A very special thank you to our new friends Cyrill Durigon and Hervé Marmillot for documenting their visit to Los Angeles, Natology HQ, and the creation of Make that Money Honey by Carlitos. Cyrill and Hervé are French multi-disciplinary artist and designers who focus and collaborate on visual communication and interactive design.
HERstory, a performance-based experience by Marcel Alcalá, was born May 8, 2015 at SPiN Standard, the Standard Hotel, Downtown LA. Based on the entertainment industry and social media’s fetish of celebrity culture, Alcalá performs as the clown. The history of the clown as an archetype plays an important role on talking about class and McDonalization of society. This piece speaks directly to concept of entrance and paparazzi flashes on the red carpet.
Alongside works by Christopher Argodale (GURT) and David Tamargo (Alligator Jesus) with sounds by DJs Phyllis Navidad (Rhonda Int'l). Photos by Miriam Brummel, courtesy of SPiN Standard. Hair by Leon Yeshua. Curated by Nathaly Charria.
Los Angeles documentary filmmaker Eric Minh Swenson tells the story of Millie Brown's Rainbow Body and her supporting cast in this short video. Eric focuses on documenting the LA art scene through film, photography, and writing. Within the last three years, he's produced nearly 400 films on the art world and is always a familiar face amongst the crowds.
Welcome to HER. You are HER. I am HER. We are within HER
HER is a procession and introduction to the idea of celebrity of Marcel Alcalá as Clown. Based on the entertainment industry and social media’s fetish of celebrity culture, Alcalá performs as the clown. The history of the clown as an archetype plays an important role on talking about class and McDonalization of society. This piece speaks directly to concept of entrance and paparazzi flashes on the red carpet. Alongside works by Christopher Argodale (GURT), Natacha Stolz, Jos McKain, David Tamargo (Alligator Jesus) and DJs Phyllis Navidad (Rhonda Int'l) and Ambrosia Salad. This piece will be documented via Snapchat and Instagram with live broadcast.
Marcel Alcalá (b.1990) creates encounters that upend the expectation of art as a discrete work. Venturing outside of institutional structures, Alcalá contextualizes his work in public space. Often addressing gender, social media, celebrity, and society’s McDonalization, Alcalá’s diverse practice includes performance, live situations, installations, objects, and drawings. Based on identity politics and the future/status of the "brown" body, he creates improve in real time CNX2 (Creating New Content Now). He graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012, and currently lives in Los Angeles. Recent projects and exhibitions include McPoems at McDonalds Silverlake, Trains at Night Gallery, and commissions by LAXart and Night Club in Chicago. Like the socially necessary figure of the clown that fascinates him, Alcalá uses humor, play, and the absurd to level essential critiques at the extremes and everyday banalities of societal power.
Jim Drain’s SEEM / SEAMS opened at VSF in Los Angeles on Saturday May 2, 2015. After spending the past decade in Miami, Jim recently moved back to Providence, Rhode Island, where it all began. SEEM / SEAMS presents a series of collage-based paintings derived from the psychedelic and punk rock approach at the foundation of his practice. Jim attended RISD and was a founding member of the art collective Forcefield, a experimental noise band that combined sound, performance, and wearable works.
Silkscreen, magazine, acrylic, color pencil, paper, cotton, linen, burlap, and the Fort Thunder phone list are mixed together with a colorful consciousness that gives thanks to the process. I’d like to live within Jim Drain’s paintings and play within each psychedelic intricacy.
Special thank you to our partners, sponsors, and friends including: Nicole Ehrlich, Jay Luchs, Flaunt Magazine, Casamigos Tequila, Caliche Rum, Perrier, Walloo, LA's Independent Creatives, and the woman behind my impeccable style that evening Niki Schwan and Leon Yeshua on hair.
Photos courtesy of EMS, Daniel Silwa, and Evan Barsky. More available at:
Words / Interview by Justin Moran for Bullet Magazine
British performance artist Millie Brown—famous for puking on Lady Gaga during the singer’s 2014 SXSW performance—will unveil her fourth solo exhibition in Los Angeles on April 10. Presented by Nicole Ehrlich and curated by Nathaly Charria, “Rainbow Body” will feature whimsical paintings all created “using almond milk, food coloring, stomach and hands”—a more pleasant way of referring to Brown’s unusual practice, where she vomits colored milk directly onto canvases (Amazing). This particular group of paintings pulls inspiration from Brown’s new home in California, collectively telling “the story of the Los Angeles sky, its past and its present, its light and its dark.” We caught up with Brown to dissect this exhibition, discussing abstract expressionism, enlightenment and Buddhist monasteries:
Millie Brown’s “Rainbow Body” opens with a private reception on April 9, hosted by Flaunt Magazine, and will run through April 23 at 8472 Melrose Place.
