Apr 262014
 

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If you are in Culver City make sure to look up on La Cienega (near Washington) to see the billboard of Rebecca Morris’s cats, an addition to her show at LA><ART, Fantastic LA, which consists of abstract paintings named after popular songs. Morris is also currently included in the Whitney Biennial.

Also at LA><Art is Patricia Fernández’s multimedia installation Paseo de los Melancólicos, which explores the history of Spain during the time of the Spanish Civil War.

These shows both close 4/26.

The outside of the gallery has a mural by Fritz Chesnut (seen above in silver) which will be on view until 4/30.

Apr 262014
 
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9 Perspectives

Lew Thomas: Structural (ism) and Photography (images via Cherry and Martin) 

In this exhibition of Lew Thomas’s photos, focusing on his work from 1971-1978, the mostly black and white images focus on different ways to use the medium to capture time and structure. Some of the work consists of multiple images of the same object put together to create an overall pattern, while others, like “9 Perspectives” (shown above), are several photos pieced together to form one single image. There are other explorations of photographic representation within the show as well, including “Throwing-Nikomat”(pictured above), and black and white photos of documents.  There is a charm and sometimes humor to Thomas’s work that make this not only an interesting exhibition to see, but also a fun one.

This show is at Cherry and Martin until 4/26.

Apr 252014
 

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Hannah WhitakerArctic Landscape (Pink Sky) 2014

For Hannah Whitaker’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, Cold Wave, at M+B Gallery, she combines photos of nature scenes, naked bodies and other images with a series of hand cut paper screens that together create abstract geometric forms and patterns. The images remain recognizable but are given added dimension through this process. Other work in the show concentrates more on graphic shapes and less on traditional imagery, but the strongest images are the ones in which something familiar is seen with a different perspective through this unique technique.

This show closes 4/26.

Apr 242014
 

Liars- Mess on a Mission

Things to do in and around Los Angeles this weekend (4/24-4/27)-

Thursday

Photographer Stephen Shore will be at Hennessey and Ingalls for a book signing and slide show of new images (FREE)- http://www.hennesseyingalls.com/Events4.aspx

Friday

The National at the Santa Barbara Bowl- http://sbbowl.com/concerts/detail/the_national

Computer Magic at the Lyric Theater- http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=4103164

Friday through Sunday

Paris Photo Los Angeles at Paramount Pictures Studios- http://www.parisphoto.com/losangeles

Saturday

Desert Daze Festival- a smaller music festival with camping in the desert near the Salton Sea- lineup includes Liars, The Raveonettes, Blonde Redhead, DIIV and more- http://desertdaze.org/

Orson Welles Touch of Evil at the Million Dollar Theatre with Grand Market staying open late for dinner- http://touchofevil.bpt.me/

Black Sabbath at the Hollywood Bowl- http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/lease-event-black-sabbath/2014-04-26

Saturday and Sunday

Brewery Art Walk- http://breweryartwalk.com/

Photo Independent at Raleigh Studios (across from Paramount)- http://photoindependent.com/

California Poppy Festival- http://www.poppyfestival.com/index.php

5th Anniversary of Annenberg Community Beach House- loads of free events- http://beachhouse.smgov.net/activities/public-events.aspx

It is also the last weekend (til 4/28) of COLCOA (City of Lights, City of Angels)- a French film festival (some free screenings as well)- http://www.colcoa.org/program-2014/day-by-day-schedule

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It is the last weekend for the National Geographic show- The Power of Photography at Annenberg Space for Photography- http://www.annenbergspaceforphotography.org/

Apr 192014
 

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At Dorielle Caimi’s first solo show Complex Candy at Gusford Gallery, her colorful oil paintings feature nude women in various (and at times surreal) situations, all exploring issues concerning women today.

From the press release:

Examining the idea of innocence as a virtue lost too soon, Caimi’s nude figures resist vulgarity and sexualization. The bright, vivid colors serve to draw the viewer in closer to the women, whom the artist imbues with psychological complexities. Incorporating a dark sense of humor and a vision of what an authentic self might look like, Caimi lays bare her own personal psyche, creating bold paintings that speak to, and for, a larger generation.

This show closes 4/19.

In this interview with Caimi from Combustus, she goes into more detail about her creations as well as the issues behind them. It’s a really interesting read and also mentions other artists including John Currin, whose painting style immediately came to mind when I saw these works.  Her content, however, is delivering a very different message.

http://www.combustus.com/13/dorielle-caimi-the-feminization-of-parody/

Apr 172014
 

Pet Shop Boys- Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)

The Pet Shop Boys, like a few other acts who were big in the 1980’s (Pixies, The Cult, The Replacements), are playing Coachella this year. This song from was on their debut album Please from 1986. This satirical song was meant to be a commentary on the consumerism of the 80’s but feels just as appropriate today.

Apr 172014
 

So Many Wizards- Lose Your Mind

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (4/17-4/20)-

Thursday

Author Douglas Coupland (Generation X) is speaking and signing books at Skirball- http://www.skirball.org/programs/douglas_coupland

Mogwai at the El Rey Theatre- http://www.theelrey.com/events/detail/248588

Neko Case with The Dodos at The Orpheum- http://www.goldenvoice.com/shows/details/?id=248594

Dum Dum Girls at the Roxy- http://www.theroxy.com/event/501905-dum-dum-girls-west-hollywood/

Thursday through Saturday

Humans and puppets combine to tell A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Broad Stage directed by Tom Morris who created the Tony award winning War Horsehttp://thebroadstage.com/show_info.php?show_id=249

Friday

Penelope Spheeris’s 1980’s punk documentary The Decline of Western Civilization is being shown at LACMA with Spheeris and various band members in attendance- http://www.lacma.org/event/decline-western-civilization

The History of Silent Porn (feat. release party for Black Francis’ and Josh Frank’s “The Good Inn”)- presented by Cinespia and Book Soup- part dramatic readings from the book and part vintage silent pornography- http://www.cinefamily.org/films/special-events-april-2014/#the-history-of-silent-porn-feat-release-party-for-black-francis-josh-franks-the-good-inn

Friday and Saturday

K-Town Night Market- http://ktownnightmarket.com/

Saturday

Record Store Day- http://www.recordstoreday.com/Venues?state=&venue=los+angeles&zipcode=

Not going to Coachella- why not try Brokechella?- http://brokechella.com/2014-line-up/

Eastside Handmade popup market at Shopclass in Highland Park- http://www.eastsidehandmade.com/

Sunday

Dios with So Many Wizards at The Echo- http://www.theecho.com/event/548017-dios-los-angeles/