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Hassan Hajjaj : My Rockstars Experimental - LIVE
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Join us at the Ford Theatre on Friday October 11th and experience

HASSAN HAJJAJ: MY ROCKSTARS EXPERIMENTAL - LIVE

This live performance installation by Hassan Hajjaj of My Rock Stars Experimental includes six performances by a diverse array of international musicians. Styled by the artist, Hassan’s chosen “Rock Stars” will perform My Rock Stars series live on stage for the first time ever, in front of a backdrop of textiles that recreates the unique framing of his portraits.

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The Laboratory is proud to announce a treat for a lucky few.

A PRE-SHOW SALON & RECEPTION

Our members get a rare glimpse into the musician’s process and the artist’s concept followed by an intimate reception before the show begins.

The musicians: Gail Ann Dorsey, Marques Toliver, Bumi, Omar Offerdum, Simo & Afrika Boy

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The artist: HASSAN HAJJAJ

in conversation with KCRW DJ: GARTH TRINIDAD

In a pop up art space that mirrors Hassan’s design ethic the conversation will center around music, the single song that each artist can’t live without and from there they’ll take a deep dive into life and art.

The finale is a conversation with the artist himself, Hassan Hajjaj.

Following the salon, there will be a Moroccan inspired reception with Garth Trinidad spinning his own specially selected discs at the party.

THE INSTALLATION OF LIVE ROCKSTARS EXPERIMENTAL WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR ONLY ONE HOUR BEFORE THE SHOW. THIS INCREDIBLE EVENT IS NOT TO BE MISSED!

For those who are not members and would like to join us, we will be running competitions for a lucky few to win invitations to come to the salon and reception as well as the show. Keep an eye out on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK in the coming months but if you don’t want to miss out, buy your tickets HERE NOW.

STAY TUNED & GOOD LUCK…

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The smallest gallery in the world

The Laboratory Arts Collective is proud to announce it is opening the smallest gallery in the world at Crossroads of the world, Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles. To celebrate this moment, we are showing the month of August from John Lee Bird’s 365 day series of works. Our members will be celebrate with a glass of bubbly and an intimate personal tour. One person at a time with the curator to discuss what was happening during the making of these unforgettable works by artist John Lee Bird. This is a singular experience not to be missed. If you are in Los Angeles, waste no time and book your personal tour today, become a member, we’re waiting for you.

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Last Whispers
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This Friday at the Ford Theater in Los Angeles, Lena Herzog’s oratorio for vanishing voices will play under a night sky. Nothing could be more fitting than experiencing this work in an outdoor amphitheater, under the stars.

Herzog writes about her mission Last Whispers is a project about the mass extinction of languages. By definition, this extinction occurs in silence, since silence is the very form it takes. Every two weeks the world loses a language. At an unprecedented speed, faster than the extinction of some species, our linguistic diversity—the very means by which we know ourselves—is eroding. Today, out of the 7,000 languages remaining on Earth, only 30 are spoken among the majority of the world population. It is estimated that at least half of the planet’s currently spoken languages will have died out by the end of this century. Some estimates project a much greater speed of disappearance.”

If you are in Los Angeles, come to the Ford or to LACMA,

We hope to see you there.





BRITWEEK AT THE GETTY

The Laboratory Arts Collective Members and friends gathered for an unforgettable night at The Getty celebrating BRITWEEK, the very best of British! This has become a yearly event that everyone looks forward to.

Delicious food and beverages as the sun sets with sweeping views of L.A., a warm breeze, great music, a paparazzi robot and an exceptional exhibition of the photography of artist Oscar Rejlander. Who could ask for more?

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More about Oscar…

Study of the Head of John the Baptist in a Charger, 1855

Here are some fascinating facts gathered by The Getty Museum about Oscar Rejlander

“Seeing the fold of a coat sleeve in a photographic portrait prompted Oscar Gustave Rejlander to give up painting for photography. In 1853 Rejlander, eager to learn the wet-collodion process of photography in just one day, paid a hurried visit to a photographer's studio in London. As implied in the name, the wet-plate glass negative had to be used while the collodion was still damp, and the process was not easy to master. Nevertheless, after a three-and-a-half-hour crash course in photography, Rejlander was turned loose. 

Rejlander lived in the industrial town of Wolverhampton, England, and specialized in genre scenes of domestic life, using his friends and neighbors as models. Believing that photography would make painters more careful draftsmen, he earned a modest living making photographic studies for artists, probably including Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema. Rejlander is best known for his combination prints, elaborate genre and allegorical scenes made from multiple negatives carefully joined, printed on a single large sheet of paper, and then rephotographed to create a seamless image.”
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One Small Step At A Time played to an appreciative audience in competition at The Newport Beach Film Festival on Sunday 28th April at 4.30. Afterwards there was a fascinating Q & A with filmmakers and a reception at YellowKorner Gallery.

