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Succulent in Culver City   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Rodney McMillian at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects January 23rd, 2010 - March 6th, 2010
Posted 1/25/10
        Corpus: a body is a collection of pieces, bits, members, zones, states, functions. Heads, hands and cartilage, burnings, smoothnesses, spurts, sleep, digestion, goose-bumps, excitation, breathing, digesting, reproducing, mending, saliva, synovia, twists, cramps, and beauty spots. It’s a collection of collections, a corpus corporum, whose unity remains a question for itself.... – Jean-Luc Nancy, Corpus: Fifty-eight Indices on the Body, 2008 “Succulent,” Rodney McMillian’s corpus... [more]
99¢ Only   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 12/28/09
      I go to the 99¢ Only Store to have a look around. I look up. On a two story metal pole, in a five foot by three foot metal box, the wood sign for the store. From the parking lot, I can see the paint on the sign is about to start peeling in long, two-inch fat, vertical streaks. In a long, red oval on a white background, I read: “99 cents ALWAYS +UP.” Barbed wire tops the parking lot fence. On a card table in the parking lot, a man around seventy-five years old sells five dollar phone... [more]
Four Anthropologies   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Joseph Beuys at LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art September 19th, 2009 - July 18th, 2010
Posted 12/28/09
One Students currently occupy the attic of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Students are translating all instances of language in holdings of works by Joseph Beuys. Students are translating the words and sentiments of the German artist into languages from Korean, to Armenian, to Spanish, to English, to Arabic. These bilingual students are writing translations of Joseph Beuys: declarations to accompany hopeful/absurd gifts... declarations now... [more]
Takahashi in Culver City   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Samon Takahashi at LAXART November 21st, 2009 - January 16th, 2010
Posted 11/30/09
        Imagine the affect of the full, undiluted, electromagnetic radiation of the stars. Astronomers constantly adjust to correct for atmospheric distortions, in order to better see, and to more accurately imagine, the universe. From inside the gallery at LAXART, we hear, then strain to better hear the slight reverberation of a guitar playing isolated notes. High, and off to the side, at the entrance to the gallery, quietly audacious French artist, Samon Takahashi posts a score created... [more]
            Angelenos, do you still visit the Westin Bonaventure Hotel? A trail head of this global communicational network, another glittering infrastructure we’ve cyborged into, one of the first hyperspace blast-off strips, the Bonaventure Hotel, in downtown LA, spirals up and down, a crystal of a just passed collective imagination. With enthusiasm, S~ and I roll down the hill from a star perch near Frank Lloyd Wright’s old, muscular Ennis House. We are thirsty for a backdoor hotel... [more]
MacArthur Park   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 11/2/09
Robert Smithson: “A park can no longer be seen as ‘a thing-in-itself,’ but rather as a process of ongoing relationships existing in a physical region—the park becomes a ‘thing-for-us.’” I enter MacArthur Park at West 6th Street and Alvarado. I imagine myself living here one million years ago... dirt, dirt, dust, dirt, dust, dirt, then dusty dirt, then bubbles in dusty dirt; then perhaps, shoots of water taking over from mud, yielding a brown pond triumphant—frogs (typical primordially loud... [more]
When I'm Walking With My Sweetness Down Among The Sugarcane/I Got the Neutron Bomb   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Allen Ruppersberg at Santa Monica Museum of Art September 12th, 2009 - December 19th, 2009
Posted 11/2/09
For a modest trade, I got six color images from the Allen Ruppersberg exhibit currently at the Santa Monica Museum, "You and Me or The Art of Give and Take." Ruppersberg is giving away new photocopies, a particular edit of a specific collection of found photographs. I chose my favorites, six glossy pages from "The Never Ending Book Part 2/Art and Therefore Ourselves," by Allen Ruppersberg. Six Pages 1. A scratch in the print from across a parade marshall's shoulder to the eyes of... [more]