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).
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 ( 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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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
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 –
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
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.
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
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.
“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
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
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 > email@example.com
FUTRA teams up with NATOLOGY to present a mystical visual art experience for all to enjoy. This multi-media performance will commence at 11PM at Futra presents Doubt (live) on June 26th at Complex in Los Angeles. Pseudo & Morph is curated by Natology and features Jos McKain’s art performance ‘Oxidation’ with visuals by video artist Lindsay Scoggins. Pseudo & Morph is a meditative performance on the devolution of the human body and its ability to shift into an amorphous state. This meditation is intended to diffuse gender pairing, silhouetting a nude male (McKain) and juxtaposing him against Scoggins’ signature video work. The ideas center on replication as a form of evolution, both intellectually and socially.
First the art becomes you, and then you become the art.
Natology is the vessel in which curator and art dealer Nathaly Charria uses to exercise her creative practices. Inspired by creative movements and a talented network of artists, Natology merges new mediums and avenues to expand the scope and reach of creators. Through innovative and specialized branding, Natology curates and progressively defines the art experience. With ten-years experience in curatorial and event production, Nathaly has worked with galleries, museums, international art fairs, alongside world-renowned artists and brands to bring large-scale ideas and experiences to a worldwide audience.
Jos McKain is a classically trained and self-taught dance maker and performance artist. He approaches performances as a shamanic ritual where the heightened state of performance acts as a trance-like state. His work reflects formative years spent on an Indian Reservation and training the classical East Indian Kathak. Since then his practice includes Dunham Technique, West African forms, yoga, Tai Chi, and extensive training in modern. McKain has curated shows for Machine Project, Highways Performance Space, and EDC. His venue credits include Carnegie Hall, MOMA PS1, LACMA, and MOMA and he’s appeared in work by Ryan Heffington, WIFE, Mariana Abramovic, Scott Benzel, Daft Punk, and Mike Kelley.
Lindsay Scoggins is a LA multimedia artist, filmmaker, and pioneer in YouTube video art. Influenced by a classical musical education, her interests in new media developed through her infatuation with audio’s essential functions in cinema. Scoggins’ began working with video installation, using YouTube as an online gallery and soon began to attract millions of viewers. In 2010, she was chosen as a finalist for Guggenheim’s YouTube play: A Biennial of Creative Video. As a result, she’s exhibited at the Guggenheim in NYC, Venice, Bilbao, and Berlin.
CAROLINE GEYS, Belgian-born and native to Miami, is now a local artist based in downtown, Los Angeles. As a multimedia artist she alternates between painting, drawing, graphic design, installation, sculpture and apparel. Her work is consistently inspired by colorful urban landscapes and animal imagery. Several dimensions of her childhood and early adulthood are reoccurring themes that compose the infusion amongst the cityscapes and animal conformations.
Since her work stretches into various media’s she believes her thinking does too, fueling a velocity of ideas from one medium to another yielding one consistent factor, color. Caroline experiments with color palettes in all of her series; it is a part of her expression, throughout life’s paradigms, exploring the metamorphosis within the context of my life as a visual artist.
Caroline’s LA exhibitions have included The Standard, Hollywood – Ann 300 Gallery in 2012 and at the SSNS 001 / Cosmic Sessions – The Standard, Downtown LA in 2013.
Caroline will be exhibiting new work at BORN MODERN, physical vs digital. Through the point of view of 21 featured artists, the exhibition explores how technology affects our sense of self. The event takes place on Thursday, April 24th from 7pm – 11pm, event details can be found here: BORN MODERN.
An installation concerned with light and space using the pallet of a California sunset, this installation attempts to accomplish within a confined space, a representation of a daily event. This piece which will be displayed at the FUTRA TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY is inspired by the skyline of Los Angeles and artists such as James Turrell.
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Calling his work “Rootsystm”, Los Angeles based CS-Navarrete captures the essence of tree roots hybridized with cultural and mathematical influences ranging from his Peruvian and Mexican ancestry to Golden Section properties. Typically these “Rootsystms” originate from triangular geometry or as he puts it, “la semilla – the seed”, the source of life from which the genetic instructions of plant growth is contained. Akin to seeds controlling the matrix of roots and programming language mandate functions in today’s devices, CS-Navarrete uses a rudimentary system of parameters in his paintings that ensure a consistency in subsequent works. The addition of new rules or aesthetically pleasing mutations incorporated into the language he chooses create variations in the pieces. The bands placement is based on plotted points through a variety of sub-divisions meanwhile the width, balance and secondary branches are a site specific emotional response to the environment. Rootsystms leave us with a cerebral yet visceral aesthetic that will evolve over time as species do while preserving a link to its origins.
