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MorYork Gallery presents WATER STORIES, a collaborative mixed media art piece

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The MorYork Gallery in Highland Park is a true wonderland of curiosities hidden in plain view. Its home is on a busy corner diagonal from locally famous Café de Leche on York Boulevard in Highland Park. A plain green wall lets the space sit unnoticed while walkers and drivers pass by. Behind the green wall is a portal into an otherworldly collection of art and artists collaborating and creating amid a large skating-rink-turned-art-space that is nothing short of epic in size.

Owner of MorYork Gallery, Clare Graham, talks with his resident artists underneath a hanging installment of dangling spines, fibers, and other oddities. An almost occult playfulness and innovativeness is apparent via copious sculptures, furniture, paintings, scientific concoctions, skeletal systems, and beyond.

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This has been Graham’s space since 1986, long before the hype of Northeast Los Angeles seduced the minds of Los Angelinos to come and rally in NELA for hip cultural gatherings. The wood floor still shows traces of basketball court painted lines and the wood vaulted ceiling is reminiscent of what one might imagine Noah’s ark would have perhaps looked like.

Graham’s work incorporates recycled materials, often cast aside unwanted. New life is breathed into each piece, as its corresponding elements work together to create larger than life works of art with radiating character. As one nears one of Graham’s pieces, it seems it comes more to life with the emergence of every detail. Up close, it can be seen that these large-scale pieces are frequently constructed out of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of tiny everyday mundane pieces. His work genuinely winks at the concept of power in numbers.

The theme at hand during this visit is water, leading to the forthcoming collaborative art performance which incorporates movement, sound design, textiles, and prose to portray WATER STORIES.

A series of workshops will allow the public to immerse themselves into the art by extending the opportunity to practice in a variety of media, ultimately contributing to the final product as a whole. The logic behind these sequence of workshops in concert with the final product results in a community minded experience where abstract concepts and philosophy can be pulled from applicable experience. It soaks the viewer in engagement, bringing them closer to a more acute understanding of the art piece rather than taking on the mere role of a spectator.

However, this does not exclude the less active audience member. Stephanie Zalatel, creator of the szalt dance company, works with her team to choreograph a deeply moving five-part performance for WATER STORIES. Movement appears to narrate a story set to the sounds collected by musician and composer, Louis Lopez. Audio clips collected from field samplings are set to bold tones with an ethereal ambience and subliminal humming reminiscent to the experience one might have submerged in water.

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Perhaps one of the most unique elements of the piece, aside from its already left-of-mainstream surroundings of the gallery, is the use of textiles and costuming. Fiber artist, Amabelle Aguiluz, incorporates her knitted clothing into the performance by creating abstract masks and dress-like coverings for the dancers as well as the landscape around them. The various patterns in the knit work resemble the natural patterns that might be found in nature within a bed of sea coral. While Aguiluz generally works with basic dark and light colors, this piece will incorporate a wider spectrum of color, amplifying the colorful and unpredictable make-up of water and all the connotations it possesses.

To round out the process, there will also be poetry about the performance constructed by poet, Julia Nowak. The poems will be featured in the programs at each performance, giving each audience member a memento to take home with them if they were unable to participate in one of the preceding workshops.

There will be several opportunities to get involved. The actual performance will have multiple weekends including April 22-23 (for VIP ticket holders) / 29-30, and May 6-7 /13-14.

Starting March 20, the workshops will be every Sunday from noon until 3pm. It costs $30 to register online, and $40 at the door. If you are interested in all four classes, you can get a bundle rate of $100. The first will be a textiles workshop, followed by sound recordings workshops, then a movement research class, concluded by a culmination workshop where all the acquired skills can be put to use in a cohesive piece. For more information please visit stephaniezalatel.com/class.html or e-mail Stephanie at szalt@gmail.com. If you know you want to purchase tickets, you can do so by going to waterstories.brownpapertickets.com.

The MorYork Gallery is located at 4959 York Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90042.

The Whirling Girlish for @HappeninginHighlandPark !

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As of late I’m writing for @HappeninginHighlandPark (http://happeninginhighlandpark.com) and below is a feature that just posted today about the urban garden in, you guessed it—Highland Park!

Link to full article here!

Katrine by VUM music video directed by Andreas Attai, a friend of the Whirling Girlish!

VUM — “Katrine” from Andreas Attai on Vimeo.

Just me and my Chola’s. Circa 1990.

Director/Producer/Editor: Andreas “Tito” Attai
Director of Photography: Charlie “Largo” Balch
Co-Producer/UPM: Hannah “Wetta” Baker
Colorist: Bryan “Paco” Smaller
Hair: Taylor “Lo” Stevenson
Make-Up: Dina “Smiley” Gregg
Picture Car/Transpo: Cesar “Rascal” Alvarez

Cholas: Cristina “Chula” Mendoza, Ashley “Lil’ Payaysa” Sinden, Melody “Whisper” Parra

Special Thanks
Jennifer and Chris Badger
Mom, Dad, and Sisters
Jackson LaRue
Andrew Jaramillo
Katherine Montague
Niko Wiesnet
East L.A.

Read about it here: http://yvynyl.com/post/120625952507/premiere-vum-katrine-it-is-hard-to-detect-this

“It is hard to detect this video’s age and origins. Its direction and design is outstanding (full credits), and as always, the song from one of my favorite dark-siders from LA Jennifer Pearl continues to break my heart. She just let this video fly in celebration of her new album, Cryptocrystalline LP. “(via yvynyl)

If you want to see more from Director Andreas Attai, you can access his website here.

Talk about a sound bath, yeah? Enjoy! 

This Week’s Links: Fashion and Food

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Maybe it’s the close proximity to Thanksgiving (or the fact that I’m very hungry right now) but there were a ton of great articles this week on healthy, organic eating. There’s plenty going on in the world of sustainable fashion too, but food definitely has my attention this week! Enjoy!

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  • File under: good to know! The Environmental Working Group recently came out with its dirty dozen– a list of top food additives to avoid and why. (via Organic Authority)
  • BroccoLeaf: the nutritious super veggie you’ve been throwing away. (via Organic Authority)
  • Did you know you could get $20 your next denim purchase at J. Crew by donating your old pair of jeans? Yes, it’s true! (via Blue Jeans Go Green)
  • Beauty brand Lush recently duped fur-wearers with a fake website that showed them the cruel reality faced by our furry friends  who end up as coats (like the adorable…

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