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GUTTED: LACE’s Annual Winter Benefit

February 20, 2010 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm


February 28, 2010

with guest curator Dino Dinco

Doors open 7pm
$10 admission / free to all LACE members
There are no more online purchases. Please purchase tickets at the door.

LACE is pleased to present GUTTED: LACE’S ANNUAL WINTER BENEFIT. This year, LACE has teamed up with Los Angeles-based curator Dino Dinco, who brings his own passions and experience to this annual fundraising event. Inspired by Los Angeles’ history of performance art and LACE’s role as an open platform for artistic expression, Dinco has reached out to a range of artists, both established and emerging, to present an unrestrained evening of contemporary performance.

GUTTED showcases a daring ensemble of live performance, texts and objects speaking of, from and to the body. With a roster of creative talent spanning thirty years of live performance, GUTTED illustrates an array of ways artists have addressed the human form, spanning issues of domesticity and labor, AIDS, race, social activism, queerness, straightness, bodybuilding, body destruction, fantasy & grotesquerie.

Participating artists include: Benjamin Weissman, Raquel Gutierrez, Xuanito Carlos Espinoza Cuellar, Sheree Rose, Monica Duncan, Alice Cunt, Lucas Michael, Elle Mehrmand and Micha Cardenas/Azdel Slade, Marcus Civin, Ryan Heffington, Dawn Kasper, Rafael Esparza, Gronk, Oscar “Sister Mantos” Santos, Josseline Black, Brian Getnick/THE BALLET, Hi Fashion $9.99, Julie Tolentino and Pigpen, Taisha Ciara Paggett, Heather Cassils, Grace Killjoy, Mariel Carranza, Dorian Wood, Samuel Vasquez, Bela Messex, Juan Martin del Campo Jr., and Joseph Shahadi.

The impetus for GUTTED stems from my love for performance as well as my ongoing interest in the work of French philosopher and social critic Jean-Luc Nancy, particularly his work Corpus.  In this work, Nancy articulates that there is no ontology of the body, but rather, the body is ontology itself.  The body is a familiar subject of discourse in the arts, as we have and will always already work from the body.  A body of work.  A body of knowledge. Through Nancy, I view LACE – the space – as a body that will fill with bodies, where the ongoing conversation about our / their / your bodies will continue. –Dino Dinco

Download Dino Dinco’s curatorial statement.

All proceeds benefit LACE programs.



JUAN MARTIN DEL CAMPO JR. has been using the medium of stained glass to release his creative demons for the past 7 years. He is a native Angeleno who finds inspiration for his work in the world of pornography, humor, and design. He also co-owns San Francisco’s premiere queer punk label Cochon Records.
www.mysecretlifeinglass.comMICHA CÁRDENAS/AZDEL SLADE

is a transgender artist, theorist and trickster. She is a Lecturer in the Visual Arts department at UCSD, and an Artist/Researcher in the Experimental Game Lab at CRCA and the b.a.n.g. lab at Calit2. Her interests include the interplay of technology, gender, sex and biopolitics. She holds an MFA from the University of California San Diego, an MA in Media and Communications with distinction from the European Graduate School and a BS in Computer Science from Florida International University. She has exhibited and performed in Los Angeles, San Diego, Tijuana, New York, San Francisco, Montreal, Egypt, Ecuador, Spain, Dublin and many other places.

is a third world xueer/ista, mexican@, xingon/a!, activista, izquierdista, radical, proud GORDA! intelectuala, estudiante, poeta y puta. a xueer who believes in social justice, a pansexual jot@ que believes that poetry has the potential to revolutionize the world, cada palabra is a spark of consciousness, cada poema una transformacion profunda.  Xuanito’s vision includes reclaiming art from and to the margins, dignifying our forms of expression and use laughter to fight oppression and exploitation and keeping the queer xueer.

