May 23, 2013
|SHIFTER is thrilled to invite you to a book launch, with a series of short presentations celebrating the launch of our twentieth issue titled What We Can Knot. The title of this issue draws from George Bernard Shaw’s quip “He who can, does; he who cannot, teaches.” In this issue artists parse out and challenge what we see to be Shaw’s false distinction between pedagogy and praxis, in order to explore the value of negotiation and collaboration as important elements both in the studio and in the classroom. To this end we have invited several individuals who are both artists and educators, to consider the active relation between art practice and teaching in their life. We have invited them to do this through a conversation or correspondence with either a mentor or a student who continues to play an intimate part in their understanding of the intertwined roles as artist and educator.
Ashley Hunt & Malene Dam
Marjetica Potrč & Amanda Eicher with Ryo Yonami, Nuriye Elisabeth Tohermes & Mai Shirato
Andreas Fischer & Hannah B. Higgins
Corin Hewitt & Riley Duncan
Richard Kostelanetz with Frederick Young, Michael Peters & Bob Grumman
Michelle Grabner with Philip Vanderhyden, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Andrew Falkowski, Elijah Burgher, Julie Weitz, Christopher Mcnulty, Michael Velliquette, Barry Underwood, Joey Farueso, Gil Riley & Adam Scott
Zach Cahill ft. Cassandra Troyan
Jesal Kapadia & Brian McCarthy
Adelita Husni Bey & Janna Graham
Tyler Coburn & A.L. Steiner
Abdullah Awad & Sreshta Rit Premnath
Allan deSouza & Jeannene Przyblyski
Steven Lam & Daniel Joseph Martinez
Juan William Chávez & Anya Liao
Valerio Rocco Orlando & Mónica Ríos
Deborah Stratman & James Benning
A.K. Burns & Alexandro Segade
Dan Paz & Tania Bruguera
Ayisha Abraham & Smriti Mehra
Maria Rosa Sossai
Sreshta Rit Premnath & Matthew Metzger
May 6, 2013
April 4, 2013 | Minnesota State Capitol
An Exploration of Portraiture
Website: Kulture Klub at the Capitol
You are invited to view the Kulture Klub Collaborative public art exhibit:Decisive Moment: An Exploration of Portraiture, Thursday April 4th at 10:30am at the MN State Capitol. This reception will celebrate the exhibition and Governor Dayton's support of the Homeless Youth Act (SF565, HF 698).
This collaboration of arts and advocacy allows many ways for you to be involved:
Decisive Moment: An Exploration of Portraiture
- Work on view was created collaboratively with artists from Kulture Klub Collaborative
and local artist Adriana Rimpel. During the seven-week residency, the group developed a reflex of looking and recognizing important moments while photographing. Through a series of exercises that shifted from looking to questioning, photographing to modeling, questioning to answering, and directing to acting, artists considered the many tactics of portrait photography. In addition, they examined the various identities and personas they wear in their daily lives.
Decisive Moment will be on view at the Youth Opportunity Center gallery throughout the spring.
March 2013 | LM Projects
The Sighted See the Surface, Dorit Cypis
Launched in Fall of 2009, LM Projects serves as an invitational for emerging, mid career and established artists to create exhibitions, publications and projects as multiples
The Sighted See the Surface will extend over 2013 to engage a variety of audiences in research and discussion exploring aesthetics, ethics and engagement. Cypis is designing a series of conversation structures to take place at a variety of private and public sites. The first of these participatory conversations will be a tribute to the late Los Angeles artist Michael Asher and will take place at the Braille Institute, Los Angeles. Asher’s brilliant questioning of how institutions play with what is made visible and what remains invisible to the public lays the groundwork for an extended public conversation on the nature of seeing. This conversation is in collaboration with writer Susan Morgan and co-sponsored by East of Borneo.
Each conversation in this series will be accompanied by a text-based work created by Cypis questioning the liminal qualities of identity and social relations. The limited edition lithography prints will be published and made available by LM Projects.
