Interior Void: a room for collaborative contemplation

image (2)Exploring the tension between surface and substance through a multidisciplinary practice, David Lucien Matheke combines painting, kinetic sculptures, and participatory environments to create silent spaces for collective introspection.

image (9)Invoking ideas of sterility and preservation through works on paper, mixed media sculpture, sound, and performance, Matheke culls inspiration from thinking about ‘the confrontation of mortality’ that haunts and guides a process informed from within.  Whether it be through utilizing the body as source material and subject in his blood paintings or ritualistic installations, Matheke uses the idea of art as a platform for liberating, medium-mixing, and participatory play.

image (4)Contemplating mortality is a subject all too familiar— diagnosed with a rare blood disorder requiring monthly infusions and frequent hospital trips, Matheke sublimates materials like blood and fire as primary mediums to forge an active ‘energy exchange’ with the viewer and as a tool for immortalizing natural ephemera.  Highly influenced from ‘the external: decay; collecting dead insects; feeling other people’s energy; walking around and observing things changing, growing, and ultimately dying,’ Matheke creates ‘surrogate bodies’ through his art, with ghosts frequenting his manifestations.

Opening today, Matheke debuts new works in sculpture, painting and a performance at CSUN Art & Design Center.  On view through 10.18, Interior Void is a thoughtful survey on experiential fields of the elemental, somatic, and subjective— an exhibition translating fascination, fear, abjection, and anxiety into an expressive occasion for interpretation and sovereignty.

 

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David Lucien Matheke: Interior Void 
at CSUN Shed Gallery
opening reception 6-8pm, Tuesday | 10.13 – 10.18.14


—Read more on David and his works in issue no. 7 of The Work Magazine, available December 2014.  All images courtesy the artist.

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BYOB – LA III

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WOAH, mobile broadcast studio Experimental Half-Hour, and Curate LA‘s Shelley Holcomb, team up with multidisciplinary artist complex Werkärtz to present the latest edition of BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) Los Angeles: BYOB-LA III.

A worldwide series of one-night-exhibitions curated around the world, BYOB is an idea conceived by artist Rafaël Rozendaal, with the first iteration initiated by Anne de Vries and Rozendaal popping-up in Berlin, 2010.

Lighting-up with projections from over 20 innovative video artists and animators, BYOB-LA III showcases mind bending visuals alongside sound frequency purveyors with live music performances throughout the night.  An audio-and-visual celebration, join us Thursday, September 25th, 2014 from 8pm-12am at Werkärtz in downtown LA’s Arts District.

Bringing yourself to BYOB?! Please remember RSVP is required.  How do you RSVP?  Send an email shelley@werkartz.com

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Pabst x Lagunitas for making this about artists bringing their own beamers and not beer!

 

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Experimental Half-Hour

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WOAH WAVE: a new genre of Getting Your Sh*t Together!  Hosted by Kara Tomé, founder of ArtSite Projects, GYST Radio broadcasts conversations with DIY artists, independent curators and arts organizations.  A new addition to GYST, the WOAH Show highlights artists working with sound and moving images.  A virtual space surveying technological innovation in the arts through conversations with purveyors of electronic arts and new media, the WOAH Show had it’s first half-hour on-air with the duo behind Experimental Half-Hour (EHH).

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vlcsnap-2012-07-24-20h02m10s10Broadcasting experimental music and performance art, Experimental Half-Hour is a show co-founded by Eva Aguila and Brock Fansler.  Developed as a cable access program for experimental media and it’s makers, EHH is a platform connecting and servicing a diverse network of local and international cross-disciplinary artists.  Showcasing an eclectic and extensive roster of musicians, performance artists, dancers, and comedians through televised episodes (seriously though… look at this list), EHH is in many ways a real-time archive documenting the elasticity of contemporary performing arts, audio and video culture.  Broadcasting bi-weekly half-hour episodes on multiple cable access programs in Portland since 2010, EHH has reached the airwaves of NYC, St. Paul, and beyond— collaborating and exchanging content with nomadic new media organizations like NYC’s ESP TV and LA monthly animator and video artist hang-out, Ghosting.

Officially relocating to Los Angeles in late 2013, EHH is in the process of resurrecting a fully-equipped film studio attune to their former home at Portland Community Media—where a green screen, multi-camera setup, and mix of analog and digital technologies synthesize to create a new space for accessing and cultivating experimental work.  To continue this unique DIY language and growing archive, EHH’s fundraiser benefits the equipment needed for setting-up their new digs.  All proceeds directly assist in writing EHH’s LA chapter, where shows will be custom produced, logged, live broadcast, and freely available for HD streaming from floating locations. Committed to shaping and sharing the cultivation of new work through this open platform, you can support Experimental Half-Hour Live in Hollywood by pledging a donation here (through 11:59pm Friday 3.28).

