Harry Dodge & Justin Cole
January 25, 2011
Dinner House M (Los Angeles)
Harry Dodge, UNKILLABLE, video, 2011.
Harry Dodge is a Los Angeles-based visual artist, writer, and director whose videos, sculptures, and installations focus around the exploration of materiality, the unnamable, between-ness, and post-binary possibility.
Tonight, Dodge presents a new video: Unkillable (2011), a perverse, black comedy that investigates the potency of images made from language. Performing alone, in a mask, Dodge renders in obsessive detail – shots, cuts, audio – a would-be film, a “text-story” made up of progressively appalling events. While critiquing conventional film grammar and tropes, Unkillable also manages to explore the queasy coexistence of tenderness and brutality, the nature of momentum (narrative and otherwise), and the often incomprehensible wretchedness of irreversibility itself.
Dodge’s work has been exhibited at Elizabeth Dee, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Getty Institute, Los Angeles; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and at the Sundance Film Festival, among others. Other recent activities include a talk and video program at Light Industry in Brooklyn and a curated room at the Hessel Museum in upstate New York.
Justin Cole is a Los Angeles-based artist working in drawing, photography, sculpture, and audio – his multi-disciplinary practice addressing the complexities of the cultural landscape of Los Angeles, Cole’s native Detroit, and the United States in general.
Tonight, Cole presents a lecture, field recordings, and photographic documents that illuminate the rich musical history of Detroit. Focusing specifically on 1967, Cole will tell the story of The Algiers Motel, the epicenter for the city’s recording studios and clubs, where soul musicians The Dramatics were sequestered during the height of the ‘67 riots. This lecture will be followed by Cole’s recreation of some hits from Motown and a DJ set culled from the city’s extensive musical output.
Cole’s work has been exhibited at Five Thirty Three, Los Angeles; The Project, Los Angeles; Lizabeth Olivera Gallery, Los Angeles; Co-Lab, Copenhagen; LA>< Art, Los Angeles; Queens Nails, San Francisco; and Centre Pour l’Art et le Culture, Aix-en-Provence, among others. Most recently, Cole presented a solo exhibition, entitled Historical Impulse, at Pepin Moore, Los Angeles. Additionally, Cole performs as part of the collaborative art and music group OJO.
||Dinner House M
1263 W. Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
9:30 PM - 2:00 AM