Events 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Reception

Art Los Angeles Contemporary Opening Night Reception

7-9pm, Thursday

ALAC
Barker Hangar
Santa Monica Airport

Tickets are now available for purchase online for Opening Night.

artlosangelesfair.com/tickets


Performance

EJ Hill: Signaling through the Flames

7pm, Thursday

ALAC
Barker Hangar
Santa Monica Airport

EJ Hill will present a new performance entitled Signaling through the Flames, produced by LA><ART for the opening night of the 2014 Art Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair.

Dressed in a formal tuxedo, Hill will perform songs in the style of the classic jazz lounge chanteuse. Hill has developed a songbook compromised of historical and improvised feminist texts inspired by current dialogue in popular culture surrounding our greatest female pop star, Beyoncé, who is both celebrated and criticized as a feminist icon. Fusing song with feminist texts, Hill will present pop-cultural entertainment within a high art context.

EJ Hill is an emerging Los Angeles-based artist known for his durational, physically demanding performances. Hill’s performances often possess an element of institutional critique or are direct in their address of politics around constructed identity and the body in gendered, racial and sexualized terms.

Founded in 2005, LA><ART is a leading independent nonprofit contemporary art space in Los Angeles, committed to the production of experimental exhibitions and public art initiatives. Responding to Los Angeles’ cultural climate, LA><ART produces and presents new work for all audiences and offers the public access to the next generation of artists and curators.

laxart.org

Friday, January 31, 2014

Installation

Vanity Projects: Nail Art Atelier

12pm-6pm, Friday

ALAC
Barker Hangar
Santa Monica Airport

Vanity Projects, a New York based video and nail-art salon, sets up shop at Art Los Angeles Contemporary offering complimentary manicures sponsored by Perrier starting at 12pm.

Vanity Projects is a luxury concept that merges a high-end nail art atelier with video art programming with the vision to re-shape the way patrons perceive and experience video art by placing it in an engaging environment. It is a creative hub where visitors can discover and develop a real connoisseurship of the video medium.

vanityprojectsnyc.com


Screening

Focus on Antonia Wright

12pm, Friday

ALAC Theatre
Barker Hangar
Santa Monica Airport

A selection of video works by artist Antonia Wright. Wright explores the various politics and comic facets of human experience through a multifarious, process-oriented practice combining video, performance, photography, poetry, sound, sculpture and perception. In her work she brings everything to the body, creating powerful visual metaphors and symbols that at times might appear ambivalent but are never obscure.

Antonia Wright was born in Miami, Florida in 1979. She graduated from the New School University in New York City with an MFA in Poetry as well as at the International Center of Photography. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Spinello Projects in Miami, Trading Places 2 at The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Perfect Lovers (a Frieze New York special project) at the White Box Gallery in New York and Aeroplastics in Brussels, Belgium.

spinelloprojects.com/artist/antonia-wright/


Screening

GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS

2pm, Friday

ALAC Theatre
Barker Hangar
Santa Monica Airport

GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS is a video program presented by Vanity Projects and curated by Rita de Alencar Pinto that explores the many facets of the female persona portrayed by ten female video artists. It features work by Sophie Lisa Beresford, Claire Hooper, Jen Denike, Keren Cytter, Marta Dell’Angelo, Jeesu Kim, Kristin Lucas, Tala Madani, Shana Moulton, Shannon Plumb and Eve Sussman – each exploring the humourous, intellectual, sardonic, passionate, complex, shy, serious, spiritual, neurotic, paranoid and conceited, through the many characters and vignettes that these artists employ, and revealing glimpses into the female psyche.

vanityprojectsnyc.com


Performance

David Brooks: The Life of a Hyperobject – As Told Through a Short and Leaky History of Floods

4pm, Friday

ALAC Theatre
Barker Hangar
Santa Monica Airport

A performative lecture by artist David Brooks:

Whether we like it or not – or more importantly, whether we believe it or not – the environmental conundrum we find ourselves in today poses a completely new philosophical impasse that, globally, has never before been encountered (unless it was a similar impasse that befell the ill-fate city of Atlantis?).

What we're really attempting to collectively grapple with is a thing that resists previous definitions of things. Can you see atmospheric warming? Can you experience species extinction? Can you point to where an ecosystem begins and ends? Can you witness evolution? I certainly cannot. Thingness, as explored through a short and leaky history of floods, is an attempt to sense an elusive thing.

David Brooks (b. 1975) has exhibited at the Miami Art Museum, Dallas Contemporary, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Bold Tendencies London, Sculpture Center, New York and MoMA/PS1 where he had a two-year major installation. In 2011 Brooks opened Desert Rooftops in Times Square, a 5000 sq. ft. earthwork commissioned by the Art Production Fund that received laudatory reviews from the New York Times, Art in America and Artforum. He lives and works in NYC.

americancontemporary.biz/artists/david-brooks/


Screening

ON BECOMING by Veronica Gonzalez-Peña

6pm, Friday

ALAC Theatre
Barker Hangar
Santa Monica Airport

TIF SIGRIDS presents the premiere of author and filmmaker Veronica Gonzalez's short film On Becoming.

