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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HIP Pops-Up in Houston

Designs by HIP Founder, Toni Whitaker. Image courtesy Toni Whitaker.

Designs by HIP Founder, Toni Whitaker. Image courtesy Toni Whitaker.

As part of the programs facilitated and supported through WOAH’s mobile Houston art space, West Oaks Art House, we are pleased to announce the upcoming opening of the HIP Pop-Up.

Making it’s grand debut on the biggest national shopping day of the year –– yes, that would be Black Friday–– the HIP Pop-Up sets-up-shop at West Oaks Mall thru December 31st. The opening of the HIP Pop-Up marks the landing of Houston’s first concept store exclusively dedicated to showcasing emerging designers under the innovative program of the Houston Incubator Project (HIP). A not-for-profit initiative headed by veteran designer and choice dresser to Houston’s most fashionable A-list, Toni Whitaker, the mission of the HIP is to grow and sustain the business of participating designers by developing the skills needed to thrive and survive in a competitive retail environment.

Animating a 500 sq ft. storefront space with participant’s collections, the HIP Pop-Up helps selected designers build and expand their brand’s exposure. By housing retail space at West Oaks Mall with locally designed and produced clothing and accessories, the HIP Pop-Up aims to generate attention to Houston’s leading fashion-entrepreneurs while simultaneously enabling them to test the ready-to-wear market. Offering business mentoring, networking opportunities, and the use of retail space at no-cost to participating designers, the HIP Pop-Up provides a unique, professional platform encouraging up-and-coming talent to reach their full potential, while exposing them to the real-life challenges of garnering a target-audience within an established retail landscape. Additionally, under Whitaker’s stellar curation, the HIP Pop-Up introduces new customers to the first incarnation of the incubator project, which is set to reach full program fruition come Spring 2014.

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For more on the HIP visit www.houstonfashionincubatorproject.org

In addition to the HIP Pop-Up, West Oaks Art House provides a second location for the nonprofit arts organization Katy Visual & Performing Arts Center (KVPAC West Oaks).  Offering a Fun Friday Workshop on Black Friday, KVPAC West Oaks invites parents to drop-off kids to partake in fun arts and crafts activities while they enjoy shopping Black Friday bargains.

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For more on the holiday programs offered at KVPAC West Oaks visit www.kvpac.org

Click here to download WOAH’s Press Release.

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.

RSVP to the Facebook event

vision | NU SPEED

As part of Double Vision, WOAH presents NU SPEED.

Forevermin // NU SPEED

Forevermin // NU SPEED

Delving into various media, Nu Speed‘s projects conjure transcendent sonic spaces and dark reveries.  With an interest in anagrams, puns, fractals, and nominative determinism, Nu Speed employs literary devices and a taste for the uncanny to expose hidden synchronicities in supernatural patterns and wearable novelties.  The delicate, obsessive contours of her prints and videos render a fractured atlas where the alien, natural, and phenomenal collide into one infinite plane.

69 Pins // NU SPEED

’69’ Pins from NU SPEED for sale at SPACE Mall.

While Nu Speed‘s digital studies reveal the holograms of lenticular photographs––leaving traces of transdimensional ghosts in their path––the ingenuity of her handcrafted ’69’ baby pins lies in their perfect artistry of absurdity.  The eerie drone of her soundtracks evoke hypnotic chase scenes, while her literary pieces under Vitus Hearn offer readers clever sexual advisement, lending word-foreplay so well-played puns morph into rhythmic haiku.

A conundrum of creativity and talent extremity, Nu Speed continues to search for the perfect synthesis to unite her extrasolar media projects.  Pick-up Nu Speed‘s nu-est novel items alongside Rossana Diaz at the SPACE Mall booth in the daylight, and keep watch as her latest video manifestations light up the dark this Saturday 7/27 1PM-12AM at Double Vision.

