Ysidras

Posted By futra / August, 10, 2018 / 0 comments

Co-directed by Nereida J Villarreal & Joana Perez for Ysidras
Music: Leslie Dugger
Models: Izzie Rojas & Milena Zasadzien

Somatics is a field within bodywork and movement studies which emphasizes internal physical perception and experience. The term is used to signify approaches based on the soma, or “the body as perceived from within.” In Ysidras’ video and sound installation, titled Nature Bends, an amorphous foreign figure cyclically emerges from and enters back into its fabric cocoon, blindly splitting through living layers of color. Surrounding contorted veins of bark and breathing grass fall into a balanced step with the slow nascent movements and evolution of the being, as it attains humanity through its embryonic uncovering. Nature Bends will be on view at FUTRA presents KINETIC on August 11th & 12th.

Ysidras, founded by Nereida Villarreal and in collaboration with Joana Perez and Tara LaPlante, is a creative agency and platform for artists of all disciplines to conceptualize a statement, style, or movement. Ysidras has been featured in FONDLE Magazine. Nereida Villarreal has also worked on projects that have been published in Flanelle, LA CANVAS, and Klatbult (Berlin).

Kadet Kuhne

Posted By futra / August, 10, 2018 / 0 comments

Sheer staccatos and meditative tensions evolve with a sense of liberation in Kadet Kuhne’s lenticular prints and digital pairings, and offer a glimpse into her Null Extension and Radial Suspension.

Inspired by the sound theory concepts of null and vast extension, and the architecture of sound waves generated from rope stretching samples, these works delve into the spatial confinement of subjective perception. The line between subject and viewer, inescapability and endurance, limitations and potentiality, is stretched and pushed beyond comfort. Despite the structures that define and confine us, through altered states achieved in moments of suspension of time and space, our bodies can become a site of liberation and transcendence. In these immersive works on view at FUTRA presents KINETIC August 11th & 12th, the traveling viewpoint of the individual experience, contrasted with infinite expansion, allows an unraveling of monolithic understanding toward the process of becoming.

Kadet Kuhne is an Oakland-based visual and sound artist, and has presented at select venues such as the Museum of Art Lucerne, de Young Museum, MOCA, Contemporary Art Center Villa Arson, and Antimatter Film Festival.

 

 

 

 

Megan Kenson & Genevieve Zander

Posted By futra / August, 9, 2018 / 0 comments

Megan Kenson and Genevieve Zander present an excerpt from their full-length work, “Telos”, a dance collaboration exploring the artists’ personal responses to the present socio-political climate. The work explores such themes as pressure, collective thought, individual reflection, the process of change, and ultimately, compassion and understanding as a means for growth. The dance performance will take place at FUTRA presents KINETIC from 8:30 – 8:45 on Saturday, August 11th.

KINETIC FASHION

Posted By futra / August, 8, 2018 / 0 comments

Ysidras has curated style inspiation images by designer Issey Miyake for your fashion inspiration at FUTRA presents KINETIC. Issey Miyake forms garments that celebrate the vitality and movement of the human body. Join us and propel into the KINETIC revolution – where we present, rather than represent, our own living reality. Creative concepts, striking visuals, vibrations and performances will be featured both Saturday, August 11th and Sunday, August 12th by 40+ artists. KINETIC FASHION is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED.

Jason Snell & Ty Wells

Posted By futra / August, 7, 2018 / 0 comments

The Flesh of Machines, is an experimental dance piece that explores how technology has overtaken our humanity. The dancer, Ty Wells, will be using a motion sensor system developed by multimedia artist Jason Snell. The motion of the dance gets converted into musical data, empowering the dancer to also be the choreographer and musical composer. The Flesh of Machines will be performed at FUTRA presents KINETIC from 7:45 – 8:00 on Saturday, August 11th.

Jason Snell is a multidisciplinary artist who produces electronic music, interactive technology, and film. His focus is on creating projects that fuse these disciplines. Musically, he was one of the key artists in shaping the American breakcore scene in the late 90’s, and later moved into industrial, techno, and ambient, including film scores. He extends his music through inventing experimental technologies, including generative MIDI sequencers with AI and motion-sensor-driven music compositions. His film work explores using generative algorithms to dynamically sequence films and has premiered at Sundance and the Berlin Independent Film Festival. His time is spent between Los Angeles, Iowa, and Berlin.

Ty Wells was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH. Upon moving to Los Angeles to further his dance career he has had the opportunity to work with some of the industry’s top working choreographers such as Ryan Heffington, Nina McNeely, Nick & RJ, Kitty McNamee, and Denna Thomsen just to name a few. He has worked with recording artists like Katy Perry, P!NK, Lorde, Tove Lo, and many others in both music videos and live performances including The Grammy’s and The MTV VMA’s. Ty is trained in many improvisational movement techniques which show through in his unique approach to movement. His individuality, artistry, and emotionally driven performances make him highly sought after by many directors and choreographers in the industry.

 

John Tejada

Posted By futra / August, 7, 2018 / 0 comments

Normally associated with his peers in techno from Detroit, Europe and elsewhere, John Tejada has embraced electronic music as a personal frontier, expanding on his resume as a techno recording artist as producer, remixer, DJ, and label owner. Known for crafting a brand of subtle, musical techno, his recorded output ranges across tempo and genre lines, from chilled out affairs with spacious arrangements to pulsating, densely layered, deeply energetic tracks that work magnificently in the hands of DJs as well as on the home stereo.

With an unassailable, borderline superhuman, number of consistent releases under his belt, John Tejada stands out as a true master of his craft. His attention to detail, musicality and mind warping extends to all of his endeavors, including his studio work, label (Palette Recordings) and DJ’ing. A recent a mix of his can be found on FWD.DJ.

For FUTRA presents KINETIC, he will be DJ’ing a very special vinyl set from 10:00 – 12:00 on Saturday, August 11th.

Ania Catherine

Posted By futra / August, 6, 2018 / 0 comments

Ania Catherine is an artist and choreographer based in Los Angeles. Her work finds ground in the aesthetics of boredom, surrealism, cinéma vérité, and her studies (academic and physical) of the body as a tool of both learning and unlearning. 


At FUTRA presents KINETIC from 6:00 – 7:30 & 10:00 – 12:00 on Saturday, August 11th Ania Catherine Ania is performing her piece titled Imperium. This is an ongoing performance installation and display of Power’s unspoken boundaries that must be explicitly and hyperbolically broken in order to be visible. Please touch only with your eyes.

Charlie Le Mindu

Posted By futra / August, 3, 2018 / 0 comments

 

Charlie le Mindu is a Los Angeles-based visual artist who has pioneered the use of human hair, among other nontraditional materials, to blend the worlds of fashion, performance art and installation.

Le Mindu’s sculptures and performance compositions have been exhibited in numerous institutions including the Foundation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Palais de Tokyo and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Additional projects, including art direction of the storefront windows at Galeries Lafayette Paris and Bordeaux, reflect the regard of the fashion and art world for his dramatic, offbeat design aesthetic.

Le Mindu’s current movement toward time-based media transforms the contemporary art institution, presenting performances that exist in a space between the worlds of fashion and art.

Performances for FUTRA presents KINETIC from 9:00 – 9:30 on Saturday, August 11th:
Chew Chew – A transformation from hairy creature to hairless alien through contemporary dance by Amber Porter.
Francois – A performance choreographed by TYY BYY

Barrett Barrera Projects represents Charlie Le Mindu in the Americas.

Joseph Salerno

Posted By futra / August, 1, 2018 / 0 comments

Joseph Salerno ( j_s_design ) is a sculptor based in Los Angeles. After his time in Detroit working as a graphic designer and curator for a local artist network, he moved to LA to be a full time artist. While he is not bound to any particular medium, his current focus is concrete.

In this stabile series, the elements of each work are part of a greater whole, but are only tethered to one another by the weight of gravity. The artist projects the relationships between romantically involved people through a prism of industrial matter. A fine and fragile connection between a sturdy concrete base and an elegant and seemingly weightless top visually recreates a gentle balance in the relationships of two people, genuinely connected by mutual love and respect. Yet, these two elements can easily become disconnected, just as may happen in the human relationships these stabiles represent, when a person chooses what is most important and most valuable in their own lives and let the wind carry away what doesn’t work together.

