Saturday, December 25, 2010

Haaaappy X Mas

Martin Kersels at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Art InThe Post Digial Age: BYOB LA at USC Roski School of Fine Arts

The current shifts of Art History are visible yet untraceable in a sense. Technology's importance in the context of art is not new, but the impact of the inter-web, internet, social network, and every other name communication traveling at the speed of light goes by these days... is one that has been given attention, but it's complex system

Yes, artists use the internet as a medium. Take for instance the fact of artists using Twitter as a medium of ranging a wider audience, but most significantly as a new source open for dialogue.

However, Bring Your Own Beamer promotes artists through beamers (projectors!) for one night only. The on going series has taken place in Portland, New York, Berlin, as well as other locations and going strong.

The work presented in a series as BYOB deserves further discussion, but as stated, the connection of artist--> social media ---> interaction ---> physicality ---> public/spectator realm is hard to trace.

For now, one night shows of random spontaneity and artistic communion sounds about right...

It was hard to try and identify each individual artist, as projections took hostage of The Roski School gallery walls and ceilings. However, I did recognize some works. If you find your work below, please send me a quick email so, I can add your name.


Fernando Sanchez
Frenando Sanchez


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Eugene Klotyarenko

Pascual Sisto (?)

Pascual Sisto



Monday, November 8, 2010

In The Hall of Pure Intimacy: Charles Long and Justin Beal at Night Gallery

The use of space is an interesting topic in Los Angeles. Many artists hone the city's vast free space with their ability to get lost and go unnoticed. Others question the use of space for better relationships with nature and the environment of a car driven city. I'm most interested in the use of space and these seemingly characters it creates-- galleries in unusual spaces.

I talk about space because I find it fascinating that in Los Angeles certain galleries have found creative use of space, not to mention location. Night gallery is one of those spaces that has found that wave of in depth creativity, by opening a gallery in a Lincoln Heights strip mall. What used to be a party supply store now caters to artists and serves as an art gallery. However, Night Gallery is not the only space to follow these steps but neighboring Workspace Gallery, run by artists Paul Pescador and Daniel Ingroff, was the first to create this use of space in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood.-- (form follows function).

Night Gallery was a name I heard quite often, a visit had long been over due. To spark my curiosity artist Alex Staiger invited me to tag along one Tuesday night. It was a school night, past ten pm, I had homework to be completed, and had to wake up early the next morning, but this was my opportunity, to finally fully embrace Night Gallery.

Literally, in simplest form Night gallery is only open at night, with black colored walls that shake off the florescent lighting coming from a small room in the further back right corner of the space.

On this particular night artists Charles Long and Justin Beal took Night Gallery hostage for the opening of, In The Hall of Pure Intimacy. A crowd swarmed the parking lot, while inside, one was forced to make eye contact with one another in hopes to avoid heads to bump.

Charles Long
Charles Long

Charles Long, a current professor at The University of Riverside and represented by Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica displayed the painting above. After moving from New York City, Long was quickly intrigued by the running industrial river we call, the Los Angeles river or the LA River for short. A river that plays a huge roll in our city, from humorous banter in it's usage of location to a landscape far too unfamiliar to those who were not raised in this city. Long's recent works, as already noted, retain inspiration from the Los Angeles River, through the collection of the river's debris-- Later, to be transformed into works.

An uncanny, nostalgic, relationship of the physical and the metaphysical resonates in Long's work. A reality or mirage we can all relate to.

Justin Beal
Justin Beal

Justin Beal's sculpture in the other hand, blows an air of a dark Warhol. We can simplify Beal's work, or rather categorize it within the conceptualist bubble. One with consumerism (?), one that gets old, but retains it's shine. Don't get me wrong!, I'm a fan of Beal's work, as I find the boundaries he pushes rather humorous-- when installed for a public/spectator.

Several individuals are doing an amazing job and I often find those individuals are small galleries. Perhaps it's the hype of the new kid on the block, but I venture that's not the case. Innovative ideas at small scale entities have a stronger backbone of self creativity than those working towards commercialist driven goals. I found that strong backbone at Night Gallery, I've found that in Chinatown and I yet have to explore other corners of Los Angels to better understand the comical ways of a freeway bound city.

