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Friday, April 20, 2012

No Sleep Til MOCA

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is presenting Transmission LA: AV Club currently in Los Angeles, free to the public.  This visual fantasy land is like nothing you have ever seen, but that should be expected considering the curator is Mike D from The Beastie Boys.

The space of the Geffen is the perfect place to house the large installation of works by 17 multi media artists.  Once a police car warehouse, architect Frank Ghery renovated the building to create the perfect contemporary spot for avant garde and unusual exhibitions.

One of the first stunning works to see is Jim Drain's and Ara Pettersan's pinwheels: a psychedelic mobile.

With friend Amber Hackett
From the candy land of pinwheels we walked through the hallway designed by Ben Jones.  Something out of Tron, this spectacular laser path takes you into the world of a video game.  

Sanford Biggers has the sun setting and the moon rising from the point of view of the driver's seat in a fast paced car race.  

Feeling as if I had just spent hours in a carnival, I had to get outside for some fresh air and calm visuals.  However, I walked out the door to see Santigold performing on a stage - a stage that reflected the art from inside.   

Her music was good, and her performance was better.  Her back up dancers were like whimsical wind up dolls that were spinning colorful umbrellas behind her.  Her song Creator was a favorite of the crowd, and it seemed to be of Santigold as well.

Art truly manifests itself in many different ways.  It's exciting to see a compilation of painters, sculptors, experimental artist and other disciplines brought together under one roof.  It's not surprising that this show is the brain child of Mike D - the same artist who brought us The New Style.

1 comment:

Claire said...

I wish the classic museums could set up conversations among visual artists and the musicians and authors of the same period. Wouldn't it be wonderful to walk into the Met's Portrait exhibition through an atrium that would be full of music and period theatre? To see the Botticelli with the music of the first operas still in our ears?