Monthly Archives: June 2012

Sabina Lee Gallery presents
JUNE 30, 2012  7-9pm
There is a fox with Thomas Isaac +
Tasogare [Jim McAuley + Oguri]
971 Chung King Rd  Los Angeles, CA 90012

Chinatown Design Night at Sabina Lee Gallery

There is a fox 
with visuals by Thomas Isaac

SET TWO: 7:45PM (near sundown)
OGURI   dance

presented by Kio Griffith

this is a free event and open to the public


There is a fox is a music project started in 2012 by Hiro Makino
(oto, Elephant Day) joined by his friends.
Collaborators include members from Elephant Day and Jesse Peterson (Turn On The Sunlight)


Thomas Isaac was born in Flagstaff, AZ in 1981. He was raised on the Navajo Nation amongst the beautiful, painted deserts of Northern Arizona, where some of the last, wild things are. His art is to say the very least, colorful. The gesture displayed Bruce-Lee-style splashes across his chosen mediums, from video to the jagged edges of painting. Themes run through the long, visual song. Violence, memory, history, the future and the human awakening are some of the archetypes found underneath the artist’s work. Might you come along for the ride?

Thomas Isaac website


JIM McAULEY is an acoustic guitarist whose passion for jazz, blues and experimental music is evident in his eclectic approach to improvisation. In addition to solo performances, he has had the pleasure of collaborating with some of LA’s most creative musicians, including this duo with clarinet and processing genie Andrew Pask.
Jim has released 4 critically acclaimed CD’s of original work: his solo debut “Gongfarmer 18″ (Nine Winds), a 2-CD set of duets–”The Ultimate Frog” (Drip Audio)–featuring Leroy Jenkins, Alex & Nels Cline and Ken Filiano, and 2 CD’s with the Acooustic Guitar Trio (whose other members are Nels Cline and the late Rod Poole), “Acoustic Guitar Trio” (Incus) and “Vignes” (Long Song Records).
“…genuinely evocative and refreshingly cliche-bashing work”–LA Times
“Mr. McAuley’s precise writing and playing is full of blues figures and rich-toned, acoustic-folk resonance. It’s peaceful and rigorous music”–New York Times


Oguri, a native of Japan, began his career as a dancer with master Tatsumi Hijikata, the creator of the dance form in post World War II Japan. Oguri joined famed dancer Min Tanaka’s company, Mai-Juku in 1985, and for five years lived, worked, and helped establish Tanaka’s farm outside of Tokyo. A resident of Southern California since 1990, Oguri formed his Los Angeles-based dance company, Renzoku, in 1993. He is the co-founder and artist-in-residence of La Boca, a studio/theater in the Sunshine Mission/Casa de Rosas (the oldest shelter for homeless women in Los Angeles) and an artist-in-residence at the Venice community theater the Electric Lodge. Oguri teaches and performs worldwide, and has received support from the California Arts Council, the James Irvine Foundation/Dance USA, the New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project, the Rockefeller Foundation and the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. Oguri received Irvine Fellowship in Dance funds for the research and development of Height of Sky, a site-specific dance project that will take place in the deserts of Joshua Tree, and in Los Angeles. Through Height of Sky, Oguri will investigate the relationship between dancer and environment, and will explore the development of his identity as a Japanese dancer in America.

Body Weather Laboratory website


Sabina Lee Gallery website


[JUNE 16 – JULY 27, 2012]
ED HECKERMAN “Glocal” + “Firebird Rising”
1741 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, CA, 90405

This exhibition features new photogram work by Ed Heckerman, Associate Professor of Photography at Cerritos College.  Beginning with the series “Offerings, (see Das Fotogramm, Floris M. Neusüss) ”Heckerman has produced seven series of photograms (photographs made without a camera) since 1989.  All the series to date are based on the idea of offering, that is to say, giving pictures, rather than taking them.  Glocal was made in collaboration with Japanese artist Iwauko Murakami.  All sales from that series will go directly to helping people affected by the 2011 earthquake in Japan.  The series Firebird Rising is a typology of paper airplane luminograms (photograms with no object).


photogram is a photographic image made without a camera by placing objects directly onto the surface of a light-sensitive material such as photographic paper and then exposing it to light. The usual result is a negative shadow image that shows variations in tone that depends upon the transparency of the objects used. Areas of the paper that have received no light appear white; those exposed through transparent or semi-transparent objects appear grey.[1]

The techniquie is sometimes called cameraless photography. It was used by Man Ray in his exploration of rayographs. Other artists who have experimented with the technique include László Moholy-NagyChristian Schad (who called them “Schadographs”), Imogen Cunningham and Pablo Picasso.[2] Variations of the technique have also been used for scientific purposes.

