Conversation: With Entheogenic Intent (Burn the Witch)

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Emma Goldman, from the series The Femme Radicale, 2014 Emulsion On Silkscreen, Aluminum, Burial Soil On Porcelain © Photo courtesy of the artist.
Conversation: With Entheogenic Intent (Burn the Witch)

1639 18th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
February 25th, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Artist talk
santa monica/venice
(310) 453-3711
Mon-Fri 11-5:30

We are pleased to invite you to a conversation as a part of the exhibition With Entheogenic Intent (Burn the Witch), this Tuesday.

In her exhibition, Artist Lab Resident Elena Bajo presents a site-specific body of work contemplating local indigenous shamanism as political dissidence, the universal history of magic, and the continuous suppression of stifled histories of revolutionary women by political systems via colonization and witch-hunting. Her project at 18th Street Arts Center is structured into three sections. One space hosts Los Angeles-based artists whom she has invited to participate by intervening in her own practice of intervention. Rotating every two weeks, the artists each receive a text piece Bajo calls a "spell" that they are free to interpret and respond to. The result is a revolving exhibition of ideas, which are replaced, removed, and abandoned for others. These artists will present their interventions in structured "conversations" with Bajo, local curators, and the public onFebruary 25 and March 11.
The first of these conversations is on Tuesday, February 25, 6:30-8:30pm in the Main Gallery.

Invited Artists:
Gala Porras-Kim, curated by Amanda Hunt
Danielle McCullough, curated by Anthony Leslie
Space is limited, RSVP strongly encouraged.

Light snacks and refreshments provided.
Artist/Curator Biographies:

Amanda Hunt is a curator at LA><ART, Los Angeles. Hunt is also curator of the forthcoming Portland 2014: A Biennial of Contemporary Art, presented by Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, Oregon. She has worked at various galleries and institutions including Whitechapel Gallery, London; Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York; the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Anthony Leslie is a librarian who lives in Los Angeles. He has published writing in The Journal of Artists' Books and The Art Book Review.

Danielle McCullough has exhibited work in Los Angeles, Joshua Tree, Seattle, Berlin, Amsterdam, New York and other cities throughout the US.. She is a recipient of grants from the Creative Capacity Fund, Change, Inc., and an artist residency at The Vermont Studio Center. McCullough has done several projects for High Desert Test Sites including Blast Site: A Workshop for Conjecture, and Panel Shop. She has written articles about art in Los Angeles for Art 21, Whitehot Magazine, Art Book Review, and In These Times. McCullough is also one of the founders and editors of Los Angeles Art Resource, a website for the Los Angeles arts community to share job opportunities, calls for entry, studio vacancies and regional grant/fellowship deadlines.

Gala Porras-Kim's work has been included in exhibitions at Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles; 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica, CA; La Central, Bogotá, Colombia; Tompkins Projects, New York, NY; FOXRIVER, Singapore; and Dobaebacsa HQ, Seoul, Korea. She received her BA from UCLA (2007), MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (2009), and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2010). She is a 2013 California Community Foundation Fellow.