Above Image Courtesy LA Art Show. All Other Photos by Geoffrey Dicker Except Where Noted
This is a Guest Post by LA-based Correspondent Geoffrey Dicker
The WorleyGig has gone bi-costal! The Summer Edition of the 25th Annual LA Art Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center has returned as one of the first major art events in Southern California since the pandemic started in 2020. I attended the VIP preview on July 29th to catch a glimpse of what’s on view for West Coast readers of The ‘Gig.
Damien Hirst, Gold Cat From Egypt (Ai Bo Gallery)
The show features an eclectic mix of art, including favorites such as Damien Hirst, massive installations such as The Grind by G Bauerbach (pictured below) and the hottest commodity in the art world, the ubiquitous NFTs (Non Fungible Tokens).
If you happen to live near, or be visiting, the city of Glendale, California — as I was over the Christmas Holidaze — and you also love Neon signs and other types of neon-based artworks, be sure to stop by the Museum of Neon Art. MONA is small museum, just one big room basically, with a rotating collection of vintage neon signs and other neon artworks, as well as temporary exhibits, and its admission price is $10 well-spent for this non-profit venue that also hosts Neon Art Making classes! Towards the rear of the museum gallery is small niche that’s easy to miss if you don’t explore thoroughly (it was pointed out to me by a docent) where you can see vintage plasma tubes and spheres, including the one seen in this post, on which the ubiquitous commercial Plasma Balls that we all owned in the 1980s (I still have mine) were based. Neato.
MONA (Museum of Neon Art) is Located at 216 S. Brand Blvd. (Corner of Caruso) in Glendale, CA 91204
I feel no shame in confessing that the highlight of my day — and I do mean every single day — is the moment I slip into my bed after being swept away by too much TV and snuggle in the darkness with my pillows and comforter until I achieve full comfort, and drift off into a marvelously dream-filled sleep. Because sleeping is my jam. I once had a dream where my bed became a car, and I took to the streets for the day’s adventures with no one seeming to even notice that my vehicle was, in fact, a bed. Unlike those stress-dreams where you are either naked or sitting on a toilet in public, it was awesome.
It is surely no surprise then that the video for “Yoko Ono,” from a brand new LA-based musical duo called Moby Rich (because those are their names) sold me at around the 50 second mark, as Moby (and) Rich take the John-and-Yoko-Bed-In theme to a delightful extreme. I predict you will also sit totally rapt as the duo – still clad in color-coordinating blue pajamas — cruise in their tiwn beds out onto the streets of downtown LA while singing about their dream of finding an ideal other — a “Yoko Ono Muse” if you will — who completes them. Can you even imagine how much fucking fun this video was to film? I can’t even.
Aurally, “Yoko Ono” is a stone groove: a wistful love song floating in on a trip-hop beat that’s just the perfect mix of electronica and blue-eyed soul that would turn Daryl Hall green with envy. I fucking love it, and I think you will as well. “Yoko Ono” the single is out now on TaP Records, and it will eventual show up on the duo’s forthcoming debut EP. Enjoy!
In the 1986 documentary The Unheard Music, filmmaker W.T Morgan brilliantly captured the Los Angeles Punk Scene using the band X as a focal point. This Pink Handheld Radio was featured in the film and included on the promotional items in support of the documentary
Pink Transistor Radio was Photographed as Part of the Exhibit X: 40 Years of Punk in Los Angeles at the Grammy Museum in Hollywood, California.
Do you like Ice Cream? I sure do. If you live in LA and also love Ice Cream, I am giving you a Head’s Up right now that The Museum of Ice Cream is coming to Los Angeles, California from April 22nd to May 29th, and if you don’t buy your tickets well in advance of its opening (read: right fucking now), you, like me, will not be going!
The Museum of Ice Cream’s LA location will be ten times larger that the one last year in NYC (which I could not even score press comps to) and will feature ten imaginative ice cream-related installations such as a Banana Split comprised of ten thousand bananas, a Mint Grow House, a Melted Popsicle Jungle and more.