Joseph Selerno’s concrete series will be on view at FUTRA presents KINETIC August 11 & 12.

David Glicksman & Moses Journey

Posted By futra / July, 31, 2018 / 0 comments

For more than a decade, David Glicksman and Moses Journey have worked as motion graphics animators and technologists for major studios and brands. Their practice has incorporated every medium from film and television to game development, live projection mapping, and interactive installations. This experience has taught them to see design and animation as a unifying force, a common thread between otherwise disparate media. It’s also given them a strong desire to escape the flat rectangle known as “the screen”.

As fine artists their work seeks to bridge diverse fields, disciplines, and ideas. They work to blend light, space, music, and emotions in new ways, always striving to challenge and delight while respecting the formal underpinnings of their professional background.

Ad Infinitum is a large-scale kinetic sculpture that explores relationship between infinite structures and discrete elements. Eight large ball bearings roll along the surface of a wall with no visible supports. Driven from the rear by magnets and computer-controlled pulleys, they move as if by magic. Although each ball only rolls on a single axis, as a group they form complex structures and patterns. The individual elements become points in a larger continuum, while synchronized video projection adds a layer of texture and thematic cohesion.

In 2017 a video representation of Ad Infinitum won the Lumen Prize Placemaking Special Commendation. FUTRA presents KINETIC will be its world premiere as a physical installation.

FUTRA presents KINETIC

Posted By futra / July, 8, 2018 / 0 comments

On Saturday, August 11th, FUTRA sets into motion KINETIC, a two-day multimedia event featuring 40 visual artists, performers, and musicians at the JASON VASS GALLERY in the Arts District of DTLA. On Saturday, entry is $5 before 8pm and $10 after. Sunday is $5 all day.

KINETICS is movement. It is a symptom of life embedded in the grammar of our humanity, our constantly evolving nature and expression. Kinetic Art shocks the unflinching static of traditional forms by breaking into a radical new dimension… time. Through concepts of motion, or virtual and apparent movement, it defibrillates art by rousing life into the medium.

The dynamic relationship between reality and illusion is kinetic, and at times, the two become one.

Join us and propel into the KINETIC revolution – where we present, rather than represent, our own living reality. Creative concepts, striking visuals, vibrations and performances will be featured at KINETIC both Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. The two-day event is 21+ with a full cash bar. KINETIC FASHION is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED.

Akiko Yamashita – LIGHT ART
Andrew Kelley – DJ
Ania Catherine – PERFORMANCE
Bea Ladrón de Guevara – SCULPTURE
Chanel Verdult – INSTALLATION
Charlie Le Mindu – PERFORMANCE
Cloaking – VIDEO
Cotalab – REIKI ART
Daniel Park – INSTALLATION
David Glicksman & Moses Journey – KINETIC SCULPTURE
David Tamargo – PHOTOGRAPHY
Drew Van Deist – PAINTING
Fold – LIVE MUSIC
Immanent – VIDEO
Irena Azovsky – COLLAGE
Jason Snell & Ty Wells – MOTION SENSOR DANCE PERFORMANCE
Joana Perez & Genevieve Winter Park – INSTALLATION
Jhovan Quiroz – DIGITAL
John Tejada – DJ
Joseph Salerno – MIXED MEDIA SCULPTURE
Kadet Kuhne – LENTICULAR PRINTS & VIDEO
Leslie Dugger – DJ
Lisa McNeely – INSTALLATION
Lordess Foudre – DIGITAL
Megan Kenson & Genevieve Zander – DANCE PERFORMANCE
Michael Allen – PROJECTION MAPPING
Namzke – INSTALLATION
Natalie Galante – MIXED MEDIA
Nicolas McEntarfer & Milena Zasadzien – INSTALLATION
Oke – DJ
Olivia Arthur – PAINTING
Tara LaPlante – COLLAGE
Todd Moyer – PROJECTION
Vanessa Vargas – MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE
Ysidras – VIDEO

Event Photography by Bit23 Photography

MUSIC & PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
SATURDAY
6:00 – 9:30 // Andrew Kelley – DJ
6:00 – 7:30 // Ania Catherine – ONGOING PERFORMANCE
7:30 – 7:45 // Jason Snell & Ty Wells – MOTION SENSOR DANCE PERFORMANCE
8:30 – 8:45 // Megan Kenson & Genevieve Zander – DANCE PERFORMANCE
9:00 – 9:30 // Charlie Le Mindu – PERFORMANCE
10:00 – 12:00 // Ania Catherine – ONGOING PERFORMANCE
10:00 – 12:00 // John Tejada – DJ
SUNDAY
2:00 – 6:00 // Cotalab – REIKI ART
2:00 – 3:00 // Leslie Dugger – DJ
3:00 – 4:00 // Fold : Thomas Klepper, Matthew De La Torre, Leslie Dugger, James Sinclair – LIVE MUSIC + Patrice Imani, Debora Cruchon, Cierra Treloar, Sher Arjun Singh – DANCE PERFORMANCE + Drew Kessler – COSTUMES
4:00 – 4:15 // Ania Catherine & Chanel Verdult – PERFORMANCE
4:00 – 6:00 // Oke – DJ

KINETIC ARTIST FEATURES:
DAVID GLICKSMAN & MOSES JOURNEY
JOSEPH SALERNO
CHARLIE LE MINDU
ANIA CATHERINE
JOHN TEJADA
JASON SNELL & TY WELLS
KINETIC FASHION
MEGAN KENSON & GENEVIEVE ZANDER
KADET KUHNE

JASON VASS GALLERY
1452 E. 6TH STREET
LA, CA 90021
21+ // FULL CASH BAR provided by EN EVENTS

SATURDAY 6PM – 12AM
DOOR: $5 BEFORE 8PM // $10 AFTER

SUNDAY 2PM – 6PM
DOOR: $5 ALL DAY

DIRECTIONS // PARKING // FOOD IN NEIGHBORHOOD
– GALLERY IS LOCATED ON THE CORNER OF 6TH ST & SANTA FE (ARTS DISTRICT)
– LIMITED PARKING ON SANTA FE, INDUSTRIAL, AND MATEO (NO PARKING ON 6TH ST)
– AT MATEO PARKING LOT LOCATED 2 BLOCKS FROM GALLERY AT 5TH ST & MATEO
– FOOD OPTIONS WITHIN 2 BLOCKS: GUERRILLA TACOS, PIZZANISTA, ZINC CAFE

FUTRA x UNION – PEXELS

Posted By futra / November, 15, 2017 / 0 comments

The third artist feature for the FUTRA X UNION ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROJECT is PEXELS by lighting designer Pete Thornbury. PEXELS are pixels that have escaped their usual screens and squares, no longer constrained to grids or retina displays they are free to weave throughout any space indoors and out. Combining creatively arranged strands of addressable LED’s with a customized real-time software control system; PEXELS are site-specific art installations with audio-reactive capabilities. They rely not only on the architectural elements, but also the auditory landscape of the environment they exists in. PEXELS can be displayed in any color combination, sculptural formation, and they can programmed to change in speed and color to create movement within the form.

The PEXELS light-art installation covering the entire ceiling in the NOISE ROOM at UNION will debut at the CYCLONE x DECIBEL: Dyed Soundorom event on Friday, November 17th happening from 9pm – 9am. For this special 12-hour event featuring music by Dyed Soundorom, Orazio Rispo, Droog, HAAS, Matt Ossentjuk, and Nordic Soul; FUTRA is working with the CYCLONE visual team who created their own projection-mapped video and sculptural installation. We are looking forward to this impressive event and collaborating with CYCLONE, DECIBEL, and UNION. Tickets and info can be found here: UNION.COM

 

FUTRA x UNION – ANDREWKNIVES

Posted By futra / October, 17, 2017 / 0 comments

The FUTRA X UNION ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROJECT continues with designer and animator ANDREWKNIVES. The inspiration for his 6 minute, stop-motion animation ‘EMULATED ELUCIDATION’, is drawn from a mind-bending imagined tropical paradise. Vivid colors intertwined with dreamy kaleidoscopic landscapes play off an underlying tone of technology. His TV static and computer error screens in combination with vibrant psychotropics offer the viewer a surreal psychedelic visual experience. ‘EMULATED ELUCIDATION’ intersection of a warm paradise and a cold, cyber-world will debut in the LOFT at UNION on Friday, October 20th at George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, DāM-FunK & Funkmosphere. The video installation will be on view at UNION through December.

