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May 032019
 

Peer Amid (Peered Amidst), 2019

Sumday (We Gunna Rest on) Sunday, 2019

Detail of Sumday (We Gunna Rest on) Sunday, 2019

Change Comin’ Round Tha Bend (Right Round, Right Round), 2019

Regen Projects is currently showing But I Woke Jus’ Tha Same, an exhibition of paintings and drawings by artist Christina Quarles. If her work seems familiar, she was also one of the artists featured in Hammer Museum’s Made In L.A. 2018.

From the press release

Quarles’ seductive paintings feature polymorphous figures arranged in contorted positions in space, rendered through expressive and gestural strokes that teeter on the edge of abstraction and representation. Referencing the history and techniques of painting, her work propels forward the limits of her chosen medium, and is informed by her multiply situated identity as a queer woman of mixed race. Dynamic compositions feature bold patterns and decorative motifs such as flowers, latticework, and plaid tablecloths – feminine tropes that reference domestic space. Yet the subjects in Quarles’ paintings simultaneously inhabit interior and exterior space. Perspectival planes both situate and fragment the bodies they bisect, representing the boundaries that demarcate a space from the individual, and expanding the limits and potential for representation.

Similar to her paintings, her drawings deftly combine pictorial elements using economy of line with cross hatching, and other modes of mark making, to create form and depth. Punctuating the picture plane, or outlining a figure, text additions in the form of puns or poetic wordplay often reference pop culture, situating the works in our time.

This show closes 5/9/19.

 

May 022019
 

Broncho- Keep It In Line

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (5/2- 5/5/19)-

Thursday

Big Thief are performing at The Fonda Theatre with Victoria Williams

Photographers Lynsey Addario and John Moore will be discussing their work as part of the programming for Photoville (see below)

Ruby Haunt are playing at El Cid with Storefront Church and Sports Coach

Yamashiro’s Night Market returns to the hills above Hollywood tonight from 5-10pm- catch a free shuttle from Mosaic Church to get there

Draemings are playing a free show at Zebulon with Crook and Ever So Android

Bikini Kill are playing at the Hollywood Palladium with Le Butcherettes

 

Thursday through Sunday

Photoville, the free annual photo festival with galleries built from repurposed shipping containers, returns for its second week in Century Park with programming that includes nighttime projections, talks, workshops, family activities, and a beer garden. While there check out the exhibition CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip-Hop, which showcases the work of hip hop photographers, at Annenberg Space for Photography.

 

Friday

Broncho will be performing at the Natural History Museum with Lauren Ruth Ward for the museum’s monthly First Friday event. This year’s programming explores Forces of Nature and for this evening they will have speakers discussing California’s floods. There will also be DJs and food trucks.

L.A. Live is having a block party with $5 food and drink items at many of the restaurants, pop up shops, street performers, live painting by several artists, and more (free)

Beach Goons and No Parents are opening for SWMRS at The Belasco Theater

The Church will be at The Regent Theater performing their album Starfish

 

Friday and Saturday

Union Station is celebrating its 80th Anniversary for two days with live entertainment, an electronic photo exhibition of the station’s history, special menu items at the station’s restaurants, tours, a marketplace and more

 

Saturday

Hammer Museum is hosting Omniaudience, a program comprised of listening sessions, conversations, and performances from 1:30-5pm. For this iteration- Nikita Gale will have a listening session devoted to the creation, distribution, and reception of River Deep, Mountain High, which was produced by Phil Spector and performed by Tina Turner; Alexander Provan will deliver a lecture, illustrated with chart-toppers, on the use of consumer-behavior data and neurobiology research in the production of pop songs; C. Spencer Yeh will present a live quadraphonic performance of material from The RCA Mark II (Primary Information, 2017), which is composed of recordings of non-musical sounds created with the eponymous, 60-year-old synthesizer; and Nour Mobarak will speak about the vocalization of sound and phonetics in relation to her recent work. She will then be joined in conversation by Gale, Provan, and Yeh to discuss “how recordings of human voices quantify and categorize speakers—and how the components of language might, alternatively, be experienced as indeterminate sonic materials”.