That being covered, Tuesday nights are usually for new openings. As I hear, every other day, a crowd may show up and it's a party, or no one will show up, but it's still where you want to be in Los Angeles!.

Night Gallery
Tuesday- Thursday: 10pm - 2am
204 south, Avenue 19
646 717 4925

Mieke Marple and Peter Harkawik at Night Gallery

Mieke Marple's Musee Los Angeles

This past summer I dragged a friend of mine to Musee Los Angeles. An exhibition inspired by Marcel Duchamp and a pop up gallery organized by Mieke Marple. The show impressed me as well as it's hidden location. I'm the biggest fan of her website(s) that serve as works. Now, I'm curious about her talk at Night Gallery, will the labyrinth of Marple subdue me once again?!

Here is the first part of her talk this Tuesday.

After Marple, Peter Harkawik will screen Harun Farocki's film, Ein Bild.

when: Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Starts at 10pm - 2am

Night Gallery
Tuesday- Thursday: 10pm - 2am
204 south, Avenue 19
646 717 4925

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Marnie Weber awakes the spirits for Eternity Forever

The Procession of The (death) Monsters!

West of Rome brought us Michael Smith as Baby Ikki earlier this year... Where it hosted a party only those invited could attend. Now, all the fun goes where?! Apparently it's all at West of Rome.

Marnie Weber presents a new exhibition, Eternity Forever and a celebration of where the public is invited, even the (death) monsters. Yes, tickets are required for the event, but at the donation of $12, I couldn't refuse.

Guests will be greeted by a procession of monsters and spirits for a walk-through of the historic Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum. Marnie Weber and The Spirit Girls will then perform a live score to the premiere of Weber's new film The Eternal Heart inside of the spectacular 100 year old mausoleum followed by a set of haunting Spirit Girls songs. The evening will be filled with surprises and a special viewing of Weber's new collages in the gallery of the mausoleum.

when: Thursday, November 11, 2010
where: Mountain View Cemetery & Mausoleum
2300 N. Marengo Ave., Altadena, CA, 91001

time: 6:30pm - 10pm
cost: tickets are $12 PURCHASE TICKETS

For more information or reservations
please call (626) 793-1504

See you there!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thursday October 28, 2010

From Guerilla Girls performance at Loyola Marymount University

"Crying Over Spilled Milk": a performance art night at Human Resources, organized by Paul Pescador 7pm - 9pm

and Fallen Fruit panel at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions 7pm - 9:30pm

Human Resources

510 Bernard St in Chinatown Los Angeles, CA 90012

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
6522 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Bellarmine Forum: Women's Art And Activism


Surprisingly, this years Bellarmine Forum would be the first to focus on women. Specifically women in the arts, those with a focus on activism.

I have never attended any of the prior forums in the past, but this year it caught my attention. And no one could fit the bill better than The Guerrilla Girls, with the way they approach the art world.

The forum will host other great women during it's one week duration of programming. Including a lecture on women artists of Ciudad Juarez. So, I encourage you to check out their schedule.

Now, I leave you with the first poster that brought me to the attention of The Guerrilla Girls.


In search of engaging the community, The Bellarmine Forum is open to the public. See you there!.

Loyola Marymount University
7.30-9.00 pm | Ahmanson 1000

To find out more contact Gail Wronsky

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Conversations With The Wind

like many other fish

Who was at Workspace last night for Samara Golden?!

Give me the recap, please. I was sick at home... never ever eat packaged food, ever. Even if that packaged food is tofu spring rolls!!!!!.

Once again.. a new, fresh, and exciting week. Other cities have greater activity than ours on a weekly basis, but hey, I'm slowly learning to ignore that which is out of reach. Perhaps, endless reading and tiring of the eyes ends in the road of wasteful time... perhaps.

While Orange County is graced with The California Biennial, we are honored, out of control excited that The Guerilla Girls will be in Los Angeles this week at LMU. They arise nostalgia embedded deep down the hippocampus. That kind of nostalgia that reminds us of how we took pride in teen angst, but all along we were as pure as pure can be.. we dyed our hair, refused to be part of any higher form of hierarchy that would enlist us as "uncool". We puzzled the minds of annoying teenage boy antics, and no matter on how many requests we got we never said yes!..

