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ArtNight_June 18

VENUE ADDRESS: 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
CONTACT: Ronald Lopez or Amber Jones
PHONE: 310-453-3711 103 or 108

A Yarn Bombing, Tijuana’s Los Roor, Fiery Poetry Slam Battle and a Novel Art Bazaar -18th Street Arts Center Kicks-off its HOT Summer ArtNight!

Saturday, June 18, 2011 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm


1639 18th Street, off of Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA- On Saturday, June 18th, from 6 pm to 10 pm, 18th Street Arts Center throws its highly-anticipated Summer ArtNight featuring the opening receptions for Jerri Allyn’s and Inez S. Bush’s Debating Through the Arts: Exhibition & Performance 3 project and York Chang’s second life project; accompanied by a guest performance from the Tijuana-based visual/audio arts collective, Los Roor, on 18th Street’s outdoor stage. This group is guaranteed to deliver an electrifying show, with a charismatic fusion of noise, light, sound, music and video never seen before at any other ArtNight.

Upon arrival to this exceptional ArtNight, visitors will witness charmingly, colorful yarn and crochet installations sprinkled throughout the entire center as manifestations of Artist-in-residence, Arzu Kosar’s Yarn Bombing project. ArtNight also features open artist-studios by local and international contemporary artists, provocative art installations, and 18th Street’s Artist Marketplace, which features an array of handmade, dazzling jewelry and clothing by a group of talented local artists. Highways Performance Space host their infamous Poetry Slam Night, showcasing the politically impelled, fiercely lyrical, quick-witted poetic lines of L.A.’s best Spoken Word Artists. Willoughby’s serves up a mouth-watering selection of savory-flavored, tenderly smoked, racks of finger-licking good BBQ. Complimentary beverages provided by Izze Sparkling Juice, Pama Pomegranate Liqueur, Hpnotiq Liqueur, and LunAzul Tequila.

Outdoor Area: Los Roor 7-8:30 pm

For the first time ever in Los Angeles, Los Roor brings their dynamic visual and sound art to 18th Street’s outdoor stage for ArtNight. Inspired by the sounds of outside noise, sound, dance floor and electronica music, blended with the visual sensation of massive video projections, Los Roor combines these forces to produce an almost climatic, energetic show that will surely captivate spectators. For this particular performance, Los Roor is inviting the audience to observe first-hand in their process of creating their show and experiment with their sound and visual equipment systems that impels their performance art.

Art Openings:

18th Street Gallery

Artists Jerri Allyn and Inez S. Bush bring their traveling Debating Through the Arts: Exhibition and Performance 3 project to the 18th Street Gallery to continue the dialogue around pressing issues in the United States first started in Debates 1 and 2. By using the Model United Nations paradigm, Jerri and Inez will present a series of events that will serve as a platform for their collaborating artists and the public to openly explore ideas and come up with creative perspectives and solutions to address various political and global affairs.

Project Room

York Chang’s second life explores the history of the Artist Actualization Services, a short-lived and obscure performance art group active in Los Angeles from 1979-1980. Through the pages of the seminal performance art magazine High Performance, the Artist Actualization Services created multiple undetected reports of their actions, successfully attributed to other artists. These fraudulent reports subvert notions of authorship, and ultimately call into question the entire project of art history. This exhibition presents this history with an installation of archival documents, photographs, video and a newly-published issue of High Performance.


Highways Performance Space

As part of its 8th Annual Poetry Fest, Highways Performance Space, Leo Garcia, Artistic Director, partners with 18th Street Arts Center for an evening where poets and performers match wits, smarts, timing and passion as they throw-down on issues of the day. Curated by Judy Holiday.

Saturday Night SLAMS

Youth Slam, Doors open at 5:30pm and Show starts at 6pm, The Kids ARE Alright with 1st prize: $100, 2nd prize: $75 and 3rd prize: $50, Hosted by Mike Eagle and with a special guest performance by Zack Sekoff (youth rapper/musician to perform short 15 minute set at close of slam before scores announced)

Immediately following the Youth Slam will be Back To The Schoolyard. Doors open at 8pm and show starts at 8:30pm hosted by Shihan, with a mix up of Highways’ previous grand slam champions, past to current. The 1st prize will be $400 (to be divided amongst winning team)


18th Street Artist Marketplace: Come witness a creative explosion of brilliantly colored, diversely made, handcrafted art pieces and family-friendly, jewelry-making art workshops reflecting a community of skilled Los Angeles-based artisans whose cultural influences and indigenous roots inform their artwork.


Open Studios:

The studios of 18th Street Artists in residence are open to the public. Participating artists include: Otis M.F.A. Public Practice, Karl Doerrer-Attaway, Dan Kwong, David McDonald, Highways Performance Space, EZTV, Ichiro Irie, Michael Barnard, Yvette Gellis, and International Artists Yen Ting Chung (Taiwan) and Joanna Pawlik (Poland).

For more information about ArtNight and the exhibition openings visit 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, the 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.

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