On “Rainbow Body:”
“‘Rainbow Body’ is a reflection of my time here in California. The palette’s inspiration came from the skies, shapes, architecture and energy of the city. Each of these paintings embodies that energy and my presence within it. In many respects, my paintings are the climax to a solitary performance of their own creation. Using my body to paint from the inside out with stomach and hands. The process is of equal importance to me as the result on canvas. I relate to the abstract expressionism movement, which in some senses was the birth of performance art itself. The artist behind the painting became a performer, projecting his/her self onto the canvas and opening up a whole new way to use the tools we possess.”
On the sky:
“Every day I climb a mountaintop, sit and meditate, while looking over the city and into the sky. I’ve become more fascinated by the sky than ever before in my life. The colors and combinations of shades are different from anywhere else—they inspire me to recreate their infinite beauty through myself and body.”
On living in Los Angeles:
“I’ve become used to working and creating in London for so long: The fast pace, the grayness and raw creativity surrounding me. I love it and thrive within that environment. In LA, it’s the polar-opposite, yet somehow a perfect complement and in some ways an antidote to what I’ve become accustomed to. I’ve spent more time in nature here and that’s influenced the inspiration within my work. I feel people in LA have a very different outlook on life and encourage ambition in others more than other places I’ve lived. I don’t create unless I’m in the right headspace to create a positive piece of work. I think this city has given me a more positive outlook and that translates on to my canvases.”
On her process:
“I used the same process to create these pieces as my previous ones, but this time I used a different technique with my hands and dripping to manipulate the paint, rather than leaving the splatters where they fell. I wanted to see all color on ‘Rainbow Body’—color from side-to-side. I wanted to get lost within the color-scape and movement.”
“Every performance I’ve ever conceptualized has pushed my own physical boundaries, opening up a vulnerable and often uncomfortable place mentally. I believe we can only grow mentally and spiritually by exceeding these self-made boundaries. Although we are physical beings existing in this physical realm, we are also way more powerful than we believe. Our minds are truly incredible tools. Every time I push past the discomfort into this state of mind, I find a sense of enlightenment from within—a place where my creative thoughts have no limits and my mind feels liberated.”
On Tibetan and Buddhist Theology:
“The concept of ‘Rainbow Body’ is deeply rooted in Tibetan and Buddhist theology. It is the observation from a third person’s perspective of another being gaining complete knowledge: Enlightenment. The person observes the other as a spectrum of colors all embodying a rainbow presence. My performances have roots in some spiritual practices. Much of my childhood was spent in Buddhist monasteries and spiritual retreats—I’ve drawn from these experiences, but do not relate personally to any one religion. I think it’s more powerful and natural to draw from all, taking the good from each as inspiration for life. These elements often seep into my work.”
As I prepare for the performance debut by newest artists PROST (PROSTITUTION), commissioned by the Miami Design District for Site-Specific Performance Series season premier, I am honored and delighted to bring LA to Miami and allow my hometown to be the first to ever experience their work. Join me on Saturday March 21, 2015 at 151 NE 40th ST (former Cartier) with afterparty at Soho House and an artist talk on Sunday at APT606.
It is with great pleasure, Natology presents the first Miami x LA project of 2015. Miami is home. It is the place that raised, taught, and opened my first studio and gallery doors. Since arriving in 2003, I have been a part of the Magic City’s incredible transformation. We’ve rolled up our sleeves, collaborated, created, and collectively developed the city into a destination for art, culture, music, and fashion. For me, it all started in the Miami’s Design District. From being a gallery assistant at Bitforms Gallery to opening FriendsWithYou’s first flagship to curating and producing fundraisers for CP+B, this is the neighborhood that made me. Thank you to Dacra and the Miami Design District for your consistent support and inspiration.
