Sunday, July 24, 2011

David Hughes | POST Group show

Nick Ackerman and Rich Bot and Dave Hughes are in a
group show curated by Chris Oliveria at POST Gallery 1904 East 7th
Place, Los Angeles from 7 to 9 PM TONITE ONLY Sunday the 24th of July.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Film Screening | Andrew Hahn video work + House, 1977

Join us for a a night of video and film.

Andrew Hahn screens some of his video work.
Followed by the psychedelic horror film "House".
Monday July 18th, 9pm, back garden WPA.

House (1977)
Hausu (original title)
Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi

Oshare (Gorgeous) is excited about spending summer vacation with her father, until she finds out that his beautiful, freakishly serene girlfriend Ryouko would be going as well. Oshare decides she will be going to her aunt's house in the country instead. She brings with her her friends from school - Fanta (who likes to take pictures, and daydreams a lot), KunFuu (who has very good reflexes), Gari/Prof (who is a major nerd), Sweet (who likes to clean), Mac (who eats a lot), and Melody (a musician). However, the girls are unaware that Oshare's aunt is actually dead and the house is actually haunted. When they arrive at the house, crazy events take place and the girls disappear one by one while slowly discovering the secret behind all the madness.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Film Screening | WPA + Hop Louie Present Terri Phillips and Black Moon

WPA + Hop Louie present!
Terri Phillips - video work and Louis Malle's "Black Moon"
Thursday July 14th, 8:30pm WPA Gallery - back garden

Black Moon (1975)
Director: Louis Malle

The surreal narrative pivots around a confused teenager (Cathryn Harrison) who witnesses a war between the sexes and finds herself involved in numerous dream-like situations at a country estate. An underlying subtext offers a convoluted commentary on the women's movement of the 1970s.

Walking a fine line between fantasy and reality with the two occasionally merging, Black Moon refuses to conform to a conventional storyline and a description of the fantastical events that take place could easily give one the wrong impression and misrepresent the cinematic experience Malle intended. The director was well aware of this, saying "I don't know how to describe Black Moon because it's a strange melange - if you want, it's a mythological fairy-tale taking place in the near future. There are several themes; one is the ultimate civil war...the war between men and women. I say the 'ultimate civil war,' because through the 1970s we'd been watching all this fighting between people of different religions and races and political beliefs. And this was, of course, the climax and great moment of women's liberation. So, we follow a young girl, in this civil war; she's trying to escape, and in the middle of the wood she finds a house which seems to be abandoned. When she enters the house, she obviously enters another world; she's in the presence of an old lady in bed, who speaks a strange language and converses with a huge rat on her bedside table. She goes from discovery to discovery - it's a sort of initiation." The film has obvious connections to the writings of Lewis Carroll as well as other films from the same period such as Robert Altman's Images (1972), which shares a similar fascination with unicorns, and Ingmar Bergman's bleak war allegory, Shame (1968). Malle freely admitted that Black Moon "conveys my admiration for and curiosity about Alice in Wonderland. And in the part I deliberately cast this English girl, Cathryn Harrison..."[1]

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

David Hughes | No X performance online has published an audio recording of David Hughes Radio Performance of his book "No X"at WPA Gallery, Los Angeles, December 2010.
Click here to listen.