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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.

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

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.

DESERT X

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.

 
nigel dalyEvents, Build
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