Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Katie Grinnan at the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California

This exhibition features older sculptures and new photograms that reference and re-create actual spaces in the world, depicting the fractured way we see and interpret events and places. Thematically, Katie Grinnan's work explores the paradoxical relationship between the permanence of the frozen, photographic moment and the entropy that occurs over time in both the physical and photographic world.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Tacita Dean "FILM" at the Tate Modern

The twelfth commission in The Unilever Series at Tate Modern in London has been realized by the Berlin-based artist Tacita Dean. Tacita Dean conceived a piece that consists of an eleven-minute silent 35mm film projected onto a monolithic wall erected at the end of a darkened Turbine Hall. The work is entitled Film and deals with the typical nature of the analogue film in contrast to the digital image. Tacita Dean’s film is the first work in The Unilever Series that is devoted to the moving image.

Tacita Dean created Film as a portrait of the analogue, photochemical, non-digital medium of film. Dean wanted “to show film as film can be – film in its purest form”. The images the film shows have been created during the film shoot and not in post-production. Classic in-camera and studio techniques such as masking, double-exposure and glass matte painting have been used.

Film takes the appearance of a filmstrip with sprocket holes exposed onto the emulsion. It’s in Cinemascope format, but rotated through 90°. The film shows images of nature (lightning, flowers, seascapes) and architecture. It combines black and white, color and hand tinted images. She created associations with Mondrian painting and surrealist art; and deliberately used what is normally considered waste in filmmaking, such as the picture fading at the tail end of a roll.

In an interview with Simon Schama, Tacita Dean expressed her concern about the decline of analogue film as digital technologies mostly replaced it. With her work for The Unilever Series she wanted to both stir this debate and create a testament to the unique qualities of the medium film.

Tacita Dean was born in Canterbury, Kent, in 1965. She is considered as one of the “Young British Artists”, and was a nominee for the Turner Prize in 1998. Tacita Dean lives and works in Berlin. She had solo shows at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam (1997), MACBA in Barcelona, Schaulager in Basel (2006) and other major art museums. She participated in the Venice Biennale in 2003 and 2005.

The exhibition at Tate Modern is curated by Nicholas Cullinan, Curator of International Modern Art, Tate Modern, assisted by Iria Candela, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern.

The Unilever Series: Tacita Dean: Film. Tate Modern, Turbine Hall, London. Press preview, October 10, 2011.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The First Show II at Jancar Jones Gallery, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

The First Show, II: David Berezin, Michael Guidetti, Trevor Shimizu
October 8, 2011 - October 29, 2011
Opening Saturday, October 8th, 6-9pm

Jancar Jones Gallery
506 Bernard Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Michael Guidetti

Trevor Shimizu

Trevor Shimizu

Trevor Shimizu, Installation View

David Berezin, Pinecone, 2011, c-print, edition of 4, 16 x 16 inches

David Berezin, Rattler, 2011, c-print, 16 x 16 inches

Installation View: David Berezin

Trevor Shimizu, Technician, 2010, oil on canvas, 28 x 36 inches

Michael Guidetti, Snare, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 36 x 36 inches

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Trespass Art Parade, Downtown Los Angeles

One of the highlights of the infinite number of events that took place on the opening weekend of The Getty’s Pacific Standard Time initiative was the Trespass Parade. The Trespass Art Parade is a collaborative project between Arto Lindsay, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and West of Rome Public Art (WoR). Trespass started at the art fair Art Platform and ended at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (MOCA).

On its way through the historic Broadway Theater District in Downtown Los Angeles artists and residents rallyed together to engage in art, music, dancing, and performance. Among the participating artists are Jon Baldessari, Chris Burden, Mike Kelley, Barbara Kruger, William Leavitt, Jorge Pardo, Kenny Scharf, Pae White, and many other renowned artists. Among the Parade performers are Vaginal Davis, Kenny Scharf, the Newspaper Reading Club, Pedestal & the All-Girl Band, and Yarn Bombing Los Angeles.

Trespass Parade Downtown Los Angeles, October 2, 2011.

Participating artists:
Eleanor Antin, Edgar Arceneaux, Lisa Anne Auerbach, John Baldessari, Scott Benzel, Walead Beshty, Andrea Bowers, Nancy Buchanan, Chris Burden, Vaginal Davis, Sam Durant, Charles Gaines, Cheri Gaulke, Amy Gerstler, Piero Golia, Matt Greene, Julian Hoeber, Alex Israel, Glenn Kaino, Dawn Kasper, Mike Kelley, Chris Kraus, Barbara Kruger, Joel Kyack, Suzanne Lacy, Liz Larner, William Leavitt, Sharon Lockhart .
Ann Magnuson, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Dave Muller, T. Kelly Mason, My Barbarian,   Yoshua Okón, Jorge Pardo, Renee Petropoulos, Stephen Prina, Gustavo Raynal, Steve Roden, Nancy Rubins, Sterling Ruby, Aaron Sandnes, Kenny Scharf, Jim Shaw, Susan Silton, Stephanie Taylor, Diana Thater, Kaari Upson, Jeffrey Vallance, Marnie Weber, Pae White, Terry Wolverton.

Parade Performers:
ACE, Dewey Ambrosino, Raul Paulino Baltazar, Dola Baroni, Scott Benzel, Bodycity, Nancy Buchanan, Collective Collective, Vaginal Davis, Stephanie Diamond, Corey Fogel,  !mpact people, James Brandon Lewis Trio, JETS a group organized by CHAMPIONS, Dawn Kasper, KILLSONIC, Sylvere Lotringer, Ann Magnuson, Monica Rodriguez Medina, Mobile Mural Lab, Felicia “Fe” Montes, Milena Muzquiz, My Barbarian, Newspaper Reading Club, Anna Oxygen, Pedestal & the All-Girl Band, QW##R <3, Christopher Reynolds, Kenny Scharf, Alex Segade, Sir Richard’s Condom Company, Niko Solorio, South Gate High School, Stella Adler Acting Studio, Yarn Bombing Los Angeles.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Pulse Los Angeles Art Fair‏

Pulse Art Fair, too, has made it to Los Angeles. The fair has pitched its tent on the deck of a car park not far from Art Platform. The fair is dedicated solely to contemporary art. It is devided into two sections. The IMPULSE section presents galleries invited by a committee to present solo exhibitions of exhibitions of artist’s work created in the past two years. There are also large-scale installations, a video lounge, performance events, and talks. This video takes you an a tour on the opening evening on September 30, 2011.

An Interview with Katja Seib

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