Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Performance | December 24th

WPA is pleased to announce a performance on December 24th from 8:30pm.
David Hughes, Derrick Maddox and John Williams.

WPA | 510 Bernard Street Los Angeles, CA 90012 | +1 213-503-5762

Thursday, December 17, 2009

David Hughes | Opening December 19

David Hughes

December 17 - January 10
Opening Reception December 19th 6pm - 9pm

WPA is pleased to announce an exhibition by David Hughes.
David Hughes’ sculpture is discursive and infused with personal narrative. His work can be seen as a peculiar kind of storytelling. In Hughes’ world, the practicality of objects is isolated from both use and subject. The care is taken in the synthesis of a unique material language, not in the directness of pointing. His work is at once about the anxiety of effort and the ease of a complex gesture.
Hughes’ art encompasses everything from performance, sound, video and film, to various forms of painting and drawing, all siphoned through the expanded definition of sculpture; even his writings have a materialist quality.

Gallery open 12-6pm, Thursday - Sunday or by appointment.

Monday, December 7, 2009

WPA Soup Kitchen Event

With the closing of Terri Phillips show we will also be hosting the inaugural WPA Soup Kitchen event.
From 4pm on Saturday Dec 12th.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Terri Phillips | Black Friday, Saturday and Sunday OPEN.

Gallery is open on Black Friday and Black Saturday and Black Sunday:
12 to 6pm

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Video Screening | Manifesto and Membrane Lane double Feature

WPA Screening
Screening this Sunday 15th Nov, 7pm, will be a double-bill screening of Charles Irvin’s ‘Membrane Lane’
and Andrew Hahn’s ‘Manifesto’.

Two mind-bending true stories, one night of experimental narrative video at WPA.

‘Membrane Lane’, Charles Irvin, 2009, 31 min.
Presented in the style of conspiracy theory documentaries, Irvin’s ‘Membrane Lane’ places The False Memory Syndrome Foundation in the backlash against progressive movements of the 1960's and 70's. Blind acceptance by many of the mythology of False Memory Syndrome grossly underscores America's culture of denial, fueled by a dangerous fiction that it is exceptional among nations. This belief of American exceptional ism too often keeps citizens from acknowledging and confronting the destructive aspects of culture and society, whether it's our excessive consumption, denial of our racist and violent history or social problems like child abuse.
Produced, written, directed by and starring Charles Irvin.

‘Manifesto’, Andrew Hahn, 2007, 52 min.
Aping the style of tv news docudrama's, “like a self-conscious PBS Frontline episode”, Hahn’s ‘Manifesto’ is a no-budget bio-pic on the American terrorist Theodore Kaczynski, aka The Unabomber, starring David Hughes as Ted. Following the course of his eighteen year bombing campaign against industrial society, we get an askew glimpse into his mind and methods.
Produced, written and directed by Andrew Hahn.

Screening begins at 7pm, Sunday, November 15. WPA, 510 Bernard Street, Chinatown, LA 90012.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Update | Fil Rüting slide show now online

Website now has a slide show of the current exhibiton at WPA online now. Click the image on the home page to see the show.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Chinatown Gallery's now open on Sundays!

A collection of galleries in Chinatown, has banded together to open their doors on Sundays.
We now have a place to relax, grab a bite and check out all the shows on a relaxing sunday afternoon.
Click to download a walking map for all the galleries that are open for sundays.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Fil Rüting | Opening October 24th

Fil Rüting
Tri Repetae - One 24th of a Second

WPA, 510 Bernard St, October 24 - November 16
Opening Reception Saturday, October 24, 7-10pm
Special Guest Band @ 9pm

WPA is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Fil Rüting,
"Tri Repetae - One 24th of a Second".

*Trichromacy, the condition upon which humans perceive color, is a fundamental exploration point in "Tri Repetae". Sampled from iconic film, the videos and prints in this exhibition contain ghost like figures in shades of red, green, blue, moving within a stationary camera space such as a hallway, trash heap, or skate park. These images hint at a sublime subtext within the original sampled narrative releasing the imagery from the restraints of its linear form, by continuously cutting the frame in overlapping time. One 24th of a second is the time in which a single frame of film is seen; these prints as single frames however implicate the multiple frames found in cinematic film. This literal liberation of image and sound from the formal and conceptual constraints of historical linear filmic space succeeds predominantly though this direct relationship to time. Time is represented as historical form, context, and idea. Rüting’s playful reconstructive approach to sampled cinematic imagery implies a sort of visual haiku; instead of three lines of text, we have three colors, three compositions… a tri repetae.

