Sneak Peak at New Club at Old Cheap Thrills Location

Word on the street is that the name of the club will be pronounced “KOO-PROSE”. I am unsure of the actual spelling of the name of the club / bar. There will be a full bar and dining. They have a dumbwaiter installed in the back and a wheelchair lift in the front. There is a bar island in the middle of the bar area kinda mimicking the looks of The Shady Lady. It looks like it is coming along nicely inside. It will be curious to see how well this new locale bridges the gap between the lavender district clubs and the “herpes triangle” clubs, Town House, Press Club, Bennie’s (Q street Bar & Grill), Old Tavern and the Zebra club. Here is a sneak peak of the insides.

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Rooms // Eight Artists Each Create a Unique Room Installation of Their Design

Opening Reception April 24, 2010, 7-10 p.m.
On view April 24 Through May 15, 2010

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LOS ANGELES – Opening April 24, Scion’s Installation L.A. Gallery presents “Rooms,” a group exhibition curated by Roger Gastman that brings eight diverse artists together under one roof.

“Rooms” will feature unique installations and new works by Kime Buzzelli, Adam Wallacavage, Dueling VHS, Chris Stain, Bill Daniel, Justin Van Hoy, Rocky Grimes, and Dan Monick with Caitlin Reilly. For the exhibition, Scion’s 4,500-square foot Installation Space in Culver City will be built out and subdivided into eight individual spaces. Each space will be assigned to an artist, who will create a room from their imagination. In addition, the artist’s work will be hung on the walls of their designated room, and be available to purchase.

Kime Buzzelli will create a teenage girl’s bedroom complete with vintage frocks, collected objects and her feminine, fanciful art; Adam Wallacavage’s custom chandeliers and frocked wallpaper will fill his guest room; Dueling VHS will build a wood-paneled basement with TVs playing their hilarious episodes; Chris Stain’s stencil work will adorn the archway leading outside; Bill Daniel will craft the bedroom of a suburban teenager gone bad with a tent of punk T-shirts, bike parts and crumpled homework; Justin Van Hoy’s re-worked NBA logo screen prints will hang in the room of an obsessed NBA fan circa the early 1990s; Rocky Grimes’ classroom will be filled with desks, doodles and large cutout human figures; and Dan Monick and Caitlin Reilly’s room will become a bus stop at night with portraits of passengers and surrounding scenes installed in light boxes.

The opening reception takes place on April 24, 7 – 10 p.m. at the Scion Installation Space, 3521 Helms Ave. (at National), Culver City, CA 90232. The reception is free with complimentary valet parking and an open bar. All artists will be present, and available for comment. The exhibit will run until May 15.

About the Artists
Kime Buzzelli
is an Ohio-born artist based in Los Angeles. She creates paintings, illustrations and fashion-based installations. Her work is often inhabited by wicked women, secret societies, and layered with text that taps into her fascination with the drama of other people’s lives. Her work has been exhibited throughout the world.

Adam Wallacavage is an accomplished photographer, documenting artists, musicians, daredevils and all things weird and wonderful. His first book, Monster Size Monsters, was released in August of 2006 through Gingko Press and spans 15 years of his photography.

Dueling VHS is a comedic cinematic short film variety show. The core group responsible for Dueling VHS is Larry Langton, a comedian and filmmaker who has worked for broadcast news outlets including CNN, NBC and FOX; Trevor Crafts, the CEO of Full Mind Creative; Santo D’Asaro, a producer, actor, writer and comic; and Jeremy Hoar, a writer director and producer of comedy, music and documentary films.

Chris Stain is a Baltimore-based artist who combines inspiration from New York subway graffiti and the basic screen-printing techniques of stenciling. His work can be seen in the view of the social-realist movement of the 1940s Works Progress Administration, where the struggles of daily life are documented for all to witness.

Bill Daniel is a self-trained itinerant filmmaker and photographer. He began documenting American subcultures starting with the Texas skate/punk scene in the early 1980s. His film on the history of hobo graffiti, Who is Bozo Texino? has screened in over 350 venues worldwide.

Justin Van Hoy was born in Charleston, South Carolina, in the winter of 1981. He is a freelance art director, designer and co-founder of THIS Los Angeles.

Rocky Grimes taught himself how to screen print, and has since shown his work all over the United States, including the Art Center of S. Florida, Scion Space and the Aqua Art fair. His work has also been added to the N. Miami Museum of Contemporary Art’s permanent collection.

