Frame Rate: Memories Digitized

Images by Ruben Preciado.

Featured Filmmakers:
Walter Vargas
Will O’Loughlen
Sharmaine Starks
Kandi Cole.

This program is organized by Gemma Jimenez and Nicole Ucedo

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LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) and EPFC (Echo Park Film Center) are pleased to present Frame Rate: Memories Digitized in partnership with Tlaloc Studios on Saturday, June 10 from 2-6pm.

Through a hands-on film workshop and screening of films by local artists, Frame Rate: Memories Digitized, intends to gather community members to engage with neighborhoods and sites around us, prompting consideration of how we memorialize these spaces. 

The collaborative workshop will begin at 2pm at Tlaloc Studios where EPFC instructors, Gemma Jimenez and Nicole Ucedo, will lead the group through a super 8 filmmaking workshop. The class will watch films made on super 8, load film, and then go on a neighborhood walk to document the historic South Central LA neighborhood on film. LAND and EPFC will process the film and share the class’s work after the program.

This workshop is for adults (ages 18-30) who are interested in learning how to use analogue cameras and explore the process of filmmaking,  prioritizing BIPOC individuals local to South Central LA.

EPFC and LAND will provide the film cameras and lead a workshop on using the cameras followed by an approximately 1 mile walkthrough of the neighborhood surrounding Tlaloc Studios. During the walk EPFC instructors and Ozzie Juarez of Tlaloc Studios will share the neighborhood history and guide participants on using film cameras to create a visual diary of the area. Space for the workshop is limited to 15 participants. Participants should be prepared to be outdoors and walking for about an hour. All equipment and material will be provided by EPFC.

Following the workshop, we will hold a screening at Tlaloc Studios with a series of films made by local South LA artists drawn from EPFC archives. Filmmakers will be in attendance to partake in a post-screening discussion. Food and refreshments will be served. This portion of the program is open to all.

Participants may attend both the workshop and the screening or just one of the events. 

Spots for the workshop are limited to 15; to join the workshop please fill out this form. To attend the screening which starts at 5pm, RSVP here.

 

About Echo Park Film Center

Echo Park Film Center (established 2001) and the EPFC Collective (launched 2022) provide all-ages community film/video workshops, screenings, resources and residencies in Los Angeles and around the world. The EPFC Collective is a fluid and ever-evolving multi-generational, multi-cultural working group that shares an array of skills, experiences, and interests. EPFC is united by the power and joy of collaborative creative practice to support and strengthen community.

 

This program was made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.

for the sake of dancing in the street

Images by Gina Clyne.

for the sake of dancing in the street is a group exhibition celebrating the interconnectedness of feminist and queer resistance. Collectively the work documents and amplifies individual acts of resistance as well as historical and ongoing global feminist protest movements, including the current uprisings in Iran–creating connections between these movements across space and time. Archival materials, videos, zines and posters trace these connections and create new reverberating calls to action. Central to the exhibition is a focus on dance as a liberatory practice, using disruption, joy and irreverence as critical tactics.

The exhibition features installations by LASTESIS, Morehshin Allahyari and Yasmine Nasser Diaz, in conversation with works by Ava Ansari, Geochicas, and archival materials compiled by Caitlin Abadir-Mullally and Raja Bella Hicks. An original print by Entangled Roots Press is featured in the gallery space and available as a takeaway. 

As part of for the sake of dancing in the street, LAND is thrilled to present For Your Eyes Only (FYEO)  by Yasmine Diaz. FYEO is the latest iteration of multidisciplinary artist Yasmine Nasser Diaz’s bedroom installation. The space contains signifiers familiar to SWANA* communities, but relatable to many adolescents of the diaspora. Against the graphic pink wallpaper, a two-channel video includes a projection of women and non-binary persons dancing in a reel of online selfie videos. A second video montage of news clips featuring women-led political rallies from around the Global South plays on a 90’s-era television set. FYEO presents a layered constellation of interrelated realities, spanning borders, identities, and time, aligning along intersectional and transnational movements of solidarity. The project intends to create a space to strengthen bonds between female and non-binary diasporic communities. By juxtaposing the diasporic dilemma alongside ongoing struggles for rights by women across the region and beyond, the FYEO installation generates complex yet hopeful connections rooted in possibilities for the future. 

The exhibition and associated programming were conceived and organized in collaboration with OXY ARTSLAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division), and Yasmine Nasser Diaz.

 

Opening Reception
Saturday, June 3
6-8pm

 

Celebrate the opening of for the sake of dancing in the street with a live DJ, food, drinks and dancing along with a special dance performances activating the exhibition. TCS (Tea Devereaux, Simrin Player, and Chryssa Hadjis) will perform an original dance piece commissioned in response to Yasmine Nasser Diaz’s installation, For Your Eyes Only. The performance will be set to the FYEO soundtrack composed by Carol Ohair, who will also be DJing throughout the night. 

Performance times: 6:30pm & 8pm

 

About Yasmine Nasser Diaz

Yasmine Nasser Diaz is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice draws from nuanced, discordant, and evolving concepts of culture, class, gender, religion, and family. She uses mixed media collage, photo-based fiber etching, immersive installation, audio, and video to explore connections between personal experience and larger social and political structures. Born in the United States to parents who immigrated from the highlands of Southern Yemen, her youth was shaped by traversing the discordant environments of a tightly collectivist Yemeni diaspora, ‘90s  inner-city Chicago, and Western society that prizes individualism and consumerism. 

Diaz uses her work to navigate these experiences while exploring themes of gender and bicultural identity; family honor, shame and reputation. She sees her practice as a place of relevance for others, particularly those of the growing multicultural diasporas of the Global South who have migrated to areas of the Global North. Diaz is especially interested in complex narratives of third-culture identity, their precarious invisibility/hyper-visibility, and the friction often experienced between the individual and the collective.

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for the sake of dancing in the street Programing Schedule
All programs to take place at OXY Arts.

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LAND’s 2023 exhibitions are made possible with lead support from the Offield Family Foundation, the Jerry and Terri Kohl Family Foundation, and The Perenchio Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Fran and Ray Stark Foundation, the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Department of Arts and Culture, the LA Arts Recovery Fund, Brenda Potter, the Wilhelm Family Foundation and LAND’s Nomadic Council. Special thanks to Artist Sponsors Karen Hillenburg, Liana Krupp, Abby Pucker, Stacy and John Rubeli, Ben Weyerhaeuser, and the Poncher Family Foundation.

LAND is a member of and supported by the Los Angeles Visual Arts (LAVA) Coalition

LAND is a member-supported organization. Support LAND’s free, public programming by becoming a member today.

 

 

Gemidos de la Tierra: Reflexión with Jackie Amézquita and rafa esparza


Photos by Gina Clyne.

 

Documentation screening short film screening, and conversation
moderated by Juan Silverio, LACE Assistant Director of Programming
Simultaneous interpretation (Eng/Spa) will be available

Join LACE and LAND with Jackie Amézquita and rafa esparza for a reflexión of the weekend-long Gemidos de la Tierra (Wailings of the Land/Soil), presented across Los Angeles over the weekend of March 25–26, 2023. The program will kick off with a short film premiere where attendees can witness the Gemidos caravan’s journey, beginning in DTLA and ending at MacArthur Park. Following the screening will be a conversation between Amézquita and esparza, sharing their experience and thoughts on journeying throughout Los Angeles with 178 immigrants re-embodied through this work. 

The screening and conversation will be paired with a light reception before and after the program. This program will be recorded and made available online at a later date. 

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About the project

Gemidos de la Tierra (Wailings of the Land/Soil) by Jackie Amézquita addresses the cruel and fatal reality of detainment camps that immigrants encounter upon their arrival to the U.S. (List of Deaths in ICE Custody). The names of the deceased are created with soil from the state where the individual died, and combined with cornflour (masa), salt and rain water to symbolize that despite their death these individuals still inhabit a physical space. Gemidos de la Tierra (Wailings of the Land/Soil) becomes a place of healing, memorializing, and encouraging social engagement.

