after the rain hit
the creosote the sun
hit it & a fragrance
wild & sweet was hitting
me, a springtime
sensation of rising seed
confusing the seasons

Original source: https://www.artforum.com/slant/ariana-reines-8217-s-full-moon-report-77317

‘Modern Muse’ to Open at Rehs Contemporary Galleries


The muse was a well-known component in the work of Picasso, Dali, and Kahlo. A new show at Rehs Contemporary Galleries shows how this tradition continues in the work of Linda Adair, David Bowers, Randalf Dilla, Amanda Greive, Hiroshi Furuyoshi, Ira Reines, and Michael Van Zeyl, even in unexpected ways. Bowers, for instance, cites his wife as integral to his work, while combining components of her with influences from historical masterworks. The show runs Oct. 27-Nov. 16.

Original source: http://hifructose.com/2018/10/24/modern-muse-to-open-at-rehs-contemporary-galleries/

Olivier de Sagazan’s New, Disconcerting Performances

Olivier de Sagazan’s disconcerting events, a blend of painting, sculpture and performance art, brings his humanity-baring work across the globe. There’s both a psychological and animalistic quality to these wild pieces, the artist’s own body acting as his canvas. He was last mentioned on HiFructose.com here.

Original source: http://hifructose.com/2018/10/24/olivier-de-sagazans-new-disconcerting-performances/

Artist Spotlight: Fia Cielen

A selection of work by artist Fia Cielen from Antwerp, Belgium.

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Original source: https://www.booooooom.com/2018/10/24/artist-spotlight-fia-cielen/

Artist Spotlight: Meaghan Hyckie

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Recommended by Stefan Berg

Original source: https://www.booooooom.com/2018/10/24/artist-spotlight-meaghan-hyckie/

A David Wojnarowicz Performance from 1989 Is Released on Vinyl

David Wojnarowicz & Ben Neill, ITSOFOMO, LP cover. Image: David Wojnarowicz, “Fear of Evolution (1988-89), Acrylic photograph and collage on wood, 42 x 36 inches. (© Estate of David Wojnarowicz. Courtesy of the Estate of David Wojnarowicz and P.P.O.W., New York.)

The oeuvre of late artist David Wojnarowicz spanned photography, painting, film, music, writing, and performance, all of which are incorporated into the hybrid work “ITSOFOMO: In The Shadow of Forward Motion” (1989). Produced in collaboration with composer Ben Neill, the multimedia work originally took the form of a performance that included a four-channel video piece accompanied by a live reading by Wojnarowicz with Neill’s original score. In writing for KCET in 2013, Jennifer Doyle characterized the work as “a formal, poetic meditation on acceleration,” based on theorist Paul Virilio’s writings, that addresses the AIDS crisis of the time through this lens. Although not as well known as “A Fire in My Belly,” considered a work in progress, “ITSOFOMO” is perhaps his most fully realized film work, which incorporates elements from other projects, including a scene of a crucifix covered in crawling ants that was at the center of a 2010 controversy surrounding the exhibition Hide/Seek at the Smithsonian.

This Sunday, Morán Morán will be hosting a record release for a new vinyl edition of the performance’s soundtrack, featuring Wojnarowicz’s haunting spoken-word vocals paired with Neill’s dynamic ambient soundscapes and percussive dissonance. The double LP is produced in an edition of 500 by record label Jabs and also includes an essay by Semiotext(e) founder Sylvère Lotringer. In conjunction with the release, Neill will screen a single-channel edit of “ITSOFOMO,” the first time this version has been shown since a 2011 screening at the Tate Modern.

When: Sunday, October 28, 4–6pm
Where: Morán Morán (937 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Grove, Los Angeles)

More info at Jabs.

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Original source: https://hyperallergic.com/467295/itsofomo-record-release-moran-moran/

Buffalo Residents Want a Remake of a Busted Bust of MLK

The statue, supposedly a likeness to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (image via Restore Our Community Coalition – Buffalo, NY on Facebook)

Statues are a great way to remember our fallen heroes just as they exist in our romantic imagination: frightening, dead-eyed, and lacking any distinctive identifying features. At least, that seems to be the conceptual conceit of a Buffalo, New York memorial installed in 1983, apparently intended to recognize civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The eight-foot-bronze monument, created by artist John Woodrow Wilson, is a giant, terrifying, matte black head that overlooks MLK Park, and has been the subject of a recent attempt to create something a little less … impersonal.

As reported by The Root, thousands have stepped up to sign a petition demanding the offending statue be replaced by one that at least in some way resembles the iconic activist. The petition, which was initiated by Samuel A. Herbert on MLK Day of this year, has garnered over 6,000 signatures, according to its organizer. Though the Buffalo News reported that the statue was not intended to look like Dr. King, but rather, as an “everyman” that “young Black men and others” could identify with, a 1981 concept sketch by Wilson suggests an intention for the sculpture to more closely resemble Dr. King. It also begs the question about what young Black man, or literally anyone, could identify with the oddly blank statue. I mean, besides Doctor Manhattan.