Popping-up with interactive video installations and mobile set-ups throughout the city as part of their month-long campaign, come commune at EHH’s closing appearance: Rebuilding the Temple, an evening of live video synthesis, performance, and video at Human Resources.  As EHH’s first live-taped show in the media capital of the world, Rebuilding the Temple promises to be a multimedia experience as conceptually and visually dynamic as the virtuosos mapped through the couple’s ongoing creative collaboration.

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Rebuilding The Temple | 8pm Thursday 3.27 at Human Resources

Experimental Half-Hour’s one-night takeover of HRLA complete with performances from Afterhours, Geneva Jacuzzi, Diva, and GX Jupitter-Larsen; video screenings by Jennifer Juniper Stratford, Taryn Tomasello, Cristopher Cichocki, Pod Blotz (Suzy Poling), Sarah Rara, Johnny Woods, Peter Larsson, Dungeon Majesty, E.S.P. TV, Vitamin Wig C, and Derek Larson; with the installation Esoterica by Sylvie Spencer in upstairs gallery.

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| d o n ‘ t  f o r g e t | TRY TO FORGET: A Group Show

Try To Forget

| opening | 8pm-1am Saturday, March 8th | 1443 N. Highland Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90028

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| d i g i t a l | * Anthony Antonellis  * Ian Aleksander Adams * Terrell Davis * Bebe Bones * Natalie Hands    * Hush B Quiet * Jim Anderson (GrimGrimGrim) * Dave Hudson * Spencer Keller * Marci Pinna * Mauzy Virginia * Carlos A Etchverry * Mattie Hillock * Tracy Clark

| v i d e o | * Molly Ryan * H. Martis * Estrid Lutz + Emile Mold * Logan Owlbeemoth (Tachyons+) * Faith Holland * Vishal Nirvana

| p h y s i c a l | * Trevor Brolin * Jen Miller * Gabe Martinez * Rhys Jones * Eron Rauch * XE Davis * Nora Quinn + Sammy Wong * Trevor Treglia * Jimmy Swill * Rae Threat  * Dorian Wood  * Aria Maximillian * Crystal Brackett  * James Marshall

| s o u n d | (live) * Bastard Noise and Witches Of Malibu * Crowhurst * Hive Mind * Breakdancing Ronald Reagan (TX) * Endometrium Cuntplow * Derek Rogers

| r e a d i n g | * Ian Dick Jones | i n s t a l l a t i o n | * Jay Gambit

| d e s i g n | * (stage) Eron Rauch * (lighting) Obfuscated Visuals

| c u r a t e d  b y | * Jay Gambit

| co-p r e s e n t e d  with |  We Open Art Houses – WOAH

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Tunnel Vision | Artist Call

Teaming up with one of our partners from July’s Double Vision, WOAH joins VCR (Vintage Contemporary Reconstructed) Founder, Nereida Villarreal, to deliver Tunnel Vision, a one-night audiovisual event set in the underground.  Along the overground periphery and below within a former pedestrian passageway in Cypress Park, Tunnel Vision aims to be a temporary portal inducing expanded states of perception.  Just as tunnels serve as convenient conduits for transit and telecommunication, we seek to create a space for communion and transcendence.  Pooling tastes for sounds typically limited to LA’s ‘undergrounds,’ Tunnel Vision bridges our loves for hyphenated-genre-eluding music, light optics, the in-between, and is a continued exploration in our shared vision of building audiovisual environments in off-the-grid, out-of-the-box locations.

Mark your calendar for 6PM – 11PM on Saturday, October 12th, as we block-the-street adjacent to Antigua Coffee House to channel astral planes, rally LED’s, lasers, and bass to create a hypnotic experience of sight and sound, magic and transcendence.  Brace your ears for optical soundscapes complete with the acoustic paradigms of Joshua Anzano and Leslie Dugger live.  In the mean time, we invite an open-call for audio[and]visual submissions thru Monday, September 23rd. Cross-classification, evocation of altered states, and testing capacities is recommended.  Submissions in all stimulating audio[or]visual work welcomed. See details below and please feel free to contact us with questions, spatial parameters, helping hands, or to request info:

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Deadline: Monday, September 23rd

Note for Entries:  Fellow artists, please note, we encourage sending submissions before the deadline so we can assess location details with you.

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The Grey Ones

Up next is a WOAH power collab with INSTALL:WeHo and Phyllis Navidad in conjunction with MKL Gallery and FruitFlyLife as we proudly present The Grey Ones, a live performance by the illusory trio WIFE next ThursdayAugust 22nd at LA’s Downtown Independent at 9PM.