Read Matt Stromberg’s interview with Jackie Amézquita in Hyperallergic, “Remembering the Migrants Who Died in US Detention” by Matt Stromberg 

Jackie Amezquita (b. 1985) is a Central American artist based in Los Angeles, California. Amézquita was born in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, and migrated to the United States in 2003. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from ArtCenter College of Design and an Associate degree in Visual Communications from Los Angeles Valley College. She recently completed her Master of Fine Arts in the New Genres program at the University of California, Los Angeles (2022).
Studio portrait of Jackie Amézquita. Photo: Juan Silverio 

rafa esparza (b. 1981, Los Angeles; lives and works in Los Angeles) received a BA from University of California, Los Angeles in 2011. Solo exhibitions have been held at Artists Space, New York (forthcoming); Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles (2021); MASS MoCA, North Adams (2019); ArtPace San Antonio (2018); and Ballroom Marfa (2017). Selected group exhibitions have been held at Commonwealth and Council, Mexico City (2022); Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson (2022); Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University, Houston (2020); San Diego Art Institute (2019); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2017); and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016). esparza is a recipient of a Pérez Prize (2022), Latinx Artist Fellowship (2021), Lucas Artist Fellowship (2020), Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2017), Art Matters Foundation Grant (2014), and California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists (2014). He has participated in residencies at Artpace San Antonio (2018) and Wanlass Artist in Residence, OXY ARTS, Los Angeles (2016).

esparza’s work is in the collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Dallas Museum of Art; San Jose Museum of Art; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Kadist Art Foundation; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles.

 

About LACE
LACE both champions and challenges the art of our time by fostering artists who innovate, explore, and risk. We move within and beyond our four walls to provide opportunities for diverse publics to engage deeply with contemporary art.  In doing so, we further dialogue and participation between and among artists and those audiences. welcometolace.org 

 

Support
Gemidos de la Tierra (Wailings of the Land/Soil) is supported by Angeles Art Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Mohn LAND Grant, AltaMed, National Performance Network (NPN), and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. 

LAND’s 2023 exhibitions are made possible with lead support from the Offield Family Foundation, the Jerry and Terri Kohl Family Foundation, and The Perenchio Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Fran and Ray Stark Foundation, the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Department of Arts and Culture, the LA Arts Recovery Fund, Brenda Potter, the Wilhelm Family Foundation and LAND’s Nomadic Council. Special thanks to Artist Sponsors Karen Hillenburg, Liana Krupp, Abby Pucker, Stacy and John Rubeli, Ben Weyerhaeuser, and the Poncher Family Foundation.

Los Angeles Nomadic Division is a member of and supported by the Los Angeles Visual Arts (LAVA) Coalition

LAND is a member-supported organization. Support LAND’s free, public programming by becoming a member today.

 

Frame Rate: The Margins of Dream Language

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The Margins of Dream Language: Experimental Korean Female Filmmakers Curated by Seokyoung Yang

Co-presented by LAND, GYOPO, and LA FilmForum

When image and language are paired together, written and spoken words can reposition the image’s hierarchical role and create an opportunity for a new point of view. In this film program, Korean female filmmakers use text itself as a material—either directly burned into the film or inserted as voice over—to push cinema towards a radical location or realm, engaging with an expansive legacy of colonial power dynamics. This screening, curated by Seokyoung Yang, includes works by Eugene Mayu Kim, Heehyun Choi, Woojin Kim, Onyou Oh, and Boyoon Choi, an essay by Jae Min Lee and will be followed by a conversation between Seokyoung Yang and Jae Min Lee.

ASL interpretation will be provided.
Please note that RSVP does not guarantee entry.
Masks are kindly required.

Rei, Daddy, Liberty

Eugene Mayu Kim
Fhd, 15min.
2021

This Isn’t What It Appears
Heehyun Choi
Super 8 to HD, 19 min.
2022

Korean Dictation Test_You Will Have to Answer Questions You Hear
Woojin Kim
Single Channel Video
Installation, 7min
2019

Whispers in the Water
Onyou Oh
16mm to digital, 9 Min.
2020

How to Be an Expressive Artist
Boyoon Choi
HD, 26min.
2021

About the Curator

Seokyoung Yang (she/they) is a filmmaker, poet, and curator dedicated to artistic experimentation. Born and raised in Korea, she investigates the correlation between language and diasporic identity. Her works have been screened at San Diego Asian Film Festival, Seoul International Women’s Film Festival, Minsheng Art Museum, and Minnesota International Film Festival. She has previously worked for the Camden International Film Festival programming team.

About the Writer

Jae Min Lee, she/her, is a writer born and raised in the busy city of Seoul in South Korea. Jae Min is an enthusiast of cinema that is created through an anti-colonist, non-male, non-white viewpoint and that challenges the status quo. She uses writing as a medium to show her appreciation for said media and further criticizes ones that continue to reinforce the colonialist status quo. Jae Min is currently in the senior year of her undergraduate studies at Smith College, majoring in sociology and film and media studies.

About LA FilmForum

Los Angeles Filmforum is the city’s longest-running organization screening experimental and avant-garde film and video art, documentaries, and experimental animation. 2023 is our 48th year.  www.lafilmforum.org

About GYOPO

GYOPO is a collective of diasporic Korean cultural producers and arts professionals generating and sharing progressive, critical, intersectional and intergenerational discourses, community alliances, and free educational programs in Los Angeles and beyond. www.gyopo.us

Frame Rate is LAND’s screening series, presenting film, video, and moving image works in site-specific contexts. Reflecting the diverse ways contemporary artists engage with visual culture, Frame Rate allows audiences intimate access to artists’ works and creative process. Unlike conventional formats, Frame Rate invites artists to propose and present new work, works-in-progress or ideas that comprise the multifaceted influences informing their creative practice.

LAND’s 2023 exhibitions are made possible with lead support from the Offield Family Foundation, the Jerry and Terri Kohl Family Foundation, and The Perenchio Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Fran and Ray Stark Foundation, the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Department of Arts and Culture, the LA Arts Recovery Fund, Brenda Potter, the Wilhelm Family Foundation and LAND’s Nomadic Council. Special thanks to Artist Sponsors Karen Hillenburg, Liana Krupp, Abby Pucker, Stacy and John Rubeli, Ben Weyerhaeuser, and the Poncher Family Foundation.

LAND is a member of and supported by the Los Angeles Visual Arts (LAVA) Coalition

LAND is a member-supported organization. Support LAND’s free, public programming by becoming a member today.

Ladies’ Lair Lake: Premier Screening and Live Performance

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LAND, OUTFEST PLATINUM, LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), and Rusha & Co. present the premiere screening and live musical performance of Ladies’ Lair Lake, a feature-length musical film from artist Trulee Hall

February’s REDCAT screening will be the world premier of Ladies’ Lair Lake, in the process of being acquired by LACMA. The film will be  accompanied by a live performance of the film’s score with some very special musicians.

Ladies’ Lair Lake reflects Hall’s feminist-oriented and richly imaginative art practice. With 16 original songs over the course of 55 minutes, Hall immerses viewers in her mythical, choral, and playful world. Ladies’ Lair Lake narrates a creation myth that begins not with man but with woman, and explores themes of disobedience and loss of innocence; the clash between patriarchal religion and matriarchal goddess worship; the complexities and loss of autonomy that accompany motherhood; and the interplay of free will and fate, of human desire and divine intervention. The mythological narrative takes place in an edenic forest setting, beside a lake inhabited by a sorority of nymphs overseen by a benevolent yet mischievous goddess. The sisterhood, chameleon-like and at-one with their surroundings, coexists in harmony with nature, adopting the characteristics and appearance of water, land, and flora.

This screening is the launch of the new year-round OUTFEST PLATINUM screening series that brings experimental and cutting edge film, music, and art to the forefront of LGBTQIA+ storytelling. Notoriously provocative, perversely confrontational, and wickedly weird Platinum celebrates the adventurous renegades of queer culture. The mission of this series is to bring visibility to the diversity of the LGBTQIA+ experience and to empower new types of storytellers and their stories to help build empathy to drive meaningful social change. 

