Noteworthy Updates May 22, 2009

BChan0509aPost One: Benny Chan, “TRAFFIC!”
May 31-September 20, 2009
Opening Reception:  Saturday, May 30, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Cash Bar and Music
$5 admission, Free for PMCA Members
The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) is proud to present acclaimed photographer Benny Chan’s exhibition, TRAFFIC!  Over the past few years, Chan has worked diligently to photograph aerial views of Los Angeles freeways during the height of rush hour.  Using a camera designed and manufactured exclusively for this project, Chan has taken pictures from high in the sky in a helicopter and plane and has rendered monumental sized prints.  With his almost omniscient perspective, Chan explores and sheds light on the conundrum of traffic as a symptom of a society being able to keep pace with its own expansion, while at the same time  rendering a serene beauty from the chaotic scene.

This exhibition is curated by Shirlae Cheng-Lifshin.  It is organized by the PasadenaMsmLogoPMCA with special thanks to Merry Norris.
Support for this exhibition has been provided by Johnson Fain, Shimoda Design Group, Clive Wilkinson Architects, Susan Chang, Neil and Christine Denari, John Friedman and Alice Kimm, and the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation.
Pasasdena Museum
490 East Union Street, Pasadena, CA. 91101
626-568-3665, fax 626-568-3674
E-mail, info@pmcaonline.org
Web site, http://www.pmcaonline.org/calendar.html
Public hours, Wednesday – Sunday, 12-5pm

Post Two: Unbelievable but true!

Portfolio Night 7 just posted: It’s with a sigh of disappointment that the ihaveanidea/Portfolio Night team
announces that Portfolio Night 7 will not take place in London, UK, this year. Unfortunately, due to the economic climate the ad industry finds itself in, we were unable to secure a host agency in 2009.

My opinion: That is… lame. In all of London we can’t find a host for a portfolio review? The talk about “economic climate” honestly, I can’t hear it anymore. I fight this all day long. If you think poor you will be poor. We are talking about London, right!

Post Three:  Copyright Office Backlogged

The copyright office is overloaded. This article from the Washington Post discusses the finer points of what this has to do with you:

Marissa Ditkowsky,14, sings and plays her guitar at home in Commack, N.Y. The young songwriter has been waiting over a year to copyright her original songs. Problems with a new electronic system at the copyright office in the Library of Congress have created an unprecedented backlog in the number of people waiting to copyright their original writings, songs and other work. (Helayne Seidman for The Washington Post)

Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The envelopes fill white plastic tubs, stacked on hundreds of shelves in the basement of the Library of Congress. They’re spreading to a ground-floor space that once housed the gift shop and are clogging offices on the fourth floor. And each day, the mail trucks bring about a thousand more.

A serious logjam in the U.S. Copyright Office has created a growing mountain of paper applications, more than the staff can process. Like the marching buckets of water in “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” the envelopes just keep coming, threatening to flood the operation.

The problem has tripled the processing time for a copyright from six to 18 months, and delays are expected to get worse in coming months. The library’s inspector general has warned that the backlog threatens the integrity of the U.S. copyright system.

The irony is that the slowdown stems from a new $52 million electronic process that is supposed to speed the way writers and others register their literary, musical or visual work.

The delays do not appear to be hampering the business of the major publishing houses or those willing to spend $685 for a “special handling fee” that expedites registration. But the slowdown is frustrating hundreds of thousands of little-known people with big dreams. They paid $45 for the right to claim legal ownership of poems, fabric designs, plays, jingles, even computer manuals.

Read the entire article (click here)

Post Four: And The Winner IS….

American Photography announced the winners of their contest and put up a fabulous slide show on their website. Click here and check out what is considered the current look of photography.

And who had it first: A Photo Editor, as always.

Post Five: Antonin Kratchovil Exhibit at the United Nations

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What: Antonin Kratchovil is inviting you to the opening reception of his exhibit “The Time In Which I Live.” Cocktail reception following.

When: June 1, 2009 at 6PM (show June 1-12)

Where: United Nations Secretariat Lobby, Entrance on 46th St. and 1st Ave.

