Shoebox PR and We Choose Art are pleased to present We Choose Art | A Feminist Perspective 2.0! A group show hosted by guest curators Baha H. Danesh from We Choose Art and Kristine Schomaker of Shoebox PR.
Join us on Saturday, May 21st at MUZEUMM and journey with us through eclectic fine art, photography, sculptures, video installations, and some FEMINIST PUNCH!
The exhibit will take place at 4817 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016
This is a FREE event and doors open at 7:00 PM and stay open until 11:00 PM.
Following We Choose Art’s philosophy of creating a collaborative community of artistic expression, this unique exhibition continues to document the vibrant and creative culture of modern feminist artists.
Curators Baha Danesh and Kristine Schomaker have created a two-week exhibition to expand on today’s modern feminists. They chose both male and female artists whose work continues the feminist dialogue of equality for all. The work presented spans over 40 years with a diversity of artists working in the Los Angeles area. The featured artists are showing works that deal with concepts of race, class, culture, politics, social commentary and representation of women.
Participating artists include:
Ching Ching Cheng
Shula Singer Arbel
Cutting edge interactive and reactive A/V art with live bender sets from JEFF BOYNTON, PUSH PLAY, UNIVAC, BANETORIKO, and MALFUNKN, with installations and projections by VJ AVANT and reactive data visualizations by BRIAN CANTRELL. Metallic Photo Prints from the documentary on display created by Angela Izzo
Brought to you by: The BENDERS CIRCUIT is a documentary about the underground audio-visual performance scene in and around LA.
Angela Izzo, Eric A Zimmerman
As co-curator Juri Koll says, “This show intends to place contemporary photographers who practice abstraction as an important way of seeing the world in the pantheon of well known artists such as Edmund Teske and Man Ray. After Photo LA, we’re proud to be able to bring the show to MuzeuMM, to curate with Mishelle Moross, and will be producing a catalog for the show. We’re excited to have essays written by Arthur Ollman, Shana Nys Dambrot and Peter Frank included, along with special guests to be announced.”
As the opening essay for the catalog states:
Abstract Photography has a long, illustrious, inspiring tradition, which extends to contemporary photographers’ work. Abstract Never Is means to convey the concept that an abstract photographic image never truly escapes the process of putting the lens in front of the eye and clicking the shutter. The moment of conception of an abstract photograph requires intention, place, surface, object, and time, to mention a few aspects. If it is successful, it thrives on the border of the known and the unknown. The moment and the timeless. A successful abstract photograph requires both - and balances on the heft of each.
The following artists are a part of this traveling exhibition: Fatemeh Burnes, Sasha vom Dorp, Kio Griffith, Diane Holland, Suda House, Juri Koll, KuBO, Maria Larsson, Lawrie Margrave, Stefanie Nafé, Kirk Pedersen, Osceola Refetoff, Lisa Rosel, Edmund Teske, and others TBA.
It isn't just a scar. It's my scar" is something Artist Ted Meyer hears all the time. After years of doing work about his own rare illness, and becoming bored by his personal situation, Meyer changed focus and began visually telling the stories of other people who have been through major traumas. For over 17 years Meyer has been creating a graphic yet beautiful depiction of people’s suddenly altered bodies and the resulting scars in an ever-enlarging collection of artworks entitled, “Scarred for Life”. “Scarred for Life” continues to grow and now consists of almost 100 artistically enhanced mono-prints taken directly from the scarred skin of his subjects. Each image – accompanied by a photographic portrait taken by Ted and a written story by his subject - tells a unique and intriguing story of medical crisis, resilience and healing.
The project’s title embodies a duality of ideas that are explored in depth: first, that medically related scars or physical disfigurements often have a profound lifelong impact on a patient’s self-identity, and secondly, that those scars have the potential to serve as powerful symbols of regeneration and life, and learning tools as well. Exploring facets of self-adornment, contemporary trends in body modification and the ways in which art has been used to redefine aesthetic norms, Scarred for Life presents ways in which medical patients can grow to view their scars as beautiful symbols of personal resilience.
The Scarred for Life project has grown into a lecture series, a book, and led Ted to his position as the first Artist in Residence at UCLA Geffen School of Medicine.
Scarred for Life is also currently being shows at the Lancaster Museum and in November will be exhibited at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Bethesda, MD.
Over the years Ted has met and worked with other artists from all over the world who focus on Scars. MUZEUMM has asked Ted to include some of his favorites to the exhibit.
Zeina Baltagi was the first person to get her full tibia replaced along with her knee and half her femur with a titanium endo-prosthetic. Due to osteosarcoma, bone cancer. Post survival, she took back ownership of her body. Like bodies develop histories, her work endures a similar transformative process.http://www.zeinabaltagi.com/shedding.html
Diana Hobstetter’s “Fragile Flesh” paintings tell stories of people’s scars and look at the relationship of memory and the body. Like scars themselves, Diana’s creative process includes a wounding and scarring process — the words are carved into a thick, fleshy paint revealing the blood color below the surface; additionally some works include mixed media elements related to the scar story. Although the fragility of our flesh, and our lives, is a serious undertone, the stories themselves are of life and range from the poignant to the humorous.