The screening coincides with a solo exhibition of Trulee Hall’s work at Rusha & Co: Plays on Foreplays on view from February 4 – March 11, 2023 at 244 West Florence Avenue, Los Angeles.

In 2022, LAND presented Ladies’ Lair Lake as a multimedia exhibition, the most expansive presentation of Hall’s body of work to date. The exhibition invited viewers to immerse themselves in Hall’s universe, brought to life through video, sculpture, painting, sound and installation. 

This presentation is made possible by Stacy & John Rubeli. Special thanks to Maccarone Gallery.

Conductor – Chris Hsieh

Flute – Christine Tavolacci

Reed & Voice – Lu Coy

Trumpet – Jessica Lipman

Trombone – Rose Doyelmason

Percussion & Drumset – Corey Fogel & Chris Hadley

Vocal Percussion – Vincent Bantasan (Beatbox Panda)

Keyboard – Mark Riordan

Keyboard & Voice – Nick Foulk

Violin – Laena Mayers-Ionita

Cello – Angel Kim Spicer

Lead Vocalists – Julia Rahm & Sharon Choi Kim

Trulee Hall

Trulee Hall’s work presents a surreal geography drawing on motifs of the domestic, the decorative, and the erotic. The artist’s creative practice spans video, sculpture, painting, audio composition, and choreographed dance. Hall integrates these mediums into immersive installations. These vignettes offer multiple representations of a non-narrative visual subject, replayed through painting, sculpture, and video amalgams of CGI, claymation, puppetry and live action performance.

Hall draws from an early upbringing immersed in American Southern culture, with its aesthetic and decorative formalities, conservative religious bent, and the wealth and depth of its musical traditions. In her work she contrasts with the aesthetics and spirit of familiar subcultures and conjured mythologies that stand in direct opposition.

Hall received her BFA from the Atlanta College of Art in 1999 and her MFA from CalArts in 2006. Her work has been shown at the Rubell Family Collection, Hammer Museum, MOCA, Deitch Projects, The Armory Show, Paramount Studios for Frieze Art Fair, Redcat, Villa Schöningen, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND), Barrick Museum of Art, Maccarone Los Angeles, Michael Benevento Gallery, and the Billy Wilder Theatre, among numerous other exhibitions and film screenings internationally. The artist recently premiered Tongues Duel the Corn Whores, an Opera at the Zabludowicz Museum in London. In September 2020, the Zabludowicz Museum premiered a solo exhibition of Hall’s work.

OUTFEST

Founded by UCLA students in 1982, Outfest is the world’s leading organization that promotes equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBTQIA+ stories on the screen. For forty years, Outfest has showcased thousands of films from around the world, educated and mentored hundreds of emerging filmmakers, and preserved more than 40,000 LGBTQIA+ films and videos. Outfest programs include The Outfest Platinum Platinum is our signature showcase dedicated to film, live performance, and multi-media works that defy boundaries, stretch cinematic sensibilities, and display the innovators of our time.The Outfest Screenwriting Lab, which has mentored and helped launch the careers of nearly 150 screenwriters, and The Outfest UCLA Legacy Project, which, in partnership with the UCLA Film & Television Archive, is the only film archive in the world exclusively dedicated to preserving LGBTQIA+ images, among others.

LAND’s 2023 exhibitions are made possible with lead support from the Offield Family Foundation, the Jerry and Terri Kohl Family Foundation, and The Perenchio Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Fran and Ray Stark Foundation, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Department of Arts and Culture, the LA Arts Recovery Fund, Brenda Potter, the Wilhelm Family Foundation and LAND’s Nomadic Council. Special thanks to Artist Sponsors Karen Hillenburg, Liana Krupp, Abby Pucker, Ben Weyerhaeuser, and the Poncher Family Foundation.

LAND is a member-supported organization. Support LAND’s free, public programming by becoming a member today.

LADIES’ LAIR LAKE LIBRETTO

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WS White Snow

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LAND, The Box, and Hauser & Wirth present Paul McCarthy’s WS White Snow, the artist’s largest single work presented in the US, originally exhibited at the Park Avenue Armory (New York) in 2013.

In November of 2022, The Box initiated an Institutional tour of WS White Snow, with curators and leadership from the Getty, MOCA, the Hammer, the Broad, the ICA LA, LAND, LAXART, LACMA, and the Lucas Museum. This think tank has resulted in the rapid action of this joint presentation of WS White Snow, to coincide with Frieze Los Angeles, as a means to garner support for permanent preservation of the work.

Like many of LA’s legendary secrets, WS White Snow has been hidden in plain sight for the past decade: an 8,800-square-foot artificial forest and a faithful replica of the artist’s family home have stood fully installed in a warehouse in East LA. The accompanying 7 hour four-channel video projection, edited by Damon McCarthy and taken from 350 hours of recorded video from the 30 days of performance in 2012/13 will be projected alongside the installation. Damon McCarthy the co-director and producer of White Snow also edited the double and single channeled videos that were included in the original installation at the Armory in NYC that will not be included in this presentation. This will be the first and possibly only time audiences in Los Angeles will be able to experience the work in situ, with the future of the work uncertain.

WS White Snow is an explicit confrontation with American consumerism and grandiosity that feels as salient presently as it did ten years ago when it debuted. Viewing the work today unearths new layers: reckoning with economic, social, and climate breakdown, we are confronted with the berserkers, the dregs of the party, and the putrid residue from ignoring what frightens us within ourselves. Clues strewn throughout the forest and cottage of WS White Snow point to the screeching halt of the bacchanal in our own culture, Through physical absurdist performances that may at times invoke repulsion, McCarthy, as Walt Paul with Elyse Poppers as White Snow, turn a mirror on the deeper psychological complexities that lurk beneath American Exceptionalism, the upside down of the myths of integrity & civility we craft to define our “best selves.” The subversion of Walt Disney’s Snow White—a syrupy spin of a dark German folktale—chips at the archetypal narrative: there are no heroes or villains to be found here, not even among the symbolism of a prized American storytelling trope. The deeply personal installation details from McCarthy’s own biography illustrate the artist’s acknowledgement of the stakes. Prescient, McCarthy plays with the roles of artist and audience in a culture increasingly obsessed with content creation. Are there boundaries to what we will produce and consume for entertainment?

Paul McCarthy WS White Snow is made possible with support from Hauser & Wirth.

The exhibition includes images and themes that some visitors may find disturbing. Admission is restricted to audiences over 17.

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About the Artists

Paul McCarthy

Paul McCarthy is widely considered to be one of the most influential and groundbreaking contemporary American artists.  Born in 1945, and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, he first established a multi-faceted artistic practice, which sought to break the limitations of painting by using unorthodox materials such as bodily fluids and food. He has since become known for visceral, often hauntingly humorous work in a variety of mediums – from performance, photography, film and video, to sculpture, drawing and painting.

McCarthy earned a BFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1969, and an MFA in multimedia, film and art from USC in 1973.  For 18 years, he taught performance, video, installation, and art history in the New Genres Department at UCLA, where he influenced future generations of West Coast artists.  McCarthy’s work comprises collaborations with artist-friends such as Mike Kelley and Jason Rhoades, as well as his son Damon McCarthy.

Damon McCarthy

Born in 1973, and raised in Los Angeles, California, Damon McCarthy earned a BA in film at CalArts in 1998. For the last 23 years, he has collaborated with his father, Paul McCarthy, as co-director and editor on many complex performative video installations and large-scale film projects. Their collaborative works have been shown extensively worldwide including exhibitions at the Volksbühne, Berlin (2015); Park Avenue Armory (2013); Hauser & Wirth New York (2013); The Box, Los Angeles (2012); Sammlung Friedrichshof, Zurndorf (2010); and Hauser & Wirth Zürich (2007).

Collaborative works include: Theatrical productions of NV (2022) and A&E (2022); Night Vater (2019); Donald and Daisy Duck Adventure, DADDA (2017); Coach Stage Stage Coach, CSSC (2016); WS White Snow (2012-13); White Snow Mammoth (2012); Rebel Dabble Babble (2012); Caribbean Pirates (2005); Piccadilly Circus (2003); Bunker Basement (2003).

