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Public announcement – The Familiar Unfamiliar

“…Ever since yesterday on the road, I’ve been seeing this shape. Shaving cream, pillows… Dammit! I know this. I know what this is! This means something. This is important.” What is this shape?” This quote from “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” emphasizes a moment in the film where Roy Neary’s character describes the inexplicable visions of physical forms he believes are both familiar and unfamiliar. (As the film unravels, these forms correspond to the geographical formations of the physical site for a communion with extraterrestrials). This notion is the departure point for the project entitled “The Familiar Unfamiliar”, whereupon invited artists have been asked to make objects, installations or experiences correlative to the desert landscape in Wonder Valley, CA – a site that may be both familiar and unfamiliar amid a group of gathered, communed individuals. The site in Wonder Valley (situated next to Joshua Tree) is a house called Casa Agave which features nested enclaves, open desert expanses and interior spaces as venues for multi-media site specific art pieces by 31 participating artists. Each participating artist manifested their projects based on informed, cultivated projected or imagined understandings of the installation site. The projects in this exhibition reveal the artists’ use of a hybrid of previous knowledge of the area, gathered characteristics of the site based on photographs that were shared via a Facebook page, and for some – collected material from visits to the site. The terrain in the Wonder Valley area is a compelling venue because of the possibilities of site specificity within the physical, desert landscape, the temporal nature of the space, along with the...

Around This Weekend, Town

Dear Friend, I feel like the term “Feminist” is a dirty word. I’m not sure why but I feel like people’s brains instantly go to the Portlandia feminist bookstore and they have their minds made up for what feminists should be and act like. Stereotypes of “angry feminists”, “slutty feminists”, “man-hating feminists” are always the first that come to mind, and I would like to create a group that explores these stereotypes, as well as come up with an understanding of why they are there and how to move past them. As a tongue-in-cheek gesture, I would like to start a bi-monthly/monthly Feminist book club entitled “F L A P S” (acronym pending). In terms of mood and the way I’d intend to approach it would be a sort of an open syllabus. Everyone would get the chance to recommend either an article,… current event, historical essay, short story, movie or adventure. Severely lacking in my own feminist education, my idea is that I want to read what everyone else read as part of their liberal arts education. Men are invited and encouraged to be a part of this group and I would like some #$%*-ing levity-hence the name. Some Topics Ideas I’ve been Thinking About -Skype-In talk with Terri Kapsalis author of Public Privates -Mooncycle iphone calendaring -post-gender day -Feminist anger management courses -Annoying Jezebel article of the week -Feminist Movie Night, where we watch movies off the http://bechdeltest.com/ list -Reading small 2 books every 6 months? -Fieldtrips! To gauge interest in this endeavor I’m writing this letter to see if you would be interested in either contributing...

Good news on several fronts – and a busy weekend for all!

  Emily Joyce, Some Tree Rings, A Vision, and the Third of May, and Tommy Fitzpatrick, Flatland, open at Inman Gallery in Houston on Friday, June 28. Contact gallery for information. http://www.inmangallery.com/artists/joyce_emily/Joyce_2013/Joyce_2013_04.html       Maya Lujan, solo exhibition, opening at Carmichael Gallery on Thursday, June 27. Contact gallery for information. http://www.carmichaelgallery.com/shows/june272013.html     Laurie Nye and Jennifer Rochlin, The Crystal Eaters opens Saturday, June 29 at Statler Waldorf Gallery. Contact gallery for information. http://www.statlerwaldorfgallery.com/contact.php       Kenneth Tam, Polite, Intelligent and Respectful, and Katie Herzog, Transtextuality (SB 48) open on Saturday, June 29 at Night Gallery. Contact gallery for information. http://nightgallery.ca/   Chad Attie and Ashley Hagan, two-person exhibition Take 5: Series 3 opens at AndrewShire Gallery on Thursday, June 27. Contact gallery for information. http://www.andrewshiregallery.com/main-la.htm Also on Thursday, June 27, OVERLOAD, a group exhibition with twenty-four artists opens at Garboushian Gallery in Beverly Hills. Contact gallery for information. http://www.garboushian.com/exhibitions/overload.php From social media: “Jubilee (second iteration) is an installation/performance work. The piece involves a performer enacting a series of determined actions with a series of determined objects, but the sequence and duration of actions is largely chance determined. The work is an amalgamation of strategies and has affinities to the actions of Bruce Nauman, the chance works of John Cage, and the absurdist theater of Samuel Beckett. Direct narrative is avoided in favor of a more allegorical approach, where the gallery/studio and subsequent actions within it, may suggest a wide range of possible meanings and associations. The nature of Jubilee is essentially modular and is designed so that it could be realized in a variety of future spaces...

