Today Esteban and I went to a lecture by German painter Charlene Von Heyl who was speaking at the USC Grad Art Department. Charlene was witty, humorous, and an artist who inspired me to get in the studio and just MAKE.
Having just returned from three months of making work on a prairie Charlene joked, yet sincerely told her audience that SHE WAS NOT HERE TO TALK ABOUT PAINTING.
Her large-scale works are spontaneous but not. abstract but not. subjects but not. Basically, a great big contradiction of sorts that woo the viewer with it’s compelling mysteries.
I fancied her drawings and collages the most.
After the 2-hr lecture, 4 of us met up with my best friend, dancer, Kupono Aweau, who has been on tour with the hit t.v. show So You Think You Can Dance. After a few months on the road, the dance force has returned to where they started, here in L.A. I squeezed a quick gelato moment in before Kupono leaves for San Diego tomorrow to continue the dance tour.
We enjoyed the funkiest of flavors at Scoops, a one-of-a-kind gelateria on heliotrope and a place girls make their boyfriends treat them to after a bad fight
Est and I had the olive oil+salty white chocolate, Kupono had his mango+zinfandel+lychee combo, former Miss Hawaii sisters, Jonelle and Ashley Layfield also had their choice of flavors. Jonelle mixed cofee, coconut, rum, and brown bread, while Ashley went with the chocolate mollasses which when eaten tasted exactly like a ranch or as she put it “saddle”. The tastes were right-on, and we enjoyed our individual amalgamations very much so.
Today was good. mmm.
Last night my friends and I ate in the dark (purposefully) at the LA restaurant OPAQUE.
Instructed to take off all watches, turn off all cell phones so as not to light up a single object in the room, we were in for quite an experience. At first, we made simple mistakes: picking up balls of butter in place of olives and tipping over a glass of wine. But this was all part of the bizarre experience. As explained by one of them, the food was tastier than ever because there were no distractions. All of the waitstaff are legally blind, maneuvering through the space with ease and grace! By the end of the evening one of them jokingly said that everything had soon become “finger food”.
I recommend this to anyone who wants to have a fine dine.
*MORE DARK DINING?
Dark dining restaurants are located in Paris, London and all over Europe and China. The first one was opened in Zurich by a blind minister. Menus are useless so diners order before going in. Three courses cost about $100, plus dry cleaning ; ) seeing that you’ll probably leave with some pasta sauce on your collar or lap!
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the beginning of darkness in the evening is dusk.
dusk is for us.
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Today was the opening of the first summer show at The Suburban. Included in this exhibition are two artist’s from L.A., Shana Lutker and Stephen Berens. Stephen’s photographs which documented a posting for a lost dog throughout a neighborhood in Los Angeles, lined the walls of one of the exhibition spaces. He also had some of his books on display of courtyards and plazas, a trip to Italy, and more imagery similar to that of the documented dog poster. In the other gallery space Shana Lutker’s large books lay opened on a table for viewers to peruse for a single minute or all day if desired. Many of the books were part of her craigslist ad collection while a large red book seemed to be a collection of her dreams for the past 2 years all laid out as if they were individual newspaper articles.
The opening (as always) was an enjoyable social event on the lawn of Ms. Grabner and Mr. Killam’s home. The show is not to be missed and I highly encourage anyone in Chicago to try to make it out to Oak Park to see these compiled collections of books and photographs.
For those of you not familiar with the independently run artist exhibition space in Oak Park, IL I have included a bit of their statement below:
“The Suburban is an independently run artist exhibition space in Oak Park, IL. We give complete control to the artists in regards to what they choose to produce and exhibit. Thus it’s a pro artist and anti curator site. The Suburban is not driven by commercial interests. It is funded within the economy of our household. Its success is not grounded in sales, press or the conventional measures set forth by the international art apparatus, but by the individual criteria set forth by the artists and their exhibitions. In this, The Suburban is more closely aligned with the idea of studio practice than that of the site of distribution.”
-Michelle Grabner & Brad Killam
Shana Lutker stands beside her book at The Suburban.
Stephen Berens is photographed here beside his installation.
For more information about The Suburban please visit http://www.thesuburban.org
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