They made their long journey by boat and truck arriving with their maker, artist and Laboratory contributor Zak Ové. It is a fleeting visit, staying until November but a powerful one. Their presence resonates deeply with our times Ové invites a much needed conversation about race, immigration and identity. Peaceful, their hands raised up, provide a hint of their provocation and their quiet dignity. Silent and powerful, the gathered sculptures number forty. Artist Zak Ové’s temporary public art installation Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness, fills the Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco.
Spaces are direct reflections of who we are.
The impetus to create a set, a stage to live life on is deeply melded with how we wish to be perceived and how we want to spend our time in this world. To build an environment around work, life, loves and dreams is to create a living manifestation of what you believe in. Isn't the question of who we are and how to stay true to ourselves at the heart of everything? Some tremendous human beings take the theater of space further than everyday necessity and into the realms of art. The environments they create are living proof that when you follow this path, breathtaking creations follow.
Ricardo Bofill's house is such a place. His private life and his public work life crash together in brutal romanticism. Enjoy taking a tour of a home dedicated to dreams and desires.
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.
"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.
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
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.
"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...
IMAGE A - Jimmy Carter Puppet, 1976, (artist was age 9)
IMAGE B - Child with a stray hat. (artist was age 9)
IMAGE C - Untitled (Santa) (artist was age 7)
IMAGE D - Ballerina (artist was age 8)
IMAGE E - Self Portrait (artist was age 9)
IMAGE F - Swing (artist was age 13)
IMAGE G - Bird (Artist was age 13)
IMAGE H - Untitled (Artist was age 5)
IMAGE I - HANES PANTYHOSE BIRDS (Artist was age 13)
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 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!
And now a first glimpse of the printed page.
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.
CONGRATULATIONS TO LABORATORY CONTRIBUTOR (IN BUILD EDITION) GARY OLDMAN FOR WINNING BEST ACTOR. Hip hip hooray.