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Dibujo Jam at the Casa Presa

18 May

Outside the street is a dead end, killed by a fence closing train tracks on the other side. Parked bicycles fill the front yard of the old-looking eclectic building. Pay thirty pesos argentinos (a few dollars equivalent) at the door of the house and in the next room a bearded man sits nude under a spotlight on a couch with legs crossed and holding an invisible ice-cream cone to his forehead.

The place is Casa Presa, a communal living space a little off the ritzier neighborhood of Belgrano in northern Buenos Aires not far from a warehouse or studio equivalent in Echo Park or Silverlake. The event is held monthly, called Dibujo Jam. In the corner a standup bassist and a drummer improvise abstract jazz.

In the other room a dark-skinned girl holding her head of black hair back and making an imaginary letter in the air with her arms in front of a wall of artist prints. Both spaces are filled by a crowd of people observing silently, drawing and nodding their heads back and forth from paper to subject while a dog wanders sniffing around jealous for attention.

The price of entry pays the models who hold the contorted, daring, and seemingly uncomfortable nude poses for five to ten minutes at a time in a few sessions of about 40 minutes. Then walk through the photo-covered hallway by the line to the bathroom to get to the backyard where a bar serves reasonably cheap beer, wine and fernetcolas and makes pizzas.

Outside in the yard odd tables and chairs sprawl on the lawn, Christmas lights dimly light the space, murals and paintings cover the surrounding. A couple guys hit a steel drum making UFO noises while glasses are tipped and joints passed.

The drawing jam ends and people graze around inside to get a better look at the art and people come out for another beer and a smoke and stick around till the wee hours, finish the booze, pass around some guitars, play some songs, and we take off back to the other side of the city satisfied and well inebriated.

It makes me think, more kids should be doing this in the States. There must be someone doing it somewhere but in my years of hanging out in the Bay Area and LA DIY scene I have yet to witness it outside of University art programs.

Perhaps it`s the idea of standing in the same room as a naked peer that could raise issues. I know laws prohibit bars in LA and SF from showing complete nudity in the same place you serve alcohol, but here we’re not talking about a stripclub, the crowd was young eclectic and eccentric and there was relaxed concentration.

The human body should be appreciated more often in this way outside the classroom and in a relaxed atmosphere. The west coast boasts some of the most open sexual liberty in the world and nude modeling is hardly explicitly sexual. In the live model setting the human body takes another role as an anatomical form to study.

It’s not just for those who draw. I can find it parallelable to those hip house poetry readings slash parties we had around in Berkeley except that it involves the audience in an opposite way. The performance becomes the subject of the crowd’s doings and not the other way around. It’s like everybody is writing poetry where the model is a muse for the audience to create.

I didn’t go with the intention of drawing but the band and the wine put up a good mood. It’s that the live sketch creates something that photographs can’t capture. It raises questions about the difference between a shutter and the eyes, between snapping a moment with a camera and capturing it with your eyes, your hands, and a piece of paper.

Check out Jam de Dibujo at facebook.com/JAMdeDibujo

and Casa Presa at facebook.com/CasaPresa

ARGENTINA OR BUST, our first ARTMUSIC CLUSTERFUCK

5 Oct

This may be the event we’ve put most heart into. Rather, it certainly is. It’s happening October 13th and 14th. This mindblower is thrown to the cause of artist Maren Preson’s art-adventure to Buenos Aires, Argentina. If the event turns out to be as swell as we anticipate, the ARTMUSIC CLUSTERFUCK may be an idea to be repeated in the future. To art and all else that is healthily thought-altering.

Enjoy the awesome flyers. The first flyer was drawn by the hand of Maren Preston and then worked on digitally by Daniele Violi.

The second flyer was made by the awesome Sean Vranizan.

 

Here’s the weekend program:

MINDS WILL BE BLOWN ON OCTOBER 13TH

=============THE PARTY===========

HARDWOOD STUDIOS is hosting an epic fundraiser on October 13th and 14th for artist Maren Preston’s art residency opportunity in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in March of 2013.

We’re calling it ARGENTINA OR BUST, because we’re helping her get there with all our moral support (and some monetary support).

$4-10 Donations will be accepted at the door, if you wish to support the cause of art and music be generous! We’ll still let you in if you’re broke (because we’re that cool and we know that you’re poor as well) just try to bring a couple bucks.

=============THE GALLERY==========

The gallery opens Saturday October 13th at noon till midnight and will also be open Sunday October 14th from noon till about 8pm.

Art will be on display and some will be on SALE with proceeds to the artist. There will be prints, photos, paintings and other art by:

Sean Vranizan:
http://www.seanvranizan.com/
Elizabeth Hibbard
Maren Preston:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/marenpreston
Daniele Violi
Amanda Pence Hopkins
Vivian Fu:
http://vivian-fu.tumblr.com/
Katie Barretta:
http://www.katiebarretta.com/
Emily Lalande

Some stuff will be really cheap (like prints and t-shirts) so rack up the change from the couch and you’ll likely go home with something awesome.

=======VIDEOART=======

Some projections will be held throughout the day, by:

Marina Fini
Jeff Sleeper
Ryan Tekulve

====THE MUMMIFIED CAT====

There will also be a MUMMIFIED CAT and a RACCOON UTERUS exhibit, SALVADOR DALI will be there in person, in all the glory of his late mustache phase, to assist in the mind blowing. Pay $3 to see the CAT and RACCOON and you will receive a free drink.

=============THE MUSIC==========

Music will be playing throughout the day. The schedule and description is subject to change, but more or less here goes:

-FOLK HOUR-
3PM
Two Pretty Girls
Kelsey Lynd

-POETRY BREAK-

-LOUD HOUR-
5PM
Whiskey Pageant
Antlion
Lessons

-POETRY BREAK-

-PSYCHEDELIC HOUR-
7PM
KYXCX
Nouveau Abstruse
Tesla’s Eyeball (MUSIC AND VIDEOART)

-POETRY BREAK-

-LOUDER HOUR-
8.30PM

Penis Envy
Raijan Fujin

==============-INFO=============

Hardwood Studios
816 27th Avenue
94601 Oakland CA

$4-10 DONATIONS at the DOOR
+CHEAP BOOZE

Contact us at:
danielevioli@gmail.com
mjpresto@ucsc.edu