ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Josh Callaghan, Roger Dickes, Amy Green, Kristi Lippire, Christopher Michlig, Stephanie Taylor, Matt Wardell - Charlie James Gallery - November 1st - December 20th <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Charlie James Gallery</strong>&nbsp;is pleased to present&nbsp;<em>Push Me Pull You; The Horse with No Ass</em>, a group show curated by Los Angeles-based artist<strong>Alice Clements</strong>. The comedy of the Pushmi-pullyu in the children&rsquo;s story of Dr. Doolittle is built in &ndash; the animal has two front ends and no back end. This is a show that explores physical comedy&ndash;comedy that is of and about the body, extending to the &ldquo;body&rdquo; of materials and the physical context of the art world &ndash; its white cubes and formal conventions. The show features work by&nbsp;<strong>Josh Callaghan, Roger Dickes, Amy Green, Kristi Lippire, Christopher Michlig, Stephanie Taylor</strong>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<strong>Matt Wardell</strong>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Approaches to physical comedy in the show include jokes or games that use scale or the medium of the proposal, elaborate systems with humorous elements and outcomes, and working with materials in a way that produces humor in subtle ways. This comedy is simultaneously literal and nuanced and is based on a careful observation of the physical world.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Joshua Callaghan</strong>&nbsp;(Doylestown, PA, 1969) holds an MFA from UCLA (2005), BA in Cultural Anthropology from UNC at Asheville, and is the recipient of Fulbright Fellowship to Nepal (1995). Solo exhibitions include Royale Projects, Palm Desert, CA (2014), Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles (2010, 2011), Haas &amp; Fischer Gallery, Zurich (2008), and Bank Gallery, Los Angeles (2008). Group shows include Made in Space at Gavin Brown&rsquo;s Enterprise, New York; Neo Povera at L&amp;M Arts, Los Angeles; and Frieze New York 2012 Sculpture Park.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Roger Dickes</strong>&nbsp;has been a professor of computer animation at Glendale College, where he ran the Glendale College Art Gallery from 2005-2012. As gallery director, he was involved in the presentation of around 30 exhibitions at the space. Also an artist, he has exhibited his work at numerous project spaces in Los Angeles, most notably in a solo show, entitled &ldquo;Firmament Av.&rdquo;, at Sea and Space Explorations in 2007. The debut of his new project, Projects/Projects, marks a departure from a labored, self-referential, concrete-object-making practice toward a more conceptual, outsourced approach that engages broad cultural themes.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Amy Green</strong>&nbsp;received her BFA in painting at the University of Tennessee in 1995 and her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 1997. Her paintings and installations have been shown nationally and internationally. Exhibitions include; Rolf Ricke Galerie in Cologne and the Neues Museum in Nurnberg, Galerie Karin Friebe, Mannheim, Germany, Galerie Monika Reitz, Frankfurt and Kunstverein St. Gallen Art Museum in Switzerland, Evelyne Canus Gallery, Paris, Cirrus and Susanne Vielmetter in Los Angeles and Cohan Leslie and Browne in New York, Monte Vista Projects in Highland Park, among other venues. Reviews include; The Los Angeles Times, New York Arts Magazine, Art Issues, the Basel Art Fair Catalogue and artnet. Recent shows include, &ldquo;Grids, Stains, Stacks&rdquo; a solo show of Green&rsquo;s paintings at Monte Vista Projects in Highland park, CA and &ldquo;Garden Party&rdquo; a group exhibition scheduled in Fall 2013 at FOCA in LA&rsquo;s Chinatown. Forthcoming in Fall 2014, Green will exhibit &ldquo; In the Company of Myrtle&rdquo;, recent paintings and collaborative work with Curt Lemieux at McNish Gallery at Oxnard College and &ldquo; Jammed and Packed&rdquo;, a group exhibition at Glendale College Gallery, curators; Jay Erker and Michele Carla Handel. Amy Green is represented by Galerie Schmidt Maczollek in Cologne, Germany.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Kristi Lippire</strong>&nbsp;makes large scale objects that reference the visual culture that surrounds her every day. The sculptures are explorations in scale and material, isolating moments in everyday life that are found to be interesting in a manner that emphasizes the humor of a complex social culture. Kristi Lippire received her MFA from Claremont Graduate University and her BFA from California State University, Long Beach. Lippire is currently working on two books of her work to accompany a forthcoming solo exhibition at Commonwealth &amp; Council in Los Angeles next year. Lippire was part of the traveling exhibition Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy that opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and traveled to Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Orange County Museum of Art and Nasher Museum at Duke University. Lippire also curates independent projects for different spaces and has also participated and organized multiple guerilla art projects in Los Angeles and Mexico. She has exhibited with d.e.n. contemporary art and Ace Gallery, with recent group exhibitions at the Torrance Art Museum, Glendale Community College and The Riverside Art Museum. She has a forthcoming solo exhibition at Commonwealth &amp; Council in Spring 2015 and a F.O.C.A. project in late Spring 2015. Kristi Lippire lives and works in Los Angeles.