My Boyfriend was Stolen By Tron
Last Tuesday, E.P.I.C hosted a space themed art show, called “My Boyfriend was Stolen By Tron”. E.P.I.C, short for “Echo Park Independent Co-Op” has a solid reputation in the unification of music, art, and fashion. co-founders Rhianon Jones and Tristan Scott are no short themselves leaders in a progressive movement of ART and STYLE combined. This boutique clothing store has only been open a little over a year and is already a hub of truly unique fashion forward clothing. The spacious Boutique, nestled in the heart of Echo park proved to be a perfect venue for the space themed art show. Store owners Although the idea behind the show was roughly visualized six months ago, the collaboration between the seven local artists, and the 200 plus attendees was put together in only three days.
Ericka Clevenger and Mischa Barton, curated the show starting with their piece, “My Boyfriend was Stolen by Tron” is a story about lost love, and the replacement of fear with joy that is found in a new friendship. The idea taken from the connections people need to make within their relationship in order for it to become more than just a transfer of energy between two people. The piece consisted of a two minute long visual art piece that was played in a television, turned into a robot. Javier Meza was behind the spaceship that the girls constructed in Ericka’s Art Studio just down the street in Echo Park, and turned the television into a Robot that played the video from it’s face. The girls dressed in space clothing and proceeded to enter a childish alternate dimension that served as a safe controlled environment for them to heal their hearts.
I got a chance to talk to the girls about their pieces. “Our piece is based on the pure, horrific moments that happen when you receive emotionally traumatic news of lost love. The physical pain you feel when you are faced with heartache. When you seem to float out of yourself and enter an alternate dimension. Two girls suffer from lost love, and find each other in their own personally individualized worlds of escapism. The world allows you to melt your conscious and subconscious together, creating a childlike state of mine, in order to simplify their emotions enough to understand them. The girls form a bond, over their common ground of human betrayal, and unknowingly forget the pain of their hearts. They have so much fun in outer-space, they decide to live there forever. That is why you see the disappearing of the girl at the end of the video. She has imagined herself back into space, which has become the only place she can truly be happy.”
“MOONKISS” Directed by Amy Reedy, Shot by Ian Asbjørnsen, Starring Amy Reedy and Ericka Clevenger. Was projected on the large walls of EPIC, before the space basement that pumped out free wine, the entire evening. Under the light of the perigee super moon, one girl succumbs to her moon crazed obsession after having fallen in love with the moon herself. The moon, the heavenly light in the darkness, always present, and yet always changing, always out of reach, forever unattainable. In her moon crazed delirium, the girl comes face to face with the moon herself, touched by the kiss of the moon goddess. But the moon kiss reveals the tragedy of the girl’s true reality, as a kiss is realized to become self-inflicted pain. The goddess has returned to the cosmos and she waits alone for her death by moonlight.
Amanda Charchian, displayed a 4 piece photo series called “Black Hole//Ball and Chain”. She describes her piece, “This piece was done in 2009, using the metaphor of a black hole as a mental space devoid of light that you cannot escape to continue. The conversation of the escapist habits of the domesticated Valley of the Dolls, but for the modern generation. I created a set using hundreds of empty prescription bottles sourced from many pharmaceutical using females in my life. By framing it in such a way I wanted to stress the absurdity and excess of the pharmaceutical party culture I was noticing amongst my peers.
Sylvie Spencer is a Los Angeles born and based artist who has always drawn on sociological play in people, with a particular fascination with sub genres or subcultures she is subjected to through her eccentric familial history or environment. More interested in the event created than the object, she creates work which then generates it’s own life through it’s presentation, so consideration is always given to the venue when exhibiting work. Be it a jazz club, Victorian home, random structure in the middle of a park, or an alternate reality she builds all her own, the work reflects the person who would possibly inhabit such a space. All work is research heavy, so at times work is accompanied by a performance, varying from a lecture on a cultural history connected to the piece or an interactive workshop based in therapeutic practices. Her piece AUTOMATA is a portrait of the man of the future, today and yesterday, trapped in his own self-created bubble in which he tries to access a world yet hopelessly misunderstanding the importance or the ‘how’ of being truly present. Constantly striving to be a part of something, driven by a digital mantra, he creates an all too self-sufficient corner, complete with energy gel, dehydrated food, a stove, anti-chafing gel to ease his constant masturbation, and a module with a keypad and mouse which is actually an artificial vagina. Having everything provided to sustain him throughout the day, the need for another body is void, yet somehow the lack of one seems dismal and considered even more through its absence. The video on the screen is the video game he is purportedly playing (the virtual world he seeks to conquer) over which are green screened four different scenes of space-age talk show sets, in which women of the cyber-ilk traipse about the set attempting to distract and seduce the man to no avail.
All pieces are currently on exhibit through mid-August at E.P.I.C. in Echo Park. Due to such a high number of requests, many of the Artists are working on another collaboration to be displayed next month. (Delilah Pembroke)