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Jun 202019
 

Regen Projects is currently showing Elliot Hundley’s Clearing (pictured above) and Liz Larner’s As Below, So Above (shown below). Hundley’s exhibition includes five panel works as well as three benches with accompanying sculptures. The panel works are incredible, with dizzying amounts of detail and texture. Tiny images, pieces of fabric, tags, and even one flip flop, mix with paint and ink to form the final works. The best way to appreciate the work is by moving close to look at small sections at a time and then pulling back to see it as a whole.

In the video below, that was made for the exhibition at MOCA that Hundley recently curated, he talks a bit about his process. Especially interesting is when he says he tries to leave his creations “in an open ended form so that people who look at them can also imagine making them or interacting with them or destroying them or rearranging them”.

For Liz Larner’s exhibition she has created several new works that “demonstrate her ongoing examination into sculpture, painting, drawing, and ceramics. The environment – the personal and the entrenched – are set together in these artworks that reach for an understanding of vulnerability through what is and has been considered low and directed, made capital of, and endangered.”

Both of these exhibition will close on 6/22/19.

Jun 202019
 

Heart Attack Man- Surrounded by Morons

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (6/20-6/23/19)-

Thursday

Summer Cannibals are playing at The Satellite with Broken Baby and Blushh

James Supercave is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Bay Ledges and MACK opening

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is hosting Return from Exile II- an evening of readings of poems by jazz vocalist and songwriter Abbey Lincoln; poet, vocalist, and dancer Jeanne Lee; and Harlem Renaissance poet Helene Johnson. Organized by poet and writer Harmony Holiday, the second program in the series “highlights how women play an indispensable role in the tradition of archives and collective improvisation in the African diaspora”.

Hollywood Night Market at Yamashiro is a lovely way to have some food and drinks while enjoying beautiful views of the city- free shuttles leave from the Mosaic parking lot

Bloomingdale’s Beverly Center and ONE Archives Foundation are hosting an evening celebrating the launch of WE ARE EVERYWHERE, by Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown, the creators of the popular Instagram account @lgbt_history. There will be a book talk, signing and Q&A with the authors hosted by activist Ashlee Marie Preston.

Editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue and Project Runway judge Elaine Welteroth will be at the California African American Museum to discuss her memoir More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)

 

Thursday through Sunday

The LA Design Festival features talks, installations, exhibitions, and more- all celebrating design throughout the city

 

Friday

Bedouine is playing a free set at Amoeba Hollywood at 5pm

Buscabulla are playing a free show with Reyna Tropical for FIGFEST, a series of concerts at FIGat7th

The Music Center’s Dance DTLA, is a free night of dance lessons and music- this week it kicks off in Grand Park with a Bollywood theme

Center for the Arts Eagle Rock is having a Summer Solstice Sound Bath

Ian Sweet and James Swanberg are opening for Grapetooth at the Echoplex

duendita is opening for Jamila Woods at the El Rey Theatre

The Aero Theatre is having a whole weekend of Coen Brothers double features. Tonight it’s No Country For Old Men and Blood Simple with an introduction by author Adam Nayman, who will also sign his new book, The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together, in the lobby at 6:30 PM.

 

Saturday

Heart Attack Man are playing at The Echo with Sincere Engineer and Rome Hero Foxes

Check out the exhibition COLA 2019 at LAMAG, and make a collage about your life at the free program-This is your life: writing and collage workshop

Blue Roof Studios in South LA is having an arts festival with music, art shows, installations, art making workshops and more- all free

Curator and writer Essence Harder will be in conversation with artist June Edmonds at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

The Pit gallery in Glendale is having a 5th Anniversary Party which will include the opening of their new exhibitions, DJs, live music and more

L’Rain is playing a free show for The Getty’s free concert series Saturdays Off The 405

 

Sunday

Tashaki Miyaki are playing a free show at Gold Diggers with Taylor Locke and Jake Troth

Grand Park’s Sunday Sessions, their monthly summer afternoon dance party, starts this week with DJ’s from the Qvolé Collective

Zebulon is hosting a free screening of Alain Resnais’ film Je T’aime, Je T’aime and later there is a free party to celebrate TT (of Warpaint)’s birthday with music by Spring Summer, Wolf Woodcock, and VS Colour

yOya are playing at Moroccan Lounge with Austin Weber, J.E. Sunde, and Scott Bartenhagen

Jun 132019
 

It’s not often an art show comes along where you wish there were more people in the gallery, but going to see Urs Fischer: PLAY at Jeffrey Deitch in Los Angeles was one of them. When you first walk into the large space filled only with office chairs, you notice them moving but in ways you might not expect- if you expect office chairs to be moving on their own in the first place.

The chairs are controlled by artificial intelligence that determines and learns from each encounter. Even alone in the gallery, it was delightful to watch the chairs interact with each other and then myself as I walked around. They come close to you and each other. They spin and travel together or seem to interact one by one. When others entered the gallery they change their movement again, seemingly without any set pattern. At one point I watched one of the chairs move all the way to the desk by the entrance, a space that seemed like it would be out of bounds.

Urs Fischer is quoted in the press release saying- “despite the complexity of the parts, the exhibition as a whole is pretty simple. It’s about what you, the viewer, project onto it. It’s not about chairs, it’s about humans.” This is what makes the show so fascinating, it is almost impossible not to anthropomorphize the chairs and their interactions.