What else: Due to obvious reasons you must RSVP to rsvp.czechmission@gmail.com or call 646 786 7631. You have to bring a Photo ID

Post Six: Transforming Photography Opening Reception

ECellaLogoWhat: Opening Reception

When: Saturday May 30, 2009, from 4-8PM

Where: Edward Cella Art + Architecture, 6018 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca 90036The gallery’s inaugural exhibition, Transforming Photography, presents an inclusive selection of works that redefine the material nature of photography.  At a time when the boundaries between artistic medias and traditionally held expectations of the nature of photography are in flux; Transforming Photography suggests alternatives to the commonplace manipulations offered through digital processes.  The exhibition will feature visceral and process based photographic works by Isidro Blasco, Ben Dean, Mary Heebner, Gerald Incandela, George Legardy, Joni Sternbach, Joan Tanner, Ethan Turpin and Thomas Zika.

The exhibition features the Los Angeles debut of Spanish Born, New York-based Isidro Blasco who combines architecture, photography and sculptural installations to explore vision and perception. In a similar manner, Joan Tanner mounts collaged celluloid transparencies on hand made light boxes fabricated from found objects re-approariated by the artist combining both photographic and sculptural processes.

Using the physical gestures of drawing, Gerald Incandela uses the chemistry of photography to refine photographic images beyond the camera. His works are held by the Getty Museum, and this exhibition will represent his debut in Los Angeles as well. In contrast, George Legrady and Ben Dean utilize distinct digital computational strategies to create viable photograph like images which are synthetic, constructed works. Their work maps new, advanced approaches to digital photography within the context of the exhibition.

Post Seven: Annual Artwalk in trendy Culver City

CulverCity0509aWhat: Artwalk presented by the City of Culver City. Happens to be where I live, so I am taking my bike around gallery row all day Saturday. Culver City is the hotspot of Los Angeles and brimming with new development and the city proudly showcases its support for artists. The Photosecrets challenge is going: find me, get your picture taken and be on the blog.

When: Saturday May 30, 2009 THE CITY OF CULVER CITY PRESENTS ARTWALK CULVER CITY
A FREE SELF-GUIDED TOUR OF GALLERIES AND EXHIBITION SPACES IN CULVER CITY ON SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2009

Sony Pictures Entertainment, 89.9 KCRW and LA Weekly sponsor fourth annual event with participation from The MOCA Contemporaries

Culver City, CA – The City of Culver City will present the fourth annual ARTWALK Culver City on Saturday, May 30, 2009. This free, self-guided tour of local art galleries and exhibition spaces is sponsored by Sony Pictures Entertainment, 89.9 KCRW – the official Public Radio Sponsor – and LA Weekly with continued participation from The MOCA Contemporaries of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA).

ARTWALK Culver City opens the doors of the area’s art galleries to introduce a wider audience to the unique vitality of the artist spaces of Culver City. This event especially celebrates the Culver City Art District, a cluster of galleries exhibiting new and distinguished artists, which is located where Washington and La Cienega Boulevards intersect. The event will also feature live jazz, performed by the Los Angeles Jazz Collective, in the Culver City Art District. Dozens of restaurants and cafes will be open in Downtown Culver City and the Culver City Art District during the event and the Green Truck, serving healthy, gourmet organic food in a fast and efficient way, will be parked on the east end of the Culver City Art District.

Over forty galleries will be open from 12noon to 6pm and selected galleries will remain open until 8pm that evening. Culver CityBus will offer an ARTWALK Bus Pass and a special shuttle bus on the day of the event. Please contact the Culver City Cultural Affairs Hotline at 310.253.5716 or log onto http://www.culvercity.org for more information on ARTWALK Culver City or other cultural programs in the City of Culver City. The MOCA Contemporaries, one of Los Angeles’s premier cultural support organizations, is MOCA’s council for young professionals who raise funds and develop future leadership for the museum. For more information on The MOCA Contemporaries, log onto http://www.moca.org/contemporaries.

Post Eight: Just Kidding

Just kidding, enjoy your long weekend, this weekend is a little quiet with events but as you see above we are going to be out and about next weekend.