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.

 

Jul 262018
 

Bee Bee Sea- D.I. Why Why Why

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (7/26-7/29/18)-

Thursday

As part of Hammer Museum and KCRW’s Summer Concert series, tonight Cut Chemist will be performing with Buyepongo

LACMA is screening Edward Yang’s film Yi Yi ($7)

Thurmon Green is performing free at MOCA Grand Avenue to continue the series of Listening Sessions presented as part of Lauren Halsey: we still here, there

Send Medicine are having a record release concert at Moroccan Lounge with Tashaki Miyaki and Ramonda Hammer also playing

Avid Dancer are opening for Rainstorm Brother at the Bootleg Theater

Friday

Sleepless, The Music Center’s late night event (11:30pm-3am), returns with pop up dance performances, a virtual reality experience, a molecular gastronomy lab, DJ sets, art installations, musical performances and more ($20 advance/ $30 at the door)

Roger Guenveur Smith’s Frederick Douglass Now is a free solo movement and performance taking place as part of Grand Performances and featuring Lulu Washington and percussionist Marcus Miller

Billy Changer, Healing Gems, Pancho & The Wizards and The Gnars are playing at The Smell

VOWWS are playing at Resident with Second Still, Creux Lies and Shitgiver

Saturday

Bee Bee Sea are playing Dirty Water Records night at Zebulon with The Darts, The Atom Age And Mean Motor Scooter

Artist John Houck will be at the Hammer Museum to discuss the work of Christina Quarles, Celeste Dupuy-Spencer, and Nancy Lupo that is included in the exhibition Made in L.A. 2018, of which he is also a part

Arcana Books is having a book signing and conversation with artist Simone Shubuck (and there will be cake!)

The Broad’s Summer Happenings series continues with an evening inspired by Joseph Beuys and the Fluxus movement, with performances by Matmos, EYE, Pharmakon, FlucT, Total Freedom, and Nelson Patton with Lonnie Holley ($30)

For the last of Resident’s free summer concert series, FEELS will be performing

Ain’t I A Womxn?A Genders Promenade is Freewaves’ free event taking place in LA State Historic Park featuring 20 independent artists and 10 art collectives that aims to explore intersectional identities with performance art, spoken word, sonic art, media projections and zines

Chastity are opening for Mourn at the Bootleg Theater

Sunday

X-Tra is having a Summer Issue Launch and Sketchy Garden Party at Hauser & Wirth (drawing and pens will be provided along with refreshments-all free)

Airiel, Tennis System, and Topographies are playing at the Echoplex

At ICA LA for the opening of Maryam Jafri’s exhibition I Drank the Kool-Aid but I Didn’t Inhale, ICA Curator Jamillah James and Maryam Jafri will discuss “her process using research and interdisciplinary approaches to make work of conceptual inquiry on such perennial subjects as consumer culture, representation, economics, and politics” (free but RSVP)

Street and graffiti artist Eric ” KING CRE8″ Walker is giving a free workshop in drawing fonts and elements used in graffiti and street art at The California African American Museum in conjunction with the exhibition Charting the Terrain (free but register)

The Hidden Depths and The Hurricanes are opening for Santoros at the Bootleg Theater