came to the United States from Lima, Perú when she was eighteen years old. Treating her body as material, Carranza works to detach from physical limitations. Surrendering to the course the materials take when left unfixed, her sculptural works challenge the notion of time limitations. Notable performances include “Lemon Piece” at Performance Art Happening, “Full Nelson” at Del Mar Theater, and “Corners”, in which she was confined within the Crazy Space Gallery for nine days, fasting and making the performance space fit her frame of mind by eliminating or altering its corners. She received her MFA from UCLA.
www.marielcarranza.comHEATHER CASSILS

is an artist, stunt person and body builder who uses her exaggerated physique to undermine and interrogate systems of power and control. Often employing many of the same strategies used by FLUXUS and guerrilla theater, her multidisciplinary method crosses a spectrum of performance, film, drawing, video, photography and event planning. She is a founding member of the Los Angeles based performance group the Toxic Titties. Her work is a response to the industrial production of images and the Los Angeles mass culture of consumption. She has exhibited at the White Chapel and Thomas Danes gallery in London, Manifesta, Schnitt Ausstellungsraum, Edith Ruß Site for Media Art in Germany, LGBT film festival in Paris, France, the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwigin Vienna, Austria, MUCA Roma and International Festival, Ex-Teresa Arte Actual in Mexico City, and Art in General in NYC.

text-and-prop-based performances explore the relationships between the body and resourcefulness, as he balances props that are wobbly and well-handled, deliberately plucked from silent film and the detritus of modern California. Civin earned an MFA in Studio Art from University of California, Irvine, and a BA in Theater from Brown University. Marcus lives in Los Angeles, teaches, and writes for artslant.com. He recently exhibited his work at Am Nuden Da in London, compactspace and LAXART in Los Angeles.
Read about his work here: http://anathematas.blogspot.com/2009/02/blog-post_08.html

is a Los Angeles-based antenna to the planet Fabelhaft who works and plays in the realm of performance and multimedia art, which has been featured in various nightclub and gallery venues.
www.myspace.com/alicecuntMONICA DUNCAN

grew up in Webster, New York around the apple orchards of Lake Ontario, the industry of Kodak and the tales of the Rochester Knockings. Her time-based and sculptural work investigates the nature of visual and temporal perception through camouflage, stillness and the surrogate body. She is interested in the site of the seam, a space for the erotic and everyday. Her work has been exhibited at the 11th LA Freewaves Festival, Los Angeles; BS1 Contemporary Art, Beijing, China; ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany; LACMA, Los Angeles; Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia and forthcoming La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain. Duncan received her BFA at NYSCC at Alfred University and is currently a graduate student in the Visual Arts Department at University of California, San Diego.

/ GRONK / JOSSELINE BLACK / OSCAR “SISTER MANTOS” SANTOS  Per invitation by Rafael Esparza the multi-disciplinary collective fuses a variety of artistic expressions ranging from dance to music, painting and conceptual performance. Josseline Black is a dancer and choreographer working with the notion of dance as a medium to invite human intimacy with the divine, the universal. She has trained principally in the forms of ballet and modern dance and continues to uncover the emergence of the subconscious when engaging in improvisation. She is interested in the banter between the corpus that is space, the value systems living in the dancer’s body, and the psyche of the viewer in a performative event. Oscar ‘Sister Mantos’ Santos is an active and hyper-active proponent of underground experimental dance music. His high-energy performances and embrace of fractured beats often belie his thorough grounding as a trained artist and historian in installation, sculpture and performance art, in LA’s ever-resplendent queer counterculture. Gronk is a founding member of ASCO-a multi-media arts collective in the 1970’s. Influenced by European film, existentialism, and literature, Gronk, and his cohorts as an early teenager made “Movies without Film”, via performing farcical “happenings” on the streets of his native east L.A. His current works reflect his affinity for ephemera in his murals painted with the intention of their being white-washed subsequently. Rafael Esparza is an artist/student investigating the body as it relates to space and identity in the vastness of what is Los Angeles. His experience in practicing Native Mexica rituals with his current training as an art student inform his ideas of body and border cultures, helping him to produce a multi-layered conflux of historical and contemporary aesthetics that further the ambiguity of notions regarding identity amongst “border” inhabitants.

