is pleased to present the second part of Sunshine Quoi?,
a series of conversations bringing together the people behind
some of the most exciting artists' spaces and projects in
Los Angeles. The events aim to develop a social and intellectual
mapping of these venues to begin to formulate a deeper awareness
of the myriad of experimental practices in art production
occurring in Los Angeles, but not always evidenced in its
more conventional spaces. The series will culminate in a
published project with contributions from each participant.
Following the success of Temporary Contemporaries, Sunshine
Quoi?'s first installment which explored various models
and strategies adopted by three young artists' run spaces,
ART2102 invites you to join Machine Project, The Mountain
School of Art, The Sundown Salon and the Society for the
Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS)
in Sunshine Quoi?: Common Sense.
Presenting four organizations which create a context for
exchange at the core of their programming, the conversation
will focus on the projects' role as catalyst for discussion
with the objective of creating community, often through
events rather than exhibitions. Calling into question the
presentation modes of contemporary practice, they have successfully
fostered a dynamic dialogue between artists and audiences,
while further developing the relationship between art and
technology, providing a context for experimental sound practices,
or introducing pedagogical practices that serve as an alternative
to those offered by traditional or academic institutions
for art education.
Common Sense will also conclude ART2102's programming
at its Boyle Heights location. Until our relocation in the
Fall, a series of off-site events and art projects will
replace our program of gallery exhibitions.
Allen, founder and director of Machine Project, will introduce
this non-profit performance/installation space investigating
art, technology, natural history, science and poetry. He
will be discussing topics as varied as making moonshine,
cyborg cockroaches, egg based drum machines, hyperbolic
crochet, floral volcanoes, live burial, Machine Project's
transdimensional exhibition space, mechanical bulls, mycology
and unicorn skeletons.
MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF ART:Piero
Golia recently launched The Mountain School of Art together
with Eric Wesley. He will present this small yet ambitious
educational institute currently operating from the back
rooms of The Mountain Bar in Chinatown. Confined backstage,
the settings metaphorically suggest an underground twist
on the educational motivation of the school.
Bernard founded The Society for the Activation of Social
Space Through Art and Sound (SASSAS), motivated by her active
interest in social exchange. She will talk about her organization
and the ways in which it supports and presents experimental
art and sound practice in the Greater Los Angeles area.
Since 2002, SASSAS has provided an on-going forum for this
underserved community of experimental music/sound innovators.
Haeg will look at five years of Sundown Salons, periodic
Sunday afternoon events that have turned his house into
a gathering place for an extended community of friends from
Los Angeles and beyond. A free exchange of ideas and art
through happenings, meetings, pageantry, performances, shows,
stunts and spectacles, the Salon has framed and affected
works and events with the unique house and garden settings
which include a subterranean space, a geodesic dome and
a series of outdoor spaces.
View the other discussions and projects from Sunshine Quoi?
Part 1: Sunshine Quoi? Temporary
Part 3: Skylar Haskard's Mapping
This exhibition is kindly supported by The Andy Warhol
Foundation for the Visual Arts.
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