ForYourArt’s curated list of the best opportunities to SEE, COLLECT, LEARN ABOUT, and SUPPORT art everyday.
SATURDAY, JUNE 2
Bernard Chadwick: Synesthesia
Gallery km (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for an exhibition exploring the physicality of sound and vision. Synestesia will feature abstract screen-projections of color and light matched with sound recordings, colored painting-sculpture hybrids, and wall pieces formed from newsprint and ink. Chadwick’s work aims to dissect elements of sound and how it shapes environments and social structures. On view through July 7, 2012.
Made In LA 2012: : Public Opening
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Opening of the Hammer Museum’s first large-scale biennial survey of the work of Los Angeles-based artists. Made in LA will present the work of artists in the early stages of their careers alongside that of mid-career artists. The majority of works on view were created specifically for the exhibition and reveal the array of practices found in Los Angeles. Spread throughout three venues, Made in LA will feature figurative and abstract painting, sculpture, video installation, site- and situation-specific works, photography, works on paper, and a series of performances and public programs.
Alika Cooper: Women/works On Paper
TenOverSix (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for a solo show by Alika Cooper featuring work portraying iconic women who have/had a controlled play with the power of sensuality and popular culture. The portraits are based on film stills and photographs of Brigitte Bardot, Edie Sedgwick , Farrah Fawcett, and Grace Jones. This show is curated by Yaoska Davila. On view through July 7, 2012.
Diane Rosenstein Fine Art (Beverly Hills)
Panelists Kristina Newhouse (Curator, UAM/CSULB), writer Peter Frank, and artists Mara DeLuca, Daniel Cummings, and Eben Goff will explore the question and legacy of “abstraction” in painting and sculpture. The panel’s title refers to Hillaire Hiler’s 1945 book, “Why Abstact?” – a discussion on the theory behind abstract painting. This discussion is free and open to the public.
Jorge Mendez Blake: Poems and Monuments
1301PE (Miracle Mile)
Opening reception a solo show by Mexican artist Jorge Mendez Blake. Ranging from sculptures and drawings to wall paintings, and inspired by works of literature and poetry, Méndez Blake’s work draws connections between word and object, giving physical form to the written word. On view through July 14, 2012.
Hester Street Fair
Hollywood Boulevard and Argyle Avenue (Hollywood)
This free, day-long event will feature a selection of bite-sized dishes by various Los Angeles restaurants, chefs and food trucks. The Street Fair will also feature more than 100 arts and crafts vendor and a craft beer garden and live music.
It’s An Origami Moment: Snowflake Sponge Module Workshop
Institute for Figuring (Downtown)
This origami workshop will contribute to the Mosely Snowflake Sponge, a large-scale origami project composed of 49,000 business cards. The completed sponge will be displayed at USC this fall.
Made in LA 2012: Public Opening
LA Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park (Los Feliz)
This free event is presented in conjunction with Los Angeles biennial Made in LA. Made in LA will present the work of artists in the early stages of their careers alongside that of mid-career artists. The majority of works on view were created specifically for the exhibition and reveal the array of practices found in Los Angeles. Spread throughout three venues, Made in LA will feature figurative and abstract painting, sculpture, video installation, site- and situation-specific works, photography, works on paper, and a series of performances and public programs.
Amy Park: California Experimental Architecture and Phillip Toledano: A New Kind of Beauty
Kopeikin Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for two shows. Amy Park’s California Experimental Architecture will feature a series of watercolors based on the work of architectural photographer Julius Shulman. Phillip Toledano’s A New Kind of Beauty will feature a series of sculptures of lifelike sculptures that explore the idea of modern beauty. Both shows on view through July 7, 2012.
Michael Kindred Knight: Wayward and Chris Lipomi and Jason Sherry
Luis de Jesus (Culver City)
Opening reception for two shows. Wayward, a solo exhibition by Michael Kindred Knight, features small abstract paintings. A group show by Chris Lipomi and Jason Sherry will feature works on paper, collages, and assemblages that critique history and contemporary society. Both shows on view through July 14, 2012.
Anna Betbeze: Wormholes
Francois Ghebaly (Culver City)
Opening day of Wormholes, the first Los Angeles solo show from New York-based artist Anna Betbeze. The show explores scale, color, and material in four new works that utilize the gallery’s architectural features. On view through July 7, 2012.
Nano Rubio: Vectors and David Eddington: Ontology
George Lawson Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for two shows. Nano Rubio’s Vectors will feature new works by the LA-based painter. David Eddington’s Ontology will feature new works by the British painter. Both shows on on view through June 30, 2012.
Slanguage: This Is a Takeover!
LA><Art (Culver City)
Opening reception for Slanguage: This is a Takeover!, a function of Los Angeles biennial Made In LA 2012. This Is a Takeover! will feature art activations including a public billboard project, a mural on LA><ART’s facade, and an interactive installation documenting ten years of the collective’s projects. Slanguage will also host public programs, events, and performances that will give audiences access to its process of artistic creation.
Gustavo Godoy: Vacant Mounds and Markers and Jill Magid: Failed States
Honor Fraser (Culver City)
Opening reception for two shows. Los Angeles-based artist Gustavo Godoy will present Vacant Mounds and Markers, a series of ground level sculptures that examine spiritual spaces and secular objects. These concrete pieces are reminiscent of ancient altars, minimalist sculptures, futuristic architecture, and urban demolition sites. Failed States will feature a series of images by photographer Jill Magid. Both shows on view through July 7, 2012.
This Is Your Library
Central Library (Downtown)
This event will feature Angelenos talking about what they do, how they do it, and what it means to be doing it in Los Angeles. Speakers will include actor Cheech Marin, Taschen’s “Sexy Book” editor Dian Hanson, National Book Award-nominated poet & UCLA professor of English Harryette Mullen, and founding member of The Cure Lol Tolhurst. There will also be live music, a full bar, and food. Tickets are $15.
Siren Studios (Hollywood)
This event will feature live art experiences, music, hosted cocktails and over 200 affordable works of art available for purchase. The proceeds from GETART 5 benefit Project Angel Food, an organization which assists men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses.
Pop Up Library: The Collectors
Monte Vista Projects (Highland Park)
Opening reception for a group show that explores the impulse to investigate experiences through physical objects. Curated by Danielle Sommer, The Collectors will feature photographs and literary publications. On view through July 1, 2012.
Your Own Best Secret Place
Human Resources (Chinatown)
Opening reception for Your Own Best Secret Place, an exhibition of new and recent work by art students from Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Middle School. Organized by artist and teacher Mark Roeder, the exhibition will feature a collaborative installation process which will culminate in this event. On view through June 9, 2012.
Layers: A Loose Horizon
Pasadena Museum of California Art (Pasadena)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by Lisa Little and Emily White. A Loose Horizon will include a large-scale installation that explores the threshold between perception and logic. On view through October 14, 2012. Admission is $5, free for PMCA members.
Love Kills: New works by Sticky Shaw
AR4T (Laguna Beach)
Opening reception for a collection of new works by Orange County artist Robert “Sticky” Shaw. Love Kills will feature mixed media collages inspired by rock and roll, particularly Sex Pistols member Sid Vicious. On view through June 23, 2012.
Film Still from Five Dances and Nine Wall Carpets by Noa Eshkol, Sharon Lockhart, 2011, five-channel installation (35mm film transferred to HD). Courtesy of LACMA.