ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Group Show - Pehrspace in Echo Park - April 20th 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p><a href="" data-gt="{&quot;entity_id&quot;:&quot;546922718737907&quot;,&quot;entity_path&quot;:&quot;WebEventPublicProdFeedPermalinkController&quot;}" data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=546922718737907&amp;extragetparams=%7B%22directed_target_id%22%3A0%7D" rel="nofollow">Prism Pipe</a>&nbsp;rings in the *high* holy day of 4/20 with HERBAL ESSENCES, an audiovisual odyssey through Natural Wonder with "Plant, Herb + Nature" themed visuals and a live score by some of LA's finest musicians.&nbsp;<br /><br />We will celebrate all things green with a showcase of GIF and Video Art from international media artists, with our full artist list to be released here on the day of the show.&nbsp;<br /><br />The screening will be live-scored by the delightful chimera of <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Twin Braids</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank" data-gt="{&quot;entity_id&quot;:&quot;191959737523270&quot;,&quot;entity_path&quot;:&quot;WebEventPublicProdFeedPermalinkController&quot;}" data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=191959737523270&amp;extragetparams=%7B%22directed_target_id%22%3A0%7D" rel="nofollow">Jon DeRosa</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank" data-gt="{&quot;entity_id&quot;:&quot;1561612344097910&quot;,&quot;entity_path&quot;:&quot;WebEventPublicProdFeedPermalinkController&quot;}" data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=1561612344097910&amp;extragetparams=%7B%22directed_target_id%22%3A0%7D" rel="nofollow">Electric Sound Bath</a>, who will usher us through this psychedelic journey.&nbsp;<br /><br />For the first time ever, refreshments will be available at the event! (Not of the herbal kind...that's&nbsp;up to you.)<br /><br />Attendees are HIGHLY encouraged to bring yoga mats so that they may experience the piece in relaxation. Tickets are $5, all ages. Doors at 8pm, show begins at 8:30pm, and runs to 10pm.&nbsp;<br /><br />As the evening follows a screening format, attendees are encouraged to arrive on time to ensure entry.&nbsp;<br /><br />Prism Pipe, presented by <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Current Sea</a>, is set for the third Monday of every month at <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Pehrspace</a> in Historic Filipinotown. The event takes on a different form and features new performers each month, while focusing on the interplay between live music and projected visuals at its core.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:09:28 +0000 Jennifer Faist - Ruth Bachofner Gallery - April 18th - May 30th <p>Ruth Bachofner Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Jennifer Faist. There will be a reception for the artist Saturday, April 18, 5 - 7 PM.<br /> <br /> Jennifer Faist creates perfectly smooth, reflective paintings that draw viewers into their vibrant, shimmering depths. While the artist's meticulously crafted work recalls the practices of the Finish Fetish work of the &lsquo;60s, Faist curbs pure materiality and infuses her work with personal resonance. <br /> <br /> Aiming to feminize the Minimalists that she admires, Faist approaches her work with a dedication to material integrity that also holds an emotional core. Alluding to nostalgia and memory, the artist appropriates patterns from clothing with which she associates specific, personal memories. The fabrics Faist uses have been collected over many years, and belong to her or people close to her. The artist renders her chosen textile designs in fine detail and gradually envelopes the original form beneath layers of colored acrylic glazes. Each painting, suspended in resin on thick wood supports, becomes a relic of her past. Having just lost a parent to Alzheimer's disease, she has a particular interest in the process and meaning of recollection.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Our closets are treasure troves of memories,&rdquo; Faist states, &ldquo;and, as every garment is a reminder, every painting of these fabric patterns serves as a memento. The trompe l'oeil patterns buried in the depths of the paintings spark reflection on remnants of the past, but also the shiny surfaces literally reflect fragments of their present surroundings and the viewers themselves.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Jennifer Faist received her MFA from Claremont Graduate University. She lives and works in Los Angeles.