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Christopher Michlig</strong>&nbsp;works in a wide range of media, primarily focusing on the manipulation of public formats of communication. His work has been exhibited internationally; Recent one-person exhibitions include Processed World at Giuseppe Pero, Milan. His work has been published and reviewed in a number of publications, and he is the co-author of the recently released book, In the Good Name of the Company: Artworks and ephemera produced by or in tandem with the Colby Poster Printing Company, published by ForYourArt/Picture Box and distributed by D.A.P. Michlig received an MFA in Sculpture from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California in 2007. He is currently an Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts, Department of Art.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Stephanie Taylor</strong>&nbsp;is a sound and visual artist based in Los Angeles. She has exhibited and performed her work at Los Angeles County Museum of Art at Charles White Elementary (2011); Contemporary Arts Foundation, Santa Barbara (2011); the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, West Hollywood (2011); and the Generali Foundation, Vienna (2007). Her books include The Stephanie Taylor Songbook, (Ood Press, 2010) and Chop Shop (Les Figues Press, 2007). Her work is represented by Galerie Christian Nagel, Germany and Marc Jancou Contemporary, New York, and is included in the permanent collections of MOCA, Los Angeles and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (as part of LAMOA).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Matt Wardell</strong>&nbsp;seeks to prolong a sense of wonder and place the viewer in a lingering position of active assessment. He is interested in how we choose to live and introducing work that facilitates these investigations. Wardell enjoys walking on fences, answering wrong numbers, and giving directions to places he does not know. Uncomfortable laughter, confusion, and irritation tend to be by-products of Wardell&rsquo;s works. He has exhibited at venues throughout the US and Mexico, including the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco (SFMOMA), Claremont Museum of Art in Claremont, and at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), REDCAT, P&Oslash;ST, Human Resources, Black Dragon Society, Mark Moore Gallery, and Commonwealth and Council, all in Los Angeles. Wardell is a founding member of the artist collective 10lb Ape.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Alice Clements</strong>&nbsp;is an artist and curator who employs materials outside their intended use, finding humor in unlikely places as she engages in an ongoing process of experimentation. She works in sculpture and collage. Recent shows include Elephant, Los Angeles, University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach, Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles, and Glendale College Art Gallery. Recent curatorial projects include &ldquo;Mostly Sculpture Show&rdquo; at Sea and Space Explorations in Los Angeles and &ldquo;Side Project&rdquo; at P&Oslash;ST in Los Angeles. She earned a BA from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT an MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena.</p> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:38:17 +0000 Michelle Andrade - Charlie James Gallery - November 1st - December 20th <p style="text-align: justify;">Charlie James Gallery is pleased to present the second gallery solo exhibition of LA-based artist Michelle Andrade titled Kind of Blue. In conjunction with the gallery exhibition, the gallery will be celebrating the launch of The Michelle Andrade Story, the artist&rsquo;s first full catalog release, featuring an essay by LA-based artist and professor Annetta Kapon.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In her second gallery solo exhibition, Michelle will debut a series of seven acrylic-on- linen paintings that extend her text-based drawings into new figural ground. The work retains the poetic and diaristic qualities of Andrade&rsquo;s earlier Notebook drawing series, commingling the mundane, the poetic, and the confessional amidst a swirl of brightly colored, nostalgic graphic forms. In addition to the paintings, Andrade will debut two new screenprint editions developed with LA-based Gray Area Print, and two ink on paper drawings.