"LISTEN & LOOK, 24 artists, 24 songs, ONE stream of consciousness." MiXTAPE Los Angeles
Aaron Smith - Amanda Marie - Camille Rose Garcia Christine Wu - Elizabeth McGrath & Morgan Slade Fairuza Balk - Frances Bean Cobain - Gary Baseman Jeremy Goff - Jessicka Addams - Joshua Petker KRK Ryden - Kris Knight - Lindsey Way Liz Huston - Manny Castro - Marion Peck Mark Ryden - Matthew Bone -Melissa Haslam Rodolfo Loaiza - Tara McPherson - Tim Biskup
"LA MiXTAPE explores the relationships between fine artists and the music that inspires him or her to create work. "By exploring the visual through the musical, artists create new patterns and uncover new relationships within their work.."
Dark Dark Science MIXTAPE : Opening on August 4th and selectively until August 28th at LeBasse Projects Chinatown at 932 Chung King Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90012.
“MiXTAPE” Los Angeles CURATED BY JESSICKA ADDAMS & BRIAN WAKIL
MiXTAPE LA documents the effect of music on the process of creation, asking each participating artist to create a piece titled after a song, artist, or band that has inspired or influenced his/her creative process. Curators Jessicka Addams and Brian Wakil have arranged the selections into a single dialogue between 24 fine artists and their musical muses, and in turn a conversation has been created between the artists themselves about the relationship between their art and music.
Music is important to all of our lives, and certain songs, for reasons of nostalgia or sheer aesthetic, make us feel things we do not expect. One’s “favorite song” is often associated with comfort, but there are many other ways a track can resonate. Some songs are important because they make us feel strange and unsettled, because they crawl from the cracks in the walls and sink into our heads, dragging us in or throwing us around like dolls. When a song takes hold, it constructs an entire frame of mind, prodding and pulling at the creative brain sludge, taking us in directions we couldn’t have imagined.
Making a mix can be like writing an open letter to the world, and in the pursuit of such sincerity there must be constant erasing, rethinking, and restarting. The frustration of starting over is balanced by the satisfaction of progress, of finding the right transition or the perfect closing track. Often, the process of creating a painting or other art piece takes a similar pattern of discouragement and encouragement, and similarly, the end product is often the biggest reward of all. LA MiXTAPE is this end product, giving visual artists the chance to use music as direct inspiration, to document the relationship between two art forms, as they see it. This conversation, usually heard only by the artists themselves as they work, will be exhibited to all.
About Jessicka Addams: Jessicka Addams is a member and singer of such seminal indie rock bands as Jack Off Jill and scarling. She is also an artist and the resident curator and researcher at Dark Dark Science. Her research interests include an ongoing investigation into the relationships between art and music. Her goal is to continue creating her own art while gaining an understanding of the processes of others. Jessicka is particularly interested in the methods of individual visual artists, and in the nature of their relationships with music and film.
About Brian Wakil: Brian Wakil is a designer and collector of fine art and co curator at Dark Dark Science. His last name is a translation of the Arabic word for facilitator.
ABOUT DARK DARK SCIENCE Dark Dark Science was founded in 2010 by Jessicka Addams and Brian Wakil as a floating gallery that utilizes existing and non-traditional spaces to showcase works by up-and-coming and established artists. For more information, please visit Dark Dark Science (www.darkdarkscience.com).
All MIXTAPE artwork in the show is available for purchase, and a portion of the proceeds will go to Downtown Dog Rescue and Stray Cat Alliance.
ABOUT DOWNTOWN DOG RESCUE The Downtown Dog Rescue was originally founded as a program within the non-profit Friends for Animals to assist the homeless community of dog owners in spaying/neutering, vaccinating, and licensing their dogs, as well as offering a variety of services, including crisis care, for the life of the dog. Dogs are also available for adoption every Saturday in Pasadena. For more information, please visit Downtown Dog Rescue (www.downtowndogrescue.com).
ABOUT STRAY CAT ALLIANCE Stray Cat Alliance educates and empowers the community to advocate for every cat’s right to be safe, healthy and valued. They are building a no-kill nation, one stray at a time. Stray Cat Alliance adoptions are held every Sunday in Los Angeles, during which truly remarkable cats are given the opportunity for a new life in a forever home. For more information, please visit Stray Cat Alliance (www.straycatalliance.org).
Sponsored by BUST MAGAZINE www.bust.com, PRESSURE PRINTING www.pressureprinting.com, Gigantic Brewing Company www.giganticbrewing.com & SUGARHORSE.