BRIAN GETNICK / THE BALLET is a performance artist who creates elaborate sculptural costumes that provide the primary text for actions. His performances are often a black comedy of the body’s failings which he views as a form of resistance towards the interpretive energies of the crowd. Currently he directs the performance troupe “The Ballet” and is the co-director of the forthcoming movie “Holy Blood”.

is a performance writer and cultural activist. She is a co-founding member of the performance art ensemble, Butchlalis de Panochtitlan, and wrote their first play currently in production titled “The Barber of East L.A.” Gutierrez has performed nationally with Butchlalis and is published in small poetry and academic journals such as Cipactli out of San Francisco State University and the anthology Izote Vos: Salvadoran American Literary and Visual Art (Pacific News, San Francisco). She has acquired a degree in performance studies from New York University, and in journalism and Central American studies from California State University at Northridge.

is a performance artist, choreographer, producer, designer and dance guru. He is Co-Artistic Director of Hysterica Dance Company and currently teaches “Sweaty Sundays,” a dance class for dancers and non-dancers alike in Silverlake. He has performed in music videos for various artists including Shiny Toy Guns, Beirut, and Nikka Costa, and has performed live with Peaches, Black Eyed Peas, and Fischerspooner. Heffington has also designed for stars such as Britney Spears, Mick Jagger and Beck, under the clothing design alias, Sir Heffington. He co-founded the dance/music collective “We Are the World,” with their first full length album, “Clay Stones,” to debut on Manimal Records in early 2010.

is committed to costume, make-up, and spectacle. The duo explores the creation of identity in a pop music idiom. Dependent on incorporating anyone interested in performing into the work, each piece becomes a relationship between construction, coincidence, instinct, and direction. By inviting the audience to collaborate, the work blurs the line between spectator and performer, thereby offering all involved an opportunity for a visceral and primal experience.
www.myspace.com/hifashion999DAWN KASPER is a Los Angeles based performance artist, actively exploring the connections in the woven web of questions that are the meaning of life and death. She received an MFA in New Genre at UCLA. Kasper has performed at the Migros Museum Für Genenwartskunst in Zurich, Switzerland; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Art Basel Art Positions Miami Beach, Miami Florida; Leo Koenig Gallery, New York, NY.
GRACE KILLJOY is currently working on her B.F.A. in Illustration in which she portrays her love for storytelling. Her influences and interests lie in human nature, the macabre, sexuality or the lack thereof, identity issues, and sheer emotionality.
ELLE MEHRMAND is a performance/new media artist and musician who uses the body, electronics, sound, video, photography and installation within her work. She is the singer and trombone player of Assembly of Mazes, a music collective that creates dark, electronic, middle eastern, rhythmic jazz rock. Mehrmand is currently an MFA candidate at UCSD and received her BFA in art photography with a minor in music at CSULB. She has performed in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Long Beach, Reno, San Diego, Tijuana, Montreal, Dublin and Bogotá.

Q: Do you consider your sculptures to be conceptual?
A: No. I get an idea in my head and I draw it or I write about it. If I like the way it looks on paper, I take it further. Sculpture is fun for me. I just do it, and I don’t really think about why.
Q: How would you hope others to view your work?
A: I think the audience is important to any piece, and I hope that my work would leave an impression on those who view it. If they are inspired, if they laugh, that’s what I want.
Q: Where do you get inspiration from?
A: From my friends.
Q: Who is your favorite artist?
A: R. Crumb.
Q: If you choose a career unrelated to art, what would you do?
A: Astronaut.
You can contact him at bmessex@ucsc.edu

was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He graduated from Rhode Island School of Design (BFA ID, 1988) and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He is also the co-founder of Artist Curated Projects and has shown at the Getty Center and Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; Apexart, Salon 94 Freemans, and White Columns in New York; GenderBender Festival in Bologna, Italy; and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, among others.

is a Los Angeles- based dance artist, teacher and co-founder of the dance journal project itch. Her work and collaborations for the stage, gallery and public sphere have been presented and supported by several venues throughout California as well as in Chicago, New York City, London, Durbin, South Africa and Utrecht, The Netherlands. She maintains an ongoing collaborative project “On movement, thought and politics” with visual artist Ashley Hunt and is a member of the audio action collective, Ultra-red. She has worked extensively in the projects of Victoria Marks, David Rousseve/REALITY and Kelly Nipper, and holds an MFA from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures.
www.taishapaggett.netPIGPENis a scenic Los Angeles- based artist who performed for several years with Ron Athey.
Read about their collaboration here:
www.teatrofestivalitalia.it/v2/contenuti_en43cb.html?id=430&idc=1&pk=212SHEREE ROSEis widow and collaborator of Bob Flanagan. She has given lectures and participated in various art activities internationally at The Tate Modern in Liverpool, and the Big Site exhibit in Tokyo, Japan, where she shocked audiences with her 20-foot vinyl replica of Bob Flanagan. Sheree and Bob were no strangers to controversy, as their S&M imagery seemed to touch a nerve in everyone who viewed it.
Check out a conversation with Sheree Rose: www.apexart.org/exhibitions/comeout/rose.htm

