Fantasies, Melodramas, and a Dream called Love
September 20 - October 23, 2010
Reception: Monday, September 20, 8:30 pm
ltd los angeles is proud to announce Kalup Linzy’s first solo Los Angeles exhibition, Fantasies, Melodramas, and a Dream Called Love. The exhibition will open on Monday, September 20th at 8:30 pm with a performance by Kalup Linzy at 9pm.
Fantasies, Melodramas, and a Dream Called Love will feature three videos, Keys to Our Heart, Melody Set Me Free (the series Episode 3), Lil' Myrons Trade, new works on paper and film stills. The exhibition will run from September 20th until October 23rd.
ltd los angeles produces exhibit~specific texts pairing artists and writers with an aim to expand the discourse beyond the gallery walls. For this occasion, Kalup Linzy invited James Franco to write about his work based on the intersection of their individual practices in him, contemporary art and culture. Excerpts of this essay are included below and available in its entirety on www.ltdlosangles.com.
“Kalup Linzy is a versatile performer and artist who uses multiple voices, personas and media in his work. Underneath all these different faces and forms there is a common and sincere longing for love, identity, and artistic purity. By writing the text and giving voice to it himself, Kalup ensured that the performances grow directly out of the author's voice, his audible voice. These videos are not attempts to mimic established modes of entertainment, they are using those modes and transforming them into a personalized presentation. The tension in Kalup's videos is between the artihcial and the personal. The dislocation of performer and voice creates gaps within the performances that make them both ironic and more essential and heartfelt. Because the DIY aesthetic is so premeditated, Kalup himself is bared: we see and feel him doing everything. The approach allows him to be naked because he has hamessed the genre and molded it to his needs.”
Kalup Linzy has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at Studio Museum of Harlem (NY), Berkeley Art Museum (CA). P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center (NY) and Taxter & Spegemann (NY). Selected group exhibitions include Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (Moscow), Whitney Museum (NY), MOMA (NY) and MASSMoCA (MA). Kalup Linzy's work has been reviewed and profiled in The New Yorker. NY Wmes, Wall Street Journal, Frieze, Art Fomm, BOMB, Art Papers. V Magazine. NY ‘limes and Vanity Fair: Kalup Linzy lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.