Thursday, February 19, 2015

Maria Calandra: Request for Collections

 A request from artist Maria Calandra:

Dear Friends,
I am looking for art collections to draw as an extension of my project Pencil in the Studio for my upcoming show at Sardine Gallery this May. The idea here is that I will be drawing the artworks where they live, as opposed to where they were made. If any of you could put me in contact with someone who has a collection, or if you yourself have a collection for me to draw, it would be a great help. I am hoping to have a mix of both artists’ and collectors’ collections to work with. It would mean drawing for a couple of hours on site, much like the studio visits, and the work would be only for the show and not the blog. Thank you for any help you can provide or leads you can give me. I have attached a couple of studio visit drawings from the past several years as examples. The studio's are of Saira McLaren, Rachel Beach and Jules de Balincourt.

Thank you,
Maria Calandra

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Friday, February 13, 2015

A Secret Restaurant by Math Bass & Lauren Davis Fisher @ Public Fiction, Feb 13th at 7:30 PM

A Secret Restaurant 
by Math Bass & Lauren Davis Fisher with a few special guests & performances...
Public Fiction
749 Avenue 50
LA, CA 90042

February 13th at 7:30 PM

Please make a reservation by emailing

Dinner will have a vegetarian option.

Suggested donation $20-25

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Our Terrible Country @ Artists Space

Our Terrible Country
Artists Space Books & Talks
55 Walker Street

Screening & Conversation: Friday, February 13, 2015, 7:00 PM

Syrian journalist and filmmaker Mohammad Ali Atassi introduces his 2014 documentary Our Terrible Country, produced with photographer Ziad Homsi. This vital and insightful film addresses the stages of the Syrian revolution through the figure of Yassin Haj Saleh, a celebrated intellectual and dissident.

Our Terrible Country developed as a portrait of Haj Saleh after he and his wife, activist Samira Khalil, fled from Damascus to Douma in 2013, a liberated city under siege from pro-Assad forces where Homsi was based. As a strong bond forms between Homsi and Haj Saleh, representing two distinct generations of political and intellectual dissidence in the country, the film becomes a depiction of their beliefs, hopes and helplessness as they together make the dangerous journey first to Raqqa, the Syrian city under the control of IS where members of Haj Saleh's family are based, and then into exile in Turkey.

Filmed over a year in Syria and Turkey, the film highlights the progression of the Syrian Revolution, from its pacifist beginnings to its militarization, the bombardment and destruction of cities by the Syrian regime, and the emergence of extremist Islamist currents and their quest to take hold of the revolution. It is also a compellingly direct view into the lives of those struggling to hold onto a political position within an unrelenting and devastating conflict.

Following the screening of Our Terrible Country, Mohammad Ali Atassi will be in conversation with Iraqi poet, novelist and scholar Sinan Antoon.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

High Desert Test Sites: Gem and Mineral Expo and Pancake Breakfast

High Desert Test Sites: Gem and Mineral Expo and Pancake Breakfast
Riverside Studios
3352 San Fernando Road

LA, CA 90065
(across from LA Zine Fest)

February 14, 2015, 10AM - 5PM
February 15, 2015, 12PM - 5PM

High Desert Test Sites is pleased to announce the HDTS Gem and Mineral Expo and Pancake Breakfast, a fundraising event in Los Angeles to support the Joshua Tree-based nonprofit organization that supports artists and their endeavors to make work that engages directly with a community, culture or landscape. Co-founded by Andrea Zittel, High Desert Test Sites is a non-profit organization that supports immersive experiences and exchanges between artists, critical thinkers, and general audiences – challenging all to expand their definition of art to take on new areas of relevancy. The three part weekend event will feature a gem and mineral sale, a painted rock auction, and a Saturday pancake breakfast.

Pancake Breakfast: On Saturday February 14th, HDTS will host a pancake breakfast.

Gem and Mineral Sale: HDTS will hold its own gem and mineral sale throughout the weekend that will feature a vast array of stones and crystals for sale at every price range, from $1 to $100.

Silent Auction: The two-day event will showcase a silent auction of artist-painted rocks. A selection of artists, including many HDTS artists and collaborators, have contributed original “painted rocks” to be auctioned in support of High Desert Test Sites.

Participating artists include:

Adrienne Adar
Mark Allen
Lisa Anne Auerbach
Katie Bachler
Tanya Brodsky
Jedediah Caesar
Akina Cox
N. Dash
Bob Dornberger
Shari Elf (Art Not Walmart)
Alyse Emdur
Claire L. Evans
Cayetano Ferrer
Katie Grinnan
Emilie Halpern
Steve Halterman
Katie Herzog
Matt Merkel Hess
Bettina Hubby
Daniel Ingroff
Patrick Jackson
Emily Joyce
Alice Könitz
Molly Larkey
Candice Lin
Jay Lizo
Karen Lofgren
Shana Lutker
Aram Moshayedi
Alison O'Daniel
Michael Parker
Corrina Peipon
Paul Pescador
Sarah Rara
Fay Ray
Tyson Reeder
Ry Rocklen
Samantha Roth
Kathleen Ryan
Lindsay August-Salazar
Pascual Sisto
LeRoy Stevens
Glen Steigelman
Julie Tolentino
Amy Yao
Amanda Yates Garcia
Vanesa Zendejas