2020 was an aspirational year; with the start of a new decade, many felt it symbolized a new beginning. Now that COVID-19 has taken over every technophile’s child-hood dream and instability seems to infiltrate us with every ping; what can art have to say during this time of disillusion in 2020? Doesn’t Whine by Blue Moon, opening before the virus crashed into our lives, sold itself in the text accompanying the exhibition as “a love song of warning,” and it seems now even more poignant. The group show at Ochi Projects in Los Angeles looks at decay, anxiety, and grief, leaving an open-ended resolution for the viewer.
The exhibition curated by Alix Vernet and Zoe Koke looks with an archaeological eye at images and objects left over from a recently lost past. John Divola’s photographs of derelict structures juxtaposed against Zoe Koke’s “Red Tide” and “Castle for the Left” by Papademetropolous, suggest an illusory landscape that once held life, but now only seems to expel it.
Alix Vernet’s “Office Ruin,” is composed of upcycled fiberglass ceiling tiles repurposed into a small cornerstone, these bricks have no actual substance or weight and point to the emptiness of culture in corporate culture. Vernet is one of the curators of the exhibition and recently commented that “All these concerns around confinement/quarantine, are things that have historically existed in women’s art practice; including traditions of domestic poetry, sculpture, and activism.'”
A decaying horse, with no head, “Medusa,” bucking in vain, seems a relevant metaphor for the landscape of 2020.
Doesn’t Whine by Blue Moon, includes work by Arielle Chiara, John Divola, Zoe Koke, Ser Serpas, Kamaria Shepherd, Alix Vernet, Bri Williams and Ariana Papademetropoulos at Ochi Project in Los Angeles.
Topical Cream’s friends and family gathered at 50 Bowery rooftop bar to celebrate our 6th anniversary.
Flaunt Magazine picked up the story. Sahra Motalebi’s booming operatic voice greeted our guests, who had to walk through the massive blacked out space to reach the elevator and the party on the top floor.
Nicole Eisenman and Theresa Chromati were honored with custom Ilegal Mezcal cocktails and Whitney Fred, Ren G, Dese Escobar, and Venus X DJ’d. The party mood was gothic Miami with hot pink lighting surrounding palm tree, while friends of Topical Cream arrived in their very best club looks to for the occasion.
Open now until September 16, “Prick up your Ears” is a multi-media enterprise exploring the “ontology of fake” through self-examination of the artists’ own role in the culture industry. Curated by Taylor Trabulus, the exhibition is not so much an inter-communicative presentation of artists working in different mediums as much as it is a pronouncement of their individualities, pasted over the art world’s marriage to the economy and identity. As a deliberate act of incohesion, “Prick up your Ears” appropriately introduces LA to many New York-based artists, and establishes their works as unique in relation to one another, but sharing in the common understanding of the culture-capital pipeline.
“Prick Up Your Ears”
Curated by Taylor Trabulus
4619 W Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016