Five Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Vibrating Musical Beds
Photo by Gaea Woods, courtesy of the artist and Francois Ghebaly Gallery View of Neil Beloufa's "Speaking About Best"
This week, an artist revisits a fashion designer's flirtation with pop and a radio station will broadcast in a museum whisper.
5. Keeping your voice down
KCHUNG, the radio station mostly run by art-affiliated people, is like a long-term experiment in free associations and slight distortions, with shows with names like "fallopian utopia" and "zen mafia." Currently, the station is in-residence at the Hammer Museum and twice this week and next it will air "whisper reports." DJ John Burtle will go into galleries to interview staff and visitors and report on museum fashion. All this will be done in a gallery-appropriate whisper. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Wstwd., and around town; Sept. 19, 21, 26, 28, 2-2:30 p.m. (310) 443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu.
4. Looking smart
When designer Halston partnered with JC Penney early in the 1980s, it was something of a first: a couture name making clothes for the masses. The ads for the match all said, "You're Looking Smarter Than Ever." One showed a lady in bold pink pantyhose, a matching pink dress and white hat striding across the street. Artist Chris Lipomi includes a poster-size version of that image in his new installation at LAX Art, a visual and tactile exploration of what happens when high-art aesthetics meet the mainstream. 2640 S. La Cienega Blvd.; through Oct. 19. (323) 868-5893, laxart.org.
3. Feeling music more than ever
You are welcome to bring your earphones and balloons to sound artist Alan Nakagawa's installation at East L.A. Rep this weekend. But if you don't, balloons and headphones will be provided at the door. A live electro-acoustic performance will be happening inside, meaning there will be a mesh of familiar and less-familiar sounds wafting around. But you'll feel them more than you'll hear them, through the balloons vibrating in your hands or through the sound suits visitors can take turns wearing and sound beds they can take turns laying on top of -- like "laying on top of a cello," Nakagawa says. 1350 San Pablo, East L.A.; Sat., Sept. 21, 5-10 p.m.; suggested donation $5. (323) 804-0996.
2. Fighting words
The centerpiece of "Antagonistic," York Chang's installation at Commonwealth and Council, is an email exchange that may or may not have actually played out. Printed papers are laid out on top of a wooden table under cracked glass. Read right to left to get the story from the beginning: Chang has asked artist Gustavo Raynal for a few collages, made of cut-up portraits of corporate executives. Chang says he wants to include them in a show; Raynal says he destroyed them. Chang says he photographed them at Raynal's studio; might he show the photos? Raynal feels violated. The antagonism escalates, until Chang says he's showing his photos and Raynal says he'll be at the opening with a hammer. The photos of collages hang on the wall, and the whole thing feels irksome -- a clash of egos and ethics over what, exactly? -- but it sticks with you, which must be what Chang wants. 3006 W. Seventh St.; through Sept. 28. (213) 703-9077, commonwealthandcouncil.com.
1. Same but different
Ghebaly Gallery, the space run by Francois Ghebaly, started out in Chinatown, moved into a muffler shop in Culver City in 2009 and now has an impressively big space by the Dames and Games nightclub downtown, adjacent to the space the young-and-growing Night Gallery opened in January. It'll wait to renovate until this first show, Neil Beloufa's "Speaking About Best," is over. Right now, there's just one funny found-object in the cavernous, garagelike main space, with everything else installed in smaller side spaces. In one gallery are Beloufa's outlet sculptures, funny terrains carved on wood and framed and hung like a painting, with pristine white outlets installed in them and cords hanging down. In another, two flat-screens installed amidst a hodge-podge of materials just a bit too twisted to be functional play his Real Estate videos, in which an eager agent tries to sell the same tiny apartment to a wide range of prospects, changing the pitch each time. 2245 E. Washington Blvd.; through Nov. 2. (310) 280-0777, ghebaly.com.
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