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Art Walk November 2010

Art Walk November 2010

The ever-changing art walk seemed more subdued that normal this month.  However, I noticed drops in participation last fall as well.  I think people are less willing to bustle about in the windy downtown when the temperature drops below 55 degrees at night.

But I did.

And here is what I saw:

There were at least three separate parking lots reserved for food trucks.  Some of the food truck parking lots had local radio stations and/or DJs playing music.  For the first time I also saw a few folding tables set up so customers actually had somewhere to sit and eat the food.  The Jose O Malley’s truck (above) had a karaoke “booth.”  Another parking lot had a DJ in the back – but nobody was paying attention to him.  One day I’ll put out an album and call it “the lonely DJ.”  That’s him way back there by the porta-johns under that UFO.

The hip-hop skateboard/tagging Crewest gallery actually had some interesting stuff this time.  They had an entire show dedicated to skulls.  Each artist had to start with the same skull model (I want to know where to get one of these myself) and then went crazy from there.

Octoskull…

Here is a video of most of the skulls:

There was also a very futuristic machine skull thing hanging on the wall (you can see it on the right just before the video ends) that was cool.  It looked like it had been printed by one of those 3D printers – but it was a very complex piece with lots of little mechanical arms and things.  I found a photo of it on the crewest Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/crewestman/5166441222/ But even there it is hard to make out the little bits and pieces.

Later I passed under the Regent’s sign and had a giggle:

I’m sure they meant that the year should rest in peace – but to me this looked more like the Regent’s own tombstone – since 2010 was the year they attempted to get really commercial with their art show and it apparently put them out of business.  I love irony.

As always there was music everywhere:

And, as always, there were new businesses trying to sell merchandise under the guise of  “we’re an art gallery that um..also… sells purses and dresses and whatnot.”

and random stuff

Bang gallery was once again misguided in the attempt to display art.  They had two different musical acts.  One consisted of a girl sitting at a keyboard and playing something slowly and quietly but getting interupted.  This was, of course, next to a room that had an “art piece” that looked a lot to me like someone got some furniture and tore it apart.  A frantic hipster (wearing a dreadlock wig, no less) came up to me and said “hey man, when they opened that piece it had a nug glued to the wall – it’s already gone man!  it’s already gone!

(for those who don’t know – Hi Mom! –  “nug” refers to “nugget” which refers to a small serving of marijuana)

On the “big stage” at Bang was some kind of hippy rock band that was off in their own world.

The Temple of Visions had the same art from last month.  The Hive had a sculpture showcase (so I had nothing in the show).

There were also, way in the back, some masks made out of interesting materials like sea shells and leaves.  Unfortunately I didn’t see any photos of them on the Hive website.

Day 2 on “price less” piece

Day 2 on “price less” piece

Thank goodness this is a tiny piece – otherwise I don’t know if I’d have it done in 4 weeks.  I’m getting to work on it maybe 2 or 3 hours a week maximum…. very frustrating.   I think I want to have her sitting in a puddle in the rain – not sure how I’m going to work that out…

(oh, and it isn’t just school that’s taking all that time… I’ve had two flat tires int he last two weeks and had to completely reinstall Windows/Adobe/etc. last week on the home PC)

(and October was actually a decent month for freelance work – which is a good thing – but now one of my tenants is leaving and I haven’t found a replacement yet … which is a bad thing – I guess it evens out)

Culver City art walk

Culver City art walk

On Saturday night Sam and I joined two friends (a fellow Pepperdine MBA student and his wife) and headed to Culver City.  We went to the Ethiopian restaurant that Sam and I had tried a few months back.  We didn’t remember from before, but the restaurant had actually purchased tables that were too small for the booths, creating a comical situation for our group.  The food was still good, though.

Afterwards we walked down the street (Washington) to Thinkspace’s five year anniversary show and the Eric Fortune / Nate Frizzell show at Lebasse Projects.  These shows were covered extensively on the net – so no need for me to take my own photos, here is the thinkspace show and here is Eric’s show.  Eric’s show was actually relegated to the smaller back room of LeBasse.  Not that there is anything wrong with Frizzell’s work, but we agreed that Eric’s work is much more refined, delicate and intriguing and we’d have liked to seen him have his own much larger solo show.

Fun Fact: Eric is from Columbus Ohio (like me!  …except he is still there)

After that we wandered back up the street (west) and found the peace gallery (or something like that).  The interesting thing about that gallery wasn’t what was inside – but the freaky electric cello orgasmic faced guy in Frankenstein boots playing music outside.

It was very dark and he was gyrating (and he had his own wind source dramatically blowing his hair and jacket) so I couldn’t get a good shot…

The rest of our weekend was spent on Strategy class projects (hoo….ray….).

Nick Ogawa

Nick Ogawa

Nick Ogawa is working on a new album, his third I think.   The first album was heavy on the cello, which I really liked.  The second went in a different direction (this was his “midnight vultures” kind of album I guess) that I didn’t like so much.

Yesterday, Nick started posting songs from the new recordings on his web site.  These are a return to the cello sound that piqued my interest a few years ago.  Looking forward to hearing what the rest of this sounds like.

price -less

price -less

I’m working on a small (5×7) painting for a show for low priced art at the Hive in December.