About The Box LA

The Box LA was formed in 2007 by Mara McCarthy (Principal/Curator) with her father, Paul McCarthy, when they realized how many critically important artists in their community had been overlooked and were not being shown. From its initial location in Chinatown to its current home in the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles, the gallery has honed a respected program, and exhibits artists across generations who work in a variety of mediums including performance, installation, dance, drawing, painting, sculpture, video and photography. With a robust public program series, The Box LA offers audiences multiple access points to engage both forgotten art histories and the work of emerging artists who straddle a similar ethos of risk and experimentation. The gallery recognizes the role of the art market as a means for artists to enter or re-enter art histories, and balances commercial interests against the cultural, political, psychological and spiritual content that the work may offer. 

Following the gallery’s move to the Arts District in 2012 and the continued growth of the program, McCarthy is now interested in expanding the notion of a commercial gallery space. In recent years, she has facilitated more artist-centered programs, sought new ways to work with more diverse audiences, and continued to engage politically and psychologically dynamic work. The gallery is also interested in engaging with and supporting nonprofit organizations as part of its overall program. In 2021/22, the gallery’s parking lot served as a makeshift residency for Pieter Performance Space, whose work led to the exhibition, Knees, Schools, Urges. The Box has also collaborated with and served as host to homeLA’s public education program, The We in Me, which considers homelessness through the lens of empathy and civic engagement. A low-income housing prototype, Jardin des Estrellas, spearheaded by gallery artist Corazon del Sol, is located in the gallery parking lot and serves as a site for her advocacy and efforts to realize the project on a larger scale throughout the city.

About Hauser & Wirth

Hauser & Wirth was founded in 1992 in Zurich by Iwan Wirth, Manuela Wirth and Ursula Hauser, who were joined in 2000 by Partner and President Marc Payot and CEO Ewan Venters in 2020. A family business with a global outlook, Hauser & Wirth has expanded over the past 30 years to include outposts in Hong Kong, London, New York, Southampton, Los Angeles, Somerset, Menorca, Monaco, Zurich, Gstaad and St. Moritz. The gallery represents over 90 artists and estates who have been instrumental in shaping its identity and who are the inspiration for Hauser & Wirth’s diverse range of activities that engage with art, learning, conservation and sustainability.

Hauser & Wirth opened its Los Angeles location in 2016 in the heart of the burgeoning Downtown Arts District at 901 East 3rd Street. Occupying the former Globe Mills flour mill complex, Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles presents art exhibitions, events and learning activities which connect with the local community in a vibrant architectural space. This February, Hauser & Wirth will expand its Los Angeles presence by opening a second location in West Hollywood. Located at 8980 Santa Monica Boulevard, the new gallery will be housed in the site of a former vintage automobile sales showroom housed in a Spanish Colonial Revival style building and will complement the Arts District venue.

Film Credits

Concept and Script – Paul McCarthy

Directed by – Paul McCarthy, Damon McCarthy

Produced by – Damon McCarthy, Alexis Hudgins

Line Producer – Karen McCarthy

Post Production Sound Design and Editing – Damon McCarthy

Cinematography – Damon McCarthy, Naotaka Hiro, George San Vargas

Audio – Dean S Lee

Cast

Paul McCarthy – Walt Paul

Elyse Poppers – White Snow, Red

Aiden Ashley – White Snow, Yellow

Charlotte Stokely – White Snow, Blue

Jack Spralja – Bashful

Marc McHone – Doc

Trevor Rounseville – Dopey

Michael Villar – Grumpy

Michael Sielaff – Happy

John Drue Worrell – Too Happy

Joseph Carl White II – Sleepy

Randy Tobin – Sneezy

Eric Manuel – Humpey (Humper)

Prince #1 – Josh Rivers

Prince #2 – Jay Smooth

Prince #3 – Richie Calhoun

WS Presentation Installation

Damon McCarthy, Alex Stevens, Brian Young, Dylan Huig, Erick Wilczynski, Jeremiah McCarthy, Jorge Montano, Lancel Reyes, Landon Wiggs, Lee Randle, Michael J Gonzales, Molly Tierney, Sean Townley, Sid Dueñas, Trevor Rounseville

Image Caption: Paul McCarthy, Installation view of WS White Snow, 2011–2013, Artist’s studio, Los Angeles, CA. Wood, steel, foam, mulch, artificial foliage, lights, various materials. 35’H x 141′ x 148′ © Paul McCarthy. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Joshua White

LAND’s 2023 exhibitions are made possible with lead support from the Offield Family Foundation, the Jerry and Terri Kohl Family Foundation, and The Perenchio Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Fran and Ray Stark Foundation, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Department of Arts and Culture, the LA Arts Recovery Fund, Brenda Potter, the Wilhelm Family Foundation and LAND’s Nomadic Council. Special thanks to Artist Sponsors Karen Hillenburg, Liana Krupp, Abby Pucker, Ben Weyerhaeuser, and the Poncher Family Foundation.

LAND is a member-supported organization. Support LAND’s free, public programming by becoming a member today.

Gemidos de la Tierra (Wailing of the Land/Soil)

Images by Gina Clyne.

Join LACE and LAND for the closing celebration of Jackie Amézquita’s Gemidos de la Tierra (Wailing of the Land/Soil). featuring a special performance by Dorian Wood and Michael Corwin and free tamales provided by Across Our Kitchen Tables for the first 100 guests (vegetarian options available). Eduardo’s Tamales will be on site providing additional tamales for sale (vegetarian options will be available). This gathering will take place as the culminating celebration after a weekend caravan across Los Angeles led by Amézquita, drawing attention to detention centers and pro-immigrant mutual aid organizations. Attendees will have the opportunity to take a closer look at Amézquita’s memorial panels!

Co-presented by LAND and LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions)

Gemidos de la Tierra (Wailing of the Land/Soil) by Jackie Amézquita addresses the cruel and fatal reality of detainment camps that immigrants encounter upon their arrival to the U.S. 

Amézquita has created a mobile public installation of twelve panels (8’ x 4’) with names of immigrants that died in ICE detention centers. The names of the deceased are created with soil from the state where the individual died, and combined with cornflour (masa), salt and rain water to symbolize that despite their death these individuals still inhabit a physical space.

Gemidos de la Tierra (Wailing of the Land/Soil) becomes a place of healing, memorializing, and encouraging activism. The names of children who were victims of the detention centers are created with the documents that published their deaths, and mixed with chia seeds that ultimately will sprout from the letters themselves. Due to each name being created with its own unique mixture of soil and other natural ingredients, each name possesses its own unique texture and color palette, honoring each individual rather than reducing their lives to a statistic as the U.S. Government does. 

In March 2023 this mobile public installation will be activated in Los Angeles and surroundings. The panels will be transported on A frames trucks, to be exhibited while en route to each destination, accompanied by a caravan of cars. This project makes visible two public lists of deaths from ICE Detention Centers in 2003-2023 that will be presented in front of detention centers and pro-immigrant mutual aid organizations.

Amézquita’s project is integral to making the migration crisis visible. Through her use of transporting public documents that were found on ICE’s website (now removed), it is imperative to continue the dialogue about immigrants and the ways in which state-sanctioned violence and death are legalized and actively inflicted against migrants seeking refuge and a better quality of life.  

Gemidos de la Tierra (Wailings of the Land/Soil) is supported by Angeles Art Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Mohn LAND Grant, AltaMed, and National Performance Network (NPN).

The Mohn LAND Grant is funded through the generosity of Jarl and Pamela Mohn. Over a five year cycle (2022-2027),  this initiative directly invests in emerging Los Angeles based artists, providing them with a platform to present site-responsive, transdisciplinary work across LA County. Support through this program is awarded annually to a cohort of emerging artists, giving them their first opportunity to present a large-scale commissioned public project.

About the Artist

Jackie Amézquita (b. 1985) is a Central American artist based in Los Angeles, California. Amézquita was born in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, and migrated to the United States in 2003. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from ArtCenter College of Design and an Associate degree in Visual Communications from Los Angeles Valley College. She recently completed her Master of Fine Arts in the New Genres program at the University of California, Los Angeles (2022).