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Michelle Andrade (b 1972, Los Angeles) earned her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA at the Otis Institute in Los Angeles. Andrade has exhibited in LA, Miami, Toronto, Houston, Dallas, Aspen, and Chicago. Her work has been covered in the Los Angeles Times, Art in America, Wallpaper Magazine and the Huffington Post. She is represented by Charlie James Gallery and lives and works in Los Angeles.</p> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:36:52 +0000 Jesse Fleming - 356 Mission - October 26th 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>THE FOUNTAIN THAT GUSHES AND GATHERS&nbsp;</em>is a meditation workshop by Shinzen Young followed by a discussion and Q&amp;A with Shinzen and Jesse on the topics of art and mindfulness.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Presented on the occasion of Jesse Fleming&rsquo;s exhibition&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">"The Halftime Show"</a>&nbsp;at 356&nbsp;S. Mission Road</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /><br /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Shinzen Young</strong>&nbsp;became fascinated with Asian culture while a teenager in Los Angeles. Later he enrolled&nbsp;in a Ph.D. program in Buddhist Studies at the University of Wisconsin.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Eventually, he went to Asia and did extensive training in each of the three major Buddhist traditions:&nbsp;Vajrayana, Zen and Vipassana. Upon returning to the United States, his academic interests shifted to the&nbsp;burgeoning dialogue between Eastern meditation and Western science.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Shinzen is known for his innovative &ldquo;interactive, algorithmic approach&rdquo; to mindfulness, a system&nbsp;specifically designed for use in pain management, recovery support, and as an adjunct to&nbsp;psychotherapy.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">He leads meditation retreats throughout North America and has helped establish numerous mindfulness&nbsp;centers and programs. He also consults widely on meditation-related research, in both the clinical and&nbsp;the basic science domains.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /><br /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Jesse Fleming&nbsp;</strong>had some big experiences while exploring techno and trance&nbsp;parties during a summer in Berlin. Years later he undertook a yoga and&nbsp;meditation practice to try to make sense of these happenings. This led to&nbsp;an interest in the evolving field of Neuroscience as it relates to Mindfulness&nbsp;and Consciousness. Gradually, these areas of practice and research began&nbsp;leaching into Fleming&rsquo;s artistic practice, defining a primary interest in lowering the&nbsp;perceived boundary between self and other.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In 2013 Fleming graduated from UCLA&rsquo;s Mindful Awareness Research Center,&nbsp;part of the Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior, with a degree&nbsp;in Mindfulness Facilitation. He began facilitating at 356 Mission Road offering&nbsp;weekly mediation classes aimed at the artistic community and makers of Los&nbsp;Angeles. He also began teaching weekly sits at SPA, a creative design studio in&nbsp;Culver City.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Today Fleming has entered UCLA&rsquo;s Design Media Arts program where he is&nbsp;pursuing the development of a hybrid form of artistic-mindfulness practice that&nbsp;can exist as artistic gesture, expression, and a utilitarian instrument to explore,&nbsp;develop, and define self and self transcendence. Shinzen Young and his techniques have played a vital role in Fleming&rsquo;s&nbsp;meditation and facilitating practice. He has studied with Shinzen for the last&nbsp;five years and closely with one of his Los Angeles based facilitators George&nbsp;Haas. In THE HALFTIME SHOW, Shinzen demonstrates a rare ability to enter&nbsp;into cessation, otherwise know as the source, considered to be the first path of&nbsp;enlightenment in the Buddhist tradition.</p> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:14:19 +0000 Jonathan Horowitz - 356 Mission - October 25th 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">356 Mission, Ooga Booga, and Jonathan Horowitz are happy to announce the completion of all 590 Dots for&nbsp;<strong><a href=";e=576D7E&amp;c=13EE5&amp;t=0&amp;l=7D677A1&amp;email=znl59I4xZBQwTLE%2FBaxf%2BXnlkRjLUbPe" target="_blank">Jonathan Horowitz's "590 Dots!"</a></strong>&nbsp;<br /><br />Special thanks to all 590 participants!