Friday, May 29, 2009

forgetting to post photos....

we might be the worst at that, which is why alot of the photos are from months (or years) back that we recently stumbled upon. horrible, we know.....which is why we need interns and people to come in and sit around and blog for us. but we can't pay, because...well you know, recession. but we can give hugs, draw you pretty pictures, paint your picture, take your picture, and buy you smoothies. say yes?

yes! oh, and if there are repeats from previous blogs, our bad. this has alot to do with that lack of intern problem. see the rest of them HERE.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


is a winner. <3

p.s. we miss you, so much:

please come back to us so we can play video games together. or just sit around and oogle hot boys.


windows are the best things to look out of. they frame the best things, and mostly everything they frame turn into live tv shows or moving photographs. or you can use them to spy on your neighbors. maybe it's just the fact that when light goes through them, and if there's a person standing by it, it always makes one of the best pictures you can take.


90's party! 400 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Bruce La Bruce Lecture/Artist Talk TONIGHT.

Bruce La Bruce Artist Talk/Lecture today @ Art Center College of Design.

Since the late 1980s, Bruce LaBruce has worked in a variety of media, including artist publications, photography, film and cinematography. LaBruce's most recent film project, "Otto; Or, Up With Dead People," which premiered at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals, and went on to be shown at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and other prominent venues around the world, introduced the public to a new genre in the already-expansive vocabulary of LaBruce: horror. With his latest project, "Untitled Hardcore Zombie Project," just opened at Peres Projects in Los Angeles, LaBruce has marked a path to uncharted territory. In his own words, regarding this latest exhibition:

"Zombies and porn. What a beautiful combination. I have been dealing in both genres since the early nineties when I made No Skin Off My Ass, my first sexually explicit feature film, and co-starred in my friend Candy's short film Interview with a Zombie, in which I played a gay member of the undead. Against all professional advice, I've been making porn movies ever since, albeit reluctantly. (I'm not a particularly avid consumer of porn, and I don't follow the industry; not unpretentiously, I consider myself not so much a pornographer as an artist who works in porn.) After making three sexually explicit feature films (NSOMA, Super 8 1/2, and Hustler White), in 1999 I wrote and directed my first "legitimate" porno film, Skin Flick, made under the auspices of the German porn company Cazzo Films. The subject was neo-Nazi skinheads, characters that, one could argue, have a certain zombie-like quality. The hardcore version, released under the title Skin Gang, was a full-on pornographic product, shot in a relatively conventional porn style, and packaged and promoted with an adult entertainment industry audience in mind. (It was even nominated for nine gay adult video awards in the U.S.) My following film, The Raspberry Reich (2004), about a gang of extreme left wing would-be terrorists – another zombie-esque bunch – was also conceived as a porn product, although the softcore version, which nonetheless contained sexually explicit material, managed to play at over 150 film festivals worldwide. (The hardcore version, entitled The Revolution Is My Boyfriend, was released by the porn company Wurst Films.) In 2008 I finally stopped pussyfooting around the living dead theme and made an actual zombie flick, called Otto; or, Up with Dead People. Another of my sexually explicit art films, Otto also played at more than 150 film fests despite, or perhaps because of, the infamous gut-fucking scene, in which a gay zombie penetrates a hole in the stomach of a fellow gay zombie with his undead cock. While touring the world with the film I found myself in interviews making the lofty pronouncement that I believe zombie porn is the wave of the future, and that we will soon routinely see porous, corrupted flesh being penetrated by legions of lascivious zombies. (Zombie porn is practical: you can create your own orifice!) So by way of a self-fulfilling prophecy, and to get the ball rolling (or, I suppose, balls), I have pulled together the funding for an Untitled Hardcore Zombie Project, to be shot in LA in August, and starring one of the biggest names in the adult entertainment industry. The title of the film and the identity of the featured star will be announced at the opening of my Peres Projects show on May 23rd. I will be sneak previewing screen tests of some of the special effects that will be used in this splatter zombie movie, created by LA-based FX whiz Joe Castro. I will also be showing a variety of zombie material that I have already made, including hardcore sex out-takes from Otto, and images from a wild Catalonian separatist zombie orgy photo shoot taken at the opening of my show at the Antigua Casa Haiku Gallery in Barcelona last autumn, as well as a recent photo shoot/installation featuring revolutionary IRA zombies at the performance event Visions of Excess that just happened in London this April. I will also be showing my debut as a zombie in Candy Pauker's Interview with a Zombie. So get ready for a revolutionary zombie porn extravaganza!"

Bruce LaBruce lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

Los Angeles Times Theater (LAT)
1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, CA

p.s. Bruce recommended that we watch this:


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Eight Falacies About Contemporary Art...

More than in any other field, misperceptions about contemporary art keep audiences from effectively engaging it. Even within the art world itself, I see people buying into myths that cloud the viewing experience. In an effort to give the gallery-goer a few more tools to make sense of what they see, this week’s column compiles many common and useless contemporary art misnomers.

This work generated so much discussion, it must be good!

Everybody talks about Lindsay Lohan, but this doesn’t lead people to conclude she is an excellent actor. The same rationale needs to be applied to art. Media starlets Damien Hirst, Banksy and Vanessa Beecroft generate media spectacle around their personality and art designed to elicit base response. Unfortunately, it works. None of them however, have made anything in recent memory worth the chatter their work produces.

Anything can be art!
Duchamp didn’t make every shovel art, just the one he labeled. In other words, while context and intentionality can earn a work the title of “art,” residual creative impulse does not.

Value is completely subjective.
No it’s not. There are methods of evaluating art, and just because viewers respond differently doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Unresolved aesthetic choices and lazy conceptual practice won’t receive a pass from me.

Anyone could do that.
A sentiment typically refuted with the argument, “But you didn’t.” A more common version of the myth circulating art circles, “It’s too easy” completes itself with “to take a compelling photograph,” or “to make a good collage.” In each case, the viewer’s actually complaining that it’s too hard to separate the good from the bad. There’s no easy answer to this dilemma, except to look at enough art to develop a mature eye.

Elitism rules the art world.
Actually, this one is true, but the unspoken fallacy here, is that it doesn’t also rule every other field. Class is far less permeable than we care to believe.

Pioneering artists are “ahead of their time.”
The idea that the art world understands something regular folk do not is patently false. Artists don’t have any special vision into the future; a few talented individuals will simply earn the unique burden of representing a strand of visual culture for the generation. I don’t believe in the concept of genius.

I don’t know enough about art to talk about it.
Anyone can discuss art well, few of us however look at it long enough to be able to do so. Trust your instincts, talk about what you see — don’t be afraid to be wrong. The beauty of an opinion is that you can change it as your response evolves.

Art professionals wear black.
Unless they wear pink.


p.s. Let's hope for this:


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Congrats Conrad!

One of our lovelies, Mr. Conrad Ruiz graduated recently from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and we went up there to visit him and had the time of our lives. He's now Mr. Conrad Ruiz MFA! Well now, Mr. Masters of Fine's time to rape the galleries, curators, collectors and critics with your awesomeness. Don't forget to share the money to our broke asses. haha Thank you for being in our lives:

and yes, you won grad school. haha just don't fall asleep first next time. haha


p.s. ummmmm, this needs to happen where we are:

in fact, we want to figure out how to top this, that way....we can top it. who wants in?

p.p.s. did someone say Feist nude: