Weekly WOAH | Nov 13-19

// Thursday, Nov 13 Anonymous

// Friday, Nov 14

// Saturday, Nov 15 

// Sunday, Nov 16 

throwback Margaret Lee, Eggplant (Hello)

// Monday, Nov 17 unnamed

  • ∆ PRISM PIPE ∆ live visual music: Refractor, at pehrspace, Echo Park.
    11th ed. of the monthly series, curated by The Current Sea x Screaming Claws. Looping GIFs x videos uncover the theme ‘spectrum,’ with visuals by Brad Conlin, Michael Nowaczyk, Samantha Monarch, Sarah Zucker, William Edward Krauland, Matthew Dombrowski, Tyson Parks, Shannon Novak, Jessica Langley, Ann Marie Miller, Aaron Bowles, & The Current Sea.  Film live score by posdn_, greyghost & Joe Newlin.
    8-11:00pm

// Tuesday, Nov 18

// Wednesday, Nov 19 

Jack Smith’s Exotic Landlordism

Jack Smith’s Exotic Landlordism

// last-looks 

Fitch x Trecartin at Regen

Fitch x Trecartin at Regen

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Weekly WOAH | Nov 6-12

// Thursday, Nov 6 

EUREKA & the BIOMASS, at 5 Car Garage

EUREKA & the BIOMASS | at 5 Car Garage

  • EUREKA & the BIOMASS, at 5 Car Garage, Santa Monica.
    A ‘Beauty & the Beast’ set in 2100, Megan Daalder’s sci-fi musical follows a human’s love affair with a synthetic organism: ‘the biomass,’ a spectacular behemoth, humanoid puppet.  Performances are sold-out, but meet the biomass today 1-4pm & by appt.  RSVP for location map x info.
    thru Nov 10

// Friday, Nov 7

Fedrik Nilsen on Mike Kelley | at Downtown Photoroom

Fedrik Nilsen’s Mike Kelley doc | at Downtown Photoroom

// Saturday, Nov 8 

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Taking The Waters with HDTS

// Sunday, Nov 9 

Seven Reeds

Seven Reeds | at Overduin & Co.

// Wednesday, Nov 12

// last-looks 

Composite Arcade at Château Shatto

Composite Arcade | at Château Shatto

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Weekly WOAH | Oct 30-Nov 5

// Thursday, Oct 30

ALONE, an immersive haunted house | in DTLA thru 11.1

// Friday, Oct 31 

Day Of The Dead seance

  • Day Of The Dead Seance, Secret Location.
    White witch Maja D’Aoust & medium Aedan MacDonnell host an evening for you to connect with the beyond IRL.
    RSVP (limited space x location map)
    5:30pm
  • Works On Paper at metro pcsSteve Kado x Keith Rocka Knittel: Works On Paper, at metro pcs, Chinatown.
    Exhibition closing & happening for Steve Kado & Keith Rocka Knittel’s collaboration. Central to the show is the duo’s larger work, 1992 TOYOTA COROLLA (BLACK), a ‘stand-in’ for their ‘totemic relationships to the Toyota product line’ & continual process in performance, sculpture, video, photography, sound, painting, & print.
    Facebook Event
    closing soiree 6:30pm
    thru Nov 1

// Saturday, Nov 1  

  • Dwyer Kilcollin: The View, at Ernest E. Debs Regional Park.
    An exhibition out-of-the-box — on a hillside overlooking the easternmost edge of LA— the artist’s solo show interprets the landscape beyond through algorithmically derived image-shapes taking form as a series of relief sculptures.  At this off-site location for 3 days only, before moving to M+B (thru Dec 6).
    Facebook Event
    opening reception x picnic 2-5pm
    11am-5pm thru Nov 3
  • House of Modern Horrors, at 1431 Armacost Ave 90025, Santa Monica.
    A ‘new face of horror,’ this immersive exhibition by Alex Miller is comprised of every day frights designed to make you think twice about daily life.  Comedian curation by Nina Tarr,
    2-9pm
Rafaël Rozendaal | at Steve Turner

