6/29/15

3-PACK JACK BOOK LAUNCH


3-PACK JACK: BOOK LAUNCH PARTY
SATURDAY, JULY 11, 2015 | 3-6PM
FREE ADMISSION

3-PACK OF PERFORMANCES BY ORIGINAL JACKS | 5PM
John Cantwell | Martin Matamoros | Jonny McGovern

CLOSING PARTY FOR CURRENT EXHIBITIONS
Transgender Hirstory in 99 Objects Watchqueen

ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007

BAWDY AUTOBIOGRAPHY!
DEVIANT DISCOURSE!
INDELICATE RETELLINGS! 

Join us at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives for an afternoon book launch event and courtyard soirée. Hottt off the press, 3-PACK JACK is a titillating three-book set anthologizing a recent queer performance series curated and hosted by Steven Reigns. Delight in performance photos by Matt Baume alongside the monologues, scripts, and transcriptions from all of the performances at each event. A 3-PACK JACK set will be donated to ONE Archives as a continuum of the history of gay publications in their holdings.

“Everything we’re supposed to hide, never to refer to, sits up naked and wags its tail in the joyful pages of these three interrelated books.” – Kevin Killian, author of Spreadeagle and Variations on a Theme

"For those of us who missed the live performances, we can now have it all! Get it! Take it! It's good stuff!" – Annie Sprinkle, author of Post-Porn Modernist

“…this juicy boxed set is a guidebook for where asses/dicks/hearts have come from and where we might go next. Don’t leave home without it!” – Tim Miller, performer and author of Shirts & Skin, Body Blows, and 1001 Beds

Between April 2013 and April 2014, the poet and educator Steven Reigns and his loose-knit gang of rebel Marys found an occasional home on the dancefloor of queer-classic eastside nightspot Akbar. But these gatherings weren’t dance parties; they were part of APT 3F, started by Andrew J. Henkes and David LeBarron in 2011 to provide a venue for queer performance in Silver Lake. For APT 3F, Akbar’s dancefloor is transformed into a proper theater with a stage and formal seating; the house sound system, lights and projector are used for such purposes as monologues, live musical numbers, and short films.

Reigns’ three nights for APT 3F – The (W)hole Story (April 7, 2013), Cum As You Are (October 13, 2013) and CockTales (April 27, 2014) – were full-house affairs with something for (almost) everyone. JT’s Stockroom provided cock rings for all attendees at CockTales; The Peter North Decorator App was applied to projected photos of selected individuals who RSVPd to Cum As You Are on Facebook; and activist, performer and Sister of Perpetual Indulgence Christopher Lung used his ass to create a colorful artwork at The (W)hole Story. Other highlights of the three evenings included an improvised monologue by comedian and internet sensation Jonny McGovern leading into a performance of his song about catching a cheating lover by recognizing his genitals on Craigslist; heartfelt-to-hilarious monologues about gay relationships by author/playwright Noel Alumit, musician/performer Martin Matamoros and aspiring actor/writer Rich Yap; and many more brave moments of gay male sexuality laid bare.

I was in attendance at all three of these performance nights. The atmosphere of community and of hot, awkward, funny, honest and vulnerable sexuality left an indelible impression. I proposed to Reigns that we anthologize the series of events and they set out to do so. We recruited artist, bookmaker and queer ally Christopher Kardambikis to help. 3-PACK JACK is the result of a labor of love – from the organizer to the performers to the book designer and producers.

Please join us for the 3-Pack Jack book launch party at ONE Archives at the USC Libraries – the largest repository of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) materials in the world. Founded in 1952, ONE Archives currently houses over two million archival items including periodicals, books, film, video and audio recordings, photographs, artworks, organizational records, and personal papers. ONE Archives has been a part of the University of Southern California Libraries since 2010. The event will also serve as the closing party for the current exhibitions Transgender Hirstory in 99 Objects and Watchqueen.

$20 – REGULAR EDITION OF 220 | Full-color three-book set; bound with a fold-out poster of a vintage jockstrap advertisement.

$40 – DELUXE EDITION OF 30 | 
Full-color three-book set; bound with a hand-sewn, sparkly jockstrap elastic band; one fold-out poster of a vintage jockstrap advertisement; one signed and numbered 11x13" three-color Risograph artist print based on Christopher Lung's original performance from The (W)hole Story. 