LOS ANGELES, CA — Natology is honored to announce this forthcoming exhibition by Millie Brown.
Rainbow Body, presented by Nicole Ehrlich and curated by Nathaly Charria is the fourth solo exhibition by Millie Brown. An evolution of Brown’s most recognized performance work, Rainbow Body surveys the artist’s new home in Los Angeles. On view April 10 - 23, 2015 at 8473 Melrose Place, LA 90069.
Developed from the artist’s iconic yet non-traditional methods of painting from the inside-out, Rainbow Body presents a post-contemporary study on abstract expressionism within a California palette.
Using almond milk, food coloring, stomach and hands, Brown creates aesthetically whimsical paintings with a deep underlining of raw human emotion. Each piece tells the story of the Los Angeles sky, its past and its present, its light and its dark.
Viewing the body as a vessel for spiritual practice, Brown pushes her physical and mental boundaries to reach a state of enlightenment from which creative expression and healing derives.
Rooted in Tibetan Buddhist theology, Rainbow Body is the phenomenon of viewing spiritual transcendence from a third person perspective. Rainbow Body is based on three wisdoms, representing the three categories of paintings: ground, presence, and energy.
OPENING RECEPTION with FLAUNT MAGAZINE.
THURSDAY APRIL 9, 2015 | 7:30PM - 10PM
Natology is proud to present the newest members of fam! Blending the rhythms of Chicago and Detroit house music with soulful melodies of the 80s and 90s, PROST is the sound of next-wave fashion and art. Produced by the prestigious Jean-Marc Virard (JMV) founder of Le Branché Records, PROST effortlessly infuses hints of New Wave, Soul, House and Techno with an elegant rawness and hypnotic performance.
The duo JMV and DVN met while working on a collective music effort called Co-OP. While writing and recording together they discovered they had similar industry experience and shared a musical vision for the future.
DVN signed and worked with the legendary Trackmaster and lent her voice to studio and live performances for artist such as Beyonce and Robin Thicke. JMV is also the founder and creative director of French record label Le Branché and the high-end eyewear brand Rigards. He has collaborated with avant-garde fashion house Thamanyah and designed for the prominent Rick Owens. He’s performed and DJ’d worldwide for fashion houses like Dior Homme, Comme des Garçons, and Julius, and Stussy. His former band DE SIGNER worked with Jamie Jones and his iconic label Hot Creations. JMV also produced Lady Gaga’s “Fame” eau de parfum soundtrack campaign.
PROST is a Los Angeles-based band set to make their debut in Miami the weekend of March 21st, 2015. The band is available for performance and DJ bookings March 22nd- 24th. This is the first time their sound will be available to the public in lieu of releasing their much anticipated first EP on March 31, 2015.
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles’ prominent art neighborhoods is Michelle Papillion’s new contemporary art space in Leimert Park. Located in East Crenshaw, Papillion is the first on a block that vibes in a similar frequency to the precursors of the Harlem Renaissance. Michelle Papillion is not shy of referencing it and it is her intuition that has made her a pioneer. Amongst her artists is Lakwena Maciver, a London-based emerging painter who makes graphic work with colorful expressions.
Currently on solo exhibition at Papillion is Lakwena’s I Remember Paradise. An evolutionary body of work developed from the artist's piece in Women on the Walls, curated by Jeffrey Deitch for the Wynwood Walls in December 2013. The new work presents a survey on ephemeral nostalgia and the artifacts we leave behind. Amongst the works are poetic phrases such as “Built to Last” and “Just Passing Through.” Behind each painting is the echo of collaboration between Lakwena and her sister, a classically trained composer and poet who helped shape the lyrics to each piece. The paintings feel like songs, each made from bright colors and graphic designs that mirror a dreamer’s optimism juxtapose the melancholic undertone of insecurities within the subconscious mind.
Natology is proud to share Jos McKain's latest work for White Arrows' Nobody Really Cares. As the main character in the video, McKain presents a chilling performance and choreographed piece that exemplifies an outsider perspective within the social world. Acting and performance are one in the same, as an artist McKain brings stories into reality and this particular video shares just that. Congratulations to White Arrows and Jos McKain for this beautiful collaboration. It's stirred some discomfort amongst critics and praise amongst the avant-garde. Click here to read Noisey's full review. Thanks for the love!