Lilli Muller WARRIORS, Vol1:Lilli Muller’s casting sessions are a visual diary, using art as a language that transcends fear, expectation, stereotype, and policy to arrive at an unexpected place of power and beauty.
Alison Romanczuk is a photographer from London with her own scar owing to, so far, two operations to remove a persistent sarcoma. Shortly before her last operation she met with the Children of Fire charity, randomly, on the Southbank. She has photographed the children and their scars both in London and Johannesburg and has become very close them and their fundraising for a better future.
May Tanferri is located in San Palo, Brazil. Because of her own large burn scars has she created a doll with multiple burns that comes with all the matching medical dressings and supplies that a burned child would see during their treatment. Her hope is to give burned children a doll that looks just like them, and to teach the non-burned about their burned friends.
The Audubon center is part of a nationwide network and the one at Debs Park is Los Angeles’ “hometown” center. The BIRD art show artists and organizers hope to help keep the sanctuary open for beautiful, rare birds and to continue to provide education on these creatures.
Cherie Benner Davis
Sabina Rose Derick
40% of the proceeds will be donated to the Audubon center at Debs Park; a nature reserve and regional park in the Montecito Heights neighborhood in Los Angeles.
The show will run through January and close the 31st by appointment between the hours of 11am and 5pm Monday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday are available with advance notice.
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Curated by SHIVA ALIABADI
A uniquely gifted artist. KJAZZ FM (Los Angeles)
LOS ANGELES CELLIST JACOB SZEKELY IS REVOLUTIONIZING MUSIC AND CREATING MASTERFUL INVENTIONS FOR STRING INSTRUMENTS * * * WILL DEBUT TRIO ALBUM AUGUST 21 @ CIRCLE OF CREATION EVENT @ MUZEUMM AND DEBUT TRANSFORMATIVE PICKUP TEST, IMPROVISOR’S GUIDE TO THE CELLO AND STRING PROJECT LA OPENING QUARTET
Cellist/composer Jacob Szekely is a bit of a musical Einstein. His compositions and performances have a reputation for combining technical virtuosity with a deep emotional connection with his audiences. He’s been tapped to perform and tour worldwide with headlining artists including Rush, Mary J. Blige, Jay Z, Ellie Goulding and Avril Lavigne. But it’s not just his prowess as a composer and cellist that set him apart as a musician – it’s his inventions for musicians.
On August 21, 2015, Szekely will shine a spotlight on four creations of his: 1) his debut recording with his JS3 trio; 2) his revolutionary invention, The Pickup Test; 3) his Improvisor’s Guide to the Cello; and 4) his co-creation of the acclaimed String Project LA. Szekely has created Circle of Creation, an event for musicians, press, fans and the public that will include demonstrations of the Pickup Test; listening stations; a short talk by Szekely; an opening concert by String Project LA students; and two full concerts by JS3. The event will take place at the buzzed-about Los Angeles art gallery Muzeumm, located in the burgeoning creative enclave of West Adams. Admission is $20 and includes a signed copy of the debut JS3 CD. Small bites will be provided, and the cash bar will be open. The program is: 5pm doors open / 6pm String Project LA concert / 7pm Ted-style Talk / 8pm JS3.
JS3 Debut Release. In his first outing as a leader, Szekely has created a unique musical tapestry that incorporates the richness of jazz improvisation, the structure of classical music and the edginess of rock into its own alchemy – which Szekely calls rock chamber jazz. A risk taker who generally went with the first takes in the studio, he’s created an album that expands the sonic culture of the cello and showcases the influences of classical, jazz, funk, rock and East Indian music. His compositions are highly complex, yet always have groove at their core. Szekely explains the genesis of his flexible, electric, groove-based ensemble known as the Jacob Szekely Trio – or JS3. “As studio musicians and sidemen, we’re encouraged to fit in, to sound like other musicians, but I’ve always been interested in pushing my instrument and myself. I was inspired by Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix early on but didn’t tell my teachers at conservatory, because that didn’t jibe with the classical tradition. It always felt like I was trying to bust out of the cello closet!” His discovery period led to a complete reimagining of the possibilities for his compositions; for the development of his distinct improvisational language on the cello; and for the unique sound of his trio. “Drums and piano take up a lot of sonic space, so I needed to work with musicians who were sensitive yet dynamic. Ultimately I connected with two top local studio artists, pianist/keyboardist Josh Nelson and drummer Christopher Allis. They created a textured, electric sound that compliments my compositions and the cello in expressive ways and creates space for a lightness of sound that stands out.” The trio’s dynamic performances have been hailed by press and by musicians including Yo-Yo Ma and Chick Corea. As Szekely summarizes: “I always knew that the sound of the cello was my voice, but there just wasn’t a template to uncover that. The results of my search have led to my unique approach as a cellist and as an artist.” www.jacobszkeley.com
The Pickup Test. Szkeley’s creation of the Pickup Test is a leap forward for all creative string players as it’s the first scientific and comprehensive sound library of every single pick up available on the market. A unique online media player created by Szekely in consultation with Grammy Award-nominated musicians and his instrument partners like Yamaha, the Pickup Test gives amplified violinists, violists and cellists the opportunity to hear what the pickups sound like and to compare equipment. The website also features tabletop reviews and interviews with today’s leading creative string players.
