Archive | January, 2010

EpiscoDisco! 1.23.10

30 Jan

This month’s EpiscoDisco brought us sculpture work from Oakland’s Derek Weisberg and video installation from New York’s Jessica Levey. EpiscoDisco is a monthly exhibit and beets night held in Grace Cathedral. And ladies, there is plenty of room to shake your thang in the Lord’s House.

Paradise Now aka Eve Ekman and Jean Cooney curate EpiscoDisco. The premise for January as follows. “Many world religions exalt the role of the mother in scripture and iconography, from the central role of the Madonna in Christianity, to the adage taken from the Quran that “heaven lies under your mother’s feet”. Two artists address the uniqueness of motherhood from disparate perspectives, one personal and another investigative.”   – EpiscoDisco site

At first glance, Levey’s video on night-vision mode looked more like the act that brings one into motherhood 9 months later. Upon closer inspection, ( it’s a Cathedral, if they’re showing porn, of course I’m gonna go in for a closer look) I realize the scene is actually a mother bouncing a baby up and down…to your relief or dismay.

Weisberg’s haunting candle lit sculptures were rather fitting for the Cathedral setting. The main figure clutches himself and looks to the sky, may be for answers to unresolved questions and comfort.  The figure had tokens at his feet to dispense into his parted mouth on a wish by wish basis. Hopefully my wish comes true!

Photos provided by Derek Weisberg

Hitler not so Impressed by the Apple iPad Tablet

28 Jan

Author of ” The Catcher in the Rye” Dies

28 Jan

For decades, JD Salinger escaped hoards of unwanted attention through self-imposed isolation. He wrote for pleasure and that was that.

Full Obit here

“Goodbye” art and music salon @ Million Fishes

28 Jan

A grand art and music salon show was thrown to say goodbye to Allysun Dutra, aka SF fashion designer Kittinhawk, a member of Million Fishes Arts Collective. She will be leaving Million Fishes to spread her love and talent to LA. Current and past members of the collective furnished the walls with works of oils and guache, the mounted unicorn bust of floral brocade(artist Leighton Kelly) being my utmost desired piece of the night. A luxurious teepee rich with layers of fabrics, feathers and an intricately decorated interior served as a small haven from the crowd, courtesy of Dutra. The place was packed, good music, an overall successful night.

Pictures by Paule O’Valle
Million Fishes Arts Collective

Goodbye 1.22.2010
Artists:
Adriana Atema, Allysun Maria Dutra, Del Geronimo, Frank Callozzo, Hero Megan Elizabeth Frasheski, Jen Siska, Jessica Lynn Atreides, Kevin Scott Hailey, Leighton Kelly, Matt Reamer, Paulie anna Duke, Paul O’Valle, Ryan Coffey

Musical performances by:
Campfire songs with micha and leighton, Metal Mother, Djs, Damon, Mikie G

Fever Ray

28 Jan

Swedish electronic artist Karin Dreijer Andersson.

Mary Iverson @ Park Life

24 Jan

Park Life . Mary Iverson . “Frontier”

A nifty partnership unfolds between romanticism and a realistic slap in the face. Naturescapes unfettered by human existence are sourced from magazines and positioned as backdrops to Iverson’s geometric abstractions. The geometrics are representative of containers used to transport our magnanimous consumer “needs.” A sense of industry and infinite consumption is superimposed by Iverson’s variegated painted containers within penned lines of many vantages points. The latter also creates an even depthier sense of space to an otherwise two-dimensional magazine tear out. Iverson’s reconstructed citation to 19th century’s Bierstadt (one of two oil paintings in the show) poses as reminder to another breed of romantic realism.

I was slightly disappointed to find Iverson’s landscapes as entire pages torn from magazines in the majority of pieces. And yes, I understand the intent was most likely highlighting concept rather than technical skill. Yet, I have seen her website and she does have the capability for gorgeous realism. Maybe she was exploring new modes of collage but I couldn’t help but feel cheated, like she ran out of time after completing the first two larger oil paintings.

Show from 1.22 – 2.27.2010

Pee-wee. Making the Theatrical Comeback

13 Jan

In hiding for nearly two decades, Paul Reubens, or shall I say Pee-wee Herman, is bringing back “The Pee-wee Herman Show” for a brief stint. Reuben, now 57, is also the writer and producer. In attempts to modernize the script, Reubens has incorporated such references as ShamWow into his 1981 material. In its hay day, “The Pee-wee Herman Show” had even graced Carnegie Hall on its 22-city tour.

Reubens has big hopes for this production to fund an even bigger film. Ed Wood comes to mind.

Club Nokia in downtown LA hosts “The Pee-wee Herman Show” from January 12th to February 7th. In his interview with MTV, Pee-wee states the final show to be February 14th, which would be an intriguingly unconventional Valentine’s date with your love-bunny. Sadly, he was mistaken.

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