Doug Aitken: Electric Earth at MOCA Geffen

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Doug Aitken at MOCA Geffen was an incredible and dynamic exhibit. I believe Aitken to be a true Renaissance. His talents are full spectrum. From cinema to installation to sculpture, everything was so aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. His work really touches upon your senses.

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The Art of Circus Freaks

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Recently I threw together a birthday surprise photo shoot for my good friend, Eric Curtis, a brilliant photographer and all around good guy. I gathered what close friends of his I could for this image which was inspired by master of darkness Joel-Peter Witkin. After taking Eric to see the opening reception of the Witkin brothers show, Twin Visions, at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles, I had spawned the idea.  Eric loves JPW and they both hail from New Mexico. Blam! son, it must be done, and so the concept of “Circus Freaks” came about.

Dead bodies are a bit hard to find and dragging them about in public could get a law abiding citizen like myself in trouble, with that said, we had to make do with costumes on hand.  I used my Canon 60D/24-105 L-series lens and had our friend Zach borrow Eric’s own lighting equipment to use for the shoot without his knowledge of what they were really being used for.  The funny thing is Eric actually came to my loft and saw his own equipment in my living room.  He inquired how I had obtained them and with my skills in Jedi mind tricks, I was able to convince him that I had Zach drop the strobes off after he used them so I can “try them out”.  In return, Eric asked if I needed any help. Hah! I can be a manipulative genius for good when the time calls.  Best to have me on your side.

In the end I think it came out super well with the help of everyone on board.  Never under estimate great people, a beautiful day, booze, the old LA Zoo, and Photoshop. The collaboration was a success in so many ways. It was presented to Eric on May 10th with gushing acceptance and love.  Mission accomplished.  Looking forward to more devious photo shoots in the near future. Thank you, Vanessa, Madeline, Reshma, Charles, James, Scott, Leah, Rosco, Hannah, Zach and Laura!

Check out Eric Curtis’ amazing photo skills at: http://www.ericcurtisphotography.com/

Rights to Trample On

 

Always making a statement.  I have been following Spain’s Luz Interuptus for a few years now.  This groups light installations come from all different innovative media’s and I love how renegade they are, art in it’s purist form of expression.  Here with “Rights to Trample On”  they definitely take a political stance for women.

In Spain it seems that the social rights acquired during many years of democracy are in danger of extinction. These rights are considered to be basic by the citizens of evolved societies which we desire to be like, are now being diminished and if we are not careful, will eventually disappear through maneuvers of distraction, which do not deceive almost anyone, who does not want to be fooled.

Not happy with taking away the rights of workers, of the citizens, with reducing education and health care to a minimum and taxes at historical highs, now they are trying to make decisions on the fundamental rights of womenreducing the possibilities de abortion to virtually non-existent.

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Mythical Beast: !Operation Salvation!

Mythical Beast Part 1: Operation Salvation!
Presented by Idol Wild
Music Performed Live by Scott Allen Perry
Original Score by Eric Becker
Filmed and Documented by Eric Curtis
Created and Produced by Artist Micke Tong
Art Performance at Keystone Art Studios, Los Angeles
http://mythicalbeastproject.com

My first live show for MBP since I moved to Los Angeles, Oh yeah, I moved to Los Angeles. So much fun.  Thanks to all who made it out to see the performance.  More to come.

Lorna Mills

Lorna Mills takes popular culture and creates these magnificent and odd GIF animations.  Her digital media art is looping visual candy that mashes up viral image bytes that I can relate to.

“Lorna uses different ways to create her animated GIFs, a well known one is from the huge research she makes on the Internet about viral videos, images and even found GIFs, then she manipulates it to create her animated collages to show to the viewer her own story, her own world.” – Triangulation Blog

See it for yourself!