... when in Conversations With The Wind.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Happenings: From Motel Rooms to Symposiums

It's evident that the happenings in my city keep me going through the week. Full of exciment I jot down events I oddly happen to know about or emails I receive. Did I ever tell you that Mondays have become my favorite day of the week?!... With full anticipation for that new press release, announcement, curiosity.. all labyrinths connecting and filling me with unsparable joy. Pardon the long explanation, I'm just really excited for Iannis Xenakis later on in November, an Art History symposium at The Hammer this Friday, SASSAS at Human Resources this weekend, and a mysterious performance at The Royal Pagoda Motel tonight in Chinatown!.

Last night you missed a great performance at Human Resources-- though as the story goes, it's either that Angelenos or those claiming this city, find the place as a recluse hideaway, or they simply just don't know... I'll go with the later, as I find it humorous that even those living in close proximity of great venues have no close relationship with that deadbeat strip mall or forgotten plaza, if only they knew that there's activity in these venues, an energy that hopefully seeks their contribution.

Human Resources:

Thursday October 21, 2010
8pm- until you're tired and ready to head home.

Ocean of Noise
Aaron Drake, David P. Earle, Elana Mann with Juliana Snapper

Human Resources hosts a night of performance art, music, and films.

"Ranging from answering machine messages to muffled lectures to reconstructed opera, each work in the event speaks to something that can get lost, orally and aurally, during human communication."

Friday October 22, 2010
8:30pm -

I have been attending events at Human Resources since it's first oepning back in May and ever since I have grown a following towards the space, but once again it proves to be a hybrid venue for musicians, artists, scholars, and the like. This Friday don't miss the first event of an ongoing series, AD HOC, in collaboration with SASSAS. For it's inaugurual series, Human Resources will host to two experimental musicians from both Norway and Australia.

Tickets: $8.00
Visit or phone 323/960-5723.

Human Resources
510 Bernard St. in Chinatown, 90012

Charlie James Gallery, Dan Graham, and The Royal Pagoda Motel: The Trifcta of of Michelle duBois

Thursday October 21, 2010

The Unveiling of Michelle duBois, is an interactive, mysterious exhibition curated by Emma Gray, in the unveiling of mystery woman Michelle duBois; a flight attendant, actress, stunt woman?!

"Charlie James Gallery, Dan Graham, and Emma Gray are pleased to present ZOE CROSHER’s For Ur Eyes Only: The Unveiling of Michelle duBois. The show will be housed in Charlie James Gallery in Chinatown, and will be supported by two other events in the neighborhood: an installation of work at Dan Graham at 506 Bernard, and a performance featuring actress Liane Balaban, working from a script by writer/curator Lara Taubman at the Royal Pagoda Motel at 995 Broadway, room #7 from 8:30 to 9:30pm. In this new iteration, comprised of images and ephemera bequeathed to the artist by confidante Michelle duBois, Crosher explores ongoing themes such as identity, travel, transience and obsolescence. She has extensively re-photographed, scanned and re-ordered duBois’ slippery self-portraits into a re-contextualized archive, thriving in the soft spaces between fantasy and fiction, documentation and theatricality, and individuation and anonymity"

Artist Reception 6-10 at Charlie James Gallery, 975 Chung King Road

Dan Graham, 506 Bernard St 7-10p

Performance Featuring actress Liane Balaban, reading a fictional piece based on the archive written by Lara Taubman from 8:30-9:30 at the Royal Pagoda Motel, 995 N Broadway, Room #7

Back To The Future and Doug Harvey at Tom Jancar

Back To The Future at The Hammer Museum

October 22, 2010


I'm most anticipating Friday's Graduate Student Symposium at The Hammer Museum, Back To The Future, which will feauture several speakers regarding the imapact as well as the future/past of art, art theory, in the context of time--

"Back to the Future, the UCLA Art History Graduate Student Association’s (AHGSA) 2010 symposium, examines temporality, chronology, and constructed histories/futures in art, asking how art, art history, and exhibitions constitute forms of time travel. Keynote speaker Professor Pamela M. Lee of Stanford University will offer her insights on how art contends with time. The symposium will include presentations by nine graduate students from UCLA and other distinguished universities."


