THURSDAY (Nov 8): David Del Pilar Potes “The History of the Dodo” @ Family

Posted on November 8, 2012
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The History of the Dodo
Opening reception: Thursday, November 8th, 7-9pm
436 N. Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90036

From Family:

“Presented by Hamburger Eyes and Family

Photo exhibition and book release.

“It’s a narrative about evolution & extinction, and how we are all gonna die. ” - David Del Pilar Potes David Del Pilar is a New York-based photographer. He is also founding editor / publisher of Hamburger Eyes, a photography journal, photo-zine press, and studio. A catalogue of the exhibition will be available on the night - perfect-bound, 120 pages, limited to 300 copies. To pre-order a signed copy here (and have it shipped): Family Webstore

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SATURDAY (Nov 3): A Love Letter For You Film Screening @ Space 15 Twenty

Posted on November 2, 2012
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A Love Letter For You from Megawords Magazine on Vimeo.

A Love Letter For You film screening
Saturday, November 3rd, 7:30pm
Space 15 Twenty
1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028

From Space 15 Twenty:

In 1984 Steve Powers started climbing rooftops in his neighborhood and painting his alias ESPO as a dues paying member of the ICY graffiti club. 25 years later he returned home to Philadelphia in the summer of 2009 to write a love letter across the same rooftops facing the Market-Frankford line. The letter, meant for one, with meaning for all, encompasses 50 walls on a 20 block stretch of market street. Drawing input, inspiration, and work from the community Powers created a letter to and from west Philly. This unprecedented public art project was a collaboration of Powers, The Mural Arts Program, and the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. It required 1200 cans of spray paint, 800 gallons of bucket paint, and the skilled hands of 20 of the finest spray painters in America, who Powers put into the legendary ICY club.”

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SATURDAY (Nov 3): Sylvia Ji “La Catrina” @ CHG Circa

Posted on November 2, 2012
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La Catrina
Opening reception: Saturday, November 3rd, 7-10pm
CHG Circa
8530-A Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA  90232
Show runs from November 3 through December 1, 2012

From CHG Circa:

“On Saturday, November 3, 2012, CHG Circa will feature “La Catrina,” Sylvia Ji’s new paintings of sublime Catrina beauty and her fifth solo exhibition with the gallery.

Central to the paintings of “La Catrina” is the specter of La Calavera Catrina, an iconic deity of Mexico’s “Day of the Dead” celebrations, invoked by Sylvia Ji as a chromatic presence enciphered with allegory. “I wanted to revisit this female figure that haunts me, the Catrina, and put her in a less sexually provocative form to a more concerned, almost sad tranquility and reflection,” says Ji.

La Calavera Catrina, or The Elegant Skull, was originally portrayed in 1910s by the Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada as a richly adorned skeletal figure and became an enduring icon of the “Day of the Dead” celebrations. The Catrina was adoptive of the Aztecan goddess Mictecacihuatl who in the afterlife watched over the bones of the dead and all commemorating festivals. In “La Catrina,” the Lady of the Dead oversees the artist’s changes, divined through painting, and reflective with her unearthly visage.

“The color red is still prominent in a lot of the work, but takes on new meaning as the color of blood,” says Ji. “Not only is red prominent, but other colorful jewel tones as well; also intricate use of gold, copper and silver leaf.” Red hues change from the noir to traditional, shapeshifting its figure’s lives from the past to the present. As a painterly possession, “La Catrina” reveals the contemporary as a translucent identity of the past. “Many of the eyes are closed, mouths drawn in a sort of calm resignation to fate.” “La Catrina” exorcises the contemporary, where the past remains an ongoing force, grounding the present with an unworldly vibrance.

“La Catrina” will exhibit twenty-three paintings, including a series of smaller works. “I’ve tried to incorporate many of the textiles and patterns that evoke the indigenous spirit of Mexico,” says Sylvia. The rich hues and tonalities inlaid with traditional patterns and metallic foil motifs create an exhibition of saturnine beauty, resonant with life.”

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SATURDAY (Nov 3): Jacub Gagnon “More Human Than Human” @ Thinkspace

Posted on November 2, 2012
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More Human Than Human
Opening reception: Saturday, November 3rd, 6-9pm
6009 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

From Thinkspace:

Jacub Gagnon is one of Toronto’s emerging contemporary talents. The artist’s paintings are composed of dramatic expanses of pitch black negative space, populated by colorful hyper-realist renderings of wildlife in whimsical situations. The little creatures of Gagnon’s imaginings surrealistically activate human objects with both absurd and adorable end results. Meticulously detailed and rendered, with the application of delicate layers, Gagnon’s colors and textures are jewel like. The artist’s scenarios are those of fantasy, summoned by an unfettered imagination and uninhibited by the restrictive logic of reality. Gagnon probes the fine line between the innocuous and the sinister, effortlessly subverting the order of the natural world.