</p> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 04:27:00 +0000 Group Show - Daniel Rolnik Gallery - April 18th - April 20th <p><img src="" alt="" /></p> <p><strong>Pacific Stoner Time: Pot in L.A. Weekend</strong> is a collaboration of <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Daniel Rolnik Gallery</a> and Pengu Labs, bringing together the best psychedelic and irreverent minds for a 3 day pop-up exhibition. Opening Saturday 4/18, and culminating in a 420 Takeover, Pacific Stoner Time explores the significance of altering your brainwaves and chilling out. <br /><br />Opening Reception 4/18&nbsp;7pm<br />Stoner Time Artist Hangout 4/19&nbsp;4pm<br /><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Sleepaway Camp</a> 420 Takeover 4/20&nbsp;7pm</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>artists:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Jessicka Addams<br /></a><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Barefoot Lazer Tie-Dye<br /></a><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Om Bleicher&nbsp;<br /></a><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Dave Bondi<br /></a><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Kristina Collantes<br /></a><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Keith Dugas<br /></a><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Steven Fiche<br /></a><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Champoy Hate<br /></a><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Hellen Jo<br /></a><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Keenan Marshall Keller<br /></a><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Nora Keyes<br /></a><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Nicole Killian<br /></a><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Tom Neely<br /></a><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Beth Pecora<br /></a><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Pengu Labs<br /></a><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">John Pham<br /></a><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Adam Roth<br /></a><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Shaq Jizz<br /></a><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Malcolm Stewart&nbsp;<br /></a><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Jen Tong<br /></a><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Tripple U</a></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><br /></a>Daniel Rolnik Gallery<br />1431 Ocean Ave, Suite 1800, Santa Monica, CA 90401 <strong>Gallery Hours</strong><span style="color: #14130b; font-family: inherit;">: 12-7pm every day </span><span style="color: #14130b; font-family: Arial;"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a></span></p> <p><strong> About the event:</strong></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Daniel Rolnik Gallery</a>, run by the "world's most adorable art critic" has teamed up with Pengu Labs: an interactive art/media lab whose members operated <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Home Room</a> &amp; <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">L'KEG Gallery</a> (Best of LA 2009). They've assembled their favorite psychedelic and irreverent artists for a 3 day pop-up event that picks up where the Getty's <em>Pacific Standard Time</em> initiative&nbsp;leaves off. Pacific&nbsp;Stoner&nbsp;Time pays tribute to the source of inspiration for many of the world's greatest art pieces: marijuana. After Saturday's opening reception, a collection of the artists will be back in the space for a Sunday afternoon hangout session, swapping stories and slices of pizza. The weekend closes out with a Monday night 420 takeover, curated by&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Sleepaway Camp</a>, who were lauded by LA Weekly as providing the "wildest Tuesday night you've ever had."</p> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:35:36 +0000 Justin Bower, Valie Export, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Rinus van de Velde - Patrick Painter Inc. - April 25th - May 23rd <p>Patrick Painter, Inc. is pleased to present, &ldquo;Altered States,&rdquo; a group exhibition featuring artwork by Justin Bower, VALIE EXPORT, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger and Rinus Van de Velde. The exhibition will showcase each of the five artists&rsquo; unique vision of an altered reality.