Mar 012019
 

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Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/1- 3/3/19)-

Friday

First Fridays is back at the Natural History Museum with a panel discussion of the fires in California, performances by Shannon Shaw (of Shannon & The Clams) and Pinky Pinky, DJs, food trucks, cocktails and more

Director Ondi Timoner will be in person for a Q&A after the 7pm screening of his film Mapplethorpe at the Nuart Theatre (also on Saturday)

Jungle are playing at the Hollywood Palladium with Houses

Potty Mouth are having a record release party at The Factory with performances by Ariel View, The Aquadolls and Guppy (bonus- free cake!)

 

Saturday

Sharon Van Etten is performing at the Grammy Museum

Luis De Jesus gallery is having an artist talk with Chris Engman in conjunction with his solo exhibition Refraction

There is a free screening at LACMA of Meow Wolf: Origin Story, a documentary about the New Mexico DIY collective, with a post screening conversation with the filmmakers and Meow Wolf founders

Lunice is opening for Boombox Cartel at The Shrine Auditorium

Waxahatchee and Bonny Doon are playing DJ sets for the free dance party Close For Comfort at Gold-Diggers

Superet are opening for Caroline Rose at the Teragram Ballroom

 

Sunday

There’s a free screening of Stanley Kubrick’s 1962 film Lolita at Zebulon

Dirty Laundry TV is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with Spring Fling Fest an afternoon/ evening of bands including Jurassic Shark, Sister Mantos, Healing Gems, and more

Hammer Museum is hosting the forum- Gerrymandering at Its Worst: A North Carolina Case Study- with Representative Pricey Harrison of the North Carolina House of Representatives, Saumya Narechania, director of census and community engagement at National Democratic Redistricting Committee, and moderator Shaniqua McClendon, political director for Crooked Media, discussing the controversial practice

CicLAvia is back- this time shutting down streets to cars in Culver City, Mar Vista and Palms

Sundressed and awakebutstillinbed are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Alien Boy and Sunsleeper opening

Dec 192015
 

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James Hyde’s exhibition “Ground” at Luis de Jesus Los Angeles combines photography and painting to form strong graphic images.

From the press release

The title “Ground” resonates with the descriptive photography of western landscapes. In the painting context, the ground is the active place on which painting occurs. Hyde uses a home brewed paint for these works, consisting of pigment dispersed in acrylic mediums, and in most cases that pigment is a form of ground earth. In turn, Hyde’s photographs follow a “light-room” process developed in the computer, distorting and adjusting it and challenging the notion of any factual naturalism.

Resisting genres and traversing mediums, Hyde investigates the abstract gesture in relationship to photography. His opposition to the “realism” of digital photography, placed against the colors of abstracted shapes, snaps photography into place, making it a site, a location, and naturalizing it as a pictorial fact while reframing the question of the truthfulness of photography.

This exhibition closes 12/19/15.

(images via Luis de Jesus Los Angeles)

Jun 202015
 

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The drawings in Hugo Crosthwaite’s exhibition at Luis de Jesus Los Angeles for Tijuana Radiant Shine have an interesting mix of comic elements combined with melancholic ones, while those that make up Shattered Mural are more somber as they focus on the toll of the horrible violence in Mexico.

From the press release:

Taking inspiration from Edgar Allen Poe’s poem, “The Hymn”, Tijuana Radiant Shine is composed of a puzzle-like installation of fourteen mixed media drawings on panel. The works are visual poems that depict the hopeful possibilities for a better future and the dichotomy of the reality that exists in this border city’s daily life.

Shattered Mural is a floor installation of forty-three sculptural wall fragments that reference the recent abduction and murder of the 43 college students in the Mexican State of Guerrero. This tragic event has become a national, and perhaps international, symbol for victims of institutional corruption and repressive regimes around the world. Unlike the Tijuana Radiant Shine panels, the sculpture fragments of Shattered Mural were created by deconstructing a mural into forty-three shards that when put back together would contribute to the whole.

Also make sure to look at the backs of the mural pieces which have different colors and patterns. This show closes 6/20/15.

