Sunday, October 24, 2010

Looking forward to this LA Art Girl panel discussion!!!

Location LMU, Ahmanson 1000
1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, California 90045
Created By
Marjan Vayghan
More Info

The LA Art Girls evolved from informal gatherings and studio visits, which started in 2004, as a mean of encouraging substantive discourse on contemporary art. The intentions of the LA Art Girls are to provide inspiration, support, dialogue and feedback to one another. The group strives to be a voluntary and non-hierarchical gathering of practices.

The LA Art Girls have produced several collaborative projects:... Strange Love (2005), an exquisite corpse-style video remake of Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove, exhibited at QED Gallery; Total Art performance Event, a series of Fluxus-inspired performances at the Getty Center in June 2006; group exhibitions at Anna Helwing Gallery, LACE and angles Gallery; String Theory, a radio show on Kbeach Global Radio; and Overflow, a re-invention of Fluids (1967) by artist Allan Kaprow, at the Getty Center in April 2008. While there are over 30 members of the LA Art Girls at this time, a lesser number participates in the collaborative projects on a self-selecting basis. Meanwhile, all members of the group pursue their own practice as contemporary artists and participate in meetings and studio visits as they choose. For more information on the LA ART Girls, please visit us @
LA Art Girls:
Stephanie Allespach, Tricia Avant, SE Barnet, Allison Danielle Behrstock, Rebecca Campbell, Carolyn Castaño, Krista Chael, Sydney Croskery, Catherine Daley, Betsy Davis, Jacqueline Dunbar, Karen Dunbar, Angela Ellsworth, Anoka Faruqee, Amber Fox, Phyllis Green, Leila Hamidi, Micol Hebron, Parichard Holm, Dawn Kasper, Ellina Kevorkian, Leigh McCarthy, Claudia Parducci, Nancy Popp, Kim Schoenstadt, Sarah Riley, Felis Stella, Ten Terrell, Kelly Thompson, Elizabeth Tremante, Marjan Vayghan.

Panel Chair:
Ellina Kevorkian MFA. Claremont Graduate University. Kevorkian has had solo exhibitions in Los Angeles with the Mark Moore Gallery and Western Project. In 2007 Kevorkian was included in the Southern California Council of the National Museum of Women in the Arts–sponsored retrospective Multiple Vantage Points: Southern California Women Artists, 1980–2006. More recently, she was included in Girly Show: Pin-ups, Zines & the So-Called Third Wave and the forthcoming Separation Anxiety, both at the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art. Her Black Lace Project can be seen at the Central Utah Art Center (CUAC) in fall 2010. Curatorial projects include Violet Against Women: Confronting Notions of the Feminine, an evening of performance art and video at Loyola Marymount College and re-: (un)historical documents, a group exhibition at the Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman College.


Nancy Buchanan began using video as a natural extension of performance and installation in the late 1970s. Her works, which are often socio-documentary with a wry sense of humor, have been exhibited and screened in the U.S., Europe, Korea, and Iraq. She also produces mixed-media work, drawings, and digital prints on paper and fabric. She is on the Film/Video faculty of California Institute of the Arts, where she has taught video since 1988.
Buchanan was an original member of F Space Gallery in Orange County, and participated in various artist-run organizations such as Grandview I & II Galleries at The Los Angeles Woman’s Building, later continuing her involvement with feminism and art through Double X; she also served on artists' committees at LACE. She was a co-producer of CLOSE Radio with artist Paul McCarthy and has curated various exhibitions.

Raised in Canada, Phyllis Green moved to California in 1978 to pursue graduate studies in art. She received an M.F.A. from U.C.L.A. in 1981, and began her professional career as an artist, teacher and curator in Los Angeles. Her practice integrates feminist politics and classic modernist themes. Trained as a ceramic artist, she produces mixed media sculpture and installations that include animation video. This work has been exhibited extensively in exhibitions nationally and internationally. She is the recipient of individual artist's fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and was among the first artists to be awarded a C.O.L.A. grant by the City of Los Angeles in 1996. She has lectured in colleges and universities around the world, and is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Art Department of Loyola Marymount University, and at the Roski School of Fine Arts at U.S.C. in Los Angeles.

