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ARTIFICIAL COMPLEXION

The new group exhibition at Various Small Fires, Artificial Complexion, is inspired by the work of poet/artist/bohemian Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, an influential Dadaist figure who collaborated frequently with Man Ray and may have conceived Marcel Duchamp’s infamous Fountain. The show features rarely-heard Dada sound pieces played in VSF’s entryway “sound corridor”, and numerous found-object […]

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PARIS, LA blog is about the magic accidents of life. It’s about artists, writers, photographers, musicians and designers that cross our mind, and our heart for a day, a season, a life! It refers to a vital substance that nourishes, and inspires our soul day by day. A sort of vivid shadow that gives birth twice a year to a print magazine named PARIS, LA.
—Dorothée Perret

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JULIEN CECCALDI’S ‘LESS THAN DUST’

Last night artist Julien Ceccaldi was at Ooga Twooga (aka 356 Mission), the satellite space to art/zine/book/clothing store Ooga Booga, to talk about his recent work and sign a zine of new comics titled Less Than Dust. The zine features Ceccaldi’s iconic muscular, pointy-chinned women and pig-faced men embroiled in millenial melodrama. According to his […]

YOU’RE DEAD! FLYING LOTUS AT THE OBSERVATORY

YOU’RE DEAD! FLYING LOTUS AT THE OBSERVATORY

L.A.-based music producer Steven Ellison, known by his stage name Flying Lotus, debuted the schizophrenic beats and deeply layered textures of his sixth studio album, You’re Dead!, to a crowd at the Orange County Observatory last night. Flying Lotus (affectionately dubbed “FlyLo”) has produced each album around a central concept: the year of his birth […]

COME OUT BY STEVE REICH CHOREGRAPHY BY ANNE TERESA DE KEERSMAEKER

COME OUT BY STEVE REICH CHOREGRAPHY BY ANNE TERESA DE KEERSMAEKER

Come Out is a 1966 piece by American composer Steve Reich. He was asked to write this piece to be performed at a benefit for the retrial of the Harlem Six, six black youths arrested for committing a murder during the Harlem Riot of 1964 for which only one of the six was responsible. Truman […]

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BLAIR THURMAN AT FRANK ELBAZ

‘Well, “SLITHY” means “lithe and slimy.” “Lithe” is the same as “active.” You see it’s like a portmanteau—there are two meanings packed up into one word.’ Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871)  Like a portmanteau word, Blair Thurman’s work brings together otherwise distinct worlds of meaning. While at the same […]