Slanguage Studio is currently featuring the Kianga Ford Library. I thought it was interesting to see books varying from the perspective as a student and a teacher. A few themes highlighted through the collection are contemporary social identity, psychology, photography and feminist art theory. Book titles which piqued my interest were “Work Ethic” by Helen Molesworth, “Subjection & Subjectivity” by Diana Tietjens Meyers and “Sexuality in Western Art” by Edward Lucie-Smith.  There is also a record collection that is meant to be played whilst lounging in the gallery space reading a book.

Article by Cynthia Lujan

 

Buzzing sounds echoes through Slanguage Studio here at LA><ART due to Los Angeles based artist James Berson with his two dual sided artwork neon-sign and painting boxes called “Elvis 2″. These two boxes are similar but different. One box is jammed packed with green uppercase Spanish words versus the other box is filled with pink upper case English words when you see them from outside of Slanguage Studio. Words brightly shine into the space below, glowing for attention to understand what it reads. When you try to read the contexts within each boxes, they don’t really make sense. I was stuck trying to figure out, what it all meant. But once I read it straight, skipping to the next color and language box, the phrase repeating itself differently, the statement becomes clearer. “ELVIS HA DEJADO EL BUILDING BUT THE EDIFICIO SIGUE ALLI”. Being bilingual I was able to understand. Berson’s artwork is about American’s history of racial invisibility and marginalization. Acknowledging both similarities and differences is intentional in this piece.

Article by Monica A. Martinez

 

“Pura Chachara: The Bike-B-Q” by Talk is Cheap: Unincorporated Language Laboratories (Silvia Mantilla and Matthew Wollin) consisted of, artist Silvia Mantilla, cruising around different parts of Los Angeles, on a bike.  She spoke to different people on the street and asked them to tell her a story of a time in which they misunderstood or misinterpreted a situation or dialogue due to misinterpretation of the language.  In exchange for the story, Mantilla would give the story teller homemade arepas (Colombian corn patties).  This video was followed up by a second video called “Si Se Ha Vivido Bien!”, by Talk is Cheap: Unincorporated Language Laboratories (Silvia Mantilla, Cata MariaElena Elisabeth, Christian Guiñanzaca, and Bill Jannen).  The second video consisted of a male narrator speaking in Spanish and telling the story of how his mother grew up in a valley that had a river, and later she moved away. He follows up the story by mentioning that he himself as a kid was a sick child, he grew up without a father and ten years later he reunited with him.  The narrator also  speaks about cancer and death, this is a video that talks about the relationships of life and how no one really knows in which direction we are going or where we will end up, the question the artist seems to ask is whether or not we have lived good.  The second video seems to be a statement and reflection about life while the first video seems to touch up on the subject of language barriers.  Both videos touch up on the idea of migration and the immigrant community, as well as the miscommunication between people.

Article by Angel Franco

Slanguage presents another exciting event at LA><Art! Join us Saturday, August 11, 2012 for The Teen Arts Summit! Our talented teens get together and take over with discussions and collaborations. ! This will also be the last day to VOTE for Slanguage! and we are proud to announce that Joe Buscaino from District 15 will be providing a bus for those in the community interested in going. Check the flier for more details.

 

Location: LA> <Art 2640 S. La Cienega Los Angeles, CA 90034

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information visit Made In LA

 

Alrato,

DJ

 

WED | JULY 25 | 7–8:30PM | LAXART
RSVP ASAP to SlanguageRSVP@laxart.org

Slanguage presents the second installment of the Artists Anonymous series during This is a Takeover! A 10 Year Survey of Slanguage, the current exhibition at LAXART for Made In L.A. 2012. This meeting led by artists Christopher Reynolds and Christina Sanchez will attempt to tackle issues of food politics through the language of art. Along with artist presentations and in-depth conversations over food, participants will be given the opportunity to share their thoughts, questions, and concerns for this ever-present topic within the current contemporary art discourse.

Artist presentations: Christopher Reynolds, Christina Sanchez, & Sarah Beadle

Special Guest: Mariana Huerta (Policy Coordinator) of the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Los Angeles

Images: (left) Christopher Reynolds, Conversation Proposal , 2011
(right) Christina Sanchez, Break/Pausa: Two Performance Scores, 2012

 

 
Please join us to celebrate Slanguage’s 10-year anniversary at LAXART this weekend! There will be a free art exhibition tour by Slanguage artists, an art workshop, and food at LAXART from 11am – 2:30pm.
 
If transportation is needed, a bus will pick up community members this Saturday, July 21 between 9:30-10:15am at the studio and it will return by 3pm. IMPORTANT: Please RSVP to Karla Diaz at info@slanguagestudio.com by this Friday as there is limited bus seating.
 
Many thanks to the LA City Council District 15, Joe Buscaino, and Adrian Veliz for all their support!
 
TO VOTE: Bring your CA or school ID. Also, you need an email address. We can help with this if you don’t, but it’ll be helpful if you do.
 
See you there!
 

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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.