Monthly Archives: January 2013

[JANUARY 27 – FEBRUARY 28, 2013]
NOBUO ANZAI “Following The Spirit”
11301 Olympic Blvd. #124, Los Angeles, CA, 90064


Cafemode proudly present “Follow The Spirit” solo show by NOBUO ANZAI aka TAISHO

Nobuo Anzai turned 77 last year. In Japan, this is known as “kijyu” one of the celebrated years marking one’s life; the year of bliss. Nobuo Anzai, also known in the Little Osaka community in West Los Angeles, as “Taisho”, the well-respected “chief or boss” by many locales and fans of his long running “Tempura House” on Sawtelle Blvd. which he tends religiously from early dawn to mid-afternoon accommodating the late lunch crowd.

Taisho was born in Nihonmatsu, Fukushima in 1935 during the brink of World War II. He emigrated to Brazil during the 1950s to serve a 2 years in agricultural farming as part of a contract with the Japanese government. From there, he migrated to various villages in Colombia and then to Spain, setting a path to his nomadic life of over five decades in which he sought spiritual longings and ties. Taisho found expression in his paintings during these wandering years. “The energy that wells up from my heart is what my art is all about…the time of day, the place I’m standing at, and the encounter with nature and people of the land…all spiritual ties in this universe”.

In recent years, Taisho has returned to his homeland in Fukushima and has re-experienced the culture and landscape of his childhood years. In “Childhood Memories” the series shows rich influence from his nomadic years spent in Colombia and Spain adding a new palette and style to the otherwise folk like paintings of Japan.

“Following The Spirit” is a survey of Nobuo Anzai’s work from 3 series; “Bogotá”, “Madrid” and ” Childhood Memories”.  As Taisho notes, “As long as we are alive, we should keep drawing as many great memories as possible!”

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ARTRA Curatorial presents
[JANUARY 26, 2013 one night only]
M.A.S. ATTACK [Mutual Appreciation Society]

1933 S. Broadway; Los Angeles, CA 90007


ARTRA Curatorial presents
[Mutual Appreciation Society]

@ the L.A. MART
Downtown L.A. » 1933 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Free and open to the public

A one-night-only evening of appreciation for painter’s painters – to facilitate networking and friendships, to introduce painting lovers to new works and gallerists to new talent, like a giant ‘studio visit’


Lisa Adams | Nicholas Aguayo | Daniel Aksten | Dawn Arrowsmith | Sarah Awad | Hilary Baker | Quinton Bemiller | Tim Biskup | James Boulton | Gul Cagin | Dan Callis | Ryan Callis | Daniela Campins | Carolyn Castaño | Brian Cooper | Sydney Croskery | Nathan Danilowicz | Walpa D’Mark | Daniel Dove | Martin Durazo | Mark Dutcher | Jay Erker | Amir Fallah | Roni Feldman | Jon Flack | Andrew Foster | Sherie Franssen | Helen Garber | Yvette Gellis | Rema Ghuloum | Rives Granade | Kio Griffith | Mary Addison Hackett | Steve Hampton | Carlson Hatton | Roger Herman | Evan Higgins | Cole James | Emily Joyce | Virginia Katz | Thomas Whittaker Kidd | Andy Kolar | Alexander Kroll Christopher Kuhn | David Leapman | Jay Lizo | Joe Lloyd | Heather Gwen Martin | Megan Madzoeff | Claudia Morales McCain | Sean McGaughie | Annelie McKenzie | Faris McReynolds | Jacob Melchi | Christopher Mercier | Adam Miller | John Mills | Esmeralda Montes | Aaron Noble | Laura Owens | Claudia Parducci | Stephen Parise | Christopher Pate | Marcus Perez | Josh Peters | Ian Pines | Mary Anna Pomonis | Allison Cortson Powers | Max Presneill | Jason Ramos | Alison Rash | Roland Reiss | Bryan Ricci | Nano Rubio | Sunny Samuel | Hubert Schmalix | Eric Schott | Christina Shurts | Aaron Smith | Brad Spence | Tyler Stallings | Ami Tallman | Marie Thibeault | Britton Tolliver | Comora Tolliver | Chris Trueman | Devon Tsuno | Grant Vetter | Tyler Vlahovich Jayson Ward | Trine Wejp-Olsen | Andrew West | Ben White | Alexandra Wiesenfeld | Eve Wood | Joel Woodard | Etienne Zack | HK Zamani


