JOHN LEE BIRD, SUKIE SMITH AKA MADAM & JAMIE STEWART by nigel daly

365 original works of art.

Created every day over a year.

Two musicians respond to the work.

This was the celebration of One Small Step At A Time a celebration of IMAGE making.

LA members gathered at the Sur le Mur gallery in the Pacific Design Centre to view the works of John Lee Bird whilst being serenaded by Sukie Smith AKA MADAM. 

The evening came to a crashing end as Jamie Stewart and a number of prominent musicians performed a symbol and drum finale in the halls of the Pacific Design Center. DADAIST, DANGEROUS and DELICIOUS. Thanks to all who came. A donation from the proceeds of the night will be given to RED NOSE DAY USA.

THE LABORATORY CELEBRATES BRITWEEK AT THE GETTY VILLA by nigel daly

 The Getty Villa.  Photograph Rex Gelert

The Getty Villa. Photograph Rex Gelert

"Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins with wonder." — Plato, (Theaetetus, 155d)

On May 8th, The Getty Villa celebrated Britweek in an exclusive VIP reception and private viewing of the Museum's newest exhibition PLATO IN L.A. The Laboratory Arts Collective was a proud media partner of this event and L.A. members joined the celebration. 

Guests wandered through the gardens enjoyed a perfect Californian evening, dined on fine food and wine and visited the contemporary art on display. It was the first time The Getty Villa had shown contemporary work alongside their superb collection of antiquities and it was beautifully curated by Donatien Grau.

“More than anywhere else in the United States, Los Angeles is a laboratory of existential and institutional experimentation, whose inhabitants must constantly negotiate a dialogue between the traditions of Europe and the multiculturalism of the modern American city. Plato, whose spirit is ever present in Los Angeles, reminds us that for humanity to prosper, it must contemplate a higher form of itself. By making thoughts perceptible, artists invite us to adopt this premise.” 
–Donatien Grau, Curator

The exhibition Plato in L.A. successfully brings the ancient teachings of Plato into our modern consciousness. The playfulness of the Koons sculpture is wonderfully complimented by the provocations of the other works on display. Taking the viewer into a deeper experience, a dialogue was struck up between some chosen sculptures  and the poetry of Gabriele Tinti. 

 (left to right) Poet Gabriel Tinti with actors Robert Davi and Oscar Sharp. Photograph Rex Gelert

(left to right) Poet Gabriel Tinti with actors Robert Davi and Oscar Sharp. Photograph Rex Gelert

Actors Robert Davi and Oscar Sharp were invited to read. The surprise of the evening was the power of Tinti's poems alongside his chosen statues. The conversation became very real as the ancients were brought directly to those who gathered to listen. A powerful dialogue bridged the past with the present. Both the poems and the art were brought to life and made relevant by the existence of the other. It was a literary reflection of the contemporary exhibition and a reminder of the timeless human journey as defined in Plato's philosophies.  

"The souls of people, on their way to Earth-life, pass through a room full of lights; each takes a taper - often only a spark - to guide it in the dim country of this world. But some souls, by rare fortune, are detained longer - have time to grasp a handful of tapers, which they weave into a torch. These are the torch-bearers of humanity - its poets, seers and saints, who lead and lift the race out of the darkness, toward the light. They are the law-givers and saviors, the light-bringers, way showers and truth tellers, and without them, humanity would lose its way in the dark."  Plato

The torch bearers participating in this contemporary exhibition are the following celebrated artists. Paul Chan, Rachel Harrison, Huang Yong Ping, Mike Kelley, Jeff Koons, Joseph Kosuth, Paul McCarthy, Whitney McVeigh, Raymond Pettibon, Adrian Piper, and Michelangelo Pistoletto. 

EXHIBITION PLATO IN LA AT THE GETTY VILLA,  RUNS UNTIL SEPTEMBER 3 2018

Photographs by Rex Gelert

PLATO oh PLAY DOH by nigel daly

 A close up of  Play Doh  by Jeff Koons

A close up of Play Doh by Jeff Koons

Currently in the newly renovated Getty Villa on the Pacific Coast Highway in California sits a giant lump of play doh. A child's dizzy Alice in Wonderland dream come to life. It looks so soft and beckoning as it towers above the viewer and invites a wild urge to fall into it or at the very least to touch. It is the detail that is astonishing. The smooth, wet texture of pliable play doh and the dried out creases where the dough and air have collided, except it's not. It's made of aluminium and took twenty years of alchemy for artist Jeff Koons to be satisfied he had got it right. 

"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than a year of conversation." Plato

Also on view are works by Paul Chan, Rachel Harrison, Huang Yong Ping, Mike Kelley, Joseph Kosuth, Paul McCarthy, Whitney McVeigh, Raymond Pettibon, Adrian Piper, and Michelangelo Pistoletto.

  Intellect to Opinion , 2017, Joseph Kosuth; warm white neon. Courtest of the artist. @2018 Joseph Kosuth

Intellect to Opinion, 2017, Joseph Kosuth; warm white neon. Courtest of the artist. @2018 Joseph Kosuth

PROJECT ART AT THE UNDERGROUND MUSEUM L.A. by nigel daly

 Installation view of ProjectArt 'My Kid Could Do That' Los Angeles Benefit and exhibition at The Underground Museum. Photo by Ruben Diaz, courtesy Project Art. 

