May 192018
 

This weekend head to Hauser & Wirth to check out artist Mark Bradford’s exhibition New Works. His first gallery exhibition in Los Angeles in over fifteen years, the paintings included continue to explore societal issues through his dramatic use of color, and his unique technique- which involves combining layers of printed paper with paint and then cutting into these layers to create intricate patterns and shapes. They are incredible to see in person.

From the press release-

Bradford employs the ‘tools of civilization’ – billboards, merchant posters, newsprint, comics, magazines, and endpapers – to conflate cultural and political forces, and create layers of social commentary in paintings that evoke deep feeling. ‘How we build and destroy ourself are the materials that I’m really interested in,’ the artist once stated, ‘and paper is one of the main ways in which information is displayed.’ Through his rigorous physical approach to the material presence of painting, Bradford has addressed powerful issues of our time, including the AIDS epidemic, the misrepresentation and fear of queer identity, and systemic racism in America. His recent work engages in a broader excavation of American history to raise questions about the preservation of the past and the transference of power.

In the new works on view at Hauser & Wirth, Bradford probes stories found in comic books to question the archetype of the antihero and the influence of the media on contemporary society, while also revisiting misconceptions of black identity and gender as seen in previous works. ‘New Works’ presents paintings that extend the artist’s examination of homophobia and racism in American society, continuing themes explored in Bradford’s multimedia installation ‘Spiderman’ (2015), which was shown at the Hammer Museum in LA in 2015.

Also at the Hauser & Wirth space are two other exhibitions worth checking out- Louise Bourgeois: The Red Sky and Romanian artist Geta Brătescu’s The Leaps of Aesop. All of these shows close 5/20/18.

If you go on 5/19, at 2pm artist Matthew Day Jackson will be discussing his work with curator Hamza Walker, Executive Director of LAXART.

 

May 182018
 

Tricky feat. Martina Topley-Bird- When We Die

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (5/17-5/20/18)-

Thursday

MOCA Music, a free (with RSVP) night of musical performances at The Geffen Contemporary location, will feature THE MARIAS, Jarina De Marco, Sister Mantos, and a DJ set by Chulita Vinyl club

Ariel Pink is playing at The Wiltern with DIIV opening

The Broad and X-TRA are hosting a discussion of artist Joseph Beuys with NY writer Lynne Tillman and LA visual artist Kerry Tribe ($15)

Dead Horses are opening for Horse Feathers at the Bootleg Theater

Artists Taisha Paggett and Ashley Hunt will be discussing their individual work and ongoing collaboration at Art+Practice

Aïsha Devi is performing at the Echoplex with GILA and bod opening

Friday

Tricky is performing at The Fonda Theatre with Young Magic opening

LACMA is hosting a free screening of American Animals with a conversation with writer/director Bart Layton and actor Blake Jenner to follow

Vita and the Woolf are opening for The Lighthouse and the Whaler at Moroccan Lounge

Generacion Suicida are playing at The Hi Hat with The Wraith and Tenement Rats

Peter Hook & The Light are playing at The Wiltern

Saturday

Off the 405, The Getty’s free music night, is back with Allah-Las

Annenberg Space for Photography is having an after hours night (6-9pm), a chance to check out the exhibit Not an Ostrich: And Other Images from America’s Library, as well as enjoy some food and music (free but register)

Artist Matthew Day Jackson will be in conversation with LAXART Executive Director Hamza Walker at Hauser & Wirth

Arcana Books is hosting a book signing and a discussion of the work of artist Sister Corita Kent

Reptaliens are playing at The Hi Hat with HOTT MT and Samira Winter opening

Mute Swan are playing with Young Lovers, Blue Velvet Drapes, Take Pictures, and Birds of Bad Weather at Lot 1 Cafe

Sunday

Spend part of your day enjoying the outdoors and checking out some artwork at the Beverly Hills Art Show (free, also on Saturday)

Once a year for Museums of the Arroyo Day, six museums offer free admission- The Gamble House, Heritage Square, LA Police Museum, Lummis Home, Pasadena Museum of History, and The Autry

