Monthly Archives: February 2012

Kiel Johnson and TED Get to Talking

Like every good tech/art/sociopolitical enthusiast, MMG artist Kiel Johnson is savvy to the popular TED Talks series. Delving into topics ranging from saving sharks to the happy secret to corporate workstyle, TED (Technology, Entertainment, Development) is a conference series dedicated to Ideas Worth Spreading. Since Johnson has been heralded as quite the “idea factory” in the contemporary arts realm, TED has invited the artist to partake in next week’s Palm Springs conference.

Should you find yourself heading to the desert for five days of intellectual gluttony, make sure to stop by Kiel’s interactive and ongoing “‘Studies on an Airship Ride, City 2.0″ project with the public. One part exhibit, one part workshop, Johnson’s tiny cardboard metropolis with transform and develop depending on its visitors. Says the artist:

“I will start the week with maybe 35% of the buildings on the table so folks feel like they can get involved in the early stages.   I built a ‘salad bar’ of all the parts and pieces that you need to build in this particular scale. Participants of the conference are able to sit down and work with me anytime during the day.  We will be adding to the city all week. “

In between talks, chats, discussions, and debates – you too can build this city.

Ali Smith in Chasm Of the Supernova at Center For The Arts Eagle Rock

Our own explosive Ali Smith is participating in Adam Miller’s heavy-hitting local group show opening this Saturday night at Center For The Arts Eagle Rock.

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Chasm of the Supernova Opening Reception

February 11, 2012
7:00pm

Center for the Arts Eagle Rock
2225 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Curated by Adam Miller

Artists:
Matthew Monahan, Tomory Dodge, Michael Rey, Pearl C. Hsiung, Brad Spence, lara Schnitger, Roger Herman, Erich Bollman, Annie Lapin, Kim Fisher, Josh Peters, Melise Mestayer, Ali Smith, Florian Morlat, Devon Oder, & Adam Miller.

The exhibition Chasm of the Supernova takes fifteen artists and examines the implications of discordance between energetic entropy and restraint. Half of the works are reflexive ruminations on the chaotic and disruptive forces that inundate the individual’s turbulent path. While the rest of the works use gesture, color, and mark making to create anarchic compositions. Through refined, calculated, and controlled gestures, whether it’s application of paint, color choices, compositions, or pop cultural references, all of these works lead to moments of reflection and beauty among the chaos.

Exhibition: February11 – March 15, 2012

Gallery Hours:
M-F 11am-5pm or by special arrangement

Ali Smith - Pace Space

Ali Smith - Pace Space, 2011