The mecca, California opens at The Lodge March 17

The mecca, California

Saturday, March 17th – Saturday, April 7th, 2018

Opening Saturday, March 17th, 6-9pm

Eastern Star Gallery in partnership with The Lodge

www.thelodge.la

The Eastern Star Gallery of the Archer School for Girls and The Lodge are pleased to present The mecca, California, an installation exploring the relationship between enlightenment, spirituality, and humanism in Southern California.

For years, dreamers have traveled west to Southern California in search of its magic. California promises direction, empowerment, and great spiritual illumination: those who journey here embrace the beauty of the now and the opportunity to find, or lose themselves. California’s free spirited aura creates the sense that anything is possible and that limitless hope drives us to pursue new horizons. The sun is at the forefront of life in California, shining brilliantly and reawakening the collective Californian spirit. Waves of change have propelled California’s history forward through vast and visionary ideas. Although Los Angeles is always moving through the environments of beach, freeway and desert, it was a sleepy town in the 1960s and 70s. California comes alive through the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water, and artists have been moved in varying modes and degrees by all four over time.

This show includes the work of 15 California artists including Chad Attie, Alexandra Grant, Shane Guffogg, Tim Hawkinson, Bettina Hubby, Soo Kim, Alice Könitz, Friedrich Kunath, Johnston Marklee, Fawn Rogers, Ed Ruscha, Allison Schulnik, Samantha Thomas, Richard Louderback, and Eric Yahnker.

Performance of The Words of Others at the Pérez Art Museum Miami February 15

Performance of The Words of Others at the Pérez Art Museum Miami
Thursday, February 15, 2018
1:00pm – 9:00pm

www.pamm.org/calendar/2018/02/words-others

Join X Artists’ Books for the second full live reading in English of artist Leon Ferrari’s seminal 1967 publication Palabras ajenas (The Words of Others)—an important Vietnam-era antiwar piece written in the form of a dramatic script. The Words of Others was Ferrari’s first literary collage, composed as an extensive dialogue among various characters, including President Lyndon B. Johnson, Adolf Hitler, Pope Paul VI, and God. The resulting chorus will be read over the course of eight hours by local community figures, artists (including X Artists’ Books co-founder Alexandra Grant), and actors and will take place in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition The Words of Others: León Ferrari and Rhetoric in Times of War.

Open to the public. Free with museum admission. Seating begins at 12:45pm.

To order The Words of Others, click here.

Image: León Ferrari’s collection of clippings and newspapers with quotations used in Palabras ajenas (1967). Pablo Ferrari Archive, São Paulo. Photo: Pablo Ferrari.

Shadows opens at Galerie Gradiva in Paris November 2

Shadows

Galerie Gradiva, Paris

November 3rd – 29th

Opening November 2nd, 6-9pm

www.photosaintgermain.com/parcours/galerie-gradiva

As part of the Photo Saint Germain Festival, Galerie Gradiva is pleased to announce Shadows, a collaboration by Alexandra Grant and Keanu Reeves.

“Alexandra Grant’s drawings first came into dialogue with Keanu Reeves’s poetry in Ode To Happiness, published by Steidl in 2011. Five years later, the artists renewed their collaboration with Shadows (Steidl, 2016), in which photographs and poetic writing meld in a single work of art.

Shadows is a photosensitive encounter between an artist-photographer and an actor-poet. In a ritual dance, he offers up to her gaze his feelings, failures, wounds, and raw power. His shadow is born from light. Rather than obscuring the light he moves incessantly around her and her camera’s lens. His shadow shapes and reshapes itself, taking the form and telling the story of an ancient deity, an errant ghost, a beast and an eternal source of light, warmth and protection.

In Shadows she allows us to see his body’s double, his soul, which cannot be captured otherwise. Shadows are truths from beyond our present moment, from time immemorial, the time of myth. They are a subtle presence which invite us, as viewers, to understand that the hereafter is here and now; they provide us a possible telepathic link across the depths of what we fear encountering most, our desire.

