Performance/Installation 2017
2017 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
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Eugenia Vargas Pereira | Talking Head Transmitters
Curated By Marisa Caichiolo
Presented By Muzeo Anaheim
THE WORK
Deconstructing Liberty: a Destiny Manifested. Explores the configuration of communities and forms of collective identity. This project will act as a dynamic laboratory for each artist to experiment, and examine different aspects as patriotism, community, citizenship, the pursuit of happiness, freedom, equal rights, and activism, using performances, installations, videos, paintings, and photography. The exhibition reflects a great diversity of the American people and society. Coming from many lands, races, ethnicities, and perspectives, Americans have as many dreams and aspirations as people live in this nation.
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Carlos Martiel | Cauce/Riverbed
Curated By Marisa Caichiolo
THE WORK
In his work “Cauce/Riverbed,” the artist exposes the significant challenges faced by immigrants in California and the larger United States. Martiel digs deep into the nature of undocumented immigration and shows how it impacts the lives of some eleven million individuals and their families in the world’s most powerful nation.

His performance is a window to the human tragedy that grossly affects immigrants with low-education levels and limited English language skills, who come to the United States risking their lives as they venture into the dangerous desert in an attempt to cross the Mexico-US border. As Martiel shows, despite the highly-publicized “American Dream,” for these poor and uneducated immigrants, making it alive into US territory does not necessarily guarantee access to better opportunities or to a higher quality of life.
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Norton Maza | Deep Impact: an installation by Norton Maza
Curated By Marisa Caichiolo
THE WORK
With this installation, Maza aims to expand his original artistic proposal and reflect the latest political developments in the US as well as the world’s most urgent immigration concerns. To get his message through to the viewers, the installation will be closely guarded as if it were a treasure.
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Melanie Pullen | Violent Times
Curated By Marisa Caichiolo
Presented By Esthella Provas & Associates, Beverly Hills
THE WORK
The performance Violent Times, by artist Melanie Pullen, is an abstract interpretation that explores both the ceremonial and crude facets of violence, inherent in both nature and the human condition. Pullen, to create a tempo for the extreme nature of the piece, will create a theatrical setting, using the sounds of base bodily functions, including a human heartbeat, and breathing, made in real-time. As the physical sound evolves the performers also fluctuate between the concept of inflicted human torture to barbaric untamed aggression.
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Ramiro Gomez | CUT-OUTS part of FRAGMENTS FROM HOME
Curated By Chon Noriega
Presented by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Part of Fragments From Home, a preview of Home So Different, So Appealing
Opening on June 7, 2017 as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA
THE WORK
The Cut-Outs installation piece, an 8 x 73 foot acrylic on cardboard mural, deals with scenes from Gomez’s West Hollywood neighborhood. Gardeners and pool cleaners tend to the outside, then the mural proceeds inside, depicting housekeepers cleaning the living room, dining room, the bathroom and finally, the bedroom. Playing with negative space and with perspective, Gomez has life-sized cardboard figures emerge from the body of the mural, standing alone in the space, confronting the viewer. The piece functions as a still-life of affluent Los Angeles.
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Raphael Montañez Ortiz
Piano Destruction Ritual: Cowboy and Indian, Part Two
Couch Destruction: Angel Release (Pennies from Heaven)
Shred Your Worries part of FRAGMENTS FROM HOME
Curated By Chon Noriega
Presented by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Part of Fragments From Home, a preview of Home So Different, So Appealing
Opening on June 7, 2017 as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA
THE WORK
There is Passive ART and Active ART. Active ART requires you to participate.

PIANO DESTRUCTION RITUAL: COWBOY AND INDIAN, PART TWO
Participatory Performance. Background Sound Thunder and Lighting. The Piano is a powerful instrument of sound to convey the message of Sacrifice I wish to convey to the Universe. The Sounds of its Destruction gives full voice to Sacrifice: To the Destruction Creation in it cycle of Creation is giving us time to understand the preciousness of Mortal Life that it never be given up to or for Sacrifice of any kind…

