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BOLIVAR CAFE /GALLERY + CAFEMODE present
SATURDAY RECEPTION OCTOBER 5, 2013 8-10PM
[SEPTEMBER 23 – OCTOBER 25, 2013]
PHIL KIM “innuendo”
1741 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, CA, 90405

PHIL KIM "innuendo"

Bolivar Cafe / Gallery + Cafemode proudly present “Innuendo” solo show by PHIL KIM

“My practice explores the fluctuating metafiction of paint – self-referencing itself as a material object in conflict with the nature of creating an image that invokes and recalls preconceived notions of palpable objects, brain stimuli or even images from our own mental database. I question the metaphysical aspect of what a painting is – the illusion that the painted object or subject is real, but if one starts to reason, it is just pigment on canvas, and just actors playing a scene.

The constant consumption of pixelated images, the vicarious living through a movie by creating a fiction that is in constant flux, a reality between the sensorial, corporeal and the intangible. The girl in the poster is just pigment on paper. The pair of legs spreading on the screen is just pixelated desire. Movies are not real. Nothing is but a fiction. My practice is to question the conflicting constant reminder of a self-awareness within the manifolds of a split mind living in an overwhelming image-making culture.

The paintings on canvas remind me of gem clusters containing traces left behind from a slithering paint. The thick protuberances of hues intertwine like sweaty manifestations trying to escape from one another while living in islands of perpetual diffuseness of trompe l’oeil fiction. The painted representation of the figures are as real as the pixelated pictures from the Internet. Touch me. Feel me. I am not just a face. I am materialized viscosity. I am a tangible pixelation of a reality screaming out to be preserved further than the confines of our memory, swimming in the overloading digital stream of disseminated images. My body is made of pixels and cells constantly trapped in its sticky web and never forgotten. I am just pigment. Then I become thick and blurred. You could hold me if you want and caress the slickness of my paint. Or you can digitally pickle me. Slide your fingers over the glass and voyeur my physical absence.”

Philip Kim

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Phil Kim website

Bolivar Cafe + Gallery website

CAFEMODE + BALCONI COFFEE COMPANY present
ARTIST RECEPTION SEPTEMBER 28, 2013 7-10PM
[SEPTEMBER 28 – OCTOBER 30, 2013]
DOUGLAS ALVAREZ “Coffee, Tea or Meat”
11301 Olympic Blvd. #124, Los Angeles, CA, 90064

Cafemode proudly present “Coffee, Tea or Meat” solo show by DOUGLAS ALVAREZ

“Coffee, Tea or Meat” is a collection of new sculptural paint works by Los Angeles artist Douglas Alvarez. Growing up in Los Angeles through the humor of popular iconography, Alvarez addresses the beauty of urban food choices and the role it plays in its cultural environment. Alvarez technique evokes a timeless nostalgia and complexity of emotion in the simplest of elements and spaces.

Douglas’ use of buzzwords in their simplicity, describe his elements with a humor and dichotomy, allowing the viewer to come to their own conclusions about their association. The current media of Douglas’ practice is the inclusion of assemblage, utilizing palette knifed three-dimensional models to build layers to his array of textures and colors, laying the landscape for a taster’s choice. The exhibit will also include a series of food photography documented by the artist.

Balconi Coffee Company website

Grand Star Jazz Club + Cafemode present
SEPTEMBER 25, 2013  8:30pm – midnight
ROSS HAMMOND + DWIGHT TRIBLE + TREVOR ANDERIES ENSEMBLE +
STEUART LIEBIG + KAORU MANSOUR

943 N. Broadway [Chinatown]  Los Angeles, CA 90012

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SET 1
STEUART LIEBIG + KAORU MANSOUR  [8:30pm]

STEUART LIEBIG  bass / electronics
KAORU MANSOUR  vocals / electronics

SET 2
TREVOR ANDERIES ENSEMBLE 
 [9:30pm]

ALINA ROITSTEIN vocals
GREG UHLMAN guitar
JON ARMSTRONG saxophone
COLIN BURGESS bass
TREVOR ANDERIES drums/ compositions

SET 3
ROSS HAMMOND + DWIGHT TRIBLE  [10:30pm]

ROSS HAMMOND  guitar
DWIGHT TRIBLE  vocals

curated by Kio Griffith

$10 cover  |  21+  |  first come first serve |  arrive early

GRAND STAR JAZZ CLUB
943 N. Broadway [Chinatown] Los Angeles, CA 90012

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STEUART LIEBIG

A major concern of Steuart Liebig’s is space; acknowledging it, defining it, dividing it
up. If anyone can be funky without necessarily grooving, it’s bassist Liebig, a master of
the unexpected cosmic event.