</p> <p>In his first exhibition with Patrick Painter, Inc., Justin Bower presents us with deconstructed, somewhat hallucinatory images of pseudo-human faces. Bower&rsquo;s interest lies in the rapid digitization of humanity, and its affect on society at large. Humans function in a world of ubiquitous technological advances, and what Bower calls &ldquo;control society.&rdquo; Coupled with repeated Op Art patterns, Bower&rsquo;s paintings show the destabilization of the figure through the doubling of features - multiple eyes, spliced noses, melting mouths, and expressionist brushwork.</p> <p>Viennese artist VALIE EXPORT has been challenging gender stereotypes and societal constructs in her work since the 1960s. Arguably EXPORT&rsquo;s most iconic work, Action Pants: Genital Panic (1969/2001), stood at the forefront of the European feminist art movement. Inspired by arthouse cinema and auteurism, the image is a photographic documentation of a performance EXPORT did at an experimental theater. EXPORT confronts the viewer with conflicting messages, and turns the traditional art historical image of woman as object on its head.</p> <p>Iconic Los Angeles artist Mike Kelley left behind an enormous body of work that included an array of photographic pieces. From 2001, Black Out (Detroit River) 1-8 consists of eight panels, each showing a different section of the Detroit River. Large portions of each panel are blacked out (due to a camera malfunction), offering only glimpses of what was intended to be a panoramic view. Here Kelley critiqued &ldquo;pop&rdquo; psychology theories such as repressed memory syndrome, and draws a parallel between these obscured portions and the lapses caused by repressed memories.</p> <p>Inspired by a kind of contemporary fiction, Rinus Van de Velde&rsquo;s large, highly rendered charcoal on canvas pieces focus on central characters within a more complex narrative. Here Van de Velde focuses on a fictionalized alter-ego, and his search for a young writer who has gone missing. The drawing and descriptive titles present the artist&rsquo;s fruitless attempt to locate his friend, and his isolation as he draws out the contradictory traces left behind by his disappearance. Van de Velde&rsquo;s work melds art historical precedent and a reinterpretation of the drawing medium.</p> <p>Justin Bower has recently exhibited at UNIX Gallery in New York, and Ace Gallery in Los Angeles. VALIE EXPORT&rsquo;s work is currently on exhibit at Tanja Grunert Gallery, New York, and the Hamburger Kunsthalle in Hamburg, Germany. Mike Kelley&rsquo;s work was recently featured in a multi-museum traveling retrospective, and at Skarstedt Gallery in New York. Martin Kippenberger&rsquo;s work was recently exhibited at Galerie Gisela Capitan, Cologne, and Skarstedt Gallery in New York. Rinus Van de Velde has exhibited at major international museums including the Stedelijk in Amsterdam, and has a forthcoming exhibition at SMAK, Ghent.</p> <p>Please join us for the Opening Reception on Saturday, April 25th from 6-8pm&nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:20:03 +0000 Emily Davis Adams, Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia, Jennifer Wynne Reeves, Mira Schor, Craig Taylor - CB1 Gallery - April 18th - May 30th Fri, 17 Apr 2015 02:59:25 +0000 Merion Estes - CB1 Gallery - April 18th - May 30th Fri, 17 Apr 2015 02:52:30 +0000 Verena Dengler - Thomas Duncan Gallery - May 1st - June 6th Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:17:14 +0000 Adrian Ghenie - Mihai Nicodim Gallery - April 18th - June 2nd <p style="text-align: justify;">Nicodim Gallery is pleased to present our third solo exhibition of new work by Adrian Ghenie, who is representing Romania at the 56th Venice Biennale. The exhibition will be on view from April 18 through June 2, with an opening reception on April 18 from 4-7 pm at our new downtown location.<br /><br />A painting is not a window.<br /><br />Daubing away at an insane asylum in the South of France, Van Gogh could not, in his wildest fever dreams, imagine 'Irises' adorning your aunt&rsquo;s tea towels, nor 'Starry Night' as Venice Beach photo-op mural. Adrian Ghenie smears a gooey brush through a museum full of history, carefully prodding the tenderest parts, the darkest moments. Eugenics and slapstick are equally culled. The ineffability&nbsp;of genocide might be limned by a childhood tchotchke, a &ldquo;good&rdquo; painting of a dictator might be taken as a dare.