The Echo Park Film Center (EPFC)
1200 N Alvarado Street . Los Angeles CA 90026
This month’s EPFC cinematic free-for-all celebrates first time super8 documentary filmmakers with new works inspired from their personal stories to stories of others who have touched his/her community in a meaningful way. Filmmakers included are: Cesar Cruz, Eddie Flores, Montana Graboyes, Nuttaphol Ma, Arturo Ortiz, Lesley Perg and Bruce Taylor. The second half of Open Screen is an open screening; one film per filmmaker; 10-minute maximum of new, old, work-in-progress, any genre! First come, first screened.
The dA Center for the Arts
252 D South Main Street . Pomona CA 91766
Lesson Plan is a group exhibition that will explore the social dynamics of pedagogy as it pertains to contemporary art making. The show will feature the multidisciplinary works of 10 Los Angeles based artists, all of whom recently ended their training together in a yearlong arts education fellowship at The Armory Center for the Arts. The two week long exhibition will include works, ranging from painting to video, that seek to highlight the important issues every artist must face when revisiting the classroom as a teacher.
Artists included are: Elisa Saether, Matt Hillseth, Jay Lizo, Rebecca Bennett Duke, Quinton McCurine, Elena Rosa, Anne McCaddon, Nuttaphol Ma, Allison Behrstock and Gerardo Monterrubio.
For the exhibition, Nuttaphol Ma constructs a contemplative space filled with nine chairs borrowed from the gallery and a handcrafted blackboard made from cast-off materials from Ma’s retail day job. On the board, Ma shares lyrical series of questions that cultivate the socio-political and mythical roots of his multidisciplinary works.
The Armory Center for the Arts
145 North Raymond Avenue . Pasadena CA 91103
The Armory Show and Tell . Curated by Irene Tsatsos
The Armory Center for the Arts examines the past, celebrates the present, and informs the future in The Armory Show and Tell, a group exhibition comprised of artists invited to “perform your practice.” The exhibition coincides with the launch of the Armory’s 25th season of exhibition programs as well as the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Armory Show, the first exhibition of modern art in the US. For the past 25 years, Armory Center for the Arts has distinguished itself through its commitment to the notion of artist as educator. Today, The Armory Show and Tell has invited current and former Armory teaching artists and audiences to interrogate that idea; it centers around daily public presentations by 35 of more than 300 current and former Armory teaching artists who responded to an invitation to “perform your practice” in the Armory’s Caldwell Gallery.
Collectively, the entire program embraces a dynamic range of conversations, demonstrations and interactions around ideas that inform the practices of the 35 participating artists, including: risk analysis, Hawaiian haku leis, silent walking, the connection between painting and cooking, immigration and parallel universes, sweatshop labor, fringe sciences, group identity, growing crystals, mapping hypothetical landmarks, and more. Conceptually, The Armory Show and Tell pivots around ideas of “display” and “production” and considers the biases inherent in what we choose to make public, and how.
The following artists, some of whom will be collaborating with each other, are participating in The Armory Show and Tell: Stephanie Allespach, Edgar Arceneaux, Quinton Bemiller, Molly Cleator, Eileen Cowin, Denise & Scott Davis, David Earle, Simone Gad, Bia Gayotto, Michelle Glass, Emilie Halpern, Elizabeth Harvey, Micol Hebron, Robby Herbst, Robert S. Hilton, Hugo Hopping, Alice Könitz, Olga Koumoundouros, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Julie Lequin, Justin Lowman, Nuttaphol Ma, Matt MacFarland, Tracy Nakayama, Ruby Rose Neri, Jill Newman, Elonda Billera Norris, Ruby Osorio, Gina Osterloh, Anna Oxygen, Josh Peters, Lauralee Pope, Elena Rosa, Shirley Tse, Hataya Tubtim, Matt Wardell, Mary Weatherford, and Jacob Yanes
As part of The Armory Show and Tell, Nuttaphol Ma presents The China Outpost @ The Armory 19jul13. Ma relocates a mobile unit of The China Outpost – Ma’s self-imposed sweatshop in Chinatown Los Angeles – to Armory Center for the Arts. Ma stages the mobile unit as a platform to demonstrate how he transforms discarded plastic bags into core building materials for the eventual reconstruction of his ancestral house. Ma will “perform his practice” on Friday 19 July 2013 from 1245p-145p at The Armory. He will also continue to clock in every Friday thereafter for the duration of the exhibition. The China Outpost @ The Armory will be open on Fridays 26Jul, 2/9/16/23/30 Aug, 6/13/20 Sep from 230p-5p.