Guests enjoyed a private exhibition of the work by John Lee Bird.

Every time I look I see a new favorite. I just fall deeper and deeper into his work and the more intense the experience becomes. I see the patterns emerging. The lines, the circles, the meanings that I don’t understand and are hidden from me but I know they are there, are just captivating. I can’t decide on a favorite.” Dan Editor

DESERT X
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CECILIA BENGOLEA creates a mythical image rising out of the Salton Sea. “Bengolea’s performance piece, Mosquito Net, is not a quest for the universal beauty of nature, but a display of social street dance to invoke the spirit of animals and nature. “ There is something joyous and wonderful about seeing this in the Salton Sea, where the ever present stench of dead fish can be overwhelming.

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2019 · WESTERN FLAG (SPINDLETOP, TEXAS) 2017 AT DESERT X / COACHELLA VALLEY, CA, USA
@ Lance Gerber

Western Flag  illustrates the site of the 'Lucas Gusher' which was the world's first major oil discovery, in Spindletop, Texas, 1901 and now dried up and empty. JOHN GERRARD makes a powerful statement about the poisoning of our planet and the flag depicts a universal flag, we are all responsible. Unfortunately this installation is no longer on view at Desert X. But you can see the power of this installation from the film created by the artist here.

This is just a taste of Desert X. Go if you can. It’s worth the drive.

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FRIEZE LA - THE BUZZ

The halls were bursting and the Paramount backlot was buzzing and even though the punters were friezing, no one cared. This was a celebration of what L.A. does best, putting on a show. We can only imagine what next year will bring. Here are our favorite highlights from the LA FRIEZE ART FAIR.

TOM POPE’S ONE SQUARE CLUB

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Tom Pope’s One Square Club was tucked away in the furtherest corner of the backlot. The only thing that announced it was a maze of red ropes and two bodyguards, the Hollywood signifier for exclusivity. Immediately the queue began to form. One bodyguard shared with us that earlier in the day some eager beavers thought that standing in the queue was the installation before they realized there was more to it. The worlds smallest private members club can only accommodate two people at a time with the artist himself present as barman offering a cheeky glass of champagne. He wisely drank water. Tom explained the terms and conditions of membership to the club. Anyone could become a member for a day. It would cost whatever the average value of one square meter of property costs where-ever you happen to live (you pay for the club to be shipped to you of course.) The idea was sparked when Tom heard that one square meter of residential real estate in Kensington & Chelsea, London cost approx $15,000.

The parallel between the fair and Tom’s club are pretty clear. Value, exclusivity, elitism, fluctuating markets, who determines who pays what for club membership, for art, for entry into the hallowed world of Hollywood, who gets past the red rope… brilliant.

KARON DAVIS THE GAME

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Artist Karon Davis created The Game, a site specific installation that explores “how schools have become a place for the hunted - our children - through dramatically stage life size sculptures. The title is inspired by the name given to animals hunted for sport, and the work reflects on how our current administration’s policies and ideas have left families and teachers in fear for their lives.” Deeply arresting installation on the backlot.

DUGGIE FIELDS STUDY FOR SYD (NO USE TRYING)

STUDY FOR SYD (NO USE TRYING), 2016  Acrylic on canvas 204 x 242 x 3.5 cm 80.3 x 95.3 in

STUDY FOR SYD (NO USE TRYING), 2016
Acrylic on canvas
204 x 242 x 3.5 cm
80.3 x 95.3 in

Duggie Fields is a master of large superbly painted bold canvases that arrest with their size and vibrancy. Fields is a national treasure in Britain and a beloved member of the artistic community. His colorful past and his friends constantly turn up in his giant incandescent paintings. Duggie was brought to FRIEZE and L.A.’s attention by The modern Institute a fine establishment based in Glasgow, Scotland. Vibrant and bold, we are in love with the simplicity of this moment in time that Duggie spent with Syd Barrett another English icon. Rule Brittania.

DOUG AITKEN’S MIDNIGHT SUN

Doug Aitken, Midnight Sun (distant view with pools), 2019

Doug Aitken, Midnight Sun (distant view with pools), 2019

Doug Aitken was born in Redondo Beach, so it makes sense that his love of light, colour, swimming pools, and signage were all on display at FRIEZE. His exploration and originality are fresh and original, like a Los Angeles summers day, yet packs a punch when you stay long enough. Doug Aitken’s work just gets better and better. We’ve all known it for the longest time, the world has caught up. He is no longer L.A.’s best kept secret.