Dum Dum Zine’s L.A. Zine Week Kick Off Party is happening at The Hi Hat with performances by Sheer, dimber, Cheekface, Taleen Kali, Magic Wands, live readings, literary prizes and more

Color TV are playing at Junior High with River Gods and The City Hall

May 102018
 

ScHoolboy Q- John Muir

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (5/10-5/13/18)-

Thursday

Hammer Museum has a free screening of the short film Eve, by Susan Bay Nimoy, with a discussion to follow

American Pleasure Club (fka Teen Suicide) are playing at The Hi Hat with Special Explosion and Wreck and Reference opening

Khalid is playing at the Greek Theatre with PrettyMuch opening

CalArts Writers Showcase is hosting a free reading series featuring its graduating Creative Writing MFAs at REDCAT

Doja Cat is playing at The Echo with StarBoi3 and L8loomer opening

Erika Wennerstrom (of Heartless Bastards) is playing at the Bootleg Theater

Friday

There are still some seats left for The Championship Tour at The Forum featuring Kendrick Lamar, SZA, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, SiR, and Lance SkiiiWalker (also Thursday)

There’s a screening of the Hitchcock classic Rear Window at Vista Theatre

Or you can check out Hitchcock’s Psycho as well as the non-Hitchcock sequels Psycho II and Psycho III for the triple feature at the Aero Theatre

RuPaul’s DragCon begins today and runs until Sunday

Born Ruffians are playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Little Junior opening

Liam Gallagher is playing with Richard Ashcroft at the Greek Theatre

Saturday

Photographer John Divola will be in conversation with Getty Museum Department of Photographs curator Amanda Maddox at Arcana Books followed by a book signing

Artist Charles Gaines and curator Connie Butler are giving a free walk-through of the Mark Bradford exhibition at Hauser & Wirth

BoldPas: An Art Takeover is a free one day art event in Pasadena with 13 large scale installations in the historic alleyways, live painters, art activities, and more

EatSeeHear’s outdoor movie at LA State Historic Park this week is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Hit Bargain are playing at Rec Center with Media Jeweler, Moira Scar, and Fucked Forever

Hovvdy are playing at The Hi Hat with Lomelda and Diners opening

Sunday

Curator Connie Butler is leading a walk-through of the exhibition of video art Unspeakable: Atlas, Kruger, Walker at Hammer Museum

Celebrate Mother’s Day 2018 with the double feature of Grey Gardens and Mommy Dearest at the Egyptian Theatre

The Telescopes, LSD & The Search For God, No Sun, and Snowball II are playing Part Time Punks 13th Anniversary show at the Echoplex

Pllush are opening for Editors at The Belasco

Emmy Award winner Debbie Allen is giving free dance outdoor lessons at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

May 052018
 

Will Ferrell and Joel McHale visit the Hammer Museum

What makes an object art? Does an object only have importance with a narrative attached to it? Conceptual art can be challenging. Walking around the exhibition Stories of Almost Everyone, at the Hammer Museum, it’s hard not to share a bit of the sentiment in the above video. There are so many questions to ask. What am I looking at? Is it art? Why? Does the stack of mail being added to every day feel like art (Mungo Thomson’s contribution)? What about the empty postcard rack (Ceal Floyer’s Wish You Were Here)? Does it gain more meaning when you read about why it’s there? These questions are subjective, of course, but some of the works included resonate more than others. Danh Vo (who currently has an exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum) contributes a lit up globe once owned by Robert McNamara, US Secretary of Defense during the Vietnam War. The object itself is beautiful but is given additional meaning when looked at through the eyes of the Vietnamese artist.  Other objects are manipulated, like Fayçal Baghriche’s The clock, which has been sped up to give the illusion of altering time.

In addition to the wall texts, author Kanishk Tharoor contributed a short story that can be listened to on an audio guide or read. As you listen to (or read) the story, the objects now take on a different meaning with their inclusion within the fictional narrative. Does this change your perception of the works? Does it make them resonate more with you? All of this depends, ultimately, on the individual. You’ll have to head to the Hammer to decide for yourself.