Otomo Yoshihide and David Novak will be at Blum & Poe to discuss “noise, an underground music made through an amalgam of feedback, distortion, and electronic effects, which first emerged as a genre in the 1980s, circulating on cassette tapes traded between fans in Japan, Europe, and North America”. (free)

Melodie McDaniel will be signing her book Riding Through Compton about the participants of a youth riding and equestrian program in the neighborhood at Arcana Books. A conversation will follow with book contributors Amelia Fleetwood and Mayisha Akbar (who leads the program).

Ezra Furman is playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Pancho Morris

Snowball II are playing an early show at Resident

Tomo Nakayama is opening for Jeremy Enigk (formerly of Sunny Day Real Estate) at The Roxy Theatre

Field Trip and Small Forward are opening for Foliage at The Echo

 

Sunday

This week’s free screening at Zebulon is Luis Buñuel’s Los Olivados

Later that evening Weirdo Night returns to Zebulon with performances by Dynasty Handbag, Drum Run, and Smiling Beth and more

Artist Gary Lang will be in conversation with artist Sarah Jones at Wilding Cran Gallery where Lang currently has an exhibition

Amnesia Scanner are playing at 1720

Anthony da Costa is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Mason Stoops

Apr 252019
 

Bass Drum of Death- Just Business

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (4/24-4/27/19)-

Thursday

For MOCA’s 40th Anniversary they are hosting a series of exhibitions organized by LA based artists and MOCA curators with work drawn from their permanent collection. Tonight multimedia artist Elliot Hundley will lead a walkthrough of his exhibition Open House: Elliott Hundley at the Grand Avenue location (free tonight and every Thursday evening)

At Art+Practice, multidisciplinary artists Alima Lee and Kya Lou will be discussing their individual practices as well as their process and experiences documenting black life in Los Angeles. This talk is part of the programming for the exhibition Time is Running Out of Time: Experimental Film and Video from the L.A. Rebellion and Today.

Olden Yolk and The Lentils are opening for Chris Cohen at Lodge Room

Feels are playing with Ex Hex at the Teragram Ballroom

Artist Stan Douglas will be speaking at Hammer Museum

Local Natives are playing a free show at Amoeba Records in Hollywood

Artist and director Marie Voignier will be at LAXART to discuss her film Tinselwood, currently on view at the gallery

 

Friday

Bass Drum of Death are playing at Lodge Room with Jimmy Whispers opening

Hand Habits are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Lomelda and Tasha opening

The Dodgers are playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium with fireworks to follow

Bikini Kill are playing at the Hollywood Palladium

Slick Rick will be at Amoeba Records in Hollywood to celebrate and sign copies of The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick for its 30th Anniversary

 

Friday through Sunday

For the first time Photoville, the free annual photo festival with galleries built from repurposed shipping containers, is heading to Los Angeles. It will be taking place at the Annenberg Space for Photography this weekend and next with programming that includes nighttime projections, talks, workshops, family activities and a beer garden. At the same time the exhibition CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip-Hop, which showcases the work of hip hop photographers, will open at Annenberg Space for Photography with special hours to coincide with the festival.

 

Saturday

Artist Lia Halloran will be at Luis de Jesus Los Angeles at 2pm to discuss her exhibition Double Horizon

Dream Phases and Franky Flowers are playing at The House of Machines

The artists of Keystone Art Space are having an open studio night from 6-10pm

White Denim are playing at the Teragram Ballroom

Automatic and Gomme are playing at The Monty Bar

Arcana Books is hosting a launch party from 4-6pm for issue 2 of Creative Director Alexander McWhirter’s thematic annual art and fashion journal, Public.

Compltr is playing at All Star Lanes with Sheer, Trends, and June Swoon

 

Saturday and Sunday

Grand Park is hosting the free two day festival, Grand Park’s Our L.A. Voices- a Pop-up Arts+Culture Fest, featuring short film, dance, music, spoken word and theatre performances, and visual art, created by L.A. artists. There will also be a marketplace with artwork for sale.