Dan Monick and Caitlin Reilly live in Los Angeles. Monick is a photographer, whose work has been featured in numerous publications including Interview and Rolling Stone. Reilly is an art director who has helped create sets for David LaChapelle, Matthew Ralston and David Lynch.

JENNIFER DAVIS “SPREE” AT FIRST AMENDMENT

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March 27 – April 20
“SPREE” – new works on paper from Jennifer Davis

opening night Saturday March 27th, 7-10pm
First Amendment Arts
(1101 Stinson Blvd at Broadway, NE MPLS)
all ages, free admission
live music TBA

A Minnesota native, Jennifer Davis discovered her passion for painting and drawing while studying at the University of Minnesota, from where she graduated with a BFA degree in Drawing and Painting. Davis’ paintings have a surreal, candy-land exterior of innocent charm which only hint at an undercurrent of darker truths. Her acrylic paintings contain a mysterious yet familiar language of invented symbols which continually grow, repeat, and change.

This new series of paintings / drawings on paper contain many of the usual creepy critters, smiling freaks, and spindly trees we’ve grown to love in Jennifer’s work, but with a new sense of playful experimentation in scale, medium, technique, and bold colors.

Click HERE for a very special sneak preview of the new work in the show.

March 27th also marks Jennifer’s birthday, so come and celebrate!

Scion Installation 6 Tour

Scion’s National Art Tour Features Celebrated Multimedia Artists and Expands Into New Market With An All-Video Installation Format

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Scion launched the sixth edition of its successful art tour, “Installation 6: Video” in January at its own 4,200 square foot Installation L.A. Space gallery in Culver City. Having visited Austin, TX in February, the tour now moves on to Wichita, Kansas, a brand new market for Installation. The show opens at Tangent Lab, 143 N. Rock Island, 3rd floor, Wichita, KS 67202 on March 26th with a reception from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. The exhibit will run until April 10th.

The annual tour, designed to expose established and emerging artists and their work to audiences across the country, features a distinctive selection of international talent and will also visit New York and Minneapolis.

For 2010, the tour focuses on the video medium, which emerged in the 1960s and has since expanded galleries into more experimental, kinetic and interactive spaces. “Installation 6: Video” challenged 10 artists to create non-narrative video installations that will transform five unique exhibitions. Artists include: Dust la Rock (Brooklyn, NY), Eric Nakamura (Los Angeles, CA), Saelee Oh (Los Angeles, CA), Funeral Fog (French + Alan Glass) (London, England), Ill-Studio (Paris, France), Josh Graham (New York, NY), Monihan Monihan (New York, NY), Mark Mothersbaugh (Los Angeles, CA), PMKFA (Tokyo, Japan) and Sage Vaughn (Los Angeles, CA).

“For ‘Installation 6,’ we unveil a full exhibition of video installations that illustrate how 10 emerging artists and creative icons see the world through vivid movement and color,” says Jeri Yoshizu, Scion manager, sales promotions. “In our continued support of independent artistic expression,
we are eager to introduce audiences across the country to inventive works by leading talent in art, music and design who push the boundaries of creativity with every medium they explore.”

Artists in the 2010 “Scion Installation 6: Video” Tour include:

Dust La Rock (aka Joshua Prince) is the co-founder and creative director of Fool’s Gold Records. Hailed as a “cult NYC designer” by Dazed and Confused Magazine, La Rock also serves as art director for renowned producer and DJ, A-Trak and has worked with brands like Nike, Red Stripe and Kid Robot. His work has been featured in art, music and lifestyle publications, including Playboy, Billboard, XLR8R, Mass Appeal, Beautiful Decay, Swindle and Quest. http://www.dustlarock.com

Eric Nakamura is the founder and publisher of Giant Robot (GR) magazine, the leading source of Asian popular culture. As an influential art enthusiast, curator and creator, his aesthetic is reflected in GR’s art galleries and stores in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. Nakamura recently curated the highly successful “Giant Robot Biennale” at the Japanese American National Museum in L.A.’s Little Tokyo. http://www.giantrobot.com/blogs/eric

Saelee Oh, a graduate of Art Center College of Design, works in Los Angeles as an illustrator and fine artist. Oh incorporates nature imagery to tell roughly autobiographical stories of connectedness, alienation and the female experience in 2D and 3D. She has been featured in Juxtapoz and Giant Robot magazine and has exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Portland and Tokyo. http://www.saeleeoh.com