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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…

Double Vision Flyer - Featuring

Art in a brewery

Currently underway is a collaboration with two LA-based, multimedia brands: the floating retail pop-up and vending platform VCR (Vintage Contemporary Resconstructed), and FUTRA, the collective multimedia brand and music label bridging genres of art and design through experiential events.

On Saturday July 27 from 1PM-12AM, we unite at Angel City Brewery to co-create and curate a total sensory experience in which art, fashion, music, and performance synthesize to provide a day-to-night occasion of enhanced sonic cohesion.  This event will be twofold with an indoor marketplace of vendors setting-up shop within the behemoth of Angel City‘s ground floor during the day, and come dusk, transforming into an atmospheric scene and dance-destination with a sophisticated line-up of dj’s, performances, installations, and immersive environments.

To realize this event to its absolute capacity, we call upon artists, creatives, devotees, dancers, followers, groupies, and lovers to join us.  With an OPEN CALL for artist submissions thru Monday July 15, we seek performance, installation, video, and multimedia works to feature and market as part of this event.  Additionally, one-of-a-kind vendors and artisans and creative agencies are invited to inquire about vending space.

For visual queries contact:
Joana@futra.tv or weopenarthouses@gmail.com

For vending queries contact: 
nereida@vcrmarket.com
Artist & Artisan Call thru Monday, July 15th!

Artist & Artisan Call thru Monday, July 15th!

a Tale of II Pop-Ups | the Library + the Party

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of visiting two alternative fashion spaces: The Library: Fashion Athenaeum and Pop tART Gallery‘s latest venture, Dope Shit.  The taste makers and pattern painters behind these different spaces share a common gift–the ability to filter the past to reintegrate the present.  Meet style shamans of Los Angeles, Shaye McKenney, the inspirational woman behind The Library, and Sebastian Hull, founder of second-hand boutique, Dope Shit.  To me, Shaye and Sebastian divine the hidden beauty of fashion.  They share the magic of style by appropriating dated or discarded fashions and channel their glamour through creating communal retail experiences dependent on collaborative participation.

The Library's mission is to provide an "alternative to capitalism" and "ideas of ownership," shifting focus "from personal possession and placing it instead on community sharing."

The Library’s mission is to provide an “alternative to capitalism” and “ideas of ownership,” shifting focus “from personal possession and placing it instead on community sharing.”  A pop-up initiative housed in donated spaces, The Library’s LA branch occupied the site of a former library off of Fairfax Ave. in West Hollywood. Photo: Sharsten.

Opening LA’s first edition of The Library last year, Shaye is an Oakland transplant whose global travels emanate her all-encompassing personal style and infiltrate the eclectic atmosphere that make the library so charming and inviting.  Housed in an actual former library in West Hollywood, The Library is a floating archive of vintage treasures.  Like a private book library, The Library provides a selection of inventory–with access to thousands of coveted collectibles–in exchange for membership.  Divided into three tiers–Bronze, Silver, and Gold Lamé– each determines the amount of merchandise to be checked out at one time.  The least expensive option is just $25 per month and awards a $180 credit, while the premium tier of $150 per month provides a $2,500 allowance.  Shaye also offers the ability to avoid trading monetary currency all together, awarding credit equal to the value of traded goods.

The Library transcends an exclusivity to only showcasing wearable items--vintage books and vinyls are also available for check-out.

The Library transcends an exclusivity to only showcasing wearable items–vintage books and vinyls are also available for check-out. Photo: Sharsten.

The Library is innovation in the industry of fashion, the phenomenon of pop-ups, and evidence of a cultural movement valuing collaborative consumption over individual ownership.  Not to mention this is an all-around genius idea in a place like LA brimming with stylists, photographers, and die-hard fashion aficionados who surely would welcome access to an amazing (and nearly unlimited) closet at the cost of “owning” an item only temporarily.  A native Angeleno myself, I can’t count the infinite number of times I’ve had to listen to a stylist friend burst into tears over the tireless task of unloading beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces to places offering a meager percentage on sales out of a desperate need to diversify options for an upcoming shoot or cash-in on their own personal wardrobes.  The Library offers an alternative to those wasted, Wasteland tears.