Jackalope are bringing their free local artisan Spring Fair to Old Pasadena’s Central Park

 

Sunday

Celebrate the Thai New Year all day at the Songkran Festival in Thai Town which includes a parade, beauty pageant, live music, dance performances, food, and more

Emily Wells is playing the Bootleg Theater with KERA opening

Zebulon has a free screening of Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man

Telekinesis are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with SONTALK and The Pretty Flowers

Big Red Machine (Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner of The National) are performing at the Hollywood Palladium

Apr 242019
 

Today thousands of people in Los Angeles, the largest Armenian community outside of Armenia, participated in marches in honor of Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.

The Armenian Genocide began on April 24, 1915 and continued through 1923 during which 1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Ottoman Government. Today the Turkish government, as well as the governments of the United States, United Kingdom, and Israel, still do not recognize the massacre as a genocide.

The above mural was created in 2014 in Los Angeles’ Little Armenia neighborhood by artist Arutyun Gozukuchikyan, who at the time went by ArtViaArt and now goes by Artoon. The mural has since been removed.

For more of Artoon’s work, check out his website and Instagram.

 

Apr 242019
 

TOTAL youth, 2019

TOTAL youth (side view), 2019

Sea Within A Sea, 2019

Sea Within A Sea, 2019 (side view)

“…We are constantly changing and rearranging our point of view. Tomorrow we will remember yesterday. The abstraction is real, more real than nature…” (punctuation mine)- text from Willie Stewart’s video Love Song (2019)

Nostalgia is something we all live with to a greater or lesser extent. The past informs our present and how we perceive things. Why do we see things the way we do? How do we frame the things we see and put them together?

For Willie Stewart’s exhibition In Between Days at Morán Morán gallery, he recreated VHS tapes, album covers, 1970s wood paneling, flowers, paintings of flowers, and more, through layers of detailed painting combined with sculpture. Their titles reference songs from bands like Depeche Mode, Germs, The Horrors, and The Cure and add additional meaning to the content of the work. Within the text of the video in the exhibition. they change their context once again.

The perception of the viewer adds yet another layer when they make their own connections based on personal associations with the objects in the work. In that way, the meaning often becomes less about the work at face value, and more about the meaning you bring to it. For some it may be no more than just an admiration of the beauty and skill of the work. Maybe it won’t resonate to some at all. But for others who remember VHS tapes more vividly or know the bands referenced, the nostalgia adds an extra appreciation.

This exhibition closes 4/27/19.

Apr 192019
 

Nuestra Señora de las Iguanas, Juchitán, Mexico, 1979

Señor de los Pájaros, Nayarit, Mexico, 1984 (image courtesy of Rose Gallery)

Currently at Rose Gallery is Graciela Iturbide: Hay Tiempo, an exhibition of beautiful photographs by the Mexican photographer.

From the press release

Graciela Iturbide, celebrated as one of Mexico’s most prolific and distinguished photographers, observes with patience and exhibits her world with beauty, serenity and dignity. Born into a conservative family in Mexico City, Iturbide decided to create her own path, leaving a traditional domestic life to pursue the arts. During her studies in cinematography at the Universidad Nacional Autonama de Mexico, she became the achichinle (the assistant) to Manuel Alvarez Bravo, the distinguished Mexican photographer who later became a lifelong mentor to Iturbide. In their time together, Álvarez Bravo constantly reminded Iturbide to pause and observe, asserting Hay Tiempo (There is Time). This patience to allow the moment to unravel and reveal itself echoed the notion of a Mexican poetic tempo, which is present throughout Mexican art, literature and life. Iturbide came to understand and employ her mentor’s slow, observational process as she photographed many cultures and spheres.