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FUTRA x UNION – CLOAKING

Posted By futra / September, 11, 2017 / 0 comments

The FUTRA X UNION ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROJECT begins with the audio visual design group CLOAKING. Working predominately in real-time video or generative visuals, they create site specific installations using projection mapping and audio reactive content combined with architecture and sound. Over the past year CLOAKING has appeared in most major U.S. cities and is regularly programming and performing at parties in the LA underground. A recent performance at The Regent for the DAIS RECORDS’ 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY received rave reviews – the visuals set the tone and turned the evening into a concept.

We are very excited for this first FUTRA x UNION visual arts and music collaboration. For the kick-off event, CLOAKING is creating a projection mapping installation titled PHOSPHOR that will debut in the NOISE ROOM on Friday, September 15th at Decibel & Union presents Kenny Larkin and John Tejada. The installation will consist of suspended sculptures with signature CLOAKING visuals in green and blue hues inspired by the P1 phosphor on early monochrome monitors. More information on Friday’s DECIBEL & UNION event with Detroit native Kenny Larkin and the very special guest John Tejada can be found here.

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ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

Posted By futra / September, 6, 2017 / 0 comments

FUTRA is excited to announce an ongoing artist-in-residence at UNION essentially where an art gallery and club come together. FUTRA will curate and feature visual artists in the many rooms at UNION. The artwork will be on display on a semi-permanent basis ranging from one night to several months depending on each artist and installation. We are looking for art that can be experienced in a club environment: VIDEO, FILM, LIGHT-BASED, INSTALLATION, EXPERIMENTAL ART AND TECHNOLOGY, SCULPTURE, 2D AND MIXED MEDIA that is visible in a dark setting. Contact tara@futra.tv with your questions and proposals.

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Nina McNeely presents The Trolls

Posted By futra / July, 28, 2017 / 0 comments


Artwork by Stephen McNeely

The gravitating talents of Nina McNeely electrify space and sound with her October 2017 show “Are You My Dad?”. The full show will feature 16 dancers and an original score performed live by Baseck and Miya Folick. This piece is an unadulterated peek into the salacious chaos of sexual discovery, the brutality of Los Angeles and the relentless cycle of rejection, acceptance and rebellion. ALL HAIL THE TROLLS!!!

At FUTRA presents SUPER FUTURE,  you will experience an excerpt of “Are You My Dad?” performed by Karen Chuang, Blake Miller, and Danny Axley. THE DANCE PERFORMANCE BEGINS AT 10PM. 

 

 

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CutMod

Posted By futra / July, 26, 2017 / 0 comments

CutMod is the moniker of Los Angeles based digital media artist and technologist Will Michaelsen. What began as a stage name for DJing in a student organization at UC San Diego, soon became an identity for creating audio reactive visuals at the shows and in the San Diego bass music scene. The operation scope has expanded over the years to include hyper-technical R&D projects, interactive installations, whimsical festival stage productions replete with aerial choreography and practical effects, and national touring as a lighting and projection designer for metal bands.

CutMod has created an interactive video wall titled “Joy Displacement” and designed custom shirts for FUTRA presents SUPER FUTURE. His piece is an exploration of the social capital afforded by nostalgic imagery in a society that increasingly romanticizes the past. The project more specifically examines the case of Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures” album art, and subsequent re-appropriations. The original design for the album art is a scientific diagram described by The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Astronomy as stacked plots of “successive pulses from the first pulsar [star] discovered, CP 1919.” Today that scientific diagram is emblazoned on a $225 T-shirt for sale at Barneys New York. How did we get here, and what is the future of this iconic design?

The project involved recreating the original process—tracing, cutting and stacking paper plots—as a real-time 3D computer graphics process by stacking and displacing many 3D planes. In this way he was able to recreate the natural occlusion of successive layers you would expect from layered pieces of paper. From there he created the shirt designs and the interactive video wall without the usual show-through of typical line displacement effect.

The SUPER FUTURE shirt available in Men’s T-Shirts and Women’s Tanks will be $15 at the event. In addition to the main design, CutMod is selling his own limited edition prints in other designs.

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Andrew Knives

Posted By futra / July, 25, 2017 / 0 comments

Andrew Knives is a multimedia stop motion animator based out of Long Beach, CA. His work has been described as a blend of psychedelic visuals, with a touch of a retro inspired, electronic glitch art. Andrew Knives explores the world of consumerism, while intersecting feelings of desolation and bleakness. For FUTRA presents SUPER FUTURE, he’s created a short animation which explores the timeline and advancements made in the cyber-electronic world. The short animation is screening at 9pm and scored by electronic experimental artists Live For Each Moon + Black Hoods, displays the progression of technology and its relationship to the human psyche. Although technological advancements make information easier to obtain, and opinions easier to share, it is these same advancements that isolate and detach human beings from one another.

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FUTURISTIC FASHION

Posted By futra / July, 21, 2017 / 0 comments

YSIDRAS has curated this collection of cutting edge attire, makeup, and accessories for your inspiration. In its most visionary show to-date, FUTRA presents SUPER FUTURE enters into the awakening of our electronic prophecies. The idea manifests both the specter and reverie of our imagined future. Immerse yourself in an evening of retro-future and future-forward artwork – integrating avant-garde art and design, computers, artificial intelligence, imagined realities, fashion, alternate landscapes, and re-purposed, hacked, experimental and new technology. SUPER FUTURE fashion is encouraged.

 

 

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CLOAKING

Posted By futra / July, 18, 2017 / 0 comments

Cloaking is a audio visual design group based in LA. Working predominately in real time video or generative visuals, they create site specific installations using projection mapping and audio reactive content combined with architecture and sound. Aside from events they produce cg animations and live action music videos. Over the past year Cloaking has appeared in most major U.S. cities and in many different countries around the world. Currently, you can find them somewhere in a dark warehouse. If you haven’t received the address yet, please check your spam folder.

For FUTRA presents SUPER FUTURE Cloaking has created an interactive media installation using two rear-projected and mapped connected screens. The installation invites the viewer into dark and otherworldly 3D futuristic landscapes and designs.

Lauren Levitt

Posted By futra / July, 14, 2017 / 0 comments

Lauren Levitt is a Los Angeles based performance and video artist. Her work explores themes of gender and sexuality, frequently in relationship to popular culture. She is also pursuing a PhD in Communication at USC Annenberg, where she studies the intersection between culture and radical politics.

Since Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” in 1927, the fembot has been a staple of popular culture. Female androids have appeared in numerous films and television series such as “My Living Doll” in the 1960’s and “Blade Runner” and “Cherry 2000” in the 1980’s. In 1984, Donna Haraway published “The Cyborg Manifesto”, in which she suggests the cyborg as a metaphor for women in order to critique essentialist notions of gender. Recently, a number of films and television series such as “Her”, “Ex Machina”, and “Westworld” have explored the consciousness, sexuality, and agency of female robots.

Lauren is performing from 8:00 – 9:00 + 10:00 – 11:00 at FUTRA presents SUPER FUTURE. Visitors are invited to interact and issue commands to a fembot through a digital interface.

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Vanessa Vargas

Posted By futra / July, 12, 2017 / 0 comments

Vanessa Vargas, a self-taught analog collage and mixed media artist explores her aesthetic with the use of color, texture, and a deep curiosity of various surfaces as a canvas for her pieces. She blends precise cutting and loose paper tearing techniques to build layers of textured paper elevated from the surface or extending off. Meshing those elements along with mixed media of found, re-purposed, or appropriated objects enhance and create a sense of fluid movement and energy throughout her artwork.

The work Vanessa is exhibiting at FUTRA presents SUPER FUTURE uses iconic images to fuse retro and future concepts creating an evolving and fresh vision of where the original artist left off.

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FUTRA presents SUPER FUTURE

Posted By futra / June, 29, 2017 / 0 comments

On Saturday, July 29th, FUTRA presents SUPER FUTURE, a one-day multimedia event featuring over 40 visual artists, performers, and musicians at the LOT 613 warehouse gallery. Futra has seamlessly fused electronic music and visual art throughout its five-year orbit in Los Angeles. Originally producing club events, the focus and scope of Futra has altered to generating large-scale, concept-driven interactive experiences.

