25 Alternative L.A. Art Spaces to Check Out Now
|Evelena Ruether, right, serves up some tasty vegan cake at Control Room|
Control Room: Curating via email and other experiments
As its name suggests, Control Room is a bit of a conceptual experiment, as directors William Kaminski and Evelena Ruether are interested in playing with the various factors in the organizing of an exhibition. Case in point: the first L.A. iteration of "BCC," a curatorial concept started in Germany, in which artists are asked to respond to a prompt by sending digital files to the curators, who then realize a show based on those files alone. The results were kind of scattered, kind of unreadable yet with moments of clarity that were curiously compelling. The streets around Control Room, located in an obscure corner of downtown, have recently come to life with new pizza and beer joints that are handy for postshow socializing. 2006 E. Seventh St., L.A.; control-room.org.
Carol Cheh Eli Langer dresses up Night Gallery with his exhibition "A Practical Approach to Spontaneous Painting and Modeling"
Night Gallery: Stay up late on a weekday
Night Gallery, which is open only between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., Tuesday through Thursday, has already become something of a local legend. As its statement poetically puts it, "Inspired by the shift that Los Angeles undergoes each night, it is a space that values soulfulness, danger and breath." Its shows are always atypical selections of work by emerging artists, and its openings feel looser and more adventurous than any standard gallery's. The gallery is run by Mieke Marple and Davida Nemeroff; recent highlights there include Marina Pinsky's leathery works, which emit dance music when you get close to them. 204 S. Avenue 19, Lincoln Heights; nightgallery.ca.
Carol Cheh "The Thirteenth Grade," Mary Anna Pomonis' collaborative painting experiment at PØST
PØST: A legend returns, kamikaze-style
Founded in 1995 by artist HK Zamani, PØST is an important part of L.A.'s contemporary art history. In its original incarnation (POST without the strike-through), it was known as a go-to spot to see work by important young artists, some of whom went on to show in the Whitney Biennial. After a four-year hiatus to focus on his own artwork, Zamani reopened PØST in 2005 with an even more radical agenda: a monthlong series of one-night Kamikaze exhibitions, in which a different curator was invited to program a show each night. Events have included Doug Harvey's balls-out art/music/performance/film extravaganza; a thoughtful discussion exploring what was wrong with the Pacific Standard Time initiative; and a couple dozen artists collaborating on a live painting experiment. 1904 E. Seventh Place, L.A. (213) 488-1280, post-la.com.
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