Funeral Fog is the dark collaboration between illustrator French, and video artist Alan Glass. Both artists are heavily influenced by their love of death metal music. French has done commercial work for Paul Smith, Vans Footwear, M&C Saatchi, Century Media Records, Virgin Music, Zero Skateboards, Nike, Nitro Snowboards, Dazed and Confused Magazine and the BBC amongst others. http://www.tapedcopies.com

PMKFA is a graphic designer now residing in Tokyo after half a decade in Copenhagen and London. Art director and co-founder of the It’s Our Thing clothing label, his work spans music graphics, fashion and 3D art installations. His colorful and psychedelic style has been tapped by brands like Adidas, Sixpack France, DC Shoes, Nudiejeans, WeSC, Junior Senior and Lo-Fi-Fnk. http://www.pmkfa.com

Thomas Subreville co-runs Ill-Studio, a Paris-based multidisciplinary platform, with Leonard Vernhet and associates, Nicolas Malinowsky, Thierry Audurand and Pierre Dixsaut. Ill-Studio has collaborated with Christophe Lemaire, The New York Times Magazine, Supreme NYC, Nike and Uniqlo. http://www.ill-studio.com

Josh Graham is a visual artist and composer who has worked with earth moving bands from Red Sparowes to presently with A Storm of Light. His work is seen in a variety of different arenas, from galleries to concert venues, cd/record covers to apparel, from film to television. He has done work with Scion, Showtime, EA Games, Discovery, Time Warner, A&E, Nike, TNT, IBM, ABC, PBS, Wieden Kennedy Tokyo and Girl Skateboards.

http://www.suspendedinlight.com/

Monihan Monihan, a Seattle-born artist, has worked as a dishwasher, grip-taper, professional skateboarder, pizza delivery driver, clothing designer, office temp, movie critic for a failed Internet TV site, and a director/writer of some regrettable TV and advertising (in that order). He was once voted “The Most Hated Skateboarder of All Time” by Thrasher Magazine and currently resides in Brooklyn, making films under the banner of Bricolagista Inc. http://www.bricolagista.com

Sage Vaughn, was born in Jackson, Ore., but now lives and works in Los Angeles. He has exhibited multiple times in Belgium, Switzerland and Germany as well as both coasts of the U.S. http://www.sagevaughn.com

Mark Mothersbaugh, a founding member of the band DEVO, became interested in art at an early age. His visual sensibilities are inspired by the worldview he captured through the lenses of his first pair of glasses, as seen in his signature Postcard Diaries prints and Beautiful Mutants photographs. Mothersbaugh continues composing music with DEVO and for film, TV, radio and the Web. http://www.markmothersbaugh.com

Launched in 2003, Scion Installation is a revolutionary art tour affirming the brand’s ongoing commitment to support independent artistic expression and featuring work from an unprecedented collective of contemporary artists, designers, photographers and filmmakers. Previous participants include: Rob Abeyta Jr., Andre from Paris, Gary Baseman, Peter Beste, Blek le Rat, Angela Boatwright, Kelsey Brookes, Mr. Cartoon, David Choe, Crash, Daze, David Ellis, Ron English, Futura, Mike Giant, James Jean, Mel Kadel, Andy Mueller, Andrew Pommier, Ricky Powell, Rammellzee, Retna, Rostarr, Souther Salazar, Kenny Scharf, Andrew Schoultz, Jeff Soto, Chris Yormick and many others.

Visit http://www.scion.com/installation for more information on the tour, including interviews with groundbreaking artists and images from previous gallery shows and tours.

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Gun Shots Ring Out Like A Bell // Town House // Press Club

For full disclosure; everything that was heard and witnessed tonight was hearsay.

As the hipster dance-party crowd was dismantling from their usual FUCK Friday locale at Townhouse, 3 gun shots burst out in the crisp late night air. One fast, then, after a few seconds,  two more in quick succession.  Many witnesses were talked to, all of which were in direct contact with what happened.

A car was crossing the street at 21st & P, with wannabe gang-banging white dudes in it, stopped at a red light. There were club-going pedestrians that were crossing the street at the same time. Somehow, they got disgruntled at each other. Either the car got too close to the pedestrians or words were exchanged and there was some kind of verbal confrontation between the two parties. A trash can was pushed at the car that was in the intersection by one of the pissed off party on foot. The passenger side driver decided to do a brilliant act and pull out a gun. He allegedly started shooting in the air and then  after that became boring, at the victim that was running away.

This is where the story goes quite fuzzy. At some point the passenger with the gun either dropped the gun or left it in the car he was in and was pulled out of the car by the people who pushed the trash can into the car or another party. This does not make sense to me, as I would not approach a man with a loaded handgun.

