Steve Turner is pleased to present The Great Escape, a solo exhibition by New York-based Nick Doyle, that features sculptural works depicting everyday objects including an oversized bottle of Advil; losing lottery tickets; a pressed dress shirt; a pair of Converse shoes; a miniature Chevron sign; a crushed Newport cigarette box; and two air fresheners. Inspired by the idea of the American road trip, Doyle meticulously assembled these works from a multitude of materials–steel, plywood, brass, paper, sandpaper, canvas, chain, tin foil, light bulbs, electrical wire, concrete, and most importantly, denim. Worn by miners, cowboys, hippies, bikers, punks and bad boys, denim represents westward expansion, rugged individualism and a kind of masculinity that Doyle questions with these works. Doyle also created three small kinetic “Executive Toys” in which he examines the underlying pressure and violence of corporate culture. Finally, there is a three-minute music video that combines puppetry and found footage. The main character is a spork dressed in a suit and tie who is on the road singing a song of lament. It ends with some Saguaro cacti singing Amazing Grace against a desert backdrop.
There is also the group show Power of Ten, in the smaller galleries, which has some great pieces by Maccabee Shelley, Hannah Epstein, Paige Jiyoung Moon and others.
While we are living in a time where anxiety is prevalent, it’s nice to imagine being as calm as Superchill, the title character of Hannah Epstein’s comic strip, and star of her exhibition Do You Want A Free Trip To Outer Space?at Steve Turner gallery. The show combines hooked rugs, video animation, and a video game that you can play, all creating a fun little world to inhabit for awhile.
Over the years, Ligon has created neon sculptures that illuminate various phrases or words in charged and animated ways. Notes for a Poem on the Third World, Ligon’s first figurative sculpture, is comprised of a large neon based on a tracing of the artist’s hands that takes its inspiration from an unrealized film project by Pier Paolo Pasolini that was to be shot in India, Africa, the Arab countries, Latin America, and the “black ghettoes of the United States.” Pasolini claimed that it was the “discovery of the elsewhere” that drove his identification with the struggles of non-Western peoples and people on the margins of the West. Ligon’s neon, with its ambiguous gesture of greeting, protest, or surrender, is the first of a series of works inspired by Pasolini’s project.
Also featured in the exhibition is Untitled (America), 2018, a black-painted red neon in which the word “America” is displayed upside down, and Synecdoche (For Byron Kim), a neon showing the date of the next presidential election that will be lit on that day.
The Downtown Art Walk has a music theme and includes a mini tribute to producer J Dilla. While at the art walk there will be shuttles to LERATA’s SKYLINE 2016 Preview Event which features an interactive architecture installation as well as a DJ, free cupcakes and hot chocolate. Also nearby is Oddwalk 2.0, a one night only show from Oddville. A Creative Space that includes over 100 local artists
It’s also the opening night of a four night event at the new Project Space on 7th Street. Tonight is the opening of Aaron Rose’s La Rosa Social Club, an art bar/installation with a group of artists contributing work (free but RSVP required)
The Hammer Museum is screening The Haunted Sword, a film of a live kabuki performance. Afterwards there will be free food and free limited-edition Kabuki-inspired Uniqlo t-shirts and tote bags.
Frank Gehry is in conversation with Michael Govan at LACMA (free but standby)
EVERBOOKS: Artists and Writers Read from Their Favorite Books includes artists Eleanor Antin, Lisa Anne Auerbach, John Baldessari, Miranda July and more reading short passages from books they think are inspiring at The Million Dollar Theatre. Free- RSVP with promo code ForYourArt or Goodreads
Meat Wave are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Young Jesus and Slothrust (solo) opening
Super Furry Animals are playing at the Roxy (also on Thursday)
Friday through Sunday
LA Art Book Fair returns to The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA with exhibits, talks and live music as well as loads of cool printed items to buy (free entry)
While downtown check out Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market presented by LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) where over 150 artists will have tables set up to sell their work ($5 donation for Friday preview, free Saturday and Sunday)
Celebrate The Year of the Monkey in Chinatown– The Golden Dragon Parade runs from 1-3pm and there is also a festival all day with performances, workshops and more
Blum and Poe gallery in Culver City is premiering A Portrait of Henry Taylor, a film by August Blum which will be accompanied by live music sets by Detachable Men and The Florida Mistakes
For his show Hydration at Steve Turner gallery in Hollywood, Yung Jake is having his opening from 10pm-2am with DJs Softest Hard, Sonny Digital and Lil Yachty
Mrs.Magician are playing with Dead Heavens at The Hi Hat in Highland Park
The LA Marathon is this Sunday so get out and cheer the runners or take a good look at the map and plan accordingly, it will be challenging to get around
The Metro is having a special free art tour of the works and architecture in their train stations for Valentine’s Day. The Independent Shakespeare Company
will be accompanying the tour and performing love scenes from select Shakespearean plays. First-come, first-served leaving from Union Station and ending at Hollywood/Western.