Thursday 28, October 2010
Big Deal Tiny Creatures December 18th, 2010
For Immediate Release
***TINY CREATURES UNITES WITH A SHOW ENTITLED: BIG DEAL TINY CREATURES DECEMBER 18th, 2010 at DIY GALLERY IN ECHO PARK****
In December, Tiny Creatures unites with an overflowing series of shows and performances by over two dozen artists, metier ranging from zines, collage, performance art, found object assemblage, to painting and sculpture in their month residence happenings at DIY's indoor/outdoor gallery in Echo Park. Included are a performance by Venice based grandfather of Californian assemblage George Herms; performances by Mecca Vazie Andrews, Geneva Jacuzzi, and Clouds; puppets and music by Embarrasing powers; and Tiny Creatures artists Andrew Arduini, Tall Paul Gellman, Rachel Detroit Kusculain, Garrett Cathey, Matt Fishbeck, Ariel Pink Rosenberg and many others. Audience members will be able to build their own tin hats provided by Claire Cronin, to protect from mind control, alien messages, and any other threatening forces; receive a sand reading from Black Powder's leading lady Ivory Lee Carlson; and explore a temporary space within the gallery by Jean Yaste, co-director of Human Ear, San Francisco. Tiny Creatures are artists, writers, editors, students, devolutionists and performers of dance, art and music; influenced by pre-Platonian philosophy, dada, west-coast art and poetry, psychedelia and decadent literature. “Once a tiny creature always a tiny creature.”
For more info, read below or contact email@example.com
Artists: Andrew Arduini, Ivory Lee Carlson, Garrett Cathey, Claire Cronin, Matt Fishbeck, Aaron Frankel, George Friery, Tall Paul Gellman, Ramona Gonzalez, Hedi El Kholti, Janet Kim, Emily Kuntz, Rachel Detroit Kusculain, Patrick Kwon, Michael Leon, Ariel Pink Rosenberg, Kate Stewart, JC Rees, Nathanael Luke Walton, Jean Yaste, Coco Yates and Jason Yates.
Performances by: Alex Black & Samuel White, Ariel Rosenberg, Clouds, Embarrassing Powers, George Herms, Geneva Jacuzzi, Holy Shit
, Mecca Vazie Andrews, Rachel Detroit, Softboiled Eggies, Vibe Central
December 18th, 2010
Doors at 6pm, a free event
Performances by (in order of appearance): Clouds, Embarrassing Powers, Mecca Vazie Andrews, Geneva Jacuzzi
DJ Don Bolles
January 15th, 2010
Doors at 6pm, a free event
Performances by (in order of appearance): Samuel White & Alex Black, Softboiled Eggies, Holy Shit
, Vibe Central
January 8th, 2011
Doors at 6pm, $5 donation
Performances by: George Herms, Ariel Rosenberg, Rachel Detroit, short film screening by Nick Amato
More special events TBA
DIY Gallery 1549 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca 90026
Gallery Hours 12-6pm Tuesday thru Saturday
Valet Parking available
Vibe Central is Andrew Arduini, a writer and musician from Los Angeles and Chicago.
Since 2004 he has produced possibly hundreds of original recording and visual artifacts, (including complete 'albums' in handmade packaging) most of which are given for free to friends, or archived in various stashes around the city.
His charged literary sensibility and brutalist aesthetics virtually defined the protean community that gave rise to Human Ear. Wildly collaborative and doggedly home-brewed, Vibe Central's sound dissolves on a second or third listen, from caustic noise to a warm, intellectual and spiritual ambience.
Andrew Arduini is a founding member of Human Ear, appearing on a few of its early CD's. Human Ear currently houses a large collection of his archives.--Human-ear.org
Garrett Cathey Southern California artist and surfer, fell under his influences in the countryside.