<br /><br />In the wake of Ceaușescu, Ghenie spackles the lacunae of his formal education at will. Fuck the brush. Instead he favors the palette knife to whip, frost, and smear cultural memory with lived experience. Now and again the unruly swirls of color stop short against the cliff of a stencil&rsquo;s edge, delineating the brim of a hat, the curve of a jacket, the gnarled border of face where an ear should have been. Layer by layer, his paintings incorporate the compromises of vision&mdash;by faulty recollections, by redacted histories, by flawed photo reproductions gazed at by candlelight&mdash;resulting in a polysemy of iconic appropriations.<br /><br />From classic cinema to social media to civic archives, Ghenie jabs his knife. They all bleed mercilessly, but nothing dies that wasn&rsquo;t already a ghost. The freeplay is nudged onward. With a twist of the trowel, he pries off an iconic face and tries it on for size. Hitler takes a pie in the kisser. Sploogy rain begs innuendo.<br /><br />This is not a window. This is life, the wet smack of a body against the edifice of history.</p> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:09:49 +0000 Rob Reynolds - LAXART - April 17th - May 30th Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:06:05 +0000 Keijaun Thomas - Human Resources - April 19th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Chicago-based performance artist Keijaun Thomas comes to Los Angeles to present <em>Partitions of Separation and Trespassing</em>. $10-15 donation at the door; 6-8PM<br /><br />Partitions of Separation and Trespassing<br /><br />Section 1. Selective Seeing&nbsp;<br />Part 2. Looking While Seeing Through&nbsp;<br />Section 2. Painted Images, Colored Symbols&nbsp;<br />Part 3. Sweet like Honey, Black like Syrup&nbsp;<br /><br />In 4 zones, where one is sometimes 3rd, 3rd is four and sometimes two is 1st.&nbsp;<br />Thomas is constantly thinking about placement, our placement, lack of place, here.&nbsp;<br />The structure cannot be pure(ly) viewed as linear, horizontal nor vertical.&nbsp;<br />Moving through space, spreading materials&mdash; poring sugar and coffee like a stream of piss.&nbsp;<br />You can taste it, bitter and sweet. If I am looking at you from a pile of green A3 land&nbsp;<br />stacked high like a hill; I see you from a distance. Distance is Not Separation.&nbsp;<br />In four zones, through a panel of glass covered in textual lube, thick, not separate.&nbsp;<br />I see your yellow boots, your black hair, synthetic texture sticking like a cracker on honeyed flesh.&nbsp;<br />Can you feel it?&nbsp;<br /><br />I am in Florida riding through a thick haze of red and black smoke. A controlled, wild forest fire.&nbsp;<br />If you see the smoke rising on an idle Sunday in Los Angeles, know that I see it, too.&nbsp;<br />If only from a distance. The Poetics of Trespassing. Stomach pressed to the floor, sneaky. Whatchu looking at? Us.<br />Painted like syrup on a black box chest, filtered with vaseline, sticky.&nbsp;<br />Athletes on plantation grounds, clean it up. Denim trousers, hands and knees, watch your step. Go!&nbsp;<br />Broom-heads leaving flour tracks. You can hear it. Competition, who can collect the most.&nbsp;<br />I'm not picking for them, I'm picking for us. Us is expansive, expensive. Yaki premium. Now.&nbsp;<br /><br />Distance speaks towards motion, motion moves towards proximity, proximity asks why, here?&nbsp;<br />Separation ask for proximity, proximity moves towards motion, motion is a gesture of movement<br />that speaks a language presented over a distance. You're not suppose to be here. Queering images&nbsp;<br />that we see or choose to see and how they function from place to place, over distances, through barriers.&nbsp;<br />I'm not picking for them, I'm picking for us. Clothes line, hanging. Watch them dry, watch them die.&nbsp;<br />Black tissue paper covering building blocks. Cardboard on the front line. When you hear the fireworks&nbsp;<br />cracking beneath your feet on an bustling Sunday in LA, Get ready.</p> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:03:36 +0000 Brendan Murphy - KM Fine Arts - April 18th - June 27th <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p><strong>BRENDAN MURPHY |&nbsp;<em>Opposite Relevance: A Remix of Solutions</em></strong></p> <p><strong>April 18 &ndash; June 27, 2015</strong></p> <p><strong>Opening Reception with Artist in Attendance: April 18, 6-8pm</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>KM FINE ARTS | LOS ANGELES</strong></p> <p><strong>Los Angeles, CA&nbsp;</strong>(<strong>March 28,&nbsp;2015</strong>) -&nbsp;<strong>KM Fine Arts</strong>&nbsp;is pleased to announce&nbsp;<strong><em>Opposite Relevance: A Remix of Solutions</em></strong>, a solo exhibition of new mixed media paintings by artist&nbsp;<strong>Brendan Murphy</strong>, on view from April 18, 2015 &ndash; June 27, 2015 at the gallery&rsquo;s West Hollywood location at 814 North La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 18th, from 6-8pm with the artist in attendance. This will be the artist&rsquo;s first solo exhibition with the gallery.