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She will only be seen in the dark.
She is a magician of picture and light.
She exists in many dimensions. 
She is a visceral contemporary dance. 
She is studying the subtelties of your behavior. 
She is eternally bound to archetype, myth, lore, alchemy, and dreams.
She is metamorphosis.
She is the daughter of Jim Henson, Chris Cunningham, Akira Kurosawa, Kathy Rose, Wendy Carlos, Yayoi Kusama, Planningtorock, Aleister Crowley, her friends, and you. 

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WIFE is an all sensory theatrical experience born of three LA-based artists: Jasmine Albuquerque, Kristen Leahy, and Nina McNeely.  Combining surrealist animations with original choreography, costumes, sounds, and visuals WIFE utilizes movement and dance as a vehicle for storytelling.  A magician of picture and light, WIFE employs old and new technologies to illuminate mystical phenomena and ancient archetypes that resonate with a collective unconscious.  

Premiering at the Long Beach TEDxSoCal event in 2011, and later airing as a recorded feature on The Creator’s ProjectWIFE‘s performance The Grey Ones, juxtaposes live projection mapping with ephemeral, fluid movements and statuesque, saintly silhouettes to create a narrative on the evolution of time. Performed to an original score composed by electronic music artist Amon Tobin, The Grey Ones sets a scene evoking myth, organic matter, decay, and transcendence.

A recipient of the ARC grant from the Center of Cultural Innovation, WIFE‘s innovative works have been showcased at The Getty‘s Pacific Standard Time, Bootleg Dance Festival, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Honor Fraser Gallery, Human Resources, Pieter Performance Space, and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), among other prestigious contemporary platforms.

Arrive early as we kick-off the reception at 7PM with a pop-up boutique from innovative retail platform VCR (Vintage/Contemporary/Reconstructed) attuned to live sets from DJ’s Heidi and Jeniluv as Ralph Machio.

Reception 7PM // Performance 9PM

$15 Pre-sale // $20 Door

Pre-sale tickets may be reserved through The Downtown Independent‘s website at www.downtownindependent.com.

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Double Vision FlyerDouble Vision is a sensory experience co-created through the collaboration of three unique concept-oriented brands,  VCR (Vintage Contemporary Reconstructed), Futra, and WOAH designed to showcase emerging talent in fashion, art and music. The event will be held from 1PM – 12AM on Saturday, July 27th at Angel City Brewery in the heart of downtown LA’s arts district. Celebrating the continuous change in artistic expression, we are putting a new spin on the typical pop-up marketplace with innovative designers, an anti-fashion show, DJs, video and art installations, food trucks, and one-of-a-kind brand merchandising.

Kicking-off the day-to-night event at 1PM, VCR has curated a fashion marketplace that will feature over 20 local Los Angeles designers and vendors including: KittinhawkJfraiche, Detroit TrashPOP MURDERShred ThreadsDolly BardotDope Shit KlothingCult ClassicStone Rush JewelryJuliette GThe General StoreSPACE mallPurp7eSummer AdelineNaha ArmádyDaniel MoonNatologyCrybaby Presents, Vie Gemeos Vintage, For Eclectic Souls, Christi JaySkippedLSTN … & with more TBA!

All of the above complete with a listening booth from Mount Analog & Sweating Tapes, our favorite LA record resource & tape label respectively.

In addition to the marketplace, there will be an anti-fashion show presented as part of Galerie De L’Absurde surveying the unique collections of KittinhawkDaniel Brent NietoMARCELLA DVSI, Omega Collektiv, and Factorylook.

During the evening, the lower level of the 27,000 sq ft. venue will transform into a pop-up boutique nightclub as Futra focuses attention to the dance floor through a sophisticated line-up of diverse and seasoned DJ’s including Zernell (Grimy), Dazz Moov (Futra), Ricky Def (Futra), Reg Xelle (No Sleep, Sunday Pub Sessions), Knyphy (Futra), Phyllis Navidad (A Club Called Rhonda), Genevieve D (VSSL), EEZIR (Futra), and a DJ set by LEECH (100% Silk, Ecstasy).

Video and art installations curated by WOAH, Futra, and VCR will be showcased throughout the entirety of Double Vision, and feature emerging and established artists including Danny Perez, Future Eyes, Jil Stein, Suzy Poling, Drumcell & The Automatic Message, Scott Pagano, Nu Speed, Immanent, and Friendly Integration.

To countdown to the upcoming event, WOAH will be profiling select artists and designers in the week ahead.  But you’ll have to check back to see who’s who…

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