&nbsp;<br /><br />Everyone is invited to join us in celebrating this project on&nbsp;Saturday, October 25 at 8 PM&nbsp;<br /><br />With a performance by&nbsp;<strong>Black Dice&nbsp;</strong>and&nbsp;DJ set by<strong>&nbsp;Avey Tare</strong>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:11:04 +0000 Heather Gwen Martin - L.A. Louver - October 30th - November 29th <p class="p1">L.A. Louver is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Heather Gwen Martin. This marks Martin&rsquo;s first solo show with L.A. Louver, and is presented as part of the gallery&rsquo;s ongoing <em>Rogue Wave Projects </em>series that celebrates emerging artists.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:02:38 +0000 Tony Berlant - L.A. Louver - October 30th - November 29th <p class="p1">&nbsp;L.A. Louver is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist Tony Berlant. In these new collages, Berlant continues his exploration of tin and photographic materials, and pays homage to his longtime Santa Monica neighborhood with some of his most personal and intimate works to date. (To view a short film on Berlant discussing this body of work, visit</p> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:56:19 +0000 NEIL YOUNG - ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY B7 - November 3rd - November 29th <p class="p1">ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY is pleased to present <em>Special Deluxe</em> a series of unique watercolor paintings and prints by Neil Young. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with Young&rsquo;s recent book release: <em>Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life &amp; Cars</em>.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">In <em>Special Deluxe</em>, Young has fashioned a work of extraordinary reminiscences about his Canadian boyhood, his musical influences, his family, the rock 'n' roll life, and one of his deepest, most ebullient passions: cars. Through the framework of the many vehicles he's collected and driven, Young explores his love for the well-crafted vintage automobile, and examines his newfound awareness of his hobby's negative environmental impact. With his ferocious devotion to clean energy, he recounts the saga of Lincvolt, his specially modified electric car, and his efforts to demonstrate to lawmakers and consumers how viable non-gas-guzzling vehicles truly can be. Special Deluxe captures Young's singular lyrical, almost musical, voice. Witty, eclectic, and wonderfully candid, Special Deluxe is an unforgettable amalgam of memories, artwork, and political ponderings from one of the most genuine and enigmatic artists of our time.</p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">One of the paintings on display also serves as the cover for Young&rsquo;s new album <strong><em>Storytone</em></strong>, which will be released on November 4<sup>th</sup> on Reprise Records. <strong><em>Storytone</em></strong> features 10 brand-new compositions recorded live in the studio; some with a 92-piece orchestra, choir, and Young, some with a 60-piece orchestra, and three with a big band. Young took a different approach with this record, first recording the songs on his own in a solo setting, then creating compelling versions of the songs in a new light with an orchestra and big band, resulting in a deeply personal emotional listening experience.</p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Throughout <em>Special Deluxe</em> vehicles serve as central characters and are illustrated throughout the pages of the text. The unique watercolors as created by Young will be on exhibit through the month of November 2014 with a reception with the Artist on Monday November 3, 2014 from 7-9pm.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:33:51 +0000 Ezra Buchla, Andy Warhol - MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) at Grand Ave. - November 13th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p><strong>Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA presents </strong></p> <p><strong><em>Andy Warhol: Light and Dark</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Music by Ezra Buchla</em></strong></p> <p><strong>Live music by Ezra Buchla!</strong><br /> In conjunction with the exhibition&nbsp;<em>Andy Warhol: Shadows</em>,&nbsp;Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA is proud to present a special screening of Warhol&rsquo;s films&nbsp;<em>Kiss</em>&nbsp;(1963) and&nbsp;<em>Blow Job</em>&nbsp;(1964) with live music by experimental composer Ezra Buchla.&nbsp;<em>Shadows</em>, which became an increasingly important concern in Warhol&rsquo;s two-dimensional artworks over the course of the 1970s, also played a starring role in his earlier film work. A single light, at once harsh and hallowing, illuminates actions, both mundane and profane, by turns captivating and alienating. The resultant play of light, shadow, time, and attention are among the most influential and arresting artworks of the twentieth century.</p> <p>Beverages &amp; light refreshments will be available for purchase at Lemonade Caf&eacute; until 10pm.