Apr 042019
 

People, the current sculpture exhibition at Jeffrey Deitch’s Los Angeles gallery in Hollywood, fills the large room with work in a variety of media but all representing human beings in some way.

From the press release-

More than fifty standing, sitting and hanging figurative sculptures will fill Jeffrey Deitch’s new Los Angeles gallery. The artists in the show span several generations from the 1980s to the present, with an emphasis on emerging talent.

All of the works in the exhibition reflect a contemporary approach to sculpture inspired by the innovations of Dada, Surrealism, Assemblage and by the influence of non- or meta- art sources like department store mannequins.

Only one work in the show is carved or modeled in the traditional way. Some are made from body casts, others are constructed with found objects and only a few use conventional sculptural materials like bronze.

The works in the exhibition reflect the diversity of the artists who created them and the diversity of the people who the sculptures represent. The styles range from hyperrealism to allegory. The subjects range from ordinary individuals to creatures of fantasy. The works explore the uncanny confrontation of the artificial and the real while simultaneously responding to the multiple approaches to human identity in the contemporary world.

One of the sculptures, Totem, by Narcissister even incorporates live women. This adds to the unsettling feeling that some of the other sculptures, like Nobody, by Karon Davis (who founded The Underground Museum with her late husband Noah Davis), might have included real people as well (they don’t).

Karon Davis, “Nobody”, 2019

One of the strongest pieces in the exhibition is David Altmejd’s Pyramid in which a human/dog hybrid figure sits smoking while its back opens to expose insides composed of quartz, a hand, and several ears protrude from its sides. The little details are fascinating. He’s even painted one of the figure’s fingers purple, perhaps a reference to Human, the Ibizan hound with one purple leg that was included in Pierre Huyghe’s exhibition at LACMA.

People was inspired by Mike Kelley’s exhibition and book project The Uncanny, from 1993, and that’s definitely an accurate description of how it feels to wander around in this particular room of sculptures.

This exhibition closes 4/6/19.

 

 

Feb 222015
 

pierrehuyghebeehead

pierrehuyghedoghuman

Today (2/22) is the last day to see Pierre Huyghe at LACMA. There is so much to see within the show and it is, at times, overwhelming. You enter the exhibition with your name announced by a live announcer and then proceed through the maze like space to find aquariums with live sea creatures in them; video work, including a film with a monkey walking around wearing the mask of a girl; sculptures including the one pictured above with a head of live bees (Untilled (Liegender Frauenakt)) ; and Human, a live dog who is around the gallery at various times.  It’s Huyghe’s first retrospective in his twenty-five year career and well worth a trip into his unique visual world.

Nov 202014
 

Nosaj Thing- Eclipse/Blue

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (11/20-11/23)-

Thursday

Authors Geoff Dyer and Ricky Jay are speaking at the Hammer- http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2014/11/geoff-dyer-ricky-jay/

Capital Cities are at the Fonda Theatre with Night Terrors of 1927 (also Friday)- http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/253748

Friday

It’s opening night of the No Budget Film Festival and the feature film is The Past is a Grotesque Animal, a portrait Kevin Barnes of of Montreal, after which there will be a talk with the director and editor and later a cocktail reception with DJs and visual projections at the Vortex Immersion Dome. Events run all weekend- http://nobudgetfilmfest.com/events/

Saturday

The annual Great LA Walk will take on the Valley walking 17 miles along Ventura Blvd from Woodland Hills to North Hollywood (free)- http://greatlawalk.blogspot.com/

LACMA has a Woody Allen double feature for $5- Hannah and Her Sisters and Bullets Over Broadway- http://www.lacma.org/event/bullets-over-broadway

Peter Hook & The Light are at the Fonda performing New Order’s Low Life & Brotherhood in their entirety and an opening set of Joy Division material- http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/248789

The Bots are playing at the Bootleg- http://foldsilverlake.com/event.cfm?id=176095&cart

Found Magazine’s Re-Ignition Tour and Book Release Party with editor Davy Rothbart and friends at the Bootleg ($10 includes the book)http://foldsilverlake.com/event.cfm?id=179628&cart

Sunday

Nosaj Thing is playing with Mangchi, Upsilon Acrux at the Smell- http://thesmell.tunestub.com/event.cfm?id=182599&cart

Artist Pierre Huyghe and Emma Lavigne, curator of contemporary art at the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris, housed in the Centre Pompidou will be in conversation at LACMA- http://www.lacma.org/event/pierre-huyghe-conversation

Biz Markie, Peanut Butter Wolf, J.Rocc, and Break Beat Lou are djing at the Echoplex- http://www.theecho.com/event/708433-ultimate-breaks-beats-los-angeles/