Martin Luther King Jr. at the Civil Rights March on Washington, DC (via Wikimedia Commons)

It is, of course, a great honor for an artist to receive a commission for public sculpture, especially one that commemorates a beloved public figure — but perhaps artists enter into these projects without recognizing the potential peril of misrepresenting the likeness of a figure that looms large in the public sphere. Just ask artist Emanuel Jorge da Silva Santos, who was met with ridicule and vitriol at the unveiling of his bronze bust of Real Madrid forward and national treasure Cristiano Ronaldo, to honor the rechristening of Madeira International Airport as the Cristiano Ronaldo Airport. Santos eventually created a revision of the bust, which rendered the handsome hero in a less cartoonishly spooky un-likeness.

John Woodrow Wilson passed away in 2015, so it seems unlikely that he would be tapped to revise the statue, even in the event that the city of Buffalo responds to this movement and undertakes to replace it with something closer MLK’s image. Wilson is also responsible for a three-foot-tall MLK bust that stands in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, DC, the details of which indicate the artist was capable of presenting a sculptural work in King’s approximate likeness — so perhaps the issue here is the decision on the part of civic leaders to present a genericized icon for the memorial.

At any rate, it seems there is a vocal faction among art, equality, and park-loving citizens of Buffalo that would love to see a bust that is a little less, er, busted. Maybe next MLK Day will see their dreams realized.

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Original source: https://hyperallergic.com/467426/buffalo-residents-want-a-remake-of-a-busted-bust-of-mlk/

Meet “Husa,” a Character Reclaiming Womanhood with Lighthearted Ease

Husa’s Garden continues at HILDE L.A. (4727 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles) through October 31. 

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Original source: https://hyperallergic.com/467533/husas-garden-camilla-engstrom-hilde-la/

A Surreal Halloween at LA’s Oldest Puppet Theater

Hallow’s Eve Artists Maze poster by Audrey Densmore (all images courtesy of Audrey Densmore and the artists)

For the past 55 years, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater has been entertaining countless numbers of children and adults with puppet shows full of fantasy and whimsy at their Echo Park location. That will all come to an end in a month, when the theater will close its doors to the public, embarking on a nomadic path before settling down in a soon-to-be-announced new location. Before then, however, they’ve got a lot planned, beginning with this week’s Hallow’s Eve Artists Maze.


Organized by puppeteers Audrey Densmore and Miguel Ayala, the surreal evening features an array of Angeleno artists and performers, bringing a more adult-oriented program to the theater. The party room will be filled with artwork by Marnie Weber, Mario Ybarra Jr., DogKnitSweater, Ofelia Marquez, and others, while the theater will host performances celebrating the bizarre and occult. Visitors will be greeted by Molly Shea’s cryogenically frozen head, while Fagenstein (Mark Gallegos) stages a drag performance set to the Monster Mash, and costume-clad duo BeckandCol envision the life of escaped puppets. Of course, the Bob Baker Marionettes will be performing a Halloween-themed set. The event features mature themes, so parental guidance is suggested.


When: Thursday, October 25, 7–10pm ($20)
Where: Bob Baker Marionette Theater (1345 W. 1st St, Echo Park, Los Angeles)

More info at Bob Baker Marionette Theater.

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Original source: https://hyperallergic.com/467505/hallows-eve-artists-maze-bob-baker-marionette-theater/

Andy Warhol’s Photography During the Last Decade of His Life, Examined for the First Time

Andy Warhol U.S.A., 1928–1987. Contact Sheet, [Andy Warhol photo shoot with Liza Minnelli and Victor Hugo, John Lennon], 1978
Andy Warhol U.S.A. (1928–1987), Contact Sheet, [Andy Warhol photo shoot with Liza Minnelli, Victor Hugo, and John Lennon] ( 1978).

“A picture means I know where I was every minute. That’s why I take pictures.”— Andy Warhol

From 1976 until his death in 1987, Andy Warhol was never without his camera. He snapped photos at discos, dinner parties, flea markets, and wrestling matches. Friends, boyfriends, business associates, socialites, celebrities, passers-by: all captured Warhol’s attention—at least for the moment he looked through the lens. In a way, Warhol’s daily photography practice anticipated our current smart phone habits—our need to record our friends, our families, and our food. Warhol printed only about 17 percent of the 130,000 exposures he left on contact sheets. In 2014, Stanford’s Cantor Center for the Arts acquired the 3,600 contact sheets from the Warhol Foundation. This book, Contact Warhol, examines and documents for the first time these contact sheets and photographs—Warhol’s final body of work.

Peggy Phelan and Richard Meyer analyze the contact sheets, never before seen, and their importance in Warhol’s oeuvre. Accompanying their text and other essays are reproductions of contact sheets, photographs, and other visual material. The contact sheets present Warhol’s point of view, unedited; we know where he was every minute because a photograph remembers it.

Contact Warhol is published by MIT Press and Cantor Arts Center and is available for sale at mitpress.mit.edu.

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Original source: https://hyperallergic.com/466956/andy-warhol-practice-photography-last-decade-life-examined-documented/