Jan 042020
 

A Chinese Dream by Wang Jin

First Class by Xu Bing

First Class (detail)

Closing 1/5/20 is The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China at LACMA.

From their website-

Since the 1980s, Chinese contemporary artists have cultivated intimate relationships with their materials, establishing a framework of interpretation revolving around materiality. Their media range from the commonplace to the unconventional, the natural to the synthetic, the elemental to the composite: from plastic, water, and wood, to hair, tobacco, and Coca-Cola. Artists continue to explore and develop this creative mode, with some devoting decades of their practice to experiments with a single material. The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China brings together works from the past four decades in which conscious material choice has become a symbol of the artists’ expression, representing this unique trend throughout recent history. Some of the most influential Chinese contemporary artists today are featured in this exhibition, including Xu Bing, Cai Guo-Qiang, Lin Tianmiao, and Ai Weiwei.

There are a lot of impressive pieces in the show, including Xu Bing’s First Class, pictured above. Inspired by a photograph of a tiger-skin rug in a colonial home in Shanghai, it was created using cigarettes, also considered a luxury item by many. 

Also pictured are Wang Jin’s imperial robes/theatrical costumes that were created using PVC and fishing wire- replacing the traditional silk material. According to the wall description, the title Chinese Dream “alludes to the commercialization of tradition”. Held up by thick metal chains, they are also much heavier than the originals they copy.

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