X-TRA Spring issue launch @ Maccarone LA, Apr 23

22 April 2016

X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly is launching its Spring 2016 issue with a screening and discussion at LA’s Maccarone, on April 23.

The event will include a screening of London and Berlin-based artist Cécile B. Evans‘ ‘Hyperlinks or It Didn’t Happen’ (2014) video work, along with LA writer, teacher and X-TRA editorial board member Leslie Dick speaking on Sarah Charlesworth‘s 1980 photo series ‘Stills’. Dick will then be joined in conversation with LA-based artist and writer Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal, moderated by Brica Wilcox.

Both Charlesworth and Evans’ works address ideas of the image, life and death; where the former explores the role of the image-maker in her six-and-a-half foot tall images of people plunging to their demise. The latter’s video piece contemplates data after dying through its posthumous avatar-narrator resembling the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

See the FB event page for details.**

Cecile B. Evans, 'Hyperlinks or It Didn’t Happen' (2014). Install view. Courtesy Seventeen, London.
Cecile B. Evans, ‘Hyperlinks or It Didn’t Happen’ (2014). Install view. Courtesy Seventeen, London.
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‘Over the Valley’ @ Steve Turner Contemporary

3 July 2013

LA art space Steve Turner Contemporary is hosting group exhibition Over the Valley from July 13 to August 10, which will feature works from six artists and collectives exploring the role of San Francisco’s Silicone Valley and the major corporations it homes.

As a symbol of tech progress, works like Metahaven’s Wikileaks scarves and Katja Novitskova‘s panoramic applications for the iPad explore the effects of the likes of Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Apple on our lives. Curated by Lucy Chinen, other artists showing work from the past five years include Andrew Norman Wilson Metahaven, Goldin+Senneby, Electronic Disturbance Theater and Michael Manning. See the Steve Turner website for more details. **

Electronic Disturbance Theater, 'Transborder Immigrant Tool' (2007).
Electronic Disturbance Theater, ‘Transborder Immigrant Tool’ (2007).

Header image: Katja Novitskova, ‘Curiosity and Opportunity: Next Best Thing To Being There’ (2012).

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‘Utopia Project’ open call

29 May 2013

LA’s trans-disciplinary, artist-run exhibition space, Concord, is looking for expressions of interest in working with a handful of Australian (and one Finnish) artists who will be taking over the space between late June and July.

Proposals will be accepted up until June 5 for involvement in their Utopia Project, along with a possible residency. They don’t offer much in the manner of a brief around ‘utopian idealism and dystopian realism in collaboration and cohabitation’ but encourage applicants to be as creative with the theme as possible and with collectives like The Eternal Internet Brotherhood and Transmuteo in our mystical midst, they’re surely not alone in their pursuit of hi-def fantasy. See the Concord website for more information. **


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Takashi Murakami’s ‘Jellyfish Eyes’ premiered in LA.

Takashi Murakami. 'Jellyfish Eyes'.
15 April 2013

Not to be confused with cult writer Haruki, Takashi Murakami is more the ‘Jeff Koons of contemporary Japanese art’ type. His feature length debut, Jellyfish Eyes, had its international premiere at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Monday, April 9, and featured some interesting animated allusions to real life.

The film is set in a small Japanese town where a young boy, Masashi, befriends a series of bizarre computer-generated creatures after moving to a new town. Haven’t we all. See the LACMA website for more details.**

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