May 252017
 

Sleepy Sun- Seaquest

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (5/25-5/28/17)-

Thursday

Band of Horses are playing at the Greek Theatre with Frightened Rabbit

At LACMA artist Michael Mandiberg and artist/researcher Lior Zalmanson will discuss “the connection between digital arts and online labor including its recent manifestations: crowdsourcing and the gig economy” (free)

The New Division are playing at Union Nightclub with FYOHNA opening

The Oracle Film Series continues at The Broad with Bruce and Norman Yonemoto’s film Kappa, a collaboration with artist Mike Kelley, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s  Sud Pralad (Tropical Malady)

Pantha du Prince is playing at The Echo with Telefon Tel Aviv and Newman Wolf

No Parents are playing a show at The Hi Hat with C ROY, Dumb Fucks, Enemy and Musty Boyz

Friday

Constitutional Happy Hour returns to the Hammer Museum– the topic this week is immigrant rights

Ab-Soul is playing at the El Rey Theatre

It’s the last of the four part series Subject: Los Angeles at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater. The theme this week is Los Angeles on Shifting Ground and “will examine the city’s habit of erasure, as well as forms of collective recall, through disaster footage, visualizations of local wind patterns, documentation of lost neighborhoods and landmarks, contemporary marketing schemes for “historic downtown,” and a 16mm presentation of Thom Andersen’s GET OUT OF THE CAR (2010), with an introduction from Thom.”

Moaning are playing with Prettiest Eyes and more at The Smell

Wafia is playing at The Echo with Demo Taped opening

Saturday

Sleepy Sun are playing at The Hi Hat to celebrate their new record Private Tales, with Big Search opening

Artists Pippa Garner and Zackary Drucker will be in conversation at Redling Fine Art

The Bowtie Project is hosting Beginnings Marathon,” a performative collage of beginnings and unfinished narratives” with artist Vlatka Horvat.  Bring your favorite book and read aloud from the first page ( it can be from any genre, and in any language) or you can just listen to the performance and enjoy s’mores around the fire pit.

Hitchcock’s North by Northwest is the film this week at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Or you could see Pulp Fiction outside of The Autry

Feminist collective PLAG (Play Like A Girl) is having an all ages, all day, all female and non-binary fronted music event at the Echoplex with Kitten headlining

Sunday

L.A. Zine Fest is at the California Market Center (free)

You can get your Memorial Day beach trip in and enjoy a festival at Fiesta Hermosa, the annual Hermosa Beach event (also Saturday and Monday)

French Vanilla are playing with Peach Kelli Pop, Mommy Long Legs and Rotten Blossom at The Smell

The Lovely Bad Things are playing at The Hi Hat with Wild Wing, The Red Pear, and Joos

 

May 202017
 

                                                                         My Madinah. In pursuit of my ermitage…, 2004

Jason Rhoades Installations, 1994-2006 at Hauser & Wirth is a lot of show. It’s a big exhibition with several rooms packed with things. Many, many things. In one room numerous neon expressions for female genitalia hang over a mosque-like environment (above), and in another over countless tourist novelties, bare mattresses, and truck nuts (pictured below).

The earlier work, like My Brother/Brancusi, which was created for the 1995 Whitney Biennial, feels a bit stronger, or at least less controversial.  Photos of Brancusi’s studio and Rhoades’ brother’s room are on the walls, while his version of his brother’s room complete with a tower of donuts (somehow still intact) that alludes to Brancusi’s Endless Column, and mechanical objects, fill the center of the installation.

This description is from the press release of The Creation Myth, 1998, another of the better pieces in the show, and gives an insight into Rhoades thought process behind the work-

The artist sought to understand why, how, and what humans create by exploring Creationist and Evolutionist theories in tandem. The irreverent representation of the human body and brain is structured into levels to suggest our categories of perception: the archetypal, the real, the unconscious and the rebellious. Each of the six nouns in the work’s subtitle (‘The Mind, the Body and the Spirit, the Shit, Prick and the Rebellious Part’) is metaphorically portrayed, while the function of the brain itself unfolds through a calculated combination of readymades and images. A series of stacked tables constitutes the ‘brain,’ in which a ‘train of thought’ – a toy train mounted by a snake’s head and tail – circles. Digestible ‘information’ enters the ‘brain’ in the form of pornography-wrapped logs of wood, representing the physicality of creation. Cut and disseminated, ‘information’ is incessantly processed and reproduced by cameras, mirrors, and computers. Smoke rings erupt from ‘the Asshole,’ a fleeting byproduct of the frenzied machine, a personification of the Spirit, alluding to the pursuit of the ephemeral moment.

If you love his work, the chaotic installations and selfie opportunities will delight you. If not, there is still plenty to think about after seeing the work.

                                                                                             Tijuanatanjierchandelier, 2006

This is a good interview discussing the exhibition with the curator (and former partner in the gallery) Paul Schimmel.