KULAPAT YANTRASAST’S TENT

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Luckily for FRIEZE, they employed the wonderful talents of Kulapat Yantrasast, founder and creative director at wHY to construct the tent that showed of the galleries finest. Light flooded into the space and thankfully the rain did not. The weather was reminiscent of a London day but the tent was one hundred percent Californian, bright and breezy.

THE MAGAZINE CONCESSION STAND AT FRIEZE (featuring the DESIRE issue)

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And what a lot of fun that was… until next year.








Duggie Fields at FRIEZE L.A.
STUDY FOR SYD (NO USE TRYING), 2016  Acrylic on canvas 204 x 242 x 3.5 cm 80.3 x 95.3 in

STUDY FOR SYD (NO USE TRYING), 2016
Acrylic on canvas
204 x 242 x 3.5 cm
80.3 x 95.3 in

Duggie Fields is going to be featured in the first ever Frieze fair in LA as part of The Modern Institute’s artistic offering. Duggie’s vibrant life enhancing paintings are filled with references to art history and pop culture. His repetition of imagery has become his trademark but also an amplification of the impact that modern culture has on all our shared lives. There are certain people and moments that can be boiled down to a graphically defined shape and we are easily able to read who or what Duggie is referencing. His love of a bold palette can be traced directly back to a childhood full of intense imaginings as described by him in the IMAGE issue.

“The power of the drawn/painted image, first really seen/felt/remembered as a 7-year-old miserable boarding-school boy in grey flannel hand-me-down shorts on a once-a-month Sunday seaside ‘exeat’ with his mother and brother, after a lunch time Knickerbocker Glory so tall he had to stand on a chair to get his spoon to the bottom of it in the large new colorful Forte’s 1950s modernist cafe, watching and experiencing in a mixture of transfixed awe, wonder, and terror, unforgettable was the wild dramatic climatic out-of-control moment when the broomsticks with water-buckets march across the screen landscape in the nightmare dream sequence of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Walt Disney’s Fantasia.

Sitting spellbound I gripped my mother tightly throughout, only to later discover when the lights went back up, so absorbed and enthralled by the experience was I, that it wasn’t her I’d clung to but a stranger sitting on my other side.

Living in a small village in the late 1940s, early 1950s Britain, before television, the rise of the color supplement and the multiplicity of medias that followed, the visual world was confined to everyday reality enhanced by the home’s content of books and pictures, conflated with those found either in school, church, or in magazines at the local branch of the W.H. Smiths newsagents situated in the railway station up the road that was the end of the line that eventually led to London. Besides these, there was a local cinema that offered both Saturday morning pictures for hordes of ever-screaming children with its cartoons and serials, and several villages away, an arts and crafts gallery where I was to have my first painting ever shown exhibited at age fourteen in their Open Summer Exhibition, though it was mistaken for an adult abstract work and when the local newspaper commented on it, it was moved to a less prominent spot behind a door. Fantasia was a momentous experience for me. Already a weekly print comic addict by then, the music and movement was irresistible. At that age I was into making things more than painting, but this slowly transformed so that by my early teens it was just something I did almost daily, certainly my main creative outlet. That moment of terror though has to be the point of my first searing visual arts memory, more than anything before, lingering still in my unconscious certainly today, and the occasion of first seeing it is still something I can vividly recollect.” Duggie Fields

Iconoclasm,  2000-2015 Randomised free-scale digital collage construct

Iconoclasm, 2000-2015
Randomised free-scale digital collage construct


Image Preview, John Lee Bird, Madam and Jamie Stewart 

In celebration of IMAGE, The Laboratory presented John Lee Bird's exhibition 'One Small Step at A Time' at the Sur Le Mur gallery, in the Pacific Design Center.

Musician Sukie Smith, AKA MADAM performed her response to the work. The grand finale was a cymbal celebration performed by artist, musician and provocateur Jamie Stewart in response to John Lee Bird's work, an explosion of noise and wildness.

Photography by Adam Sheridan Taylor

CLICK HERE TO WATCH A VIDEO OF MUSICIAN JAMIE STEWART RESPOND TO JOHN LEE BIRD

The Getty Villa Britweek Celebration

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 Magazine was a proud media partner of this event and members were invited to join the celebration.

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Guests viewed a contemporary take on Plato from a range of celebrated artists that included Jeff Koons and Whitney McVeigh. 