&nbsp;</p> <p>Brendan Murphy&rsquo;s work focuses on the genuine cultivation of beauty by utilizing color and movement to confront life&rsquo;s experiences. For this exhibition&nbsp;the artist has focused on his chalkboard series. In this series he utilizes mathematical algorithms, engineering designs, text, and color to lead the viewer through a journey of discovery. His intricate large-format canvases, reminiscent of classroom chalkboards and whiteboards, are simultaneously whimsical and complex. Poetic combinations of words punctuate equations and geometric drawings, and the striking white-on-black construction is interrupted by splashes of color. Murphy&rsquo;s paintings display an effortless blending of gouache, oil and acrylic paint to create floating backgrounds, moving pieces, and a push-pull multi-dimensional visual experience.</p> <p>To view his work is to embark on a labyrinthine journey towards a place of focused awareness. While it is the visually striking nature of his canvases that first command the viewer's attention, it is the complexity of each painting that encourages one to linger, as the nuanced voice of the painting continues to reveal itself over time. Each unique work carries with it the artist's intention: to bring people back to a genuine state of emotion rather than one of distraction and detachment.</p> <p>Brendan Murphy is a former student of renowned painter and sculptor Eric Fischl and his work can be seen in over 500 private and public art collections internationally. Prior to establishing his artistic career, Murphy spent several years working in finance in New York. He soon recognized the potential for fusing his new creative profession with his entrepreneurial skills, which led him to found the lifestyle sportswear brand Solfire. Lending imagery from Murphy&rsquo;s paintings, Solfire is founded under the conviction that arts, business, and social initiatives can contribute to making a better world. By living according to this adage, Murphy has also established himself as a philanthropist, collaborating with other artists and entrepreneurs to help raise significant amounts of money for numerous global non-profit organizations.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About KM Fine Arts&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>With prominent locations in Chicago on Oak Street and West Hollywood in Los Angeles,&nbsp;KM Fine Arts, directed by curator Ana Hollinger, has been critically acclaimed for its museum-quality exhibitions since 2006. The gallery specializes in&nbsp;American and European artists of early modernism, postwar, and contemporary art&mdash;including&nbsp;the movements of&nbsp;Abstract Expressionism and&nbsp;Color Field painting.&nbsp;The gallery program includes works by Georg Baselitz, Norman Bluhm, Fernando Botero, James Brooks, Alexander Calder, John Chamberlain, Michael Goldberg, Hans Hofmann, Robert Indiana, Wolf Kahn, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol, along with contemporary artists Eric Fischl, Ramsey Dau, Carole Feuerman, Kim Gottlieb-Walker, Dana Louise Kirkpatrick, Gary Lang, Victor Matthews, Brendan Murphy, Ruth Pastine, Cole Sternberg, and Bernie Taupin&mdash;among others.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>KM Fine Arts | Chicago - Los Angeles</strong></p> <p>Ana M. Hollinger&nbsp; | Director, Managing Partner</p> <p>t:: 312.255.1319</p> <p>e: <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>KM Fine Arts | Los Angeles</strong></p> <p>Amanda Roberts | Assistant Director, Los Angeles</p> <p>t: 310.854.0540</p> <p>e:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>814 N. La Cienega Blvd</p> <p>Los Angeles, CA 90069</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>GALLERY HOURS</strong></p> <p>Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 6pm</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 01:27:56 +0000 Matthew Chase-Daniel - Craig Krull Gallery - April 18th - May 23rd <p>For fifteen years, Matthew Chase-Daniel has created photo-assemblages that reflect the dynamic experience of seeing. His grids of images represent a temporal, cinematic unfolding of the visual encounter, usually positioning images that are nearby on the bottom row, and scanning further into the distance in the upper rows. In 2014, Chase-Daniel made several extended trips along the coast from Cambria to Point Reyes, exploring the reaches of the Monterey Bay Wildlife Refuge. <em>Monterey Littoral </em>interprets locations such as Point Lobos and Muir Beach from the minutiae at our feet to the distant scanned horizon. This series also includes a new direction in his work, tracking Pelicans and Turkey Vultures. Individual images of silhouetted birds, once composed in grids, become invented flocking patterns.