Apr 302015
 

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Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (4/30-5/3)-

Thursday

Doldrums are at the Echo with Moon King- http://www.theecho.com/event/783833-doldrums-los-angeles/

LA Weekly’s event Artopia takes place at the Container Yard and promises art, street art, performances, DJs, drinks and more ($40)- http://microapp.laweekly.com/artopia/2015/

At MOCA Grand Ave, Bruce Hainley, author of Under the Sign of [sic]: Sturtevant’s Volte-Face (Semiotext(e), 2013), joins MOCA’s Chief Curator Helen Molesworth for a discussion on Sturtevant: Double Trouble or you could go to MOCA Geffen for a performance of Migrant (2015) made for the William Pope L. exhibition- http://edu.moca.org/calendar/2015-04-30

Artist Thomas Heatherwick is speaking at the Hammer- http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/04/artist-talk-thomas-heatherwick/

The Soft Moon are playing the Roxy- http://www.theroxy.com/event/736559-soft-moon-west-hollywood/

Friday

Artist Pedro Reyes is speaking at the Hammer Museum- http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/05/artist-talk-pedro-reyes/

First Fridays are at the Natural History Museum- bands this time are Kinky and Salt Petal- http://www.nhm.org/site/activities-programs/first-fridays/may-2015

Mikal Cronin is at Center for the Arts Eagle Rock with Wand- http://cfaer.org/event/mikal-cronin/?instance_id=17395

Terry Malts is at La Cita with Hard Left as part of La Cita’s all weekend long Cinco de Mayo Fiesta- http://www.lacitabar.com/event/cinco-de-mayo-fiesta/

They Might Be Giants are playing the Regent Theater- http://www.theregenttheater.com/event/735709-evening-they-might-be-giants-los-angeles/

Friday through Sunday

Paris Photo Los Angeles is back at the Paramount Studios- http://www.parisphoto.com/losangeles

Photo Independent will also be back nearby at Raleigh Studios- http://photoindependent.com/

Saturday

If you missed Coachella but still want to go to a festival out in the desert, this weekend is Desert Daze where $55 gets you a lineup that includes Dan Deacon, Warpaint, DIIV, RJD2, Fever the Ghost, Mini Mansions, and more- http://desertdaze.org/lineup/

John Zorn is performing at LACMA for free (with museum admission)- http://www.lacma.org/event/zorn

Manic Street Preachers are at the Fonda- http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/268466

OK Go are at the Wiltern with Kitten- http://www.wiltern.com/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/eventdetail&eventId=09004D5FF9EB4ECF&oid=0

Sunday

HomeLA, the artist/dance troupe that performs in various residences will be be at the J.B. Merrill House- https://www.facebook.com/events/749386905178842/

If you are up early Luis de Jesus Gallery is having an informal breakfast and artist talk with Ken Gonzales-Day- https://www.facebook.com/events/747879558659058/

Dec 132014
 

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From a distance the paintings in Nicolas Grenier’s  One Day Mismatched Anthems Will Be Shouted in Tune, his exhibition at Luis de Jesus gallery, look like patterns and gradients. On closer inspection though, words materialize to comment on the societal structures currently controlling us.

In the first image above, Middle Ground II, anger in the darker colors moves to the “whatever” placed in gray. The center text reads “toward a bipartisan middle ground”. In the second, One Day Mismatched Anthems Will Be Shouted in Tune, the top text line fading in the pinkish gray reads “mass of folks that are left out and slowly sink to the bottom”, and further lines describe increasing ways that “folks” deal with their lot in life until the bright yellow center which reads “few folks that actually make things what they are”.

From the press release-

For Grenier, color functions as a kind of ecosystem to house the social, political, and cultural systems that serve as points of departure within the work. Gradation is used as a scalable, mutable device for organizing the paintings into large, concentric forms, as well as the interface through which we experience smaller letterforms and vectors. Thus, color plays a double agent: working to both solidify meaning (produce readability) and obscure signs as they become recognizable.

Grenier will be speaking at the gallery Saturday, December 13th at 3pm. This show closes December 20th.

(top image via Luis de Jesus gallery)