</p> <p>Tickets: $12 general admission; $7 students with valid ID</p> <p>Tickets available in advance at</p> <p>FREE for MOCA and Los Angeles Filmforum members; must present current membership card to claim free tickets</p> <p>INFO 213/621-1745 or</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Screening:</span></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Kiss</em></strong>. (1963. 16mm film, black and white, silent, 54 minutes at 16 frames per second.)</p> <p>Originally screened serially as <em>The Andy Warhol Serial</em>, <em>Kiss</em> is comprised of 13 couples kissing for the duration of a whole roll of 16mm film, including Gerard Melanga, John Palmer, &ldquo;Baby&rdquo; Jane Holzer, Marisol, Ed Sanders, and Naomi Levine, and more.</p> <p><strong><em>Blow Job</em></strong>. (1964. 16mm film, black and white, silent, 41 min. at 16 frames per second)</p> <p>The act indicated by the title, if it is happening at all, takes place entirely off screen. A man&mdash;originally uncredited, but later identified as DeVerne Bookwalter&mdash;his face in close-up, illuminated by a single light, rocks forward and back in apparent ecstasy, and at times, it would seem, boredom. Duration, repetition, and desire are all elegantly conjured in this masterful portrait.</p> <p><strong>Andy Warhol</strong> (b. 1928, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; d. 1987, New York) grew up in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. From 1945 to 1949, he studied art at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, receiving a B.A. in Pictorial Design. In 1949 he moved to New York to pursue a career as a commercial illustrator and began exhibiting drawings and paintings in the 1950s. In 1962 his first solo exhibition, Andy Warhol: Campbell&rsquo;s Soup Cans, was mounted at the historic Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles and later exhibited at MOCA in 2011. Thereafter his work&mdash;which spans prints, drawings, Polaroid photographs, silkscreened canvases, 16mm and Super 8 film, and writing&mdash;was widely shown nationally and abroad.</p> <p><strong>Ezra Buchla </strong>(b. 1981, Berkeley, California) is a musician/technologist from Los Angeles who uses viola, voice, and software. He fronted the avant-pop-core band Mae Shi from 2003-2006, played in the band Gowns from 2005-2010, and now performs solo work that deals in folk tonality, indeterminacy, dense psychedelic song, and electronic formalism. He also collaborates and performs with many artists, including clipping., Chelsea Wolfe, Andre Vida, Father Murphy, and Claire Cronin. Ezra also develops music software and firmware, recently creating the framework for the open-source &lsquo;aleph&rsquo; sound processor by monome. For more information:</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Acknowledgements:</span></strong></p> <p>Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA is supported through both organizations by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Additional support of Filmforum's screening series comes from the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts and the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.</p> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:40:03 +0000 Melika Bass - Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian - November 2nd 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM <p><strong>Melika Bass</strong><strong> in person from Chicago!&nbsp; </strong></p> <p><strong>Los Angeles premieres!</strong></p> <p>Time for a change from our recent run of abstract light plays and Warhol epics as we welcome noted filmmaker Melika Bass from Chicago for her first solo show in Los Angeles.&nbsp; Bass presents the Los Angeles premieres of a pair of beautifully shot (on 16mm) and performed representational dramas, deliberately-paced, with finely noted details of objects and sounds, and narratives elusive and possibly allusive.&nbsp; <em>Shoals</em> and <em>Waking Things</em> are superb expressions of mood, wrought with portents of danger and disaster never seen.&nbsp; Each film investigates the rhythms and routines of an isolated small group of people, following a spiritual or cult-based practice.&nbsp; They are almost timeless portraits, with indications of being set in an unclear past, but <em>Shoals</em> also implies spaces of a potential present, and <em>Waking Things</em> that of a potential future.&nbsp; Come see Bass&rsquo;s unique explorations of the possibilities of short film art.&nbsp; Capped by a dance film directed by Bass commissioned by Sigur R&oacute;s for their Valtari Mystery Film Experiment.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Bass's films evoke living paintings&mdash;the textures are as inviting as the narratives are withholding.