Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Showtime television series ~ Shameless ~ actor Justin Chatwin oogles the artworks of Daniel Askill ~ Three Rituals and David LaChapelle ~ Negative Currency [x] Recollections In America during their opening reception at PC Valmorbida and Jared Najjar’s PRISM Gallery.

Daniel Askill ~ Three Rituals and David LaChapelle ~ Negative Currency [x] Recollections In America will remain on view until Saturday, November 05. PRISM is located at 8746 West Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood [California ~ 90067]

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Artist Retna is exhibiting a solo show at New Image Art: Booth 108 during Art Platform: Los Angeles. The contemporary and modern art fair for Los Angeles will be held at L.A. Mart on Saturday, October 1 through Monday, October 3. The art fair is concurrent with the premiere of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945 – 1980.

Art Platform: Los Angeles @ L.A. Mart is located at 1933 S. Broadway in Los Angeles [California]. You can oogle deets @

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Carson Daly interviews artist and film’er Miranda July surrounded by July’s exhibition ~ Eleven Heavy Things ~ on the MoCA Pacific Design Center lawn. The Last Call with Carson Daly segment was shot at 8687 Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood [California ~ 90069].

Ms. July’s The Future feature film is currently playing in theaters, and Last Call with Carson Daly airs on NBC

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[Artist] Saber [One] : Art Is Not A Crime: End The Mural Moratorium

Statement: The reason I hired five jet planes to sky write over City Hall and downtown Los Angeles is to bring awareness to how ridiculous a moratorium on public art is.

The city states that all public murals are signage, effectively banning art from the walls of Los Angeles. And it is removed at the taxpayers’ expense. Money is given to private graffiti removal companies, who have broken onto private property to paint murals beige. The owners of small businesses where murals have been painted have been harassed and threatened with fines if they do not remove the artwork. Police officers raid homes and places of work, intimidating artists and building owners. During this time of economic crisis, “mural signs” are an easy target for the city to extract money. This moratorium is a clear violation of the first amendment right to free speech and enforcement for these unreasonable laws is a complete waste of taxpayer funds.

To put things in perspective I recently visited the beautiful set of murals inside the Terminal Annex Building on Alameda. This mural by […] was painted in 1941 – 1944 and was funded by the Works Progress Administration ~ [WPA]. Murals are just a part of the legacy of a national program that put the country to work during the Great Depression.

Fast-forward to the Great Recession, taxpayer money is now used to obliterate all traces of the artwork my generation have created. I believe this is city-funded censorship pushed by lawmakers with personal vendettas. Potential jail time is more probable for us than the opportunity of creating an artistic legacy for the next generation. In a city that used to proudly call itself the Mural Capitol Of The World, the officials who enforce this ban should be ashamed to call themselves Angelinos.

Art Is Not A Crime: End Mural Moratorium. Tell Mayor Villagaigosa and the L.A. City Attorney’s office to end the mural moratorium now ~

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The Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation has release its first-look trailer for director Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo film ~ based on Benjamin Mee’s memoir. Enjoy the vid ~

We Bought a Zoo hits theaters on Friday, December 23, 2011 and stars Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church and Elle Fanning.

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With surrounding Tech Crunch~ers, conceptual~artist Xvala stencils Celebrity Chimp: Disruptors Will Be Googled, Celebrity Chimp: Google My Dickipedia and Celebrity Chimp: Google My Wiki on the streets of San Francisco, Palo Alto, San Jose and Oakland. In addition, Xvala slaps über urbanites with Fear Google stickers.

You can oogle Xvala @ [x]

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In Los Angeles International Airport ~ LAX, actor Thomas Dekker spotted curbside ‘laxing at Terminal 3 of Virgin America. I should’ve hooked him up with a cuffed [artist] Xvala ~ Fear Google slap.

On Thursday, September 15, Thomas Dekker’s The Secret Circle premieres on CW @ 9/8 [central], and oogle artist Xvala‘s Fear Google [x] Google My Wiki @

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Director Nacho Vigalondo ~ Timecrimes ~ will premiere his new film ~ Extraterrestrial [Extraterrestre] ~ at the Toronto International Film Festival [TIFF] in the Contemporary World Cinema category, and its teaser trailer. Enjoy below ~

TIFF ~ Extraterrestrial: Strangers Julio [Julián Villagrán] and Julia [Michelle Jenner] wake up beside one another in Julia‘s apartment, groggy, hun­gover and unsure how they met Julia is about to send Julio on his way when both notice the uncanny silence gripping Julia‘s downtown neighbourhood. Looking out the window, they see Madrid‘s skyline dot­ted with enormous spaceships. The only other person left in the building is Julia‘s fawning and somewhat creepy neighbour ~ Ángel [Carlos Areces] ~ who explains that there’s been an exodus of people flee­ing the city. When Julia‘s boyfriend Tipo [Miguel Noguera] shows up ~ having now shifted into survivalist mode ~ the dynam­ics between the four reach heady extremes. Attempting to hide their apparent one-night stand, Julia and Julio convince Tipo that Ángel is an alien and must be ejected.

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