</p> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 20:14:43 +0000 Jasmine Swope - Craig Krull Gallery - April 18th - May 23rd <p>Jasmine Swope&rsquo;s project, <em>Our Ocean&rsquo;s Edge</em> aims to promote an awareness and appreciation of the network of Marine Protected Areas along the California Coast. Working with traditional film encourages Swope to &ldquo;slow down, become intimate with the subject, and allow the picture to present itself almost intuitively.&rdquo; Her images are printed in the palladium process, affording a subtle range of tonal variations. A new Nazraeli Press publication, <em>Our Ocean&rsquo;s Edge</em>, features Swope&rsquo;s images, an essay by naturalist author Dwight Holing, and a foreword by scientist and wild water advocate, Dr. Wallace J. Nichols.</p> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 20:03:15 +0000 CONNIE JENKINS - Craig Krull Gallery - April 18th - May 23rd <p>For more than four decades, Connie Jenkins has used water both as subject matter and metaphor. She recognizes the ebb and flow of tides, like the seasons and other natural cycles, as fundamental connections to our natural environment. Her recent tide pool paintings also bear a relationship to photo-realism but, as Jenkins explains, in painting water, she has &ldquo;tried to paint the visual patterns with which our brains construct images&mdash;a shared illusion.&rdquo; The water is rippled and foamy, blurring and bending the shapes of the purple sea urchins and green anemone below. By focusing on a horizonless bird&rsquo;s-eye view of the water, Jenkins flattens the image, making it both an illusionistic representation of water, and an abstraction of paint marks which acknowledge the canvas as an object. The tide pool&rsquo;s surface becomes the picture plane where illusion meets abstraction.</p> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 19:53:55 +0000 James Benning - Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian - May 31st 7:30 PM - 9:45 PM <p><strong>Sunday May 31, 2015, 7:30 pm </strong></p> <p><strong>Los Angeles Filmforum presents </strong></p> <p><strong>James Benning: <em>natural history</em></strong></p> <p>At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90028</p> <p>James Benning in person!</p> <p>West Coast premiere!</p> <p>In 1998-99, Filmforum hosted a retrospective of works by James Benning.&nbsp; Since then he has completed at least another 20 films, and since migrating from film to digital media, he&rsquo;s been &nbsp;playing with the space-time continuum in new ways and completing work at a remarkable pace.&nbsp; We&rsquo;re delighted to host Benning again for the premiere here of one of his latest works, an exploration of the Vienna Museum of Natural History in 54 shots over 77 minutes, mostly of behind-the-scenes spaces.</p> <p><strong>James Benning</strong> has been making work since 1970. He has had recent museum shows in Hamburg, Germany and Graz, Austria.</p> <p>For more event information: <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>, or 323-377-7238&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Tickets: $10 general, $6 students/seniors; free for Filmforum members.&nbsp; Available by credit card in advance from Brown Paper Tickets at <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a> or at the door.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Screening:</span></p> <p><strong><em>natural history</em></strong> (2014, HD digital, 77 min.) </p> <p><strong>&ldquo;natural history</strong> began about five years ago when the director of the Museum of Natural History Vienna, Christian Koeberl, invited me to lunch. He wanted to talk about his second passion film. Myself not liking film that much immediately changed the subject to meteorites, his first passion. Over a schnitzel and the better part of a rather good bottle of red wine I received about two years of university credit on the subject. Then with a boyhood grin, Christian asked if I&rsquo;d like to see the storage rooms. (...) We spent another few hours looking at the stuff stored and at the underground architecture itself. I told Christian I think I&rsquo;d like to make a film there, a landscape film, and without hesitation he said yes.