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Vincent Price Art Museum presents
[JANUARY 19, 2013 – APRIL 13, 2013]

1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez. Monterey Park, CA 91754

MexiCali Biennial 2013

The cannibal is a scholarly creature, a thought experiment that interrogates identity on the verge of collapse, posits an ethics without morals, and instills anarchy into the social order. In the West, “the cannibal is the messenger of disorder, the proof that moral chaos has descended upon us, human nature at its worst, the unusable atom of an impossible social order.” Cannibalism in the New World, whether real or imagined, was one of the central moral rationales for colonialism, and it is no accident that the etymological and sociological origins of the cannibal coincide with the discovery of the Americas.

Historically, utopic tendencies in Western modernism have had a forward thrust, projecting into an imaginary space of the future and driven by the forces of technology. By contrast, the Latin American avant garde project of the last century frequently looked to the past, with the seeds of utopia located not in the technological future, but in the purity of the pre-Colombian past. However, these locations are equally phantasmic. The dependence on either trajectory for a post-colonial artistic practice fails because of this historical myopia, a short-sightedness that can only superficially resolve the conflicts inherent within the production of international contemporary art in any location other than the West. This MexiCali Biennial proposes cannibalism as a strategy for the production of a Latin and North American avant garde in the present. Through ingestion, digestion, and subsumation, the cannibal bridges the gap between political science and moral philosophy, nature and civilization, north and south, east and west, the self and the other.

The MexiCali Biennial is a dynamic platform for creating new channels of communication between diverse publics within the US and Mexico. It is a vehicle to develop and implement creative research practices and resources for facilitating long-term collaborations that traverse physical, disciplinary and geopolitical borders. MexiCali is a merger of the words Mexico and California. It is a reference to the geographical location, as well as a social and political space that is less of a territory than a deterritorialization. The border here is not a clear demarcation between two zones, but rather a liminal and porous space that colors a region defined by its hybridism – part Mexico, part California and neither entirely.

1. Catalin Avramescu, An Intellectual History of Cannibalism (Princeton, NY: Princeton UP) 2009.
2. Justin E.H. Smith and Catalin Avramescu, “The Raw and the Cooked: Interview with Catalin Avramescu,” Cabinet 39 (Fall 2010).

Participating Artists:
Fred Alvarado, Natalia Anciso, Marycarmen Arroyo Macias, Ana Baranda, Juan Bastardo, Sergio Bromberg, Helen Cahng, Matthew Carter, Carolyn Castaño, Enrique Castrejon, Michael Dee, Tony de los Reyes, Map Conception: Deborah Diehl & Arzu Arda Kosar, Dino Dinco and Rafa Esparza, Veronica Duarte, Martin Durazo, Roni Feldman, Kio Griffith & Carmina Escobar, Zoè Gruni, Ichiro Irie, Daniel Lara, Candice Lin, Juan Luna-Avin, Matt MacFarland, Dominic Paul Miller, Flavia Monteiro, Nancy Popp, Peter Bo Rappmund, Christopher Reynolds, Cindy Santos Bravo, Fidelius X

Curated by:
Ed Gomez, Luis G. Hernandez and Amy Pederson

Opening Reception
Saturday, January 19, 6 to 9 p.m., Large Gallery
Join MexiCali Biennial 2013 artists and curators for the grand opening of the exhibition.
Live performance by HELL-(O), and by Kio Griffith with Carmina Escobar.

Walkthrough with MexiCali Biennial 2013 Curators
Saturday, February 9, 2 p.m., Large Gallery
MexiCali Biennial 2013 curators Ed Gomez, Luis G.Hernandez, Amy Pederson, and several artists, will lead a tour of the exhibition.

Evening of Performances
Saturday April 13, 2 p.m., Vincent Price Art Museum
Performances by art metal bands HELL-(O) and Los Nuevos Maevans, and Daniel Lara

Reception beverages provided by Jarritos Company.


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