CONTRIBUTORS:

The (W)hole Story | April 7, 2013 | Noel Alumit | R. Daniel Foster | Gavy Kessler | Christopher Lung | Ian MacKinnon | Martin Matamoros

Cum As You Are | October 13, 2013 | John Cantwell | Ben Cuevas | Keith Hunter | Pip Lilly | Ian MacKinnon | Brenden Shucart | Rich Yap

CockTales | April 27, 2014 | Torrie Gregor | Ian MacKinnon | Jonny McGovern | Wes Would 

Book design and production | 2015 | Christopher Kardambikis | Darin Klein | Steven Reigns

1/29/15

LAABF 2015 - Fantastic Opening Night!

Box of Books, Vol. VIII participant Joshua Miller installs artworks at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.

It was successful opening night at Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair 2015! The energy levels were very high, everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves!

Box of Books, Vol. VIII & works on paper by Joshua Miller.

"Castle" display inspired by my beautiful husband, Arthur.

Thanks to all my friends who came out to support the fair and the latest Box of Books. Looking forward to he rest of  the 
weekend!

1/26/15

Darin Klein & Friends @ LA Art Book Fair 2015

20 handmade artists' books in a boxed set!

Check out Box of Books, Vol. VIII at LA Art Book Fair!
"Darin… Under your inspiration, the artists assembled have totally rejiggered the concept of what a book can be, and brought it around to a new dimension via unlikely means, the use of what is an absurdly small canvas unfolded all out! It's like what Robert Creeley said at Black Mountain, "Form is never more than an extension of content." 

– Kevin Killian, Box of Books, Vol. VII participant 

Also on view, artworks by Box of Books, Vol. VIII participant Joshua Miller.

Joshua Miller. After Ontani, 2008. Ink and guache on paper, 40x26".
Joshua Miller. MR. GOODTHINGSHAPPENTOGOODPEOPLE, 2014. Ink on paper, 20.5x17".
Joshua Miller. Guilt, 2008. Ink and watercolor on paper, 12x12".

Printed Matter’s LA ART BOOK FAIR 2015
January 30 – February 1, 2015
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Free admission
$10 Preview: Thursday, January 29, 2015, 6–9 pm

Friday January 30th, 12–7pm
Saturday January 31st, 11-7pm
Sunday February 1st, 11-6pm
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-6222
www.moca.org


11/26/14

Darin Klein & Friends Present: Box of Books, Vol. VIII

Specially Produced for Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair, Darin & Friends Present Box of Books, Vol. VIII.

Imagine a technique whereby a small book (that may also be a poster…) is folded and cut from a single piece of paper! In Box of Books, Vol. VIII, 20 participants respond to the instructions – each imparting their own unique perspective. Edition of 150; each box contains all 20 books.

Darin & Friends Present Box of Books, Vol. VIII. Handmade books by Karla Aguiñiga, Bill Basquin, Kate Clark, Joseph Gallucci, Angie Jennings, Kara Joslyn, Clay Kerrigan, Max Karnig, Joshua Miller, Jesse Mockrin, J. Morrison, Josh Nece / Queering Zine, Adam Novak, Duane Paul, David Rasmussen, Amy Rathbone, Julian Rogers, Christopher Russell, Matt Savitsky, and Daniel Trese.

Printed Matter’s LA ART BOOK FAIR 2015
January 30 – February 1, 2015
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Free admission
$10 Preview: Thursday, January 29, 2015, 6–9 pm

Friday January 30th, 12–7pm
Saturday January 31st, 11-7pm
Sunday February 1st, 11-6pm
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-6222
www.moca.org

Printed Matter presents the third annual LA Art Book Fair, from January 30 through February 1, 2015, at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.

Free and open to the public, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair is a unique event for artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by over 250 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers. Last year’s LA Art Book Fair saw 25,000 visitors over the course of three and a half days.

