2ND EVENT AT PERFORM! NOW! CHINATOWN, WITH THE PUBLIC SCHOOL, JULY 30TH 2011
ART IN THE PARKING SPACE
A year-long project by Warren Neidich and Elena Bajo
June 30, 2011 – June 30, 2012
PERFORM! NOW! CHINATOWN
Event hosted by The Public School: Saturday, July 30, 2011
7PM - 10PM at The LA Public School and Chung King Road Parking Lot, Chinatown
Featuring artists Emily Mast, David Medalla with Jevijoe Vitug, Gracie Devito, Ana Prvacki and Pash Buzari
7-8 pm: THE PUBLIC SCHOOL CHINATOWN
“Temporary Property: Parking in the 21st Century”
A panel discussion with artist & activists whose political and art practice intersect at that one point that some have called a right, others a privilege, and some a complete waste of space: the parking space. We will be looking at parking from its aesthetic & social terrain.
This will be a conversation with Warren Neidich, Elena Bajo, Anna Prvacki, Herbie Huff, Vladimir Gallegos, Alexis Rochas and Matias Viegener.
Ana Prvacki's work will be activated through her participation in the symposium held by the Public School entitled “Temporary Property: Parking in the 21st Century” in which the artist will interview a professional etiquette instructor concerning the 'proper rules' and regulations of parking.
8-10 pm: CHUNG KING ROAD PARKING LOT
There will be ongoing performances by:
"ping pong" 2011
Two children are juggling a ping pong ball between each other. The ball jumps from one paddle to the other in an almost steady rhythm. One of the kids, the shorter one stands on a small edge or wall at the curb of a parking lot. The other one is on street level due to their difference in height; the wall levels the difference. It appears to be a still life, a scene from a motion picture, a meditation in space, or possibly all of it together at once.
Ode to Cooligde
A performance with me, Jake Devito, Tyler Oyer, Clay Gibson, and Tom Curitore. An asymmetrical composition using the car as its foundation: installations will be inside and out, left and right, top and bottom. The piece is comprised roughly of five short happenings by various artists that will take place within the confines of the composition throughout the night. Each will be prompted by an opening chant or sounds that Devito will provide.
The parking lot is the main thread in Emily Mast's roving performance consisting of a loosely woven narrative interrupted by non-sequiturs, nonsense and physical surprises that pit private and public against each other. With Elliott Morgan and Beau Ray.
David Medalla with Jevijoe Vitug
Roulette Wheel in Homage to Marcel Duchamp
David Medalla and Jevijoe Vitug will transform the parking lot space into a virtual casino in honor of Duchamp’s credo that art is a game but this time—game is art. Duchamp’s Bicycle Wheel will be modified into a roulette wheel with various colors. The players may place bets on the desired color and will be invited to put bets in the form of their own underwear: panties and underpants. The lucky winner in each game will receive signed panties and/or underpants that presumably belonged to famous Hollywood stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Greta Garbo, James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Clark Gable, James Dean, Paul Newman and Elvis Presley. Roulette Wheel in Homage to Marcel Duchamp attempts to convey the thin line between virtual fantasy and reality and also a dialogue on art that is detached from its original meaning and situated in another realm.
This project is presented as part of L.A.P.D. with support from ForYourArt.
Times and locations for these future events will be announced via email, Facebook, and laxart.org
For a Google Map of both locations, please visit:
The Public School 951 Chung King Road and 981 North Hill Street Parking Lot
For further information on The Public School Chinatown and Temporary Property: Parking in the 21st Century, please visit:
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Pash Buzari is a New York-based artist and is regarded as an influential protagonist of what is considered to be "play full conceptualism". A strong emphasis in his work is about the inversion of architecture and cinema and the implicit relation between "public" and "space", its fiction and non-fiction. Buzari has been exhibiting world wide in internationally renowned institutions such as the Institute of Contemprorary Arts (ICA) in London 2000; at the 2nd Berlin Biennial at Kunstwerke 2001; the 50th Venice Biennial, the International exhibition at the Arsenale 2003; Haus der Kunst, Munich 2004; the Museo Contemporaneo Tamayo in Mexico City 2005; the Whitney Biennial, at The Whitney Museum of American Art, 2006; the National Gallery of the Arts, Akademie der Kuenste am Pariserplatz in Berlin 2007; "Universal Studios" Independent Art Space in Caochangdi / Beijing 2008; Insa Art Space in Seoul 2010, and the CAFA Art Museum in Beijing 2011. Buzari is also currently working on a feature film project entitled "One Day Off" 2011 / 2012, as well as an extensive public space installation "Flash" in Times Square slated for 2012.
Gracie Devito is from Los Angeles. She received a BA from Brown University in 2007 and is will begin her second year of graduate school at CalArts this fall. Devito’s work spans mediums focusing on the objects and materials at her disposal and the shifting boundaries they encounter.