The alleged shooter was detained until the police showed up on location. Slight beating may have happened until the cops got there because of multiple escape attempts, but the guy deserved it for fucks sake, if he was actually shooting a gun at random people. It took the police about 30 minutes on a “shots fired” call to respond to the situation. Funny, when I have seen them respond in 1 minute on a “house-cat endangerment” call!

After talking to about 8 witnesses, it was deduced that there was definitely a gun involved. Further, a friend heard the gun shots right before it happened, 1, then 2 in rapid succession matching what others heard.

What remains a mystery is twofold. One, where did the alleged attacked go? And two, why weren’t the CSU (Crime Scene Unit) checking the alleged shooter for GSR (gun shot residue)? Back in the day I was accused of something that I didn’t do, and one of the first things they did was swab down my hands to search for GSR.  It seems like obtaining that would be vital in this case. Rumor was that the shooter was on probation.

They hauled off that fat asshole alleged gunman in an ambulance strapped neatly in a head brace, and the 30+ cops standing around really didn’t look like they knew shit. So don’t be surprised if this story gets buried or not even published, but at least you heard the truth on languagabuse.com and you can know that wherever you go, be safe that alleged asshole might have a nina (9 millimeter gun for you squares) on him!

BroadWhew! Security

Recently the string of Broadview (formerly Brinks) Security commercials has caught my eye, and I have to tip my hat to their brilliant marketing department. For those who may not have seen them, here is an example:

Setting: Upper middle class neighborhood. A party of clean-cut white thirtysomethings is wrapping up. The nondescript hostess stands in the door thanking everyone. The last person to go is a blond douche who looks straight out of an LL Bean Catalog, his name is A.J.

Hostess: (tight lipped smile) “Thanks for coming A.J., it was nice meeting you.”

A.J.: (aw shucks) “Yeah, you too.”

Mildly Concerned Friends: (mouth inaudibly) “Who was that?”

Hostess: (mouths back) “I don’t know!”

Omigod! Oh well, right? What could possibly go wrong? The hostess starts cleaning up and then she spots A.J. through the back door biting his lip, ready to get his fuck on. A.J. breaks the window with his elbow, the alarm goes off, the phone rings, A.J. bolts, and help is on the way!

            That’s only one example of how shitty Broadview commercials are. There’s another where a mom and her daughter are playing in the back yard, they go in for some lemonade and BAM! A clean-cut white dude smashes a window. Another has a couple coming home in the rain after a date. The girl: “I just got out of a bad relationship.” Guy: “It’s ok.” Girl: (all smiles) “Thanks!” she goes inside, and in seconds her ex boyfriend, a clean-cut white guy kicks in the door. No need to fret, however, Broadview is there. Yet another example is a jogger who pauses to tie his shoelaces, looks around shadily and then jump kicks a lady’s door in as soon as her hubby pulls out of the driveway in his 7 series. All before ten a.m.! Whew! Thank fucking Christ for Broadview Security.

            In ALL these Broadview commercials, there are people at home, the invasion takes place in an upscale neighborhood, and the “crook” is a white guy who we only know is dangerous by the fact that he is wearing a flannel, and sometimes a beanie. For fuck’s sake, who’s buying this crap? Broadview, if you’re reading, here are a couple of realistic commercial concepts, on me:

            Setting: A lower class neighborhood at night. The front lights are on, but the house looks empty. A single mom lives here with her three children. She’s off pulling another twelve hour shift at her crap job which is an hour bus ride away. Her kids are at their Nana’s, which is where they go every day after school; daddy’s doing time for “some shit he got into.” A crackhead peeks through the window and sees that no one is home. He breaks in and steals an XBOX 360 and sells it for drugs. He never even noticed the alarm going off. Maybe at some point the cops show up, maybe they even take a report, but likely not.  Either way the XBOX is never recovered.  The End.

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            Setting: A lower class neighborhood. Some people are sitting around watching T.V., cracking wise. Some kids are running around playing. Things are good, all things considered. Suddenly, a group of thugs smash in the door, and the alarm goes off. The thugs rape and murder everyone in the house, steal whatever isn’t bolted down, and run off into the night. The neighbors call the cops because they heard gunfire. At some point the cops show up and the bodies are hauled off by the coroner. The story makes the evening news and is forgotten by the next day. The End.

