Thursday, January 14, 2010

2 Los Angeles Events

Hi friends,

I'll be in LA for these two events, one on January 22nd at Las Cienegas Projects and one on January 28th at Family Books. It would be great to see you at one or both!

Here's the link to the Family listing, flyer to come:


Here's the release with info about the Las Cienegas Projects show.


January 23 - February 20, 2010
Opening Reception:
Saturday, January 23, 7-10 pm

Las Cienegas Projects is extremely pleased to announce 3 new exhibitions and a series of events including Dante Brebner and Marcos Rosales in collaboration with Francis Coy: In the Interim Lies the Darkness (Main Gallery), Ismael de Anda: Shag Quixote (Project Space), and Trinie Dalton’s Zine Workshop / Slide Talk / Exhibition (Back Room).

Back Room
Zine/Bookmaking Workshop, Slide Talk and Exhibition

Las Cienegas Projects is excited to welcome writer, editor and artist Trinie Dalton for a series of events including a slide talk, zine/bookmaking workshop and an exhibition curated by Dalton showcasing its results. The talk will be divided into 3 parts, covering Bruno Munari’s Xerografia project, Copy Art, and the History of Zines. For the workshop, Las Cienegas Projects has invited several Los Angeles-based artists to participate, and has additionally left open several slots to the public.

Dalton is perhaps most recognized for the publication she co-edited, Dear New Girl or Whatever Your Name Is, an assortment of drawing works by 35 visual artists in repsonse to a selection of high school notes passed by students and confiscated by Dalton during her days as a substitute teacher--when she often secretly delighted in reading them or applauded their creativity—and distributed to the artists who then responded in drawing form, incorporating pieces of text and doodles from the original notes. NPR’s Ketzel Levine noted “I am strangely mesmerized by this cross between a high school kid’s notebook and a 21st century pen and ink retrospective”.

Trinie Dalton has authored, curated, and/or co-edited five books: Wide Eyed (Akashic), A Unicorn Is Born (Abrams), Dear New Girl or Whatever Your Name Is (McSweeney's), Mythtym (Picturebox), and Sweet Tomb (Madras Press). Her art books are often accompanied by visual art and exhibitions surrounding issues of art + text. Dalton makes zines and handmade books, curating shows around them. For her Werewolf Express, she curated part of "Zines Unbound: Werewolves, Kults, and Sarcastic Hippies" at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center. For Mythtym, she has been presenting lectures on topics such as mirrors in horror and the history of photocopy art. She recently has done slide talk/workshops at the Observatory in Brooklyn and at Deitch Projects as part of the PIG Sunday School curated by Gelatin. A paper based on her slide talk/workshop for Las Cienegas Projects will publish in French in Les Editions Particules, and in English in X-Tra.

Slide talk: Friday, January 22, 8pm. Open to the public (free, limited seating
Workshop*: Friday, January 22, 5pm-10pm (by reservation only; includes slide talk)
Exhibition: Opening reception: Saturday, January 23, 7-10pm
*For further workshop information or to make a reservation, please contact Amy Thoner at 213.595.8017

Las Cienegas Projects is a new artist-run project space and gallery focusing on large-scale, collaborative and project-based artworks by a broad range of local, national and international emerging and mid-career artists. For further information and press materials, please contact LCP Co-director Amy Thoner at or 213.595.8017

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Tanners by Robert Walser

I was lucky enough to review the newly translated Robert Walser novel recently. It is his first novel, and I'd totally recommend it as a starting point into Walser's oeuvre.