On Friday night, members gathered at The Institution for some creative nourishment. In each edit bay a film by an artist featured in BUILD dazzled and mesmerized. On the walls hung the work of artist Gonzalo Escobar, the first time this collection has been seen and for one night only. Summer has cracked and creativity is flowing. Stay tuned...
THE ART OF DISRUPTION - A DIALOGUE WITH PENNY RIMBAUD, SIMON BIRCH & NIGEL DALY AT THE 14th FACTORY /
Join Simon Birch, artist and creator of The 14th Factory, in conversation with Penny Rimbaud, poet, philosopher and co-founder of the anarchist punk band, Crass, and Nigel Daly OBE, co-founder of THE LABORATORY ARTS COLLECTIVE
Location: Jubilee Room
At the 14th Factory, 440 North Ave. 19
Los Angeles, CA 90031
NOT TO BE MISSED
A screening of THE CARNIVAL OF DREAMS with a Q & A by the filmmaker LAUREN VANCE, actor and photographer GARY OLDMAN, wet plate photographer IAN RUHTER and producer, writer & art curator GISELE SCHMIDT at NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL.
Something astonishing has been happening in the Californian desert... a giant camera has been built and the biggest ambrotype in the world created in the harshest imaginable conditions. Come and watch the film and then hear directly from the people who made this happen, how it was done and the intricacies of creating art in such formidable circumstances.
Actor and photographer GARY OLDMAN visited wet plate artist IAN RUHTER to take pictures for the latest issue of The Laboratory Arts Collective Magazine - BUILD. The result of this profound meeting was documented by LAUREN VANCE in the short film The Carnival of Dreams. One of the films producers, writer & art curator GISELE SCHMIDT wrote a personal essay about this serendipitous meeting for the magazine. All four will be attending the screening and will take part in a Q & A being moderated by Nigel Daly.
And for those of you who want more... Lauren Vance, the director continues to document Ian's work and the people of slab city in the feature film THE PICTURE SHOW, due out next year. And the word on the street is Ian's going bigger in wet plate size... It gives us shivers... We can't wait!
In Camille Henrot's 2014 work The Pale Fox, featured in BUILD, there is something fascinating that Henrot achieves in her making, gathering and placing. A journey into our collective human history ultimately coming to rest gently but firmly in our mass subconscious. The juggernaut of chaos is ever present, barreling down on humankind as we place, order, desperately try to make sense of things.
Read more about The Pale Fox here
Watch the film above from Henrot's first UK solo exhibition at the Chisenhale Gallery. The Pale Fox develops from Grosse Fatigue (2013) – the film Henrot presented at the 55th Venice Biennale, 2013, for which she was awarded the Silver Lion for most promising young artist. This exhibition comprises an architectural display system, found objects, drawing, bronze and ceramic sculpture and digital images.
Untitled (Tracing Parameters) : detail
hand-cut and folded-paper, ink, acrylic, graphite and balsa
Untitled (Long Red Wheeled Construction)
Hand-cut and folded-paper, ink, acrylic and balsa, 40" x 97" x 18"
Untitled (Yellow Construction)
Hand-cut and folded paper, ink and acrylic, 20 " x 18" x 14"
Untitled (Long Gray Construction) 2006
hand-cut and folded-paper, ink, acrylic and balsa, 67" x 116" x 14"
"To quote George Steiner, I aim to make work that “breaks into the small house of our cautionary being” and so renders it “no longer habitable in quite the same way as it was before.” Jane South as quoted in "One question, One answer", Romanov Grave
Betony Vernon is an American-born designer, sexual anthropologist and author based in Paris. Her life and work is conceived and lived through the lens of desire. So it is no surprise that the Origin Chair featured in BUILD (seen below) was carved from the sensuous white marble of Monte Altissima in the Tuscan Alps. According to Betony, "Michelangelo was enchanted by the stone and wanted to use it to sculpt 'Night' and 'Day' two of the four sculptures commissioned by the Medici for the family chapel he designed in the Basilico of San Lorenzo in Florence."
And so in honor of St Valentine, we present you with a gift.
A viewing of the tantalizing film 'Polaroid Papillon" directed by Olivier Zahmn.
Ahhhhhh... Desire and the polaroid...
Happy Valentines Day.
All Images courtesy of betonyvernon.com