In its most visionary show to-date, SUPER FUTURE enters into the awakening of our electronic prophecies. The idea manifests both the specter and reverie of our imagined future. Immerse yourself in an evening of retro-future and future-forward artwork- integrating avant-garde art and design, computers, circuits, artificial intelligence, imagined realities, cyber fashion, alternate landscapes, and re-purposed, hacked, experimental and new technology. SUPER FUTURE fashion is encouraged.

These particles charge together to remind us of this simple fact: the future does not exist – it is only an act of belief or imagination – we have seen our SUPER FUTURE.

Alex Pelly – VIDEO
Andrew Knives – STOP-MOTION VIRTUAL ANIMATION
Anton Sutterlueti – LASERS
astral_projekter – VIDEO INSTALLATION
BioGlitz – GLITZ BOOTH
Brandon Proulx – PHOTOGRAPHY
Cloaking – REAL-TIME VIDEO
CutMod – INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION
Dan Lin – VIDEO
Daniel Brent Nieto – MIXED MEDIA
David Tamargo – SCULPTURE
Dean Paul – DJ
Diana Hsieh – LATEX INFLATABLES
Genevieve + Daniel Winter Park – MIXED MEDIA + VIDEO
Immanent – VIDEO
Irena Azovsky – COLLAGE
Jacklyn Arriola – INTERACTIVE SPACE MASK
James William Sinclair – VHS
Jason Snell – AI-GENERATED VIDEO
Jhovan Quiroz – DIGITAL
Joanna Beray – PAINTING
Kate Parsons – VIDEO
Lauren Levitt – PERFORMANCE ART
Live For Each Moon + Black Hoods – DJ/LIVE
Michael Allen – INTERACTIVE VIDEO
Moon in Gemini – DJ
Nadidah – PHOTOGRAPHY
Namzke – DIGITAL
Necronancer – DJ
Nina McNeely presents The Trolls – DANCE PERFORMANCE
Sarah Zoraya – DIGITAL
Sokay – VIRTUAL REALITY
Todd Moyer – PROJECTION MAPPING
Vanessa Vargas – COLLAGE/MIXED MEDIA

Event Photography by Giovanna Trimble

PERFORMANCES:
Live For Each Moon & Black Hoods (DJ/live) 7:00 – 9:00
Lauren Levitt (performance art) 8:00 – 9:00 + 10:00 – 11:00
Andrew Knives (animation) Live For Each Moon + Black Hoods (score) 9:00
Moon In Gemini (DJ) 9:00 – 10:00
Nina McNeely presents The Trolls (dance performance) 10:00
Necronancer (DJ) 10:00 – 11:00
Dean Paul (DJ) 11:00 – 12:00

SUPER FUTURE artist features:
VANESSA VARGAS
LAUREN LEVITT
CLOAKING
FUTURE FASHION
ANDREW KNIVES
CUTMOD
NINA MCNEELY PRESENTS THE TROLLS

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LOT 613
613 IMPERIAL ST. LA, CA 90021
7PM – 12AM // 21+ // FULL CASH BAR
DOOR: $5 BEFORE 9PM // $10 AFTER

DRINK SPECIALS: Futra Rosé Bar & Golden Road Point the Way IPA
FOOD SPECIALS: BBQ Pulled Pork, Chipolte Chicken, Veggie Chili

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ECHO MOUNTAIN

Posted By futra / April, 26, 2017 / 0 comments

ECHO MOUNTAIN by YSIDRAS

On the Winter Solstice of 2016, we produced a paganism-themed photo shoot titled Echo Mountain. This shoot was conceptualized, directed, and shot by Nereida Villarreal. We’re happy to announce it has been chosen to be in Fondle Magazine Issue 06. From this experience Nereida was inspired to push her ideas further and start a creative agency under the name of Ysidras. This agency is a collective and a parallel brand to Futra, a platform for artists of all disciplines to conceptualize a statement, style, or movement. Offering consulting, branding, and visual design services to artists and companies.

Join us Saturday, April 29th for the Fondle Issue 06 Release Party and to celebrate Ysidras.

In the Echo Mountain Great Spirits come up from the grains of the earth, creating a breathing bouquet of sweet life. Slowly it cools its green veins, before finally disappearing into iced reflections. The Three Kings watch in on the fragile darkness as Mother Earth cradles the cycles with her rejoicing life force and balance.

Three Kings
The story of a bright star and Three Kings in folklore indicates the birth of a god, king, or hero. In Egypt, the Three Kings in the belt of Orion point to Sirius the night before the annual birth of the sun Horus, marking Winter Solstice.

Summer Solstice
On Litha a bonfire is built sending evil spirits away from the land. The Litha ashes retain their fiery power, used as a protective amulet and to feed bountiful life into crops.

Spring Equinox
Ostara is a divinity of the radiating dawn spreading good fortune.  Ostara is a time of balance, the longest day and longest night. Marking the rebirth of nature and return of the God who joins the Maiden bringing new life and fertility to the growing season.

Fall Equinox
Mabon is time to honor the changing seasons. This is a time of gratitude, plenty, and sharing our abundance. The exact moment the balance of dark and light shifts, and the darkness begins to takeover.

Winter Solstice
Yule is the shortest day and longest night, the darkness now turning into light and bringing forward the promise of life. We feast and spread generosity to celebrate the birth of the sun.

Mother Earth
The Goddess Gaia is our creative and nurturing aspects, one who embodies the bounty of the Earth. This personification of nature has deep roots. The first Greek God was the Goddess Gaia. From her womb all life sprang. Mother Earth is always working to maintain wholeness and balance.

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This image is a still from the black & white video titled “Winter Solstice” shot with VHS by artist Jason Snell documenting Echo Mountain. We will be premiering this video at a later date.

Creative Director, Photographer, Costume Designer: Nereida Villarreal
Costume Designers: Tara LaPlante, Daniel Brent Nieto, Joana Perez
Models: Irena Azovsky, Isabelle Mondelaers, Milena Zasadzien
Videographer: Jason Snell
Editor: Leslie Dugger

OP ART IN 5 EVERY DAY

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FUTURE EYES / FUTURE CHOIR

Posted By futra / August, 13, 2016 / 0 comments

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Future Choir is a musical experiment started by Future Eyes which seeks to reinterpret the experience of looking through a crystal into sound. Each facet represents a voice or an instrument.

They are exploring time signatures and layering techniques to create sonic tapestries or landscapes that resemble the prismatic architecture of a crystal. Future Choir is working with a variety of different producers and artists from around the world to capture this concept. Future Choir will be performing at FUTRA presents OP ART at 10pm.

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BE YOUR OPTICAL INSTALLATION

Posted By futra / August, 11, 2016 / 0 comments

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Nereida Villarreal, Futra’s Visual Art Curator and freelance Creative Director & Stylist, curated BE YOUR OPTICAL INSTALLATION for FUTRA presents OP ART, which includes some of her favorite Op Art fashion inspirations. Opt Art plays with the perception of our physical reality, delving into illusions that seep out of hypnotic geometries, immersive experiences, and confounding alterations of space and time. It disrupts the dialogue between the mind and body, while exposing the hyper-reality of our veiled digital age. OP ART FASHION is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED.

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Posted By futra / August, 11, 2016 / 0 comments

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astral_projektor is a video artist whose cut his teeth among the underground conclaves. Employing a hybrid of computer animation, found footage, and analogue synthesis he extends an invitation to traverse a provisional ethereal plane.

At FUTRA presents OP ART astral_projektor will be showing his video work “feel)”, an observation of ministry toward the compulsions of the id. The embodiment of a stroboscopic feeding ritual is intended to provoke viscerally cathartic stimulation.

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Elissa Cedarleaf Dahl

Posted By futra / August, 11, 2016 / 0 comments

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Elissa Cedarleaf Dahl is a professional artist from Minneapolis who is making her Op Art debut with Futra. Her expertise includes murals, large-scale oil paintings and examining how collaborative art can facilitate a dialogue and relationship with its participants, which she believes is worth more than the end product. Her color-rich paintings combine narratives of neighborhood disparities via messy abstractions intertwined with geometric references to land use and zoning maps. By employing a bird’s eye view of the urban landscape, she juxtaposes the orderly grids of our cities interrupted by the organic flow of rivers, lakes and oceans.

