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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.