Charles Valentine's Day
“Charles Valentine’s Day:” A group exhibit inspired by the aesthetic ideas of filmmaker Theresa Duncan and fine artist Jeremy Blake, including: living the life of an artistic rebel, making art for art’s sake, conspicuous vs. inconspicuous consumption, and appreciating anything particularly amazing or ironic.
The show’s title is based on a female character in Duncan’s animated short “The History of Glamour,” which screened at the 2000 Whitney Biennial. In the film, Charles Valentine goes from Midwest “inconspicuous consumption,” to life as a Chanel perfume-swilling NYC rockstar, to eschewing fame for the life of a serious writer, rejecting commercialism in favor of personal, artistic expression.
In the same vein, guest curator Julie Dole enlists a dozen artists to create works in response to the commercialism of Valentine’s Day, and extrapolate from there, exploring a peripheral view of a sometimes overcommercialized February 14. The group show intends to both involve and benefit guests, while contributing something interesting to the artistic dialogue of LA.
The evening will feature a perfume installation, a sound installation, and live charcoal drawing. Live classical guitar by David Rona and ambient music by Tari Karkanen.
Freedom Gallery is located within the Arts District Healing Center (ADHC). The gallery serves as a space for independent exhibits.
Opening Reception: Sunday, February 11 from 6 – 11pm.
Closing reception: Sunday, March 28 from 7 – 11pm.
On view until March 28. Mon-Sat 11am -10pm for ADHC members. Non-members by appt only.
618 E. 1st St. Downtown Los Angeles Arts District 90012 (310) 497-3781.