Re-Launch of Notes on Looking email (yay!) (email newsletter 14 March, 2011)

Notes on Looking Contemporary Art in Los Angeles Hello my friends, Geoff Tuck here. It has been a while since you heard from me and Notes on Looking. Um, thanks for waiting! I hope you’ll enjoy the new format. The blog is up and happily chugging along, and I have backed up the available online archive through November 2009. I have been writing new posts almost daily since October. This is my first attempt to create my own newsletter template and you will see that I am a bit clunky with it, or to use Notes-speak, “Bear with me, my email format is currently dorky. In my mind Notes on Looking is and always will be a work in progress. Good stuff will happen here.” I assure you that my writing on the subjects we all care about – Los Angeles contemporary art and culture – is as thoughtful, engaging, and comprehensive (and cheerfully good hearted) as it always has been. I am able to include more images on the blog now and each post offers space for reader comments. One change you will notice: I no longer try to mention every exhibition and event in town, nor even “only the one’s worth seeing.” I can and do recommend to you Art Cards and ArtSlant and For Your Art if you wish for these services – they have the staff and the space to properly offer them. I hope to remain a guide to much of what I find important in our fair city and I offer you international readers a window into a most vibrant, open and supportive...

Works from the Richards / Tuck collection in support of the Parkfield Project @5CarGarage

Artworks from the collection of David Richards and Geoff Tuck are offered for sale to support the continuing Parkfield Project of artist retreats and residencies. Now in its third season, the Parkfield Project has quietly been expanding on the notion of community in the art worlds of Los Angeles, by drawing together artists with different backgrounds and at varying stages in their careers outside of the demands of the city, and apart from the distractions of career and networking. These respites of semi-communal living in an aesthetically refined yet rural setting allow discussions to take place and encourage relationships to develop among artists. The Collection was gathered over a fifteen year span by the discerning eye of two of the city’s most informed and inquisitive collectors. Individual works of art from the Richards-Tuck collection have been thoughtfully selected by the collectors and by esteemed professional, Emma Gray, to appeal to both well-established collectors who are looking for a special masterwork by an artist of interest, as well as to collectors who are beginning their adventure in the art world, and who wish to own a remarkable work by a renowned artist. Artists included in the exhibition are Samara Caughey, Patrick Wilson, Joel Morrison, Daniel Zeller, Gerhard Mayer, Jim Shaw, Lecia Dole-Recio, Kelly McClane, Stan Kaplan, Florian Morlat, Russell Crotty, Brian Fahlstrom, Iva Gueorguieva, Martin Durazo and, from 5 Car Garage, Jennifer Boysen. A special reception with David Richards and Geoff Tuck is scheduled for Saturday, March 16, from noon to 4:00 PM. 5 Car Garage is also open by appointment. To contact Emma Gray and 5 Car Garage: [email protected]

Potlatch and good-bye to 637 Wilcox *but not to LA*

Moving. Changing. Living. Remembering. Packing. Giving. Between fifteen years of learning, loving, exploring AND MAKING FRIENDS in LA, and another not yet determined span of time to be spent welcoming many of our friends in the town of Parkfield, CA, David and I are making time to celebrate, to reciprocate the love we have received, and to redistribute among our friends some of life’s bounty that has come our way. Welcome to our potlatch! Every evening between Monday, March 4 and Thursday, May 14. Some weekends, too! Delicious selections of rare and fine port/shallot pate, lovely herb spread, home made hummus and fromage fort (savory leek broth, fine cheeses, yum) are provided for your pleasure by FUFU. (That is Feed Us Fund...