View Couch Destruction: Angel Release (Pennies from Heaven)
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Louis Hock | a wall
Curated By Chon Noriega
Presented By UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
THE WORK
Made from recycled paper pulp bricks, Louis Hock’s temporary installation, “a wall”, will extend 90 feet through the venue interrupting the visual experience and disorienting the circulation of visitors within the space. This installation urges visitors to consider current political discourse around borders and immigration as they experience a familiar space that is visually and physically divided.
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Mella Jaarsma | The Carrier
Presented By Baik Art
THE WORK
Mella Jaarsma’s wearable sculpture The Carrier addresses the fleeting nature of all living things, especially the temporality of humans and their urgent need to escape their current situation or move from place to place. She notes how the human condition of gathering experiences without knowing why, collecting possessions, and fearing death while longing for immortality impacts every living human being. We live in a world in which people are on the move as travelers, vacationers, explorers, and even migrants fleeing the oppressors of their beloved homelands. Today, in capitalist-driven environments, merchants and their consuming masses can be considered carriers of cultures on the move from country border to country border, some of them on the run from oppressors and dictators begging the question: What do I take and what do I leave behind?
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Scherezade Garcia | In My Floating World
Presented by MOLAA
THE WORK
“In my Floating World, Landscape of Paradise”, a soft sculpture, Garcia collected inner tubes in different sizes and in a variety of shades of blue. She also bandaged the surface of some of the inner tubes with photographic images of the sea on which she has drawn a variety of symbols from her visual repertoire that refer to the memory of the sea. She composed a floating landscape with these inner tubes, creating a randomly organic form connected by electrical ties, sometimes tied very tightly, a suggestion of the struggles hidden within the deep blue beauty. Also each of the inner tubes carries an airport baggage tag that identifies the intended destination of the waves, which is New York, alluding to the contemporary promised land of the free.
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Rob Grad, Carlos Grasso, Gina M, Daena Title, Sue Irion, Mette Tommerup,
Robert Chambers and , Marleine van der Werf and Frederik Duerinck.
PING PONG 2017
Presented By Los Angeles Art Association
THE WORK
Los Angeles Art Association is proud to present Ping Pong 2017, a multi-destination, cross-cultural collaboration featuring artists from Los Angeles, Miami and Basel at the 2017 LA Art Show. PING PONG is an independent exhibition project for contemporary art founded in 2007 to cultivate artistic exchange between Basel, Miami and Los Angeles.
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Narcissister | Narcissister, Untitled
Curated By Ace Gallery
THE WORK
Narcissister is an American artist based in Brooklyn who works in live performance, video, and photography to explore issues of gender, racial identity, and sexuality. Through eroticism and humor, Narcissister questions fetishism and related fixed racial and gendering stereotypes. Narcissister wears a mask in all performances, videos, and photographs.
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Bus Station
Yi Hwan Kwon
Presented by Cmay Gallery
Yi Hwan Kwon’s eccentric and arresting sculptures and environmental installations are both the sites and the triggers for an explosion of cognitive and visceral dissonance. Cheerfully brimming with paradox, his distorted statuary of modern people have the immediacy and surprise energy of Pop Art, but none of its flashy, high-calorie excesses. Instead, these object-images offer nuanced disorientation; they are as much about direct experiential materiality as they are about deracinated, mediated perceptions. They offer poetic personal narrative and socio-political analysis. They speak simultaneously in the languages of art history and science fiction. Like Helen of Troy, each of his faces launch 1,000 ships of inquiry.

To Yi Hawn-kwon’s mind, the dominant quality of modern existence is tension. We exist in a kind of self-made limbo between isolation and connection, individual and society, real and virtual, phenomenon and invention, in which everything is flattened, condensed, trapped and made relative. In his illusionistic manipulations of the human body – as represented by an eclectic array of exemplar citizens both anonymous and archetypal – Yi Hwan-kwon seeks to give durable physical form to a cluster of ideas about energy and cognition.
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Harry Gamboa Jr. / Chicano Male Unbonded
Presented by Autry Museum of the American West
THE ARTIST AND THE WORK
Photographer, essayist, and performance artist Harry Gamboa Jr. calls into question the relationship between the stereotypes of the Chicano male and the far more diverse community of artists, writers, academics, performers, and other creative thinkers who identify as Chicano in his Chicano Male Unbonded series. Photographed at night and situated within various aspects of Los Angeles’s distinctive urban geography, his subjects together comprise the Chicano avant-garde.
Marcella Ernest in Collaboration with Kelli Mashburn
Reduction 2016
Three Channel Video Production
Presented by Autry Museum of the American West
THE WORK
Using a combination of moving and still imagery, color film and black and white photography, narration and music, Reduction explores the combined environmental, visual, and metaphorical significance of fire as both a living process and a cultural tool from the perspective of two Native American artists, and was designed in conversation with the nearby Human Nature exhibition.

THE ARTISTS
Marcella Ernest and Keli Mashburn have over twenty years of experience working with Native communities and landscapes. Concerned with the impact of residential and commercial development on Native lands, their work speaks to the ability of Native people to thrive in complex and contemporary settings through ceremony, tradition, and cultural connections, and by creating a dialogue between state, federal, and tribal institutions.