A mobile pop-up space since it’s initial LA inception–as well as those Shaye has helped to open in Sweden, Mexico, and San Francisco–the West Hollywood incarnation is unfortunately a vintage memory (for now at least).  Closing it’s doors last Sunday–but not without a super sale slashing 20-50% off selective merchandise–The Library is set for a temporary hiatus in Oakland with the hopes of securing a new LA location in the interim. What I did not know until reading this touching LA Weekly article profiling Shaye and the labor of love The Library has been–is the need for creative partners to help keep this space afloat and running.  A young ethereal beauty, Shaye masks an 18-year old battle with stage three lyme disease under a stoic welcoming presence, soft-spoken warmth, and refined taste for designer threads.  Ultimately, she would like to “plant the seed” she has worked tirelessly to nurture and currently seeks collaborators interested in sustaining The Library‘s LA branch in the future.  I have already pledged to help keep this place around–and one of those ways is by forging connections among a new generation of creatives dedicated to sharing style with the masses.

Sebastian started Dope Shit as a pop-up in 2012 after he had "amassed so much dope clothing [he] had to start selling it...There was no room left!"

Sebastian on display in the window at Dope Shit’s new home at Pop tART Gallery.  Photo: Sharsten.

Meet 20-year-old Sebastian Hull, self-professed “thrift addict,” native of Fargo, North Dakota, and founder of second-hand boutique Dope Shit.  Inaugurating its first semi-permanent location in Koreatown Saturday evening, Dope Shit is a repository of discarded and resurrected dope duds.  Enthralled by the “thrill of the hunt,” Sebastian has an eye “hopelessly addicted to patterns” and an uncanny ability to anticipate what his diversified clientele may be after.  Setting-up at various off-the-grid locations since early 2012, Dope Shit was initially realized as a pop-up shop appearing at flea markets and late-night dance parties all over underground and overground LA.

Scouring LA and beyond, Sebastian hand-selects the original, unique, one-of a kind pieces dangling the Dope Shit racks.  Amassing "so much dope clothing," he says he was left with no choice but to "start selling it...There was no room left!"

Scouring LA and beyond, Sebastian hand-selects the original, unique, one-of a kind pieces dangling the Dope Shit racks. Amassing “so much dope clothing,” he says he was left with no choice but to “start selling it…There was no room left!” Photo: Dope Shit.

Like Shaye, Sebastian has created a platform for sharing fashion in a communal and fun way.  If Shaye has created a fashion library, Sebastian has created a fashion party.  Dope Shit‘s current flagship is set within (and currently encompasses all) of Pop tART Gallery.  Gallery owner and founder is none other than the face of LA’s infamous Club Rhonda, the multifaceted and talented creative persona, Phyllis Navidad.  Once matte, white gallery walls are now a glossy black, paralleled by metallic silver floors throughout.  Sebastian’s sea of second-hand silhouettes are accentuated by unique accessories: oversized crystal necklaces, extravagant headpieces, and personal touches from a creative posse of designers and friends.  At the opening on Saturday, guests danced to live-dj sets and shopped while sipping cocktails from the open bar.

Both The Library and Dope Shit are pop-up spaces where personal style is found as a result of carefully curated and redirected shared resources.  These unique temporary venues pose evidence of a new cultural movement–one valuing collaboration and a sense of communal infrastructure.  There will always be a niche and market for overpriced, specialized, or run-of-the-mill designer boutiques, but these style makers spread a love of fashion beyond the superfluous guises of their counterparts.  Instead, they offer what any shopper in the post-internet age desperately needs: a feeling of authenticity and community in an age of consumer monotony and limitless selection.  Like the best intermediaries or messengers, the makers of these spaces present solutions to problems permeating the fashion industry and afflicting the greater world economy in favor of a new system favoring borrowing over buying and attainability over inhibition.

It's not too late to save The Library!
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