Although Iturbide has photographed all over the world, she is widely known for the photographs she has taken in her native Mexico. While many twentieth-century photographers had documented Mexico through an outsider’s lens, shining light on poverty and politics in a neocolonial gesture, Iturbide reached beyond the document, photographing the poetic essence embedded in each moment. With Hay Tiempo in mind, she evokes a lyricism in her careful observations. In the late 1970s under an assignment for the INI (Instituto Nacional Indigenista), Iturbide photographed the Seri tribe, focusing her lens on Mexico’s indigenous population which was often overlooked and marginalized. In these portraits, the deep cultural and spiritual history of indigenous peoples exists alongside the influences of colonialism and an encroaching globalism. Then, in 1979, the celebrated Mexican artist Francisco Toledo invited Iturbide to photograph his native city Juchitan in the southern state of Oaxaca, where she encountered the strength and independence of the Zapotec women. In this indigenous, matriarchal community, the women live economically and socially independent lives in a stark contrast to the customs of westernized Mexico that Iturbide grew up within. Iturbide’s photographs, equally grounded and imaginative, portray the power and spirit of each individual. Their direct presence in the image exhibits the persevering dignity of the indigenous people in a post-colonial world. Iturbide’s photographs of Mexico show not only the diverse and rich cultural history of her nation, but also the resonance of Iturbide’s own artistic community, which invited and encouraged the photographer to explore her own nation in its multiplicities of experience.

This exhibition closes 4/20/19.

Apr 182019
 

Wand- Bee Karma

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (4/18-4/21/19)-

Thursday

Miami based artist Jamilah Sabur joins Los Angeles based artist Michael Queenland in conversation at the Hammer Museum in conjunction with her Hammer Projects exhibition.

UCLA Film & Television Archive and Vidiots are having a special screening of Heathers at The Theatre at Ace Hotel with a post screening conversation with director Michael Lehmann, screenwriter Daniel Waters, and co-star, Lisanne Falk aka Heather McNamara

Randy Randall of No Age will be at Zebulon to perform Sound Volume One, a series of soundscapes inspired by the westward path of the I-10 through Southern California, from downtown LA to Santa Monica. It will be accompanied by an immersive multi-room audio visual installation done in collaboration with visual artist Aaron Farley.

The Egyptian Theatre is showing The Juniper Tree, which stars Björk in her first screen performance

 

Friday

Wand are playing at the Echoplex with Sun Araw and Automatic opening

Omara Portuondo (Buena Vista Social Club) will be performing at The Regent Theater

Lebowski Fest’s Movie and Music Party is happening at The Wiltern with a screening of The Big Lebowski and performances by Jeff Bridges & The Abiders and Trainwreck featuring Kyle Gass of Tenacious D

Superorganism are playing at The Roxy Theatre with Simpson opening

Odd Nights returns to The Autry for its monthly event with evening access to the galleries, food trucks, a market, live music and more ($5)

Rosey Dust is having a record release party at the Monty Bar with Justus Proffit also performing

Antarctigo Vespucci and Pllush are opening for AJJ at the Troubadour

 

Saturday

Fanclub and Prism Tats are playing a free (but RSVP) show at Gold Diggers

There are a few free entrance days a year for the National Parks and today is one of them. It’s also National Park Week with events in several parks.

Zebulon is hosting Sensorium-Sonic Integration and Elevated Sensory Experience, which includes a modular sound bath, tarot readings, and a company giving out CBD samples

For the launch of the book The Los Angeles Tapes: Alan Solomon’s Interviews with Kauffman, Bell, Turrell, and Irwin, Hauser and Wirth will be hosting a conversation between artist Larry Bell and the book’s editor, Matthew Simms (free but RSVP)

Olvera Street’s annual Blessing of The Animals, an event that has taken place since its founding in 1930, starts at 2pm

Shred 420 is happening at The Echo and Echoplex with a variety of performers including Grateful Shred, Sammy Brue, Kirin J Callinan, Pinky Pinky, and more

 

Sunday

The Aero’s double feature for this Easter evening is Donnie Darko and The Evil Dead

Douse, Shit Giver and Band Aparte are playing a free show at The Hi Hat

420 Fest is happening at The Wiltern with a screening of Friday, vendors, a vinyl DJ set and more

There’s a free screening of Jim Jarmusch’s Mystery Train at Zebulon