This has taken a while because I’ve been distracted with schoolwork and computer problems… but I now have the initial wash done:

Something doesn’t look right about that skull.  Although I had a model (clothed) pose for this, the original pose was with the hands limp in between the legs.  So – I had to sort of figure out how to do the holding of the skull later.  We actually found a plastic skull at the Melrose Trading Post the weekend before last – but the skull was disproportionate (cartoonish) and it was obviously very light whereas a real skull would have weight to it and be held quite differently.

I was also thinking about adding some little creatures to the otherwise blank back/foreground… but since this is supposed to be a cheaper piece maybe I shouldn’t put so much detail in…

By the way – I’m sure nobody noticed, but this pose was inspired by a throw-away shot from the movie Splice (which isn’t that good) when they’re in the barn and “it” is covered by a blanket, but in this same general position.   Did I just spoil the magic?  Inspiration comes from the strangest random places for my work….

I hope I get to vote today… going to be tough with work all day and school tonight (why don’t they have elections on SATURDAYS?!).

Costumes? Yeah, I don’t do that either

Costumes? Yeah, I don’t do that either

A few weeks ago Layla Kilolu (a fellow Pepperdine MBA student) invited Sam and I to a show Layla was going to perform in.  A week before the show she reminded us that it was a costume show as it was on Halloween weekend.

I don’t do costumes.  I don’t have any ethical/political reservations against it or anything of that nature; I just don’t feel comfortable dressing up in general, let alone pretending to be someone else.  Last year I felt really bad because I resisted getting a costume long enough to show up to our friend’s party without one.  We didn’t get invited back this year and I hope that isn’t why.  Either way, my Halloween grade isn’t traditionally good in the “participation points” column.  Now I had to come up with something for this concert. What was originally going to be just a fun thing to do on a Friday night was now a big black hole in the schedule getting closer and closer.  I didn’t want to let Sam down again (being a fashion designer she has plenty of ideas and accessories to create a good costume for herself).  She had some ideas for me, but I shot them down for various reasons (like, not wanting to wear a suit all night in a hot bar).  Then, she saw something blindingly obvious that neither of us had thought of before…

I work at a dental lab.  I have access to every dental device imaginable.  So, I just wore my lab coat, printed out a “Dr.” to stick on my name tag and filled my pockets with pics, lights, retainers, mirrors, etc.  It wasn’t the best “doctor” Halloween costume you ever saw – but it was enough to squeak by – especially since the bar was really dark to begin with.  Sam went with a masquerade ball theme costume.

Yes, I realize I’m lucky to have someone who puts up with all my little social phobias, etc.  Two weeks ago we’d been invited to a birthday party at SkyBar.  Skybar is one of those words you hear on television shows called TMZ after other words like “paris” and “lohan.”  It was an extremely awkward place for me.  It happened to start sprinkling that night and skybar is half outdoors – so everyone packed into the little area up the steps with a ceiling.  However, the entire “bar” is outdoors, so smoking was allowed (yuck!). We were packed in and couldn’t move.  The “music” was too loud to talk with anyone about anything (or maybe it’s just my damaged ears from too much loud music in my former life as a wannabe musician).  I don’t know why anyone thinks that sort of thing is a good time – but clearly my opinion is a minority one.

But, perhaps for “normal” people (no creative drive), this is akin to entertainment (tv, movies, etc.); something to occupy the mind after a day of work.  And, yes, I understand the concept of drawing women and men together with alcohol, shaking and seeing what happens.  However, I don’t drink and I’m not on the prowl – so why do I need to be rubbing up (involuntarily!) against strange women late at night?

I knew that this concert would not be a repeat performance of Skybar as it was taking place in a less “posh” bar.  We were supposed to be on the guest list, but somehow Sam’s name didn’t show up.  The concert started an hour late (although, I guess all concerts start late, right? every one I’ve ever seen has).  The first act consisted of a gay man (he made it an issue, not me) imitating Scissor Sisters, but with more references to his own genitalia than I was comfortable with.  I kept wondering if being uncomfortable made me  homophobic, until I reminded myself that when I see female singers they don’t spend the whole show (except maybe Courtney Love) flashing their breasts and asking the audience to touch them… It just isn’t very professional.  But maybe it was all an act… it was a costume event for Halloween after all.

At roughly 10pm Layla came on the stage.  She had a good backing band, with everyone in costume.  I think her lead guitar (?) went as the banana from the PBJ time song.  The drummer (a woman, which is rare in rock, just ask Patty Schemel) was dressed as a pixie and was playing about as fast and energetically as her fairy wings might have beat if they were real.  Layla was wearing a Sailor Moon costume.  Unfortunately, for the duration of her performance either we weren’t standing in the right spot – or the levels for her mic needed to be adjusted as we couldn’t hear her over the bass.  She also didn’t play the two songs that I (and I think Sam too) really like.  I remember saying into Sam’s ear during the sound check before Layla came on “how can they do a sound check with the house system up so loud?!”  Apparently they can’t.  It sounded like Layla was singing well, and her band was playing well – but the sound coming out at us was muddy because of the overwhelming bass level.

After her set we decided to leave as it was already late (to us).  The majority of the rest of the weekend was spent on fun stuff for our strategy class.   Well, if you consider business forecasting and evaluating fun stuff.  I don’t.