            Truth hurts doesn’t it, Broadview? You sell a product that makes little difference as all your alarms do is provide a false sense of security at worst and a mild deterrent at best. Apparently no one has bothered to address the fact that once the alarm goes off…THE PEOPLE ARE IN THE FUCKING HOUSE. The average response time for cops to show up is 15-40 minutes, and that’s if they show up, as alluded to above. Broadview is merely an expensive rape whistle; it doesn’t stop the crime, just speeds it up a little.

            The moral: you want security? Bar your windows, put good locks on sturdy doors and buy a gun that you know how to use. Broadview won’t do shit. Alarms should be used to “protect” insured, replaceable inventory, not human lives.

Sacramento Parking Tickets Frustrate Locals and Visitors

I have been living in downtown Sacramento for quite a while now. I, as many others have been working here steadily for about a decade or more. I have maneuvered the parking system for years just fine with no problems. Well, the city is starting to outmaneuver me. I have talked to outsiders about the current parking situation and they often say, “Just be really careful” or “Why don’t you park at X location and bike in?” I don’t know, maybe because I don’t want to ride my bike to my car in the morning before I have to drive to work! People who don’t live in the downtown or midtown area don’t understand the intricacies of parking here. If you do one little mistake you get a ticket. You back into a spot wrong, you get a ticket. Your tire sticks out too much, you get a ticket. You park on the wrong side of the street on the wrong day, you get a ticket. The list goes on and on and on.

You can get a ticket every day for parking downtown without proper registration tags. What if you are waiting for your registration tags in the mail? You could get a 50 dollar ticket every day for 2 weeks until those tags come, theoretically.  That would cost you 700 dollars. If you don’t pay your ticket on time, it doubles and more “fees” are added. 50 dollar tickets turn to 150 dollar tickets in about two months. So, if that 700 dollars tripled you would end up paying 2100 dollars, just for waiting for your registration to come in the mail! Outrageous, I say!

If giving out parking tickets was my business and I was the owner, sure I would run the business as the city is. They are making dump trucks of money, but the city needs to be responsible and look at what is really happening. Amongst a group of Sacramento folks I have surveyed I heard a couple say they may be moving out of downtown / midtown because they simply can’t handle the ticket expenses. The cut throat tactics of parking enforcement officers is also having the effect of driving away business from local stores. More and more suburban folks are not coming downtown because the word is getting out that if you go downtown to shop, you may get a ticket for something you didn’t know was illegal.

In these cash strapped times cities all across the US are moving to ramp up their parking ticket revenues, but we must really question is this the right way to fix our budget? Lets be honest, this is just a different type of tax being implemented. It is fundamentally dishonest to disguise it as something else, and everyone involved in the scheme knows that.

So great job Kevin Johnson, or whoever implements these policies, all you are doing is driving away locals and helping to kill even more businesses downtown. Keep up the good work champs.

Feel the Darkness // New Book From Dokument Press

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By Ragnar Persson
Ragnar Persson’s new book, Feel the Darkness, from Dokument Press offers a world full of death mysticism and tenderness.

Chopped-off heads, Heavy Metal logos, girls, rabbits, flower meadows and barren landscapes with naturalistic small birds.Feel the Darkness is the best of the collected works of Ragnar Persson from 2006 to 2009. The scenes in Ragnar Persson’s pictorial world might have been culled from a teenager’s diary. A time and place where you sneak out into the woods, smoke a cigarette and think “Nobody understands me.” Ragnar Persson grew up on Heavy Metal and discovered drawing through album covers. He also gets inspiration from old nature painting. Mixing this with memories of growing up, he creates his own little world of pictures, a world that says who he is, but that everybody can see themselves in too. Among those who do are the Swedish-American author and curator Johan Kugelberg, the American Riot-Grrrl icon Amy Kellner and the editor for the Swedish edition of Vice, Elin Unnes, who have all contributed texts for the book. The harsh is juxtaposed to the soft and death mysticism to tenderness. The recurring Heavy Metal aesthetic is disarmed with devastating humour, the naïvistic effect of liberation is combined with refined artistic technique, and sketchy bursts alternate with meticulously executed pencil drawings. Ragnar Persson talks about contemporary times in a minute and personal way. Dokument Press are proud to present this exciting art.

About Ragnar Persson
Ragnar Persson was born in 1980 in the community of Tavelsjö, north of Umeå. He now lives in Stockholm where he works as an artist. He graduated from the Free Art course at the Stockholm College of Arts, Crafts and Design in 2007. His works have been shown at exhibitions around the world, and in several self-published books and magazines.