if you bought tickets to the black dice / wolf eyes / sir richard bishop / earthless show for this saturday please note there has been a last minute venue change! the new address is

The Escarpment
5610 Soto St.
Huntington Park, CA 90255

posted by NATE at 11:22 AM

Mark A. Rodriguez Coming Up at Hope

Roman Title IV Plain Jane
By Mark A. Rodriguez
June 13 - July 12

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 13, 7 - 10pm

Here's a sneak preview:

'Roman Title IV Plain Jane' is centered around the idea of constructions, Rodriguez employing a variety of medias, from an architectural model sculpture of the stage scaffolding seen at large music festivals, to collage and pencil pieces depicting children trashing an office building. Rodriguez uses pre-computer architectural drafting techniques in a series of studies for imagined buildings, such as 'The Institute for Revolutionary Children'. 'In Study for the Bronzing of a Stadium-Sized Grateful Dead Audience from 1995', Rodriguez uses a photo of the massive crowd at an outdoor Grateful Dead concert and silhouettes the mob in gold sharpie, transforming them into an amorphous golden glob.

Rodriguez has been included in the group shows, Vultures (Manic, Oakland 2009), California Biennial (2008), Psych R & R (Berkeley Art Museum, 2007), and Yellow (Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2008). He is recipient of the Erin Kluk Memorial Award, Yozo Hamaguchi Printmaking Award, and the Barclay Simpson Award.

Hope Gallery - 1547 Echo Park Ave 90026

posted by kramer at 1:09 PM

Online Store Shipping Reduction!

We are in the process of massively improving the online store. We'll be adding loads more items and have changed the shipping to the fixed price of $4.50 rather than the impossible weirdness of trying to charge per weight. So now shipping is fixed for complete orders regardless of size.

Hot tip - Peter Sutherland's new book, Hot Coals Only, the catalogue from his show currently up at Hope Gallery. It's published by Seems of SF, and limited to only 200 numbered copies. It looks like a thick, little paperback novel, including a paper dust jacket. There are scatteredcolor sections - Nick from Seems went to two different printers and had it bound together. It contains all the work from the exhibition and more, plus an introduction by none other than myself.

For installation shots of Hot Coals Only click here - Hope Gallery.

Here's some images from the book:

posted by kramer at 5:11 PM

Your Golden Opportunity is Comeing Very Soon

Our dear friend RJ Shaughnessy has a very handsome new book we'll be launching at Family June 4, at 7:30pm. In a magical pairing, RJ's favorite band Abe Vigoda will be playing against a backdrop of his projected images.

Your Golden Opportunity is a collection of black and white photos documenting street damage caused by wayward vehicles around LA. RJ manages a subtly diverse range out of a rigid concept - it's intense, funny, affecting, and resonant.
RJ's Site

Here's a new video of Don't Lie from Abe V's latest, really truly great EP, Reviver:

And this:

posted by kramer at 6:30 PM

Devin & Gary in NYC

posted by kramer at 4:52 PM

Tehching Hsieh

We have the new Tehching Hsieh retrospective book. Covers his whole career.

Here he is chained to his pal for a year.

ONE YEAR PERFORMANCE 1980-1981 (You have to click for the video - for some reason I couldn't embed it. If anyone knows who to embed from this site let me know cos these are so cool)

For the second One Year Performance, known informally as the Time Piece, Hsieh punched a time clock, every hour on the hour, twenty-four hours a day, for an entire year. An observer verified each day's time card. "To help illustrate the time process," Hsieh shaved his head before the piece began, and then let his hair grow freely for the duration. Every time he punched the clock, a movie camera shot a single frame. The resulting film compresses each day into a second, and the whole year into about six minutes.

ONE YEAR PERFORMANCE 1981-1982 (Click again)

For the third One Year Performance, known informally as the Outdoor Piece, Hsieh stayed out of doors for a whole year. He did not enter any building or roofed structure. Mostly, he roamed around Lower Manhattan. He relied on pay phones and chance meetings to keep in touch with his friends. Each day, he recorded his wanderings on a map, noting in particular the places where he ate and slept.

posted by kramer at 3:02 PM

New Window Installation

This Sunday, May 24, at 7pm, will not only be the record release party with AsDSSka and The Ladies' Choir, but the unveiling of a new window installation by photographers Nicholas Haggard and Peter Sutherland. I won't give away too much, but Haggard and Sutherland have been trawling forsaken freeways all the way to Palm Springs.

