The Archaic Revival features 31 established and emerging artists and performers from Los Angeles, Portland, and Rotterdam whose works can be considered as manifestations of a burgeoning dialogue from within the collective subconscious of contemporary art. The artists in the exhibition use allegorical code, sacred plant knowledge, magic and an untethered glossolalia, while their works intuit mysticism, alchemy, fetishistic processes, prophecy, and even hum
Las Ciengas Projects
Jan. 29 thru Feb. 26, 2011
2045 S. Las Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Photographs & text by Michael C. Hsiung
Some folks hanging out.
Unknown artist. Sorry.
After we checked out In the Nursery at the Corey Helford Gallery, we headed half a mile up to check out The Archaic Revival that Pearl had a piece in at Las Ciengas Projects. We got there and it was pretty packed. The homeless guy wearing the hat comes back into the evening at the end.
We cruised in and there was a performance being done by featherbeard. Atmosphere was pretty fun and crazy. Lots of folks celebrating in colorful clothing.
This is Pearl C. Hsiung, painter and sister. Her stuff is weird. Just kidding, it's weird and awesome.
Rachel in front of Pearl's piece.
Close-up of Pearl's painting.
Artist Scoli Acosta and Alison. Sorry I tried touched your face.
Sorry I couldn't figure out who these works belonged. My apologies.
Sculpture by Mindy Shapero.
Me and some people admiring Sandeep Mukherjee's piece. Not sure how he makes these but I overheard a something about making folds over sewing needles . . . may or may not be true. haha
Check that out
Lots of folks - Rachel poking her head out of the crowd.
Pearl talking to Sandeep about his piece. This show was fun - there was a lot of casual ground sitting.
Sculpture by Anna Sew Hoy. Her sculptures are usually made from very ordinary things such as denim, metal elements, wood, rubber, and even things like necklace chains, sunglasses and cellphone cords. She had a group of sculptures / installation at the Hammer Museum in 2007. Some really cool stuff.
I really like that brick head profile. Quilt by Pentti Monkkonen.
A sculpture by Michael Decker, a super talented guy who I got a chance to chat with at ArtLA. Unfortunately, later on the show this piece was sort of damaged, but Michael handled it the coolest I've seen. I think he said, "well, it's a ongoing changing piece." Ha-Ha. I probably would have started crying.
Pearl points out this collage by Francesca Gabbiani. It's nice going to Pearl's openings since it's really an entirely a different crowd and group of artists. I like learning more about her peers and keeping an open mind.
I like what I'm seeing here - cut out paper layering.
A little space in the middle for the viewer which is really cool as you mend as one with the piece.
Really bummed out I didn't jot this artist's name. I figured I could get the information after. . . so my apologies again. I really liked the pattern and line work on these.
I mean this is pretty sick! Well, I dug it. haha. All ink I believe. I'd live there.
Some really cool masks by Allison Schulnik
Close-up beard looks like shaving cream.
A sculpture by Landon Wiggs.
British artist Joanne Burke aka Chromium Dumb Belle known for her embroidered hangings and art-to-wear accessories.
I really thought this sculpture by Landon Wiggs was pretty cool.
More sculptures by Landon Wiggs.
Not sure whose installation this was. . . sorry again.
Check out this crazy sculpture with ball sacs by Charles Irvin.
The man behind the sculpture, Charles Irvin.
People jibber jabbering.
Phil from CROM comes out to support Pearl's endeavors. Crom is a rad band, check them out.
Old skate buddy who taped me some Bad Brains and Descendants in high school Aaron, his daughter Hope, and his wife Jen.
More Asian people. . . New Media Artist Lucy Chinen and Pearl C. Hsiung.
White dudes with facial hair, Eric brown bagging and Mike chilling out.
I think this is my fifth "I'm sorry" but I didn't get their name. But thought it was pretty cool.
Piece by Sarah Cromarty.
My favorite photo I took that night was these three homies chillin and checking out art. Unfortunately, later one of them got a little too close to an artist's piece, not cool man.
Good work Pearl!
My old skate buddy and now my neighbor and his wife, Dave and Tiffany.
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