For Op Art Futra Elissa created 100 pairs of glasses with custom lenses cut from details of her paintings. She hopes that participants will use them to immerse their world in color; experiencing the night through her abstracted maps and brightly painted reality.

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David Tamargo

Posted By futra / August, 10, 2016 / 0 comments

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David Tamargo is a Cuban-American artist whose work serves as a visual journey into situational fantasy. Using landscapes to focus on the formation of identity, Tamargo works in various mediums such as photography, installation, sculpture, performance, jewelry and video – exhibiting internationally as well as curating exhibitions of emerging contemporary art.

David Tamargo will be exhibiting his “No Longer Chasing” series at FUTRA presents OP ART. “Chasing enlightenment is like unlearning object permanence.” Persons depicted within the photographs are merged with physical landscape to reflect a connection with time, space and emotional relationships between each other. Inspiration also came from Laszlo Moholy-Nagy of the Bauhaus school. He taught photographic op art with a subtractive method of removing aspects of composition to show what was behind the physical images to a viewer. Removing the figures and interpreting them with repetition of patterns found in their environment, clothing, and texture warps the figure into a void of information that is similar to more traditional op art designs. This removal of information is one concept he associates strongly with the movement and his interpretation of op art.

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Alex Pelly

Posted By futra / August, 9, 2016 / 0 comments

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Alex Pelly has been creating visuals for a cross-section of LA’s underground for over six years. Her video art blends digital animation with analogue video feedback and VHS processing.

She started working with the internet radio-station and arts non-profit Dublab. Her signature analogue aesthetic began during the years of Top Tape, Dublab’s monthly night at the Hyperion Tavern, where music was mixed live on cassette tapes while Pelly sampled video from VHS. In 2011, she began to develop visuals for synth-pop band ESP, and moved away from sampled imagery, processing her own video footage and experimenting with feedback synthesis.  She continues to develop both these techniques, combining them with animations that she designs digitally and then converts to analog.

Alex Pelly continues to work with Dublab, is a resident visualist at the underground techno party Perpetual Dawn, and creates audio-visual experiences with the improvisational noise duo Telecaves.

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BioGlitz

Posted By futra / August, 5, 2016 / 0 comments

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At FUTRA presents OP ART, BioGlitz invites you to step into their interactive Glitz world. Partake in body ornamentation using their biodegradable Glitz and collaborate on a large scale art performance piece. We are all the artist and creator of this world.

BioGlitz is a plant based biodegradable glitter arts company. With environmental consciousness, we urge exaggerated self-decor for all, influencing others to adorn themselves with less judgment, knocking down self appointed boundaries and preconceived notions of what is acceptable and normal. BioGlitz is for you, they, me, he, she, we.

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JOYCE SU

Posted By futra / August, 4, 2016 / 0 comments

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Los Angeles based artist Joyce Su has cut her teeth on brand creation and artwork for electronic musicians and labels. She works as a visual designer for Apple Music and Beats 1 Radio. Currently her personal work focuses on video and digital op art. Joyce Su will be exhibiting one of her graphic op art works at FUTRA presents OP ART

“My work focuses on questioning perception and thinking about the way we navigate our visual environment. I offset familiar objects and landscapes by making them psychedelic. I utilize geometric patterns and moire as a method of symbolic communication. To some the juxtaposition of landscape to geometry is sacred, and to others it is mathematical and systematic. The variety of response and extrapolation gives the art meaning; it’s a flexible reflection of the viewer’s own subconscious psyche.”

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Kate Parsons / FLOAT

Posted By futra / August, 3, 2016 / 0 comments

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Kate Parsons will be exhibiting “3VR” at FUTRA presents OP ART, with her collaborator Ben Vance, under their FLOAT moniker. 3VR is a new virtual reality project designed for the HTC Vive, allowing for room-scale exploration.

3VR is both Visual Music and Optical Illusion, but within the context of virtual reality. Like all AV experiences, 3VR owes its history to the pioneers of visual music, people such as Oskar Fischinger and Jordan Belson. This influence is found in contemporary music videos and other forms of audio visualizations. It also refers to older media such as Magic Lantern slides and performances.

3VR places priority on affective and emotional response. Most of us understand there can be an added value, something magical, with just the right combination of music and image. The work often lives in this realm, and is found in galleries, performances… and in your eyes and ears. 3VR also pulls from the notion of synesthesia and the inspired words of Kandinsky. He believed in a new, spiritual art that consisted of three elements: “Musical movement, pictorial movement, physical movement, and these three, properly combined, make up the spiritual movement, which is the working of the inner harmony.”

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Kate’s video piece “Orb & Sphere” is a result of her live cinema and VJ practice, which bring together the analog and digital processes to create inspired and abstract videos.

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Kate Parsons is a video artist and educator living in Los Angeles. She obtained her M.F.A. in Media Arts from UCLA in June of 2015, and completed her M.A. in Digital Art and Video in May of 2013. She also holds a B.F.A. in Fine Art and Graphic Design. Much of Kate’s practice involves the marriage of the visual and the aural, working with musicians and dancers to create inventive audio-visual experiences.

Kate and Ben’s collaborative efforts are created under the moniker FLOAT. They work with musicians and other artists to create immersive environments and artwork, pulling from a range of influences from avant garde film, visual music, games, and music videos. They are currently working with Daedelus, Baths, RYAT, Slugabed, Mast, Kron, and Angela Seo, (aka Hyunhye) of Xiu Xiu.

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Biice

Posted By futra / August, 2, 2016 / 0 comments

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Biice is a visual artist and musician from Brownsville, TX. His artistic career has been about creating visceral experiences for the audience through club-driven music, performance, and mixed media installation. “It is important for me to balance the visceral with the conceptual in my work. I hope to not only strike the audience physically through my medium, but also show a study of the maximal-sensory environment we live in.”

Biice will be exhibiting a mixed media installation at FUTRA presents OP ART

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FUTRA presents OP ART

Posted By futra / July, 7, 2016 / 0 comments

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On Saturday, August 13th, FUTRA reveals OP ART, a one-day multimedia event presenting work from 30 visual artists, performers, and musicians at CIVIC CENTER STUDIOS a beautiful 8,000 sq-ft studio space with views overlooking DTLA.

Optical Art plays with the perception of our physical reality, delving into illusions that seep out of hypnotic geometries, immersive experiences, and confounding alterations of space and time. It disrupts the dialogue between the mind and body, while exposing the hyper-reality of our veiled digital age.

SURRENDER YOUR SENSES AND IMMERSE YOURSELF INTO THE SIMULATED REALITY of OP ART.

DJs will provide a kinetic soundscape to complement a curated exhibition of optical art, video, installation, fashion, experimental art and performances by contemporary artists and visionaries. OP ART FASHION is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED.

Aaron Davis – DJ (Acid Camp)
Akiko Yamashita – Projection Mapping
Alex Pelly – Video Installation
Alexandria Olson – Fashion Installation
Ana Cadwell – Painting & Mixed Media
astral_projektor – Video
Biice – Mixed Media Installation
BioGlitz – Glitter Painting
Brita Swanson – Glass
David Tamargo – Photography
Drew Van Diest – Painting & Mixed Media
Elissa Cedarleaf Dahl – Experiential Painting
Elizabeth Eisenstein – Ceramic Sculpture
Eric Parren – Kinetic Light Installation
Future Eyes – Future Choir Performance & Installation
Futra – Installation
Flynn Helper – Mixed Media
Ian Miyawaki – Mixed Media Collage
Immanent – Video
Irena Azovsky – Collage
Kate Parsons – Video
Knyphy – DJ (Futra)
Joyce Su – Graphic
mtDNA Dance – Visual Dance Theater “In/Between/Time”
Nohemy Ramos – Mixed Media Installation
Obsidian Pyramid – Mixed Media
Steve Alexander – Rinzen – Painting
Todd Moyer – Projection Mapping
Warren Nelson – DJ (Pacific Horizons)
Zøraya – Graphic & DJ (Dublab / Phuture Perfect)

Photography by Gia Trimble

SET TIMES:
Warren Nelson 7:00 – 8:30
Zøraya 8:30 – 9:30
mtDNA Dance 9:30
Future Eyes (Future Choir) 10:00
Aaron Davis 9:45 – 11:00
Knyphy 11:00 – 12:00

CIVIC CENTER STUDIOS
316 W. 2ND ST. 90012
7PM – 12AM // 21+ // FULL CASH BAR
DOOR: $5 BEFORE 9PM // $10 AFTER
(Cash transactions preferred)

DIRECTIONS // PARKING // TRANSIT // FOOD
– ENTRANCE IS LOCATED NEXT TO The Redwood Bar
– $8 LOT LOCATED ON HILL BETWEEN 2nd & 3rd
– 1 BLOCK SOUTH OF CIVIC CENTER METRO STATION
– 1 BLOCK NORTH OF Grand Central Market Grand Central Market

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CALL FOR ARTISTS – OP ART

Posted By futra / June, 3, 2016 / 0 comments

FUTRA IS A MULTIMEDIA EXPERIENCE BRAND THAT MAKES THE CONNECTION BETWEEN GENRES, ART, AND DESIGN. FUTRA INVITES ARTISTS OF ALL WALKS OF LIFE: VISUAL, EXPERIMENTAL, VIDEO, AND PERFORMANCE – IN ADDITION TO MUSICIANS – TO FIND HARMONY WITH ONE ANOTHER.

