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.
The self-given name Yozmit means to bring the big “I” as it relates to the myth of one’s self. Identity, spirituality, and entertainment connect as overlapping themes in her exploration of the unknown. Viewing performance art as a ritualistic practice, Yozmit describes herself as a performance scientists due to her exploratory approach to trial and error. Through her practice, Yozmit seeks to transform her environments into a place where artist and audience connect through immersive theatrics where we become one.
Inspired by her Korean roots and buddhist ideologies, Yozmit seeks to transcend gender to communicate the essence of being. Fashion, parties, and sexuality are also expressed in Yozmit’s work, seeing entertainment as pop-culture as the bridge to address societal topics. There is an art form in all we do and for Yozmit there is no separation. Yozmit is currently based between Los Angeles and New York City. She has performed at various cultural institutions, night clubs, and public spaces around the world. In 2010, Yozmit performed in Marina Abramovic's 'The Artist is Present' at The Museum of Modern Art ( MoMA ).
Most recently, Yozmit presented her latest walk YOZMIT WALK N°17 : DIONYSUS KISSES APOLLO at the MOCA Pacific Design Center for One City One Pride LGBTQ art festival. This piece explores the relationship between form and formless. In reference to this piece Yozmit says “Ultimate Balance, we already have it, we just have to see it and bring it out ourselves. That is the only way we can transform the world.' DO GOOD* DO YOU* RETURN HOME* Her next performance will take place at the Queens Museum Gala in NYC on June 24, 2016. In addition to his work as an artist, Yozmit is a zen practioner and an activist for HIV/AIDS prevention and transgender civil rights.
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.
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.
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.”
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 muse Ryan Heffington has been crowned Tour Director for FKA Twigs. Heffington said it best in this beautiful post. Congratulations darling and here's to a lifetime of successes and brilliance. Thank you for sharing your magic with the world, you're a true source of inspiration that makes this a more charming place.
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!
A PERFORMATIVE EXHIBITION • JANUARY 30TH, 2015 AT 8:30PM
Emily Mast presents a new performance piece at MaRS gallery in downtown LA, this Friday 1/30 at 8:30 pm. The performance will generate a sculptural set and painting that will travel to France for a solo show at la Ferme du Buisson later this year. The performance runs approximately 45 minutes & features Mast and Jos McKain. Champagne toast to follow.
It is an honor to invite you to one of Art Basel Miami 2014's most impactful experiences. My dear friend Nicole Ehrlich and Rocket in My Pocket present the second annual Celebration of Women in Art : Creative Royalty on Wednesday December 3, 2014. In a truly collaborative spirit, Nicole has brought together some of the most talented artists, performers, entertainers, and patrons to celebrate our presence and give back to those who elevate it. Tickets at the link below with a special rate for Natology's friends and family. All proceeds will go to the Brooklyn Museum's Elizabeth A Sackler's Center for Feminist Art and School of Doodle.
Tickets are available: https://womeninart.ticketsocket.com/
Special rate enter “friendsandfamily"