His shadow never ceases moving or lets itself be caged or trapped in one pose or another. His hands are those of a earth-bound magician, one who transforms clay into tiny figures that become men when he breathes life into them. There is neither darkness nor guile in the shadow; it emanates white or colored light, auguring only possibility. From the perspective of her lens, his shadow doesn’t haunt or glide by like a ghost; it flickers like a fire full of life, a crackling force. As an image, it doubles upon itself, superimposes one iteration upon another as an optical illusion, a game, the trace of an apparition.

His shadow reveals itself to be fragile, wavering across the liminal bounds of our present, ready to disappear at any moment. To capture this vulnerability the artist stays open and aware, but at a safe distance, ready to tame, assuage, and reassure the shadow with her camera and her self that he won’t become prey, that she will preserve his liberty to come and go at any moment.

Seeing Shadows is like hearing a long poem recited in the dancing of two bodies, one tangible, the other ethereal. The lyrics are delivered like a prayer from the depths, a prophetic song filled with light that reveals what we, as humans, do not know yet.”

— Valérie Fougeirol, Curator of the exhibition.

Image: Shadow (11), after Keanu Reeves’s “I can’t say all I want to say,” 2016. Acrylic pigment printed on Arches velour paper rough, 60” x 40”. Edition of 2 with 1 AP. Printed in Germany by Gerhard Steidl.

 

Announcing X Artists’ Books

X Artists’ Books launches in Los Angeles
www.xartistsbooks.com

Announcing X Artists’ Books, a small press focusing on artists’ books and collaborations. XAB’s books are works of art; portals to imagined worlds; treasured companions; the fabric of a community. This year will see the release of our first four projects, which demonstrate the range of our interests as well as our core commitments to emotional courage, intellectual rigor, and aesthetic and material integrity:

The Artists’ Prison, with text by Alexandra Grant and drawings by Eve Wood, imagines the art world in a Kafkaesque future state, where creativity can be a criminal offense and art making, a punishment.

High Winds is an adults’ picture book for sleepless nights. Text by Sylvan Oswald and imagery by Jessica Fleischmann combine to chart a phantasmagorical road trip through kaleidoscopic Western landscapes and vivid emotional terrain.

The Words of Others (Palabras ajenas) is the first full English translation of Argentine artist León Ferrari’s literary masterpiece (1967), an uncompromising critique of military aggression in the context of the Vietnam War. The text is edited by Ruth Estévez, Miguel A. López, and Agustín Diez Fischer, and translated by Jen Hofer, Román Luján, and Tupac Cruz. The editors are also the curators of an exhibition centered on this important work by Ferrari, opening September 16, 2017, at the gallery at REDCAT as part of Pacific Standard Time’s LA/LA initiative. A reading of the full text will be staged in the theater at REDCAT, September 16, 1–9 p.m.

(Zus), by French photographer Benoît Fougeirol, explores the harsh paradoxes of the marginalized suburban zones of Paris, reflecting on their stubborn vitality and their dereliction—and the failures of collective imagination that they represent. The publication of (Zus), which includes an essay by Jean-Christophe Bailly, will coincide with the appearance of Fougeirol’s work in a major exhibition of photography exploring the changing landscapes of France at the Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, opening October 24, 2017.

Become a subscriber and receive the full complement—save money, join our community, and help bring books into the world. The X Artists’ Books 2017 subscription includes The Artists’ Prison, High Winds, The Words of Others (Palabras ajenas), and (Zus).

To learn more about XAB and our books, to join our mailing list and let us know what books are to you, please visit: www.xartistsbooks.com.

 

Press:

Agatha French, “Books as an Artistic Proposition,” LA Times, www.latimes.com/books/la-ca-jc-keanu-reeves-artists-books-20170719-story.html

“Taking Lena Home” as part of LAND’s “Frame Rate” June 29

Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND)

“Frame Rate” – Alexandra Grant presents “Taking Lena Home”

www.nomadicdivision.org/exhibition/frame-rate-3-artists-3-evenings/

Thursday, June 29, 7pm

Blue Roof Studios
7329 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90003

Los Angeles Nomadic Division is pleased to present the West Coast Premiere of “Taking Lena Home,” Alexandra Grant’s 2016 documentary about the return of a stolen tombstone to rural Nebraska.