As of this writing, the run is already sold out through the end of April, but there is availability in May, with tickets available for random timed entries ranging from 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM, each day, except, Tuesdays, when it is closed so that they can clean the swimming pool filled with fake candy sprinkles. Just Kidding, sort of, not really.
Buy Your Tickets for $29 (Adults 13 and up) and $18 (Children 12 and under, or Seniors 60 and up!) at This Link! Tickets include 2 curated ice cream tastings and surprise edible treats!
The Museum of Ice Cream Will be Located at 2018 E. 7th Place, LA CA 90021 from April 22nd to May 29th, 2017.
Equilibrium Rites Image Courtesy of James Stark Photography
Every year, 80 billion honeybees are trucked into California’s Central Valley to pollinate nearly one million acres of almonds trees. This past February was history’s greatest gathering of honeybees, coming at a time when hive populations are facing 44% yearly die-off rates and the state copes with drought. During this mass pollination event, a crew of six women costumed in gold performed a five day 100 mile walk through the desert, interviewing farmers and beekeepers along the way. Part performance art, part ritual, part activism, Equilibrium Rites seeks to raise public awareness of this ecological crossroads to instigate healing and inspire creative response to crisis.
Beginning on Saturday, August 6th, Project Director Meesha Goldberg will exhibit a series of evocative visionary oil paintings based on the ritual walk in an exhibition also entitled Equilibrium Rites at LA’s The Hive Gallery. Also on display will be photographs documenting the performance, taken by renowned punk photographer James Stark, along with a short documentary on the experience, and a display of artifacts by Joanna Brook.
Running concurrently with Goldberg’s solo show will be a bee-themed group show entitled Honey and Venom, which she curated along with gallery director Nathan Cartwright. Participating artists include: Peca, Katelan Foisy, K Lenore Siner, Lana Gentry, Elizabeth Shupe, Kaylee Holz, Theodore Holdt, Inge Vandormael, Liv Rainey-Smith, Kamina Kapow, M de Vena, Denise Bledsoe, Nyahzul Blanco, Evgeniya Golik, Ivonne Escoto, Alex Quintero, Mark Brunner, Joon Alvarado, William J.Dunn, Amanda Sage, Steven “Wireboss” Darden, Nathan Cartwright, Ricardo Ales, and Donna Zoell.
A percentage of all art sales will go towards the establishment of a bee sanctuary in Hawaii, directed by San Francisco bee activist Patricia Algara, who participated in the Equilibrium Rites performance. For more information on the Equilibrium Rites project you can visit This Link.
Equilibrium Rites and Honey and Venom will be on Exhibit through August 26th, 2016, with an Opening Reception that is Free to the Public on Saturday, August 6th, from 8 – 11:00 PM, at The Hive Gallery and Studios, Located at 729 South Spring Street in LA.
I propose that the ideal time to watch and groove to the video for “am2pm” by trance duo Cosmic Gate is just pre-dawn, when you are minutes away from hitting the bed hard after a night of full-on clubbing followed by a delicious, greasy breakfast at the 24-hour diner. Imagine the colorful dreams it would inspire! It is hard to go wrong when you are presenting time-lapse video, and the shifting landscapes — from Death Valley to Los Angeles and back to the Grand Canyon — open up a magnificent headspace to just let the music sink in and do its thing. High-fives all around on this one.
Cosmic Gate is comprised of German producers Claus Terhoeven and Stefan Bossems. With a career spanning well over a decade, the duo have created some of trance’s defining singles, including classics such as “Be Your Sound,”“Fire Wire” and “Exploration of Space.” The globetrotting video was directed by Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic, and “am2pm,” is the first single from Cosmic Gate’s mix compilation series Wake Your Mind Sessions 002, available now via WYM Records (Black Hole Recordings). Enjoy!