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Bryant Place aka CPU grew up in the LA underground and first emerged as a visual artist working with many organizations and promoters including LAVA, Droid Behavior, and Friendly Integration with a focus on generative, real-time, audio-reactive visuals. Initially collaborating with FUTRA during the launch of the label, CPU will debut his LIVE PERFORMANCE after two years of development at the FUTRA TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY. CPU’s current project is developing a large-scale light sculpture with OBSCURA DIGITAL & STEREO-BOT for the 2014 Coachella Arts and Music Festival.
Machine Inspired Art (MIA) is one literal manifestation of technology within the creative process. MIA explores the influence and utilization of machines, computation and automation on creativity and self-expression regardless of scale, medium or specific discipline. The aim of this studio and gallery is to explore the role and application of technology, in specific computational technology, within the creative process. In this context art is not defined as a product, but rather an intention. Here the word art is not a noun but rather a verb. Here art is seen as a process rather than a product.
This piece titled “Torso” is created with electroluminescent wires inlaid into plexiglass. The pattern for the groove was computer generated from a 3d model utilizing a variety of different software and translated into 2D, while still maintaining its original three dimensional appearance. This piece was produced in collaboration with Sho Ikuta and Gerardo Morena and will be on display at the FUTRA TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY.
Matthew Bowers is an artist and designer currently based in Los Angeles. His artwork is inspired by powerful symbolism and iconography throughout history, and attempts to reconcile the enduring nature of classical imagery with an increasingly technological and adiamorphic world. Matthew will be exhibiting a large-scale and innovative wood and light sculpture at the FUTRA TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY titled “Deep Field”.
Matthew Bowers is the founder and creative director of the design agency Manufactur.
Los Angeles multimedia artists, painters, and brothers John Bryars & Joseph Scott Bryars join the FUTRA TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY on Saturday, February 1st at Seven Points in downtown Los Angeles.
John Bryars will exhibit a three piece collection. This piece reminds the audience of iconic legend Grace Jones and captures the futuristic ambience that reminiscent of Nagel. Joseph Scott Bryars collaborates with John creating a painting that joins their unique styles.
Choreographer: JIL STEIN
Dancers: SAM GOODMAN || JIL STEIN
Music: JIL STEIN || NAHUM MANTRA
Dress: KEYLA MARQUEZ
This duet explores ideas of magic in the fluid qualities of movement arising from imagined spaces. LOST sandWITCHES creates a landscape of mysticism and intrigue. This performance will be featured at the Futra Two Year Anniversary event at 10:00pm.
JIL STEIN is currently based in Los Angeles. LOST sandWITCHES was created as part of her ongoing PRACTICE and RESEARCH. JIL is currently exploring IMAGINED SPACES and the corporealities of a moved experience. She appreciates your participation as witness.
Joana Perez: Art Director // Nereida Villarreal: Visual Arts Curator // Tara LaPlante: Founder
We are pleased to announce Futra’s Two Year Anniversary will be held on Saturday, February 1st at the newly launched hotspot Seven Points in downtown Los Angeles. Seven Points is a progressive retail space catering to the modern man, a multimedia venue, and home to industry established The Park showroom.
Joining the Futra team as the Visual Arts Curator is Nereida Villarreal. Her background in art and fashion brings an additional creative force into Futra’s enhanced vision for the New Year. Futra will begin to represent visual artists along side our resident DJ’s and producers to strengthen our mission of fusing genres, art, and design.
Futra invites artists of all walks of life; visual, graphic, installation, performance in addition to musicians to find harmony with one another. With a record label as the foundation, Futra is a brand of creativity and inspiration.
ARTIST CALL // DEADLINE FRIDAY, JANUARY 10TH 2014
Futra seeks submissions from multimedia artists working in visual art, installation, performance, dance, video, and design to be featured at our two year event. Submissions and questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note we are not accepting music submissions for this event.