October 22, 2010

Jancar has slowly grown quite a reputation in Chinatown's art scene for showing mostly 70's conceptual art. That which largely ranged in photography. Not to mention Jancar's recent appearance in New York City's art scene... Long story short, I admire Tom Jancar for his passion, he truly was born to run a gallery.

JANCAR GALLERY is pleased to announce 3 concurrent solo exhibitions

DOUG HARVEY - "Unsustainable"
NANCY BAKER - "Please Stand By"
CYRIL KUHN - "Butter Boot"

TEL 213 625-2522
Hours: Wed – Sat: 12 – 5 PM (and by appointment)

More to come tomorrow morning.. I have to run to my next class!.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

September's at an End...

background work:Charles Long: observing art(ists)

September is officially over!. Don't worry, I have seen great shows including Carlee Fernandez at ACME, Micol Hebron at Jancar, Eamon Ore Giron at Steve Turner Contemporary, and Paul McCarthy at L&M Arts. In top of that I have also attended lectures that have left me in a non stop erratic train of thought. From the state of the Iranian Art market to museum deals with turned corporate gallerists-- I meant to say, those who got lucky!?

How can I forget Night Gallery?!...

I attended my first opening at Night Gallery this past Tuesday and in all sincerity, I was extremely impressed with the programming, the vibe, the artists, and the amazing Davida Nemeroo, responsible for opening Night Gallery.

Well, I'll glue myself later, after Big City Forum, Raid Projects, and a Writing Symposium at MoCA-- all in one day!.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

You Tube Selections: Paul McCarthy

What exactly is performance art?!

The question always lingers in my head as I'm often asked to give my opinion on the subject. In my own words performance art is an artist's way of exploring bodily, geographic, and historical contexts. Once looked at more deeply they create meaning, that only through performance art is it visible.

Here is a great video of Paul McCarthy regarding his work, with some background meaning. However, I venture that alike the randomness that keeps our existence alive, Performance Art's main purpose is just that-- lurking different points of view to an argument.

"Ketchup having this association with commodity and America"

After a decade of absence in the Los Angeles art scene Paul McCarthy will open the first season at the highly anticipated L & M Arts Venice this Fall . More details to come, because I wouldn't want you to miss this show!!.

I should start a short UBUWEB Selections. I give my heart to U B U W E B !!!

For now, sleep is my sailor, for tomorrow I have school.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Instant L.A Summer Closing Reception

instant la summer

September is infamous for the awakening of the art world; the new art season has begun, but we are also waving goodbye to Summer. Oh summer, when group shows reign and final plans for fall are underway!.

...but before summer is over, INSTANT LA SUMMER waves it's last goodbye with special musical guests. The night promises to be full of surprises and knowing the curator, Esteban Schimpf, surprises should be the highlight.

is the secret musical project of 3 leading Los Angeles musicians who have cultivated a vast international following over the last 15 years through their beautiful avant-garde music. They will literarily blow your mind.

is a recent Chicago expatriate who now calls the Hollywood hills home. GAR made his name known in the independent music world through his important record label Obey Your Brain and his collaborations with bands such as Icy Demons and Need New Body.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Some Things Last a Long Time: Pacific Standard Time & Public Art Festival: Call for Submissions!

Kent Twitchell's Ruscha: Haunting

Murals are the earliest works of Public Art that I can remember embracing. Growing up with murals from Eloy Torres to Kent Twitchell's infamous Ed Ruscha. Due to the consequence of time Twitchell's Ruscha no longer exists, but the tall figure of this mysterious man has haunt me since I first saw it as a child.

We can't deny that recent projects incline towards a stronger Public Art scene in Los Angeles. Earlier in the year, The MAK Center curated an intriguing show within the concept of public art, in the form of billboards. Where artists were selected to create a billboard that would be installed in different points across the city. Where West of Rome brought us billboards of Cindy Sherman, alike other great women artists in the likes of Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, and a recent installment of artist Jennifer Bolande, currently on view. There's others we can't forget: Fallen Fruit for their creative programming, Outpost for Contemporary Art for their amazing artists in residency, the Watts Towers for it's continuing legacy. LAXART for Piero Golia's lighted wit in the Hollwood skyline. There's just so much to cover, and ironically not enough...

