August 30, 2009
I know I have done a lot of Highways stuff. But this guy is a dancer I am going to check out!
September 4 + 5
DIE MUTHAFUCKAH DIE!!!
A night of performance for the perpetually brokenhearted. Jackie Onassis, mass suicide, and karaoke team up with Tina Turner and collected love letters in a failed attempt at acceptance of love’s relentless persistence and the inescapable reality of constant death.
Conceived and directed by Los Angeles based performance artist Gregory Barnett, Die Muthafuckah Die!!! features an army of dancers, actors, strippers, and sex workers who exist in a world where intimacy and pain are inextricably linked, the characters surviving in purgatory with hopes of eventual fulfillment. Featured pieces include, “I Scream So Loud You’d Think My Hymen Was Intact”, “Suite Like A Sucker (sucker like an idiot)”, and “I Love The Way You Keep Your Eyes Closed During Sex.”
Performed by Gregory Barnett, Cricket, Angela Drown, Krys Fox, Laura Fuller, Kathleen Minogue Keagy, Glenn Kessler, Justin Streichman, and Meg Wolfe. Opening the evening are two solo performances; “Hermes Grotto” by Michael Lucid, and new work by the phenomenal Marnie Castor.
Fri + Sat 8:30pm $20/$15
August 27, 2009
I can’t say I am not biased on this one! I am in it! But I will need someone to review it. Anyone that wants to review 18th Street events are welcome to do so!
Whimsical somnambulence, care-free chaos, terrifying madness & lyric ecstasy, as we sit enveloped by sound. Barbara Smith and her cohorts have gathered to perform a symphony based off a score made of black and white photographs of palm trees and power lines taken from an moving car by her in the 1970’s.
Literally structured by the images, the musicians will play a piece which cannot be imagined until you hear and see it while Mike Mollett as the spirit of L.A., plays in the mud.
Fri + Sat 8:30pm $20/$15
All proceeds benefit Highways.
August 27, 2009
Review: 1440 Frames
August 13, 2009
Those that ventured off the Downtown Art Walk path and found themselves in the modestly sized Federal Art Project gallery stood lined up along the sidewalls to view the eleven-minute looped digital projection of eleven artists’ one-minute 35mm silent films, including such artists as Michelle Jaquis, Harry Gamboa Jr., and Vincent Valdez. Similar to cinema style viewing, with the exclusion of audience seating, the 1440 Frames exhibition is presented on a solitary wide-screen at the rear of the dimly lit space.
Opposite to the entrance, five unframed 11x 8½ inch color photographs serve as documentation of selected film shoots. Though only half of the exhibiting artists were featured in photo format, the inclusion of such colorful perspective depicting over-the-cameraperson’s-shoulder shots reference the justification of the overall curation as well as unification of the ten video artists; all utilizing the same camera equipment and gallery-turned-studio.
Michelle Jaquis’s Until I Can Speak My Mind arouses an uncomfortable sensation among viewers, nothing short of gagging, reminiscent of a diluted Paul McCarthy video. Jaquis’s earnest passport style headshot undeniable overpowers the screen, even though she rarely shows direct eye contact with the viewer, as she chews an increasing amount of pink bubble gum. After each segment she spits the glutinous chewing gum provoking a gag reflex that defeats the purpose of a childhood favorite candy and is converted into a nauseating self-censoring substance, which still speaks truth for women today without heavy feminist overtones.
Jaquis is not the only artist that performs in her own work. Harry Gamboa Jr. stages an isolated action on film he titles as Confetti Fetish. Adjacent to a blank white wall with industrial-like saturated white light, stoic Gamboa proceeds to unfold a Los Angeles Times newspaper and shred it into halves. Tossing strips of newspaper on the floor, sarcastically eludes to the notion of confetti which functions less as a celebratory gesture than it does as the recent deterioration of new paper companies, thereby equating the means of knowledge and distribution of information as worthless trash.
Even if all artists had one week notice to prepare their short film and each artist had only one take to perform and edit, in-camera, the compilation appears less of a race against the clock challenge than pre-selected productions of accomplished Los Angeles based contemporary video artists.
August 19, 2009
The Revolution Will… and Mal Ojo Productions present:
Footprints on the Asphalt and other films
A film screening and discussion with filmmaker, Elias Serna.
Wednesday, August, 26th, 2009 7:30 pm -9:30pm
In the Project Room, Studio #2 in the 1629 Building at 18th St.
18th St. Arts Complex
1639 18th St., Santa Monica, CA 90404
Originally an MFA thesis film (UCLA), Footprints on the Asphalt, (Elias Serna, 44min. 2002). surveys political causes over three recent decades. Featuring interviews with activists, scholars and artists, the film guides us through Chicano/Latino /creative positions on issues such as Vietnam, policing, the war in Central America, Chicano Stuidies, Affirmative Action, Proposition 187, the Zapatista rebellion and media criminalization. Raza activism, the film suggests, has left “footprints on the asphalt” text of history, by reclaiming public space and leaving reminders of how agency is enacted in unconventional yet creative ways.
Reel Polemic: The Visual Rhetoric of Medium Cool, Year of the Pig and 3rd Cinema, (Elias Serna, 12min, 2009) A documentary film essay that explores political violence in 1960’s film.
Decolonize (Elias Serna, 4 min., 2008) Music video for the band, Aztlan Underground.
This program is organized by Sandra de la Loza as part of her project, The Revolution Will… that she is producing during her artist residency at 18th St. Arts Complex.
Also, if you didn’t get to check out or hear, her installation at the opening, it is open for view M-F from 11am-5pm until September 26th.
August 17, 2009
This blog is dedicated to discovering the grey areas of art here in LA and the surrounding area!
And if interest grows to discovering grey area art all over the world!
So go out and experience that art that just doesn’t seem to fit designated categories! Document it! write about it!
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