PABLO DYLAN / a pre-legendary tribute to trap punk, presents the early sounds of a young artist and scion of the historical BOB DYLAN. With vast inroads in the music industry and a preternatural sense of cultural movements, PABLO DYLAN’s rebellious spirit echoes with the dissidence of radical youth and anthems for a post-internet age. Working in punk trap, he channels the anti- establishment rhetoric within both genres to create something entirely unheard. A type of music that’s as revolutionary as his grandfather’s sound was to folk.
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.
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.
Serbian-born and LA-grown Masha is a mover of underground sound. From producing some of the city’s most recognized electronic music events with MFG Productions to music curating, Masha has stepped into her own and is bringing her touch to the turntables. An electronic digger of disco and house music, Masha recently created a mix for Natology called Never Grow Old.
Never Grow Old captures the carefree feeling of a hot summer night. The mix spans through time journeying from disco to house. It begins with Goody Goody’s 1978 It Looks Like Love, and ends with Tom Trago’s contemporary sampling of the classic tune. In between, the disco ball’s glow fades behind the bright lights of the laser beams. The pace intensifies, the volume increases and the plot thickens. We find ourselves in a 90s soulful house paradise.
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.
James Bouché (b.1990) is one of my favorite rising artists in Baltimore. The work above is excerpts from his solo exhibition Not Yet in Ruin at Springsteen Gallery in Baltimore, MD August 2013. Bouche received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012. Congratulations James! I'm looking forward to working together in the year(s) to come.
El Oftalmólogo Curioso or The Curious Ophthalmologist is an curatorial blog dedicated to the curious eye and its aesthetic doctors. Alongside an invitational line up of international purveyors of all things beautiful, weird, and cool, Natology brings her favorites to the mix. Created by Madrid sister Dr. Teresa Jimenez, the concept brings together various trusted perspectives into an online gallery that is an ever-changing place for discovering the world's cultural underground. The internet hosts a great source of inspiration and El Oftomologo Curioso presents a wonderful place for sharing its visual delights. Happy New Year to my family of aesthetic doctors!
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