MORE EVENT DETAILS TBA IN THE COMING WEEKS ….
SOMAVOX, the Body’s Voice, is a dance performance group that incorporates the butoh aesthetic into the performance of modern, contemporary dance. SOMAVOX was born of the collaboration between a group of artists, dancers, musicians, and the underground party scenes of 2000 in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Hawaii. It has been a revolving door of performers interested in playing the edges between dance and performance art including collaborations with performing artists such as Dream Circus Theater and the “I AM” parties, and San Francisco’s Mystic family Circus.
One of the founding members and choreographers of SOMAVOX, who performs under the name Malia Ma, was also a longtime member of Hawaii’s Iona Contemporary Dance since 1990. She studied choreography and performance at the Five College Dance Program in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she received a BA in Dance. Subsequently, she received her certificate in Laban Movement Analysis from University of Washington, and later ruined all semblance of dance technique when she became mesmerized with the art form of butoh, born out of the artistic and cultural revolt of post-world war II Japan.
The performers Desiree Castro, Monilade Walker, and Yuki Hayashi Hammel are all seasoned dancers with exquisite performance skills culled from various techniques in modern, ballet, jazz, contemporary. They come together out of a shared interest in dance, butoh, performance art and electronic dance music scenes. As a group, SOMAVOX creates dance for living, underground communities, and brings their aesthetic and cultural orientation to light at out of the ordinary performance spaces, venues and events.
In tonight’s performance, the dancers work with more structured improvisation than choreography. The improv is intentional to allow the dancers to dig deeply into their psyches developing characters and a story out of the effects of isolation on women. Butoh allows psychological perversion with spatial awareness and interaction with other dancers, live and in the moment….
Catch SOMAVOX perform tonight at 10:45pm here >>> FUTRA PRESENTS COSMIN TRG
806 E. Colorado Street
Glendale, CA 91205
21+ // $10 PRE-SALES
DOOR W/ COSTUME: $10 B4 11PM // $15 AFTER OR NO COSTUME
Expect a unique visual experience at tonight’s EVENT! FUTRA features MICHAEL ALLEN‘s Eyeonasphere. In the Eyeonasphere, an individual sphere is lowered over the head of the viewer with video projections over their face. The person in the globe has images that completely fill their field of vision and sounds that fill their range of hearing, with a basspad in the seat that vibrates with the music. A MIDI controller gives the spectator full control of the content that surround their audio/visual field. The Eyeonasphere removes them from their surroundings and puts them in a remote controlled reality where they can choose what they see and hear. It represents a technological advance which could give mankind more control over what we experience.
DOOR: $8 BEFORE 10:00PM // $13 AFTER
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3040 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
9:00PM – 2AM // 18+
DARK SKY (50 Weapons, Black Acre) UK
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Futra brings London-based Dark Sky to Los Angeles for the first time ever for their March 7th show at Los Globos. Dark Sky made huge waves with their 2010 debut release on the Bristol imprint “Black Acre” with their “Something to Lose” EP. This release showcased their razor sharp attention to detail in beat making and foreshadowed their rise in popularity and production. The debut was met with rave reviews and lead to many more collaborations and mixes with popular artists (The XX, Delooze, Stateless and more recently Kelis, Alpines and Ben Westbeech).
Last December Dark Sky released “Myriam EP” on Modeselektor’s Berlin imprint 50 Weapons, and was reviewed on the labels website saying the release was “certainly living up to the high expectations. Garage rhythms, Clonkstep, Post-UK Funky, techy House references and even nods to Electro…a blazing example for the ongoing Bass evolution.”
Dark Sky’s LA appearance will celebrate the trio’s March release with popular UK label Tectonic, Futra has prepared by securing a sound stage with Funktion-1 sound. Dark Sky is made up of Tom Edwards, Matt Benyayer and Carlo Anderson whose new styles in production are influenced by everything from original UK garage to house. Dark Sky is hugely popular in the UK and just gaining traction in the US. According to SF-based site xlr8r.com, Dark Sky “is just damn good”.
DOOR: $8 BEFORE 10:00PM // $13 AFTER
$8 TICKETS AVAILABLE ON RESIDENT ADVISOR
3040 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
9:00PM – 2AM // 18+