Round 33

The Seventh House

October 9, 2010 – February 27, 2011

Participating artists: Edgar Arceneaux, Andrea Bowers, Charles Gaines, Olga Koumandourous, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Rodney McMillian

This Round was organized by Edgar Arceneaux and Nery Gabriel Lemus.

Curated by Los Angeles Artists Edgar Arceneaux (Director of L.A. Watts House Project) and Nery Gabriel Lemus, Round 33 focuses on themes of cooperation, dialogue and sharing and their relationship to three generations of Los Angeles based artists: Edgar Arceneaux, Andrea Bowers, Charles Gaines, Olga Koumandourous, Nery Gabriel Lemus and Rodney McMillian.

With a long history of collaboration with one-another, each of the participating artists attended CalArt (California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA) and studied under Artist, Charles Gaines. Their art has been influenced by Gaines’s interest in the postmodern sublime and the figure of metonomy. Their practice has been shaped by CalArts training, which emphasizes bringing different art forms together, allowing them to cross-pollinate while fostering collaboration. With CalArts as the starting point, these artists’ work have developed as their relationship with one another has evolved from student/teacher to assistant/mentor to collaborator.

Six of the Artist Project Houses will be dedicated to the artists own personal projects and the “seventh house” will display the ideas generated by their interaction. As a matter of coincidence, the Seventh House is also significant in astrology as the house of COOPERATION and OPPOSITION. It encapsulates the challenges and conflicts arising from a close one-on-one relationship of any kind: how you relate in one-on-one partnerships, relate to those who openly oppose you and intimate relationships which require cooperation and compromise with another’s needs.

Round 29

THUNDERBOLT SPECIAL: The Great Electric Show and Dance

October 11, 2008 – March 1, 2009

Participating artists: Terry Adkins, James Andrew Brown, Sherman Fleming, Charles Gaines, George Smith, In conjunction with Round 29, El Franco Lee II (Two Story Exhibition)

On October 11, 2009 the artists presented the THUNDERBOLT SPECIAL performance. This performance was an interwoven variety of music, ritual, spoken word and video celebrating the life and art of Lightnin’ Hopkins. Featured were the artists members Lone Wolf Recital Corps, Blanche Bruce, The Sacred Order of the Twilight Brothers and the Anti-Formalist Reclamation Organization. The performance groups are composed of the visual artists who participated in Round 29.

A second focus of the Round was to address the unfortunate truth that although Sam Lightnin’ Hopkins was one of the most prolific and highly acclaimed blues musicians in the world, having recorded 120 albums during his lifetime, there is not a single monument or plaque in his adopted city of Houston, denoting his achievements and contributions to the cultural climate of the city or to his worldwide fame.

This group of artists began a public campaign to remedy this oversight by creating individual proposals for permanent public memorials to be erected at various sites in Houston. These proposals were placed in Project Row Houses archives and are available to the city for future projects.