Claire Cronin is an artist and songwriter whose work blurs the boundaries between psychic and creative processes. She recently composed a series of songs about the vibrations in the Hammer Museum as part of the Machine Project residency, and taught a class on “Art as a Magickal Practice” at Telic’s Public School. Cronin practices her psychic skills in Asher Hartman’s experimental theatre group, Gawdafful, and in other small performances across Los Angeles. Cronin was born in 1985 in Los Angeles, where she continues to live. In her past life, she was an ascetic in a strict order of Catholic nuns.
Matt Fishbeck is an artist and musician living in San Francisco. His visual work arrives, when it does, in various ways -- intervention ("Fags In The Alley"), photofollies (exhibited first at Tiny Creatures in the "Workish" show, and subsequently at other Los Angeles galleries, including Daniel Hug Gallery), sculpture/installation (a photograph of his "We Never Close" is now the cover image for Jean Baudrillard's Fatal Strategies), and self portraiture (150+ "analogues" at Mexicali Rose, for the Tiny Creatures exhibition "Under Alvarado" in Mexicali) are some. He is also the front man and songwriter of the pop group Holy Shit. Fishbeck was born in Santa Monica in 1975 (1998 BA Harvard University, Cambridge, MA).
Paul Gellman is an artist working with sculpture, collage, found objects, paint on canvas and fabrics. As a shredder he has performed with Vibe Central and Softboiled Eggies among other groups. He is a member of The Encounter Group and appeared in Ariel Pink's Haunted Grafitti's latest video. He works as an adjunct professor, lives in Silverlake Los Angeles, and is also known as Tall Paul.
1995 MFA Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
1990 BFA The Cooper Union, New York, New York
Rachel Detroit Kusculain was Born in Royal Oak MI1971. Almost received a BFA from Wayne State University, Detroit MI. Makes Sculpture w/ mixed media, ephemera and paintings on canvas with acrylics. She is also a writer and aspiring craigslist prostitute.
Ariel Pink Rosenberg is a songwriter and recording artist from Los Angeles.
He is a prodigal voice who has been widely released on alternative labels worldwide, including the hallowed 4AD.
In spite of all the attention garnered by his working methods, it is his inventive songwriting, sincerity, wit, and seemingly limitless vocabulary of pop idioms that creates the fervent connection experienced between him and his audience. --Human-ear.org
Rosenberg is a prolific artist and list maker. He was the first artist along with Andrew Arduini to show at Tiny Creatures.
Jean Yaste is an installation artist, poet and musician currently based in San Francisco. Her work calls to question traditional values regarding private property, communal space, temporary autonomous zones and soul shelters. She describes her work as 'pastel survivalism,' and is the other half of experimental electronic music project Clouds.
Jason Yates (born 1972 in Detroit, lives and works in Southern California) is an
His Fast Friends Inc. project involves individually handmade rock posters, latch hook
rugs, novelty stickers, and controlled substances, and his output also includes drawing,
painting, assemblage, sculpture, interior design, furniture design, performance and video.
His body of work is discussed as engaging the issues of behavioral dysfunction,
misinterpretation, and social cannibalism. Yates's work is inspired by as diverse sources
as history, philosophy, politics, underground rock music, vice culture, and graphic
Yates has collaborated with the likes of George Clinton (Parliament/Funkadelic) and
Ariel Rosenburg (Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti) and has received commissions from
various national and international entities such as Christophe Lemaire (Paris), Penny-
Ante Art and Text (Los Angeles), Southern Records (London), Iconoclast Editions
(Cincinnati) and Sound Screen Design (New York). Yates upcoming project: The Party’ s
Over- will be presented by Country Club Projects at the Honor Fraser Gallery in spring of
Yates attended The University of Michigan (BFA) and Art Center (MFA).
As a performance duo, Alex Black and Samuel White incorporate esoteric beliefs within their prop-filled narratives. They often reimagine history through song and ritual practices to create a formative experience using visual, audio, and other sensory elements. Both artists live, work and play in Los Angeles.
Clouds is an experimental electronic music project fronted by Jason Grier, founder of Human Ear, and Jean Yaste.