With all the open space, billboards, and deadly combustion... the city deserves more public art.

There's been rumors of a "HUGE" public art installment in the works from a well known artist in one of the most unique locations in Los Angeles, but I can't unfold those sheets at the moment. We will just have to wait!.

Chris Burden, Trans-Fixed (1974), Venice, CA

However, the festival will embrace, or in other words, celebrate the history of Los Angeles art, from the years of 1945-1980. Through the re creation of new works inspired or literally reenacted from it's original state, for an ephemeral set of happenings around the nexus of the city.

If all my talk on public art does not convince you on my true philosophy for the lack of public art in Los Angeles, then you really don't want me to get into performance art. There's a huge performance art scene in Los Angeles that quite often surprises even those living in L.A.. It's the lack of being informed that suffers in my city. Moving forward, I want to be the first to know if anyone would re-enact Chris Burden's Trans-fixed (1974). I'll leave the rest to you!...

Now here is your chance to take part into the city's current initiative. Yes, less than a week, but I just got this on my mailbox. However, I'm sure many of you were already aware of this great opportunity.

It's such an amazing time for the Los Angeles art community .... There has been great activity in recent months: A new art fair was introduced to our city and we were the spotlight of this year's ARCO-MADRID. Everyone seems to be riding the same wave of excitement for Los Angeles... Curiosity has been planted, and we should deliver!.

Artist: Yvone Rainer, Photographer: Gerard Smulevich. Taken from: MAK Center for Art and Architecture


Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival

Call for Proposals: Due September 15, 2010

The Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival will be a presentation of large-scale performance artworks and temporary public art installations that will coalesce around a 10-day festival planned for January 20 through January 29, 2012. Presented in conjunction with the citywide initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, the festival will explore the legacy of performance and public art in Los Angeles through presenting contemporary reinventions of historically significant ephemeral artworks dating from 1945-1980. The festival aims to present a range of approaches to reinvention, including faithful reconstructions of original projects, artist-supervised reenactments using trained performers, re-imaginings of past works for a contemporary context, and the creation of totally new artworks by artists who take historical work as a point of inspiration.

A limited number of grants are available to non-profit organizations in Southern California to support the development of projects for the festival.

Proposals are due September 15, 2010, and should be addressed to:

2640 S. La Cienega Bl
Los Angeles, CA 90034
C/O Pacific Standard Time Grant

Grant proposals should include the following:
• Name of Organization
• Title of proposed project (list artist(s), title, date)
• Curator of proposed project
• Associated Pacific Standard Time exhibition, if any
• Additional collaborators on proposed project, if any
• Potential site for project and how location will be secured (process of permissions relevant to public domain activities)

Please attach a narrative describing the project you propose for the Pacific Standard Time performance and public art festival. Be sure to describe the historical artwork or precedent upon which your project is based. If you are proposing a reconstruction or reinvention of a historical work, please note any major departures or modifications your project would make from its historical precedent (to the degree that they are currently known).

Please describe any major logistical challenges for this project, such as access to restricted or third-party sites, or access to specialized equipment, materials, or services. If you forsee logistical challenges related to your project how would you resolve them?

Please note whether the artists involved in your proposal (including the original artist(s) of any reinvented work) have been contacted, and whether their permission to produce this project is contingent upon conditions or restrictions.

If possible, please attach up to 5 images related to your proposal and/or its historical precedent.

Please attach an itemized detailed budget for the project including materials and production, artists fees, curatorial fees, consulting fees, travel, shipping, insurance, location fees, marketing. This budget should not include operational expenses related to programming. This budget should clearly delineate for each line item what portion you are requesting in grant funds and what the total cost for each line item will be.

Please include project production timeline and project implementation dates.

Describe any funds or support your institution has already committed to this project. Please delineate these funds as confirmed, pending or received. Are there other funding sources (grants, matching funds) that you plan to approach? Projects that have already received partial funding from the Getty Foundation may not be eligible.

