FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lost or Found in Ry Rocklen's World
June 5 - 26, 2004
Reception: Saturday, June 5, 7-11pm
1020 E. Fourth Place (between Molino and Mateo Sts.), Los Angeles, CA 90013
Contact: Tim Quinn and/or Kathryn Hargreaves
Web site, <http://dangerouscurve.org>
Hours, Wednesday Saturday, 1-7pm
Two images from Google search for Lost/Found.
Join the Community Opening Party!
People are saying that the events at Dangerous Curve, Downtown Los Angeles's new experimental art space, are "really rad." So if you've not been to an opening, come to the opening celebration of Ry Rocklen's "Lost/Found" on June 5, 2004. The party runs from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m., at 1020 East Fourth Place, between Molino and Mateo Streets, in the back of the 500 Molino Street Lofts (#102). As usual, we have amazing food by chef John Saslow, and performance art. Live music includes the duo Swinging Chandeliers, with Joseph Hammer playing his tape loops and Sayo Mitsuishi drawing with both hands on an overhead projector, and the duo Jessica Catron (cello) and Bay Area's Nathan Levine (double bass) performing "improvised chamber music dedicated to crossing time and space as gently and manically as possible." Others are TBA. There's no charge, and there's free parking across the street. The exhibit runs until June 26. Two weeks before and two weeks after openings, we generally have Performance Art and/or Experimental Music and Film Nights starting at 8:00 p.m. (See below.) The gallery is open every Wednesday through Saturday, 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. See <http://dangerouscurve.org> for directions, events, pictures, and updates.
Ry Rocklen's work is so immediate that we figure the best way to describe him is to pass on a first-person testimony. So here goes:
"Ry Rocklen is that rare artist that continues to surprise. He makes stuff that you might have made when you were ten years old, had you known then what you know now. Simple ideas, simple presentation. Like papier mache and glue, and snow globes and motors. Sometimes, though, he makes me think of Br'er Rabbit. I saw him performing with Nick Lowe in The Bushes, their rap-duo. At first I was, like, yeah, I get it, white guys rapping about the 'burbs. Makes sense, it's funny. But they went on and on, not repeating, but really extending the argument. Dense and chewy, in the language of the 'burbs, but strange stream-of-consciousness stories suddenly morphing into an in-depth analysis of the semiotics of malls, all in unison. Then, together they go "uuhuhhuuuhhhhuuuuuuhh," and the crowd cracks up! A sublime moment. After the set, I spoke to Ry and there was the affable soft-spoken dude again. Suddenly, I lost track of where the frame was. Was I inside or outside Ry's work? It made me smile. That's what his work is like, when you encounter it you enter into Ry's world, willing conspirator or unwitting dupe, you can't be sure, but it doesn't matter, because you're having too much fun."
Come see what Ry does with Dangerous Curve's big space.
Dangerous Curve is committed to supporting visionary established and emerging artists of all ages, by emphasizing one-person shows of risky, intelligent work that is not necessarily commercially viable nor currently popular. In a time when other spaces have reduced their performance art programming, Dangerous Curve is a new venue for performance artists, with performance-exhibits, monthly performance art events, and an annual performance art festival planned.
Other events (subject to change):
July 17, August 14, September 11, 2004
Performance Art and/or Experimental Music Nights
$5.00 suggested donation to the performers