About our Performers

Dorian Wood is a multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. Her intent of “infecting” spaces and ideologies with her artistic practice is born from a desire to challenge traditions and systems that have contributed to the marginalization of people. Wood has performed at institutions that include The Broad, Los Angeles, CA (2018), Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, NY (2023), Museo Nacional Del Prado, Madrid, Spain (2019), the City Hall of Madrid, Spain (2015) and Teatro de la Ciudad Esperanza Iris, Mexico City, Mexico (2019), and at festivals that include Festivals Kometa, Riga, Latvia (2016), Moers Festival, Germany (2017), Cully Jazz Festival, Switzerland (2015) and Saint Ghetto Festival, Bern, Switzerland (2017). From 2019 to 2020, Wood completed several successful international tours with her chamber orchestra tribute to Chavela Vargas, XAVELA LUX AETERNA. In 2022, Wood debuted her tribute to the singer Lhasa De Sela, entitled LHASA, at the Festival Internacional de Arte Sacro in Madrid, in collaboration with singer Carmina Escobar and composer Adrián Cortés. As a visual artist, Wood has created illustrations and video installations that have been exhibited in galleries around the world. They have also directed several short films, among them “The angel” (2023), Low’s “Disappearing” video (2021), “American Savagery” (2021), “FAF” (2021), “The World’s Gone Beautiful” (2020), “PAISA” (2019, co-directed with Graham Kolbeins), “O” (2014) and “La Cara Infinita” (2013). Wood is a recipient of the Creative Capital Award (2020) and the Art Matters Foundation grant (2020), and is also a MacDowell fellow (2022) and a Loghaven fellow (2022). Wood has released over a dozen recordings, most recently the album Invasiva (Dragon’s Eye Recordings, 2022). In 2023, Wood debuted Canto de Todes, a 12-hour composition and installation, at REDCAT in Los Angeles. www.dorianwood.com

Michael Corwin is a musician based in Los Angeles, and a graduate of CalArts. He has worked with artists like Correatown, Liz Pappademas and the experimental ensemble Killsonic, and has been a frequent collaborator with Dorian Wood for over 15 years. As a solo artist, he released the album Andalucía (2009) under the name Red Maids. Corwin is also an accomplished furniture maker.

About our Collaborators

Across Our Kitchen Tables curates, organizes, and hosts events and conversations that center BIPOC chefs and food systems workers. We consider the present and future of food through thoughtful dialogue on topics including cultural foodways, entrepreneurship, food activism, and health and wellness. https://www.acrossourkitchentables.org @acrossourkitchentables

Eduardo’s Tamales will be selling tamales from his newly donated Un Dia de Arcoíris, a tamalero cart designed by LA-based artist Ruben Ochoa for street vendors in partnership with Revolutionary Carts and Inclusive Action for the City. Ochoa has partnered with Revolutionary Carts and Inclusive Action for the City to raise funds and donated custom wrapped street vendor carts with Ochoa’s graphics functioning as social sculptures. https://www.inclusiveaction.org/ruben-ochoa-art @lalin.zuniga.10, @revolution_carts, @inclusiveaction, @rrrubenochoa

About LACE

LACE both champions and challenges the art of our time by fostering artists who innovate, explore, and risk. We move within and beyond our four walls to provide opportunities for diverse publics to engage deeply with contemporary art.  In doing so, we further dialogue and participation between and among artists and those audiences.

LAND’s 2023 exhibitions are made possible with lead support from the Offield Family Foundation, the Jerry and Terri Kohl Family Foundation, and The Perenchio Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Fran and Ray Stark Foundation, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Department of Arts and Culture, the LA Arts Recovery Fund, Brenda Potter, the Wilhelm Family Foundation and LAND’s Nomadic Council. Special thanks to Artist Sponsors Karen Hillenburg, Liana Krupp, Abby Pucker, Ben Weyerhaeuser, and the Poncher Family Foundation.

Los Angeles Nomadic Division is a member of and supported by the Los Angeles Visual Arts (LAVA) Coalition

LAND is a member-supported organization. Support LAND’s free, public programming by becoming a member today.

Frame Rate: Kaari Upson

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Kaari Upson: Selected Shorts 

MOCA and LAND are pleased to present a screening of selected short videos by the late artist Kaari Upson (1970 – 2021), that demonstrate her uncanny investigations of the overlaps, fissures, and disjunctions between our interior worlds and exterior reality. Upson worked in a wide array of media including sculpture, video, drawing and painting. For nearly two decades, she constructed a singular artistic universe that melded autobiographical and collective traumas, fears and fantasies and often illuminated what might be called “Americanness” or the “American psyche.” The Los Angeles-based artist’s artful conjuring of abject imagery targeted viewers’ psychological comfort zone confronting them with visceral and affecting evocations of loss and instability. In her videos, Upson would play various roles, mostly a persona based on herself, or her mother, or her childhood best friend (Kris). These selected shorts demonstrate Upson’s enigmatic narrative style, and her frequent use of repetition and mirroring. 

 

Howard, 2019

HD video, color, sound

1:48 min

In the absurd and bewildering video Howard, a heavily made-up woman wearing a trench coat over a brown dress with white polka dots nonchalantly offers self-defense tips to her doppelganger while laying on a giant fallen tree. 

 

In Search of the Perfect Double, 2016-17

HD video, color, sound

36:18 min

In Search of the Perfect Double (2017) comes from a series of works focused on a family living in a Las Vegas tract house. Demonstrating a penchant for deadpan, Upson plays “Her,” an androgynous potential home buyer who visits multiple versions of the same model house, searching for her ideal home. In each house, Her and the entourage accompanying her obsessively compare the architectural details in each model to an original that was built in 1979 by the biggest producer of tract homes in the Las Vegas suburbs. Upson compares the unnerving similarities and slight incongruities evident between these tract houses on subdivided land, which are intentionally designed to be identical or mirror images of one another. Within this environment, characterized by its architectural mirroring, Upson highlights the psychological tensions that haunt these bulk-manufactured domestic spaces, and the disquiet inherent in striving toward an imaginary perfect double. 

 

A Place for a Snake, 2019

HD video, color, sound

7:01 min

A Place for a Snake further illustrates Upson’s interest in repetition and doubling. The video features two characters in a bedroom of one of the aforementioned tract homes. Here, the character from Howard is joined by Upson performing as her best friend Kris, wearing medical scrubs from work. They speak in random fragments jumping from one banal topic to another—cats, faces, human connection, quotes from their mothers, family. Both performers are heavily made up with eyes painted over their own, which effectively renders them blind, and they move about the room awkwardly, echoing one another repeating phrases like, “There is an up, there was no up before” and “There’s a stairway to nowhere” as they reflect on the distinctions between the various house models.  

House Worry, 2019

HD video, color, sound

9:06 min

 

Others, 2019

HD video, color, sound

2:23 min

House Worry, 2019 and Others, 2019 both come from Upson’s dollhouse project, which debuted at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019. In these videos, the artist and her friend Kris, made up in the image of one another, perform and narrate stories and odd encounters from Kris’s life. Scale and personae are rendered strange and unpredictable, prompting us to consider how we find self-definition in conversations with intimate friends. 

 

Kaari Upson (1970–2021) was born in San Bernardino, California, and based in Los Angeles and New York. Solo shows include Deste Foundation, Athens (2022), Kunsthalle Basel (2019), Kunstverein Hannover (2019), New Museum, New York (2017) and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2007). Recent and forthcoming group exhibitions include Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (2022), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2022), Cleveland Museum of Art (2021), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark (2021), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2020), 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (2019), Aspen Art Museum (2019), Marta Herford Museum, Herford, Germany (2018), 15th Istanbul Biennial (2017), 2017 Whitney Biennial, Aïshti Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon (2015-16), The High Line, New York (2015), Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2015), Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2014), CAPC Musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux, France (2014) and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (2013). Her work is also currently included in The Milk of Dreams, the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (2022), curated by Cecilia Alemani.

 

Special thanks to Sprüth Magers. This screening is presented in conjunction with the exhibition never, never ever, never in my life, never in all my born days, never in all my life, never on view through October 15 at Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles. 

 

Frame Rate is LAND’s screening series, presenting film, video, and moving image works in site-specific contexts. Reflecting the diverse ways contemporary artists engage with visual culture, Frame Rate allows audiences intimate access to artists’ works and creative process. Unlike conventional formats, Frame Rate invites artists to propose and present new work, works-in-progress or ideas that comprise the multifaceted influences informing their creative practice.

LAND’s 2022 exhibitions are made possible with lead support from the Offield Family Foundation and the Jerry and Terri Kohl Family Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Fran and Ray Stark Foundation, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Department of Arts and Culture, the LA Arts Recovery Fund, Wilhelm Family Foundation, and LAND’s Nomadic Council. Special thanks to Artist Sponsors Karen Hillenburg, Brenda Potter, Abby Pucker, Jay and Deanie Stein Foundation Trust, and the Poncher Family Foundation.

LAND is a member-supported organization. Support LAND’s free, public programming by becoming a member today.

The California Monuments Consortium Lab

LAND is pleased to be a partner organization of The California Monuments Consortium alongside The Free Republic of California, Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation, and ESMoA. The California Monuments Consortium is a theoretical agency aimed to create communal, artistic and sustainable dialogues about statehood and monuments. ⁠

The Consortium’s first endeavor is the Ojai Consortium Lab at the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation which will act as a think tank, research archive, community sounding board and organizing platform. A range of events and panels will highlight the mission and its underpinnings, while offering stakeholders the chance to interact with the space, conduct research, take polls, draft surveys and create artistic expressions.⁠

Over a three month period, the Consortium’s statement will grow with input from a range of artists and community members. The hope is that the findings of these three months of interaction will become a springboard to physical manifestations of the ideas found therein. ⁠

Physical components of the installation will include large scale vinyl installation in the windows, a library featuring an ever-growing selection of relevant books and maps of California, a communal workspace, as well as a community survey portal, an interactive area where visitors can reflect and envision.⁠

The Lab opens Saturday, September 10, 2022 with a Community Town Hall and Public Reception, 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation 248 S Montgomery, Unit A, Ojai 93023. The lab runs through November 6th.

 

About the partners:

The Free Republic of California is an ongoing conceptual piece by artist Cole Sternberg, which plays with notions of statehood and freedom by offering a vision for a more enlightened nation through the guise of Californian secession. Sternberg coordinates a variety of strategies for a state’s rebirth: alternative history and identity established in a new flag, photographic documentation, and ephemera; a constitution, budget, peace agreements, and international conventions in support of the environment and human rights; and, a proposed future conjured through sculpture, performance and engagement.

ESMoA is an art laboratory located in El Segundo, California and it is run by artlab21 Foundation. Our mission is to Spread the Spark of Creativity through the display and education of visual arts. ESMoA functions as a catalyst for creative thinking offering unique Experiences. The Experiences – our word for exhibition/exhibit – present a variety of media, including sculpture, painting, works on paper, performances, and photography. ESMoA was founded in 2013 by Eva Sweeney, Brian Sweeney and Bernhard Zünkeler.

Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation is committed to supporting and advocating the arts and sciences. Current initiatives include awards for visual artists, as well as The Ojai Institute, an artist-residency program in Ojai, that extends the dialogue between artists and the public through exhibitions and programs. Currently based in Ojai, California, the organization, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 2015 by artists, family, and friends to celebrate the legacy of esteemed art patron and private art dealer Carolyn Glasoe Bailey

 

LAND’s 2022 exhibitions are made possible with lead support from the Offield Family Foundation and the Jerry and Terri Kohl Family Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Fran and Ray Stark Foundation, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Department of Arts and Culture, the LA Arts Recovery Fund, Wilhelm Family Foundation, and LAND’s Nomadic Council. Special thanks to Artist Sponsors Karen Hillenburg, Brenda Potter, Abby Pucker, Jay and Deanie Stein Foundation Trust, and the Poncher Family Foundation.

LAND is a member-supported organization. Support LAND’s free, public programming by becoming a member today.

N2EXISTENCE: The Oasis

LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) in partnership with Aaron Fowler, co-presents The Oasis, an experience  of Fowler’s N2EXISTENCE. N2EXISTENCE is a solution-based movement that enables people to use their passions to manifest new realities of freedom, founded by artist Aaron Fowler in 2020. N2EXISTENCE: The Oasis is an interactive creative space in which artists, makers, technologists, activists, and community organizers can come together to share their work, learn, access expensive technologies, engage in deep discussion, and explore their own creative visions.  N2EXISTENCE was the result of Fowler expanding his studio practice to building a shared vision, one that builds spaces providing community members the ability to experience the feeling of freedom that accompanies standing in, and living one’s dreams. As his studio practice expanded to not only include physical objects but reflected visions, he realized this could be a model anywhere for people to manifest their creative visions and impact their communities.

The Oasis is the result of a residency facilitated by LAND in the Residency space in Summer 2021, where Fowler met Inglewood-based peer specialist Divinity Warmsley and continued his work with activist and filmmaker Sultan Sharrief. Over the past year, they have collectively envisioned what is missing in the creative communities in South LA. Despite an influx of new residents and a multitude of creative apps for connecting, there are no accessible spaces open in the evening, where community members can imagine, engage, and manifest their creative visions leading to real impact. The Oasis is in essence a prototype that can be scaled in future iterations, including Fowler’s dream of an N2EXISTENCE town-hub constructed out of shipping containers. 

Over the course of the two months, Sharrief and Warmsley have an ambitious schedule of public programs, activating the space and providing exponential opportunities for collaboration. A sample of public programs includes CommuniTEA Conversation Series led by Warmsley, addressing issues such as parenting, local politics, technology and financial support. Sharrief will lead sessions with The Quasar Lab, his ongoing research lab that utilizes disruptive community organizing as a strategy for futurist design. At the end of the period, the community will be invited to propose their own events and programming, with a culminating public celebration. 

The Oasis is a creative solution, an ongoing experiment of structure and scale, manifestation in process. artist working in dialogue with his community, together creating an autonomous entity with large-scale social results.

This iteration of N2EXISTENCE is presented by LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division). The project was made possible with support from Angeles Art Fund

Special thanks to Residency Art Gallery.

Aaron Fowler

Aaron Fowler (b. 1988, St. Louis, Missouri) currently works in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, Los Angeles, California, and St. Louis, Missouri. Fowler received his BFA from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, in 2011, and MFA from Yale University, in 2014. His work has been exhibited at New Museum, New York (2018); Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art, Georgia (2017); Saatchi Gallery, London (2017); Beeler Gallery, Columbus College of Art and Design, Ohio (2016); Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles (2016); Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2016); Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2015); Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, North Carolina (2015); Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York (2013); and Sophia Wanamaker Gallery, San José, Costa Rica (2012). He is a recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant (2015) and was an artist in residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2014). @n2existence

Divinity Warmsley

Divinity Warmsley is CEO of The Peer Specialist LLC, a community based service that provides mental health and behavioral health supportive services to underserved communities in the Greater Los Angeles area. She has over 15 years experience in community engagement events, community outreach, group talk therapy, One on One talk therapy, facilitating active listening sessions, 90 days of evidence based peer support, life skills supportive services, service bridging and resource navigation. @thepeerspecialist.llc

Sultan Sharrief

Sultan Sharrief is a trans-media activist, filmmaker, and XR designer. He holds a BA in Film from University of Michigan, an MS in Comparative Media from MIT, and is a PhD candidate in Media Arts & Practice at USC. His directorial debut feature film, Bilal’s Stand, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and he has since produced four additional feature films and a TV program. In 2018 he founded the Quasar Lab at MIT, an institutional-hacking research lab that uses disruptive community organizing as a strategy for futurist design. @sultanreflects

LAND’s 2022 exhibitions are made possible with lead support from the Offield Family Foundation and the Jerry and Terri Kohl Family Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Fran and Ray Stark Foundation, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Department of Arts and Culture, the LA Arts Recovery Fund, Wilhelm Family Foundation and LAND’s Nomadic Council. Special thanks to Artist Sponsors Karen Hillenburg, Brenda Potter, Abby Pucker, Jay and Deanie Stein Foundation Trust, and the Poncher Family Foundation. 

LAND is a member-supported organization. Support LAND’s free, public programming by becoming a member today at nomadicdivision.org.

The Horse

Photos by Gary Askew.

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Capacity is limited. All attendees are encouraged to wear white.

LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) presents The Horse, a 45 minute immersive performance directed, choreographed and performed by Chris Emile. Developed during a three month creative residency, The Horse is the result of a collaborative process between Emile, sound architect Cody Perkins, vocalist Alevonallure, lighting designer Jason Fox, and a small circle of West African drummers with guidance from Vodun practitioners.

The Horse evokes the supernatural experience of spiritual possession. In Vodun tradition, a “horse” is a person possessed, being “ridden” by a possessing deity. In combining somatic practice, theology and research into the origins of ballet, Emile reassesses what traditional balletic training deems the role of the performer/dancer. The resulting work embodies ancestral knowledge, reverence for African religions, the human-divine connection, and, in reintroducing catharsis into performance, reclaims the relationship between body and spirit.

The Horse is a contemporary ritual. All are invited to witness and experience a shared catharsis.

The Horse by Chris Emile is commissioned by LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division).

Evan Greer – Drummer

Kevin Moore – Drummer

Nery Madrid – Drummer

Alexis Vaughn – Vocalist

Cody Perkins – Sound Architecture

Jason Fox – Lighting

Liz Montecastro – Costume

Hatt Merlino – Audio Engineer

Daniela Aramayo – Producer

Special thanks to Glorya Kaufman Performing Arts Center and James R. Eads

This performance will take place outside. Floor seating and chairs will be available on a first come first serve basis. You are welcome to bring your own blankets and pillows for seating on the floor. If you need specific accessibility accommodations, please email info@nomadicdivision.org.

About Chris Emile

Based in Los Angeles, Chris Emile is an active director, choreographer, educator, and performer. He received his formidable dance education from Lula Washington, Karen McDonald, the Ailey School, and holds a BFA in Dance from the Alonzo King LINES Ballet/Dominican University BFA program as a member of the inaugural class. As a dancer, Chris has performed with Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Morphoses, Luna Negra Dance Theater, and BODYTRAFFIC performing the works of master choreographers such as Nacho Duato, Idan Sharabi, Stijn Celis, Barak Marshall, and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano.

Chris’s directorial and choreographic work oscillates between the experiential, film, stage, and commercial worlds. He is a 2022 Artadia Award Finalist. His film work has been presented by the Getty Museum, Compound LB, NOWNESS, 4:3 Boiler Room, Art + Practice, and CULTURED Magazine. His choreographic work has been commissioned by  Solange Knowles, the Kennedy Center, Sao Paolo Opera, Anderson Paak, Moses Sumney, San Francisco Symphony, Opera Omaha, the University of Southern California, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, LA, and LA Opera for the Pulitzer Prize winning opera p r i s m where he also assistant directed. Chris’s first solo exhibition was presented by the MAK Center for Art & Architecture in 2020.  AMEND explored Black male identity through movement, cinema, sculpture and sound. Emile employed archival & contemporary found footage with artifactual set design to re-render the modern architectural marvel that is the Schindler House into a sacred, private place: a home amenable for Black dealing and healing. An intergenerational cast of three dancers acting as one man, move the audience through the house and through time working their way through the question: who, if not me, decides what a Black man is?

He is the co-founder/curator for the movement based project No)one. Art House where he has programmed site specific performances, films, educational workshops, and movement based installations with institutions such as Hauser & Wirth, the Getty Museum, SAINT HERON, Refinery 29, St. Germain,  the 14th Factory, and the California African American Museum among others.

As an educator, he has been a guest lecturer at the California Institute of the Arts, UCLA, AMDA, Loyola Marymount University, Pomona College, Boston Conservatory, and UC Irvine. He also coordinates a week long workshop every summer entitled CIPHER that engages movement based artists in an intense daily practice of meditation, movement research, and composition study.

 

The Horse by Chris Emile is commissioned by LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) and is being presented as a part of Gatherings, LAND’s ongoing series of public installations, performances, collaborations and offerings reimagining civic spaces and ways of gathering with artists who weld ritual, myth, ancestral knowledge, and communal practices to navigate and reimagine the world. Gatherings is presented with support from the Pasadena Art Alliance.

LAND’s 2022 exhibitions are made possible with lead support from the Offield Family Foundation and the Jerry and Terri Kohl Family Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Fran and Ray Stark Foundation, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Department of Arts and Culture, the LA Arts Recovery Fund, Wilhelm Family Foundation, and LAND’s Nomadic Council. Special thanks to Artist Sponsors Karen Hillenburg, Brenda Potter, Abby Pucker, Jay and Deanie Stein Foundation Trust, and the Poncher Family Foundation.

LAND is a member-supported organization. Support LAND’s free, public programming by becoming a member today.

Frame Rate: Dami Spain curated by Jheanelle Brown

Photos by Bradley Hale.

Q&A between Dami Spain and curator Jheanelle Brown
July 2022

LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) presents Frame Rate: Dami Spain curated by Jheanelle Brown, featuring a multi-channel video installation and durational performance. Act 001 follows the video’s protagonist through desolate and unfamiliar places in search of understanding herself and her place in the world. The immersive experience takes attendees through our heroine’s experience of self-reflection in a new, unknown world. She contends with the following questions: Where is she? How did she get there? Is there a greater reason for her existence? Can she be liberated and have autonomy in this new world? Act 001 employs time travel, multi-dimensionality, and circular time theory to imagine new possibilities of living on this plane.⁠

JUMP I
Director, Producer, Editor: Dami Spain
Starring: Dami Spain
Cinematographer  and Drone Operator: Vasilios Papitios
Music: Hello by Dami Spain, Finale by Dami Spain & Masao

JUMP II
Director, Producer, Editor: Dami Spain
Starring: Dami Spain
Camera Operator: La Femme Bear
Music: Away (Bapari Remix) by Dami Spain & Veronica Jane

JUMP III
Director, Producer, Editor: Dami Spain
Starring: Dami Spain
Cinematographers: Bby Shamu, Dami Spain, Vasilios Papitios
Music: Reasons by Dami Spain & Bapari

JUMP III was made possible with support from The Transgender Cultural District

BLUE LOOP
Director, Producer, Editor: Dami Spain
Starring: Dami Spain
Cinematographer: Bby Shamu
Music: Float by Dami Spain

This program was made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.⁠

@culture_la

About the Artist

Dami Spain is a performance artist, musician, and filmmaker born and raised in California. She harnesses afro-future themes of time travel, multi-dimensionality, and circular time theory to imagine new possibilities for this physical plane. Her education in music, dance, and acting started in high school and continued through college until her career as a performing artist was sparked in San Francisco. In the past 5 years she has performed at A.C.T. The Strand, REDCAT, The Broad Museum, CounterPulse and more. She has shown work across the US and internationally performing in Montreal, Canada and Mexico City, Mexico. In 2020, she released her debut solo music project titled “Dawning”.

@damispain

About the Curator

Jheanelle Brown is a film curator/programmer, educator, and writer based in Los Angeles whose curatorial practice creates frameworks to explore the boundlessness of Black life in experimental and non-fiction film and video. She is interested in the space between fugitivity and futurity and elevating an ethic of care, with an emphasis on Caribbean film/video and the L.A. Rebellion. Jheanelle is a programmer for Los Angeles Filmforum and on faculty at California Institute of the Arts and Otis College of Art & Design. Her exhibitions and programs have been presented at Art + Practice, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, the National Museum for African American History and Culture, 18th Street Arts Center, Project Row Houses, and articule gallery, amongst others. At this moment, she is dreaming about cosmic marronage whilst trying to remember her terrestrial obligations.⁠

@jheaneeeeelle

About Arts at Blue Roof

ARTS AT BLUE ROOF is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to providing arts programming and resources to our South Los Angeles and the Greater Los Angeles community through our artist residency, “A Room of One’s Own,” which provides FREE studio space and professional mentorship for women artists. We are an LGBTQIA + inclusive community.