Amount requested from the Festival Getty Grant will vary between $5,000-$35,000.

Please include one letter in support of the project from the director of your organization and a participating artist or public art partner.

Please include qualifications of core applicants by enclosing narrative biographies on each key participant (artists and curators).

Funding for the Festival is provided by a generous grant from the Getty Foundation

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Art Autre at Actual Size Gallery: Katie Herzog

Abstract painting and art history go way back....

The fruition of a concept has many branches and we see visible signs of those branches in abstract art-- Abstract Expressionism was one of the more popular forms of the movement, and not to mention one of the first actual embraced schools in American art.

However... a rendition of that was the french art Autre, or Informel. Autre literally meaning other, as many tried to differentiate a new style of painting that was unknown at the time, but would become incredibly popular to the post war era.

Katie Herzog's current show at Actual Size Gallery takes shape around the ideas of the french abstract school -- Informel. Herzog presents five works mainly in the painterly style. I can't begin to describe how happy it makes me to come across painted canvas.

Herzog tints my memory with pattern shifts of Rauschenberg , Pollock, and even a tint of Louise Bourgeois' drawings.

Informel View!

We can't ignore Herzog's linkage to the process of processing information--

"Herzog employed a premeditated structure to create the highly improvisatory and gestural painting, "Braille Institute: Sight Center". For this painting Herzog visited the Braille Institute on Vermont and Melrose for an hour every day for five weeks. After studying the facade of the building from across the street she traveled directly to her studio, closed her eyes, and painted her memory of the building using her hands."
- Actual Size Gallery

This Saturday Join Katie Herzog and the Actual Size family for the uniquely opportunity to submerge, dwell, and explore the subject of animal assisted literary programs at
Une Alphabétisation Autre. Which pokes at the origins of the coined art term-- Informel, with it's origin of art Autre. In this case the informel (informal) use of language and it's different mediums.

"Katie Herzog and Actual Size Los Angeles are pleased to announce Une Alphabétisation Autre, a special day event organized in conjunction with the closing of Katie Herzog’s exhibition, Informel. Animal assisted literacy programs have become increasingly popular in libraries and learning centers throughout the country. These innovative programs provide canine mentorship to foster improvement in confidence and literary skills of school aged children. On Saturday, August 28th, children and adults are invited inside the gallery to read to Eli and Ivy, two trained therapy dogs. Light snacks will be provided.
" - Actual Size Gallery

read to dogs

New work by Katie Herzog
August 7 - August 28, 2010


Hours: Sat- Sun 12:00- 5:00 pm
Mon-Fri by appointment.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Mexico's Elite Brigade The Art World : Yyvone Venegas at Shoshana Wayne Gallery

We tend to stay away from that which we fear, or is unknown to us. That was the case with Bergamot Station... My relationship with Bergamot was, and still isn’t quite on level. Probably, I always visit when the season is bad?! Probably…

However, I can’t darkened all of my thoughts of Bergamot-- The Santa Monica Museum of Art deserves some credit. I will admit that I have found myself two times at Bergamot this Summer. On my first visit, I attended Irvin Blum’s story telling whims, and the second time, I was there with a plan: to find that which moved me. In the mix of the usual eager dealer, and amidst the Dennis Hopper trend -- It can make my life sour. I found a gem, not a unique find, but quite interesting.

Yyvone Venegas born in Long Beach, California in 1970, and raised in Tijuana, Mexico. Apparently twin sister of the famous music artist Julieta Venegas. After my understanding of her twin sister, I will admit my liking of her died a bit, but I contemplated in the exploration of her more, and more, until it finally felt right…

Yyvone Venegas at first sight
At First Sight: Yyvone Venegas at Shoshana Wayne Gallery

Mainly falling under the category of documentatary photography, Venegas explores Mexico’s social status through the then former mayor of Tijuana, Jorge Hank Rohn, with permission of his wife, Maria Elvia del Hank.

Venegas has the eye to produce such photographs in the verge of the bizarre, and the melancholy. Her approach to minimalist titles help her complete a real effect-- the bizarre notion of social status in Mexico.