OP ART (OPTICAL ART) IS BASED ON ILLUSION AND EXPERIMENTATION PERCEIVED THROUGH OUR OWN SENSORY APPARATUS. ARTISTS CHALLENGE MINDS AND EYES WITH ABSTRACTION, MINIMALISM, GEOMETRY, LIGHT, PLAY, AND RADIATING LINES. BEING MULTI-FOCAL, NOT FIXED TO A SINGLE FOCUS, CONTINUES TO BE A VERY RELEVANT AND MODERN CONCEPT. CAPABLE OF SEEING BEYOND OUR PHYSICAL REALITY, OP ART GENERATES DAZZLING OPTICAL SENSATIONS AND IMMERSIVE OTHER WORLDLY EXPERIENCES.

ILLUSION, PERCEPTION, MIND-BENDING, REBELLION, WARPED REALITY,
RADIATING, PYCHEDELIC, EXPERIMENTAL, ECCENTRIC ABSTRACTION, INFINITE

ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, FUTRA PRESENTS OP ART, A ONE-DAY MULTIMEDIA EVENT TAKING PLACE AT CIVIC CENTER STUDIOS. THIS BEAUTIFUL 8,000 SQ FT STUDIO LOCATED AT BROADWAY & 2ND HAS AN OPEN FLOOR PLAN, 16’ WHITE WALLS, MULTIPLE COLUMNS, 12’ ARCHWAYS, AND WINDOWS THAT OVERLOOK DTLA. THE VENUE WILL PROVIDE PROFESSIONAL STUDIO LIGHTING AND PLENTY OF DARKER ENVIRONMENTS FOR WORK WITH THOSE SPECIFIC NEEDS. THIS IS YOUR INVITATION TO SUBMIT YOUR WORK AND IDEAS. WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

2D VISUAL ART AND SCULPTURE OF ALL MEDIUMS AND SIZES, INSTALLATION ART,
VIDEO, EXPERIMENTAL, MIXED MEDIA, APPAREL, PERFORMANCE, AND LIGHT ART

DEADLINES: THE ARTIST CONFIRMATION DEADLINE IS JULY 15 AND THE ARTWORK
DEADLINE IS AUGUST 5. INSTALLATION WILL TAKE PLACE ON AUGUST 13 FROM 10AM – 4PM. DEINSTALLATION WILL TAKE PLACE ON AUGUST 14 FROM 3PM – 5PM.

IF YOU CHOOSE TO SELL YOUR ARTWORK, THE ARTIST WILL TAKE 100% OF THE SALE. FUTRA WILL NOT TAKE ANY COMMISSION. ALTERNATIVELY, WE ARE CHARGING A COVER OF $5 – $10 FOR RENTALS AND EXPENSES. THERE WILL BE A CASH BAR.

– SEND YOUR INQUIRIES AND SUBMISSIONS TO: TARA@FUTRA.TV BY JULY 15TH –

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HUMAN SHAPES x EXUVIATE

Posted By futra / November, 4, 2015 / 0 comments

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EXUVIATE, a film exploring the idea of an otherworldly creature shedding layers of divinity to become fragile and human. The wearable sculpture was designed with the ever growing passion of different species of fungi and the exchange in the environment that they all have. The film and performance will take place at FUTRA presents PANGEA  9:20PM – 9:30PM

PREVIEW >> HUMAN SHAPES x EXUVIATE

FILM:
Directed by Nathan Kim
Art Direction and Wearable Sculpture by Briana Gonzales
Choreography by Andrew Winghart
Featuring Dancer, Eric Schloesser
Makeup by Lisa McNeely
Music by Arca

PERFORMANCE:
Choreography by Andrew Winghart
Featuring Dancer, Eric Schloesser
Art Direction by Briana Gonzales

FUTRA PRESENTS PANGEA

Posted By futra / October, 12, 2015 / 0 comments

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$5 BEFORE 9PM // $8 AFTER WITH RSVP > rsvp@futra.tv

On Saturday, November 7th, FUTRA presents PANGEA. The second in a series of concept-driven shows, this one-day event will inhabit the LOT 613 warehouse gallery in the DTLA Arts District with an immersive multi-media experience.

PANGEA: pan- (all, entire, whole) + gaia (earth, land)
PANGEA is the last known supercontinent to have existed on our planet, and can be thought of as another name for Earth, specifically a unified Earth. Predictions for the formation of the next unified PANGEA estimate that it tremors in front of us from an equidistant future horizon. Ebbing in time, bursting together and apart, we barely notice the eternal movement of the earth at these glacial speeds. We’ve invited artists to perform or exhibit nature-themed artwork that is either decorative in design or politically driven; using natural materials, inspired by artistic movements such as Earth Art, Environmental Art, Land Art, and/or work that portrays concepts of FUSION and NO BORDERS.

DJs and live music acts will provide a diverse and rich soundscape to complement a curated exhibition of painting, photography, mixed media, video, installation, and performance.

ABORIGINAL DREAMTIME FINE ART – PAINTINGS
AKIKO YAMASHITA – VIDEO & LIGHT INSTALLATION
ALEXANDRIA OLSON – FASHION INSTALLATION
ANDREW WINGHART – CHOREOGRAPHY
BLACK HOODS – LIVE MUSIC
BRIANA GONZALES – SCULPTURE & ART DIRECTION
COMPUTO – LIVE MUSIC
DAHLIA – DJ & MIXED MEDIA
DAVID TAMARGO – PHOTOGRAPHY
ERIC SCHLOESSER – PERFORMANCE
GIA TRIMBLE – PANGEA PHOTO BOOTH
IAN MIYAWAKI – MIXED MEDIA
JAMES WILLIAM SINCLAIR – MIXED MEDIA
JOHN BRYARS – PAINTING
JOS MCKAIN – PERFORMANCE & INSTALLATION
KID 606 – DJ
LIFE ORANGE – SEISMIC SOUND INSTALLATION
MATTHEW BOWERS – MIXED MEDIA
NATHAN KIM – FILM
NICHOLAS TREDWAY – PAINTING
SHARSTEN – VIDEO
TAHL K – DJ
THOMAS K – HAIKU & PENJING INSTALLATION
TOM HALL – LIVE MUSIC

7:00 – 8:00 // Tom Hall (LIVE MUSIC)
8:00 – 8:30 // Computo (LIVE MUSIC)
8:30 – 8:40 // Thomas K (READING)
8:40 – 9:00 // Life Orange (SEISMIC SOUND PERFORMANCE)
9:00 – 9:20 // Black Hoods (LIVE MUSIC)
9:20 – 9:30 // HUMAN SHAPES x EXUVIATE (FILM & PERFORMANCE)
9:30 – 10:10 // KID 606 (DJ)
10:10 – 10:20 // Jos McKain (PERFORMANCE)
10:20 – 11:00 // Tahl K (DJ)
11:00 – 12:00 // Dahlia (DJ)

FUTRA will donate a percentage of proceeds to the non-profit ARID LANDS INSTITUTE

ALI’s mission is to train designers and citizens to innovate in response to hydrologic variability brought on by climate change. ALI’s vision is a water-smart built environment in the US West serving as a model for drylands globally. ALI provides an open, lab-like platform for collaborators from multiple universities, serving as a resource for the academic, public, and private sectors. Critical thinking; design excellence for the public good; and hospitality to diversity, including a rich web of collaborative partnerships that reach across cultures, generations, and sectors, are central to ALI’s programs and operations.

