Nice Review of Davy’s Paris Show

LaGazette_Juin7,2013La Gazette Drouot, a Parisian newspaper, published this nice capsule review of Woods Davy‘s exhibition of sculptures at the Galerie Marie-Laure de l’Ecotais in St.-Germain-des-Près.

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Here, an air of poetry prevails… The sculptures of Woods Davy, an American that we first encountered two years ago, still have an undefinable charm that gives the rocks — collected on the beaches of Cantamar, Mexico, and patiently assembled by Davy — a unique zen-like quality. The public — slightly thrown off-balance by his dozen works of stone — subtly rose and seemed to defy gravity themselves as they asked the sculptor 1,001 questions. Woods Davy acquiesced to the exercise with good humor, but beware, only speaking English! An incredible exhibit that we strongly recommend, but you better hurry… It ends June 29.

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More Film Festival News

DFFLA logo“Young Turks” has been selected for inclusion in the 2013 Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles, to be held at various venues downtown from July 10-18, 2013.

The Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles (DFFLA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to showcasing the best in independent cinema in the heart of the world’s entertainment and arts capital, according to its website. “Our programming reflects downtown L.A.’s vibrant new urbanism, the unique ethnic and cultural diversity of its communities and neighborhoods, and its seminal role in the early days of American cinema. Set against the historic backdrop of City Center, DFFLA serves as a beacon for movie fans and industry professionals throughout Southern California.”

The “Young Turks” and other artists around in the 1970s and ’80s were pioneers of this “vibrant new urbanism,” and filmmakers  Stephen Seemayer and Pamela Wilson are very pleased to have “Young Turks” included among the films selected for this celebration of downtown history.

Showtimes and locations will be announced later this week.

Seemayer on the Changing Downtown Landscape

Stephen Seemayer at the District Gallery, which recently hosted an exhibit of the artists' work.

Stephen Seemayer at the District Gallery, which recently hosted an exhibit of the artist’s work.

“Now you see people walking down the street with poodles that have shirts on.”

“Young Turks” director Stephen Seemayer, in a recent interview with Richard Schave, discussed the changing nature of life downtown, a major theme of the artist’s 95-minute documentary film, which is slated for DVD release later this month.

Art Above the LawOn the podcast You Can’t Eat the Sunshine, a production of esotouric.com — which hosts “bus adventures into the secret heart of Los Angeles” — Seemayer talks about the movie and life downtown in the 1970s and ’80s, but he also recounts tales of the “Red Zone,” a series of guerrilla art shows that were staged in the early 1990s.

“We decided we were just going to take over a space, take over a building, not ask any permission, not pay for any insurance, not get any permits,” Seemayer says on the podcast, appropriately subtitled “Art on the Edge.”

Seemayer in Red Zone IIn fact, for the interview, Seemayer met Schave in a warehouse at the Angel City Brewery, just across the street from Wurstküche, a beer and wiener shop now in the building that unwittingly had hosted the first of the “Red Zones” in May 1990.

The then-printing shop was painted red after its owner had left for the day, and then the artists descended. The original artists who had planned the “Red Zone” — which they titled “Art Above the Law” — installed their pieces, but then hundreds of others showed up and started improvising artworks on the spot. For his part, Seemayer’s contribution was a silhouette of himself made from meat nailed to the brick wall.

For more on “Young Turks” and the “Red Zones,” listen to Seemayer’s interview.

For more on the “In Your Face” and “Signs of the Times” exhibits mentioned in the interview, go to Seemayer’s website, which has photos of all the work shown at the District Gallery and Angel City Brewery.