Born in Sydney, Australia, Fil Rüting now lives and works in Los Angeles.

*The human eye contains three types of color receptors (cones), with different absorption spectra. The RGB (red, green, blue) additive color model used in video and other electronic devices, was derived from this trichromatic perception of color.

Gallery open 12-6pm, Thursday - Sunday or by appointment.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Opening | West Los Angeles College Art Gallery

Exhibition: "Newman's Subconscious" a group exhibition curated by Suzanne Adelman & Keith Walsh

Exhibition Dates: October 19th - December 4th, 2009.
Gallery Reception: Tuesday, Oct. 27th from 6:00-9:00 PM.

Gallery Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10:00am-4:00pm

This show will feature artworks by: Aaron Brewer, Kristin Beinner James, Suzanne Adelman, Pamela Jorden, Kristi Lippire, Christopher James, Tracy Miller, John Pearson, Ernie Ramirez,
Keith Walsh and Matt Wardell.

"Newman’s Subconscious"

In touching upon the issue of identity and shared consciousness, the objective of this show is to stimulate confusion and contemplation around it's subject matter: Newman’s Subconscious.

The group of artists selected in this show have the skills and sensibilities to articulate a range of viewpoints that highlight the confusion of the subject: Which ‘Newman’ are we speaking of? The artists may address the question of the subject by way of means not limited to formalism, popular imagery, high/low cultural juxtapositions, the esoteric, ephemera, spirituality, art history, and music. Some ‘Newman’ subjects may be living, some have passed on, others are fictitious. Regardless of their corporeality or not, each shares one that ultimately reflects a facet of America’s own character and culture.

Recent scientific research has shown that we can 'read' or enter each other's minds by way of reading expressions that set off a firing of mirror neurons. The brain is activated in the same way for both the subject and the receiver. As well, very specific areas of our brains have been mapped while picturing a variety of objects. Perhaps conscious or not, this mapping points to an amalgam of culture and shared identity within us. But then again...what exactly is a subconscious and who knows what is lurching in the neurological alchemy and accumulated warehouse of each other's minds?

Within this mediating capacity, between the process of the artwork and what the spectator brings to the gallery, art is therefore in the service of role-playing, exploring the nature of the self, and the nature of itself, as a mirror of shared consciousness.

West Los Angeles College Art Gallery
4800 Freshman Dr.
Culver City, CA 90230

Monday, September 28, 2009

MIchael Minelli | Pics from opening

TRYHARDER has posted some pics from Michael's opening last saturday.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

MIchael Minelli | Opening WPA

WPA, 510 Bernard St.,September 24 - October 17
Opening Reception Saturday, September 26, 7-10 pm

WPA presents “,” an exhibition of recent work by Michael Minelli. This is the second in a series of exhibitions scheduled at WPA, a new artist-run space located in Chinatown. Minelli’s work has long been invested in the quid pro quo between popular media discourse and the individual subject. In this recent series of sculpture and drawing, Minelli renders microphones, boom stands and free standing banners as avatars of public address. However, as opposed to being either “behind” or “in front of” the mic, the voice in these works emerges as stuck somewhere between states of mediation and misrecognition. Minelli’s use of materials and language suggests how distortion itself might be claimed as a site of agency. Be it through quotation, lyric or utterance, the voice in “” erupts as a shower of alternative somebodies; occupying positions of both call and response.
Gallery open 12-6pm, Thursday - Saturday or by appointment.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

WPA Presents | Sunday Night Movies for Free

on our open-air patio
(concessions available, bring chairs or blankets)
510 Bernard Street, Chinatown, LA, 90012

Aliens, Amy Sarkisian, 17 min., 2004
Valley Girl, Michele O’Marah, 112 min., 2002
Two way-out remakes of movies made in the mid-80s by two of Los Angeles’ most way-out artists.  Not to be missed.
Sept 6, 8pm

Monday, July 27, 2009


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