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Arturo Ernesto Romo
Vast Arcade Los Angeles
Jul 8 - Aug 19, 2006

LA><ART is proud to announce Vast Arcade Los Angeles, a new installation by Los Angeles based artist Arturo Ernesto Romo. The installation features site-specific wall drawings, texts and posters by the artist, video and sculptures—as well as manufactured trinkets and candles that make up, in the artist’s own words, the “diluvial all-overness” of his art practice.

 

LA><ART’s programming is made possible by charitable contributions from La Colección Jumex, Peter Norton Family Foundation, Danielson Foundation, The Audrey and Sidney Irmas Charitable Foundation, Larry Mathews and Brian Saliman and LA><ART’s Executive Board and Founding Members. In-kind support from Campari.

 

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ARTURO ERNESTO ROMO: VAST ARCADE LOS ANGELES

Curated by Rita Gonzalez

 

July 8 – August 19, 2006

Opening reception Saturday July 8th 6-8pm

 

LA><ART is proud to announce Vast Arcade Los Angeles, a new installation by Los Angeles based artist Arturo Ernesto Romo. The installation features site-specific wall drawings, texts and posters by the artist, video and sculptures—as well as manufactured trinkets and candles that make up, in the artist’s own words, the “diluvial all-overness” of his art practice.

 

Romo keeps a “live’ sketchbook on his artist website (www.revumbio.com), and this installation’s source material was originally “sketched” as the “Magical TransfigurationPage” one small section of his almost labyrinthine site. The strategies that propel the web sketchbook and the installation for LA><ART are both poetic and conspiratorial. They are driven by free association and Romo’s own vast arcade of visual and discursive materials: from 19th century French photographer Nadar to 21st century Chicano photographer Harry Gamboa Jr., from medieval alchemists to Frank Zappa’s concoction of the band Ruben and the Jets, and from sprawl architecture to terrorism.

 

Moving from the arrays of street vendors to the hallucinatory visions of a sunstroke victim, Romo’s Vast Arcade Los Angeles seeks to provide both an aerial and granular view of the street surface and those who inhabit it. Arturo Romo’s exhibition is made possible with the generous support of La Colección Jumex, Larry Mathews and Brian Saliman and Armando Duron.

 

KALUP LINZY: ALL MY CHUREN

Curated by Malik Gaines

 

LA><ART is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of New York based artist Kalup Linzy, curated by LA><ART Adjunct Curator, Malik Gaines. The conventions of television soap operas become a hilarious and insightful psycho-sexual playground for New York-based artist Kalup Linzy, as he turns this most mundane form inside out with his series of clever videos, “Conversations wit De Churen.” In one of the first episodes, “All My Churen,” we meet a cast of emotionally on-the-edge characters that inverts the typical family structure of daytime melodrama, offering a view of class, race, sexuality, and hyperbolic personal conflicts that the major networks’ corporate advertisers would shun. In Linzy’s version of “the stories,” wealth is replaced with realness, deliberate dialogue is replaced with a heightened black vernacular, and formulaic control is replaced with moments of delirious mess. Recalling a history of experimental, campy narratives that includes the films of Jack Smith, Andy Warhol, and John Waters, and the radical performances of The Cockettes and Vaginal Davis, Linzy, who himself performs in awkward drag, uses the immediacy of video to highlight the poignant, tragic, and funny dynamics that filter up from family life and into the culture at large.

 

LA><ART’s programming is made possible by charitable contributions from La Colección Jumex, Peter Norton Family Foundation, Danielson Foundation, The Audrey and Sidney Irmas Charitable Foundation, Larry Mathews and Brian Saliman and LA><ART’s Executive Board and Founding Members. In-kind support from Campari.

 

About LA><ART: Responding to Los Angeles’ cultural climate, LA><ART questions given contexts for the exhibition of contemporary art, architecture and design. With a renewed vision for the potential of independent art spaces, LA><ART provides a center for interdisciplinary discussion and interaction and for the production and exhibition of new exploratory work. LA><ART offers a space for provocation, dialogue and confrontation by practices on the ground in LA and abroad. LA><ART is a hub for artists based on flexibility, transition, spontaneity and change. The space responds to an urgency and obligation to provide an accessible exhibition space for contemporary artists, architects and designers.

 

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