Archive for January, 2012

Video + Live: Class Actress – ‘Bienvenue’ parts one (Paris) and two (Stockholm) + show @ Echoplex with Superhumanoids on February 9th

January 31st, 2012

Elizabeth harper class actress hot wow band chalkboard

Cheap tickets for the show at the Echoplex with Superhumanoids and American Royalty here (ONLY $10!!!), see below for further tour dates.

Directed by Clement Gino and Gregory Faure
featuring Elizabeth Harper and Sina Araghi
Filmed in Paris – December 2011

This is the way that I walk when I walk to you / this is the way that
I see when I see through you / and this is the way that I want to be
wanted too / bienvenue / if we’ve made it this far then I know that
the woods are clear / nothing hurts as bad as fear my dear / and this
is the way that we talk when talk about love / bienvenue

A love story told through hands and feet. This video was shot in Stockholm, Sweden, 2012.
Music by Class Actress. Directed and Produced by Tjitske Hemkes.

Tour Dates

Jan 12 – Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme

Jan 13 – Madison WI – Frzn Festival +

Jan 14 – Chicago IL – Schuba’s +

Jan 27 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s

Jan 28 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall

Feb 9 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo

Feb 10 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah

Feb 11 – Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar

Feb 16 – San Francisco, CA – Noise Pop Festival

Mar 9 – Denton, TX – Hailey’s

Mar 10 – Norman, OK – Oklahoma Memorial Union

Mar 14 – McAllen, TX – Sofie’s #

+ with Chairlift

# with of Montreal


Opening: Alina Szapocznikow – Sculpture Undone, 1955-1972 @ Hammer Museum Los Angeles February 5th

January 31st, 2012

ALINA SZAPOCZNIKOW sculpture undone 1955 1972 polish artist sculptor human body paper

Alina Szapocznikow: Sculpture Undone, 1955–1972 is the first museum survey in the United States devoted to this Polish artist. The exhibition brings to light the extraordinary oeuvre of Alina Szapocznikow, one of the most significant yet lesser known sculptors of the 20th century. At the core of Szapocznikow’s art is the ephemeral condition of life and the human body. Her work oscillates between permanence and impermanence, from carvings in Carrara marble to the precarious assemblages of lips and breasts cast in polyester resin. The exhibition includes approximately 60 sculptures and 50 works on paper, as well as a poignant group of photographic works, demonstrating the tremendous range and scope of Alina Szapocznikow’s art.

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Scholar Griselda Pollock is internationally known for her work on feminist studies in the visual arts and cultural theory. Her current work on art as a form of inscription and transformation of traumatic legacies will appear in the forthcoming After-Images/After-Effects: Trauma and Aesthetic Inscription/Encryption in the Virtual Feminist Museum.

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Alina Szapocznikow at Wiels brussels polish artist sculpture

Alina Szapocznikow casts detail

Alina Szapocznikow Portret wielokrotny resin 1967 coloured polyester

Opening: Josh Agle aka Shag returns to Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City February 11th

January 31st, 2012

New painting shag josh agle animal kingdom corey helford gallery los angeles washington culver city febraury 11th art

From the press release: Meticulous lines, sensual moods and a retro/mod feel are the signature touches of the works of Josh Agle (Shag) and his new body of paintings, “Animal Kingdom”, which will debut at Corey Helford Gallery in the Culver City arts district on Saturday, February 11th. If you’ve never seen a full exhibition of paintings by Shag, this will be your first LA opportunity in over two years and it’s worth the wait.



Opening: Alex Prager ‘Compulsion’ exibition @ M+B Los Angeles Saturday, April 7th

January 31st, 2012

Alex Prager Compulsion exhibition los angeles photographs la petite mort new york london simultaneous judith godreche

Alex Prager here. From the press release: M+B is pleased to present Compulsion, an exhibition of new work by contemporary artist Alex Prager. The exhibition will feature a selection of color photographs from the series, as well as the artist’s new short film, La Petite Mort, with accompanying film stills. The exhibition will be shown simultaneously in Los Angeles, New York and London. Compulsion runs from April 7 through May 12, 2012, with an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, April 7 from 6 to 8 pm.
MoMA curator Roxana Marcoci has described Prager’s work as “intentionally loaded,” saying “it reminds me of silent movies — there is something pregnant, about to happen, a mix of desire and angst.” Prager’s new work furthers her exploration of subversive narratives through the construction of “scenes” inspired by media tragedies and paired with emotive close-ups of eyes. The eyes, whether interpreted as belonging to the viewer or the subject, operate as a mode of investigation — an aid to decoding the scenes and implicating the viewer by provoking an emotional response.

Inspired by the photography of Weegee and Enrique Metinides and films such as Metropolis and Un Chien Andalou, Compulsion confirms Prager’s vivid cinematic aesthetic. Unlike her previous work, however, the protagonists now remain anonymous and distant. Prager’s new series investigates the complexity of observation within a society inundated by compulsive spectators, as well as the recurrent discourse in photography—that “meaning” is often derived from a multiplicity of gazes.

In addition to provocative juxtapositions, Prager manipulates the scenes through her choice of cropping, continually interrogating the truth content within photography — a trope as old as the medium itself. As artist John Baldessari has noted: “For most of us photography stands for the truth, but a good artist can make a harder truth by manipulating forms . . . It fascinates me how [one] can manipulate the truth so easily by the way [you] juxtapose opposites or crop the image or take it out of context.” Prager’s altered and manufactured scenes, in conjunction with the evocative eyes remove the images from their original context and allow them to acquire new associations.

In her new short film, La Petite Mort, starring French actress Judith Godrèche, Prager navigates the mysteries of death through a woman experiencing the boundaries of her body and those of this world. Prager’s La Petite Mort (which literally translates to “the little death,” but is a common French expression for an orgasm) declares that “the act of dying and the act of transcendent love are two experiences cut from the same cloth — the former a grand exit, and the latter a slow escape. Indeed, many of the world’s greatest poets have long considered a passionate interlude as man’s closest moment to seeing god.” The film features music by composer Ali Helnwein and Director of Photography Matthew Libatique (Black Swan, Iron Man, Requiem for a Dream).

Born in 1979, Alex Prager is a self-taught photographer who lives in Los Angeles, California. Featured in MoMA’s New Photography 2010, Prager’s work has been exhibited at institutions worldwide. Additionally, her photographs are in the permanent collection of several major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Moderna Museet (Stockholm). Her work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, W Magazine and Art in America.

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M+B Upcoming Exhibition Schedule:

Sam Falls
February 18 – March 31, 2012
Artist’s Opening Reception: Saturday, February 18, 6 – 8 pm

Alex Prager: Compulsion
April 7 – May 12, 2012
Artist’s Opening Reception: Saturday, April 7, 6 – 8 pm

Jon Rafman
May 19 – June 23, 2012
Artist’s Opening Reception: Saturday, May 19, 6 – 8 pm

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