On Becoming is a new film by Veronica Gonzalez-Peña, author of the novels twin time: or how death befell me, and The Sad Passions, both from semiotext(e). Like a modern fairytale On Becoming is the story of a young man who seems stuck at the crossroads: he can’t seem to decide what he wants from life: will he get a job? become an artist, a poet? stay with his girlfriend? take up with a new one? When he befriends a literary critic who as a counterbalance is profoundly dedicated to art and full of deep Romantic leanings all of these questions seem to become more pressing.

Starring Michael Silverblatt, Stuart Krimko, Chris Kraus, Fabianne Therese, Hedi El Kholti and Penelope Pardo.

rockypointpress.net

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Installation

Vanity Projects: Nail Art Atelier

12pm-6pm, Saturday

ALAC
Barker Hangar
Santa Monica Airport

Vanity Projects, a New York based video and nail-art salon, sets up shop at Art Los Angeles Contemporary offering complimentary manicures sponsored by Perrier starting at 12pm.

Vanity Projects is a luxury concept that merges a high-end nail art atelier with video art programming with the vision to re-shape the way patrons perceive and experience video art by placing it in an engaging environment. It is a creative hub where visitors can discover and develop a real connoisseurship of the video medium.

vanityprojectsnyc.com


Book Signing

Chris Johanson: Totalities

1pm, Saturday

Artbook | D.A.P.
ALAC
Barker Hangar
Santa Monica Airport

Artbook | D.A.P. hosts American artist Chris Johanson who will sign copies of two new publications focusing on his work.

The first, a Monograph from Phaidon, represents the most comprehensive and up-to-date monograph on Johanson’s work, produced in close collaboration with the artist. Johanson’s idiosyncratic paintings, drawings and sculptural installations portray the contemporary human condition with sincerity and wit. Constructed from salvaged materials and touching on themes such as humankind’s relationship to the natural environment, Johanson’s art can be meditative, humorous and confrontational – all at the same time.

The second, Totalities, documents Johanson's recent "contemporary living installation" at Deitch Projects, New York. The theme of the work is the planet Earth and its place in the universe. His work has been shown in numerous international exhibitions, including the Istanbul Biennial, the SITE Santa Fe Biennial and the Whitney Biennial.


Discussion

Dave Hickey: Pirates & Farmers

2pm, Saturday

ALAC Theatre
Barker Hangar
Santa Monica Airport

KCRW presents Dave Hickey in conversation with LA Times art critic David Pagel about his new book Pirates & Farmers.

Arguably one of America’s most unconventional art/cultural critics working today, Dave Hickey has, once again, assembled a collection of searing essays that challenge the critics cultural status quo. Hickey recently announced his retirement from the field of criticism due to the new extreme popularity, oversimplification and commoditization of art: “I miss being an elitist and not having to talk to idiots.” Author of popular books such as Air Guitar: Essays on Art & Democracy and The Invisible Dragon: Four Essays on Beauty, Hickey focuses this new collection of writings on cultural phenomena such as the super collector, the trope of the biennale, the loss of looking and much, much more.

David Pagel is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times and has written nearly 500 articles since 1997. He serves as Chair of the Art Department at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California.

www.rampub.com/culture+theory/978-1-905464-72-2


Book Signing

Bettina Hubby: Uniforms

3pm, Saturday

Artbook | D.A.P.
ALAC
Barker Hangar
Santa Monica Airport

Artbook | D.A.P. hosts artist Bettina Hubby. Bettina Hubby will be present to sign copies of her new book Uniforms. Bettina Hubby takes a detour from her curatorial, community-based projects with Uniforms, an artist’s book of paper collages as precise and elegant as they are chaotic and devious. Here, clothed bodies collide, recombine and somersault across the page; machines mimic birds; jackets seem to genuflect in prayer. Constructed with the muted hues and contemplative negative space of a Noh play, Hubby’s mash-ups reassemble the familiar photographic imagery of fashion, commerce and reportage into a open-ended riff on personal identity and the human organism. Complementing the work is an original fictional narrative by Dave Cull, delivered in brief installments throughout the book. Uniforms is published in an edition of 750 copies on the occasion of Pretty Limber, Hubby’s fall 2013 exhibition at Klowden Mann Gallery.

artbook.com/9780982365397.html


Screening

Stanya Kahn: Works on Video

4pm, Saturday

ALAC Theatre
Barker Hangar
Santa Monica Airport

Artadia, the fund for art and dialogue, and Susanne Vielmetter gallery present a focused screening of works by artist Stanya Kahn. Artadia Executive Director Carolyn Ramo and artist Stanya Kahn will introduce the video works: Happy Song For You (5 min), Arms Are Overrated (17 min), For the Birds (4 min), Who Do You Think You Are (8min), It's Cool, I'm Good (35 min).

