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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.

Installation View, Zoe Koke and Bri Williams Doesn’t Whine by Blue Moon, OChi Projects Los Angeles.

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.

Zoe Koke, Red Tide, 2019 C Print 36x52in (91.4×132.1cm) OG2474.

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.'”

Installation View, Alix Vernet and John Divola, Doesn’t Whine by Blue Moon, OChi Projects, Los Angeles

A decaying horse, with no head, “Medusa,” bucking in vain, seems a relevant metaphor for the landscape of 2020.

Bri Williams, Medusa, 2018, soap, carousel horse, rubber paint, rhinestones, 36x48in

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.

Lyndsy Welgos, Avena Gallagher

Nicole Eisenman and friends sip on her custom Mezcal cocktail of Mezcal on the rocks, designed by Topical Cream. The artist added “clam juice” to perfect the recipe.

Venus X headlined the birthday party in an amazing fringe cowgirl jacket.

Topical Cream friends and family.

Party hostsesses Marcella Zimmermann and Lyndsy Welgos smile for a pic.

Dese Escobar DJ’d into the night.

Founder Lyndsy Welgos, creates a fire parade for the Topical Cream birthday cake for our 400 or so guests.

Theresa Chromati hanging out with artist Devin n Morris.

Ren G on deck.

50 Bowery features two giant rooftop lounges for guests to take a break from the dancefloor.

Photography by Alyssa Weilenman

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