4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
(SEPT. 5-28) Harold Fox “On the Fringe of the Mundane”
Harold Fox has been in retirement for quite a few years now, but you’d never know it from his output. His paintings are vivid reminiscences of a bygone era. If Charles Bukowski used paintbrushes instead of a typewriter, the outcome might look something like this. But there’s also a bit of Steinbeck and Hemingway and a whole lot of Nightmare Alley. Like a skid row Robert Williams, or a sideshow Frank Cassara, Fox’s work is both cartooned, but realistic, with the types of surrealist flourishes that would make Dali proud. Fox’s is a dark, shadowy world of second rate carnivals, low rent flophouses and dustbowl trailer parks filled with ornery hustlers, scheming grifters, and Machiavellian femmes fatales, as witnessed by a support cast of affable hobos and menacing clowns.
When you find an artist whose collector base is composed mostly of other artists, you know you’re onto something. And it’s not enough that his paintings are the cat’s pajamas, he also custom carves his own frames. The resultant tramp art aesthetic adds a whole other dimensionality to the work, as each frame seems predestined for the piece that occupies it.
The Coaster Show 2014
We’ve all done it. We’ve sat at the bar, drinking a beer and doodled on a coaster.
But most of us aren’t the extremely skilled painters, illustrators, animators, tattooists, sculptors or collage artists that are featured in this exhibition that takes a love of craft brewing and elevates it to high art.
The folks behind L.A. Beer Week produced a custom canvas for some of our favorite gallery folks to do what they do best, and transform a 4″ tondo coaster into museum worthy exhibition pieces.
Last year, we dotted our walls with over 700 tiny masterpieces, and this year we’re looking to outdo ourelves. The rules are simple: Each coaster must be a solitary work (though it’s fine if several pieces work together contextually), and they must be priced $250 or less. There is no bottom, so some coasters might even be free!
This isn’t just the same, old crop of folks you see in every group show across town. There are a lot of participants who we quite frankly can’t believe we got to participate. Maybe it’s because we kept the rules simple: We told them to do whatever they wanted. Whether you love beer or don’t, the art will blow your mind.
And just like last year, there will be some amazing beer here, too!
Contact Matt Kennedy, Gallery Director for availability and purchase info: (323) 666-7667
17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Los Angeles, CA
This 50-minute long tour looks in-depth at special topics such as mythology, death, nudity, wine, or artistic practices in the ancient Greek and Roman world. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the tour at the Tour Meeting Place.
8687 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
(THROUGH SEPT. 21) Steve McQueen: Drumroll takes as its centerpiece the artist's 1998 video installation Drumroll, a 2004 partial and promised gift from Blake Byrne to MOCA's Permanent Collection. The exhibition also includes a selection of works from Barrage (1998), McQueen's series of fifty-six photographs of gutter "dams" found along the streets of Paris. The exhibition is organized by MOCA curator Bennett Simpson.
"Steve McQueen brought a language of the body and performance to the conversation about self-hood and subjectivity that was going on in the 1990s - a conversation that has not been finished, in part because of the innovative work he has continued to do. Drumroll is a portrait of an experience of the city, and its questions go to how and who we are," said MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson.
McQueen was awarded the prestigious Turner Prize for Drumroll in 1999, an acknowledgment of the artist's important work in video and performance in that decade. Drumroll is a three-channel video projection that forms a triptych image on one wall. To make the work, McQueen placed three video cameras inside of an oil drum, recording (through holes at either end and one in the center of the side) what the oil drum "experienced" while being rolled by the artist down 56th, 57th, and 58th Streets in midtown Manhattan. The three synchronized projected images and accompanying sounds are the record of this journey, a whirl of sky and pavement, parked cars, and occasional glimpses of the artist, complemented by the rhythmic "beat" of the drum rolling over the asphalt. Although it is non-narrative, Drumroll nonetheless echoes any disorienting passage through the city - and through life in general - a meditation on movement, obstacle, displacement and negotiation. "It's like since you've been born, you make a route, and everything is going by you, and along the way you grab what you can, make connections you can, and what you grab makes you," explained McQueen.
Since he completed his first film in 1993, Steve McQueen (b. 1969, London) has produced a remarkable body of projected films, video installations, and, more recently, feature-length films. Trained as a painter, McQueen studied at the Chelsea College of Art and Design (1989-90), Goldsmiths College, London (1990-93), and at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University (1993-94). In 2009 he represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale and has received numerous other awards and grants for his work as an artist and filmmaker. McQueen's first feature film Hunger (2008) was awarded the Camera d'Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and in 2011 he received the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film at the Venice International Film Festival for Shame (2011). He has exhibited internationally with a major career retrospective organized by the Art Institute of Chicago and the Schaulager Basel in 2012-2013. In 2014, the film 12 Years a Slave, directed by McQueen, won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057
(SEPT. 10-13) SURFACING is an unfurling lament, rendered through song, video and stage, of the brilliant human details we lose track of and recreate in the ongoing disintegration and reintegration of culture and history. The piece employs Waller’s signature collision of song, storytelling and visual stage picture to reassemble the stories of characters collected in a single living room one January evening in Manhattan.
“Though he might be better known as a pop singer-songwriter–albeit one of uncommon delicacy and sophistication– Waller is making his mark in multidisciplinary theater.” - OREGON LIVE
Wednesday, Sep 10 2014 8:00 pm
Friday, Sep 12 2014 8:00 pm
Saturday, Sep 13 2014 8:00 pm