The hypnotic puppetry and strange sounds of Embarrassing Powers lead the viewer on a mystical journey from a Western wasteland trash can to new heights where flying mutants mingle with a transvestive Vietnam vet and other characters. Timpani beats, flute pulses, Korg samples, and ridiculous synth sounds created by James Hamblin (howardAmb), Rachel Cole (blackblack) and Kelly Coats (LA Fog) create a sonic field for the marionettes of Chicken Skin Ranch (Clark Walter & Camille Bachand) to frolic in.
Geneva Jacuzzi is a performer, songwriter and visual artist from Los Angeles.
She has performed in a number of perfunctory aliases with Ariel Pink, Vibe Central, Black Powder and Jason Grier. From 2004 to 2008 she fronted an insouciant, theatrical synth-pop band called Bubonic Plague. was well-traveled, with a reputation for bringing down the house in independent clubs and art galleries in LA, SF and Paris.
In her solo music she creates painstaking layers of synth and rhythm counterpoint, breathing life into forgotten dance tropes from the 1980's and 1990's. Her amazing, talked-about live performances package it all in her tireless sense of theater. Her intensely layered bricolage album covers have graced discs from Ariel Pink, Human Ear, Big Love and her own vexingly prolific oeuvre. --Human-ear.org
Mecca Vazie Andrews is a dancer and choreographer working and living in Los Angeles.
Pico Rivera Ca. native, born the descendant of Trinidadian immigrants in-line from England. Dance, MOVEMENT and music are both the focus of her study, sociologically and formally. firmly footed creative international and domestic. a steadily building riot since 91. Established in 2006 Mecca V.A is the Artistic Director of The MOVEMENT movement whose mission is to implode/explode and relentlessly unburden the souls of the stories never told thru chunes and moves. Mecca teaches at Loyola Marymount University, Edge Performing Arts Center and Heartbeat House. Recent choreography projects include The Slits, MEN, The Very Best, Steve Fagin's Cloud of Hope, Ebony Bones, Bess Look Book, Center Theater Group and the ballet Astra. Mecca recently made her directing debut with the Downtown event The Series and is psyched on gummy candy, slate grey, bows, and taxidermy.
Tiny Creatures info:
Tiny Creatures began as a record label late 2005, releasing Ariel Pink's Haunted Grafitti's My Molly EP in May of 2006. Tiny Creatures opened its doors as a gallery September 16th, 2006 with works by Ariel Pink Rosenberg, Andrew Arduini, and Matt Fishbeck performing as Holy Shit
. Tiny Creatures since has hosted a dozen art openings, two major happenings, craft's nights, music and dance performances and film screenings and has collaborated with Mexicali Rose in Mexicali, Baja California, Semiotext(e), eighteen thirty gallery, the Smell, Family Bookstore, Human Ear Music and No Age. Tiny Creatures hosted a music school during its last year on Alvarado St, closing doors January 2009 with a show of over two dozen artists, including Skylar Haskard, Michael Rashkow and Alice Konitz. Tiny Creatures is influenced by Dada, Situationist, Psychedelia, Punk, The Beats, Wallace Berman and Decadent Poetry and Literature. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
for more info.
DIY Gallery info:
DIY Gallery is headed by Terrill Lewis from Washington State. Lewis first opened Kipple gallery, named after Phillip K. Dick's phenom in Do Android's Dream of Electric Sheep?, in Bellingham, WA 2005 in a 1914 train car still on its tracks. After its close in 2007, Terrill surfed the waters of Southern California before opening DIY in the Fall of 2007 on Temple St. Echo Park. Working mostly with local artists introduced at Little Joy, including Jason Mason (Dub Club DJ) and the Schultz Brothers, DIY relocated to its current Sunset location February 2010. Expanding to working with other curators and artist from NYC and Paris, DIY encourages collaboration as a process of making art possible. This is DIY's first collaboration with Tiny Creatures. Contact Terrill at 213. 977 9602 www.diygallery.info