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613 IMPERIAL ST LA CA 90021
7PM – 12AM // 21+ // FULL CASH BAR
$5 BEFORE 9PM// $8 AFTER WITH RSVP > rsvp@futra.tv

There’s A Trippy, Surrealist Art Experience Downtown This Weekend

Posted By futra / July, 11, 2015 / 0 comments

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There’s a cool event happening downtown this weekend that attempts to—get ready for this—detach from reality and explore the nature of dreams.

Record label FUTRA is presenting a show called ‘Surrealism’ at LOT 613 on Saturday, from 7 p.m. to midnight. This interesting event involves dreamy wandering through trippy installations, photography, sculpture, video and performances. You’re encouraged to dress in ‘surrealist fashion’ as you check out the photo booth, take in music from an assortment of atmospheric DJs and explore some fascinating art. We’re most excited about Owl Vision, a virtual reality piece from animator Akiko Yamashita, in which guests will use Oculus Rift to explore a strange world.

According to FUTRA, “Surrealists dedicate themselves to unlocking the mind by capturing thoughts, images, and ideas that come to one in sleep, hypnosis and altered states. This landscape will permeate and explore the subconscious, dream-dominated, and disassociated meanings and contradictions of our expressed reality.”

Surrealism will take place at Lot 613 Gallery, 613 Imperial St., DTLA. Saturday, July 11, 7 p.m. to midnight. 21+. $5 before 9 .m., $7 after with RSVP. There will also be a cash bar.

Futra Podcast 26 – Vealchop

Posted By futra / July, 9, 2015 / 0 comments

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Painting an idea not an ideal, Los Angeles based artist Vealchop creates a structured painting full of controlled and therefore potent emotion. Turntables are a blank canvas and records are the colors to paint with.

Tracklist:

Rik and Luk – TIme is money – Stilleben Records
Otto Von Shirach – Salpica(Miami) – Monkeytown Records
Ghettozoid – Boy Toy(House of Black Lanterns Remix) – Houndstooth Records
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Alix – Clubbanger – Tropism Records
Spektrum – Freakbox(Villalobos Remix) – Playhouse Records
Private Eye – Satellite Call – Bee Records
The Soft Pink Truth – Buried by Time & Dust – Thrill Jockey Records
Happy Mondays – Hallelujah (Neil Landstrumm Bleep Remix) – Scandinavia Records
Transllusion – Unordinary Realities – Tresor Records
Wu Tang Clan feat. Cappadonna – Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off 2000 version) – Loud Records
feroX – Gargoyle – Black Acre Records
Robag Wruhme – Pontifekks – Musik Krause Records
Fudge Fingas – It’s The Music – Prime Numbers Records
Hey-O-Hansen feat. Dirk Von Lowtzow & Eirikur Orri – Abraxas (Version) – Hey Rec
Pathless – Terrace – Sonar Kollektiv Records
The Light of Saba – Sabebe – Honest John’s Records
Dr. Dooom – Apartment 223 – Funky Ass Records
Grover Washington Jr. – Earth Tones – Motown Records

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Akiko Yamashita

Posted By futra / July, 9, 2015 / 0 comments

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Akiko Yamashita will be exhibiting Owl Vision at FUTRA presents SURREALISM. This is her new virtual reality project that is experienced with the Oculus Rift. Akiko Yamashita is a highly skilled and globally recognized Animator and 3D Projection Mapping Artist from Japan. She works as a lead animator at VT Production Design, a full service creative design firm located in Los Angeles. She’s created artworks for Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment, United Nations, Pharrell Williams at Coachella Music Festival, NYE Countdown at Los Angeles City Hall, Greystone Mansion and more.

 

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Keegan Grandbois

Posted By futra / July, 6, 2015 / 0 comments

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Photographer Keegan Grandbois was born in San Diego, CA and then moved around quite often all throughout his life. He now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His unusual still life and portraiture photography will be on display at FUTRA presents SURREALISM

 

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SURREALIST FASHION ENCOURAGED

Posted By futra / June, 30, 2015 / 0 comments

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EXTRAORDINARY PHOTOS FROM A 1972 ROTHSCHILD SURREALIST DINNER PARTY

The concept for FUTRA presents SURREALISM was partly inspired by encounters with Surrealist art and literature, and also by these 1972 photographs of Marie-Hélène de Rothschild’s famous dinner party, titled the “Surrealist Ball at Ferrières” . There have been few dinners parties quite like this.

The requirements for the evening were “Black tie, long dresses & Surrealists heads” nothing more, nothing less.

Now when money is no object, the only limit is one’s imagination. Firstly, the iconic Château where the party was to be housed was floodlighted with sweeping amber lights, designed to create the illusion that the building was on fire. Once inside, the entire staircase was filled with servants and footmen dressed as cats – all in various poses of sleep.

Once overcoming that initial shock, guests were then forced to enter a hellish labyrinthine maze – where should you get lost, one of the “cats” would rescue you and whisk you away where you’d be formally greeted by Marie-Hélène herself. On this particular night, she was wearing an enormous giant’s head that was crying tears of diamonds.

Even Salvador Dali was in attendance that evening, no doubt being bewitching and entertaining in equal amounts. This is just an account from one of her parties, but whatever the date, whomever attended, she was meticulous in planning every detail, making sure each gathering was an intriguing (and clearly intoxicating) blend of art, literature, haute couture and dance.

SURREALIST FASHION ENCOURAGED: This is your invitation to come dressed in your best Surrealist fashion, where the only limit is one’s imagination. 

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FUTRA presents SURREALISM

Posted By futra / June, 7, 2015 / 0 comments

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Image by Ian Miyawaki // Flyer by Diana Hsieh

On Saturday, July 11th, FUTRA presents SURREALISM, a one-day multimedia event at LOT 613 in the Arts District of DTLA. Surrealists dedicate themselves to unlocking the mind by capturing thoughts, images, and ideas that come to one in sleep, hypnosis, and altered states. This landscape will permeate and explore the subconscious, dream-dominated, and disassociated meanings and contradictions of our expressed reality.

SURPRISE, ABSURDITY, REVOLUTION; THIS IS THE COLOR OF YOUR DREAMS.

DJs will provide a diverse and rich soundscape for painting, photography, mixed media, installation, sculpture, an interactive photo installation, video, and performances by LA artists and visionaries. SURREALIST FASHION IS ENCOURAGED.

AKIKO YAMASHITA – INSTALLATION
ALEX BROWN – VIDEO
ANDREW KELLEY – DJ
DANIEL BRENT NIETO – FASHION INSTALLATION
DAVID TAMARGO – PHOTOGRAPHY
DOMONIQUE PORTER – PERFORMANCE
GIA TRIMBLE – SCULPTURE
GURT COLLECTIVE – PERFORMANCE & MIXED MEDIA
IAN MIYAWAKI – PHOTOGRAPHY
JOHN BRYARS – PAINTING
KEEGAN GRANDBOIS – PHOTOGRAPHY
KNYPHY – DJ
KYLE GALINDO – COLLAGE
LISA MCNEELY & BRIANA GONZALES – SCULPTURE
NEREIDA VILLARREAL – MIXED MEDIA
NORA QUINN – INSTALLATION
SHARLENE DURFEY – PHOTOGRAPHY
TARA LAPLANTE – PAINTING
TJ – READING & INSTALLATION
VANESSA VARGAS – MIXED MEDIA
VEALCHOP – DJ

SURREALIST PHOTO INSTALLATION
Clouds jostle your rabbit head and the flash of the moon freezes red stars into your eyes. Step into our Surrealist photo installation and shoot to your melting heart’s content.

FEATURED ARTISTS AND BLOGS
SURREALIST FASHION ENCOURAGED
KEEGAN GRANDBOIS
AKIKO YAMASHITA
FUTRA PODCAST 26 – VEALCHOP

LOT 613 GALLERY
613 IMPERIAL ST LA CA 90021
7PM – 12AM // 21+ // FULL CASH BAR
$5 – $8 ENTRY WITH RSVP > rsvp@futra.tv

A Private Realm

Posted By futra / March, 3, 2015 / 0 comments

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“The Age of Reason and its industrial, post-modern antecedents are facades obscuring the seething dream world of primeval urges that surfaces only in sleep.”

