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June 23, 2010 - August 14, 2010

ASAP (after school arts program) is an arts education collective with a faculty and student population that is always in flux. Led by Michael Ano and Elizabeth Watkins, ASAP is motivated by the belief that “Arts education should be available to everyone.” They will organize a series of adult, family and teen programs that meditate on the landscape and populace of Hollywood and its relationship to LACE. www.asap-la.blogspot.com

Every first Sunday of the month, 1-4 PM

LACE is located in the heart of Hollywood, an ideal place to observe and contemplate the collision of Los Angeles and its intricate networks, humming with activity as resources are transferred and spaces are reconstructed through use or development.

ASAP’s 2011 Re-Visions of LA drawing workshops will build conversations around how our urban environments are constructed and what that means to our everyday lives. Each month a new group of artists will spend an afternoon at LACE providing free drawing classes. All levels and ages are welcome as we talk about Hollywood while drawing our surroundings. All materials will be supplied.

ASAP Guest Instructors include Jessica Pezalla, Elana Melissa Hill, Kim Alexander, Jr., Erica Ryan Stallones, Lily Simonson, Mara Lonner, Alex Moore, Amanda Paige Price, Dai Toyofuku, Sean Sullivan, Emily Smith, Michael Carter, and others.


Sunday 14 November 2010, 2 – 5 PM
On Curatorial Practice
Join ASAP @ LACE in a hands-on workshop meditating on curatorial practice and its future in Los Angeles and beyond. The conversation will begin with a round-table discussion with curators Anat Ebgi, Charlotte Eyerman, and Lisa Melandri and artist Rob Renolds on their work in the field, projects that excite them and what their hopes are for future endeavors. Later, Renolds will lead a workshop and discussion on the Wunderkammer (wonder-room).

Sunday 26 September 2010, 1 – 4 PM
Relay Drawing w/ Knifeandfork

Join Knifeandfork and explore the psychogeography of Hollywood using mobile telephone interactions in a generative process. Over the course of one and half hours, LACE’s headquarters will be transformed into a remote drawing laboratory for investigating the Hollywood strip.

Knifeandfork, founded by Brian House and Sue Huang while on a coffee break during a figure-drawing class in Sweden, currently operates out of New York and Los Angeles. Knifeandfork projects are concerned with the critical reconfiguration of media structures and contexts.  American culture guide Flavorpill says of the collective, “the imaginative bicoastal duo[‘s] installations utilize unorthodox media, including text messages and video clips, in their expository repositioning of traditional art forms.”

Knifeandfork recently completed a series of residency projects engaging in a social practice at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Los Angeles in 2009.  Other recent work includes The Wrench (2008), which recasts Primo Levi’s The Monkey’s Wrench as an open-ended mobile phone text-message exchange between participants and an artificially intelligent character; 5 ’til 12 (2006), a nonlinear interactive installation utilizing a database of video clips to create a near-infinite number of narratives based on the Akira Kurosawa film Rashomon; and Hundekopf (2005), a location-based narrative project utilizing SMS text-messaging to animate and recontextualize the experience of riding the Berlin Ringbahn. Knifeandfork has exhibited with Rhizome at the New Museum for Contemporary Art, New York; Beall Center for Art + Technology, University of California, Irvine; Loving Berlin Festival, Berlin; and Kulturhuset, Stockholm.

Saturday 11 September 2010, 1:00-3:00Public Arts Proposals w/ Piero Golia
Stop by for an afternoon exploring the aesthetics and conceptual possibilities for public arts proposals.  Learn techniques to fold, cut, sculpt, paint, photograph and edit your mixed-media proposal with local artists and educators from LACE.  Come early for a short talk on arts proposals and stay after for special family tours of Public Interest 2010.


Building/Re-Building Hollywood Boulevard
In this three-day workshop teens will explore the architecture and design of Hollywood Boulevard with local architect Michael Hricak and friends.  Learn to create maquettes, drawings, collages and other media to help you design and construct a new Hollywood.  The three-day workshop includes tours of LACE’s exhibition Public Interest 2010 and will conclude with a one-night exhibition at LACE of projects completed by participants in the workshop.

Space is limited to 20 participants.  Advanced registration is required.  Please RSVP to rsvp@welcometolace.org or (323) 957-1777 x13

Saturday 14 August 2010, 1:00-3:00WWW | World’s Worst Words: Engaging People in Social Change through Performance w/ Slanguage
This workshop, led by Karla Diaz from Slanguage, asks audiences to engage in examining performance by guiding students to explore negative words in contemporary pop culture. Diaz will introduce drop-in audiences to a variety of performance techniques that Slanguage members use to critically explore content and context in an effort for social change. Participants will learn and practice performance techniques based on theater practices and spoken  word. Please expect to be participating physically at the level that is comfortable for you, and dress accordingly for movement.

Founded in 2002 by Karla Diaz and Mario Ybarra, Jr., Slanguage is an artist group headquartered in Wilmington, California, a harbor area of Los Angeles.  Currently, members make artwork, curate exhibitions, coordinate events, and lead art-education workshops.  A diverse group at various points in their careers, Slanguage includes teenagers, street artists, and established mid – to late career artists, the majority of whom live and work in the greater Los Angeles area, especially Wilmington.

Slanguage bases their practice on a three-pronged approach to art-making to include education, community-building, and interactive exhibitions.  Focusing on art education, the collective has organized numerous artist residencies in museums across the United States and abroad. Fostering dialog about the meaning and value of contemporary art, Slanguage has used their studio space and resources to cultivate relationships between diverse artists, students, communities, and organizations. And, creating artworks that have ranged from multimedia installations to performances, public events, and workshops, the collective has enriched, inspired, and provoked viewers’ imaginations through local, national, and international exhibitions.

Slanguage’s recent projects include Engagement Party, a three-month residency with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2009); Sweeney Tate (2007) for the Tate Modern, London; and The Peacock Doesn’t See Its Own Ass/Let’s Twitch Again: Operation Bird Watching in London (2006) for the Serpentine Gallery, London. In 2009, the collective hosted workshops at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, as part of the Slanguage Teen Art Council.

Saturday, 21 August 2010, 1:00-4:00 PMDIY LA w/ Jen Smith, Mark Allen
Join Mark Allen and Jen Smith as we explore DIY culture in Los Angeles along with other special guests.  Mark Allen will be speaking about the basics of starting your own (art/music/literature/whatever) space using Machine Project as an example.  Jen Smith will lead a pickling workshop where you can create your own pickled sensations.

Mark Allen is an artist, educator and curator located in Los Angeles. He is the founder and director of Machine Project (www.machineproject.com), a non-profit performance/installation space investigating art, technology, natural history, science and poetry.

Jen Smith is an artist and musician. With her post punk band the Quails, she has played music halls, street protests and squats, made posters, zines and anti-war ephemera and recorded three albums. She grew up eating industrial food. When she was a teenager, she endeavored to make a homemade pie, something she could not remember ever having eaten before. A month later, she swept the local county fair with her peach pie! She has been curious about food, how it is grown, the politics of its production and how it is prepared and eaten ever since. She has been making sauerkraut for many years and starting pickling in the summer of 2009 in homage to her recently deceased grandmother. She received her BA in American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park and her MFA from the University of California, Irvine.