artists, curators

Jacqueline Bell Johnson

Artist Jacqueline Bell Johnson has been involved with LGT! since the beginning (she is a founder).  Her latest project will occur at Human Resources gallery in Chinatown (Los Angeles) mid March.  She is creating an installation that fills the whole gallery and it will house musician Dorian Wood and his orchestra during five nights of performances.

She has launched a hatchfund campaign to help fundraise.  We hope that you consider contributing and spreading the word about this project.

You can see her project video here:

http://www.hatchfund.org/project/deflated_defeated

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To find out more about the Jackie, visit her website:

http://www.JacquelineBellJohnson.com

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Takeshi Kanemura

Takeshi Kanemura was an artist in our show Plastic Sunshine at Groundspace Project, and also performed collaboratively during the event Including You.  He just returned from a trip to his birthplace in Okinawa prefecture, Japan.   (He performed there as well, and when I get pictures I will happily share them.)  These performances are important to him, because while at times the performances are duplicated, the nature of a western audience versus an eastern audience is what comes into play.  That being said, Takeshi considers all of his performances as collaborative, at least between him and the audience.  He also likes to consider his influences: growing up in Okinawa, which has a US Military base, has given him a unique perspective of both what is Japanese, and what is American.  He seeks to demonstrate this combination of cultures in the making of his identity through his work.  Typically exhibited are the “artifacts” of his performances.  Sometimes the leftover materials used, sometimes more formal paintings on canvas.  These are a record of the body in motion and a reminder of the fleetingness of the moment which makes performance as a medium so intimate.
Below is a picture from the closing of Plastic Sunshine, with his painting on the back wall, Navy with white drips making a circle.  The other two images are from Including You.  The singer shown is Cris Law, who improvised a melody that Takeshi reacted to during the performance.  You can view more of his work at his website:
http://takeshikanemura.com/

Cris Law collaboration including you Takeshipainting

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In The Works

Coachella Valley Art Center gallery space

So I met up with fellow LGT!er Mike McLain in Indio yesterday to scope out Coachella Valley Art Center for a show in February.  The space is big, with lots of little areas that could be utilized for video work, installation, and even performance.  I was introduced to William Schinsky, “Bill” as he is known, who is the executive director of the the center.  Mike will be curating this show on behalf of LGT!  In fact, It is Mike who had the idea of doing the show, as he has his studio there in the art center.  The show will be a survey of emerging artists from Los Angeles, but we plan on having some events: panels, workshops, and open studios to create a dialog with the local artists of Palm Springs/Indio and the artists brought in from LA.  February is when the Palm Springs Art Fair happens, as well as Modernism week.  If you are traveling to the desert for either event, we hope you take a minute and stop by the art center too.  For more about the Coachella Valley Art Center check out their website: http://www.coachellavalleyartcenter.com
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Including You, Day of Performance by Takeshi Kanemura

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Including You, held on August 4th 2013, was a day of performance art by Takeshi Kanemura.  It was held in the Project Space at Groundspace Project in Los Angeles, during LGT!’s show Plastic Sunshine.

The following are links to videos of those performances.  Takeshi Kanemura collaborated with three artists.  Mei Hotta (cello player), Johnny Guerrero (saxophone player), and Cris Law (countertenor).

 

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