Rafaël Rozendaal | at Steve Turner

// Sunday, Nov 2

  • 92918_49bb1b09f3ee0c94207596fded03a8da_e706912908da0a0fa1c0ad9ffa65aa22Charles Curtis performs Alvin Lucier, at MOCA Grand, DTLA.
    Curtis performs the avant-garde composer, performer, & electro-acoustic pioneer’s Slices for Cello x Pre-Recorded Orchestra.  Coincides with Andy Warhol: Shadows (thru Feb 2).
    3pm
  • Liminal Sunday, at Satellite Space, Santa Monica.
    Works by Jason Matthew Lee, Andrea Longacre-White, Megan Plunkett, Sean Raspet, Jesse Stecklow & Harm van den Dorpel pop-up in the temporary platform located in an ISP office compound.  Curated by Paulina Samborska.
    opening reception 6-9 pm
    thru Nov 30

// Wednesday, Nov 5

// last-looks 

Poemfield | at The Box

  • Stan VanDerBeek: Poemfield, at The Box, DTLA.
    5 of 8 computer-animated films from the artist’s Poemfield series presented as large-scale projections— each exploring how the machine could be a medium for creative x physical freedom.
    thru Nov 1

Cayetano Ferrer | Composite Arcade 

  • Cayetano Ferrer: Composite Arcade, at Château Shatto, DTLA.
    An ‘environment’ playing on ‘civic & fictional space,’ including Endless Columns, a column lit with flashing neon lights within a mirrored room, reflecting a sense of displaced infinity within a cavernous kaleidoscopic casino.
    thru Nov 9

    Cory Arcangel | at team

    Cory Arcangel | at Team

  • Cory Arcangel: tl;dr, at Team (gallery, inc.), Venice.
    Selected works by the NY artist, a leading purveyor (… & a personal favorite) of technology-based art. Inaugural gallery exhibition x Acangel’s LA debut!
    thru Nov 9

    EUREKA & the BIOMASS | at 5 Car Garage

    EUREKA & the BIOMASS | at 5 Car Garage

  • EUREKA & the BIOMASS, at 5 Car Garage, Santa Monica.
    An exhibition x sci-fi performance series set in 2100 by Megan May Daalder— a self-professed ‘self-styled guinea pig’ using performance, video, & scientific curiosity to investigate life on Earth. RSVP for location.
    Facebook Event
    open Thursdays & by appt.
    thru Nov 10

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Weekly WOAH | Oct 23-29

// Thursday, Oct 23 

Gone From My Sight Kate Parsons at .CALM

// Friday, Oct 24 

Eugenia Barbuc

throwback Eugenia Barbuc: Spacestation installation | Code X 2 at ESXLA

// Saturday, Oct 25 

David Lloyd

David Lloyd | at Klowden Mann

// Sunday, Oct 26 

// Monday, Oct 27 

Prism Pipe

Prism Pipe | at pehrspace

// Tuesday, Oct 28 

// Wednesday, Oct 29 

// last-looks 

Tobias Madison | at Freedman Fitzpatrick

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Weekly WOAH | Oct 16-22

// Thursday, Oct 16 

Nightbreed | at Cinefamily

  • Nightbreed: Director’s Cut x Clive Barker Pop-Up, at Cinefamily, West Hollywood.
    Co-presented by SpectreFest, a special show x tell with Clive in person, feat: 1) glimpses of audio/video/ephemera that’s inspired him 2) screenings of the new Director’s Cut 3) a pop-up gallery of memorabilia, new paintings, x Clive’s visual manifestation collection: The Dream Diaries.
    Clive Barker in-person 7:30pm | Oct 21-22 8pm