&rdquo; &ndash; Ben Sachs, <em>Chicago Reader</em></p> <p>&ldquo;Inner and Outer Landscapes: A Conversation with Melika Bass&rdquo; by Monica Westin: <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p>Melika Bass on &ldquo;Shoals and &ldquo;Waking Things&rdquo;:</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p>Tickets: $10 general admission; $6 students (with ID)/seniors; free for Filmforum members.</p> <p>Tickets available in advance at <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p>For more event information: <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>, or 323-377-7238</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Screening:</span></p> <p><strong><em>WAKING THINGS</em></strong><strong> (2012, 16mm to video, 34 mins.) Los Angeles premiere!</strong></p> <p>Written, Directed, Edited by Melika Bass</p> <p>A short film co-produced by and featuring ensemble members of Every house has a door performance group.</p> <p>"Cyclical time dilated to the maximum...loaded with details of Nature as memento mori,</p> <p>reminding us of the transience of this and of life itself." (<em>Sentieri Selvaggi,</em> Italy)</p> <p>"Characters announced in exquisite typeface. . . scurry along paths, dart through doorways and sleep upright. Bass mystifies the work of these plain folk with her own filmic magic." <em>(Chicago Sun-Times)</em></p> <p>In a house in a primeval wood, a mysterious, misfit family prepares a seasonal feast for a visiting party of outlanders. As they shuffle through ritualistic preparations, shadows reveal each creature -- one menacing, one wounded, and one worn, stewards of an old tradition, blood for blood. (MB)</p> <p><strong><em>SHOALS</em></strong><strong> (2011, 16mm to HD, 52 min.) Los Angeles premiere!</strong></p> <p>Written, Directed, Edited by Melika Bass</p> <p>A slow-burning prairie grotesque. On the grounds of a rural sanitarium, three young women search for wellness, as a cult leader seeks to control their bodies through labor and daily rituals. (MB)</p> <p>Winner, Experimental Film Prize, 2012 Athens International Film Festival</p> <p>Shoals preview: <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p>"[A] fever dream of a vivid natural landscape&hellip; affecting for its hushed soundtrack and low-grain photography." <em>(Chicago Reader)</em></p> <p>"[A] strangely compelling&mdash;almost mesmerizing&mdash;work. . .like Malick meets David Lynch, if you want a comparison, but in a deeper sense, <em>Shoals</em> is very much its own beast." <em>(Mountain Xpress)</em></p> <p><strong>VAR&ETH;ELDUR (2012, Super 16mm to HD, 6 mins.) </strong></p> <p>Music by Sigur R&oacute;s, performance by Selma Banich.</p> <p>Directed by Melika Bass</p> <p>An original film commissioned by the Icelandic band Sigur R&oacute;s for their Valtari Mystery Film Experiment.</p> <p>A film portrait of an unstable entity in a haunted vessel, drawn into and floating away from a siren song. (MB)</p> <p>"With a lived-in, haunting beauty that is distinctively its own." <em>(Heave Media)</em></p> <p>"Emotionally stirring &hellip; at once terrifying, lonely and gorgeous." <em>(Exclaim Canada)</em></p> <p><strong>Melika Bass</strong> is a filmmaker and installation artist currently living in Chicago. Bass is the recipient of an Artadia Award, two Media Arts Fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, the Kodak/Filmcraft Imaging Award from the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and an Experimental Film Prize from the Athens International Film Festival. In 2013, Bass was appointed the Pick-Laudati Artist in Residence at the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, at Northwestern University.</p> <p>Screenings and exhibitions include the Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York; Kino der Kunst, Munich; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (solo exhibition, February 2011); Torino Film Festival, Italy; Anthology Film Archives, New York; Ann Arbor Film Festival; Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; BFI London Film Festival; Athens International Film Festival; Segal Center for the Performing Arts, Montreal; Hamburg International Film Festival, Germany; and the Split Festival of New Film, Croatia. Her work has been profiled and reviewed in <em>Filmmaker Magazine, Time Out Chicago, Bad at Sports, Art Daily, Rolling Stone Italy, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, Pitchfork, </em>and the<em> Chicago Sun-Times.