A Private Realm, which is comprised of LA-based artists James Sinclair and Olivia Arthur, used a variety of old synths, new modulars, noise boxes, voices and drum machines to create their first LP Excommunications & Withdrawal released in early 2015. Musically the work moves from softer ethereal pieces inspired by the likes of This Mortal Coil through to blasts of electronics inspired by the likes of early SPK & the recently departed noise visionary Zbiegniew Karkowski. As lifelong warehouse rats the inevitable thrust of the LP is techno, inspired by the militant sounds of the obvious masters. This was the second release for A Private Realm on their label Tears Of Joy, an outlet for local techno and experimental producers. The first release titled An Omen From No Man’s Land was released in late 2012.

To understand the sound of Tears Of Joy enjoy this megamix including all artists on the label:

Throwing Shadows Like An Octopus

Posted By futra / March, 1, 2015 / 0 comments

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THROWING SHADOWS LIKE AN OCTOPUS

This project was inspired by the Mojave Desert and a fascination with camouflage. It consists of wallpaper and small sculptures; the custom-designed patterns on paper and fabric originate from images of desert plant life, such as mistletoe, moss, agave, cactus, cholla, juniper and Joshua tree. Through various iterations—installations that have taken place both indoors and outside—we consider visual pattern and techniques of cover as part of both a natural ecosystem and a psychologically complex human landscape.

Throughout history deserts have thwarted human presence. Extreme temperatures and low water content make life difficult, but many plants and creatures have met the challenge with unique techniques for survival, from camouflage to hiding tactics. The desert has long been used for military testing, and nature’s wealth of survival techniques have been appropriated for warfare. In the 20th-century, during the World Wars, the development of camouflage really took off, as artists and naturalists were enlisted to assist in the hiding of troops and equipment to confuse attackers. Inventive approaches were devised: dazzle, shadow and shape distortion, mimicry, disruptive coloration. Many of these employ bold, abstract and striking designs. It may be no coincidence that in the early 20th-century, Cubist and Surrealist artists also held a keen interest in such visual phenomena. Over the decades, war, art, theater, and fashion have played a part in camouflage’s role in pop culture. We are interested in this rich history, and the blurred lines and overlaps between the various cultural applications of camouflage.

In the California desert, camouflage takes on a symbolic resonance because of a strong military and aerospace presence there. With all this in mind, we examine pattern and natural design as part of both a natural ecosystem and a psychologically complex human landscape. Beginning this project in 2013, Anne Martens made a series of photographs at Joshua Tree National Park. She created repeat patterns that both artists then selected to be made into custom wallpaper and fabrics. Autumn Harrison designed a series of sculptures from ornate wooden structures to weighted “stones,” to compliment the fabrics and wallpaper.

— Autumn Harrison and Anne Martens

THROWING SHADOWS LIKE AN OCTOPUS will be on display at the FUTRA THREE YEAR ANNIVERSARY on Saturday, March 7th from 6pm-12am at LOT 613 Gallery in Los Angeles. $5 ENTRY WITH RSVP > rsvp@futra.tv

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Machine Inspired Art

Posted By futra / March, 1, 2015 / 0 comments

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This architectural project and sculpture is designed and fabricated by CJ Reed, Beatriz Coronado, Alejandra Ramirez and Eric Martinez, students at CSU Pomona (CalPoly) School of Architecture. It was created under the direction of Behn Samareh , CalPoly professor and founder of Machine Inspired Art , a gallery and design studio in downtown Los Angeles. The main objective of this project was to create a 2-D module which could be combined again with the same exact module to create a 3-D sculpture. Then being able to take this shape, mass produce it, and create an installation that has unlimited size and reconfiguration potential for many different environments and audiences to interact with and experience.

This large modular sculpture, extending out to 15 feet, will be on display at the FUTRA THREE YEAR ANNIVERSARY on Saturday, March 7th from 6pm-12am at LOT 613 Gallery in Los Angeles. $5 ENTRY WITH RSVP > rsvp@futra.tv

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FUTRA THREE YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Posted By futra / February, 8, 2015 / 0 comments

FUTRA THREE YEAR ANNIVERSARY

$5 ENTRY WITH RSVP > rsvp@futra.tv

Futra is a multimedia experience brand that makes the connection between genres, art, and design. Based in Los Angeles, Futra dares to form an identity of its own rather than follow the lead of others. We invite artists of all walks of life; visual, experimental, graphic, performance – in addition to musicians – to find harmony with one another.

On Saturday, March 7th Futra celebrates three years of experimental events by hosting a multimedia art and music show with 25+ artists at LOT 613. This beautiful 5,000 square foot warehouse turned gallery is located in the Arts District of DTLA and a full cash bar will be available. With the continued desire to experiment and connect visual arts and music, this event is Futra’s first expansive art show complete with gallery lighting. DJ’s and live electronic acts will provide a diverse and rich soundscape throughout the evening while one is surrounded in painting, photography, installation, sculpture, and video work by LA artists and visionaries.

FEATURED ARTISTS:

A PRIVATE REALM – LIVE MUSIC
ACE JANUARY – DJ
ANNE MARTENS & AUTUMN HARRISON – INSTALLATION
BRYAN FREEMAN – PAINTING
DAZZ MOOV – DJ
DESI MOORE – MIXED MEDIA
EMY RAMOS – GRAPHIC
GIA TRIMBLE – SCULPTURE
IAN MIYAWAKI – MIXED MEDIA
KATE PARSONS – VIDEO
KNYPHY – DJ
LESLIE DUGGER – LIVE MUSIC
MACHINE INSPIRED ART – SCULPTURE
MARTHA GALVAN – PHOTOGRAPHY
MATTHEW BOWERS – PHOTOGRAPHY
MIGUEL OSUNA – PAINTING
MOR ELIAN – PHOTOGRAPHY
MR. PARADISE – VIDEO
ORIGIN – DJ
SARAH ZORAYA – MIXED MEDIA
SCOTT PAGANO – VIDEO
TARA LAPLANTE – PAINTING
VILLAIN – LIVE MUSIC

Photography by Christopher Soltis

Full Cash Bar by LOT 613

Food Truck by Crispy Cuban

LOT 613 GALLERY // 613 IMPERIAL ST LA CA 90021
6PM -12AM // 21+ // $5 ENTRY WITH RSVP > rsvp@futra.tv

Futra Podcast 25 – Ace January

Posted By futra / December, 4, 2014 / 0 comments

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Ace January , born and raised in LA, has pulled much of his musical influence from the early 90’s underground scene. IDM and Drum and Bass were the first genres to influence his tastes, but he has always been inspired by multiple genres including House, 2-Step, Garage, Experimental, Techno, Acid House, Indie, and most recently Bass. Glitched out Ambient Techno and the heavy bass lines of Drum and Bass inspired him to create his own music and learn to mix in different styles. Ace January continues to push himself to be open minded, incorporating many different sounds, this method is perfected in this latest mix for Futra.

Tracklist:

Mokujin – One Two [L2S Recordings]
Maison Sky – Glamour [Rinse]
Emissary – Leviathan (Rekab Remix) [L2S Recordings]
Alight – Obelisk [Local Action]
French Fries – Yo Vogue VIP [ClekClekBoom Recordings]
Bambounou – Night [ClekClekBoom Recordings]
Presk – Headway [Ten Thousand Yen]
Elmono – House of Atredies [Cold Recordings]
Eomac – Spoock (Lucy Remix) [KILLEKILL]
Geiom – Glesprin [Frijsfo Beats]
Dryman – Human Distribution (Allmostt & Dosage Remix) [Meanbucket]
French Fries – Everything [ClekClekBoom]
Oceania – Postable [7even Recordings]
Mumdance – The Sprawl [Rinse]
HRDVSION – Mr. Loser [Rinse]
Untold – Don’t Know. Don’t Care [Hemlock Recordings]
Tom Shorterz – Mainline [Rinse]
A Made Up Sound – Sweetback [Clone Basement Series]
Eomac – Shell of Dark [KILLEKILL]

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