Splashy Skate Deck Art, A Sinful Stage Play, Two Exhibition Debuts and an Electrifying Brazilian BAND -18th Street’s Art Night at its Best!
Santa Monica, CA- On Saturday, October 23, from 6p.m. to 10p.m., 18th Street Arts Center throws its final ArtNight of the year with the artist receptions for Dorit Cypis’ FabLab (looking for patterns) and Elena Siff’s Making Change, accompanied by a titillating, show-stopping performance from the world-renowned Brazilian band duo, Brasil Brazil (Sonia Santos and Ana Gazzola).
This year’s ArtNight is guaranteed to deliver a sensational event for art, theater and music connoisseurs throughout the Westside and Los Angeles area. In the 18th Street Pasillos Gallery, a dynamic collaboration of artists and skaters join forces to debut a group installation of their original psychedelic and picturesque skate deck art works. Skate deck artists include: Juan Carlos, Alex Kizu, Lisa Soltis, Pat Ngoho, Jason Wheatley, Marko Tadic Marcos Castro, James Mathers, John Robertson, Lynn Hanson, Jaime “Germs” Zacarias, David Russell, Melly Trochez, Martin Durazo, Marquis “Retna” Lewis and MXF8. Highways Performance Space tosses up a sizzling hot, x-rated musical stage play entitled The Discount Cruise to Hell’s “SEXORCISM”: Eyelashes of the Damne; it will leave audience members on the edge of their seats wanting more of this naughty pastime pleasure. Art Night also features open artist-studios, provocative art installations, a free concert, the art opening of first year students at Otis MFA Public Practice entitled Autonomy and Ana Guajardo’s Marketplace Tianguis, which consists of a cultural explosion of diverse craftworks by twelve artisans in 18th Street’s parking lot. BoolBBQ Food Truck serves up a delectable array of Korean BBQ taco dishes, inspired by a fusion of savory asian flavors coupled with a spicy blend of Central and South American seasonings. Complimentary beverages provided by Izze Sparkling Juice, Pama Pomegranate Liqueur, Hpnotiq, and LunaAzul Tequila.
Outdoor Area: Brasil Brazil
The brilliantly poised and melodic duo Brasil Brazil (Sonia Santos and Ana Gazzola) light up the 18th Street outdoor area with a phenomenal mix of jazz, a well crafted display of movement, blended vocals full of charm and grace to produce a colorful sound bursting with energy, infectious rhythms and inspirational Brazilian music.
18th Street Gallery
Artist Dorit Cypis’ project titled, FabLab (looking for patterns), is a three-month art laboratory centered around Cypis’ research and reflection on her past 30-year artistic practice to actively explore models of personal and social engagement. The 18th Street Gallery becomes her personal lab to re-search through layers of text and image archives. The patterns she uncovers will be manifested through drawings, textual and visual materials, including photo, video and audio.
Visual Artist Elena Siff’s Making Change project addresses how the Internet plays a major role in this new artistic economy by setting up an actual and virtual marketplace that allows participating artists an opportunity to sell their creations in person and online. For the next three months, the Project Room is activated into an enlightened and socially conscious marketplace flourishing with novel artworks, clothing, and crafts created by local Los Angeles artists’ who work address various political and environmental issues.
Pasillos II: Sk8Dk Pandemonium
A group of locally raised and internationally known skaters and artists come together to present an unprecedented, one of a kind skate deck art show in the Pasillos. These artists’ distinct and graphic skate decks will be for sale to help raise money for 18th Street Arts Center and its programs.
Highways Performance Space:
Highways Performance Space, Artistic Director, Leo Garcia Presents: The Discount Cruise to Hell’s “SEXORCISM: Eyelashes of the Damned. Come witness the low morals on the high seas aboard The Discount Cruise to Hell at 8:30 p.m. in the Highways Performance Space. This show is a living musical art manifesto in action and a fabulous freak fest for all.
18th Street Connect:
After being a huge hit in the August ArtNight, the Tianguis street artists have agreed to return to 18th Street’s celebrated ArtNight for an encore appearance in the outdoor area. They will transform the 18th Street Parking lot into an artisan-driven marketplace exploding with creativity and cultural influences grounded in their indigenous roots.
The studios of 18th Street Artists in residence are open to the public. Participating artists include: Karl Doerrer-Attaway, Luciana Abait, Henriette Brouwers, John Malpede, David McDonald, Highways Performance Space, Lita Albuquerque, EZTV, Susanna Dakin, Ichiro Irie, Michael Barnard, Continuun Studio, Clayton Campbell, Yvette Gellis, Electronic Café and International Artist Chen Ching-Yao. The OTIS MFA Public Practice program will present first year students’ work including the opening of Autonomy: a free boutique by the Cake and Eat It collective (Adam Tinnell and Kate Kershenstein). Please bring unwanted clothes and/or jewelry to participate in the sartorial dérive. The studio will also feature the visiting artist project in progress, Dismantled a response to the debates, realities and contradictions surrounding the current educational crisis; they are working with Sa Bachman and Krista Caballero.
For more information about ArtNight and the exhibition openings visit http://www.18thstreet.org. ArtNight is sponsored (in part) by the cultural funding initiatives of the City of Santa Monica, the Santa Monica Arts Commission, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, the James Irvine Foundation, the California Community Foundation, The Getty Foundation and Crossroads School of Arts and Sciences.
18th Street Arts Center’s mission is to provoke public dialogue through contemporary art making. 18th Street is a community which values art making as an essential component of a vibrant, just and healthy society.