Gallery Diet and SBL6 contributor Daniel Feinberg are excited to present 10 artists working in the fields of drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture in the exhibition opening Wednesday February 20, 6-9pm.
Concurrent with Diamonds, Diamonds will be High Frontiers, a multisensory survey of the artist, writer and musician Claire L. Evans in the Project Room.
Featuring works by SBL6 contributor Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili, Nadia Ayari, Lisa Beck, Barb Choit, Evie Falci, Kathryn Garcia, Michelle Lopez, Davina Semo, Amy Yao, and Tamara Zahaykevich.
High Frontiers: A survey of Claire L. Evans
Claire L. Evans will present a multisensory survey of her technological thing-vision in objects and videos, scent and literature. Collected in one place for the first time, and largely new to the world, this presentation will be, as Mark von Schlegell writes about her work, a room of networked science fictions [where] young women’s minds will meet the shock of the “demoniac glimpse” of the technologically-accessed modern real, and in the temporary safety of this new Dark Age see the stars.
C.L.E. will be performing a new speculative fiction called “Emotional Bandwidth Solutions” at 8pm on February 20th. This will also be the occasion for the release of High Frontiers, a new collection of essays by C.L.E. published by Publication Studio.
Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili, Untitled, 2011, digital ilfoflex print, 50 x 60 cm
Tragic Tattoo Tales: A Valentine’s Day Lecture and Reading with Tattoo Scholars Anna Felicity Friedman and Matt Lodder
Exciting talk this Thursday in Brooklyn!
Love, loss… and disfigurement, murder, and flayed skin (with a bit of cannibalism and sadism thrown in for good measure). What better way to spend your Valentine’s Day evening than to join us for a glass of red wine, a bite of delicious chocolate, and a lecture on the history of tattooing combined with a reading of a series of historical tattoo-centered short stories by authors such as Roald Dahl (1958), Saki (1911), Junichiro Tanazaki (1910) and John Rickman (1781)?
On Thursday please join us for an evening with tattoo scholars Anna Felicity Friedman and Matt Lodder (both heavily tattooed themselves) who will lecture about and read tales that interweave tattoo history with romance and the macabre. Through illustrated slide lectures, Drs. Friedman and Lodder will present comparative historical material to provide context and deeper understanding and to separate fact from fiction. Learn about wide ranging tattoo topics in both Western and non-Western cultures and have questions answered that the stories raise. Did people really preserve tattooed skin? What were people reading about tattoos in the early twentieth century? Were Maori really tattooed head to foot? What were the connections between Ukiyo-e and Japanese tattooing in the Edo period?
And the stories… Come hear the account of a young Maori woman and an English sailor who had himself completely tattooed to gain her favor, only to be forcibly returned to his ship (in John Rickman’s 1781 travel narrative from Captain James Cook’s third voyage). Cringe at the tale of a businessman tattooed in Italy with an elaborate scene, but who was prohibited from ever showing it to anyone, swimming, or leaving the country (in Saki’s 1911 “The Background”). Shudder at the story of a Japanese woman lured into a tattooer’s studio, drugged, and forcibly tattooed (in Junichiro Tanazaki’s 1910 “Shisei (The Tattooer)”). Enjoy the fantasy of a young and not-yet famous Chaim Soutine who, during a bacchanalian evening, rendered a dorsal portrait of a tattoo artist’s wife that later mysteriously turns up as a “canvas” in an art gallery (in Roald Dahl’s 1952 “Skin”). Additional images related to the stories will be screened during the readings.
Chocolate and red wine will make things festive.
Anna Felicity Friedman has been researching the history of tattooing for over 20 years. Her recently completed PhD, from the University of Chicago, focuses on tattooed transculturites—Europeans and Americans who acquired non-Western tattoos as part of a process of cultural identity transformation. Her photoblog, Tattoo History Daily, offers glimpses into myriad aspects of tattoo history. An interdisciplinary scholar, she has taught, written, and lectured about body art, maps, rare books, and other sundry topics, works as a freelance curator, and currently teaches hybrid literature/film/art courses at the University of Chicago.
Matt Lodder is a London-based art historian. His work is primarily concerned with the history of Western tattooing and the artistic status of body art and body modification practices including tattooing, body piercing and cosmetic surgery. He writes regularly for Total Tattoo magazine, gives public lectures on tattoo history and related topics, works as a freelance writer and broadcaster for both radio and television, and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in contemporary art and theory at the University of Reading and the University of Birmingham. He is currently writing a book called ‘Tattoo: An Art History’ for IB Tauris, due for publication in 2014.