Photography by Rex Gelert

 

"WONDER IS THE FEELING OF THE PHILOSOPHER, AND PHILOSOPHY BEGINS WITH WONDER." — PLATO, (THEAETETUS, 155D)

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. 

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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.  

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE POEM THE VICTORIUS ATHLETE BY GABRIELE TINTI

The Victorious Athlete is a poem that I wrote especially as a tribute to the work of art on display at the Getty Villa in Los Angeles.

The sculpture - also known as the Getty Bronze, the Atleta di Fano and the Victorious Youth - is one of the very few Greek originals in bronze to have come down to us that can be attributed to a master of antiquity.

Attributed on the basis of style to Lisippus (Paolo Moreno), it depicts a young athlete just crowned, caught in the act of emphatically pointing to the wreath with his right hand and to the palm branch, which was also a symbol of victory, with his left.

The strong leg muscles suggest a runner. The cavalier attitude suggests he was not a professional athlete though, but a noble who took part in the races.

Scholars have strained to identify him as a historic figure: some (Frel, Pasquier) as Demetrius Poliorcetes, others (Paolo Moreno, Antonietta Viacava) as Seleucus Nicator. Other theories identify the athlete - considering the numerous analogies and success of this iconographic form in the Hellenistic and Roman ages - as Hercules or as the very image of Agon (Victory in the athletic races).

Scholars do agree, however, on the evidence that the figure must not have been alone as his left side is particularly flat. This would suggest the presence of at least one other statue, but here, too, it is not known whether it was of the father proud of his son’s successes, or the referee caught at the moment of the coronation.

It is in any case likely that Lisippus, at the time the ‘court sculptor’ to Alexander the Great, wanted with this work to create the figurative model of the new generation of victorious condottieri who, led by Alexander himself, conquered Greece and the eastern Mediterranean.

Unknown   Statue of a Victorious Youth , 300–100 B.C., Bronze with inlaid copper 151.5 × 70 × 27.9 cm, 64.4108 kg (59 5/8 × 27 9/16 × 11 in., 142 lb.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.

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Statue of a Victorious Youth, 300–100 B.C., Bronze with inlaid copper
151.5 × 70 × 27.9 cm, 64.4108 kg (59 5/8 × 27 9/16 × 11 in., 142 lb.)
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.

The torch bearers participating in this contemporary exhibition are the following celebrated artists. Paul ChanRachel HarrisonHuang Yong PingMike KelleyJeff KoonsJoseph KosuthPaul McCarthyWhitney McVeighRaymond PettibonAdrian Piper, and Michelangelo Pistoletto

 
ART AT THE BRITISH RESIDENCE

GARY OLDMAN WINS BEST OSCAR FOR HIS EXTROIDANARY PORTRAYAL OF WINSTON CHURCHILL IN DARKEST HOUR

Gary Oldman as Churchill. Photographed by Jack English.

Gary Oldman as Churchill. Photographed by Jack English.

Gary's wet plate photographs appear in the BUILD issue as do Jack English's photo essay of Madeworn. 

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 WestThe Douglas BrothersGavin EvansDavid EddingtonJeremy 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.

 
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BFI - The Carnival of Dreams & Build Launch

T H E   L A B O R A T O R Y   A R T S   C O L L E C T I V E     

PRESENTS

THE UK PREMIERE OF

THE CARNIVAL OF DREAMS

A FILM BY LAUREN VANCE

FOLLOWED BY A Q & A WITH GARY OLDMAN & GISELE SCHMIDT

MODERATED BY NIGEL DALY, CO-FOUNDER OF THE LABORATORY

AND THE UK LAUNCH OF

THE LABORATORY ARTS COLLECTIVE MAGAZINE, BUILD ISSUE

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In the feature length documentary The Picture Show (coming 2017), filmmaker Lauren Vance delves into the lives of the residents of Slab City and the work of wet plate artist Ian Ruhter as he spends time making collodion ambrotypes documenting the people who live there. Actor and photographer Gary Oldman visited Ruhter to take pictures for the latest issue of The Laboratory Arts Collective Magazine BUILD. The result of this profound meeting was captured by Vance and turned into the short film – The Carnival of Dreams which is a companion piece to BUILD.

The feature article includes a conversation between Oldman and Ruhter, a personal essay from writer and art curator Gisele Schmidt and original works created during this meeting, as well as images from both photographers’ archives. 