The work combines the preciousness of miniaturization with the whimsy of fantastical narrative. At times uncanny and dark in their unlikely combinations, the pieces activate unprecedented relationships between the animal and human worlds, and transfigure wild animals into anthropomorphic guises; like eerie little impostors of the human. We are seduced by a detailed and luminous surface, and fascinated by its circus of creatures. The paintings are almost Baroque in their drama and intensity, but undeniably contemporary in their aesthetic. Humor abounds in this land of carnival and inversion: scale is subverted, and natural relationships are defied. It is a world of disproportion and excess, as anything is possible, and nothing too perverse, in the descent down the rabbit hole. Gagnon deploys a trove of visual pleasures for the viewer, and creates a threshold into a world of boundless fantasy.”

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SATURDAY (Nov 3): Kevin Peterson “Amended” @ Thinkspace

Posted on November 2, 2012
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Opening reception: Saturday, November 3rd, 6-9pm
6009 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

From Thinkspace:

Kevin Peterson’s work is fundamentally motivated by the tension of unexpected juxtapositions; a device the artist uses to evoke psychic states, and affective associations. As an artist with a psychologically driven interest in his subject matter, his understated portrayals of isolation speak of subtle emotional estrangement and social alienation.

Peterson extracts, with sensitive acuity, a shared state of human fissure and disconnect, a theme saliently represented within the imperfect context of the urban landscape. The dirty grittiness of urbanity is often the bereft backdrop for lonely portraits of innocent children, or for symbols of innocence degraded by the unrelenting havoc of their surroundings. The juxtaposition of these polarities forces us to reconsider subjectivity in context, and quite literally situates the subject as an enigmatic and contentious force within its environment; as something independent of, and yet intrinsically affected by, the conditions of its world. His empathetic depictions of these scenes betray the insights of someone who has perhaps suffered in kind. Despite the haunting sense of absence and loss that pervades these paintings, the possibility of innocence and beauty remains intact against desolate landscapes. In the face of decay and squalor something nonetheless exceeds its confines, and a sort of beautiful destitution prevails.”

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SATURDAY (Nov 3): Ben Jones: The Video @ MOCA Pacific Design Center

Posted on November 2, 2012
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Ben Jones: The Video
MOCA Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Ave West Hollywood, CA 90069
Show runs from November 3 through February 24, 2013

From MOCA:

Ben Jones: The Video is the West Coast solo museum debut of the artist’s work. The exhibition features new videos and paintings that build upon the artist’s previous work using the extracted and abstracted forms of technology and pop symbols of our time to create irreverent, surrealistic, and introspective narratives and environments, often defined by their kaleidoscopic arrays of day-glo colors. With a fluid sense of material, Jones has worked with traditional art media like painting, drawing and sculpture, but also animated music videos, produced zines and costumes, furniture and web art, cartoons and music.”

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SATURDAY (Nov 3): Art & Conversation with Jen Stark @ Martha Otero Gallery

Posted on November 2, 2012
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Art and Conversation with MOCA Curator Alma Ruiz,
Artists Jen Stark, and Sam Borkson (FriendsWithYou)

Saturday, November 3rd, 3pm
Martha Otero Gallery
820 N Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90046

From Martha Otero:

“Jen Stark’s work is instantly recognizable for its breathtaking color spectrums rendered in mind-bending forms cut from paper, wood and other organic materials.

Stark’s sculptures seemingly reconstruct elements of time, nature and the cosmos on an exponential scale. She draws inspiration for her works from the rhythmic visual qualities of mandalas and other such sacred objects, while they simultaneously behave like the imagery of topographic maps, geometric repetitions and three-dimensional prisms. This aligns directly with her interest in mathematics: ‘to the power of…’ being a statement of exponential growth also infers the definition of ‘power’ as both the possession of physical or mental control and the fortitude to act decisively. Her unique experience working with fibers is displayed in her delicately constructed patterns, which resemble the flowing movements of fabric versus the perceived rigidity her actual core materials. Stark’s unflinching attention to physical detail and a commitment to shaping the object into something far beyond its origins result in a body of work which borders on the unbelievable.

With each successive individual project, Stark becomes bolder in her efforts to lure viewers into her kaleidoscopic environments. The work stands alone as a signature piece of superior craftsmanship and imaginative prowess, but Stark remains conscious of how the work is inextricably bound to real space and time. In this vein, Stark pushes the envelope of visual art production, recalling both the psychedelic experience of Op Art and the endearment of handmade totems and mystic charms.”

