LOS ANGELES — This week, there’s a chance to preview six experimental operas, East of Borneo’s latest Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, seductive cinematic paintings by Judith Eisler, and much more.
Succulents at the Mackey Apartments
When: Wednesday, February 18, 6–9pm
Where: Mackey Apartments (1137 S Cochran Ave, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles)
Berlin-based duo Eric Bell & Kristoffer Frick often address utopian ideals and technological progress in their work. Previous projects have involved recreating meals from Marinetti’s Futurist cookbook, or filling the gallery with purifying ozone gas. For their residency at the MAK Center, the pair present Succulents, “a delirious mise-en-scène, confronting the therapeutic aspirations and concomitant ideas of hygiene” inherent in R.M. Schindler’s pristine Mackey apartments. Produced in collaboration with artists Cayetano Ferrer, Bonny Poon and Eric Sidner, the reception will feature a new installment of Poon’s ongoing piece Body Movement Workshop (2010– ).
Close-Ups & Two Shots: Judith Eisler
When: Thursday, February 19, 6–8pm
Where: GAVLAK Los Angeles (1034 N Highland Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles)
Cinema is an art of speed and movement, but films are essentially just a series of still images strung together, hence the term “motion pictures.” Judith Eisler’s paintings in Close-Ups & Two Shots capitalize on this idea, freezing cinematic moments of particular tension. From classic Hollywood heroine Gloria Swanson, to Fassbinder’s teutonic drama queens, Eisler lingers on their visages, revealing emotional depth beneath their fleeting, superficial facades.
Amir H. Fallah: Perfect Strangers & Alice Wang
When: Reception, Saturday, February 21, 6–9pm
Where: 18th Street Arts Center (1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, California)
For his Artist Lab Residency at the 18th Street Arts Center, Amir H. Fallah has invited young Santa Monica residents into the studio to create group self-portraits based on objects that they find meaningful. The resulting exhibition, “Perfect Strangers re-interprets and gives new weight to everyday objects as active participants in the construction of self-identification.” The reception will also be held for a an exhibition of work by Alice Wang, which features fossils, minerals, and a corroded copper painting, as well as an intervention on the Center’s website.
Unforgetting LA Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
When: Saturday, February 21, 11am–4pm
Where: Getty Research Institute (1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood, Los Angeles)
It’s been said that history is written by the victors, but it might be more accurate to say that it’s now written by Wikipedia editors. With that in mind, East of Borneo launched their Unforgetting L.A. Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon in 2013 to correct omissions and oversights in Los Angeles’s art history. The latest meet up will focus on architecture and design, but participants are free to work on any topic they feel needs better online representation. Technophobes needn’t fret, they’ll be offering training for new editors every hour.
First Take 15
When: Saturday, February 21, 1–4:30pm
Where: Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts (9390 North Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California)
Local avant-garde opera group The Industry are constantly pushing the boundaries of the medium, staging operas in train stations or in moving cars. WIth experimental classical ensemble wild Up, they present First Take 15, a free performance of six operatic works-in-progress. The pieces cover such diverse subjects as Bonnie & Clyde, LSD, and revolutionary Thomas Paine, and it will feature instruments designed by Harry Partch, and guest appearance by legendary Joan La Barbara.
Jon Pylypchuk: Feed Your Baby Valium
When: Opens Saturday, February 21, 6–8pm
Where: China Art Objects (6086 Comey Ave, Culver City, California)
The losers, sad sacks, and isolated figures in Jon Pylypchuk’s paintings and sculptures convey a sense of human frailty and loneliness with a mixture of dark humor and tenderness. Composed of found objects and industrial materials like cement and spray paint, Pylypchuk’s crude works riff on assemblage art, while also resembling a troubled 6-year old’s drawings come to life. Titled Feed Your Baby Valium, his upcoming show at China Art Objects is sure to combine the abject and pathetic with a dose of hilarity.
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