This exhibition closes 5/6/18.

 

May 032018
 

Anna McClellan- Nail-biting Song

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (5/3- 5/6/18)

Thursday

Head to Amoeba Records in Hollywood for a free live set from Young Fathers before they open for LCD Soundsystem and Yeah Yeah Yeahs at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend

The Aero Theatre is showing a double feature of Idiocracy and All The President’s Men, with Idiocracy writer/director Mike Judge and screenwriter Etan Cohen discussing the films with screenwriter Ken Pisani between the screenings

It’s the first of The Broad’s two Thursday evenings offering free admission to Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth

Johanna Samuels is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Harrison Whitford

MOCA Assistant Curator Lanka Tattersall is leading a walkthrough of MOCA Grand Ave’s exhibition Real Worlds: Brassaï, Arbus, Goldin (MOCA admission is free Thursday evenings)

Dante Elephante are playing at The Hi Hat with Veronica Bianqui, The Altons and Lily Waters

Friday

Anna McClellan is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Media Jeweler and Staffers opening

First Fridays returns to the Natural History Museum with performances by Earth Girl Helen Brown and Homeshake, DJs, and a panel discussion on the evolution of Los Angeles as a city

LCD Soundsystem vs Yeah Yeah Yeahs is happening at the Hollywood Bowl (also Saturday)

No Joy are opening for Baths at the El Rey Theatre

Perera Elsewhere is playing at The Hi Hat with Huxley Anne opening

Saturday

ACID-FREE, a three day art book market that includes video screenings, music, talks, readings, and more, is taking place at Blum & Poe today and Sunday with an opening night on Friday (free)

The Gloomies and Jimmy Whispers are opening for Cullen Omori at The Echo

Pianos Become The Teeth, The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, and Queen of Jeans are playing at the Bootleg Theater

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Oscuro de Mayo, a free event at Resident with a DJ set by Dave Parley of Prayers and live performances by August Eve and Sister Mantos

Pink Mexico are playing at The Hi Hat with Honus Honus and Cold Beaches opening

Sunday

In conjunction with the exhibition In the Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art, LACMA is hosting a free panel discussion “regarding how women operate and negotiate their way in Iran as artists, from the perspective of the film and music industries as well as the fine arts.” The panelists are Newsha Tavakolian (Tehran-based artist and documentary photographer, whose work is represented in the exhibition), Dr. Nacim Pak-Shiraz (film historian, University of Edinburgh), and Dr. Nahid Siamdoust (Post-doctoral Associate, Yale University, and author of Soundtrack of the Revolution: The Politics of Music in Iran) and the discussion will be moderated by LACMA curator Linda Komaroff.

Stories Of: Jealousy Edition is taking place at The Regent Theater with storytellers that include Shirley Manson, Aparna Nancherla and Madame Gandhi, DJ sets, live music, and proceeds going to Peace Over Violence

The Rock N Roll Flea Market returns for its monthly free event at The Regent Theater

Apr 282018
 

For his first exhibition, Viewing Room, at Anat Ebgi, Alec Egan has created bright and colorful paintings that capture the viewer’s attention immediately, drawing you into his world.

From the press release-

Fragmented and yet fully whole, Egan tackles the psychology of the domestic interior through a maze of lushly wallpapered rooms. Tulips, a window, a rug, a painting-within-the-painting; these are the clues presented in Egan’s blueprint-key, allowing the viewer to map this imaginary home. The indulgent use of oil paint create textures imbued with a cognitive power, the flatness of the patterns complemented by raised brushstrokes seemingly pushing and pulling one’s gaze. Thick impasto accentuate the dapples found in the floorboards or drywall of this home, the overwhelming quality of Egan’s playful patterns bordering on abstraction through Rococo-esque embellishment.

A pair of socks, boots, glasses; these discarded items wait to be used again, frozen against the wild landscape of the wallpaper, or the duvet-cover, a literal flowerbed. A camouflaging ensues – an upholstered chair all but disappears into the adjacent wall. For all the objects, the absence of the figure is palpable, yet each still-life insists on a haunting human presence and the viewer as witness. There is a sense of escapism throughout, books are featured prominently, and the air is rife with the nostalgia of adolescence and Americana. Swatches on swatches, Egan’s canvases produce an infinite number of windows, chambers and corridors, blending the internal with the external, relishing in their own lurid pattern-making and the comfort of déjà vu.

