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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

Hentai Origami - Eron Rauch

Hentai Origami – Eron Rauch

| 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

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Tunnel Vision // 10.12.13, a set on Flickr.

As part of the Cypress Village Tunnel Art WalkVCR and WOAH teamed up with Antigua Coffee House to present TUNNEL VISION, a one-night audiovisual event set within and inspired by the underground. Set-up along the overground periphery and below within a former pedestrian passageway in Cypress Park, TUNNEL VISION aimed to be a temporary portal inducing expanded states of perception. Pooling tastes for audiovisual elements typically limited to LA’s ‘undergrounds,’ TUNNEL VISION united hyphenated-genre-eluding music, interactive light optics, and the in-between, to deliver a hypnotic experience of sight and sound, space and perception.

Click here to view the full set on Flickr.  If you have TUNNEL VISION photos, we would love to share them! Please send to hello.tunnelvision@gmail.com

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:

hello.tunnelvision@gmail.com

hello(dot)tunnelvision(at)gmail(dot)com

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.

Tunnel Vision - Artist Call - web

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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vision | MARCELLA DVSI

Making her US debut at our Double Vision this past Saturday, WOAH profiles Italian-born London-based designer MARCELLA DVSI.

Featured in Double Vision‘s Galerie De L’Absurde/Anti-Fashion Show, a hat from MARCELLA DVSI strolled the catwalk alongside a unique selection of sculptural headpieces by Daniel Brent Nieto and Sarah B. Lund, with model silhouettes complete in looks from Kittinhawk, Omega Collektiv, and Bo Matthew Metz.  The common thread among these varied designers may be the unusual ways they depart from the organic lines of the body to create a heightened form of fantasy.  As in the unusual twisted compositions of MARCELLA DVSI, each of these designers utilizes the physical form as a springboard for abstraction––as a canvas for building volume, evoking eroticism and envisioning the surreal, and as a vehicle in which individual style can be accentuated, refined, and reborn.

MARCELLA DVSI at Galerie De L'Absurde/Anti-Fashion Show // Dress & Photo: Bo Matthew Metz // Model: Michelene Cha

MARCELLA DVSI at Galerie De L’Absurde/Anti-Fashion Show // Dress & Photo: Bo Matthew Metz // Model: Michelene Cha

I first met Marcella in Berlin somewhere in the haze of 2009.  From there, we braved the grays of winter desolation, the nonchalant freedom of life as a foreigner in a foreign land, and quickly solidified an aesthetic love affair through shared tastes in Commes des Garçons, Dark Disco, esoteric objects, and Luis Buñuel.  Thanks to the virtual elasticity of internet-time travel, we have kept watch over each other’s creative evolutions after departing and beginning in new territories many years later.  From the start, I have forever been enthralled with Marcella’s captivating charisma––the intricate artistry and concentration she applies to a dexterous process––holed up in her flat with hands busily perfecting the art of braiding for sometimes weeks on end.  As time has continually matured, I have never ceased to be truly blown away by the latest in her architectural and sophisticated collection for MARCELLA DVSI.

Here in an interview, Marcella sheds light on the artist behind the process and the creator behind those intricately braided masks and delicate armors. One thing you won’t learn below though… is underneath the delicate cloaks and woven headpieces, lies a voice akin to the dark deep tones of Nico.  Back in the Berlin black hole we met in, Marcella was the singer for a band called Motherland––opening for the likes of !!! (Chk Chk Chk).  But only after the band, did MARCELLA DVSI take form.  Multifaceted, Marcella’s talents lie in many hats…

MARCELLA DVSI // Photo: Alberto Rugolotto // Model: Debora Omassi

MARCELLA DVSI // Photo: Alberto Rugolotto

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What shapes your inspiration? I feel inspired by many things such as a dying leaf on the floor, a William Morris print, film noir, or a church’s spire but nothing is more inspiring to me than the sound of a melancholic piano song… I work best when I am at the extreme ends of my emotions––be they positive or negative––I have no intermediate mood.

MARCELLA DVSI // Photo: Susu Laroche

MARCELLA DVSI // Photo: Susu Laroche

Are there any symbolic words or images you connect with your designs?  Serpents, religion, death, veil, pagan …

What is your preferred environment and method for working?  I work at home because all I need is a small table and some space to cut the fabric before I create the braid. I don’t follow drawings as I prefer to let the pieces shape instinctively. 

Are each of your designs single copies or do you do varied editions for each? Roughly how much time do you need to complete one hat? Each piece is unique. Some pieces can be similar but no two are identical as I do not follow a pattern.   It takes me between 8 and 20 hours to make one hat depending on the size and the complexity of the design.

MARCELLA DVSI // Photo: Susu Laroche

MARCELLA DVSI // Photo: Susu Laroche

Your photos seem to be completely in-tune stylistically with your designs.  How do do you choose your collaborators?  Is there an idea behind your photos and videos or what kind of mood do you hope to inspire with the pieces and images you produce? I first began working with [London-based] photographer Susu Laroche because I always thought her aesthetic was very well suited to my work …  I am interested in new collaborations and seeing how others interpret my garments.  I want other people to feel a spiritual union through interacting with my pieces and from the photos and films I make with them.

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To coincide with the launch of her new collection, Marcella premeires the first in an ongoing video series with new collaborator, T.R.  Watch the atmospheric promotional film III for MARCELLA DVSI below.  Fragile in form and meticulously crafted, Marcella’s headpieces and accessories are available for purchase or commission.  Contact MARCELLA DVSI.

v i s i o n ³

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!