&nbsp; </em>More at</p> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:32:29 +0000 Moshé Elimelech - CMay Gallery - November 14th - December 19th <p class="normal" style="text-align: justify;"><strong>CMay Gallery</strong> is pleased to announce<strong> Suspended Geometry</strong>,a solo exhibition by Los Angeles artist, <strong>Mosh&eacute; Elimelech</strong>.On view will be a collection of recent paintings and sculpture that demonstrates Elimelech&rsquo;s elegant precision with form and color. His arithmetic paintings investigate formal elements with a superb eye for design and an understated sense of play. Elimelech has the ability to transform a rigorous cube into a colorful meditation that undulates with a musical rhythm. Some cubes are flat while others are three-dimensional, yet they all remain consistent with Elimelech&rsquo;s refined interaction with color. Elimelech extends this interaction with his stripe paintings. In each painting, nine even bars of color subtly gradate into a disarmingly sensual visual experience. The sensuality continues throughout his <em>Freeways</em> acrylics on paper. With fluid line and gesture, each watercolor performs a visual haiku that signifies not one specific freeway overpass but every overpass viewed at sixty-five miles per hour.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Elimelech began his artistic journey in Israel, first at the Avni Art Institute in Israel and completing his studies at The Polytechnic Institute of Design in Tel Aviv. He later worked as an Art Director for the Israeli army publication house, Maarachot, before heading to Paris where he assisted internationally recognized artist Yaakov Agam. In 1984, Elimelech was a contributing artist for the Los Angeles Olympics and is a recipient of the Windsor Newton award by the Watercolor West Society. His work has been featured internationally in galleries and museums.</p> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:13:49 +0000 - Machine Project - October 31st - December 15th <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="" target="_blank">Purple Electric Play (PEP!)</a> is a (literally) underground theatrical performance featuring magic, political history, black lights, black<br /> arts, levitation, gratuitous special effects and entertainers both human and puppet producing a bewildering array of emotional and artistic effects.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Please check out our fundraising campaign <a href="" target="_blank">here!</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>SUMMARY:</strong><br /> Over a year in the making, Purple Electric Play (PEP!) is Machine Project&rsquo;s newest collaboration with visionary playwright and psychic Asher Hartman. Commissioned specifically for the Machine Project&rsquo;s 17 seat underground theatre, PEP! will delight and bewilder the audience with performances of mind-melting intensity.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In a mix of black light theater and black magic, PEP! follows two underground entertainers, THE VITAL ORGAN and THE STAR, as they step in and out of rough and ridiculous political histories, assisted by their pals, THE AUDIENCE, four naive and playful puppets, LO-PHAT, DONKEY, SALAD BAR and STARVATION luring their live audience deeper into the morass of questions and confrontations that arise from memories of injustice and revolt. PEP! explicitly leverages an audience&rsquo;s expectation of diversion and excitement to explore the relationship of the creative class to privilege and power, both as&nbsp; resistors and provocateurs.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Are you the kind of person who wishes Machine Project was just a little more intense, overwhelming and delirious? Have we got a play for you!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:14:17 +0000 Sanya Kantarovsky - LAXART - November 8th - December 13th Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:10:47 +0000 D.E. May - LAXART - November 8th - December 13th <p style="text-align: justify;">D.E. May (b. 1952) is an Oregon-based artist active since the early 1970s, whose work emerged in relation to the under-known history of modernist experiment in the Pacific Northwest. He is a crucial figure in that regional context, but is also relatively unknown beyond it. This is the largest exhibition of D.E. May&rsquo;s work outside of Oregon to date, and the first introduction of this major artist&rsquo;s work to Los Angeles and the Southern California region.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Over a forty-year career, May has worked to extend and intensify a range of avant-garde languages, inventing a particular form of abstraction created from the re-use of materials found in the urban environment. Residing in Salem, Oregon, the artist exceeds any regional frame to engage directly the history of key abstract strategies such as constructivism, geometric abstraction, and the monochrome. But the work also explores the readymade and collage practice typical of Dada, or the child-like scale and alternative distribution channels (such as mail art) later explored by Fluxus, as well as the textual, archival, and architectural tactics central to certain forms of Conceptual art. Indeed, the work seems to evoke the ghosts of an eclectic but very specific range of canonical modernist or postwar artists, embraced in all their incompatibility and evident contradiction with each other: Kurt Schwitters and Kasimir Malevich; Joseph Cornell and Joseph Beuys; the precarious grids of painter Agnes Martin and the aggressive geometric cut-outs of Gordon Matta-Clark; the notion of a spontaneous&nbsp;<em>Art Brut</em>&nbsp;elaborated by Jean Dubuffet and the&nbsp;street aesthetics of the early work of Claes Oldenburg.