PLAY, conceived of by Urs Fischer with choreography by Madeline Hollander, runs through June 15th.

Jun 132019
 

RVG- Alexandra

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (6/13- 6/16/19)-

Thursday

English singer-songwriter, musician and producer, Imogen Heap, will be performing at The Greek Theatre with frequent collaborator Guy Sigsworth

Will Oldham will be performing and signing his book at Family Bookstore (free)

The Downtown Art Walk returns tonight for its monthly event

Warbly Jets, Hembree, and BLOXX are playing at The Roxy

Pile are playing at the Bootleg Theater with State Champion and Clear Capsule opening

Bedouine is playing Moroccan Lounge with Holy Hive opening

Hollywood Night Market at Yamashiro is a lovely way to have some food and drinks while enjoying beautiful views of the city- free shuttles leave from the Mosaic parking lot

 

Friday

Australian post punk band RVG are playing at Gold Diggers

FIGFest, the free music night at FIGat7th, continues this week with performances by Sudan Archives and Oddisee & Good Company

Business of Dreams, Devon Williams, and Gun Outfit are playing a free show at the Highland Park Bowl

The Egyptian Theatre is showing a double feature of Martin Scorsese’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Any More followed by John Cassavetes’ A Woman Under The Influence. The screening includes a discussion with actress Jodie Foster following the first film.

Aero Theatre is showing a double feature of Bonnie and Clyde (Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in the title roles), followed by Robert Altman’s Thieves Like Us

Diane Coffee is playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Claire George and Deep Fields opening

Ramonda Hammer is having a record release party at The Echo with Spare Parts for Broken Hearts and Cosmo Gold also performing

 

Saturday

Choreographer, artist, and writer Will Rawls will be sharing his work in progress, which incorporates dance, sound and stop-motion animation, and is currently in production as part of his residency at the Hammer.

Shannon Lay is playing a free show at The Love Song with Half Gringa

Girlpool are playing a free show in Pasadena at One Colorado as part of KCRW’s Summer Nights programming

CIACLA (Contemporary Irish Arts Center) is opening in Bergamot Station and for the launch of its summer program is having live performances by Amanda Coogan and other artists to coincide with the opening of Coogan’s site specific installation, The Ladder is Always There

Smokin Grooves Festival is taking place at Queen Mary Events Park with a very long list of performers including Erykah Badu, Usher, Ella Mai, T-Pain, Pink $weats, Ravyn Lenae, Mereba, Kari Faux, The Pharcyde, Slum Village, Twista, Maverick Sabre, and more

Self Discovery for Social Survival, a collaborative film from record label Mexican Summer and surf and outdoor brand Pilgrim Surf + Supply, is premiering at The Palace Theatre with a live score performed by Allah-Las, Connan Mockasin, and Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT.

The Cult are playing at The Greek Theatre with Prayers, Zola Jesus, and VOWWS opening

 

Saturday and Sunday

Pasadena Chalk Festival, is an annual free two day festival with hundreds of chalk works plus live music

Hollywood Fringe Festival runs this week through June 30th with tons of performances taking place at many of the theaters in the Hollywood area

 

Sunday

As part of Bloomsday, a celebration of the life of James Joyce, Hammer Museum will be hosting a dramatic reading from Ulysses featuring veteran actors Síle Bermingham, James Gallo, James Lancaster, John Lee, Johnny O’Callaghan, and Sonya Macari and later have a Guinness in the courtyard while listening to Rattle the Knee

FEELS, Flat Worms, and Speck are playing at Rec Center

Toro y Moi, Noname, and Ian Isiah are opening for Chromeo at the Hollywood Bowl

Faultline bar is hosting TOM’s Bar 2019 Daddywood, a benefit for The Tom of Finland Foundation with performances by Le1F, Brooke Candy, Sky Ferreira and more

Girl Pusher and Deli Girls will be opening for Machine Girl at 1720

Jun 072019
 

This is the last weekend to see Nick Doyle’s show The Great Escape at Steve Turner in Hollywood.

From the press release

Steve Turner is pleased to present The Great Escape, a solo exhibition by New York-based Nick Doyle, that features sculptural works depicting everyday objects including an oversized bottle of Advil; losing lottery tickets; a pressed dress shirt; a pair of Converse shoes; a miniature Chevron sign; a crushed Newport cigarette box; and two air fresheners. Inspired by the idea of the American road trip, Doyle meticulously assembled these works from a multitude of materials–steel, plywood, brass, paper, sandpaper, canvas, chain, tin foil, light bulbs, electrical wire, concrete, and most importantly, denim. Worn by miners, cowboys, hippies, bikers, punks and bad boys, denim represents westward expansion, rugged individualism and a kind of masculinity that Doyle questions with these works. Doyle also created three small kinetic “Executive Toys” in which he examines the underlying pressure and violence of corporate culture. Finally, there is a three-minute music video that combines puppetry and found footage. The main character is a spork dressed in a suit and tie who is on the road singing a song of lament. It ends with some Saguaro cacti singing Amazing Grace against a desert backdrop.

There is also the group show Power of Ten, in the smaller galleries, which has some great pieces by Maccabee Shelley, Hannah Epstein, Paige Jiyoung Moon and others.