Nicholas Haggard Site

You may have seen Haggard's work at Family in Lay Flat Magazine, and his zine with Cederteg. Here's some samples:

Peter Sutherland is this guy:

For more of Sutherland flipping go to Cali's blog.

His show is up at Hope Gallery now. Click right here for a video tour of the show hosted by Sutherland himself.

posted by kramer at 3:33 PM

New window installation coming soon

posted by NATE at 2:22 PM

bright black dice tickets

Hey we are now selling tickets for both the upcoming brightblack morning light show at the eagle rock center for the arts and the massive black dice / wolf eyes / richard bishop show in downtown la, both are happening back to back in two weeks. tickets are $13 ($12 + $1 service fee), a steal practically.

here's the new black dice video, this is probably what the show will be like, except in full color:

posted by NATE at 10:18 AM

Ben Jones 'New Dark Age' Review in Artforum

Click on them and it's big enough to read.

posted by kramer at 4:22 PM

Doodling With John

Here's the debut episode of John Pham's new show, Doodling With John. It's kind of like 'Tool Time' from Home Improvement, with Pham as a young Tim Allen, but deals with the finer points of comics production. This episode focuses on ink work.

Next episode will also include Sammy Harkham as Pham's sidekick, a young Al Borland.

Sammy Harkham

posted by kramer at 3:21 PM

Family Bookstore Records Presents Asdsska

Family Bookstore is proud to present the first release from Family Bookstore Records.

Asdsska - '25'

Asdsska is a duo consisting of Aska Matsumiya (The Sads, Moonrats) and David Scott Stone (The Sads, Get Hustle, Unwound, Melvins).

'25', features classically trained pianist Matsumiya playing a slow debussy-like refrain accompanied by her delicate voice and Stone's ethereal modular synthesizer rattles and drones. The B-side is 'We Feel it More Than They Do', an ambient instrumental variation on 25's melody.

A music video for 25 was directed by Spike Jonze and Crystal Moselle.

The 7" features cover art by Elke Kramer.

Available now for $5, and will be available for purchase off the site any minute.

On May 24, at 7pm, Family will host a record release party with Asdsska backed by The Ladies Choir, made up of 14 singers. There will also be a screening of the music video.

The Ladies Choir pt. 2 from chumpchampion on Vimeo.

posted by kramer at 2:48 PM

Michael Schmelling's 'The Plan' - Book Launch Slide Show

Sunday, May 10, 7:30pm

Between 2003 and 2005, Michael Schmelling photographed 12 private residences in the company of Disaster Masters, a New York-based company specializing in cleaning up homes and counseling compulsive hoarders. Featuring 490 photographs printed in black-and-white on 576 newsprint pages, this volume devotes one chapter to each home-- producing an arresting art object and a fantastic document of urban archaeology and psychology.

Schmelling will discuss his work accompanied by a slide show, answer questions, and sign books.

NYC based Schmelling's work has been seen in The Fader, Wired, Details, NY Magazine, The Wire, Spin, & The NY Times Magazine, Modern Painters, to name a few. He's shot book covers for authors Chuck Palahniuk, George Saunders, & Colson Whitehead, & the last 4 seasons' look books for Isaac Mizrahi Studio. He photographed The Wilco Book (Picturebox) & the Grammy-winning packaging for Wilco's "A Ghost is Born." Michael's own books include, Shut Up Truth (J+L Books), The Week of No Computer (TV Books), The Plan (J+ L Books) and Aquemini (Continuum Books), about the eponymously titled Outkast album. His photographs of the Atlanta hip-hop scene have been widely praised. Awards include one OBIE, many inclusions in the American Photo Annual, & a finalist for ICP's Infinity Award for young photographer in '03. Michael has had 2 solo shows at Bucketrider Gallery in Chicago.

Family - 436 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, 90036

NOTE: This event is the night of Peter Sutherland's daytime exhibition opening reception at Hope Gallery. Come to both for a full day of photography appreciation! It's also mother's day so why not bring your mother?

posted by kramer at 3:41 PM

Haxan accompanied by Eddie Rushcha

Our dear friend Eddie Ruscha will be performing a live musical accompaniment to the beautifully disturbing 1922 granddaddy of all shockumentaries, HAXAN, A history of Witchcraft through the Ages, A Film by Benjamin Christensen.

This will be a film projection with live sonics.... Wed.May 13th
starting at 7:30pm sharp!!!
At: Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd

posted by kramer at 12:58 PM