Feb 092018
 

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Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (2/8-2/11/18)-

Thursday

Roger Guenveur Smith is will be presenting his solo performance Frederick Douglass Now at CAAM (get there early- they are expecting a large turnout!)

LACMA has a free screening of Anna Deveare Smith’s film of her performance piece, Notes from the Field, with a discussion with Smith to follow (free)

Art historian Thomas Crow will be discussing religion in contemporary art at Hammer Museum

Fu Manchu are playing a free live set at Amoeba Hollywood before their show at The Troubadour on Friday

Friday

Dead Prez are playing at The Roxy with Lyrics Born opening

YACHT are playing at the Lodge Room with French Vanilla opening

Writer Laurie Penny will be discussing science fiction, sexual liberation, intersectional feminism and more at The Last Bookstore (free)

The Big Pink, Collapsing Scenery and Palm Springsteen are playing a free show at Zebulon

Saturday

Artist Catherine Opie will be in conversation with architect Michael Maltzan, and deputy director and curator of LAXART Catherine Taft at Regen Projects

Picture This, at The Virgil, is a live comedy show where the stand-ups are drawn live by animators and cartoonists with unpredictable results (free)

For Rock Lottery, taking place this time at The Echo, 25 different musicians meet at 10 am and are divided into groups of five to create and rehearse songs that are then played at a show that night. This event’s musicians include Mikal Cronin, Mike Watt, Patty Schemel, and Kelcey Ayer.

Simian Mobile Disco and Matthew Dear are playing DJ sets for the LAMP 5 year Anniversary party at 1720

Sunday

Spendtime Palace are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with Santoros, The Bash Dogs, and Bear Call opening

Broken Hearts Circus at Angel City Brewery will combine drinks and food with games, a stilt walker, circus performers, live music and more (free)

Froth are one of the bands playing at Part Time Punk’s My Bloody Valentine Nite at The Echoplex

 

Jan 122017
 

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Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (1/12-1/15/17)-

Thursday

The theme of the main exhibition for tonight’s Downtown LA Artwalk is “We the People” and check out Indoek’s 27 Frames Art Show, Silent Auction and after party at Think Tank Gallery (free)

Pearl Charles of The Blank Tapes is headlining a night of bands at The Echo that includes Big Search, GospelbeacH, and Golden Daze

MOCA Curatorial Assistant Rebecca Matalon is leading a walk through of Mickalene Thomas: Do I Look Like a Lady? on MOCA Grand Ave’s free night and/or check out the last week of Doug Aitken’s exhibition Electric Earth at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (also free tonight)

Photo LA begins at The Reef (and runs through Sunday, with discounted tickets on Goldstar)

And so does the LA Art Show at the Los Angeles Conventions center

Friday

Surf Curse are playing at the El Rey Theatre with Palm Reader and BOYO

iam8bit gallery and Everything is Terrible! are hosting a free opening party for The Jerry Maguire Video Store, a recreation of a video store except with every video being Jerry Maguire. Check here for additional ticketed performances during the show’s run from tonight until 1/29

DineLA begins and runs through 1/27

The Regrettes are having an album release party at The Echo with Dog Party and Starcrawler

Mike Watt and The Secondmen are playing with DIEGROUP at The Redwood Bar

Potty Mouth are headlining a free show at The Hi Hat with Lindsay B, Fast Friends, and Justus Proffitt

Foxes Magazine is hosting a night of Elvis tributes at The Satellite with a long list of bands that includes The Blank Tapes and Veronica Bianqui

Saturday

Trajal Harrell will be performing a customized version of his dance piece Judson Church Is Ringing in Harlem (Made-to-Measure) / Twenty Looks or Paris Is Burning at the Judson Church in the Hammer Museum courtyard (free, also on Sunday)

Geneva Jacuzzi, Sextile, L.A. Drones, Egrets on Ergot and Second Still are playing at HM157

The Aero Theatre is showing Bob Fosse’s classic film Cabaret

Purity Ring is doing a DJ set for Exchange LA’s Inception night

Sunday

Regen Projects is hosting a conversation between artist Theaster Gates and Hamza Walker, executive director of LAXART

Head to LACMA to experience Ana Prvacki’s Tent, quintet, bows and elbows, “a sculpture, a sound piece, and a performance”. It will be activated at 4:15 with a conversation and book signing to follow. (free)

Comedy collective Power Violence are at The Satellite with guests that include Pete Holmes and band Roses

Mar 252016
 
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“4995” (image courtesy of Regen Projects)

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“0521” (image courtesy of Regen Projects)

For his current solo exhibition Choreograph at Regen Projects, James Welling combines his images of architecture and landscape (common in his previous work), with photographs of dancers to create beautiful dreamlike worlds. Welling once studied dance at the University of Pittsburgh before stopping after a year to go to CalArts, and his continued love of dance is evident in the work.

The process for the creation of these layered images is explained in the press release

To create these works Welling photographed over a dozen dance companies in New York, Philadelphia, Ottawa, and Los Angeles. The dance photographs were then merged with photographs of architecture (buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright, Marcel Breuer, and Paul Rudolph) and landscape imagery (western Connecticut, southern Florida, and Switzerland) in Photoshop’s fundamental red, green, and blue color channels, which are basic to all color photographs. The resulting electronic files were altered by the artist using Photoshop’s Hue and Saturation layers to create complicated, multi-hued photographs, which were then printed on rag paper using a 10 color Epson Stylus Pro 9900 inkjet printer.

