Jun 282014



There’s a lot going on at Mark Ryden’s show at the Kohn GalleryThe Gay 90s:West. The paintings are incredibly detailed as are the frames. In one room there is a diorama-like sculpture that for a penny becomes an active parade through an intricately created town. There are also listening booths for a record created for the show in which several pop artists, including Katy Perry, Tyler the Creator and Nick Cave recorded versions of Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two).

From the press release:

In the inaugural exhibition Mark Ryden, underscores his aesthetic forays into cultural kitsch through his exploration of the lost but not forgotten “Gay 90s”. Employing the visual trappings of the formally idealized 1890s in America—women dressed in satin skirts with large bows, large wheeled bicycles, Main St. USA, vaudevillian stages—Ryden recreates scenes from this marginalized slice of pop culture. This important new body of work—which includes paintings, works on paper, installations, and sculpture—negotiates the aesthetic value of clichéd nostalgia through the lens of polished neoclassic painting, and will include Ryden’s largest and most ambitious work to date, The Parlor (Allegory of Magic, Quintessence and Divine Mystery): a 96 x 120 inch painting with a wooden frame hand-carved in bas-relief.

It’s hard to tell what it all means, but it is certainly worth checking out for the spectacle. This show closes 6/28.

Jun 282014

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For Gabriel Kuri’s current sculpture show at Regen Projects, he has taken ordinary objects and combined them in interesting and often humorous ways.

From the press release:

Regen Projects is pleased to announce its first exhibition with Gabriel Kuri. Bringing together the artist’s recent explorations into the form, function, and materiality of everyday utilitarian objects, the show will feature a series of new sculptures composed of consumer materials and found elements that touch upon the relationship of value and exchange in contemporary global society.

He is also a part of Made in L.A. 2014 at the Hammer Museum. His show at Regen Projects closes 6/28.

Jun 262014

Method Man- All I Need (featuring Mary J. Blige)

This song from 1995 sampled Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s “You’re All I Need to Get By”. Mary J. Blige is performing on Sunday at the Staples Center as part of the BET Experience (6/27-6/29).  Some of the other artists in the three day concert series include- A$AP Rocky, Jill Scott, Maxwell, Outkast, The Roots and Method Man .

Jun 262014

Shannon and the Clams- Rip Van Winkle

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (6/26-6/29)-


A.L. Steiner speaks with Tyler Green for a live podcast recording at The Hammer- http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2014/06/modern-art-notes-podcast-live-tyler-green-al-steiner/

World premiere of Petra Cortright’s commission for MOCAtv “Tags for Likes” at MOCA Grand Avenue- Free with RSVP- http://sites.moca.org/the-curve/mocatv-presents-petra-cortrights-tags-for-lines/

Fuck Buttons at El Rey- http://www.theelrey.com/events/detail/250303


Friday Night Flights at the Getty- hosted/curated by Ooga Booga (who run interesting art centered shops in Chinatown and at 356 Mission), they are bringing in artists and musicians for installations and performances around the museum- http://www.getty.edu/museum/programs/performances/friday_flights.html

LACMA is presenting Do the Right Thing (25th Anniversary Screening and Conversation) moderated by John Singleton with director Spike Lee, actor Roger Guenveur Smith, musician Chuck D, and others- http://www.lacma.org/event/do-right-thing

Bleached with the Zig Zags at the Echo- http://www.theecho.com/event/568087-bleached-los-angeles/


Lolipalooza at the Echo with Missing Persons, Shannon and the Clams, The Lovely Bad Things and many more-full list here- http://www.theecho.com/event/499757-lolipalooza-los-angeles/

Artist’s Tag Sale at Center for the Arts Eagle Rock- everything is 50$ or less and there are some great artists on the list- http://x-traonline.org/events/artists-tag-sale/

Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Show Host– One night only at UCLA’s Royce Hall, Ira Glass of This American Life will tell stories while the dancers from Monica Bill Barnes & Company perform. The link has a video that gives you anidea of what looks like a pretty interesting show- http://www.kcrw.com/events/three-acts-two-dancers-one-radio-host

Citizen Kane at the Orpheum Theatre through Last Remaining Seats- https://www.laconservancy.org/node/1496

Sharon Van Etten at El Rey- http://www.theelrey.com/events/detail/247380


Symposium: The Improper- Mike Kelley’s Dissent– art historians Thomas Crow, Amelia Jones and John C. Welchman discuss Kelley’s work at MOCA Grand Avenue- http://sites.moca.org/the-curve/the-improper-mike-kelleys-dissent/

King Khan and The Shrines- http://www.troubadour.com/event/510609-king-khan-shrines-los-angeles/

Jun 242014

Kitten- Money

Money is quite different from Kitten’s usual New Wave-y pop style, but it’s interesting to see other ways the band might go in the future. The 80’s influence can certainly be seen in singer Chloe Chaidez’s styling, which is a little reminiscent of Madonna’s Desperately Seeking Susan days.

Kitten is playing a free acoustic set at Amoeba Hollywood on Tuesday, 6/24.

Jun 212014


Augusta Wood- The Last Autumn, Self Portrait with Andy Sleeping

For her show at Angles Gallery, Whether it happened or not, Augusta Wood has combined photos from old family slides, and sometimes more recent ones she has taken herself, to form singular images all taking place in and around the house she grew up in. The result is images that question the nature of memory and personal history.

From the press release:

Whether it happened or not is an act of organizing chaos and composing a view that asserts the way things exist in the artist’s mind. These are works that reflect what she remembers and wants to stabilize, complete, and believes should not be forgotten. Wood is resisting loss. This happened, this is real, and these images exist now, whether it happened or not.

This show closes on 6/28.