For the inaugural exhibition at Bureau, an experimental storefront space which features works that explore and redefine the conventions of what an office can be, Nuttaphol Ma extracts materials used from past installation and performance works to create a sculpture, entitled recall, to function within a workspace environment. From his self-imposed sweatshop in Los Angeles Chinatown, The China Outpost, Ma repurposed materials purchased from Home Depot to create handcrafted miniature pallets as structural support for the sculpture and used lashing straps to secure the pallet units in place. Ma’s poetic use of material offers participants an open-ended dialogue about migration and survival. Among the featured works at Friday’s opening are The Edge, the modular workstation designed by o+a for OFS Brands; hand-crafted footstools o+a designer David Hunter; original art by Erik Otto, custom bike accessories by Oliver DiCicco, cycling caps from Chuey Brand, wooden six-pack holders from Merriment Hardware, backpacks from Archive and sunglasses from Capital Eyewear.
5790 projects @ 1019 WEST
1019 West Manchester Boulevard . Inglewood CA 90301
Zero Down . Curated by Catlin Moore, Matthew Gardocki and Marielos Zeka
Zero Down features eight LA-based performance artists in a one-night exhibition on Saturday 01 Jun from 6p-8pm. Concurrently, more than twenty artist studios in the 1019 West building will be exclusively open for viewing during the opening’s hours.
For the exhibition, Nuttaphol Ma premieres footages of a performance that took place at The China Outpost, Ma’s self-imposed sweatshop at the basement of a defunct art gallery in Chinatown Los Angeles. As a result of sewage water from the gallery’s toilet directly above the sweatshop overflowing into the space, Ma was told that part of the sweatshop was to be jack-hammered on 10 Feb 2012. In preparation for the event, Ma cut the site in half, one side to continue to iron while the other side to stage the workers’ excavation and realignment of the shitpipes below. The short film is entitled Shitpipe Explosion @ The China Outpost 10feb12.
The Fellows of Contemporary Arts
970 North Broadway Suite 208 . Los Angeles CA 90012
The Small Loop Show . Curated by China Adams
The show is the second half of a pair exhibitions that focus on artists who have an established, working relationship with reused materials. While the first Loop Show featured large-scale works, The Small Loop Show features the work of the same artists, at a small scale and is framed by the contemplation on the problems of excess and material waste. For the exhibition, multidisciplinary artist Nuttaphol Ma presents Spool No. 001 > made in the china outpost, a handcrafted spool on a lazy susan purchased from Ikea. The object functions as a container for the plastic threads processed and manufactured from Ma’s self-imposed sweatshop at a basement of a defunct art gallery on Chung King Road. The spool is Ma’s holding ground for the material. He will one day repurpose them to be used as the wall material in the reconstruction of his ancestral house.
Beacon Arts @ 1019 WEST
1019 West Manchester Boulevard . Inglewood CA 90301
Urania Festival . A day of performances to celebrate the flyover of the Shuttle Endeavor . Organized by 1019 WEST tenants Jeff Peters and Henry Kitchen
In conjunction with the space shuttle Endeavour landing at LAX, multidisciplinary artist Nuttaphol Ma uses the rooftop at 1019 West Manchester, the sites and sounds of passing planes and ground level traffic as an orchestral backdrop to move to John Cage’s 4’33” composition. Ma takes on the persona of Captain Mundane, an accidental superhero who performs mundane tasks, to move within the composition. The dance captures Captain Mundane laundering discarded fabric from Ma’s day job at a retail shop, mimicking the wash cycle of the washing machine with his hand. The washings contain three movements mirroring Cage’s 4’33” piece with the first movement being 30 seconds of prewash, the second movement being 2 minutes 23 seconds of washing and the third movement being 1 minute 40 seconds of rinsing.
The Urania Festival gathers art performances, the community and music to celebrate the landing of Space Shuttle Endeavour. Participants will be able to watch the flyover and landing of the space shuttle in the early portion of the festival from 10am to noon. The evening portion begins at 6pm to 10pm and celebrates the landing of Endeavour.
Friday 21 September 2012
Morning Festivities . 10a-noon . Performance by Nuttaphol Ma @ 10:15a and by Amy Kaps @ 10:25a
Evening Festivities . 6p-10p . Performance by Amy Kaps @ 7:05p and by Sheree Rose @ 7:35p
Link: youtube: movements to 4’33”vimeo: movements to 4’33”