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THROW ME LIKE CLAY by John Ledbetter
Video installation – 1 of 7 | 2017 | 09 min loop | photographed + edited by John Ledbetter | music by Choncey Langford | produced by John Ledbetter + April Day | additional manipulated footage from THE GIRLS ON F STREET
In 1970 an artist sanctuary-of-sorts hidden under Hollywood’s oldest gym to the stars closed its doors for good. After forty-five years and a set of fortunate meta-circumstances, DVNTV producers John Ledbetter and April Day are ushered in through a steel door and down a rickety set of wooden stairs into the primordial studio/fuckpad, abandoned like a counterculture village left to peel in the damp basement air. It is exactly here, from this subterranean sculpting studio, from this Beverly Boulevard lair that the soon-to-be hippie king, Vito Paulekas, would operate his Center for Freaks, spewing a healthy supply of painted-up dancers and sculptors out onto the Sunset strip to thrash their smelly food-sacks right into high-culture hotbeds like Canter’s Deli and The Troubadour for a little late nite dance-a-thon/love romp.
Part of REEK’s exhibition REFINE THE SHAPE: Admissions From the Chaos Theatre
Curated by John Ledbetter
REEK is as exclusive as the day is long and absolutely loves it and intends on keeping it just exactly that way for ever and ever & ever. Today’s marginalized art market is awash in a we-are-all-creatives! false positive mediocrity so here we find ourselves with the pointed obligation to disrupt the further exchange or sale of boring, stale and obligatory… little a … small r… tiny t…
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