Bolivar Cafe + Gallery website

[JUNE 17 – JULY 24, 2012]
11301 Olympic Blvd. #124, Los Angeles, CA, 90064

Artists were asked in pairs to make portraits of each other or to select a third subject and create a dual portrait. Works will be displayed as diptychs throughout the space.

Featuring: Douglas Alvarez, Michael Arata, Nick Arciaga, Heather Arndt, Yu Bando, Terri Berman, Icela Perez-Bravo, Aaron Brown, Emily Cline, Shigenori Ebata, Douglas Eisenstark, William Emmert, Griffin Gatmaitan, Scott Griffin, Poel Hikaru, Maria Inostroza, Aska Irie, Yamato Irie, Tomoyuki Iwanami, Jeremiah LaTorre, Sean Martinez, Monique McKeag, Ingrid Alexander Measures, Jon Measures, Mildred, Yuki Miyazaki, Misato Nagare, Eric Nakamura, Aya Niibo, Daisuke Okamoto, Shinichi Ono, Maria Paredes, Carol Powell, Ernie Ramirez, Shannon Rowland, Chigusa Saga, Mika Soma,Kazu Tabu, Mayumi Tanaka and more…

Balconi Coffee Company website

Kino Lorber presents A Zero One Film production in co-production with Terz Film
opening JUNE 15, 2012

One of the world’s greatest living painters, the German artist Gerhard Richter has spent over half a century experimenting with a tremendous range of techniques and ideas, addressing historical crises and mass media representation alongside explorations of chance procedures. Infamously media-shy, he agreed to appear on camera for the first time in 15 years for a 2007 short by filmmaker Corinna Belz called Gerhard Richter’s Window.

Her follow-up, Gerhard Richter Painting, is exactly that: a thrilling document of Richter’s creative process, juxtaposed with intimate conversations (with his critics, his collaborators, and his American gallerist Marian Goodman) and rare archive material. From our fly-on-the-wall perspective, we watch the 79-year-old create a series of large-scale abstract canvasses, using fat brushes and a massive squeegee to apply (and then scrape off) layer after layer of brightly colored paint. This mesmerizing footage, of a highly charged process of creation and destruction, turns Belz’s portrait of an artist into a work of art itself.

Laemmle Royal Theatre
NoHo 7
Pasadena Playhouse Theatre

[JUNE 6 – JULY 14, 2012]
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301, Los Angeles, CA 90012  |  213.620.0908

curated by Kio Griffith


$10 AFTER 9PM for Music

in conjunction with Nine Winds 35th Anniversary Festival

123 Astronaut E S  Onizuka Street #301 Los Angeles, CA 90012
Weller Court Plaza 3rd Floor
live cutting-edge jazz + artist installations
from 8pm to 2am [Mon-Sat] closed Sundays


BlueWhale + Cafemode proudly present “The Crunch” by BRYAN SCHNELLE

Bryan Schnelle’s “The Crunch” is the first of a series of artists’ installation series at BlueWhale.

– What inspired you of the title, “The Crunch?”

– “The title “The Crunch” comes from a poem by Charles Bukowski of the same name. One of my favorites, which I have come back to periodically over the past 14 years. Seemed a good fit. Very grim of course, but with a little shot of optimisim, you know? Epically simple and direct.”

Bryan Schnelle was born and raised in southern California. His work is a reaction to and assessment of the values and ideals of the false world that capitalism and consumer culture has created. Pulling directly from the source, he appropriates imagery from gossip, fashion, pop culture, and current events magazines to “include some element of reality”. By lifting the veil on what our society deems valuable and markets as important, he exposes the abysmal nothingness just beneath the surface. Bryan currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He has exhibited both locally and nationwide.


Bryan Schnelle website

BlueWhale website