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">And yet the art of D.E. May also references everyday objects, simple and useful things, like tools, architectural shelters, or maps. With its titles and general spirit, the work often evokes the outdated places and characters found in film noir movies, or albums and song titles from our vinyl-record past. Allegorical references to mysterious regions or lands abound, utopian zones perhaps, or long-ago sites that have passed into oblivion. In their construction, May&rsquo;s objects also echo the labors characteristic of a range of non-art occupations like dressmaking or furniture design or haphazard carpentry.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Typically small if not miniature in scale, often no larger than an index card or even a postage stamp, May&rsquo;s work is usually pieced together from weathered cardboard and paper scraps, found detritus altered in almost imperceptible ways. While meticulously handcrafted, the work usually appears anonymous, as if created by impersonal forces of the natural world such as erosion, staining, or over-exposure to the sun. The work bases itself in processes of salvage and reuse, recycling the discarded materials of the artist&rsquo;s home environment into an infinitely variegated language of abstract form.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Organized as a miniature retrospective--the artist was last the subject of a mid-career retrospective in 2003 in Portland--the exhibition at LA&gt;&lt;ART includes a range of key early works of the 1980s and 1990s shown alongside series completed more recently. Some of D.E. May&rsquo;s earliest salvaged cardboard constructions are present, acting as historical anchors and archival reminders of the aesthetic development that has led to the recent work. Ranging from gentle grids to organic found materials to precarious architectural models cobbled-together from detritus, the exhibition comprises both small and larger-scale works that often hover characteristically, and ambivalently, between complete abstraction and recognizable objects in andThe exhibition features a recent series of gridded works on paper entitled&nbsp;<em>Template Studies</em>, shown for the first time in the 2014 Portland Biennial (organized by former LA&gt;&lt;ART curator Amanda Hunt). The&nbsp;<em>Template Studies</em>&nbsp;are accompanied here by several older series of cutout cardboards simply entitled&nbsp;<em>Templates</em>, like a set of potential stencils that could be used to produce further abstract forms. A new body of work comprising twenty-four miniature layered abstractions, from an on-going series entitled&nbsp;<em>Testbeds</em>--salvaged materials inlaid upon or incised from other found materials--has been produced especially for the LA&gt;&lt;ART exhibition. It co-exists in the space with a series of older artist books, miniature constructions, sculpture, ephemera, and rarely- or never-exhibited work borrowed from major private collections in Oregon, Los Angeles, and New York.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition is guest-curated by George Baker, an art critic, editor, and art historian based at the University of California, Los Angeles. Three years ago, Baker visited Oregon under the auspices of a new program initiated by the Ford Family Foundation, involving a series of studio visits with artists across the state. Baker&rsquo;s encounter with D.E. May was the starting point of a dialog and correspondence that has culminated in the current exhibition of work--the product of a set of interests and passions shared between the artist and the art historian.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About the Artist</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">D.E. May has been the subject of a mid-career retrospective entitled &ldquo;D.E. May: The Occupations&rdquo; at Marylhurst University near Portland in 2003, and the solo museum exhibition &ldquo;The Artist as Archivist&rdquo; at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University in 2008. Recently, May was included in the 2014 Portland Biennial, and was a recipient of 2013 Hallie Ford Fellowship in the Visual Arts from the Ford Family Foundation. May is represented in Portland by PDX Contemporary Art.</p> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:10:22 +0000 Frances Scholz - Tif Sigfrids - November 8th - December 19th Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:00:02 +0000 Howard Fried - The Box - November 15th - December 20th Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:57:39 +0000 Heidi Bucher, Shimabuku, Phillip Zach - Freedman Fitzpatrick - November 16th - December 20th Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:56:25 +0000