Feb 232017
 

Moaning- The Same

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (2/23-2/26/17)-

Thursday

Former US poet laureate and author Robert Pinsky will be reading at the Hammer Museum with a book signing to follow (free)

Artist, architect, and filmmaker Alfredo Jaar, winner of the MacArthur and Guggenheim awards, discusses his recent work and reflects on “The Rwanda Project” at The Getty (free with RSVP)

Hippie Sabotage are playing with Branchez at The Novo

SCREEN: Hannah Black at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA presents recent video works from the artist/writer with a post screening conversation. While there you can check out the opening night preview of the LA Art Book Fair with special musical performances by Seth Bogart and Kembra Pfahler & Christian Music from The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black ($10 and includes a special edition by Mike Mills)

Karriem Riggins is playing at The Hi Hat with Peanut Butter Wolf and J Rocc opening

Split Single are playing at Resident with Imaad Wasif

Friday

Moaning, Jurassic Shark, Janelane, and Melted are playing at The Hi Hat for Oh My Rockness’s Hardest Working Bands 2016

Skirball museum is hosting Late Night Lichtenstein, a chance to see Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A. for free and get free exhibition swag

The LA Art Book Fair returns to The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA  with lots of free programs and a chance to get some great artwork (also Saturday and Sunday)

Moon Duo are playing with Umberto at The Echo

The Octopus Project are playing with Sound of Ceres and Hidden Speaker at the Bootleg Theater

Saturday

Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery is hosting readings and performances from 1-5pm to accompany the current exhibition Ours is a City of Writers

Artist/musician Billy Morrison and installation artist Plastic Jesus are showing 36 pieces of artwork for a free show titled Anesthesia: The Art of Oblivion at Gibson Brands Sunset (the former Tower Records)

Gibbz is playing at the Bootleg Theater

Sunday

It’s Oscar Sunday and the Ace Hotel is hosting a free (with RSVP) Award Show Watch Party with the Oscar’s streaming on the theater’s big screen

Teen Daze are opening for Mozart’s Sister at the Bootleg Theater

The Tracks are opening for Starcrawler at The Echo

 

 

 

Feb 182017
 

                                                                                        Rest During The Flight Into Egypt, 2016

                                                                                           The Alpine Retreat, 2016

Many of Adrian Ghenie’s oil paintings take up their own wall in Pace Gallery and it is hard not to be drawn in by the bold colors and the blend of figuration and abstraction. The exhibition also includes some of his smaller collage pieces, which help to show Ghenie’s process for creating this work, and three of his self portraits.

From the press release-

Born in 1977 in Baia Mare, Romania, Adrian Ghenie was formally trained as a representational painter. He adopted conceptual tendencies from Dada that he synthesizes with his rigorous technical abilities, displaying both a Baroque mastery of chiaroscuro and a gestural handling of paint indebted to Abstract Expressionism. In 2008, Ghenie’s paintings began to explore themes of history, memory, and the former Communist regime of his native Romania, not through biographical reflection but rather through a direct address of the legacies of historical figures. The imagery in his paintings is largely derived from historical sources incorporated into dreamlike or cinematic vignettes in which figures appear in haunting interiors.

This show closes 2/18.

Feb 182017
 

For Cory Arcangel and Olia Lialina’s exhibition at The Kitchen, Asymmetrical Response, the early days of the internet come to life in various artworks. The carpet is made of a diamond plate pattern that used to be a common background on 1990s websites and the wallpaper uses patterns from early Yahoo templates. One of the most interesting pieces is Lialina’s Give me time/This page is no more, a slide projection of former popular hosting site Geocities’ members home pages that promise a site they will create or come back to in the future. It’s hard not to look at these pages and wonder how soon what we are seeing now on the web will seem as antiquated as these images.

From the press release-

In military parlance, the terms asymmetrical and symmetrical are employed to refer to political provocations and diplomatic démarches, escalation and tension, and power dynamics of the highest order. Not specific to war, these terms also refer more generally to a set of relations that define our connections to power.

On the eve of Y2K, Russian­-born Olia Lialina—who is among the best-known participants in the 1990s net.art scene—first met American artist Cory Arcangel. Ever since, the artists have been deep in dialogue about the social and cultural impact of the Internet’s historical shift from a tool for military communication to an “information superhighway” promising open and equal exchange, and, finally, the increasingly asymmetric “content delivery system” we experience today.

This show closes 2/18/17.

Feb 162017
 

Vince Staples- Lift Me Up

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (2/16-2/19/17)-

Thursday

Crocodiles are playing with AJ Davila at the Bootleg Theater

Critic and curator Robert Storr will be discussing the art work of Louise Bourgeois at the Hammer Museum with a book signing to follow (free)

Paper Bird, Laura Burhenn of The Mynabirds and Bones Muhroni are playing a free show at The Satellite

Friday

Surfer Blood are playing at the Teragram Ballroom with The Aquadolls and Prism Tats

Chad Valley is playing with Computer Magic at The Echo

This week’s David Lynch movie pairing at The Egyptian Theatre is Lost Highway with Luis Buñuel’s That Obscure Object of Desire

Saturday

Vince Staples is performing at the Air + Style music festival at Exposition Park along with Flume, Chromeo, Vic Mensa, St. Lucia, The Shelters, Phantoms and RKCB.

