An Afternoon of Performances at The House of the Book

just jeans images by Joanne Kim
other images by Lisa Wahlander

Sunday January 28th, 2018
2:00 PM until 5:19 PM

I am performing last in the line-up, around 4:30pm

Peppertree Lane
Brandeis, CA 93064

Carver Audain
Barnett Cohen
Jmy James Kidd
Odeya Nini
Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs

For a single afternoon, the House of the Book, a hidden icon of 1970’s Southern California brutalist architecture, will open its doors to the public. ​Designed by Sidney Eisenshtat and made famous as a location for tv shows, science-fiction films and music videos, the futuristic cylindrical building in the hills of Simi Valley will host an afternoon of performances​. The performers will present new work centering on ​Dan Levenson’s current installation at the House of the Book “SKZ Monochrome Diptychs.” Commissioned by American Jewish University as part of ​Launch Sites L.A.: Ezra Orion Revisited​, Levenson has built a suite of modular plywood desks, chairs, benches and easels to represent a classroom at his fictional State Art Academy Zurich.

This event is free and open to the public.

Carver Audain is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice has centered around immersive environments for nearly a decade. Audain’s media works are the result of multiple rigorous digital signal processes and editing techniques on a variety of aural and visual stimuli. By contrast, Audain’s physical and object based works often align common materials with metaphor and narrative, underscoring authorship and semiotical relationships between the viewer, the work, and the subject of the work. In 2017, his work was exhibited in a solo show at Microscope Gallery, and a group show at We Buy Gold in Brooklyn, resulting in write ups in the New York Times, Cultured Magazine, Numeró, and Bomb Magazine. He was the first recipient of Issue Project Room’s “Emerging Artists Commission” courtesy of the Greenwall Foundation and also received Roulette’s “Emerging Artist’s Commission” funded by the Jerome Foundation. He has performed solo compositions at Issue Project Room, Roulette, Eyebeam, Outpost Artist Resources, Fridman Gallery in New York, among others. His works have been broadcast on WFMU, Clocktower Radio, Wavefarm as well as on stations in Germany, France and Slovenia. Grants include a Jerome Foundation Barnett Cohen ​employs a wide-range of media—sculpture, installation, video, photography, writing, and works on paper—that serve as meditations on the space between thought and the self. His work has been exhibited at such venues as 356 Mission (Los Angeles), Human Resources (Los Angeles), Vox Populi (Philadelphia), City Limits (Oakland), The International Center for Photography (New York), and La Galerie SEE Studio (Paris.)

Jmy James Kidd: ​I live and work in Los Angeles, California. The work I make is from and with my body, inspired by lives of flowers and females. I have made dances for the spaces of P​ieter​, which I founded, The Getty, Hauser & Wirth, Redcat, Hammer Museum’s Made in LA 2014, Machine Project, Los Angeles Theater, Skirball Cultural Center, The Kitchen, BOFFO Fire Island, Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art, Socrates Sculptural Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and many nature, industrial and domestic zones.

Odeya Nini ​is a Los Angeles based experimental vocalist and contemporary composer. Her solo vocal work extends the dimension and expression of the voice and body, creating a sonic and physical panorama of silence to noise and tenderness to grandeur. Odeya’s work has been presented at venues and festivals across the US and internationally, such as Resonant Bodies Festival, The Kitchen, Banff Centre, MONA and Art Basel Miami, from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv, Australia, Mongolia, Madagascar and Vietnam. She also leads vocal sound baths, Voice Baths, and workshops exploring the creative and healing qualities of voice and movement.

Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs is a Los Angeles-based composer and multi-media artist who creates entry points into her compositions through sculpture, video, costume, and site-specific performance. The core theme of her practice is the conviction that the creation of new mythologies can lead to the deconstruction of real-life hierarchical structures. She is the leader of resistance-themed Community Chorus; one half of the pop duo, Bouquet; and creator/composer of the choral/movement ensemble, Song of Eurydice. Riggs has presented work at The Getty Center, Hammer Museum, MOCA LA, High Desert Test Sites, SFMOMA, de Young Museum, REDCAT, Bangkok University, Berkeley Art Museum and All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival (UK, curated by TV on the Radio).