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Hollywood MerchmART! Jazzle Session

September 10, 2010 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Micol Hebron & the LA Vajazzlers PLUS a final John Kilduff Performance

Get ready for a Friday night out on the town at the Hollywood MerchmART!  Micol Hebron and her entourage of fabulous vajazzlers will offer on-site vajazzling or penazzling for visitors who feel that they could use a little more disco in their pants! Made famous by Jennifer Love Hewitt, vajazzling offers pantyline decor for people who want to honor their fabulous ‘bits’ with rhinestones and sparkle. Friday’s Vajazzler team will include artists Marjan Vayghan, Sydney Croskery, Elizabeth diGiovanni, Jade Thacker, Felis Stella, Tricia Lawless Murray, and Chloe Palmer.

And, in his final brave attempt to multi-task outside HollywoodMerchmART! John Kilduff of Letspainttv.com will jog on his treadmill on the Walk of Fame, performing various mundane activities (from stuffing a chicken to blending drinks) while painting portraits for a modest fee.

Don’t miss your chance to purchase limited edition and original artist pieces for incredibly affordable prices at LACE — the Hollywood MerchmART! ends September 26!

Micol Hebron is a video and performance artist who has worked out of Los Angeles for the past 15 years. Originally from Northern California, Hebron has studied at UCSD, the Accademia Di Belle Arti in Venice, Italy, and UCLA. She received her MFA in New Genres from UCLA in 2000. She maintains active involvement in the Los Angeles art community in numerous ways. In 1997 she founded Gallery B-12, a cooperative artist-run exhibition and lecture space in Hollywood. In 2002 and 2003 she co-produced the Full Nelson Festival, a showcase of international performance art.  In 2004 she founded the LA Art Girls, a collective of 30+ women artists in the LA area. LA Art Girls is a post-graduate critique group dedicated to furthering critical discourse and inspiring continued creative practice amongst professional women artists in Los Angeles. Hebron sits on the editorial board of X-Tramagazine, and she currently writes for Art Forum, Flash Art International, and Arte Contexto. She has an active exhibition practice and has exhibited, performed and lectured throughout the US and in Europe.

John Kilduff received his MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles and his BFA from Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles. He showed his work in solo exhibitions at Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles in 2002, Brand Library, Glendale in 2000, Ojala Gallery, Los Angeles in 1990, and Koplin Gallery, Santa Monica. His work has also been included in group exhibitions at Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin; Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh; Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles; Lois Lambert Gallery, Santa Monica; OSP Gallery, Boston; Tatistcheff/Rogers Gallery, Santa Monica; and the San Diego Museum of Art. Kilduff’s work is included in collections at McGraw-Hill Companies in New York, Security Pacific National Bank in Los Angeles, and Payden & Rygel in Los Angeles.

Marjan Vayghan was born to Azerbaijani parents in Tehran, Iran in 1984 then migrated to the United States in the spring of 1995, settling with her family in Los Angeles, California. She continues to live alternately between Teheran and Los Angeles. Marjan’s life, scholarship, artistic practice and research are informed by this context of movement and flexible citizenship across both geographical and cultural spaces, and the multiple realities these spaces engender.

Sydney Croskery is an LA Artist who predominately works in Drawing and Painting, creating highly crafted content driven works that deal with emotional and societal issues. Currently she is working on “More is More”, a drawing and painting series that explores over-stimulation and addiction through the modern appliance.  She also works in Performance and Video that explores women’s issues and art through the comedic lens of the ludicrous. Performance projects include The Egg, The World Famous Wiener Girls and various collaborative projects with the LA Art Girls. Sydney is very excited to enlist as one of  Micol Hebron’s Vajazzlers, as she is always awed by Micol’s works, as well as considers her a dear friend.

Tricia Lawless Murray was born and raised along the coast in Southern California. She completed her BA in the History of Art at UC Berkeley and her MFA at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and currently lives in Los Angeles. Her work embraces the underbelly of desire as it relates to the life and death drives proposed by Freud and reinterpreted by Teresa de Lauretis. The psychological and emotional nuances that arise from dejected relations are what gets recorded in her imagery.

Chloe Palmer received her BFA from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, and a Master in Fine Art/Sculpture from Arizona State University. She lives and works in Los Angeles. She is a recipient of a Nathan Cummings Fellowship to China, a public art grant in Phoenix, and have performed with the LA Art Girls. The genesis of her ideas come from a yearning to visualize the invisible systems in which we find ourselves captive. Many of her art projects have attempted to map, within a larger system, the limits and exclusions that we practice without knowing it. She seeks to make the cultural unconscious apparent. The role of women in capitalism, culture and individual as marketable product, as well as  health care and education and how they play into economics are just some of the rituals of exclusion that she has drawn into a greater system in her art. Her overall body of work dismembers the pathologies of the powerful systems that rule our cultural unconscious and replace the rituals of exclusion with rituals of healing.

Elizabeth DiGiovanni is a Los Angeles based artist, professor, and curator who received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has exhibited internationally and her art work predominately  deals with themes that are both sentimental and mystical in nature, often referencing her background and continuing interest and in Anthropology. DiGiovanni has worked in numerous galleries and museums both in Northern and Southern CA for nearly a decade and is currently faculty at a number of colleges in Southern California. Find out more at www.elizabethdigiovanni.com

Jade Thacker is a Los Angeles based artist and LA native.  She received her BFA in Photography and Media at CalArts, and shortly after pursued a residency in Beelitz, Germany with the European Exchange Academy.   Her current sculptural work encourages the viewer/participant’s body to make a physical alliance with the material at hand, creating an archive of intimacy; tender documents of the space between.  Jade also has a collaborative musical practice with B.Y.O.F.F, an all girl (8 girls and counting) musical group founded in 2008 as a reaction to the boy heavy music scene.  Most recently Jade (with artist Joanne Mitchell) created “Fax Action”, an act of resistance and empowerment in response to the censorship of Kaucyila Brooke’s artwork in the Bucharest Bienniale. Jade has co-instructed a “performing ceramics” course at Oxbow school of Art with Anna Mayer, and has performed and exhibited with numerous institutions and artist run spaces nationally and internationally.