Emily Mast is a visual artist who works primarily with people, movement and sound to advocate uncertainty as live sculptural material. In 2009 she presented a live looping play called Everything, Nothing, Something, Always (Walla!) at X-initiative in New York for Performa 09. She has had solo exhibitions at Steve Turner Contemporary in Los Angeles, Samson Projects in Boston, and the Paris Project Room in Paris, France. She was a resident artist at Yaddo in 2010 and at Skowhegan in 2006. Last May, Mast was part of a symposium at the Museum of Modern Art in New York entitled "Audience Experiments: Contemporary Art in the Age of Spectacle". Mast recently restaged Peter Handke’s “Offending The Audience” with seven children at the Velaslavasay Panorama Theater in Los Angeles where she currently resides.
David Medalla with Jevijoe Vitug
Currently based in England, David Medalla’s wide range of art practice ultimately defies categorization. His works encapsulate a moment in transition and mobility that creates a sense of constant change. Medalla has been included in several important contemporary art exhibitions including Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form (1969) curated by Harald Szeemann, Documenta 5 (1972) in Kassel Germany, ‘Flux Attitudes’ exhibition at the New Museum, New York (1993), ‘L’Informe’ curated by Yves-Alain Bois and Rosalind Krauss at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (1996/97), ‘Life/Live’ curated by Hans-Ulrich Obrist at Musee d’ Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1996/1997), Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979 organized by Paul Schimmel at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2nd Johannesburg Biennale, South Africa curated by Okwui Enwezor (1998) and Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2008).
Jevijoe Vitug attended graduate school at San Francisco Art Institute’s MFA New Genres program in 2008. His work ranges from painting, public performance and community-based projects often addresses survival, immediate/appropriate technology and how-to-do-it aesthetics. Vitug’s solo exhibitions include: Pablo Gallery, Philippines (2010), SFAI Graduate School, USA (2009), Finale Art File, Philippines (2007), Cultural Center of the Philippines (2005). He also participated in various group shows, such as “Let’s Build a Nation” at the Contemporary Arts Center Las Vegas (2010), “Warfield: Project Survival” at Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco CA, USA (2009), “Art of How-to” Koret Educational Center, SFMOMA (2008), and the 21st Asian International Art Exhibition at Singapore Art Museum (2006). In 2010, he was awarded a Jackpot Grant by Nevada Arts Council. Vitug lives and works in Las Vegas.
Ana Prvacki (b. 1976, Serbia or Yugoslavia) is an artist based in Los Angeles and Singapore. Prvacki's work takes the form of diverse projects and enterprises that draw on performance, daily practices, consumer aesthetics and popular concerns. Her installations are often participatory, promoting and/or providing products and services to the audience. Prvacki has participated in numerous projects including most recently the A.I.R at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, 2011, Speculative Futures, Sculpture Center at Bloomberg HQ, New York, 2011, Repetition Island, Centre Pompidou, 2010, Performing Practice, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, 2010, The Girl Effect, Lombard Freid Projects, New York, 2009, Wandering Band, Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, 2009, the Sydney Biennial, 2008, 25 Years Later: Welcome to Art in General, New York, 2007, the Singapore Biennial, 2006 and Turin Triennale, 2005 among others.
Elena Bajo is a Spanish artist living and working in Los Angeles and Berlin. She received her MFA from Central Saint Martins School of Art in London and an MA in Architecture from ESARQ, Barcelona. In 2006 she was granted a Fellowship to Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her concept-generated and research based practice is concerned with the social and political dimensions of everyday spaces, the strategies to conceptualize resistance, the poetics of ideologies, and the relationship between temporalities and subjectivities. She works individually and collectively across performance, sculpture, painting, participatory events, film, text and writing. Her work has been exhibited internationally at such venues as The David Roberts Art Foundation, London (UK); MUHKA, Antwerp, Belgium; La Salle de Bains, Lyon, France; D+T Project, Brussels, Belgium; Galeria Umberto di Marino, Naples, Italy and White Columns, New York City. Future exhibitions include a solo presentation at FRAME, Frieze Art Fair 2011 with D+T Projects, Brussels.
Warren Neidich is a conceptual artist and writer who lives and works between Los Angeles and Berlin. His research based artworks combine strategies of performance, installation, and teaching in search of a new language with which to explore and critique the evolving conditions of Cognitive Capitalism which he sees as a threat to free will. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City; PS1 MOMA, Long Island City; the Ludwig Museum, Koln, Germany; MUHKA, Antwerp, Belgium; ICA in London; and LACMA, Los Angeles. He is the recipient of the Vilem Flusser Theory Award, Berlin, Germany, 2010 and is a fellow of the Fulbright Scholar Program 2011. His Cognitive Architecture: From Biopolitics to Noo-politics has recently been published by 010 Press, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He is Instructor at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles and Research Fellow at the Delft School of Design, TU Delft, School of Architecture, Delft, The Netherlands.
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