Ace Hotel is celebrating Wikipedia Day in their Segovia Hall with speakers that include UCLA Vice-chair of Digital Media Arts, Peter Lunenfeld, Juliet Lapidos from the LA Times and former Chief CNN White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin, and more-plus cake! (free with rsvp)

The Aero Theatre in Santa Monica is hosting a Dead of Winter Horror Marathon. $25 gets you admission to Return of the Living Dead, Re-Animator, Evil Dead II, Cemetery Man and Night of The Creeps

Kan Wakan is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Moon Honey

So Many Wizards are playing with Avi Buffalo and Litronix at The Hi Hat

Sunday

Los Angeles Film Forum’s Festival of (In)Appropriation returns to the Spielberg Theatre at The Egyptian with short films that incorporate already existing media and turn them into new artwork

Air + Style’s music festival continues with Major Lazer, YG, Zhu, TV On The Radio, Russ, Louis the Child, Marian Hill, XYLØ, Powers, and 070 Shake

Surf Curse, Care, and Kuromi are playing a benefit show for the ACLU at The Smell

Artist David Lloyd will be discussing his current exhibition at Klowden Mann gallery at 3pm

The Aero Theatre is showing Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal

Feb 122017
 

Jamie xx- Gosh

The Grammy Awards are tonight and the above video is one of the nominations for Best Music Video. It was directed by Romain Gavras, son of Costa-Gavras who has made numerous feature films, including Z and Missing, which won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Romain Gavras has received a lot of attention in the past for his more violent videos including Born Free for M.I.A., which depicts a military attack on red haired people, and Justice’s Stress, which focused on a Parisian youth gang. The video for Gosh takes place in the Chinese city of Tianducheng. The city was built to replicate Paris and to house 10,000 residents, but its current population of about 2,000 gives it a ghost town quality which adds to the eeriness of this video.

For a more on the making of Gosh– here is a behind the scenes look, which includes a scene of the children’s hair being bleached (and only for that day!)-

For even more information, Dazed has an interesting article on Gosh, the director’s previous work, and an interview with Gavras.

Feb 112017
 

 

                                                                            Rodeo 10, 2016 (Photo credit Jeff McLane)

                                                                       Hillary Clinton, 2016 (Photo credit Robert Wedemeyer)

Karl Haendel’s solo exhibition BY AND BY at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, is a collection of  highly detailed drawings mixed with earlier work made in 2000, and a new video piece. Included in the earlier work is State Motto Map, a colorful map of the United States, with each state’s motto labeled on it. Washington State’s motto is Alki, or Al-ki, a Native American word meaning bye and bye, and is where the title of this exhibition is drawn from.

From the press release

In this exhibition, Haendel uses the idea of the portrait to explore contemporary definitions of masculinity, power, and public identity. He undertakes the challenging task of drawing a portrait of what it is to be a man, or perhaps what is expected of men, in images that span a broad range of representations from the heroic to the abject, from the depiction of male achievement in the highest ranks of power to a raw and unsympathetic examination of a middle-aged convicted sex offender. An inquiry into what represents masculinity also requires a look at the conventions of gender representation, as masculinity and femininity have so long been defined, particularly in images, as a codependent set of complimentary traits. In “By and By” Haendel both reasserts and undermines these conventions in heroic portraits of teenage girls riding rodeo, reproductions of murals depicting black civil rights leaders, and a monumental portrait of Hillary Clinton. His drawings and his video work against a tradition of portraiture that collapses individuals into ciphers and symbols that read as shorthand for historical legacies and narrative tropes.

This show closes 2/11/17.

 

(images via Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects)

Feb 112017
 

                                         Jonathan Horowitz- Does she have a good body? No. Does she have a fat ass? Absolutely. 2016

For their current exhibition, Petzel Gallery decided to focus on the issues raised by the recent election by having a group show related to that theme. In addition they are encouraging visitors to “write down their reactions, thoughts, anxieties, hopes for the future.” There is a lot of great work in the show by a long list of artists that includes Barbara Kruger, Robert Longo, Glenn Ligon, Jenny Holzer, Charles Gaines and Sam Durant.  Although it can be exhausting these days to follow politics, it is encouraging to see creative expression thriving in the midst of the chaos.

Feb 092017
 

Austra- I Love You More Than You Love Yourself

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (2/9-2/12/17)-

Thursday

Austra is playing at the El Rey Theatre with The Range

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst will be discussing their six year photo collaboration at Annenberg Space for Photography (free but you have to register)

Downtown LA Art Walk returns for its monthly event

Artist Thomas Houseago will be discussing Max Ernst for MOCA’s Artists on Artists series at their Grand Avenue location (free)

Hanni El Khatib is playing at the Teragram Ballroom

Michael Nau is playing with Valley Queen at Resident

Mr. Elevator is having an album release party at The Echo with Vinyl Williams and Drugdealer

Friday

Wax Tailor is playing at The Fonda Theatre with L’Orange

The Aero Theatre in Santa Monica is showing The Man Who Fell to Earth, starring David Bowie, with a discussion with cinematographer Tony Richmond to follow

Brazilian band Boogarins are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Winter opening

Mating Ritual is playing at The Hi Hat with Satchmode

Saturday

Clockshop and the National Park Service are having an afternoon of outdoor activities along the LA River at the Bowtie Project, including nature walks, a sculpting workshop, and a campfire with s’mores after sunset (free with RSVP)

NELA’s (Northeast LA) Second Saturday Gallery Night returns to Highland Park

Tyvek are playing at The Hi Hat with Fred Thomas

The Egyptian Theatre is hosting a double feature of David Lynch’s Wild at Heart and The Wizard of Oz

Heron Oblivion are playing with White Magic at the Bootleg Theater

Sunday

Animal Collective are playing a DJ set the Globe Theatre

LACMA CEO Michael Govan will be discussing furniture, art and architecture with Flavin Judd at LACMA’s Art Catalogues (free)

The Rose Bowl Flea Market returns for its monthly event

The Egyptian Theatre is showing Breakfast at Tiffany’s