I was raised in a family with military Asian parents. Which meant my bed was made every morning. I haven't lived under my parents roof in over 18 years. But I still keep the habits. And there's something to be said about slithering under the sheets at night when the bed is made. I consider it to be one of life's little luxuries. Doesn't cost a dime, takes a little time, but is oh so nice! This is one old habit I'm happy not to break!
This evening of sensory deprivation and assault will feature an epic aural performance of chaos, violence, and beauty. Much of the electro-acoustic sound manipulated in this performance is designed from found sound samples existing throughout Los Angeles. Recorded exclusively at odd hours in varying degrees of mental and physical deprivation, it is an expression of intense extremes. Each movement focuses on a central concept immersed in a surrealist juxtaposition. This entire series of sound greatly draws upon the philosophy, ideas, and works of Deleuze and Guattari.
WARNING! Portions of this performance will actually be in actual darkness. If you are uncomfortable with light deprivation or if you fear the darkness in your own soul, you should prepare yourself accordingly.
Opening Reception and Book Launch
Saturday, February 2nd from 5 - 7 PM
Printed Matter, Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of More Collections of Barbara Bloom, an exhibition of the artist’s publications, editions, and ephemera, from the mid-eighties to the present. The opening also serves as the book launch for The Collections of Barbara Bloom, an ambitious new monograph designed by the artist herself and published by Steidl / International Center for Photography.
“Eclectic combinations of scholarship and pure hunch, Bloom's books give the reader a sense of entering into the artists way of thinking about her subjects without resorting to direct documentation." Dan Cameron in Artforum.
Sometimes at that that special midnight-never-happened moment, it can seem like Swap Meet will last forever. Always one more file to trade, one more cocktail to drink, one more song to sing. Hey, Billy Joel! Again!! Awesome. But every month there comes a time when we must emerge into the light and try to locate our shadow and/or our home.
Maybe this month we’ll all get caught up in one a them recurrent-time vortices, trapped in a cycle of dystopian repetition, unable to break free from the churning dissolution and evaporated meaning... Oh no, wait. That’s the music industry.
I believe with great conviction that Barack Obama should be the next President. I have been paying close attention to him since the Democratic convention in 2004. I feel that he is more a statesman than a politician. He was against the war when it was an unpopular position (and Hillary was for the war at that time), Obama is for energy and environmental conservation. He is for healthcare reform. Check him out for yourself www.barackobama.com. Proceeds from this print go to produce prints for a large statewide poster campaign.
Anyone interested in helping out please email email@example.com with OBAMA as the Subject Title for instructions. This screenprint is 24 X 36, edition of 350. Available next Wednesday, January 30th.
Monika Sprüth Philomene Magers is pleased to present DETAINED, an installation by Jenny Holzer. Beginning with her 2004 exhibition at the Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria, Holzer has made the study of declassified US government documents the content for her context-based practice. Incorporating memos, sworn statements, emails, directives, judgments, and other government materials regarding the situation in the Middle East into paintings, large scale light projections, and electronic signs, Holzer has harnessed a variety of approaches to make sensate the accounting of war and torture. From documentation to material and situational renderings of bureaucracy’s operations, Holzer’s presentations of, among others, Department of Defense, White House, CIA, and FBI documents commingle the need to “get the word out” with the urgency to translate those words to a physical register. By activating the senses of the viewer, Holzer recasts the anonymity and indirection of government and administrative language as affecting and wounding objects. Holzer makes material Hannah Arendt’s claim that, “Nothing we use or hear or touch can be expressed in words that equal what we are given by the senses.”
Though the South Bay isn't in the record books as a Mecca for modern architecture, seeking it out and finding it here can be as satisfying as a treasure hunt with some pretty rewarding loot at the end. Bryan Winters, a self described lover of modern, will join us in the Studio for a discussion on what makes a building modern, the many wonders of modern and how we, as residents, can help to introduce more of it into the area's architecture. Winters' goal, which is shared by DWR, is to help train your eye to better spot modern elements and gain an appreciation for its simplification of form and purposeful lack of ornamentation. Please join us for this informative, eye-opening discussion. Your questions and insights will be welcomed. Wine and appetizers will be served.
Seeking modern in the South Bay Thursday, January 31, 6–8pm