In “Velas”, 2008 (Candles, 2008), Venegas shows us her side of the absurd, but witty commentary-- a sort of humorous shot at the high society of Mexico.

The documentation of adult figures in Venegas' photographs give name to vanity, but what really caught my eye was the photographs of the children, with an environment ever so fast paced to meet the needs of the other family in the hierarchy of social status...

Jorgito, 2008: Serving right...

nirvana, 2006
Nirvana, 2006: Finally reached

Bolsa (Bag), 2009: In the air

"Maria Elvia does not believe that a picture of her would give me access to the art market, who would be interested in having a picture of her hanging on their wall?!" - Yyvone Venegas

I say she fits right in...

Yyvone Venegas
June 5 - August 28, 2010

Shoshana Wayne Gallery
2525 Michigan Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404-4031
(310) 453-7535 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (310) 453-7535 end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Tue-Fri 10am-6pm
Sat 11am-5:30pm

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Performance Art in Chinatown: Perform Now Festival- July 21 - August 1, 2010

Perform! Now!

Los Angeles plays as background to countless summer festivals, from music to the ever so popular food festivals, but art related events are also spur to this mix of summer festivities-- Chinatown's art district did not fall behind. Perform! Now! in it's second year promised a longer and steadier duration of last years show, for better or worse.

Crowds came and went, many hung around to follow the crowd from one performance to the other. Detailed schedules were printed and distributed, but many preferred the road of instinct.

Highland Park based non profit Outpost for Contemporary Art offered one of the most intriguing performances of the festival with the contribution of artist Vlatka Horvat who performed her eight hour performance titled, This Here and That There. Horvat was set to perform earlier this year, but was moved due to water levels of the LA river, as I recall. Yes, the Los Angeles River, or flow of water was the main setting of Horvat's performance. Commentary to time, space, and movement, in connection to Los Angeles and it's inhabitants was the artists main exploration.

For Pictures of Vlatka Horvat's Performance: Click Here

Micol Hebron performed several pieces at JANCAR Gallery as she ends her trails in the city of Los Angeles. Hanna Wilke's S.O.S. was one of the highlights, but her performance Essence stimulated an endless conversation on feminism, gay liberation, and overall pussy power.

I really enjoyed Emily Mast's performance as she soaked all of my energy. I guess that goes to the power of connection, or sharing a smile with another, or the beginning of establishing a relationship.

Eric Wesley knows good jokes, as he did an impromptu set right before Gustavo Herrera took over to close Saturday night's performances.

Oh, and how can I forget Nancy Pop, where she literally interconnects Chinatown structures, uniting all in the harmony of a really, really, long strand of bright colored string. I was in Chinatown this past weekend, like any other weekend, and Pop's brightly colored unison is still going strong. Wish I had pictures...

There's a connection with all of the performances, but admitting to feeling a sense of stress may perhaps give some liberation. What I'm trying to say is that, I missed a lot of performances, and dwelled on why Skip Arnold made a fuss and decided to screen his videos rather than to perform-- I was really looking forward to his performance. So, I have strayed and have debated if I should even post pictures since my responsibility of seeing all of the performances was not met.. Therefore, I feel short to a greater view that I do not have. I attended Saturday and Sunday, but even then missed many performances. Nonetheless, my fingers are too itchy, and I feel the need to share some photos with you.


micol hebron- intellectual labor
Micol Hebron- Intellectual Labor at JANCAR Gallery

Micol Hebron - Essence at JANCAR Gallery

Emily Mast at Human Resources Gallery


Dorit Cypis at Dan Graham Gallery

Megan Daalder - The Closet at the Trifecta

Morrisa Maltz

Morrisa Maltz

Steve Roden performs a set of experimental sound

Skip Arnold: on video, and on the phone!

Mariel Carranza

Jason Wallace Triefenbach at Human Resources

Jason Wallace Triefenbach at Human Resources

Eric Wesley- " three vampires walk into a bar... "

Gustavo Herrera - The Birth of Satan pt. 1 at Human Resources Gallery

La Fundacion Wanna Winni

La Fundacion Wanna Winni



See You Next Year!