5/21/14

Darin Klein & Friends Present: Mux Demux

Joshua Miller, Love and Boredom 2, 2013. Oil on Canvas, 36 x 48"

Darin Klein & Friends Present:

Mux Demux

May 31 & June 1, 2014

Commonwealth & Council
3006 W 7th St #220
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Saturday, May 31: 12-7pm viewing hours | 7-11pm opening reception + zine release + performances
Sunday, June 1: 12-6pm viewing hours

Bill Basquin
Rachel Beetz
Lyndsay Bloom
Tanya Brodsky
Artemisa Clark
Kate Clark
Lucas Coffin
Shana Dimasse
Angie Jennings
Kara Joslyn
Aitor Lajarin
Dominic Paul Miller
Joshua Miller
Erika Ostrander
Ava Porter
Julian Rogers
Matt Savitsky
Nichole Speciale

Darin Klein & Friends touch down at Commonwealth & Council with Mux Demux, a weekend-long exhibition of work by University of California San Diego Visual Arts graduate students. The exhibition encompasses painting, performance, film/video, sculpture, and more, with content spanning the personal to the political, the representational to the abstract. Klein was invited by Amy Adler, Professor of Visual Art at UCSD, to organize a show of graduate students enrolled in her recent Working Critique course. Selections for the exhibition were made during studio visits and ensuing conversations between Klein and the artists. The opening reception doubles as a release party for a collaboratively produced zine by the participating artists, also entitled Mux Demux.

The title of the exhibition and its accompanying publication was thoughtfully proposed by participating artist Julian Rogers. “Multiplexers,” he explained, “are devices that send multiple input signals to a single line. They are called Mux for short. Demux is the opposite, a single channel into many.” This technical term poetically and aptly describes Commonwealth & Council as channeling 18 artists from UCSD into Los Angeles and the potential to channel one exhibition out to many viewers.

Aesthetics, concepts, techniques and theories developed during the span of the Working Critique course are manifested in much of the work on view in Mux Demux. It is no doubt that the participating artists were fortified by regular group critiques, studio facilities with a communal atmosphere, and one-on-one sessions with Adler. Some recent pieces that predate the course are also on view, showing strong paths towards work that would yet be executed.

Amy Adler and Darin Klein have been working together since 2007. Their work with emerging artists has resulted in numerous collaborative publications; group exhibitions and public engagement initiatives at ForYourArt, Hammer Museum, Human Resources, LACE, and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles; and a series of residencies and related programming at Amy Adler's Echo Park studio.



5/19/14

Bitches Rule cycle 3

 
Installation shot


Installation shot


Installation shot - wallpaper detail


Opening reception crowd shot

 
Some zine front covers - all 100 are unique


Nancy Regen Projects Presents
Bitches Rule cycle 3

May 17-June 1, 2014

Opening Reception + Zine Release Party
Saturday, May 17, 2014
7-9:30pm

& Pens Press
8564 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 204-2500
Monday-Saturday 12-7pm | Sunday 12-5pm

Bitches Rule cycle 3 opened Saturday night at & Pens Press in Culver City. I'm really happy with my wallpaper installation made from photocopies of queer zines from my vast collection. The reception was a blast. Thanks so much to & Pens for hosting us. This is their final exhibition in their current space - stay tuned for info about their plans for the future, this is definitely not the end of & Pens. Thanks to all the bitches who participated in this show and all the people who came out to support. Mad love to prvtdncr and Bodega Vendetta for helping me add that extra handmade element to the Bitches Rule cycle 3 zine by sewing a bunch of crazy shit to all 100 of the covers!

5/7/14

Bitches Rule cycle 3





Promotional flyer

artist unknown (found by Chris Johanson)
Untitled, not dated
Photographs, marker, medical tape, dirt, ass germs on baking tray
12 x 19"

David Rasmussen
Untitled, 2014
Drawing on paper
8 1/2 x 11"

prvtdncr 
Untitled, 2014
Sight-specific photo thing
20 x 30"

Nancy Regen Projects Presents
Bitches Rule cycle 3

May 17-June 1, 2014

Opening Reception + Zine Release Party
Saturday, May 17, 2014
7-9:30pm

& Pens Press
8564 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 204-2500
Monday-Saturday 12-7pm | Sunday 12-5pm

Bitches Rule is an occasional "queer centric" art event and casual collective created to foster and showcase the artwork of LGBTQ artists of Los Angeles in an unconventional, non-traditional environment. Bitches Rule cycle 3 showcases both the work of emerging and established artists, exemplifying the sense of community and support that queer artists share. Some of us are in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, others show internationally and others simply just create. But one thing is clear, all these Bitches Rule! 

artist unknown
Brandon Andrew
John Arsenault
Jesse Bern
Juan Martin Del Campo
Enrique Castrejon
Zackary Drucker
Brian Gainey
Paul Gellman
Darin Klein
Duane Paul
prvtdncr
David Rasmussen
Bodega Vendetta