee Lynch (The Murder of Hi Good, headmaster of Teenage Wasteland of the Arts), and Paige Wery (The Good Luck Gallery, Artillery magazine).
Perform Chinatown 2014 : CHAOS REIGNS! stretches the boundaries of Performance Art to include live experimental music, historical reenactments, survivalist workshops, guided meditation rituals, chess tournaments, poetry, dance, video, and food – as well as the cutting edge New Genre happenings that define the field.
Some of the noteworthy happenings scheduled include:
a rare appearance by legendary media prankster Joey Skaggs;
a ritual invocation of Eris, Goddess of Chaos, by Skylaire Alfvegren and the Southern California Discordian Society;
the premiere of Hipponymous — a righteous new performance work by the Reverend Ethan Acres;
a live video feed of performances in Tehran, Iran organized by Maryan Vayghan
Brad Spence providing “Free Airbrush Body Paintings” to the public
DJ sets by Don Bolles, steve roden, and KCHUNG Radio;
Everything is Terrible – the Ride by eponymous psychedelic found footage comedy website mavens
former Los Angeles Cacophony Society “leader” Al Ridenour bringing Krampus in July
the first live performance by F (Marnie Weber, Dani Tull, Doug Harvey, & Daniel Hawkins), since the Mike Kelley LAFMS memorial at The Box;
a Human 4-Leaf Clover of Positive Energy led by China Adams
John “Let’s Paint TV” Kilduff playing multiple simultaneous chess games while painting portraits of his opponents
a rare live (non-hologrammatical) appearance by Tupac
Participating venues include The Good Luck Gallery, Melody Lounge, Human Resources, Jancar Gallery, The Public School, Formerly Fong’s, KK Gallery, Outpist, Actual Size, Coagula Curatorial, Cause Gallery, The Grand Star, Smaller Form Space, Skunkworks, and more!
July 26 – August 16, 2014
Opening Reception: July 26, 6-8pm
“The moment you identified yourself in the mirror, you saw yourself as an isolated figure, different from the rest of the world. You set yourself apart as an image, emerging as necessarily separate from the “real” world around you. You registered yourself as a distinct concept. You appeared as a figure and all the rest, ground.”
Ideal Territory brings together a group of works that obliquely consider territory itself—as domain, history, narrative, and site of comparison. Sliding between conceptual borders that distinguish these properties, the assembled gestures find themselves decisively within a territory of ideals. As if by accident—though assuredly no accident—the ground returns as a seeping substance into these works. Together they form a constellated image of that which is shared in common as precisely that which forms the foundation of separation.
Made possible by the generous support of Cirrus Gallery. A catalog will accompany the exhibition.
On Thursday, July 31st at 7pm, LA based artist David Hendren will perform a set of sound works at Meliksetian | Briggs, 313 N. Fairfax Ave. as part of his show, Echo’s Drift at Meliksetian | Briggs and 5 Car Garage.
Each of these works gather simple sounds to form complex and repetitive rhythms, that, through the use of extended and controlled feedback, transform into dense walls of sound. Much like the visual works in the show, this strategy addresses the artist’s interest in the space between construction and destruction, and the way repetition and feedback can push sounds in both of these directions.
Hendren has been composing sound works for over a decade but has only recently begun performing them live. His works draw on the histories of both experimental music and sound art. His interest in repetition and feedback can be traced back to the works of Alvin Lucier, Terry Rielly, and Steve Reich, while his use of samples and dark tonalities recalls the early works of Christian Marclay and Scott Walker.
The exhibition Echo’s Drift featuring paintings and sculptures continues at Meliksetian | Briggs and 5 Car Garage.
6020 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Suzanne Adelman & Keith Walsh, Adler & Edmark, Ashton Allen, Skip Arnold, Joshua Aster, Chad Attie, Virginia Broersma, Kristin Calabrese, Gary Cannone, Jamison Carter, Bernard Chadwick, Angel Chen, Alice Clements, David Cull, William Dailey, Jill Daves, Gerald Davis, David Deany, Michael Dee, Mara De Luca, Ruben Diaz & Rebecca Lofchie, Bob Dornberger, Shannon Durbin, David P. Earle, Rebecca Farr, Susan Feldman, Christine Frerichs, Dwora Fried, Barbara Gillespie, Paula Goldman, Emma Gray, Rachel Grynberg, Karin Gulbran, Joe Hardesty, Jacqueline Haut & Nicolo Messina, Micol Hebron, Toby Burke Hemingway, Bettina Hubby, Tyler Hubby, Tomi Hurtado Sher, Jessica Huston, Charles Irvin, Kristin Beinner James, Pamela Jorden, Savannah Kingsley Smith, Janet Klein & Robert Loveless, John Knuth, Alison Kudlow, Tessa Laird, Brianne Latthitham, Cathy Lightfoot, Kristi Lippire, David Lloyd, Karen Lofgren, LuLu LoLo, Omar Lopex, Marne Lucas, Randi Malkin Steinberger, Daphne Mangin, Luiga Martelloni, Alexis Mendez, Rebecca Niederlander, Chris Oliveria, John Orvis, Adrian Paules, Adria Pauli, Terri Phillips, Pat Pickett, Norah Plum, Linda Pollack, Olivia Primé, Stephanie Pryor, Steven Rimlinger, Rebecca Ripple, Jennifer Rochlin, Marcella Ruble, Ed Ruscha, Amy Russell, Ander Sanborn, Esteban Schimpf, Julia Schwartz, Danny Shain, Susan Silton, Mike Slack, Joe Sola, George Stoll, William Stone, Paula Tiberius, Dani Tull, Gabriela Tollman, Spike Dolomite Ward, Nicki Wicker, Alexandra Wiesenfeld, Saskia Wilson-Brown & Micah Hahn, Bobbi Woods, Austin Young.
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd.: http://6020wilshire.com/
Klowden Mann: http://klowdenmann.com/news/
Book Launch Party!
Ruin Upon Ruin by Ben White
@Insert Blanc HQ
Please join Ben White and Insert Blanc Press for a Book Launch Party to celebrate the release of Ruin Upon Ruin by Ben White.
Featuring 30 paintings along with numerous details and images from White’s sketchbook, Ruin Upon Ruin by Ben White is a large format, full color, hardbound edition with essays by Doug Harvey and John Hogan.
The evening will include a performance featuring Mathew Timmons, Vanessa Place, Kim Calder, and Andrew Choate; and an opportunity to ostracize a member of the Los Angeles Art polis.
There will be ample grilled foodstuffs and drinkable drinks, as well as an opportunity to purchase the book at a special book launch price.
Hope to see you there!
Saturday, August 7:30 PM till late.
Insert Blanc Press HQ: 2806 1/2 Lincoln Park Blvd., LA 90031
Buy Ruin Upon Ruin here: http://www.insertblancpress.net/products/ruin-upon-ruin-by-ben-white
It’s 2:45 in the AM. I won’t finish this task until 3:30, then I’ll go to sleep.
Good morning to you, and sweet dreams.
Thanks for your time, my friends.
I leave you, my friends, with a song that I heard on KUSC a week ago Sunday; and I dedicate this song to the memory of a master.
Anonymous 4 sing In the Sweet By and By for Mike Kelley, on GrooveShark: