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Saturday, January 26, 2013


Ceci N'est Pas...

12pm, Saturday

Ruskin Theatre
Santa Monica Airport


Art Los Angeles Contemporary and Paris-based curator Martha Kirszenbaum will host a discussion providing a comparative approach of the French and Los Angeles art scenes, their practices and challenges within contemporary culture, and concentrating on the Ceci N’est Pas...festival, a five-month arts and culture exchange program between France and Los Angeles.

The panel will be moderated by independent curator Martha Kirszenbaum and will feature curator Isabelle Le Normand, artist Davide Balula and New Galerie's Corentin Hamel. Kirszenbaum, currently the guest curator for contemporary art at the Belvedere Museum / 21er Haus in Vienna (Austria) is developing a larger exhibition project between LACE in Los Angeles and Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

Ceci n'est pas… is a project initiated by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States in collaboration with the Institut Français, with the support of the Alliance Française of Los Angeles, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and the participation of many local institutions.


Ry Rocklen: Trophy Modern

2pm, Saturday

Ruskin Theatre
Santa Monica Airport


Ry Rocklen will be sharing a series of images that have inspired his new line of furniture Trophy Modern. This presentation will include both Rocklen's past work as well as examples of other artists whose practice includes the making of furniture. In particular Rocklen will show examples of biomorphic furniture and design that illuminate the performative relationship between furniture and its user. Through these images Rocklen will look to the outskirts of furniture design in search of the uncomfortable and absurd.

Ry Rocklen, whose work was most recently featured in the Made In LA exhibition at the Hammer Museum, will expand upon his seminal sculpture Second to None. The sculpture, consisting entirely of bought and salvaged trophy parts, is the genesis of his functional line of furniture, Trophy Modern. This collection will offer a coffee table, dining chair, club chair, couch, and chandelier.

Trophy Modern's design and structure will be dictated by the conventions of everyday trophy assembly, with each piece reflecting the formal logic of standard trophy construction. Through this logic Rocklen honors the purity of the trophy materials while transforming them into his signature line of furniture, Trophy Modern.

Rocklen’s work was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial, the 2009 Athens Biennial in Greece, Second Nature at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and Made in L.A. 2012 at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery


Ben Jones: The Problem Solverz

3pm, Saturday

Ruskin Theatre
Santa Monica Airport


Ben Jones will screen two rare episodes of Ben Jones's Cartoon Network Animated Series "The Problem Solverz.” The Problem Solverz is a series centered on the titular Problem Solverz trio of Alfe, Roba, and Horace, as they solve and sometimes create the various problems that plague their town, Farboro. Ben Jones will have work on view at the LOYAL Gallery booth at ALAC 2013.

Ben Jones holds a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA. Jones has presented in a variety of solo and group exhibitions internationally at Galleri Loyal, Malmo, Sweden, MACRO Museum, Rome, Italy, Bergen Kunsthall, Norway, Max Wigrum, and the TATE, London, UK, Peres Projects, Berlin Germany, and Deitch Projects, Foxy Production, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Hole, New York, NY, among others. His work has been discussed in The New York Times, i-D, Tokion, and ArtReview.


Scott Benzel: W.W.A.R./ Die Dritte Generation

4pm, Saturday

Ruskin Theatre
Santa Monica Airport


Art Los Angeles Contemporary presents the debut of Scott Benzel W.W.A.R. / Die Dritte Generation for belt sanders, amplified newton's cradles, bass speakers, glass, magnetic tape, and voice.

Taking as starting points Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Die Dritte Generation and Arthur Schopenhauer's The World as Will and Representation, Benzel's 'performative environment' features performers installing and then acting upon various musical and visual constructions (some repurposed from previous performances) including a belt sander racetrack, amplified newton's cradles, a coffee table supported by bass speakers, and a long magnetic tape loop.

Benzel is a connoisseur of contrarian bits of culture. He collects artifacts whose intended appearance and meaning are augmented by misuse, mythologizing, or market-capitalization. He pulls equally from popular and avant-garde histories, and from both visual and musical sources. His checklists, liner notes, and essays explain only enough to engage the viewer in the contradictions of the “altered” objects that they describe.

Benzel's work has been shown or performed in Made in L.A. 2012 at The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The Venice Beach Biennial; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis; Blum and Poe, Los Angeles; and Human Resources, Los Angeles.


Paris At Your Home

5pm, Saturday

Machine Project
200 D North Alvarado
Los Angeles, CA 90026


Machine Project and Paris-based Mains d’Œuvres are pairing up for Los Angeles Chez Vous! / Paris at Your Home!, an artist and gallery exchange program of public performances in private homes. In January 2013, Mains d’Œuvres will bring six French artists to Los Angeles, and in May 2013, Machine Project will bring six Los Angeles artists to Paris. In both locations the artists will create work in response to and situated in the private residences of their host homes.

Paris Artists : Fayçal Baghriche, Davide Balula, Julien Berthier, Dominique Blais, Nicolas Boulard, Dominique Gilliot
L.A. Hosts : Lara Bank, Elizabeth Cline, Chris Colthart, Jen Hofer, Lyn Kienholz, Sara Roberts, Adam Overton
L.A. Artists : Liz Glynn, Emily Joyce, Dawn Kasper, Emily Lacy, Lucky Dragons, Nate Page

The artists will create work in response to and situated in the private residences of their host homes. Making performances, concerts, or ephemeral installations, the projects will be made specifically for intimate audiences in domestic spaces. Machine Project will become the publicly accessible information-center-meets-travel-agency for people to sign up to attend events. On January 26th all of the hosts and artists will join together for a party at Machine Project from 5-10pm.


MOCAtv presents Feast of Burden

5-7pm, Saturday

MOCAtv lounge
Barker Hangar
Santa Monica Airport


MOCAtv presents Feast of Burden, the recently released mini-series written and directed by Eugene Kotlyarenko. Feast of Burden follows a group of old friends who get together for a dinner party, only to find themselves trapped by supernatural forces. Once the spell is cast absurdity, mayhem and death crash the party. Feast of Burden is an online mini-series filled to the brim with melodramatic twists, absurd turns and a killer surprise ending all over the course of twelve 5-minute episodes. Bursting with the loud palette of Technicolor Hollywood and playing fast and loose with the influence of Buñuel, Lynch and Warhol, the show creates a wild concoction sure to make fans of anyone looking for a fun and campy ride with a post-modern sensibility.

Paul Gellman, aka Petey Cruzer from Feast of Burden, will be in the MOCAtv lounge to talk about the MOCAtv mini-series. Gellman is a Los Angeles based artist and performer. He is currently producing a play entitled “Weed Whackers” with a cast of Eastside musicians of note to be performed in March. Gellman also can be seen around town playing with his art metal band "Ruff Sketch."


Night Gallery Grand Opening

8-10pm, Saturday

Night Gallery
2276 E 16th St
Los Angeles


Join Art Los Angeles Contemporary in celebrating the grand opening of the new Night Gallery.

Night Gallery opened her doors in the bright winter of 2010 in the neighborhood of Lincoln Heights. With her black walls and late hours, Night Gallery generated a ferver, spiking the night with dialogue, humor, and an elicit of tolerance. After close to three years at the beloved Broadway strip mall, Night Gallery will be moving to 2276 E 16th Street in downtown Los Angeles.

Night Gallery has eaten her cake and grown in tremendous girth. She will be expanding six fold in volume, expanding ten fold in parking, and adding daylight to her hours. As night becomes day Night Gallery's program of intimacy and subjectivity carries through. She remains an eternal champion of creative capital. She will be working with renowned architect Peter Zellner on an interior space which will make the seamless transition from night to day.


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