Thursday, February 14
Presented by Morbid Anatomy
543 Union Street #1E
Brooklyn, New York 11215
Alix Lambert at the ‘NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star’ Exhibition at the New Museum
“NYC 1993” looks at art made and exhibited in New York over the course of one year, providing a synchronic panorama in which established artists and emerging figures of the time are presented alongside the work of authors whose influence has since faded from the discussion. It will show many different exciting artists including Sang Bleu friend and director of the Mark of Cain, Alix Lambert . Centering on the year 1993, the exhibition is conceived as a time capsule, an experiment in collective memory that attempts to capture a specific moment at the intersection of art, pop culture, and politics.
Other artists include: Ida Applebroog, Art Club 2000, Alex Bag, Matthew Barney, Kathe Burkhart, John Currin, Coco Fusco, Robert Gober, Nan Goldin, Félix González-Torres, Ann Hamilton, David Hammons, On Kawara, Byron Kim, Alix Lambert, Sean Landers, Sarah Lucas, Paul McCarthy, Suzanne McClelland, Gabriel Orozco, Pepón Osorio, Elizabeth Peyton, Steven Pippin, Charles Ray, Jason Rhoades, Julia Scher, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman, Rudolf Stingel, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Nari Ward, Hannah Wilke, Jack Whitten, and several others.
“NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star” will be on view at the New Museum from February 13–May 26, 2013.
Read this interview from noisey.vice.com with Todd Pendu here!
Interview by Vincent Brunetto, Photos by Fianny Martinez
The New York Times has described choreographer, writer, performer, and teacher Jack Ferver’s work as “restless, visceral, and often painful…as sympathetic as it is bitingly corrosive.”
He will perform two different performances in New York this October.
The first, All of a Sudden (Excerpt) for Prelude is based on the Tennesse Williams play and film Suddenly Last Summer where he has collaborated with Joshua Lubin-Levy. The Tennesse Williams play tells the story of a young girl who witnesses the murder of her young cousin by the doctor who tries to help her which gradually drives her insane. Ferver and Lubin-Levy perform against the back drop of the film being projected as they both create an intersection of such complex caring, loving and violent dyads (including the therapist/patient and the artist/dramaturg) exploding the moment when we are so overwhelmed we must ask for help, where reality becomes so heavy we bring in others (real or imaginary) to help shoulder the burden.
Thursday, October 4, 20127:00 pm – 8:00 pmSegal Theatre365 5th Avenue,New York, NY 10016
Find out more and book tickets here
The second performance is named Mon Ma Mes which is a performance about Ferver questioning his life which will include him performing on stage while at the same time having a documentary made about himself. The layered combination of self-analysis and performance creates an intimacy with the audience that reveals as much as it presents.
Saturday, October 6th- 8pm
FIAF, Le Skyroom
22 East 60 Street
(btw Madison & Park Ave)
New York, NY 10022
Book tickets here
With a direct emphasis on fashion in the most painstakingly niche way, Dirty Flaws shows a great emphasis on the contemporary trend of what some may describe as the current ‘neo-goth fashion’. Adorned with anything geometric, matte, mesh or leather (as long as it is black), owner of Dirty Flaws Nikki Moose grabs up the latest sculpted, hooded or layered look books and editorials as well as finding the best garments from young designers to the highest end ones.
Clearly everything within Dirty Flaws hails from some kind of inspiration from a goth aesthetic. This can be seen in the regular references to Rick Owens or Damir Doma and the more recent macabre collections of Givenchy and Rodatre. Perhaps describing these creations as gothic may offend some peoples pronounced theories as what is classified as gothic or not. But one thing that can be closely associated with the gothic aesthetic is very much present here, which is how beauty and subtly vs the sensual and mysterious flow through the blog in a rather engaging way.
Whether Dirty Flaws expresses some kind of gothic ideal or not is up for discussion. Sub-culturally it doesn’t fill that space, it certainly doesn’t embrace any kind of new lifestyle, but in the realms of the ever moving fashion world this vaguely grim but refined style is a haven for anyone interested into buying into this trend. Fashion is obviously fleeting and ever changing but Dirty Flaws can proudly be seen as an originator in seeing this trend evolve over the last six years.
It has also just moved to tumblr so check it out here!
PRESS RELEASE: Needles in the Camel’s Eye is an examination of how images are intended to be read and further, how they are utilized and dispersed. Each of these artists employs external references that enable their work to be digested in a wide variety of manners. With the deployment of stylistic and pictorial tropes the artists convey meaning with simultaneous clarity and reticence, leaving their images as intentionally unresolved entities. While deftly navigating theoretical, technological and art historicaldiscourses the artists create networks in which to situate nuanced approaches towards production.
Being that each artist is well attuned to the roles images play in our increasingly visualized world, the viewer is intended to extract not a single but rather a multitude of meanings within a given work. In this the works operate as sites of potentiality and, in the context of the group exhibition, call upon themselves, the surrounding works and the gallery space itself as a means of furthering this potentiality.
It is now in its last week!
More information can be found here
THOMAS DUNCAN GALLERY
6109 MELROSE AVENUE
LOS ANGELES, CA 90038
image: CARTER MULL