RSVP to: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSfaWwPyQPYjRv9K01…/viewform

Conference: “Cixous: Corollaires d’une signature / Corollaries of a Signature”

“Cixous: Corollaires d’une signature / Corollaries of a Signature”

Paris, Maison Heinrich Heine, Cité internationale universitaire
June 14, 15 and 16

www.univ-paris8.fr/Cixous-Corollaires-d-une-signature-Corollaries-of-a-Signature

The conference “Cixous: Corollaires d’une signature / Corollaries of a Signature” about the work of French philosopher Hélène Cixous will take place at the University of Paris June 14, 15 and 16. Artist Alexandra Grant will speak Friday, June 16 about the “Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest” and a “Cixousian Methodology for Participatory Art Projects”

#helenecixous #corollairesdunesignature #corollariesofasignature

New grantLOVE x Alisa Ratner prints to benefit X-TRA

Above: LOVE (multi), 2017, letterpress on Shikishi paper, 9 ½” x 11″, edition of 35

Alexandra Grant and the grantLOVE project are teaming up again with master printer Alisa Ratner on a new series of grantLOVE prints to benefit X-TRA Contemporary Art Journal.

The grantLOVE symbol is Alexandra Grant’s trademarked brand for philanthropy in the arts. The grantLOVE project is an artist-driven philanthropic project that produces and sells original artworks and editions to benefit artist projects, arts non-profits and art education. www.grantlove.com

Alisa Ratner is a master printer based in Los Angeles who works with letterpress. She has collaborated with artists such as Sam Falls, Alexandra Grant and Emily Mast.

A percentage of the profits from the sale of these works goes to benefit X-TRA Contemporary Art Journal. X-TRA’s mission is to provoke critical dialogue about contemporary art. Founded in 1997, X-TRA is the longest running art journal in Los Angeles. Edited by a collective of artists and writers, X-TRA presents expansive features, historical essays, commissioned artist’s projects, interviews, columns, and substantive reviews. X-TRA is published in print and digital-reader format, and the complete archive is available online. www.x-traonline.org

Above: LOVE (purple), 2017, letterpress on Shikishi paper, 9 ½” x 11″, edition of 35 www.grantlove.com/collections/frontpage/products/grantlove-x-alisa-ratner-love-print-purple

Above: LOVE (white), 2017, letterpress on Shikishi paper, 9 ½” x 11″, edition of 35 www.grantlove.com/collections/frontpage/products/grantlove-x-alisa-ratner-love-print-2017-white

“Antigone is you is me” at the Archer School for Girls

Antigone is you is me

Eastern Star Gallery at the Archer School for Girls

January 18 – February 18, 2017

Opening February 2

www.archer.org/page/news-detail?pk=864588

The Eastern Star Gallery is pleased to present Antigone is you is me, a participatory project with artist Alexandra Grant. Antigone is you is me is a text written by Grant and her sister Florence Grant that captures the ancient Greek myth Antigone in a contemporary scene. The part-poetry, part-dialogue, part-literary text imagines Antigone and her sister Ismene as two teenagers in Los Angeles. The exhibition is a community-based project that involves the entire Archer community to participate in illustrating this text. Students, teachers, and faculty will read the text as well as contemplate the Post-it notes containing keywords from the text in order to begin their drawing. A participant’s drawing experience, while limitless, is challenged to work with other artists around them and learn how to have each work flows into the other. Finally, every person who participates in the making of Antigone is you is me will be named alphabetically in the final presentation of the piece on Thursday, February 2. This is a place of hospitality, creativity, and experimentation.

The driving quote for this project is from the original story of Antigone: “I was born to love not to hate.” The final piece, with over 400 participants, captures a particular moment in time from the perspective of teenage girls, from the historic Women’s Marches across the globe to the inauguration of President Donald Trump.The Eastern Star Gallery is a unique art exhibition space located on the campus of The Archer School for Girls, an independent middle and high school in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. On Thursday, February 2, Archer will host a public gallery opening and reception for the artist.

