Athena Kargeui’s instantly recognizable aesthetic of wispy, as-if-drawn-by-a-small-child line work was honed, like many young up-and-coming Los Angeles artists, by doing zine and poster illustrations for and drawings of the various characters that revolve around the DIY music scene of L.A. Briefly returning from her self-imposed exile in Lima, Peru, where she recently dropped out of art school, Karguei has assembled some of the brightest and most original artists to spring forth from the scene for S H O W R O O M/D U M M I E S, running from January 1 to the 29th of 2011 at L.A. DIY mecca, The Smell.
Explains Kargeui “The first art-show I curated, in 2008, was called ‘All Up To The Artist’, and if the title doesn’t clue you in, there wasn’t much of a cohesive theme. I felt like a dummy, as if I had no idea what I was doing. Over time, however, I’ve come to see the beauty in not knowing the ‘proper’ way of creating or displaying art. We are all dummies, and the current scene in LA is free of the constraints that might threaten to make us more polished, less interesting artists.”
Not unlike the music scene that has been so instrumental in lending a platform for their art, the artists in question are a wildly disparate bunch, ranging from the acid-addled homeroom sketch grotesquery of Paul Kubasek to Philippe De Sablet’s high contrast love letters to the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it surrealism of every life in Los Angeles. Other featured artists include Cali DeWitt, Janet Kim, Jackie Friedberg, Cassie Grzymkowsky, and Elon L. Etzioni. Opening night will be accompanied by musical performances from like-minded dummies such as Tearist, TIK//TIK, Back to The Future The Ride, and Protect Me.
-Jon Christian Yates// Kevin Skyler
██████████████████████████████████████ Art Show Opening No. 2 (from All Up To The Artist No.1) █████████████████████████████████████
Artists: Andrew Arduini, Ivory Lee Carlson, Garrett Cathey, Claire Cronin, Matt Fishbeck, Aaron Frankel, George Friery, Tall Paul Gellman, Ramona Gonzalez, Athena Kargeui, Hedi El Kholti, Janet Kim, Emily Kuntz, Rachel Detroit Kucsulain, Patrick Kwon, Michael Leon, Jed Ochmanek, Ariel Pink Rosenberg, Kate Stewart, JC Rees, Veronica Shalom, Nathanael Luke Walton, Jean Yaste, Coco Yates and Jason Yates.
Performances by: Alex Black & Samuel White, Ariel Pink Rosenberg, Basement Babies, Black Powder (of Weave), Claire Cronin, Drew Denny (Big Whup!), Embarrassing Powers, Gary Schultz, George Herms, Geneva Jacuzzi, Holy Shit, Jason Grier, Mecca Vazie Andrews, Puro Instinct, Rachel Detroit, Ramona Gonzalez (Nite Jewel) & Julia Holter, Softboiled Eggies, Vibe Central
Video Screenings by: Nick Amato & Friends, Hedi El Kholti (of Deleuze A-Z), Marcos Vera (Mexicali Rose)
Readings by: Bob Branaman, Michael C. Ford, S.A. Griffin, Hedi El Kholti, Michael Leon
December 18th 2010 Opening Night Big Deal Tiny Creatures Doors at 6pm, free before 9pm, $5 after Performances by (in order of appearance): Jason Grier, Embarrassing Powers, Mecca Vazie Andrews, Geneva Jacuzzi Interactive Installations by Claire Cronin, Ivory Lee Carlson, Jean Yaste Bookshelves:Penny-Ante curated for-sale collection of rare & signed books and art catalogues courtesy of Book Soup (West Hollywood). Guest DJ Don Bolles *bring cash for Merch Table: zines, CD's, records, homemade items, and more!
December 21st 2010 Girls Gone Wild! Doors at 6pm, $5 Musical Performances by (in order of appearance): Claire Cronin, Basement Babies, Drew Denny, Puro Instinct, Black Powder, Ramona Gonzalez (Nite Jewel) & Julia Holter Reading by poet S.A .Griffin (at 10pm) Cookies provided by Janet DJ's Cole MGN and SFV Acid *female attire and adornments encouraged
January 4th 2011 Tall Paul's Arts and Crafts Night! Doors at 6pm, $2 for materials Make god's eyes with Tall Paul! Screening curated by Hedi El Kholti (of Deleuze A-Z) Installation by Veronica Shalom
January 8th 2011 A Tiny Creatures Performance Doors at 6pm, Performances start at 7:30pm $5 With Special Guest: George Herms e Performances by Tiny Creatures artists: Rachel Detroit Kucsulain, Ariel Pink Rosenberg Readings by Michael Leon and Mike C. Ford Screening by Nick Amato & Friends, Marco Vera (Mexicali Rose) Guest DJ: Erik Bluhm
Janaury 15th 2011 CLOSING NIGHT Doors at 6pm, $5 Performances by Holy Shit! Vibe Central, Softboiled Eggies, Alex Black and Samuel White New Music by Gary Schultz Readings by Hedi El Kholti (Semiotext(e)) and Bob Branaman DJ's Jimi Hey and Anh Do doors close at midnight
Where: DIY Gallery 1549 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca 90026 www.diygallery.info 213.977.9602 Gallery Hours 12-6pm Tuesday thru Saturday Valet Parking available