For more information on how he achieved the look of the photos in Photoshop, there is a booklet at the front desk that contains a breakdown of the color channels and a list of each color adjustment layer.

This show closes 3/26/16.

 

Mar 062015
 

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Tomorrow (3/7)  is the last day to see the Ei Arakawa and Karl Holmqvist exhibition Y.O.Y.O.G.A.L.A.N.D. at Overduin & Co.

From the press release:

The exhibition features sculpture, drawing, poetry, and video in an installation addressing a range of subjects from global energy production-nuclear power and the potential of geothermal energy-to utopian ideals and the relationship between art and social issues.

Also closing 3/7 is London based artist Anish Kapoor’s sculpture show at Regen Projects.

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From the press release:

A series of monumental works feature organic, terrestrial forms made from resin and earth. In contrast to their raw, earthly matter, a series of highly polished stainless steel sculptures reflect and refract an illusion of the world onto their mirrored surfaces and confound the viewers’ relationship to the space around them. Similarly, several monochromatic voids appear to float on the gallery walls, their concave interiors play with the viewers’ perception of surface and depth and create the illusion of infinite space reflected in their void like interiors. A trio of amorphous wall sculptures entitled Keriah (I, II, III) refer to the Jewish mourning practice of clothes tearing. Visceral and raw, their shapes hang on the wall as if in a perpetual state of decay.

Jan 242015
 

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Today is the last day to see British artist Gillian Wearing’s exhibition everyone at Regen Projects.  The two new video works are especially affecting. Fear and Loathing, the artist’s first work produced in the US, presents a split screen with two people wearing masks, one on each side, alternating monologues about either a fear or a loathing from their personal lives.  In the second, We are Here, residents of the West Midlands of England, tell stories of their lives as if they have returned from the dead. This piece was inspired by the American poet Edgar Lee Masters’ 1915 book Spoon River Anthology.

The artist also includes portraits of herself within the exhibition, including a portrait of herself in a mask of her younger self, a large necklace with a pendant that is a mask of her face, and a series of sculptures of her hand with different fortune teller readings written on them.

There’s a certain sadness to the exhibition as Wearing examines lives caught in circumstances that are often beyond their control. This ties in to the idea of the fortune teller, who is sought out for the feeling that life is predestined.  Yet the various fortune tellers here tell different stories for the same hand. Perhaps these are like the different stories we are presenting to the world throughout our lives, at times with our true faces masked.

 

Oct 102014
 

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The paintings in Sam Falls’ current exhibition at Hannah Hoffman Gallery are created by taking local vegetation, adding pigments and letting the elements, including rain form silhouettes on the canvas. The results are striking, especially the larger canvases. This show continues through 10/25.

The area on and around Highland Avenue between Fountain and Melrose is a great place to check out art. If you are there this weekend, these exhibitions are also worth a look:

Doug Aitken at Regen Projects (closing 10/11)

Hannah Hummel at Diane Rosenstein Fine Arts (closing 10/11)

Lisa Anne Auerbach at Gavlak Gallery (closing 10/18)

Also in the area- Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra’s mural is between Fountain and Lexington on Highland.

(image via Hannah Hoffman Gallery)

Oct 042014
 

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Doug Aitken- Still Life (images via Regen Projects)

From the press release:

Spanning a variety of media encompassing photography, sculpture, publications, sound, and single and multi-channel video installations, Aitken’s work explores the modern landscape and posits possibilities for new uncharted frontiers. This exhibition, the artist’s fourth solo presentation at Regen Projects, will feature an installation of new sculptural objects within a labyrinthine space designed to create an experience of unexpected encounters and a sense of mystery and discovery for the viewer to navigate.

This is a really fun show. Tomorrow (10/4), there will be a performance by Doug Aitken and then he will be signing his book. This event begins at 4pm with the book signing from 6-8pm.

(RSVP requested to +1 310 276 5424 or kenzy@regenprojects.com)

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.

Feb 142014
 

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Liz Larner at Regen Projects

This is the final weekend (closes 2/15) for Liz Larner’s show at Regen Projects.

From the press release:

Regen Projects is pleased to present an exhibition of new sculptures by Los Angeles-based artist Liz Larner.The exhibition brings together her recent navigations of geological poiesis, fissures, folds, curves, and reconfigurations, and includes wall-mounted ceramic slabs, a large stainless steel X sculpture, two paper-based planchette pieces, early photographs, and a new “culture” sculpture. Larner has shown at Regen Projects since 1989, and this presentation marks her seventh solo exhibition at the gallery.

The photos in the side gallery are particularly worth noting.  Placed near the pool at the Tropicana Motel in Los Angeles, are single jars filled with different objects- in one, guitar strings submerged in pool water- while people sunbathe or use the pool. It’s an interesting juxtaposition, both the objects within the photos and this work within the entire show.

Nov 232013
 

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Images from Lari Pittman’s From A Late Western Impaerium

From the Regen Projects press release:

Pittman’s From A Late Western Impaerium constructs a loose narrative of nationhood that travels between our present time and the distant past. The compositionally dense works play with the social and current realities of today, with an interest in ornamentation and surface, and draw on the legacy of history as told through the Western canon of painting and the applied arts. Pittman poses the question of what a contemporary “history painting” might be today.

For more information about Lari Pittman, check out this article in Artillery Magazine – http://artillerymag.com/magic-carpet-ride/

The show is up until December 21, 2013.

Today (11/23) at Regen Projects there is also a Raymond Pettibon book signing from 4-6pm.