LOS ANGELES — This week, in addition to the Art Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair in Santa Monica, there are two independent art fairs happening, Dave Muller’s peripatetic Three Day Weekend project, the chance to interact with Erwin Wurm’s One Minute Sculptures, and more.
Erwin Wurm: One Minute Sculptures
When: Opens Wednesday, January 27, 7–9pm
Where: Schindler House (835 N Kings Road, West Hollywood, California)
Austrian artist Erwin Wurm’s One Minute Sculptures blur the lines between sculpture, conceptual art, and performance as they require the viewer’s participation in completing simple and comedic, yet revealing actions. Despite his wide-ranging influence, he has never been featured at a major institution in LA, so his upcoming show at the Schindler House is a great opportunity for Angelenos to get to see — and touch — his work. Viewers are invited to perform sets of instructions with various objects for 60 seconds at a time, thereby becoming collaborators in activating Wurm’s fanciful, open-ended artworks.
Three Day Weekend: Three Day Weekend
When: Thursday, January 28 — Sunday, January 31
Where: various locations
Organized by artist Dave Muller, Three Day Weekend is a nomadic project space that usually exists over the course of a long weekend. His upcoming Three Way Weekend is perhaps his most ambitious project, existing at three venues with 10 permutations. Three galleries — Blum & Poe, Grice Bench, and ROGERS — have created their own exhibitions, featuring work by Roger White, Brian Sharp, Jon Pylypchuck, and Muller, which will rotate between Blum & Poe, ROGERS, and booth A7 at this weekend’s Art Los Angeles Contemporary fair. On Thursday, all three shows will be at ALAC, and on subsequent days they’ll switch between venues. If this all seems a bit confusing, Muller has come up with his own handy chart, or check here for the complete schedule.
StARTup Art Fair
When: Friday, January 29 — Sunday, January 31
Where: Highland Gardens Hotel (7047 Franklin Ave, Hollywood, Los Angeles)
Art fairs provide the opportunity to see the work of a wide range of artists represented by a number of galleries, but what about artists who don’t have a gallery? This is the concept behind the StARTup Art Fair, which began in San Francisco and is now coming to the Highland Gardens Hotel in Hollywood.
This weekend’s fair will feature 45 artists who are currently between galleries or have never had representation. The fair offers visitors and collectors the chance to discover new artists at the beginning of their careers, with 100% of the sales proceeds going directly to the artists.
FUCK! Loss, desire, pleasure
When: Opens Saturday, January 30, 6–9pm
Where: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives (909 W Adams Blvd, University Park, Los Angeles)
Active from 1989 to 1993, boundary-pushing Los Angeles club FUCK! provided a space where body modification, transgressive performance art, and AIDS-related activism all coalesced. The exhibition Loss, desire, pleasure pays homage to the club’s legacy, pairing archival material and ephemera with work by contemporary artists who explore themes that first emerged at the club. Participating artists include Jordan Eagles, Siobhan Hebron, Young Joon Kwak, Dominic Quagliozzi, and Daphne Von Rey, who will perform on opening night, piercing and modifying her body and using it as a medium.
When: Saturday, January 30 — Sunday, January 31
Where: Paramount Ranch (2903 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills, California)
Now in its third year, the Paramount Ranch Art Fair provides a counterpoint to the blockbuster Art Los Angeles Contemporary fair in Santa Monica. Held on a ranch used by Paramount studios as a Western set, the fair features an eclectic assortment of emerging galleries, artist-run spaces, and next year’s art stars including The Box, Del Vaz, Bobby Jesus, Green Gallery, Jennifer Moon and laub, Queer Thoughts, Park View, and many more. Admission is $10 in cash, free for students.
The Man Who Fell To Earth
When: Sunday, January 31 — Tuesday, January 2
Where: The Cinefamily (611 North Fairfax Avenue, Fairfax District, Los Angeles)
When David Bowie unexpectedly passed away earlier this month, the world lost an artist whose creative output seemed like it would never end. Throughout his 50-year career, Bowie was constantly reinventing himself; perhaps that is why he appeared perennially youthful. His starring role in Nicholas Roeg’s 1976 sci-fi masterpiece The Man Who Fell to Earth bears a marked similarity to his own life. He plays an alien who comes to earth in search of water for his drought-ravaged planet, only to end up a misunderstood and broken man, beaten down by human avarice and alcoholism. Though it takes place over the course of decades, he never seems to age. The film is a visionary, but cautionary tale about human excess, corresponding with a dark, addiction-fueled period in Bowie’s own life.