January 22, 2009

Fever Ray

Fever Ray aka Karin Dreijer Andersson, of The Knife, first single... "If I Had A Heart".
Directed by Andreas Nilsson.

I'm in love with this music video. A thank you to Chris Holmes for showing me this!

“‘If I Had A Heart’ is the first single from Fever Ray: a stirring mantra, a boundless loop, a deep sleep spreading over fields and endless oceans. A dark evocation of hope and a demand for 'more, give me more'."

Familjen Remix of "If I Had A Heart"; click here
(I don't know how I feel about this remix)

The New Los Angeles International Contemporary Art Fair

"ART LA, the New Los Angeles International Contemporary Art Fair, takes place at the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport,
January 23 - 25 2009.

The fair presents a select roster of 60 top international and Los Angeles based galleries representing an informed cross-section of today's contemporary art trends and directions.

The exhibiting galleries at ART LA are an even balance of established blue chip and emerging galleries, all presenting the most progressive, international art work being produced today. Half of the exhibitors hail from the immediate Los Angeles area, and half are from the United States and abroad.

The fair is designed to spotlight the Los Angeles art scene and its prominence within current international artistic trends. The fair brings influential international galleries and their artists work for the interested art patron and collector alike to enjoy. The finest examples of contemporary art work will be available for view and sale.

The weekend of ART LA 2009 has been expanded to include a full auxiliary programming series. Special exhibitions, performances, conversations and premiere film screenings will be staged at the Barker Hangar and throughout the city during the run of the fair."

For tickets and/or more information; artfairsinc.com

Exhibitors at ART LA 2009

10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong
1301PE, Los Angeles
Ace Gallery, Los Angeles
Angles Gallery, Santa Monica
Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels
Blanket Contemporary Art, Vancouver
Blum and Poe, Los Angeles
Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin
Cerealart, Philadelphia
Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles
Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris
China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles
Chung King Projects, Los Angeles
COMA Centre for Opinions in Music and Art, Berlin
Crisp London Los Angeles, London / Los Angeles
EDS Galeria, Mexico City
Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles
Groeflin Maag, Zürich
Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco / New York
The Happy Lion Gallery, Los Angeles
Haunch of Venison, London / Zürich / Berlin / New York
I-20, New York
Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels
Parker Jones, Los Angeles
Kalfayan Gallery, Athens / Thessaloniki
Galerie Ben Kaufmann, Berlin
Michael Kohn, Los Angeles
David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
Klosterfelde, Berlin
LA Louver, Los Angeles
LA >< ART, Los Angeles
Kim Light / Lightbox, Los Angeles
Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles
Lüttgenmeijer, Berlin
Mesler & Hug, Los Angeles
Meyer Riegger, Karlsruhe / Berlin
Neon Parc, Melbourne
Nice & Fit, Berlin
Mihai Nicodim, Los Angeles
Ooga Booga, Los Angeles
Patrick Painter, Santa Monica
Peres Projects, Los Angeles / Berlin
Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles
Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles
Sandroni Rey, Los Angeles
André Schlechtriem Contemporary, New York
Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles
Sister, Los Angeles
Small A Projects, New York
Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami
Starkwhite, Auckland
Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles
Tilton Gallery, New York
Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles
Susanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles / Berlin
Western Exhibitions, Chicago

January 13, 2009

"Teenage Apocalypse Trilogy"

The first film of Gregg Araki's Teenage Apocalypse Trilogy (which are bad, but awesome in their cult-like way)...
"Totally F***ed Up" (1993)

"Chronicled the dysfunctional lives of six gay adolescents who have formed a family unit and struggle to get along with each other and with life in the face of various major obstacles. Araki himself classified it as "A rag-tag story of the fag-and-dyke teen underground....A kinda cross between avant-garde experimental cinema and a queer John Hughes flick". The movie explored the youths' depression and homophobia."

"The Doom Generation" (1995)


(Parker Posey randomly in this film... "embedding disabled by request".)

"A black comedy brimming with graphic violence, cultural symbolism and relentless eroticism. The film starred Rose McGowan, Johnathon Schaech and James Duval (who had starred in Totally Fucked Up), with cameos by indie favorite Parker Posey, comedienne Margaret Cho, 21 Jump Street actor Dustin Nguyen, The Brady Bunch star Christopher Knight, The Love Boat star Lauren Tewes, Hollywood madame Heidi Fleiss and musician Perry Farrell. While largely trashed by critics, the piece won a measure of respect in a number of circles."

"Nowhere" (1997)

"Described by its director as "a Beverly Hills 90210 episode on acid." It centered around a group of bored, alienated Los Angeles teenagers during a typical day of kinky sex, drugs, and the requisite wild party. Duval, Rachel True, Nathan Bexton, Debi Mazar, Christina Applegate, Heather Graham, Ryan Phillippe, Jaason Simmons, Scott Caan and Mena Suvari starred in the film, with cameos by Beverly D'Angelo, Facts of Life star Charlotte Rae, Traci Lords, Shannen Doherty, Rose McGowan, John Ritter and International Male and fitness model Brian Buzzini."

January 12, 2009

"Jeu de Massacre"

"Jeu de Massacre" (1967).
A French pop art film directed by Alain Jessua. Starring Claudine Auger, Jean-Pierre Cassel and Michel Duchaussoy.
Comic Book artwork by Guy Peellaert with music by The Alan Bown Set.

"Two cartoonists meet a playboy who lives out the fantasies created in their cartoons. He hires them to create a new comic strip. As they work on the new strip, the playboy begins to live it out. Unfortunately, the new strip deals with murder."

"The Night Porter"

One of my favorite movies... as well as a potential costume for halloween 2009. ha!

"The dark and melancholy story of a former teenage Nazi concentration camp inmate, Lucia, and the S.S. officer who was her torturer/lover, Max , who accidentally meet again in a Vienna hotel in 1957 where Max works as the night porter. They resume their sadomasochistic relationship, although Max's former S.S. comrades have something different in mind for them. The story unfolds like a gruesome dance of death."

"In responses to The Night Porter, Cavani was both celebrated for her courage in dealing with the theme of sexual transgression and, simultaneously, castigated for the controversial manner in which she presented that transgression: within the context of a Nazi Holocaust narrative. The film has been accused of mere sensationalism: film critic Roger Ebert calls it "as nasty as it is lubricious, a despicable attempt to titillate us by exploiting memories of persecution and suffering." Given the film's dark and disturbing themes and a somewhat ambiguous moral clarification at the end, The Night Porter has tended to divide audiences. It is, however, the film for which Cavani is best known."

"The Night Porter", Liliana Cavani (1974)

Juvenile Mindrot

Jerry Beck Presents Inappropriate and Disturbing Kids’ Cartoons
The Silent Movie Theatre - Los Angeles, CA

Too violent, too scary, too depressing and no longer suitable for kids! Animation historian Jerry Beck returns with a full program of pre-code classic cartoons both no longer shown on televisions, and not on DVD. Originally made for children, these roasters are no longer appropriate for small fry, whether it’s because of the violence, cross dressing, smoking, sexism, or just straight-up bizarre ingredients contained within. If your childhood wasn’t already perverted by hours upon hours of unhinged animation, this show will make it up to you. Ultra-rare 16mm and 35mm prints will be screened–bring your kids at your own risk.

For tickets, purchase them online at: brown paper tickets (click here).