The friendship and passion for collodion photography shared by Ruhter and Oldman is deep and beautiful. The process is reflected in the residents of Slab City, where those gathered on the margins of society have built their own sense of community. This project is as much about building relationships as it is about the alchemy of collodion photography and the physical act of taking a photograph. 

As Ian Ruhter asks in BUILD “If you had been searching your whole life for something you love and you found it, what would you be willing to sacrifice?” Watching this film gives you insight into the answer. This burning question has clearly had a profound effect on both men in their own life experiences. 

The Laboratory Arts Collective is thrilled to have partnered with AMD on the launch of the much-anticipated BUILD edition and the UK premier screening of the film The Carnival of Dreams.

CLICK HERE TO READ VANC'ES FILMMAKING ESSAY ON HER EXPERIENCE

Photographs by Sarah Burton

THE MEETING OF DANGEROUS MINDS

"A WEEKEND OF DANGEROUS MINDS"  in collaboration with Marie - Louise Scio - Creative director, Vice President and chef of magic, Hotel il Pellicano & La Posta Vecchia. 

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The dangerous minds arrived at La Posta Vecchia - ROME throughout the day on Friday April 15th for a weekend of desire. From all over the globe, they gathered on the terrace for lunch in the warm blush of a first rendezvous. Some were friends, most were strangers meeting for the first time. The letting go of the outside world was delicious as the afternoon languidly unfolded into the weekend.

It was our aim to stop time, to pause, to think and to listen. A series of moments unfolded one upon the other and it was easy to be present and available to the concept of DESIRE as it underpinned every experience. Such was the magic of La Posta Vecchia and the gift of Marie-Louise Scio and The Laboratory to all those who attended. Like-minded souls joined together in a creative weekend centered around the theme of Desire. And here's just a little of what they got up to.

THE EXPLORER & THE ARTIST

A LABORATORY ARTS COLLECTIVE ADVENTURE

THE EXPLORER & THE ARTIST

The Laboratory collaborated with the Australian Consulate and Tree People to bring the Australian explorer Andrew Harper and artist Jo Bertini to an audience in Los Angeles. 

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It is often said that the Australian Desert is the canary in the coal mine for the rest of the world regarding drought and climate change. Harper and Bertini have travelled extensively together on foot with camels and a team of scientists into the heart of Australia to bring back information. The lecture held at Tree people was an utterly fascinating opportunity to hear first hand accounts of the secrets that the desert & her people hold. A night of two perspectives - scientific and artistic.

This event was part of the FEAR issue. When faced with challenges, such as climate change, understanding what is happening diminishes the power of fear and provides fuel to move forward and make positive changes in the world.

 

 The explorer - Andrew Harper OMA

Andrew Harper has been exploring the Australian desert since 1995 but his dream of walking along the tropic of Capricorn finally came true in 1999. A 229 day, 4,637 kilometre walk.

Andrew Harper has been exploring the Australian desert since 1995 but his dream of walking along the tropic of Capricorn finally came true in 1999. A 229 day, 4,637 kilometre walk.

 

The Artist - Jo Bertini

One of Australia's leading artists, Jo Bertini has been working on a ten year project with Australian Desert Expeditions in the most remote and inaccessible regions of Australia's deserts. Her preoccupation is how the land, or landscapes affect people.

One of Australia's leading artists, Jo Bertini has been working on a ten year project with Australian Desert Expeditions in the most remote and inaccessible regions of Australia's deserts. Her preoccupation is how the land, or landscapes affect people.

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MOM'S ROOM
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A LABORATORY ARTS COLLECTIVE ADVENTURE

Mom's Room' - A stage play written and directed by Berliner Miriam Dehne and inspired by the work of New York artist Marilyn Minter. Minter's real life mother was depicted in this tragic story and the subsequent photographs that appear in FEAR. 

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This world premiere was produced in collaboration with Christopher Guy Studios, Los Angeles.

'Mom's Room'

A stage play written and directed by Miriam Dehne and inspired by the work of artist Marilyn Minter. The play was published in the FEAR issue and the world premiere was produced at Christopher Guy, Los Angeles by The Laboratory Arts Collective.

HER SALON

HER Salon in collaboration with Soho House, West Hollywood and Le Labo.

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Five artists - Heather McMillenKorin FaughtRobyn Breen ShinnYassi Mazandi and Zeal Harris.

These five artists discussed a single piece and the audience were invited to put on white gloves and look through the sketchbooks and diaries of the artists. Usually these sketchbooks are locked away in glass cabinets but on this night these women generously shared their working process with those who were lucky enough to be there. Guests left with the ultimate scent on their skin, Le Labo's - Rose 31 as featured in the HER issue.