This exhibition closes 5/21/17.

May 202017
 

Julius von Bismarck’s Good Weather at Marlborough Contemporary is an interesting meditation on man’s desire to control nature. The first half of the exhibition focuses on Bismarck’s attempts to capture a lightning bolt with the rockets pictured above. In a side room there is a mesmerizing video of a storm rolling into a jungle and the lightning that he used for his experiment. The second half of the gallery focuses on pressed plant species and chickens.

In the press release his process for achieving these flattened works is described in detail-

Like a Colonial scientist, von Bismarck has collected plant species from jungle. Rather than pressing tiny flowers in a notebook, the artist has pressed large plants and entire palm trees into flattened specimens. Heated to a precise 250 degrees in an enormous custom-built oven and a 50-ton hydraulic press, the plants are completely dehydrated without losing their verdant coloration, and squashed astonishingly flat. They are then backed with thin stainless steel to maintain their shape for presentation.

This exhibition closes 5/20/17.

                                                                                       No title (room, panic doors), 2013-14

At Gagosian gallery is Robert Therrien’s first show in New York in ten years. The artist, well known for his sculptures of massive tables, chairs and plates, is now creating rooms and new objects- which include drops, a bow, and a flagpole. The rooms are the works that stand out most, both in scale and in the disconcerting feeling of environments that should feel more normal than they do.

From the press release-

Despite their verisimilitude, Therrien’s rooms impede the viewer’s ability to engage with space in any comfortable way.  Meticulously assembled features of common industrial design allow one to stand in front of architectural vistas. Elevated above ground level and cut away to show interiors that, like dioramas, become impenetrable replicas of reality, each is like a mise-en-scène or readymade. No title (room, panic doors) (2013–14) presents a set of doors in a room filled with fluorescent light. In No title (paneled room) (2017), tambourines rest silent on the floor of a room luxuriously paneled in hardwood, and a ladder leads to a trapdoor in the ceiling. Each room transports the viewer out of the gallery and into a new narrative situation, prompting connections between material details and their subconscious associations. By making use of everyday things that are often overlooked, Therrien situates the viewer in familiar territory, then allows the objects to demand reassessment as instruments of subjectivity and of consciousness itself.

This exhibition closes 5/26/17.

For a room of a different sort, there is Gabriel Lester’s Nevada at Ryan Lee gallery, in which various sections of a wall sized installation light up as assorted voices tell their stories.

                                                                                        Nevada, 2017 (image courtesy of Ryan Lee)

From the press release-

Questions of presence and absence resurface in Nevada, the second component of this exhibition. Nevada confronts the viewer with a floor to ceiling modular wall. Carefully selected objects that correspond with the individual stories combined in Nevada’s multilayered narrative occupy each compartment. Guided by light and sound, the viewer navigates the histories of a series of anonymous characters that find themselves locked out of the world they used to inhabit. In an effort to escape the parallel world in which they have come to dwell, each character attempts to understand the nature and cause of their own existence. Considering personal memories and local histories of migration, mining, gambling, nuclear test sites, and mysterious locations like Area 51 and the Nevada triangle (an area in the California-Nevada desert where numerous aircrafts have vanished), Lester’s Nevada probes the tensions that link the seemingly distinct characteristics of this place to a number of characters looking for a way back to a life they have lost.

The exhibition opens onto a room of low-resolution LED panels showing internet-sourced images of near extinct animals and their habitats. The two rooms feel like separate exhibitions but are brought together by their shared qualities of losing one’s place in the current world.

This show runs until 5/20/17.

May 182017
 

Miike Snow- My Trigger

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (5/18-5/21/17)-

Thursday

Greg Tate is giving a free lecture on the work of Kerry James Marshall at MOCA Grand Ave which is also free all day for Art Museum Day

Oliver Stone will be introducing his film Nixon at the Aero Theatre

LACMA is having a free screening of Breakable You, starring Holly Hunter and Alfred Molina, with a conversation with director and writer Andrew Wagner to follow

The Orbiting Human Circus featuring The Music Tapes combines music, stories, games and magic and it’s happening at the Bootleg Theater

Rubblebucket are playing with Sego and Alexander F at the Troubadour

Friday

It’s week two of Hammer Museum’s Constitutional Happy Hour with $5 drinks and discussion of an aspect of the Constitution- this time the topic is LGBT and gender based rights

Downtown Dark Nights returns to L.A. Live with $5 drink and food menus, live painting, a market, music and more (free)

Björk Digital, which includes six Virtual Reality experiences, begins today at the Magic Box at The Reef. Tickets are going fast. ($35 and running until 6/4)

The Jesus and Mary Chain are playing at The Wiltern

Ho99o9 are playing with Injury Reserve and The Bots at the Echoplex

Saturday

KCRW is hosting the art, music and food event Skyline at L.A. Historic Park with Miike Snow, Duke Dumont, Lido, Eden, MICHL, and Elohim performing