// Friday, Oct 17 

Meghan Gordon | at ltd

// Saturday, Oct 18 

video still from Mother Spill | at Commonwealth & Council

// Sunday, Oct 19 

Alika Cooper Sleeper | at South Of Sunset

Alika Cooper Sleeper (detail) | at South Of Sunset

// Monday, Oct 20 

// Tuesday, Oct 21

// Wednesday, Oct 22 

Fitch x Trecartin | at Regen Projects

Fitch x Trecartin | at Regen Projects

  • Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin, at Regen Projects, Hollywood.
    New collaborative works from feat. the artists’ signature ‘sculptural theaters.’ Central to the show’s multi-channel movie is a large-scale installation taking form as a hybrid tent-structure— serving to extend the built environment into the digitized narrative & landscape of the accompanying film.
    opening reception: 6-8pm
    thru Nov 26

// last-looks 

Interior Void

Interior Void | at CSUN

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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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Weekly WOAH | Sep 18-25

// Thursday, Sep 18 

Reclaimed Water | at Art Merge Lab

// Friday, Sep 19 

at JAUS

In Search of Turrell | at JAUS

// Saturday, Sep 20 

// Sunday, Sep 21 

10000 Peacock Feathers in Foaming Acid live performance | Art talk: Domnitch x Gelfand

10000 Peacock Feathers in Foaming Acid live performance | Art talk: Domnitch x Gelfand

// Tuesday, Sep 23  

Roya Falahi | at VPAM

Roya Falahi | at VPAM

// Wednesday, Sep 24 

// Thursday, Sep 25 – Be Here. 

// last-looks 

Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen’s Drumroll | at MOCA PDC

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Weekly WOAH | Sep 11- 17

// Thursday, Sep 11 

Bradbury Bradbury building in Blade Runner | in Los Angeles Plays Itself

Bradbury building in Blade Runner | in Los Angeles Plays Itself

// Friday, Sep 12  

Richard Parker, at Michael Thibault

Richard Parker | at Michael Thibault

// Saturday, Sep 13  

John Knuth | at 5 Car Garage

John Knuth: Base Alchemy | at 5 Car Garage

Relationship

Zackary Drucker x Rhys Ernst |at Luis De Jesus

// Sunday, Sep 14 

COry Archangel | at Team

COry Archangel | at Team

// Monday, Sep 15  

visuals: Kate Parsons | PRISM PIPE at pehrspace

// Tuesday, Sep 16  EHH

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// Wednesday, Sep 17  

// last-looks  

Cherry and Martin

Augment This | at Cherry and Martin

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Letters to Chantri #1: The lady at the door/The gift the keeps on giving (feat. boychild) | at The Mistake Room

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Day for Night at the New Night Gallery

A few weeks ago, after navigating clones of cubicles and browsing gallery brands at the Art Los Angeles Contemporary fair at the Barker Hangar, Arely and I ventured down the dark southern exposure of downtown to the opening of a highly anticipated after-hours….behold the new home of Night Gallery: a 6,200 square foot warehouse remastered by art space visionaire, and of Matthew Marks notoriety, architect Peter Zellner.  Acrylic window treatments by artist Yunhee Min colorize the subtle grays of the building’s unmarked, square façade.  An eclectic crowd and a few swarms of loafer-clad Bergamot gallery-goers indicate we have arrived to toast the face that is the new Night Gallery.

A giant shadow of it’s former self, previously a three-room black-walled former party-store in a Lincoln Heights strip mall, the new Night Gallery opens into a giant fortress of accented beige.  High beamed ceilings flocked with skylights allude this is a space designed for daytime viewing.  In fact, Night Gallery will no longer model their opening hours to draw the creatures of the night.  Formerly only opened Tuesdays through Saturdays 10PM-2AM, the gallery has adopted a more generic 12-7PM schedule with their relocation.  This news and a stellar article by Carol Cheh leave me fearing the same: has Night Gallery grown up?

Opening reception of the inaugural exhibition "The Mocking Hand" at the new Night Gallery.Photo: Sharsten.

Opening reception of the inaugural exhibition “The Mocking Hand” at the new Night Gallery.
Photo: Sharsten.