&rdquo; (James Benning) <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p>&ldquo;I had complete access to the building for 13 straight days,&rdquo; Benning says. &ldquo;The editing is based on the first 27 digits of pi: 3.14159265358979323846264338.&rdquo; &ndash; James Benning</p> <p>A chronology of related events by James Benning:</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p>On natural history and FAROCKI, by Michael Pattison:</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p>Hollywood Reporter review by Clarence Tsui:</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p>---------------<br /> This program is supported by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. Additional support generously provided by American Cinematheque. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.</p> <p>Los Angeles Filmforum is the city's longest-running organization screening experimental and avant-garde film and video art, documentaries, and experimental animation.&nbsp; 2015 is our 40<sup>th</sup> year.</p> <p>Memberships available, $70 single, $115 dual, or $50 single student</p> <p>Contact us at</p> <p>Find us online at</p> <p>Become a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @Lo</p> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 05:31:53 +0000 Grear Patterson - Depart Foundation - April 21st - June 15th <p style="text-align: justify;">Grear Patterson first solo show in LA, in collaboration with the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" data-gt="{" data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=157261774241&amp;extragetparams=%7B%22directed_target_id%22%3A0%7D">American Academy in Rome</a>, curated by Peter Benson Miller. Los Angeles &ndash; Depart Foundation announced that it will collaborate with the American Academy in Rome to present Grear Patterson: Seek and Destroy, the artist&rsquo;s first Los Angeles solo exhibition and the Los Angeles sequel to Patterson&rsquo;s exhibition Forest Theater presented at the American Academy in Rome in 2014.A precocious former member of The Still House Group, New York-based American artist and photographer Grear Patterson, working in a variety of media, creates expressive works suffused with nostalgia for lost innocence and childhood rituals. Summoning many of his most significant formative experiences, he plumbs the pleasures and traumas of adolescence, evoking both personal and collective rites of passage. His work, alternating&nbsp;between disclosure and reticence, explores not only the immediacy of reckless experience, violent impulses and erotic yearning, but also the halting emotional and&nbsp;linguistic shorthand used to express those furtive memories and desires.<br /><br />Drawing upon a collection of random snapshots, collected images and personal effects, Seek and Destroy, summons in various, often indirect ways, formative moments in the artist&rsquo;s life. Embodied by, among other things, treehouses, baseball cards, summer camp, cult movies seen over and over, and fireworks on the Fourth of July, these moments might be construed as typical of an American childhood and the turbulent passages of adolescence &ndash; Sturm und Drang leavened by the cool sensibility of Ed Ruscha, with a nod to the dark undercurrent in William Eggleston&rsquo;s photographs of back yards and suburban clutter. Part Hardy Boy and part Holden Caulfield, Patterson presents his recollections in the form of photographs, interactive installations and private relics, tapping into a broader consciousness. His works are remarkably mature ruminations upon memory, nostalgia and the hormone-fueled transition from childhood to adulthood. Like Harold with his purple crayon, Patterson creates a rich personal world&nbsp;that melds the real and the imaginary.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br />Patterson&rsquo;s exhibition Forest Theater, which this exhibition follows, was presented at&nbsp;the American Academy in Rome from October 9&ndash;December 5, 2014.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A catalog with a text by exhibition curator Peter Benson Miller and published by NERO&nbsp;accompanies the exhibition.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Grear Patterson: Seek and Destroy is organized by the American Academy in Rome in&nbsp;collaboration with DEPART Foundation.<br /></p> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:33:26 +0000