Off the 405, The Getty’s free music night, is back for the next few Saturdays- this week Nite Jewel is performing

KROQ is having its Weenie Roast y Fiesta 2017 at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, with Lorde, Imagine Dragons, Cage the Elephant, Lana del Ray and more performing

There are still tickets left for Ceremony’s early show with Cold Beat and Initiate at The Echo (part of their three day residency)

Sunday

It’s Museums of the Arroyo Day during which The Gamble House, Heritage Square, L.A. Police Museum, Lummis Home, Pasadena Museum of History, and The Autry are all free from noon to 5pm

It’s the second day of The Beverly Hills Art Show – a nice free way to spend the day outside checking out art

DIIV is playing at the Regent Theater with The Paranoyds and Tashaki Miyaki opening

Tonight is the second night U2 are playing at the Rosebowl to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Joshua Tree album with The Lumineers opening

Inhalt, Kontravoid, and Boan are bringing their retro electronic sounds to Part Time Punks night at the Echoplex

 

May 112017
 

Jonathan Coulton- All This Time

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (5/11-5/14/17)-

Thursday

For their Oracle Film series, The Broad is screening Peggy Ahwesh’s She Puppet and Olivier Assayas’ Demonlover

Playwright Eve Ensler will be discussing intersectional activism with legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw at the Hammer Museum

Downtown LA’s Art Walk theme this month is Zine Nite

Magic Wands, Geneva Jacuzzi, and Glaare are playing at The Hi Hat

Com Truise and Clark are performing at the Regent Theater

Friday

Hammer Museum is having a Constitutional Happy Hour on Fridays in May and June with guided conversations about the Constitution and $5 draft beer and wine. This week’s topic is “Is it possible to constrain Trump under the War Powers Clause?” with Loyola law school professor David Glazier leading the discussion.

PJ Harvey is playing at The Greek Theatre

Subject: Los Angeles returns this week to the Bob Baker Marionette Theater with Los Angeles Lovers as its theme and Angelyne hosting

Author Terry McMillan (How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting To Exhale) is having a talk and book signing at the California African American Museum (free but RSVP)

Rhondavous is happening at Union Nightclub with a long list of DJs that includes Pete Tong, Little Boots and more

Wale is performing at The Novo

Pomo is playing at the Echoplex with Harrison Brome

Saturday

Jonathan Coulton is opening for Aimee Mann at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel

Penny Rimbaud (poet and founder of the anarchist punk band Crass) will be in conversation with Simon Birch and Nigel Daly, and performing later in the evening at The 14th Factory ($30 for the talk/ $40 talk and performance)

Paul McCarthy, Julien Bismuth, and Christian Scheidemann will be discussing Jason Rhoades’ 1999 monolithic installation, Perfect World, at Hauser & Wirth (free but RSVP)

At the Drive-In are back and playing at the Shrine Auditorium with Le Butcherettes opening

Conor Oberst is playing at The Greek Theatre with Julien Baker opening

Sunday

To celebrate Mother’s Day, The Theatre at the Ace Hotel is showing Mommie Dearest or you can see it at the Egyptian Theatre

It’s the second day of Unique LA’s Spring Market ($15 includes entry for both days, drinks and snacks)

The Vacant Lots are playing with Gateway Drugs and The Meeting Places for The Echo’s Part Time Punks night

May 062017
 

                                                                                             Drizzle (Wangechi Mutu) 2010

                                                                                                  Redhead, 2015

Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty at Brooklyn Museum is absolutely stunning and a must see if you are in New York. The four decades of her work shown in the retrospective offer a chance to see the artist’s progression in style and technique, as well as content.

The exhibit starts with early black and white photos Minter took of her mother, smoking in bed, applying makeup or just staring into a mirror, with a hint of a former glamour that has now faded. It becomes immediately clear that Minter’s interest in exploring standards of beauty were present early on.  Moving through the exhibit you follow her evolution into her current work. From her early Photorealist paintings, to suggestive paintings of food, and then moving gradually to work that more explicitly uses sexual imagery, including a series of pubic hair paintings for Playboy that were mostly rejected. In that same section her slow motion videos of thick liquids being licked up and spit out on a glass pane by a red lipped mouth, walk the line between fascinating and repulsive.  Her large scale photo-realistic enamel on metal paintings that make up a large part of the retrospective are a particular standout with their lush colors.  The exhibition ends with the video, Smash, 2014, in which ominous music plays as a closeup of feet in high heeled silver sandals and red painted toenails breaks glass and splashes silvery liquid in slow motion. It is mesmerizing.

This interview with Minter is interesting and shows the work in the retrospective (from when it was shown at the Orange County Museum of Art)-

This exhibition closes 5/7/17.