The Artist’s Life: A Jazz Opera workshop by George Herms in Beverly Hills

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The Artist’s Life: A Jazz Opera workshop by George Herms in Beverly Hills
Curated by: Liza Simone

Various Locations
269 235 Beverly Dr
Bevelry Hills, CA 90210
August 18th, 2007 - August 18th, 2007
Opening: August 18th, 2007 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

west hollywood/b.h.
(213) 626-2854
installation, assemblage, jazz



“Opera Workshop” is the umbrella title of two blended, process-based installations that set out to develop ideas and create a zone of play, flexibility, and collaboration in the heart of a busy commerce district. “Opera Workshop” consists of two projects:


*”Amaze,” by Farmlab Team; and

*”The Artist’s Life: A Free Jazz Opera” workshop by George Herms

*August 18 @ 7-9pm: Free Jazz Opera workshop performance by George Herms & jazz   musicians

*August 25 @ 10pm: Free Jazz Opera performance by George Herms & jazz musicians


August 13, 14, 17 Rehearsals

 collaboration located in the heart of a renowned commerce district

where passers-by are offered constant opportunities to consume, but
far fewer to build and make.

Utilizing a palette of salvaged materials (steel rods, telephone wire,
kimonos, etc.), and inspired by the assemblage work and recycling
ethos of George Herms – himself a recent Farmlab artist-in-residence –
Farmlab team members have since mid-July been working to transform the
large, ground-floor lobby area of this former bank building.


On this evening, Herms and musicians will workshop, "Act Two: Away." Jazz musicians joining Herms on 8/25 are: Roberto Miranda (bass), Bobbie Bradford (cornet), Vinnie Golia (reeds), Clayton Cameron (drums), Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (viola) Diane Briscoe (vocals).




On this evening, Herms and musicians will workshop, "Act One, Scene One: A Sculptor's Studio," a salute to john Coltrane. A spiral staircase will be elevated, and a large spherical buoy played. Jazz musicians joining Herms on 8/25 are: Theo Saunders (piano), Adar Lawrence (tenor sax); Henry "The Skipper" Franklin (bass); Ramon Banda (drums); David Dalston (trombone). Levitation of the spiral staircase is courtesy of Bill Gray.

AMAZE aims to explore the idea of collaborative endeavors as the
result of individual acts. Rather than decide every move together,
Herms and Farmlab build separately, in different sections of the
venue. The end result is a loose framework that likely – or not – will
fit together. Farmlab is a collective dedicated to the preservation
and perpetuity of living things. More info @


Art in America, Dec, 1997 by Michael Duncan

 Like portholes that reveal candy-colored, fairytale worlds, Maura

Bendett's new tondo reliefs emphasize the fantasy element of

decoration. Bendett arranges cutout drawings of flowers in 5-foot,

allover compositions. She draws on dear and colored sheets of acetate.

adding hues to her images with tinted glues. The drawings are then cut

out and sewn together with fishing line to create weblike circles

which are attached to the wall with nails, leaving a 1-inch gap so

that light can shine through the translucent acetate to the wall. The

result is an effect reminiscent of stained glass.

 Bendett's loose drawing style references both doodles and the bold

forms of Matisse's cutouts, giving her works a casual, free-from

grace. Glued-on seeds and pod fragments add texture, along with the

varied thickness of the colored glues. In Disintegrating Flowers, a

border of red, fuzzy-felt flowers sets off the busy bouquet. Green,

plastic-coated wire spirals out from the edges of East of the Sun and

West of the Moon, recalling one of the fanciful frames of Florine

Stettheimer. The extenuated tendrils and languishing fronds of this

work, along with its loopy sense of color, also seem indebted to

Stettheimer's flower paintings. Bendett's are sexy, fanciful still

lifes that assert an elegant outlandishness. With its palette of blues

and greens. Sea Breeze integrates underwater plants and creatures into

a vivid mix. A gaggle of blue and yellow lobster are arranged Busby

Berkley-style around a central blue flower, giving the piece a feeling

of wafty aqueous growth. The elevator shaft of Post--a gallery in the

downtown loft of artist Habid Kheradyar--has been the site of some of

the most imaginative installations of the past year. Visible from the

elevator's open, roofless cab, Bendett's 21-foot-high papier-mache

relief in the form of a plant. Object Resemblance, makes the ride to

the second floor an updated version of Jack's excursion up the

beanstalk. In Day-Glo and fluorescent limes and greens, stalky

tendrils flow up the wall, blossoming with autumnally shaded pods and

reddish fruits that dangle on wires like vegetal earrings. Purple

papier-mache pods on stems resemble half-sucked Tootsie Roll Pops. The

curvaceous splendor, luminous colors and cartoony humor of this work

make it the best example to date of Bendett's quirky literalization of

organic abstraction.

COPYRIGHT 1997 Brant Publications, Inc._COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group




 ROLAND REISS is a painter and sculptor from Southern California who

has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad. His work

has been seen at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Documenta in

Kassel, Germany. Exhibitions include museums in Brazil, Mexico, China,

Canada, Italy, Germany, Japan and Taiwan. He is the recipient of four

NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) grants and of more than forty

prizes and awards. His work is located in many public, corporate and

private collections.


 Since 1992, Reiss has concentrated exclusively on abstract painting.

He studied at the American Academy of Art and UCLA, and later taught

painting and drawing at UCLA and at the University of Colorado. He

later joined the faculty at Claremont Graduate College, where he was

Chair of the Art Department for 29 years and Benezet Professor of the

Humanities. He has served as Director of the Center for the Arts, and

is currently the Director of "Paintings Edge," an advanced program in

painting for Idyllwild Arts.


Oral History Interview



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