Images by Brian Forrest.Press:

Antigone is you is me: Q&A with artist Alexandra Grant

http://archeroracle.org/29410/arts-entertainment/antigone-is-you-is-me-qa-with-artist-alexandra-grant/

Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest Catalog

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Published in 2016 by 18th Street Arts Center and designed by Jessica Fleischmann, the catalog documents the Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest, a multi-faceted participatory project organized by Los Angeles-based artist Alexandra Grant in collaboration with the French writer and philosopher Hélène Cixous.

A book launch will be held at 18th Street Arts Center on Sunday, December 4th, 2016, from 2-5pm. Please RSVP here.

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Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest were two exhibitions that took place in 2013 at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, CA and Mains d’Œuvres in Saint-Ouen, France. Structured as a residency and an exhibition at each venue, Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest extended Grant’s studio practice into the arena of public engagement. The exhibitions included public drawing sessions to translate Cixous’s novel “Phillipines” into a large-scale work in each gallery via reading groups, artist collaborations, lectures and performances. The twin exhibitions were co-curated by Pilar Tompkins Rivas, Isabelle Le Normand, and Ann Stouvenel. The Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest catalog includes essays by Alexandra Grant, Robert Nashak, Pilar Tompkins Rivas, a public conversation by Alexandra Grant and Hélène Cixous, and a letter from Hélène Cixous.

The Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest catalog is available at Arcana books: www.arcanabooks.com

Michael Barnard’s “Interior Forest by Alexandra Grant” is a 13 minute film that documents the creation of this unusual communal artwork over the period of several months at the 18th Street Arts Center Main Gallery in 2013. The film includes an in-depth interview with Alexandra Grant, the creator and lead artist of the project. It also includes interviews with several of the participating artists, including Steve Roden, Renee Petropoulos, Channing Hansen, and Annelie McKenzie/Tina Linville.

Taking Lena Home at Film Streams, Omaha on August 16

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TAKING LENA HOME
Screening and discussion
August 16, 2016, at 7pm
Film Streams, Omaha, NE
www.filmstreams.org/film/taking-lena-home/

On Tuesday, August 16, 2016, at 7 pm, Film Streams, Omaha Public Library, and the Greater Omaha Genealogical Society will present a special screening of the documentary TAKING LENA HOME at the Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Mike Fahey Street, followed by a post-show discussion featuring the film’s director, Alexandra Grant.

In 2000, Los Angeles-based artist Alexandra Grant came across a curious object in a Wyoming junk shop: the tombstone of Lena Davis, a baby girl who died in 1880. Inexplicably drawn to the stone, she took it home, where it sat in her studio. Years later, she began a quest to discover the origins of the headstone, a mission that led her all the way to Polk, Nebraska, and an adventure in first-time filmmaking. TAKING LENA HOME documents the marker’s return to its rightful place, as well as Grant’s journey from owner of the stone to its caretaker.

After the movie, Film Streams Deputy Director Casey Logan will moderate a panel discussion with Grant; Cindy Drake, Nebraska History Library Curator and Statewide Cemetery Registry Coordinator, Nebraska State Historical Society; and Julie Middendorf, a genealogy enthusiast who solved the mystery of Lena’s provenance.

For more information: www.facebook.com/TakingLenaHome/

TAKING LENA HOME trailer:

Tickets for this special screening at Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater are $9 general; $7 for students, seniors, teachers, military, and those arriving by bicycle; and $4.50 for Film Streams Members. Advance tickets can be purchased at http://bit.ly/29VrQst or through the Film Streams Box Office, in person or at 402-933-0259 x15.  For more information, questions or requests, please contact Patrick Kinney at (402) 933-0259 x 11 or patrick@filmstreams.org.

The screening and discussion are part of Film Streams’ Community Development Program, which facilitates partnerships with other nonprofits and community groups on film-related events that speak to their missions and programming.

Film Streams is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the cultural environment of the Omaha-Council Bluffs area through the presentation and discussion of film as an art form. For more information, visit www.filmstreams.org.

Omaha Public Library strengthens Omaha communities by connecting people with ideas, information, and innovative services. For more information, visit http://omahalibrary.org/.

The Greater Omaha Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization whose purpose is (1) to unite those persons interested in the pursuit and study of genealogy and family history; (2) to encourage the preservation of public and private records; and (3) to promote programs of education which support the growth and development of these fields. For more information, visit https://gogsmembers.wordpress.com.