Night Gallery’s opt to abandon their namesake nocturnal schedule in favor or a more pedestrian friendly day operation is disappointing.  But I am hopeful.  Maybe this will inspire other venues to experiment in the social scheduling sphere–extending occasions for creative types to cultivate in the dark wee hours of the night, convening for art and not just booze or underground electro beats (though I am a fan of both alternatives).

What is most promising about the new Night Gallery is the women behind the space, Davida Nemeroff and Mieke Marple.  Nemeroff founded the original space shortly after arriving to Los Angeles in 2010, Marple joining her in 2011, with the duo announcing their decision to turn the gallery into a commercial venture thereafter.  Together, they share an ambitious vision for Night Gallery’s future programming and spatial expansion:  a four-phase plan literally moves the gallery outside-of-the-box template into a series of buildings-within-a-building structures.  Phase two, to follow, will erect a spatial replica of the former Lincoln Heights space within the new gallery; while phase three and four foretell construction of a chapel out of felt and perhaps even amass to creating social theatrical amenities like bleachers for hosting lectures, screenings, and symposiums.

Building spaces and creating new experiences within an architectural and institutional space.  That is what captivates me in hearing the future plans for Night Gallery and inspire questioning how the art gallery setting can hope to model itself in the future.  How do art spaces construct the visibilities of our individual and collective experience with art?  How do they address us physically?  How do we encounter the temporal as a condition of the spatial?

On view now in phase one is a minimal selection of work by LA artist Sean Townley.  The inaugural exhibition “The Mocking Hand” is [un]fortunately dwarfed and secondary to the architectural sublimity of the new gallery itself.  The behemoth of space in the main exhibition area alone presents the flexibility to experiment with scale, media, and relationships.  “The Mocking Hand” does little to activate the scene.  Instead, I dream of audio-visual landscapes and immersive pieces, works inviting me to the clean concrete floor, demanding me to stay and wait.  After a day at the art fair and catching an enlightening performance by Scott Benzel, I crave something a little less 2-dimensional–a total sensory experience or experiment rather than a heightened awareness of my place as viewer among these assorted, familiar, and similar forms.

Scott Benzel's performative environment "W.W.A.R./ Die Dritte Generation" (left), Photo: Sharsten; Sean Townley "Untitled" at "The Mocking Hand" (right), Photo: Night Gallery.

Scott Benzel’s performative environment “W.W.A.R./ Die Dritte Generation” (left), Photo: Sharsten; Sean Townley “Untitled” at “The Mocking Hand” (right), Photo: Night Gallery.

Perhaps the most interesting sculpture on display is in the smaller gallery adjacent to the main exhibition area.  A heavy stone mass with a brain-like protrusion is cut-out to reveal a hollow abyss beneath–I feel like I am peeking into an expensive drain or gutter as I examine what’s beneath.  Majestically lit from above, the rectangular block appears monumental and central to the subtle asymmetry of this smaller gallery.

Wandering out back into the airy space, closed doors and bare desks indicate storage and office spaces along the perimeter–the latter forming walls to enclose another space-within-a-space deemed the “private lounge area.”  Drenched in saturated blue and red lighting,  the Dario Argento-esque aesthetic coupled with the [full] bottles of booze, plush sofa, and aroma of Palo Santo draw me to wallow in this refreshingly dark, windowless cave.  It’s actually the only room reminiscent of the former Night Gallery–almost a homage to the original, compact and dimly lit lounge.  Nostalgia for the past subsides quickly, however, as I am aware there is something brewing here in this pristine new space that is much, much, bigger.  With some carefully curated finesse, and some risk-taking programs honoring it’s past as “an artist run space, for artists, by artists,” Night Gallery has the capacity to serve as a catalyst for a new generation of unorthodox art spaces and sites for institutional critique.

The private lounge at the former Night Gallery in Lincoln Heights (left), Photo: KCRW; and the current private lounge at Night Gallery's new digs (right), Photo: Sharsten.

The private lounge at the former Night Gallery in Lincoln Heights (left), Photo: KCRW; and the current private lounge at Night Gallery’s new digs (right), Photo: Sharsten.