The Pickup Test is the new global resource for string musicians worldwide as every string player who performs non-classical music has to find a way to amplify their instrument and master the use of equipment like preamps, amplifiers, and effects pedals that were not designed for their instrument. There is little to no training for this in conservatories and most pickup systems (the devices used to amplify string instruments) require permanent installation and are not available at music shops. The Pickup Test addresses this educational gap and offers tutorials for choosing the right gear; communicating with soundmen; and finally enables strings players to be in control of their sound. www.thepickuptest.com
The Improvisor’s Guide to the Cello. In 2012 Szekely released The Improvisor’s Guide To The Cello, the first comprehensive guide to improvisation for cellists on the market. It combined his passion for exploring the possibilities of the instrument with his experience of teaching his methods to thousands of cellists at every ability level in every possible setting all over the world. Rather than trying to adopt rock, jazz or other improvisation methods written for piano, saxophone or guitarists, IGC utilized Szekely’s groundbreaking concepts and finally addressed the fundamentally unique challenges of the cello from a cellist’s perspective. Now Szkeley launches the IGC Academy, the first-ever online interactive learning community for creative cellists. This is really a quantum leap in how cellists can approach their instrument now. So many people who purchased the original videos wanted more lessons, more practice routines, more access. I realized I inadvertently started a movement and wanted to keep that going so it becomes a hub for this great community. www.TheImprovisorsGuide.com
Strings Project LA. Szekely co-founded The Strings Project Los Angeles, a collective of music teachers committed to supporting the future of strings music – both performance and composition – and stoking creative fire in young musicians to create new possibilities for their instruments and careers. The unique curriculum was developed by Szekely and includes not only classical and contemporary repertoire but also hip hop, Latin, Brazilian, rock, jazz, funk and blues music training. www.stringprojectla.com
Biography. Born in Brooklyn to Eastern European parents of Jewish heritage, Szekely left early to move to Kentucky, where he began listening to bluegrass, rock and eventually jazz. He studied classical cello performance at the Interlochen Arts Academy and earned his masters degree at the University of Southern California. He became intent on developing a new language for the cello and, in 2004, formed the jazz string quartet Supernova, which was hailed by Turtle Island String Quartet among others. He subsequently formed Eartha Austria Trio, an electric fusion group, and teamed up with percussion master Chris Garcia in the lauded world/jazz/chamber group Quarteto Nuevo. Szekely’s unique perspective as a groundbreaking solo artist, school founder, and author have made him one of the most in demand clinicians in the crate string world. Founder of the Los Angeles Creative String Festival, he’s served as faculty for summer festivals including Christian Howe’s Creative Strings Workshop in Columbus, Ohio, and the New Directions Cello Festival in Ithaca, New York. An active composer and arranger, Szekely has performed with a wide range of artists and ensembles from string quartets and world music groups and has been commissioned by a chamber orchestra and a children’s choir.
Press contact: Jana La Sorte / firstname.lastname@example.org / 347.726.8325 www.JacobSzekely.com
After Eve and Adam were expelled from the Garden of Eden, they were faced with the awareness of their bodies. Shame, transgression, the stigma from nakedness and an impulse to hide were introduced to their lives. The artists in AFTER EDEN each work with the body in various ways. They poke and prod at the trappings of our skin and our flesh, which are entangled in symbolism and our own associations and stories. How image is created, how the body is understood and received, how we use our own bodies and how we share in agency with others’ bodies are all questions considered. The art presented departs from conventional portrayals of the human form and image. These works allude to the body in unfamiliar ways that are often intimate and complex. There is an undercurrent of what the body can symbolize in terms of identity, the self, one's psychology and how these change when associated with an other. Transgression and transcendence, the abject and the seductive, beauty and the grotesque are all intermingled — their borders confused and overlapping.
Michelle Carla Handel
Event Photos by: Picard Pick Art
Open Perspectives is a forum for artists disabled and not disabled who use art to communicate with the world. We are an inclusive environment honoring the unique work and perspectives of all. Artists and art enthusiasts are invited to participate in this dynamic community, and make a difference in the lives of others.The achievements of our artists are arguably epic in the face of the adversity that they face.