http://stigsite.com/

KAORU MANSOUR

Kaoru Mansour is a native of Japan working as a painter, musician and designer in Los Angeles. She moved to California in 1986 and studied at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles 1987-1989.

http://www.kaorumansour.com/

TREVOR ANDERIES

Resolve, innovation and passion define Trevor Anderies’s musical direction. Based in Los Angeles, he performs locally and on the national scene with many groups including Slumgum, the Walsh Set Trio and the Nigerian Talking Drum ensemble. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies at the California Institute of the Arts where he studied drum set with Joe LaBarbera and Ewe music from Ghanaian master drummer Alfred Ladzekpo.

http://www.trevoranderies.com/

DWIGHT TRIBLE

Many jazz musicians will tell you that they prefer not to work with singers, because most jazz singers lack the ability to improvise, have no understanding of musicianship, nor any of the other traits associated with making jazz music – one of the most interesting and exciting musical genres today.
Dwight Trible is a singer who combines the best of vocal virtuosity with musicianship and improvisational skills to the delight of audiences and musicians alike. In addition to performing with his own group, the Dwight Trible Ensemble, Dwight is the vocalist with the Pharaoh Sanders Quartet and is also the vocal director for the Horace Tapscott Pan Afrikan Peoples’ Arkestra.

Like his mentors, Dwight is not content to use his music just to entertain people, although he is quite a dynamic performer. He uses his music to bring people together, to bridge the gap between the races, and to heal the human heart. He has received numerous awards for his humanitarian efforts.

http://dwighttrible.com/

ROSS HAMMOND

…Free-jazz improvisation with something that’s thematic, a larger thematic idea that’s the undercurrent of the piece. If I’m improvising, I try to play melodies against what’s happening.”

Hammond’s own listening tastes suggest the eclecticism of his compositions. On any given day his house will be filled with the sounds of Joni Mitchell or Iron & Wine or Tarbaby or Iron Maiden. He also stays current with the jazz scene. “I’m constantly hearing music that’s flooring me and I’m trying to stay up on it. I feel like if you don’t stay up on the new music you’re living in a bubble and I don’t want to do that. ”

Hammond’s next project is a suite for sextet called The Humanity Suite, based on silhouettes by artist Karen Walker.
“She’s giving an exhibition in Sacramento and I got a commission to compose music based on her work. It’s a suite of different compositions that are linked together with improv sections and solos and duos. That’ll be at the Crocker Museum in Sacramento in October. I’m going to try to record it, too. So we’re going to perform it in October and hopefully release it next year. ”

For Ross Hammond, it’s the variety of experience that he finds most attractive about being a musician, and an improvising musician in particular.

http://www.rosshammond.com/

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Grand Star Jazz Club website

KUAD Gallery + ARTRA Curatorial present
OPENING RECEPTION SEPTEMBER 10, 2013 4-8PM
[SEPTEMBER 10, 2013 – NOVEMBER 10, 2013]

A Marginal Revolution
KUAD Gallery
Suleyman Seba Caddesi No: 52 Akaretler 34357, Besiktas Istanbul, Turkey

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Artra Curatorial presents

A MARGINAL REVOLUTION

September 10-November 10, 2013

Opening Reception:
September 10,2013 4-8pm
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Gul Cagin
Sam Durant
Tracey Emin
Roni Feldman
Shaun Gladwell
Nicolas Grenier
Kio Griffith
William Kaminski
Jay Lizo
Marcos Lutyens
Claudia Parducci
Chad Person
Max Presneill

“This event is realized in the scope of the 13th Istanbul Biennial Parallel Events Programme” .

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At this crucial time in history, as perhaps all times are, the climate of uncertainty grows hotter and hotter. Distrust in governments has led to increased partisanship and in some cases, civil unrest and even revolution. In the USA we are seeing artists increasingly turn to political themes. Sometimes these manifest themselves in oblique ways and at other times are directly engaged but all of the artists in this exhibition propose new ways of considering the Political and their relationship to these issues – of civil liberties and rights, of opposition to authority, of concerns over the future and to notions of freedom.

These artists can be seen as aligned with popular movements such as Occupy, Anonymous and Wikileaks, providing an alternative discourse for society while recognizing self-reflexively that they are marginalized somewhat – as the status and positioning of artists, within privileged spaces and audiences, can be problematic in relation to activism but still heralds the hope that these artists hold in the act of making art and its possibility for change.

The problematic aspects of the relationship of freedom to monetary power are also explored via a meta-dialogue exposed by the pragmatic limitations to the ability of the artists involved to transport their works to another audience. These financial boundaries themselves speak to the dynamic between the ability to have ones voice heard and the constrictions to expression, the right to assembly and association, caused by money and thus Power.

FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

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KUAD Gallery website