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FRIDAY (Nov 2): Sammy Harkham “Peeping Creepers” @ The Secret Headquarters

Posted on November 2, 2012
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Peeping Creepers
Opening reception: Friday, November 2nd, 7pm
Secret Headquarters
3817 W Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026

From SHQ:

“We are very excited to announce our November art show: Sammy Harkham’s Peeping Creepers! Our opening party is on Friday, November 2nd beginning at 7pm.

There will be original art for sale, delicious adult beverages, and scintillating conversation (perhaps with Sammy himself!) Don’t miss out.

Sammy Harkham is the creator of the Kramers Ergot anthology series, Crickets, Poor Sailor, and more.

His latest book is Everything Together. He lived in Australia. Believe this.

Join us!



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Stanley Kubrick @ LACMA

Posted on November 2, 2012
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Read more on Stanley Kubrick at the LACMA from Elvis Mitchell here.

Stanley Kubrick
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Show runs from November 1 through June 30, 2013
Buy tickets here for members and non-members


Stanley Kubrick was known for exerting complete artistic control over his projects; in doing so, he reconceived the genres in which he worked. The exhibition covers the breadth of Kubrick’s practice, beginning with his early photographs for Look magazine, taken in the 1940s, and continuing with his groundbreaking directorial achievements of the 1950s through the 1990s. His films are represented through a selection of annotated scripts, production photography, lenses and cameras, set models, costumes, and props. In addition, the exhibition exploresNapoleon and The Aryan Papers, two projects that Kubrick never completed, as well as the technological advances developed and utilized by Kubrick and his team. By featuring this legendary film auteur and his oeuvre as the focus of his first retrospective in the context of an art museum, the exhibition reevaluates how we define the artist in the 21st century, and simultaneously expands upon LACMA’s commitment to exploring the intersection of art and film.”

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SATURDAY (Oct 27): VIVA! x GOOD x EPIPLA x Circle X @ First and Hope

Posted on October 26, 2012
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VIVA! x GOOD x EPIPLA x Circle X
Opening reception: Saturday, October 27th, 9pm-1:30am
First and Hope Supper Club
710 West 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

From Viva La Art:

Where: First and Hope Supper Club

710 West 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
When: Saturday, October 27th @ 9pm-1:30am
What: Silent Art Auction and Music Fundraiser for Circle X Theatre, local non-profit theatre group

$10 suggested donation
Valet Parking
And it’s Halloween! Costumes encouraged!

In sum, you want to come because you love art, music, and mingling with good people who strive to build community. So come hang out with us, have a couple drinks, bid on some art, listen to music, and dance your feet off. If you need more details, read on!

Artists: Alexander DCD Smith/Angelina Christina/Billy Kheel/Dave Pressler/David Brady/Frans/Haleh Bayat/Jeff Cohen/Joby Cummings/John Park/Lucky Bunny/Max Neutra/Michelle Devereux/Mimi Yoon/Nico Yoon/Nora Martin Hall/Oliver Akuin/Robert Yancy/Septerhed/Tony Hong/Van Saro/Walt Hall

Live Artists: Lefty Joe Torres/Meex One/Nora Martin Hall

DJ Sets: PROPS!/Who is Bui?/The Love Connection

LIve Musical Performance: Karla Moxley
Charity Information:
GOOD Maker (part of GOOD, Inc.) and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy Los Angeles joined together in an online competition to find a Los Angeles non-profit that brought community together through the arts. The winner would be the beneficiary of Viva La Art!s annual Art, Drinks, and Music benefit. We are excited to announce the winner of the competition was Circle X Theatre Co.; a volunteer-run charitable organization that encourages development and production of new creative work by Los Angeles artists. The event will feature live music, live painting, and a silent art auction with pieces donated by renowned artists. 100% of proceeds will help Circle X with the production costs of their non-profit program. Donations come in the form of entrance fees and auction profits.

About GOOD Maker:
GOOD Maker gives individuals and organizations the ability to tap into the public’s creativity and energy to address an issue that’s important to them. Organizations pose a challenge to the community, ideas to meet the challenge are posted and voted on, and the winning idea is awarded a grant or other support to enable the project’s completion.

About Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Los Angeles:
EPIP LA is part of a national network of twelve active chapters and a national office headquartered in New York City. EPIP LA offers peer support, leadership and advocacy training, mentoring, and networking opportunities. EPIP LA partners with regional grantmaking associations, affinity groups and others to complement and contribute to networks that exist throughout the community.

About Viva La Art!:
Viva La Art! organizes and empowers the arts community to promote education, activism, and fundraising for charitable causes. Viva! is 100% volunteer-based and aims to bridge the gap between arts and philanthropy by hosting events that bring art out of the galleries and into the community in fun and accessible ways.”

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