Slanguage’s ‘take-over’ of LA><ART has been a great success  since its opening last month. Along with great reviews from the LA Times and other media sources, we are also honored to be in the running for the Mohn Award! Hard work pays off — and with the wonderful team of resident artists and supporters, we are continuing to see a brighter future.

In addition, it’s important for us at Slanguage to spotlight those  artists who have helped create the visual images throughout the years. Right now, we’ like to recognize the three artists who painted the mural that is beautifully laid out on the  front of the LA><ART building. The artists involved in the creation of this mural titled Peace in Wilmas are Mario “Dred” Lopez, Mario “Autoe” Cuen and Raul “Spew” Vasquez. I got a chance to find out more about the mural and their work.

More after the jump.

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Now, Mario Ybarra, Jr. talks about Slanguage, our programming,  and a couple of reasons why to vote Slanguage for the Mohn Award.

 

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An important message brought to you by Antonio De Jesus Lopez of Slanguage.

 

 

We are honored to announce Slanguage is one of the five Made in LA finalists nominated for the Mohn Award! The winner of a popular vote receives a $100,000 prize.

Please help us win by voting for Slanguage at the polls. How do you vote, you ask?

There are four steps:

  1. Grab your photo ID card. A CA drivers license, CA ID, or school ID card is perfect.
  2. Have your email address at hand. Sign up for an email address here if needed.
  3. Register to vote at the Hammer Museum, LAXART, or the LA Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park with you photo ID and email address.
  4. Vote on-site or online from now to Sunday, August 12.

Make sure to share a photo of you voting on our Facebook page. We thank you for all of your love and support over the years. We hope to see you at one of our events at LAXART this summer.

 

You're Breathing in It: Alternative Art Practices

Curated by Karla Diaz

Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. -10 p.m.

3425 Mission Inn Ave.,Riverside, CA.

(951) 684-7111

 

Riverside Art Museum will be the host of this exhibition here is more on the show from their web page

The group exhibition, You Are Breathing In It! Alternative Art Practices, is an investigation of alternative artistic processes in contemporary art, highlighting artists from: Riverside; Los Angeles; San Jose; Chicago; Tijuana, Mexico; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The exhibition features photographs, installations, films, music, drawings, and sculptures. This groundbreaking exhibition at the Riverside Art Museum examines and redefines the concept and space of the ‘artist’s studio’ as a unique platform for developing dialogues, relationships, and greater community involvement through questions relating to: public space, education, civic engagement, violence, identity, and community. While many situate the site of artistic production in a traditional studio art space, these artists redefine the concept and use the streets, apartments/homes, nightclubs, or vehicles. Other artists in the exhibition appropriate spaces such as restaurants, storefronts, and other public spaces of gathering to make art, intervene, and lead discussions.

An expansive two-gallery exhibition with ongoing activities and companion events, You Are Breathing In it!presents a selection of varied and interactive media that travel far beyond the realm of formal aesthetics. The underlying objective of the works in the exhibit is to serve as a vehicle for engaging discussion, diversification, and cultivating meaningful relationships and experiences in an art context that is at once playful and commanding. Accompanying events and activities during the exhibition’s run will include: student-led discussions with Puerto Rican artist Christopher Rivera and his co-curatorial-based project, “Cave In,” that showcased artists inside a cave; a student-based curatorial internship project; art, writing, and performance workshops, such as Evelyn Serranos’ collective, NOMAD Lab, a community-based art project which designs and implements free art workshops that address the rise in criminal activity; a film screening and panel discussion by Tijuana-based media art collective Bulbo and their appropriation of a space and the twelve-step program format of the Alcoholics Anonymous group to lead discussions; an interactive mural hosted byMobile Mural LabWe Woke The World Festival, a living monument to the women’s suffrage movement, initiated by Ari Kletzky and centered on a participatory sing-along of a historic Suffragist-era song; an interactive listening workshop by Elana Mann based on her project in collaboration with musician Juliana Snapper, The People’s Microphony Camerata (PMC), an experimental choir exploring ideas of listening through sound, voice, and body.

Participating Artists include:

Radames “Juni” Figueroa
Cynthia HerreraEvelyn Serrano and NOMAD Lab
Elana Mann
Ari Kletzky
Bulbo
Mobile Mural Lab
Angelica Muro
Juan Luna-Avin
Juan Angel Chavez
…with a special site-specific outdoor installation by Martin Sanchez, Riverside-based artist and founder of Tio’s Tacos

Check out RAM for more information on the events following the opening reception.

 

The time has come and it will be on and popping this summer as Slanguage takes over LAXART starting this weekend! In honor of the take over we are celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Slanguage opening its doors to the community and art world. Mario Ybarra jr and Karla Diaz started their vision in 2002 as young artists out of graduate school. Their creative space not only been a foundation for them, but a stepping stone for many emerging local artists to discover their talents.
Slanguage has came a long way since 2002 we have seen and been though goodtimes and bad, but we managed to stay afloat with the support of all the resident artists, visiting artists and community.
Please take the time and support 10- years of hard work for all the artists who have helped us make this happen. “This is a takeover” will feature what Slanguage has done best. It will showcase 10-years of art archives, programming, work-shops, performances and much more!

Public Opening

Saturday, June 2, 2012
12 p.m to 3 p.m.
2640 S. La Cienega
Los Angeles, CA 90034
310-559-0166

Mural by the 777 crew

 

Karla Diaz's Hands On Billboard Throwing up the "W" our Slanguage Hometown

Check out the programming for the summer below

THIS IS A TAKEOVER! A 10-YEAR SURVEY OF SLANGUAGE

Internationally renowned artists’ collective Slanguage will activate LA><ART throughout the duration of the exhibition. Alongside a public billboard project, a new mural on LA><ART’s facade, and an interactive installation documenting 10 years of the collective’s projects, Slanguage will host public programs, events, and performances that will give audiences access to its pedagogical process of artistic creation. Please note that some programs require an RSVP.

 

SLANGUAGE JR. ART WORKSHOPS

SAT | JUNE 16 | 12–2PM | RSVP BY JUNE 9

SAT | JULY 21 | 12–2PM | RSVP BY JULY 14

SAT | AUG 4 | 12–2PM | RSVP BY JULY 28

Led by different contemporary artists from Los Angeles, these three workshops will provide a dynamic opportunity for children and youth ages 5 to 13 to make their own works of art in a wide variety of media. From collages and painting to sculpture and installation, these workshops bring young audiences and artists together for a family friendly arts education experience. RSVP required.

 

ARTISTS ANONYMOUS GROUP MEETINGS

WED | JUNE 27 | 7–8:30PM | RSVP BY JUNE 20

WED | JULY 25 | 7–8:30PM | RSVP BY JULY 18

WED | AUG 15 | 7–8:30PM | RSVP BY AUG 8

Organized and moderated by Slanguage, these discussion forums for artists will be structured around distinct themes, creating a space for creative practitioners to discuss some of the most pressing personal and professional issues facing contemporary artists today. These discussion forums will serve as safe spaces for candid conversations and are open to artists only. RSVP required.

 

NEW UPDATE****

World’s Worst Words II [WWWII] an evening of spoken word, music and performance featuring guest artists from some of Los Angeles’ most dynamic and creative organizations including; Deondri Ruff _ Homeboy Industries, Jael Williams _ Homeland Cultural Center, Jumakae _ Duende and One Imagination, Rolando Riggio _ 826LA, Venessa Marco _ Da Poetry Lounge,  Jessica Cornejo _ Heart and Soul and Inner-City Arts,  Shonowa Villalobos _ Ell@s,  and DJ Emilio Venegas Jr. _ Wilmington Enrichment Community Artist Network(WECAN).

Curated by Slanguage, with production support by Mario Davila from LAartlab, WWWII is part of a 10-year history of Slanguage events supporting creative collaborations.

FRI | JULY 20 | 7–10PM

7:00 – 8:00           DJ Set

8:00 – 9:00           Spoken Word

9:00 – 10:00         Performance and Music

 

SLANGUAGE TEEN ART COUNCIL’S

TEEN ARTS SUMMIT

SAT | AUG 11 | 11AM–5PM

Slanguage’s Teen Arts Council organizes a citywide summit for teen arts leaders involved in myriad arts education programs throughout Los Angeles County. During this symposium-like event, teens will share programmatic ideas, discuss the challenges of organizing youth arts programs, share experiences, and form networks for possible future collaborations.

SLANGFEST 2

SAT | AUG 25 | 11AM–6PM

12PM | BASS ELEGY/DEVIL’S NIGHT (FOR M.K.)

The second annual Slangfest is a daylong festival of art workshops, music, and performances. Art activity booths will host family workshops while a lineup of performances including break-dancing and live bands takes the stage. Food trucks will be present during the event. At noon, Scott Benzel and Mark Hagen will fit a wrecked car with a custom pyramidal bass cabinet and play a mix of Ghettotech, Booty bass, and early Detroit Techno as well as a live original composition through it. Incorporating both a dense mix of sound to create extreme vibrations and slow compositions using live musicians, Bass Elegy/Devil’s Night (for M.K.) is an elegy to one of our city’s most influential and pioneering artists, Mike Kelley.

 

The show will be running until September 2, 2012

Make sure to pick up a brochure to check out all the other artists in all 4 locations or check out the website

Also for those with Iphones download a Made In LA sound map for FREE

http://www.madeinla2012.org/

 

Hope to see you all there!

 

DJ

 

Slanguage Welcomes PHD candidate, Historian, Curator Xochitl Alejandra Munguia from Mexico City who has been in residency at Slanguage Studio,helping to archive, research and document the work of Slanguage . She will be in residency until the beginnining of next year. More information on her,  her written articles and links soon to come!