February 24, 2013
L.A. Woman the Documentary
A multimedia/documentary project profiling pioneering, emerging, innovative and otherwise compelling Los Angeles-based female artists, philosophers and social entrepreneurs. In their own worlds and contexts.
Directed by: Kate Crash
Produced by: EZTV & Michael Masucci
Interviewees in Alphabetical Order:
Lita Albuquerque, Zina Bethune, Jessie Bliss, Strawn Bovee, Dorit Cypis, Susanna B. Dakin, Simone Forti, Nana Ghana, Carol Gillam, Kate Johnson, Anna Homler, Dr. Linda Lack, Lina Lecaro, Dianne Magee, Donna Enad Napper, Rika Ohara, Nina Rota, S.Pearl Sharp, Barbara T. Smith, Jessica Sohn, Donna Sternberg, Tiffany Trenda, Valerie Velazquez, Jan Williamson
Click here for the full documentary on Vimeo
January 28, 2013
|I am very proud to introduce you to the latest project by Kulture Klub Collaboration, a public program I founded in 1992.
January 19 - 21, 2013
A project of Photo LA and The Icon
|Dorit Cypis participates as a distinguished reviewer for the Emerging Focus Portfolio Reviews in conjunction with photo l.a. 2013. Candidates are: emerging and professional contemporary artists using photography.
June 31, 2012 | The Walker Art Center
Artist and mediator Dorit Cypis was born in Israel and currently lives in California, but in the 1980s and ’90s, she called the Twin Cities home. Politicized by the AIDS epidemic, the censorship of Robert Mapplethorpe’s photography, and issues surrounding identity, the body, and sexuality, she created multimedia works at the intersection of performance, photography, and social sculpture.
The founder of Kulture Klub, an arts program for teens experiencing homelessness, Cypis was part of the 1998 exhibition Sculpture on Site, and her work is represented in the Walker’s permanent collection. As part of our series, Then and Now: The Twin Cities in the 1980s, she recalls a decade when art became institutionalized, identity politics became entrenched, and her own work more deeply embraced both politics and performance.
July 1 - July 31, 2012 | PØST
"Difficult times invite difficult gestures. By design, these exhibits remain close to art and distant
from the other stuff. A book will be produced for each Kamikaze month."
The Conjurer, Hieronymus Bosch, 16th Century
...a prelude to
The Life of Life
by Dorit Cypis, with magician Blake Applegate
July 17, 2012
7 – 9 PM
PØST July 2012 Kamikaze Exhibits
Thirty-one Exhibits July 1 – 31, 7 – 9 PM, one each night
In the Golden Age of Magic, magicians travelled the world to entertain and brought back
with them exotic affects of distant locations and cultures.
The Life of Life is a performative work including “sleight of hand” tricks that continues my aesthetic exploration of the uncanny nature of history and its volcanic movements
through us and between us. The Life of Life is inspired by ineffable relationships between objects that have been left at my feet - five old, weathered, brown suitcases filled with six decades of snapshots and documents my family kept to frame life across many countries - constantly, incessantly, determinedly. Life is often filled with narrow escapes from the folds of history, much like the conjuring of sleight of hand.
The Life of Life will be developed over the next year - …a prelude to is presented at PØST.
1904 East 7th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90021 USA
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Download PDF of Full Exhibition Press Release
June 30 - July 28, 2012 | Jancar Gallery
The Very Eye of Night
Inspired by The Very Eye of Night by Maya Deren
SOFIE BIRD MOLLER
TRICIA LAWLESS MURRAY
JUNE 30 - JULY 28, 2012
Opening reception June 30, 2012 6-9 PM
961 Chung King Road, Los Angeles CA 90012
Maya Deren’s historic film, The Very Eye of Night, is memorable for its experimental qualities, the mysteriousness of "diving into the abyss", the performative aspects of the dancers. Deren was a trailblazer incorporating many art genres and turning formal and narrative structures inside out and upside down. We chose these artists based upon their practice as it relates to this film.
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