@artsatblueroof

Frame Rate is LAND’s screening series, presenting film, video, and moving image works in site-specific contexts. Reflecting the diverse ways contemporary artists engage with visual culture, Frame Rate allows audiences intimate access to artists’ works and creative process. Unlike conventional formats, Frame Rate invites artists to propose and present new work, works-in-progress or ideas that comprise the multifaceted influences informing their creative practice.

LAND’s 2022 exhibitions are made possible with lead support from the Offield Family Foundation and the Jerry and Terri Kohl Family Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Fran and Ray Stark Foundation, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Department of Arts and Culture, the LA Arts Recovery Fund, and LAND’s Nomadic Council. Special thanks to Artist Sponsors Karen Hillenburg, Brenda Potter, Abby Pucker, Jay and Deanie Stein Foundation Trust, and the Poncher Family Foundation.

LAND is a member-supported organization. Support LAND’s free, public programming by becoming a member today.

 

Nomadic Nights: There Was There

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LAND is pleased to present Nomadic Nights: There Was There, organized by Alfonso Gonzalez Jr. on the occasion of the closing of his exhibition at Matthew Brown Gallery. Gonzalez presents a one-day group exhibition welcoming audiences to familiarize themselves with Gonzalez’s artistic community.

Featuring artists Rikkí Wright, Sonya Sombreuil, Savannah Claudia Levin, Lizette Hernández, Diana Yessenia Alvarado, and Mario Ayala, the project amplifies how artists’ networks are crucial to their personal and professional lives and thus, emphasizing the collective spirit behind Gonzalez’s work.  ⁠ ⁠ Alongside the group exhibition there will be a set of DJ’s and a musical performance by Brainstory, one of the subjects of Gonzalez’s fictitious concert poster series. ⁠ This Nomadic Night will take place on Sunday March 20 from 3-6pm, in the parking lot adjacent to Matthew Brown Gallery at 712 N. La Brea Avenue. ⁠Special thanks to Matthew Brown Gallery. ⁠

Photos by Bradley Hale.

About Nomadic Nights:
Nomadic Nights are salon-style events, in roaming locations throughout the country, which reflect the diverse ways in which contemporary artists engage and present visual culture. As a departure from conventional formats, Nomadic Nights invites artists to present work, performances, and ideas that comprise the constellation of influences informing the overall creative practice.

 

This program was made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.

LAND’s 2022 exhibitions are made possible with lead support from the Offield Family Foundation and the Jerry and Terri Kohl Family Foundation. 

Additional support is provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, the LA Arts Recovery Fund, Abby Pucker, the Fran and Ray Stark Foundation, Jay and Deanie Stein Foundation Trust, the Poncher Family Foundation, Brenda Potter, and LAND’s Nomadic Council.

 

Pillar of the Intangible

February 16 – February 20, 2022

9900 Wilshire Boulevard

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

In partnership with Frieze Sculpture, LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division)  commissioned a new sculpture by Los Angeles-based artist Isabel Yellin entitled Pillar of the Intangible. A continuation of Yellin’s visual language, the sculpture plays with hardness and softness, the duality of our internal experience and external presentation. The work is a connective structure that invites as much as it confounds. The organic, soft forms rendered permanent encompass the contradictory and confounding expanse of time that we move through, the daily obstacles we face, and the fluidity demanded of our rigid, breakable bodies.

This is a unique opportunity for LAND to support a young artist in pushing their work to a new scale alongside an exciting group of established artists. This would be Yellin’s first public commission, and at 9 feet tall, the largest iteration of her work to date.

Isabel Yellin (b. 1987, New York, NY) received her MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2014. Her combinative works aim to articulate the subconscious. Her work is simultaneously sensory and sensitive, corporeally linked to both the guttural and the alien. Recent exhibitions include Show Me As I Want To Be Seen at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco (2019), Cuddle Puddle (solo), at Althuis Hofland, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2018), and Velvet Concrete (solo) at M. Le Blanc Gallery, Chicago, IL (2018). She is also the curator of a two-part LA based female sculpture show, Your Presence is Encouraged, which opened last month in Nevine’s Yard, and PSYCHOSOMATIC at Various Small Fires, LA.

 

LAND’s 2022 exhibitions are made possible with lead support from the Offield Family Foundation and the Jerry and Terri Kohl Family Foundation. 

Additional support is provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, the LA Arts Recovery Fund, Abby Pucker, the Fran and Ray Stark Foundation, Jay and Deanie Stein Foundation Trust, the Poncher Family Foundation, Brenda Potter, and LAND’s Nomadic Council.

Photo by Casey Kelbaugh. Courtesy of Casey Kelbaugh/Frieze.

Ladies’ Lair Lake

FEBRUARY 16 – MARCH 27, 2022
530 N WESTERN AVENUE
LOS ANGELES, CA 90004

WEDNESDAY – SATURDAY 11AM – 6PM

SUNDAY, MARCH 27 11AM – 5PM
ARTIST WALKTHROUGH 11AM

To make an appointment to visit the exhibition, please click here.  Walk ins also welcome.

LAND is pleased to announce a solo presentation of Trulee Hall’s most expansive body of work to date, Ladies’ Lair Lake from February 16 – March 27, 2022. The installation’s density, both in concept and production, platform a rich world for the public to explore and familiarize themselves with Hall’s feminist-oriented, imaginative, and playful world-making art practice. LAND’s presentation will invite you to immerse yourself in Hall’s universe, an uncompromising experience bringing to life the body of work through video, sculpture, painting, and installation. Viewers will be able to wander through Hall’s mythical world and engage with its characters, intimately experiencing their stories.

Ladies’ Lair Lake narrates a creation myth that begins not with man but with woman, and explores themes of disobedience and loss of innocence; the clash between patriarchal religion and matriarchal goddess worship; the complexities and loss of autonomy that accompany motherhood; and the interplay of free will and fate, of human desire and divine intervention. The mythological narrative takes place in an edenic forest setting, beside a lake inhabited by a sorority of nymphs overseen by a benevolent yet mischievous goddess. The sisterhood, chameleon- like and at-one with their surroundings, coexists in harmony with nature, adopting the characteristics and appearance of water, land, and flora.

The installation presents a variety of techniques and mediums, including CGI, claymation puppetry, green screen, found nature footage, live action, painted dimensional sets, costumes, makeup, and newly composed music alongside a choir. Hall’s allegorical worlds offer a space to loosen up and enjoy the contradictions of sexuality, pleasure, and morality.

Trulee Hall’s work presents a surreal geography drawing on motifs of the domestic, the decorative, and the erotic. The artist’s creative practice spans video, sculpture, painting, audio composition, and choreographed dance. Hall integrates these mediums into immersive installations. These vignettes offer multiple representations of a non-narrative visual subject, replayed through painting, sculpture, and video amalgams of CGI, claymation, and live action performance.

Hall received her BFA from the Atlanta College of Art in 1999 and her MFA from CalArts in 2006. Her work has been shown at the Rubell Family Collection, Hammer Museum, Deitch Projects, The Armory Show, Paramount Studios for Frieze Art Fair, Redcat, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND), Barrick Museum of Art, Maccarone Los Angeles, Michael Benevento Gallery, and the Billy Wilder Theatre, among numerous other exhibitions and film screenings internationally. The artist recently premiered Tongues Duel the Corn Whores, an Opera at the Zabludowicz Museum in London. In September 2020, the Zabludowicz Museum premiered a solo exhibition of Hall’s work.

This exhibition is made possible with lead support from Karyn Kohl, Brenda Potter, and Stacy and John Rubeli. Additional support is provided by Abby Pucker and Christine Stillinger Steele.

Special thanks to Creative Space and Maccarone Gallery.

LAND’s 2022 exhibitions are made possible with lead support from the Offield Family Foundation and the Jerry and Terri Kohl Family Foundation. 

Additional support is provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, the LA Arts Recovery Fund, Abby Pucker, the Fran and Ray Stark Foundation, Jay and Deanie Stein Foundation Trust, the Poncher Family Foundation, Brenda Potter, and LAND’s Nomadic Council.

 

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