This exhibition closes 4/28/18.

Apr 282018
 

After Ingres, 2014

Blind Venus (for G),2018

Currently at Walter Maciel Gallery is Katherine Sherwood’s solo exhibition, The Interior of the Yelling Clinic.  The title, according to the press release, takes its name from an organized group of six artists, including Sherwood, “who have an interest in the intersections between war and disability. The Yelling Clinic was created to mix artistic practice with community outreach, art instruction and activism.”

Sherwood’s paintings are influenced by famous European works but also include evidence of physical disabilities (like the cane in Blind Venus, pictured above) and her own brain scans. After a cerebral hemorrhage at 44, the artist lost the use of her right arm and hand and was forced to learn to paint with her left. The nudes mix the personal with the traditional while also challenging notions of beauty and the idealized female form. Adding another dimension to the paintings, they are created on the backs of old art history painting reproductions that she saved from being thrown away by the UC Berkeley Art Department where she taught. The gallery has hung one of her flower paintings (pictured below) from the ceiling so that you can see an example of what is on the other side of the work.

This exhibition closes 4/28/18.

Apr 262018
 

The Entire Universe- Just Don’t

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (4/26-4/29/18)-

Thursday

Celebrate Giorgio Moroder’s birthday with a DJ set from the man himself as well as performances by Roy Ayers, YACHT and more at the Globe Theatre

Tonight both MOCA locations offer free admission and it’s a good opportunity to see the excellent exhibition Real Worlds: Brassaï, Arbus Goldin

Yamashiro’s Night Market is back- take a shuttle from Mosaic Church (Hollywood and La Brea) and enjoy a drink and a beautiful view of Hollywood

Goon are playing at The Hi Hat with The Lentils, Girl Friday, and Folies opening

Friday

The Entire Universe are playing a free show at Zebulon with Moon Honey and FACIAL opening

ELOHIM are playing at The Fonda Theatre

James Supercave is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Pompeya, and Lukas Frank opening

Penguin Prison is playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Little Monarch and Dylan Gardner opening

Friday through Sunday

Grand Park is hosting Our L.A. Voices: Spring Arts Festival, a free 3-day performing and visual arts showcase, including dance, music and theatre performances, a public marketplace for local artists, youth concerts and more

Saturday

Blum & Poe is hosting a free public conversation on artist Robert Colescott with panelists Erin Christovale, Bridget R. Cooks, and Joe Lewis

LACMA is hosting Readings by Rocío Carlos, Sesshu Foster, Carribean Fragoza, and Stephanie Guerrero, with the writers reading their works in response to the exhibition A Universal History of Infamy: Those of This America (this free program will take place off-site at Charles White Elementary School)

ARRAY @The Broad is screening The Watermelon Woman and Jewel’s Catch One with a conversation moderated by Dear White People creator Justin Simien with the filmmakers, Cheryl Dunye and C.Fitz, immediately following The Watermelon Woman screening ($30 tickets include admission to The Broad)

The Smokers Club Fest takes place over two days at the Queen Mary in Long Beach and today’s lineup includes- Wiz Khalifa, Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz, Snow Tha Product, Blocboy JB, and more

Das Mörtal is performing at Union Nightclub

Sunday

Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair returns with its free event to Pasadena (also Saturday)

The Secret Society of The Sisterhood join together at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever to tell stories- performers tonight include Aparna Nancherla, Kirsten Vangsness, and Suzi Gardner (of L7)- proceeds from this event will go to Women Against Gun Violence

The Smokers Club Fest takes place over two days at the Queen Mary in Long Beach and today’s lineup includes- Kid Cudi, Mac Miller, Isaiah Rashad, Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers, Juicy J, Earl Sweatshirt, Dave East and more

Wild Pink and Night Shop are opening for Dana Buoy at Resident