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Blum & Poe presents
SATURDAY RECEPTION FEBRUARY 25, 2012 6-8PM
[FEBRUARY 25, 2012 – APRIL 14, 2012]
REQUIEM FOR THE SUN: THE ART OF MONO-HA

2727 S. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90034

Blum & Poe is pleased to announce its forthcoming exhibition Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha. This exhibition examines the postwar Japanese artistic phenomenon Mono-ha (School of Things), following the solo exhibition of Mono-ha’s key ideologue, Lee Ufan at the gallery in January 2010. Representing an important art historical turning point, “Requiem for the Sun” refers to the attitude of aesthetic detachment and renewal of matter in response to the immanent loss of the object as a sun in Japanese postwar art practice. Included in the exhibition are works by Koji Enokura (1942-1995), Noriyuki Haraguchi (1946- ), Susumu Koshimizu (1944- ), Katsuhiko Narita (1944-1991), Nobuo Sekine (1942- ), Kishio Suga (1944- ), Jiro Takamatsu (1936-1998), Noboru Takayama (1944- ), Lee Ufan (1936- ), and Katsuro Yoshida (1943-1999).

Mono-ha’s primary tenet explores the encounter between natural and industrial objects, such as glass, stones, steel plates, wood, cotton, light bulbs, leather, oil, wire and Japanese paper, in and of themselves arranged directly on the floor or in an outdoor field. Evident in their works is a tendency based not on the art historical recuperation of objects, but on maintaining an affective relationship between works and our surrounding environment. That is, the works operate as a process of perceiving a perpetually passing present that opens the materiality of the work beyond what is simply seen. These practices are linked to the cultural milieu of process and post-minimalist art apparent on an international level during the 1960s and 1970s. What distinguishes their work is the refined technique of repetition as a studied production of difference developed over time in each artist’s practice.

The exhibition will show select key installations, works on paper, and photographs that unveil resonant concepts and artistic methods relative to the exhibition. Some themes include perceiving works as actions or events, experiments in topology and spatial continuity, visceral materiality, and the contingency of the body. While the art of Mono-ha has been the subject of exhibitions in Asia and Europe, it is virtually unknown in North America.Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha will provide the audience with a critical introduction to this extremely significant work.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Blum & Poe will publish a 232-page catalog, which will include an essay with new scholarship by Mika Yoshitake, translations of artists’ texts, a chronology of historical exhibitions with accompanying rare installation photographs, and new photography of the works installed at Blum & Poe. Also entitled Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha, this exhibition catalog will be available May 2012 and has distribution through DAP/Distributed Art Publishers.

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Blue Whale presents
SATURDAY  FEBRUARY 4, 2011 9 + 10:30PM
BEN WENDEL “FRAME” CD RELEASE SHOW
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301, Los Angeles, CA 90012  |  213.620.0908 

CD RELEASE SHOWS FOR THE NEW ALBUM “FRAME” ON SUNNYSIDE RECORDS

FEBRUARY 3rd + 4th :  9PM AND 10:30PM SETS

FEBRUARY 4th show starts after the amazing
TREVOR DUNN + TRAVIS LAPLANTE DUO SET which happens at 7:30pm

BAND:
BEN WENDEL – SAXOPHONES, BASSOON
TIGRAN HAMASYAN – PIANO
ADAM BENJAMIN – FENDER RHODES, PIANO
LARRY KOONSE – GUITAR
DAVE ROBAIRE – BASS
NATE WOOD – DRUMS

COVER: $15

21+ (UNDER 21 ALLOWED IN WITH GUARDIAN)

Grammy nominated performer, composer and producer Ben Wendel was educated at the Eastman School of Music in New York. Since graduating he has enjoyed a varied career as a performer, composer, producer and most recently, conductor.  Highlights 
include multiple domestic and international tours with such artists as Cuban drumming legend Ignacio Berroa, Thelonious Monk Piano Competition Winner Tigran Hamasyan and Hip Hop artist Snoop Dogg. Ben is a founding member of the Grammy nominated group Kneebody.

In addition to playing saxophone and bassoon, Ben also doubles on the piano.

 As a composer he has received an ASCAP Jazz Composer Award, was a winner in the 2007 International Songwriting Competition and received the 2008 and 2011 Chamber Music America “New Works Grant.” A frequent writer of film music, he co-wrote the score for John Krasinski’s 2009 adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s “Brief Interviews With Hideous Men.”

Ben was honored to work with conductor Kent Nagano in producing a series of concerts for the Festpeil Plus in Munich, Germany. One of the performances (a collaboration between Theo Bleckmann and Kneebody featuring the songs 
of Charles Ives) was signed to Winter & Winter and later received a Grammy nomination.  Since 2007 Ben has produced Under The Radar, a multi-genre performance series at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, California.

Ben is a recording artist with Sunnyside Records, with plans for his second release in Spring 2012.  He is a former Adjunct Professor of Jazz Studies at USC and currently teaches through The New School in NYC.  Ben recently had the honor of conducting a re-creation of “Bird With Strings” at Jazz At The Lincoln Center with guests Charles McPherson and Wes “Warm Daddy” Anderson.

Ben Wendel website

BlueWhale website

Angel City Arts + Jazz Bakery present
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 3, 2011 8:30PM
TRIO M [Myra Melford + Mark Dresser + Matt Wilson]
1655 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood, CA, 90028

MYRA MELFORD  piano
MARK DRESSER  bass
MATT WILSON drums

General Admission: $25  |  Students with ID $15

TICKET PURCHASE LINK : http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/217151?utm_source=Copy+of+Beyond+Baroque&utm_campaign=Beyond+Baroque2&utm_medium=email

Trio M brings together three of the most respected veteran musicians in jazz and improvised music. The New York City Jazz Record’s Laurence Donohue-Greene writes, “The exploratory Trio M…continues to turn out one mesmerizing set after another, revealing their deep empathy while equally balancing composition with improvisation. Each member is readily equipped to do anything at any given moment, from soloing to laying out to changing tempo, the three moving as one, always.”

Critics have called the group, “one of those rare units that can be both wildly creative and surprisingly user-friendly” (Alexander Varty, Georgia Straight) and “not only one of the most virtuosic playing today, but one of the most consistently engrossing” (Derk Richardson, The Absolute Sound). “Melford, Dresser and Wilson know no bounds on their instruments and don’t give a hang about boundaries,” adds JazzTimes reviewer Carlo Wolff, “theirs is improvisation so empathetic, they seem of one mind.”

Angel City Arts website

Jazz Bakery website

Musicians Institute website