Category Archives: ART

HILTON ALS — LIVES OF THE PERFORMERS

Performers really write with their bodies. If you give them a piece of writing, it becomes a completely different thing once it’s spoken and acted by a performer. The strange alchemy that they’re able to do has everything to do with energy and the force of their imagination…

What I love about actors, really, is that they only have their history and their observation of the world to call on. It’s actually sort of like learning how to play poker really well: you have to make that decision so quickly… They’re in touch with the cosmic reality of life and also the memory of life. In the way that writers excavate, actors embody.Hilton Als, PARIS LA 16

LAXART and the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens present LIVES OF THE PERFORMERS, a work-in-progress by Hilton Als.

The piece is directed by Peter Born and will be performed by Helga Davis and Victoire Charles—the Los Angeles stand-in for Okwui Okpokwasili, who was in a previous iteration.

LIVES OF THE PERFORMERS

Sunday and Monday, November 17 and 18, at 7:30 pm.

LAXART

7000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Hilton Als, Lives of the Performers, from top: Helga Davis in performance at Triple Canopy; Davis; Victoire Charles; Hilton Als at the Soho Playhouse, New York City, January 19, 2018, photograph by Ali Smith; Davis and Okwui Okpokwasili at Triple Canopy. Images courtesy and © the author, the performers, and the photographers.

A.K. BURNS — ARTIST TALK AND SCREENINGS

As part of the Horizontal Vertigo program at the Julia Stoschek Collection in Düsseldorf, A.K. Burns will restage the first two episodes of Negative SpaceA SMEARY SPOT (2015) and LIVING ROOM (2017)—and premiere the third: LEAVE NO TRACE (2019).

Negative Space is a cycle of four interrelated multi-media installations. Conjuring and deconstructing science fiction tropes, Negative Space builds each episode around a physical system: the sun (power), the void/land, water, and body. The worlds within each video germinate from site-specific phenomena, building allegorical structures for each installation. This cycle of works raises questions about how value is allocated, with respect to resources, environmental fragility, marginalized bodies, and their relationship to place…

As a formal term in art, “negative space” denotes the unseen matter between and around the subject. The subject is the focus of our attention, a definable entity. Thereby negative space is considered subordinate to the primacy of the subject. What is compelling about negative space is that it is unfixed, malleable and ultimately an open set of possibilities. I use this concept of negative space as a proposal for re-orientation and an analogy for generating agency within a subjugated position. The premise of the Negative Space tetralogy is to envision a radical cosmology wherein hierarchical relations permute. A.K. Burns*

In mid-November, Burns will give an artist talk at JSCwith curator Lisa Long, and there will be multiple screenings of Community Action Center, the 2010 video by Burns and A.L. Steiner.

A.K. BURNS—NEGATIVE SPACE

Through December 15.

COMMUNITY ACTION CENTER

Friday through Sunday, November 15, 16, and 17.

Screenings at 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm, and 5 pm.

A.K. BURNS ARTIST TALK

Saturday, November 16, at 3 pm.

JSC Düsseldorf

Schanzenstrasse 54, Düsseldorf.

A.K. Burns, Negative Space, from top: A Smeary Spot, stills (6); A Smeary Spot installation view; Living Room, stills (2); Leave No Trace soundtrack, 2016, unlabeled vinyl record, black nitrile gloves, clear zip-lock bag, silkscreen in white ink with poem printed on reverse, 31:08 minutes, images courtesy and © the artist. A.K. Burns and A.L. Steiner, Community Action Center, stills (2) and, below, poster; images courtesy and © the artists.

LIZ CRAFT — ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK

I think everyday life is complicated, and I try and show this. I feel like with language we try and tidy things up and put them in categories or simple forms so we can deal with them. We have to—otherwise the world would be too overwhelming. But in the arts I think it’s possible to show the multidimensional qualities of life.Liz Craft

ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK—an exhibition at Baby Company of Craft’s new work—will be on view for two more weeks.

LIZ CRAFT—ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK

Through November 24.

Baby Company

73 Allen Street, 3rd floor, New York City.

See …my life in the sunshine—Liz Craft 2006–2017.

Liz Craft, Escape From New York, October 23–November 24, 2019, Baby Company, from top: Woman (1), 2019, aluminum; Full, 2019, steel, ceramic tile, clothing; Sprinkler Mouths 4, 2019, spray paint on aluminum; Witch Finger (Pinky), 2019, mixed media, ceramic tile, aluminum; Girl (1) , 2019, aluminum. Images courtesy and © the artist and Company Gallery, New York.

PETER MARK’S HA-M-LET

HA-M-LET—created and performed by Los Angeles-based theater artist Peter Mark—is a “multi-lingual, multimedia performance housed within a projection cube. Sourcing material from Shakespeare’s play, pop internet culture, home videos, and 3D animation, the projected image becomes landscape, body, narrative, and biography—shifting at a rate which pays homage to Hamlet’s own velocity of thought.”*

Presented by CalArts Center for New Performance and Hauser & Wirth, Mark will perform HA-M-LET this week at the gallery’s Arts District location.

HA-M-LET*

Friday, November 8, at 7:30 pm and 9 pm.

Hauser & Wirth

901 East 3rd Street, downtown Los Angeles.

Peter Mark, HA-M-LET, 2019. Images courtesy and © the artist.

PIA CAMIL OPENING

To celebrate the installation of HERE COMES THE SUN—her new work for the Guggenheim rotunda—join Pia Camil in conversation with Pablo León de la Barra for a discussion of her practice, with a reception to follow.

HERE COMES THE SUN, a crowdsourced fabric sculpture, “extends the artist’s engagement with collaboration, the impact of consumer culture, contemporary trade routes, and the legacies of modernism.”*

PIA CAMIL and PABLO LEÓN DE LA BARRA IN CONVERSATION*

Friday, November 8, at 6:30.

PIA CAMIL—HERE COMES THE SUN RECEPTION

Friday, November 8, at 7:30 pm.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

1071 Fifth Avenue (at 88th Street), New York City.

From top: Pia Camil; Camil, Telón de boca, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, 2018, installation view; Camil, Bara bara bara, Tramway, Glasgow, 2019, installation view. Images courtesy and © the artist, the photographers, the exhibiting institutions, and Blum & Poe.