25 Alternative L.A. Art Spaces to Check Out Now
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Concord Space: Our warehouse, in the middle of our street
Concord, a newer space that I got wind of through Facebook event invites, consistently comes up with catchy ideas, such as a bingo tournament with art for prizes, a concert that featured a form of Taiwanese surf-rock performed with puppetry, and an "immersive literary event" in which writers were stationed throughout the warehouse-like house, offering private poetry readings. The events are organized by the rotating mix of people who live in five bedrooms -- currently there are two artists, a writer, an architect and a "depth psychologist." 1010 N. San Fernando Road, Cypress Park. (818) 649-0189, concordspace.com.
Courtesy Favorite Goods Favorite Goods is ready for its all-night, experimental music sleepover event
Favorite Goods: Mi casa es su art space
Located on the second story of a building on Chung King Road in Chinatown, this new space won us over back in December with a "sleep concert" in which visitors were invited to sleep over at the gallery while live experimental music played all night long. Directors Ryan Fabel and Audrey Moyer, who have done a lovely job of building out a portion of their home to start this space, met in Berlin two years ago and moved to L.A. only last March. They've already made inroads into the local art community and plan to host shows of out-of-town artists. 936 ½ Chung King Road, Chinatown; favoritegoodslosangeles.com.
Carol Cheh Artist Jason Manley built this amazing trick bookshelf to hide the entrance to Jaus' bathroom during the run of the group show "Home on La Grange"
Jaus: No, the Spanish pronunciation
When artist Ichiro Irie bought a small residential lot in a tree-lined neighborhood of Santa Monica, it was populated with a collection of run-down shacks. He enlisted noted architect Ken Tanaka, a family friend, to design a new set of buildings for his family to live in, including Jaus, a space for exhibitions. The name "Jaus" is the Spanish phonetic spelling for the word house -- something Irie coined for the name of an arts magazine he once ran in Mexico City. Irie maintains many international ties, and recent exhibitions have spotlighted artists from Japan and France. Jaus' opening receptions are always jovial affairs that tend to spill over into the late hours. 11851 La Grange Ave., Santa Monica. (424) 248-0781, jausart.com.
Summercamp's ProjectProject: Like Meatballs if Bill Murray were Andy Warhol
Summercamp's ProjectProject is such a likable idea -- a group of crazy kids, living in a big-ass house in El Sereno, using their work-light summer months to put together shows right in their own backyard (literally). And what a backyard it is! Some of the most memorable works have made epic use of the enormous, sloping hill. Mercedes Teixido's hilarious Sisyphus and Newton was a huge, inflatable boulder that visitors could push either up the hill or down. Ryan Lamb's video Chasing Myself featured people running up and down the slope to the tune of the Star Trek battle theme. Summercamp's three directors are having intense, all-night meetings to map out their 2012 programming, scheduled to start June 3. summercampprojectproject.blogspot.com
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