Phyllis Green produced and hosted a radio show on the visual arts, “LOOK/ hear”, on KXLU:88.9FM from 1996-1998. She was appointed to the Santa Monica Arts Commission in 2000, and served as Chair from 2004 to 2006. An extensive survey of her sculpture from 1985-2010 will be presented in the Ben Maltz Gallery of the Otis College of Art and Design in January 2011.

Nancy Popp is a Los Angeles-based artist working a range of media, including performance, video, drawing and photography. Her projects investigate the body as a site and a material, along with the risk and vulnerability of serious play. Recent exhibitions include the Overflow at the Getty Research Institute, Untitled (Street Performances) at the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, The Audacity of Desperation at Gallery PS122 in New York, Documental at Pilot Projekts in Dusseldorf, and Cheking Point at The Rex Cultural Center in Belgrade. She holds degrees from Art Center College of Design and the San Francisco Art Institute.

Born to Azerbaijani parents in Tehran, Iran, 1984. In 1995, I emigrated to the United States and settled with my family in Los Angeles, California. I continue to live alternately between Tehran and Los Angeles. My practice is informed by this context of movement and flexible citizenship across both geographical and cultural spaces, and the multiple realities these spaces engender.
The impetus behind my creative practice is to bridge these diverse communities into a space of creativity and understanding. Building Bridges is a series of exchanges and performances that began in 2002. As my work began transcending rigid notions of borders and classifications, my sense of “home” became more clearly defined while simultaneously created sensations of displacement and alienation. As I identify with both cultures, the annual Building Bridges exhibitions and film festivals function as a site where issues of dislocation find reconciliation. I find I am able to create an alternative space that engenders community and belonging for myself and those who exist between cultures, borders, and sanctions. For information on current projects visit

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Saturday, October 16, 2010


Is it sexist when women talk about how much they like dick? Do men get offended or upset by that?

Ok no written responses but the best response I got was verbally from my pal Jose. He looked at me confused and said, "Hum I never hear women talk about stuff like that." I thought that was so great!

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Friday, October 08, 2010

Beyon Eden

Oct 9 - 10, 2010
A multi-gallery event celebrating the new contemporary art scene in Los Angeles

LA Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park
4800 Hollywood Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Event site:

Beyond Eden is a multi gallery event of some of my favorite Los Angeles galleries and artists. As usual however I noticed there were very few women in the show. Knowing these galleries they all have many more great women in there line up. I did an informal count of listed artists it seems there are about 10 female artists out of 71 artists total. Probably a common percentage of women represented artists by most galleries everywhere if I did the research. FYI "Guerrilla Girls" have done studies if your interested in exact numbers.

We all know this is not unusual in the art world or any other business for that matter. I just feel that we need to "notice" when it happens. Instead of being complacent and saying, "Yea that's just how it is". Acknowledge it and point out that it sucks! I know these galleries are putting there top money makers in the show and it is a business, I get that. However I can still wish, hope and pray that young forward thinking people would be more socially and globally aware of what they are doing and use there power for the good of all men and omg women too.

I encourage you to notice these injustices and speak out about them believe me it does help when they are brought to the attention of artists and galleries. Los Angeles is a mecca for forward unbiased, nonsexist, non-racist artists and gallery owners that will keep moving forward to unify all of us.

I just can't wait for it to start for women. If these highly progressive galleries are not aware or willing to bring there strong women forward we still have much work to do.

I want to be clear that I love and respect the owners of these galleries and consider many good friends. It's important to realize this is not a hostel attack on them and the opportunities they have given many young artists has been invaluable. Including me I too show with two of these great galleries. I just feel it is important to be aware and bring these issues to the attention of all.

Please, Please, Please be aware of equality when ever you can.

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