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Chris Burden Made Commercials

Chris Burden Commercials

When artists make crossovers into the world of “entertainment,” I always find it intriguing. This is especially important when it happens by an LA artist within LA. This overlapping and experimenting referred to isn’t any Gaga-eque art pandering but instead refers to organic, intentional, and brilliant means to get greater America, non-art persons to see something different and to think differently through a platform that is otherwise used to entertain.

Iconic, prolific LA artist Chris Burden dabbled in this genre throughout the seventies. Did you know this? We had no idea and, while I don’t remember how this discovery came about, his means of entering the atmosphere of entertainment has to be one of the most remarkable of his contemporaries: he (with the help of others) bought advertising space that was played on LA area televisions. Yes, he made art commercials.

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Can Your Dog Do This?

Jumpy Omar Von Muller Parkour Dog

I am a basic bitch, as they say: I am a female dog in Los Angeles. I like going for hikes and I like to get Blueberry Facials. I am a simple gal! One area of being an LA B that I haven’t quite excelled at is my trick ability. Most dogs here can like shake hands and stay and roll over and go Paleo. Me? I can sit and stay. Sometimes I can walk off leash. That’s it. But Jumpy? He’s can do parkour. Seriously! He’s a local pup who can jump off of trees and over bushes and ride a skateboard. I’m lucky if I don’t have an accident in the house!

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Pyramid Vritra’s Ambling Spool

Pyramid Vritra Spool Indra 2014 Hal Williams

It’s easy to be fascinated by Pyramid Vritra. According to his bio, the young LA musician has had successes via MySpace with the Odd Future crew and works part time driving a forklift in a South Los Angeles home improvement store. He’s a quiet, contemplative dude which is why his drawn out, almost spoken work song “Spool” feels very emblematic of his true self. He positions himself as a bit of a cosmic deity.

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Dorian Wood’s Sensual O

Dorian Wood O Rattle Rattle 2014

Dorian Wood is basically a young Antony Hegarty. They have a similar vocal range and style and both identify as queer musicians. Both artists are incredibly creative and pursue parallel tracks in visual and performance arts. While Hegarty comes from South England, Wood comes from Echo Park: they’re very different artists but share a similar sensibility.

Wood is still very much coming into his own too. He’s not content releasing music and letting it travel where it goes but instead uses his music as a means to ignite further artistic work. His latest album Rattle Rattle was released over a year ago yet there is still juicy media springing out from it. The latest example of this is the video for the album’s closer “O” which is more than a performance document or music video: it’s a collaborative art project.

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DTW LAX CB1 Anna Breininger Erica Mahinay Lauren Satlowski

CB1 is welcoming a trio of artists from Detroit that came from their Cranbrook Acadamy of Art MFA Painting program. It’s running May 4 through June 8.

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This Crazy Life Patrick Martinez Michael Vasquez Gregory Bojorquez New Image Art

New Image Art is having a trio of artists for the show This Crazy Life. It features Gregory Bojorquez, Patrick Martinez, and Michael Vasquez and opens April 26 and is on view through May 23.

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Fred Wilson Hammer Lectures Take It Or Leave It

Two upcoming, back-to-back Hammer Lectures of note: artist Fred Wilson will be speaking on May 6 and Art History professor Miwon Kwon will be speaking with Allan McCollum on May 7. Both are a part of the currently on view Take It Or Leave It.

A Delicate Balance Odyssey Theatre

Odyssey Theatre is welcoming Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance starting April 26 through June 15. The show features a stacked cast and is one of Albee’s most memorable works.

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