Opening + Video: Tomorrow February 11th Merry Karnowsky Gallery artist Mark Whalen – Autolux Video Release Party @ LAUNCH LA

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From the release: “Please join us for a very special Music Video Release

Featuring the Artwork of Merry Karnowsky Gallery artist

MARK WHALEN (Kill Pixie)

Animated by THOMAS MCMAHAN

for the AUTOLUX release THE SCIENCE OF IMAGINARY SOLUTIONS

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11TH
7-11 PM

5900 WILSHIRE BLVD
Los Angeles, CA 90036

(In the East Annex of the VARIETY Building, across the street from LACMA)

323.899.1363

GUEST DJ’s all evening and Video Screenings on the hour at
8pm, 9pm, and 10pm

Also on exhibition: Limited Edition Giclees by Mark Whalen

~ Very Special Thanks to Heineken, Red Bull, Atlantico Rum,
New Amsterdam Vodka, Jarritos and Icelandic Glacial Water ~

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This Autolux video represents all the right things coming together in the right way. One of our favorite artists and a close friend, Mark Whalen (Kill Pixie), whose work looks like a communal scientific dream Niels Bohr and Watson and Crick might have had telepathically after smoking DMT, and whose paintings look crazily animated even in total stillness on a wall, teamed up with Thomas McMahan, an amazing computer artist/ image manipulator/ animator/reanimator. And luckily for us their collaboration centered around the Autolux song, “The Science Of Imaginary Solutions”. It’s no easy feat to take a serious unique painters work and give it motion, but if ever a painter’s work lent itself to this kind of treatment, it’s Mark’s. The integrity of his strangely peopled world was able to have all the motion and action it naturally suggests sheparded out into animated glory without losing its soul. Videos are always a strange compromise for musicians and so often you end up with something that reduces the experience of the song either by over narrating, over conceptualizing, or just plain sucking. But with this video we feel like a perfect balance was reached where the visual elevates the song and the song elevates the video. And that’s the most we could ever hope for. Plus it’s just really fun to watch. – Greg Edwards, Autolux

Autolux’s second album Transit Transit has been called “cerebral, vibrant and dynamic all at the same time” by Q (4/5) and “full of the sort of implausible leaps of imagination that normally only happen in your sleep” by the BBC. THE SCIENCE OF IMAGINARY SOLUTIONS, the closing track on the album was hailed by Alternative Press as “the perfect aural denouement to summarize the various emotional highs and lows” of the album. Autolux continue to play sold out shows to an ever-growing fan base and opening for some of the most respected artists in the music world – including The White Stripes, PJ Harvey, and Thom Yorke, with his latest project, Atoms For Peace. Being the art enthusiasts that they are, Autolux are also known for composing music for installations in several Mark Whalen exhibitions at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles – as well as playing more obscure shows at the Getty Museum and The Natural History Museum in Los Angeles.”
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