Installation view of ProjectArt 'My Kid Could Do That' Los Angeles Benefit and exhibition at The Underground Museum. Photo by Ruben Diaz, courtesy Project Art. 

"Close your eyes and imagine a world without art... " This was the powerful image conjured by Adarsh Alphons on Friday night at the exhibition MY KID COULD DO THAT, a benefit for ProjectArt at The Underground Museum, Los Angeles.

ProjectArt is thinking out of the box. Forget buildings and running costs, ProjectArt brings it to the under served kids using public spaces and donations. This is an idea worth spreading around and supporting. Want to know more...

FUN GAME. See if you can guess which artwork belongs to which artist.

The artists: Lisa Auerbach, Noah David, Yassi Mazandi, Jen DeNike, Catherine Opie, Ariana Papademetropoulos,  Ed Ruscha, Kenny Scharf, Diana Thater.

Answers at the bottom. No peeking now... 

 

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IMAGE A - Jimmy Carter Puppet, 1976, (artist was age 9)

Papademetropoulos

IMAGE B - Child with a stray hat. (artist was age 9)

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IMAGE C - Untitled (Santa) (artist was age 7)

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IMAGE D - Ballerina (artist was age 8)

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IMAGE E - Self Portrait (artist was age 9)

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IMAGE F - Swing (artist was age 13)

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IMAGE G - Bird (Artist was age 13)

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IMAGE H - Untitled (Artist was age 5)

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IMAGE I - HANES PANTYHOSE BIRDS (Artist was age 13)

 

 

Answers below

IMAGE A - Lisa Anne Auerbach, IMAGE B - Ariana Papademetropoulos, IMAGE C - Ed Ruscha, IMAGE D - Diana Thater,  IMAGE E - Catherine Opie, IMAGE F - Jen DeNike, IMAGE G - Yassi Mazandi, IMAGE H - Noah Davis, IMAGE I - Kenny Scharf

IMAGE ON THE PRESS by nigel daly

IMAGE has arrived. The deep, deep blue and the vibrant copper poured onto the printing press. Final proofs checked, i's dotted, t's crossed, then all systems GO. This is the beginning of the unveiling of IMAGE. A joy to behold. We can't wait for you to touch it, to hold it, to turn the pages and discover the wonder of IMAGE. Are we sounding a trifle giddy? Well, yes, because we are! 

blue ink on press
copper on the press

And now a first glimpse of the printed page. 

kristen

ART AT THE BRITISH RESIDENCE TO CELEBRATE THE 90TH OSCAR NOMINEES by nigel daly

To celebrate the Oscars, this years British nominees gathered at the British Residence by invitation of Consul General Mike Howells and BAFTA L.A. chairman Kieran Breen. The Laboratory Arts Collective and Evelyn Cantacuzène-Spéransky gathered a group of distinguished British artists to exhibit their work in celebration of creativity.

From icons Mick Jagger and Davide Bowie to Gary Oldman and Tilda Swinton, the walls hummed with excellence. Artists presenting were Carinthia West, The Douglas Brothers, Gavin Evans, David Eddington, Jeremy Kidd and the sculptures of Caroline PM Jones. Nominees Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis, James Ivory and many more creative minds gathered in celebration of British film at the Oscars.

Vacant Lot and Suburban Living, 2010 by David Eddington

  HOPE  by Caroline PM Jones

HOPE by Caroline PM Jones

  Gary Oldman  by Gavin Evans

Gary Oldman by Gavin Evans

   Malibu Sunset, Mick Jagger,  1976 by Carinthia West

Malibu Sunset, Mick Jagger, 1976 by Carinthia West

  Saddleback, Desert with Windmills , by Jeremy Kidd

Saddleback, Desert with Windmills, by Jeremy Kidd

  Tilda  by The Douglas Brothers

Tilda by The Douglas Brothers

CONGRATULATIONS TO LABORATORY CONTRIBUTOR (IN BUILD EDITION) GARY OLDMAN FOR WINNING BEST ACTOR. Hip hip hooray.

Francisco Zúñiga by nigel daly

 MUJER DE PIE (STANDING WOMAN), 1970 Bronze 18 3/4"  x 7 7/8 x 6 1/2"  DESNUDO RECLINADO (RECLINING NUDE), 1977 Crayon on White Paper 19 1/2" x 26 1/2"   

MUJER DE PIE (STANDING WOMAN), 1970
Bronze
18 3/4"  x 7 7/8 x 6 1/2"

DESNUDO RECLINADO (RECLINING NUDE), 1977
Crayon on White Paper
19 1/2" x 26 1/2" 
 

The power of these women is heart stopping. 

Francisco Zúñiga carves such deep sensuality into his powerful female forms. Their gender is palpable. The sculptured women inhabit the room. You feel them watching and listening. Their power is directly rooted to the earth, the core of all life, these are the original earth mothers. So respectful, full of dignity and courage. You wish they could cradle you, hold you, comfort and restore you. They are literally heart stopping in their magnificence.

Currently on display at Jack Rutberg Gallery, Los Angeles.