Woods Davy and Pierre Picot at Craig Krull

WoodsDavy_Pierre Picot2014 CUSculptor Woods Davy — one of the artists profiled in “Young Turks” — and painter Pierre Picot, who has lived off and on in Los Angeles for much of the past four decades, will show their work in an exhibition opening at Craig Krull Gallery at Bergamot Station next Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Davy’s new pieces are organic clusters of rounded sea stones and bleached coral rubble that evoke an underwater landscape, while Picot’s Chinese-influenced paintings and drawings are raw, gestural and gritty.

The show will continue through May 17. The reception is Sat., April 12, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Craig Krull Gallery
Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave., Building B3
Santa Monica, CA 90404
email: info@craigkrullgallery.com

Richard Newton Films at L.A. FilmForum

ImageArtist and filmmaker Richard Newton will be hosting an evening of his short films this Sunday at the Spielberg Theatre in Hollywood. Here is a link to the L.A. Filmforum website with all the information.

Young Turks Out on Cable and Digital Dec. 17

YT Cable Release PRIndie Rights is pleased to announce the Dec. 17 release of “Young Turks” on cable video on demand (including Comcast, Cox, Frontier and Verizon FIOS) and digital platforms (iTunes, XBox, Playstation and Vudu).

Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, author of “Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s” and “Full Bloom: The Art and Life of Georgia O’Keeffe, wrote that “Young Turks” was a “kaleidoscopic melange of bizarre underground existence and a few naked truths.”

For more information, please call Linda Nelson of Indie Rights at 213/613-1587 or email her at info@nelsonmadisonfilms.com

Young Turks press release

Downtown Blues

Linda Frye Burnham’s “Downtown Blues,” with guitar work by Jimmy Townes, is the unofficial anthem of “Young Turks,” to be released on cable, iTunes and other digital platforms on Dec. 17.

Using a lot of unseen footage from the outtakes of the movie, editor Pamela Wilson has put together a music video to  Burnham’s recording of the song, which was produced by the Dark Bob.

Coleen Sterritt to Exhibit New Works

"And Then Some" Wood, bamboo, strapping tape 99" x 61" x 40" (2012)

“And Then Some”
Wood, bamboo, strapping tape
99″ x 61″ x 40″ (2012)

Another Year in LA will present Torque, an exhibition of recent sculpture and works on paper by Los Angeles artist Coleen Sterritt. Sterritt, one of the “Young Turks,” uses old doors, household fixtures, masking tape, milled lumber, furniture and building materials to create abstract compositions with strong polarities — forms that have a compelling resonance while being familiar and unknown at the same time. Her works on paper incorporate geometric and organic forms, and refer to both man-made and natural forms and structures.

Critic Peter Frank wrote about Sterritt’s work, “You never quite know what’s going to happen with/in/at a Sterritt structure —except that, for all its piling-on of discrete units, it’s going to balance, against all odds, with an entirely unlikely dignity.”

The raw materials and basic DIY quality of her wall tableau “And Then Some” upsets the original use of its components, yet none has been skewed so radically that it is not immediately recognizable. When hung on the wall, they form a sculptural haiku.

Collectively, the sculpture in Torque appears as if it is the residue of the perfect storm, a still point (neither still nor in motion) amidst a tsunami of chaos and material excess.

Coleen Sterritt: Torque
Recent Sculpture and Works on Paper
November 14, 2013 – January 3, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 14, 5-8 PM
another year in LA
Pacific Design Center, Suite B267
8687 Melrose
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Gallery phone: (323)223-4000

The Times Reviews La Gruta Azul

la-et-cm-review-richard-newton-at-jancar-galle-001Great write-up by the Los Angeles Times’ Christopher Knight for Richard Newton’s installation, “La Gruta Azul,” at Jancar Gallery in Chinatown.

With this work, writes Knight, “Newton commemorates shattering loss” in an installation that is “surprisingly refined and even elegant, given the throwaway materials.”

Read the whole review here.

Jancar Gallery
961 Chung King Road
(213) 625-2522
Through Oct. 19
Closed Sunday through Tuesday
For more information on Richard Newton, visit his website here.
“Young Turks” is out on DVD and will soon be available for download and viewing on iTunes and other digital platforms.

Richard Newton: The Missing Turk

richardWhen Stephen Seemayer projected a rough cut of “Young Turks” against a downtown warehouse wall in 1981, Richard Newton was not among the artists included in the film.

Richard Newton in 1981 at the Bunker Hill site where MOCA would soon be built.

Richard Newton in 1981 at the Bunker Hill site where MOCA would soon be built.

Seemayer and Newton had been very good friends and collaborators on several videos — including “A Glancing Blow” (see excerpt below), in which Seemayer was a cameraman in one of the cars. Seemayer had filmed Newton doing performances and talking about his work, just as he had the other downtown artists that he was friends with in those days. Seemayer had even assemble-edited Newton’s section of the film, which included Newton taking viewers on “the first tour” of the as-yet-unbuilt Museum of Contemporary Art on Bunker Hill.

But for one reason or another — the two friends still cannot agree on what went wrong — Seemayer left Newton’s footage on the cutting room floor when he put together the first rough cut for the 1981 screening.

When Seemayer and editor Pamela Wilson decided to reenvision “Young Turks” in 2012, they agreed the section was worth reviving and added it back into the finished film.

In “Young Turks,” Newton explains some of the ideas behind his performances of the late 1970s and early 1980s, in which he inhabited hotel rooms for an extended period and the audience observed through cracked doors and windows what he was doing inside.

Audience members view Newton's 1980 performance through a door in the Hotel El Dorado on Spring Street.

Audience members view Newton’s 1980 performance through a door in the Hotel El Dorado on Spring Street.

“If we’re artists,” Newton explains, “we might think that, somehow, we’re doing something special that’s different from what the rest of the people are doing, either the people working, or the people just living on the street.

“But in fact, we’re doing kind of the same thing. We’re in a pattern. We make our art, we go through certain rituals. We have certain things we have to do to survive.”

Inside the hotel room, Newton conversed with his stuffed animal "friends" while getting progressively more drunk.

Inside the hotel room, Newton conversed with his stuffed animal “friends” while getting progressively more drunk.

In “Get Under the Table, Don’t Look at the Windows” — a 1980 performance at the Hotel El Dorado on Spring Street — Newton inhabited a room of what was then a rundown flophouse and explored alcoholism and fears of nuclear annihilation in conversations with stuffed animals that were observed by the audience through a crack in the room’s chain-secured door.

“When I’m in that room,” Newton says in “Young Turks,” “the kind of activity I’m involved in is the same kind activity that a child would be involved in, that an adult who’s living in that hotel would be involved in, and that an artist would be involved in, staying in their own studio and working on their own.”

La_Gruta_Azul_evite_circle_rnaNewton has never ceased making art. He continues to create films and performances, and his latest work, “La Gruta Azul” (“The Blue Grotto”) — an installation at Jancar Gallery in Chinatown — will open on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. The opening reception will be from 6-9 p.m. at the gallery at 961 Chung King Road, Los Angeles 90012. The exhibit runs through October 19.

For more information on Richard Newton, visit his website here.
Richard Newton resume
“Young Turks” is out on DVD and will soon be available for download and viewing on iTunes and other digital platforms.