has been staging experimental performances since 1991. He tends to follow a thread of related themes across different media: shame and exposure, authority, and voyeurism. Shahadi has exhibited in New York, throughout the United States, and Europe. He is currently located in Brooklyn. www.josephshahadi.com
JULIE TOLENTINO creates intimate movement-based installations involving solo, time-based performances, sculptural endurance events and audio soundscapes. She has worked and toured with David Rousseve/REALITY Dance Theater, Ron Athey, Ibrahim Quarishi, Helen Paris and Leslie Hill, Margarita Guergue, Amy Pivar, Ori Flomin and others. She is currently touring the following live works internationally: CRY OF LOVE-A Labyrinth; THE SKY REMAINS THE SAME-The Archive Project; and A TRUE STORY ABOUT TWO PEOPLE (a 24-hour performance). She is also currently building an off-grid home and artists’ space in Joshua Tree and is the co-director of PRAXIS MOHAVE BOOTCAMP for Performance Artists.
http://web.mac.com/thejulietolentino/Tolentino_Projects/Welcome.htmlSAMUEL VASQUEZcurrently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He received his undergraduate degree from UCLA and attended the Independent Arts Research Program at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (2004-2005). Vasquez’s work explores temporal experiences that investigate into the unconsciousness and absurdities of everyday life. He has exhibited his performatance works and film projects nationally at Conflux City, New York; The Company Gallery, Los Angeles; Highways Performance Space, Los Angeles; Homoagogo, San Francisco; and Rosa Centro de Arte/Medios, Mexicali, among others.
www.samuelvasquezstudio.comBENJAMIN WEISSMANis the author of two books of fiction, most recently Headless. His writing about art, books and skiing have appeared in Freize, Freeze, Artforum, Parkett, and the L.A. Times. Weissman also curates New American Writing at the UCLA Hammer Museum and teaches a variety of literary courses at Art Center College of Design and Otis Collage of Art.
Read his work on LA Times: http://articles.latimes.com/2007/aug/19/books/bk-weissman19.

is an artist/singer/composer who is born in Echo Park. His debut album, BOLKA (Bulgarian for “pain”) brought forth his songwriting and vocal strengths in a whirlwind of horns, harps, accordions and a Bulgarian women’s choir. His live performances are equally epic: from street corners to concert halls in Los Angeles, New York, Mexico and the UK, Dorian is often accompanied by several-to-all members of the avant-garde orchestra, Killsonic (of which he is also a vocalist, composer and accordionist). Additionally, Dorian has curated several cultural events: the folk music festivals ORGANIKA I and ORGANIKA II; KILLSONIC PRESENTS, an ongoing monthly series presenting debuted works by those within (and without) the Killsonic collective; and the upcoming REPULSIONS: CELEBRATING 55 YEARS OF CINEMA”. Dorian’s most recent recording, Black Pig Suite, is a 4-song EP, and everyone will die of a horrible, inescapable plague.



was raised by a family of fighting chickens in rural Pennsylvania before moving to Los Angeles as a child. He is a photographer, filmmaker and artist. His photographic work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions in Paris (2005, 2001), Los Angeles (2001), and San Francisco (2009, 2004), as well as in group shows in London, Paris, Antwerp, Hasselt (Belgium), New York and Hamburg. Selections from his series “Chico” were featured at Salon Paris Photo at The Louvre, Paris (2001 – 2002). His work has appeared in publications such as surface (US), i-D (UK), Dutch (France), Revista Espacio (Mexico), V (US), Vogue Brasil (Brazil), Tokion (Japan), BIG (US), Studio Voice (Japan), Zoo (France) and BUTT (Holland). His short film, “El Abuelo,” premiered at the Tate Modern in London, May 2008, and has since screened at the 2008 Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival and the 2008 Three Rivers Film Festival, where it won in the Top 3 in the Short Film Competition.


Additional support for GUTTED is provided by the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts.




Drinks will be provided by Bear Flag.