Stanya Kahn is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in video/digital media with a practice that includes sound design, drawing, writing and performance. Her work engages with strategies of communication, the body in the world, affective power, and the making, use and abuse of meaning. Humor, pathos and the uncanny emerge as central modes in a hybrid media practice that seeks to re-work relationships between fiction and document, the real and the hyper-real, narrative time and the synchronic time of impulse. Words, actions, geographies, people and ideas seek out agency in moving pictures, drawings, texts and installations.

Recent solo shows include the New Museum in New York, Pigna Projectspace in Rome, and Cornerhouse in Manchester (a survey of her solo works from 2008 to 2012) with an accompanying book. Kahn is a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow in Film/Video.

artadia.org

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Conversation

Biennial Basics: Michael Ned Holte & Amanda Hunt

12pm, Sunday

ALAC Theatre
Barker Hangar
Santa Monica Airport

ALAC presents a conversation between Hammer Museum, Made In LA curator Michael Ned Holte and Portland Biennial, LAXART curator Amanda Hunt.

Michael Ned Holte is a writer and independent curator based in Los Angeles. He has contributed to numerous publications such as Art Journal, Artforum International, Pin-Up, and X-Tra. He is a member of the art program faculty at the California Institute of the Arts.

Amanda Hunt is a curator at LA><ART, Los Angeles. Hunt is also curator of the forthcoming Portland2014: A Biennial of Contemporary Art, presented by Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, Oregon. She has worked at various galleries and institutions including Whitechapel Gallery, London; Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York; the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

biennial.disjecta.org/


Installation

Vanity Projects: Nail Art Atelier

12pm-6pm, Sunday

ALAC
Barker Hangar
Santa Monica Airport

Vanity Projects, a New York based video and nail-art salon, sets up shop at Art Los Angeles Contemporary offering complimentary manicures sponsored by Perrier starting at 12pm.

Vanity Projects is a luxury concept that merges a high-end nail art atelier with video art programming with the vision to re-shape the way patrons perceive and experience video art by placing it in an engaging environment. It is a creative hub where visitors can discover and develop a real connoisseurship of the video medium.

vanityprojectsnyc.com


Performance

Printed Matter presents Dynasty Handbag

2pm, Sunday

ALAC Theatre
Barker Hangar
Santa Monica Airport

Printed Matter and ALAC present Dynasty Handbag in a performance-arty-leotardation-comedy-psychic-meltdown-voiceover-stretchpants/antipants-lezbiananationalarmy of recent short works including a mutated version of Beyonce's "PARTY" and something apropos called "Art Piece".

Jibz Cameron is a performance/video artist and actor who lives and works in New York City. Her work as alter ego Dynasty Handbag has been seen at such institutions as The New Museum NY, The Kitchen, DTW, MOMA PS1, Joe's Pub, PS122, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, OUTFEST, SXSW Film Festival and Performa '07, '09, '11 as well as many international dives both great and small. She has been heralded by the New York Times as “the funniest and most pitch perfect performance seen in years”. She is an adjunct professor of Performance and Theater studies and Comedy Theory at TISCH NYU.

dynastyhandbag.com


Screening

ON BECOMING by Veronica Gonzalez-Peña

3pm, Sunday

ALAC Theatre
Barker Hangar
Santa Monica Airport

TIF SIGRIDS presents the premiere of author and filmmaker Veronica Gonzalez's short film On Becoming.

On Becoming is a new film by Veronica Gonzalez-Peña, author of the novels twin time: or how death befell me, and The Sad Passions, both from semiotext(e). Like a modern fairytale On Becoming is the story of a young man who seems stuck at the crossroads: he can’t seem to decide what he wants from life: will he get a job? become an artist, a poet? stay with his girlfriend? take up with a new one? When he befriends a literary critic who as a counterbalance is profoundly dedicated to art and full of deep Romantic leanings all of these questions seem to become more pressing.

Starring Michael Silverblatt, Stuart Krimko, Chris Kraus, Fabianne Therese, Hedi El Kholti and Penelope Pardo.

rockypointpress.net


Screening

GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS

4:30pm, Sunday

ALAC Theatre
Barker Hangar
Santa Monica Airport

GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS is a video program presented by Vanity Projects and curated by Rita de Alencar Pinto that explores the many facets of the female persona portrayed by ten female video artists. It features work by Sophie Lisa Beresford, Claire Hooper, Jen Denike, Keren Cytter, Marta Dell’Angelo, Jeesu Kim, Kristin Lucas, Tala Madani, Shana Moulton, Shannon Plumb and Eve Sussman – each exploring the humourous, intellectual, sardonic, passionate, complex, shy, serious, spiritual, neurotic, paranoid and conceited, through the many characters and vignettes that these artists employ, and revealing glimpses into the female psyche.

vanityprojectsnyc.com

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