FUN HANG Group Show @ Karma International in Los Angeles

Karma International presents FUN HANG, a group show curated by Jools Braiman-Rothblatt and featuring artists Alex Becerra, Poy Born, Nick Farhi, Kim Fuck, Kezia Harrell, Ariana Papademetropoulos, Rachelle Sawatsky, Nicole-Antonia Spagnola, Ambrose Vallard, Bri Williams, and Phillip Zach.

What is a FUN HANG? Is hanging a fun activity? Subjects and objects that hang: fruits hang, friends can hang, art hangs once it has been hung, and, on a more macabre note, bodies can hang too. Does art hang as bodies, fruits, or friends? Can we separate the schema of art hanging from the bodies who made them and then the body who hung it? How is the body, the object and the hanger always in flux?

How fun is the process of FUN HANG? Did all bodies have fun hanging, participating, making, and being in the FUN HANG. Does the labor account for this FUN? If we accounted for this FUN could FUN still be had? Is the install FUN, does making need to be FUN, or is FUN more of an affect, a position of resistance, of jouissance, of pleasure that can not be removed from one's liberation to the world? How subjective are our FUNs?

Are these decisions situated in a kind of subjective relationship to FUN? Does FUN have or could have an aesthetic like cool could be said to once have had an aesthetic? Have FUN!

FUN HANG is on view through August 10 at Karma International 4619 W Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016. photographs by Oliver Maxwell Kupper

Todd Weaver Signing Copies Of His New Book @ Zebulon In Los Angeles

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The book’s title 36 refers first, to the number of frames Weaver captured of each subject, and secondly, to the number of subjects he captured. Each shoot would only be 3 minutes long, each photograph taken every 5 seconds. I would photograph while I stood in one place and ticked off the time audibly, with the subject free to move in and out of frame as they desired. The book includes portraits of Ariana Papademetropoulos, Devendra Banhart, Andrü Sisson, Father John Misty, Robbie Williamson, Double Diamond Sun Body and more. The book is available for pre-order at www.toddweaver.com. photograph by Oliver Maxwell Kupper

A Visit To Key Biscayne, Florida with Ariana Papademetropoulos and Jessica Tonder

I didn’t know exactly what to expect when visiting Jessica Tonder's mother Lucy in Key Biscayne, but I had a good feeling about it by the bedazzled chokers she made and sent me in the mail. We arrived to the Towers of Key Biscayne, and when I opened the door, it was heaven. Lucy, all in white, was lounging in her white living room, and I mistook her for a statue as she blended into the godly décor – she was perfection. All of a sudden my friend Jessica made sense to me. Of course, she is the way she is – growing up in a curated heaven draped in gold, white and roses. The first few days it stormed. Lucy art directed photographs of us in the apartment calling her dress up closet Lucy’s Boutique and told us to “hug the columns like Romans." We went to Vizcaya, embraced the rain and took a dip in its fountains. Once we were soaked we took refuge in the man made caves. We visited exotic animals, as I’ve been dreaming of holding a baby monkey for far too long. My dream came true, and Jessica took a panther for a walk in her cream suit and hat ensemble. What a vision she was. All in all, I left Miami feeling a bit freer. Spending time with Jessica, Lucy and no ‘sane’ person around to stop us, I got to see how fabulous life can become even in seemingly mundane moments. Text by Ariana Papademetropoulos. Photographs by Ariana Papademetropoulos and Jessica Tonder

Pulverizing Rabbits: Read Our Interview With Artist Ariana Papademetropoulos Before Her Solo Show Opening This Weekend In Los Angeles

After her solo show opening this weekend at MAMA gallery in Los Angeles, artist Ariana Papademetropoulos might make a film about killer mushrooms that murder young punk kids. This should give you an idea of her creativity – it's a boundless creativity that bursts with schizophrenic, hallucinatory imaginativeness. Her paintings literally split at the imaginary seams, tearing into new images – half hidden sadomasochistic scenes are obscured by foggy veils, and midcentury living rooms peel into wood paneled dens where shadows portend dark and dangerous things. Click here to read the full interview. 

A Group Show Entitled "To Hide To Show" Opens Tomorrow At MAMA Gallery In Los Angeles, Read Our Exclusive Interviews with the Artists

Opening tomorrow night in Los Angeles, MAMA gallery will present To Hide To Show, a group exhibition derived from a contemporary French social anthropological study entitled Montrer / Occulter, which loosely translates to the exhibition’s title. The artists chosen to represent the ideas and concepts behind this study, and its conclusions, experiment with the notion of concealing and revealing on a societal, intellectual and creative basis. These artists include Clara Balzary, Zoe Crosher, Nana Ghana, Ariana Papademetropolous, Mattea Perrotta, Fay Ray, Lisa Solberg, and Johanna Tagada. Click here to read our interviews with all the artists. 

Photographer Eliot Lee Hazel At The Opening of 'Disconnection,' A Group Show Curated by Justin Tyler Close at Wilding Cran Gallery In Los Angeles

Wilding Cran Gallery Unit B is pleased to present "Disconnection," a group show curated by Justin Tyler Close of Lab Magazine, featuring new work by Eliot Lee Hazel, Ariana Papademetropoulos, Nouel Riel, Logan White, Darian Zahedi, and Amanda Charchian in collaboration with Eli Craven. "Disconnection" explores ideas about living in today's world where everyone is more connected than ever and how that has led to a loss of mystery and suspense within relationships because of the constant need for immediacy. Disconnection will be on view until June 13, 2015, at Wilding Cran Gallery in Los Angeles.