Events Posted Sep 22, 2017

Book Signing + Exhibition > Hunted & Gathered" with Senon Williams AND Culver City Arts District Art Walk!

Los Angeles native Senon Williams is a lifelong artist and musician. A founding member of the always-engaging Dengue Fever, Williams’ visual work finds space in the natural, exposing outstanding and devastating stages of human evolution. “To provoke thought, a question works better than answers. I enjoy to start a story I resolve in different ways depending on my mood". With imagery ranging from stark silhouettes to lush landscapes and human forms staged in undetermined acts of hope, his pairing of words and imagery form a poignant visualization of the inherent human struggle both ancient and contemporary. 

Williams' first book, "Hunted & Gathered" was painstakingly produced by Hamilton Press. The press was established in 1990 by master printmaker Ed Hamilton and artist Ed Ruscha to encourage artists to produce art in a peaceful, unhurried atmosphere. Steeped in traditional book making in a modern age, each publication itself is a fine object created by an esteemed team. Designed by Lorraine Wild and Marina Mills Kitchen of Green Dragon Office with color separations by Echelon Color, Santa Monica and printed by Dr.Cantz’sche Druckerei Median GmbH in Ostfildern, Germany, the first edition consists of seven hundred hardbound copies along with a deluxe edition of limited to fifty copies containing an original work on paper by the artist. Both editions will be available at the event and are available pre-order now. 

Come to Arcana on Saturday October 7th between 4:00 and 6:00 PM to celebrate the publication "Hunted & Gathered", view an exhibition of Senon Williams' artwork, and partake in the afternoon's Culver City Arts District Art Walk! If you cannot attend and would like to purchase a signed copy of either - or both - of the editions, please click here, or call us at 310-458-1499.

Book of the Day Posted Sep 08, 2017

Book of the day > Thomas Houseago: What Went Down

Book of the day > Thomas Houseago: What Went Down (2nd edition, 2017). Published by Modern Art Oxford / Lund Humphries. "Thomas Houseago is one of the most unique and distinctive contemporary sculptors working today. This is the first ever monograph on his work and spans fifteen years of his career from 1995 to 2010. Houseago came to prominence with his monumental, figurative sculptures that are charged with remarkable energy and vitality. Houseago’s sculptures possess a daring urgency, a tactility and brute physicality that expose the process of their own making. The visible touch and imprint of the artist is nakedly evident. With texts by leading experts in the field, and featuring an interview with the artist, Thomas Houseago: What Went Down combines insightful analysis of the sculptor’s oeuvre and is fully illustrated."

None Posted Sep 08, 2017

Greg Escalante

For decades, Southern Californian Greg Escalante has championed as a publisher, curator, and gallerist underrecognized artistic genres, artists, and cultural movements. His involvement with Juxtapoz Magazine and Copro-Nason Gallery in Bergamot Station brought to the fore the so-called "Lowbrow" and "Pop Surrealism" movements, and his love for Surf culture is legendary. Greg passed away unexpectedly yesterday, and we send our best to his family, friends, and many supporters in the Arts community.


Photo by Adam Wallacavage

Book of the Day Posted Sep 07, 2017

Book of the day > Tokyo Compression by Michael Wolf

Book of the day > Tokyo Compression by Michael Wolf. Published by Peperoni Books. "Michael Wolf is known for his large-format architectural photos of Chicago and primarily of Hong Kong, where he has been living for more than 15 years. His latest pictures have also been created in a big city: Tokyo. But this time Tokyo’s architecture is not the topic. Michael Wolf’s “Tokyo Compression” focuses on the craziness of Tokyo’s underground system. For his shots he has chosen a location which relentlessly provides his camera with new pictures minute per minute. Every day thousands and thousands of people enter this subsurface hell for two or more hours, constrained between glass, steel and other people who roll to their place of work and back home beneath the city. In Michael Wolf’s pictures we look into countless human faces, all trying to sustain this evident madness in their own way."


Book of the Day Posted Sep 06, 2017

Book of the day > Studio 54

Book of the day > Studio 54. Edited by Ian Schrager, Foreword by Bob Colacello. Published by Rizzoli. "There has never been—and will never be—another nightclub to rival the sheer glamour, energy, and wild creativity that was Studio 54. Now, in the first official book on the legendary club, co-owner Ian Schrager presents a spectacular volume brimming with star-studded photographs and personal stories from the greatest party of all time. From the moment it opened in 1977, Studio 54 celebrated spectacle and promised a never-ending parade of anything goes. Although it existed for only three years, it served as a catalyst that brought together some of the most famous and creative people in the world. It quickly became known for its celebrity guest list and uniquely chic clientele. From the cutting-edge lighting displays to its elaborate sets, it was the beginning of nightclub as performance art. Now, Studio 54 explores this cultural zeitgeist and gives us Schrager’s personal firsthand account of what it was like to create and run the most famous nightclub of our age. With hundreds of photographs, many of which have never been seen before, of the celebrities and beautiful people and engaging stories and quotes from such cultural luminaries as Liza Minelli, David Geffen, Brooke Shields, Pat Cleveland, and Diane von Furstenberg, this exciting volume depicts the wild energy and glittering creativity of the era. One of the most important cultural landmarks of the twentieth century, Studio 54 continues to inspire with its legendary glamour. This exhilarating volume is a must-have for style and fashion aficionados today."

Book of the Day Posted Sep 05, 2017

Book of the day > Albert Elm: What Sort of Life Is This.

Book of the day > Albert Elm: What Sort of Life Is This. Published by the Ice Plant. “What does the world look like? What feelings does it stimulate? Why do we photograph it so urgently? Since 2009, Danish photographer Albert Elm (born 1990) has pursued his curiosity about human activity with a restless energy and intrepid wanderlust, crossing far-flung time zones, boarding the Trans-Siberian Railway, traveling alone in Dubai, China, India, or just walking through his neighborhood in Copenhagen. What Sort of Life Is This remixes Elm’s distant and local journeys into a bewildering panoply of narrative fragments and surreal compositions that feels both global and personal, fractured yet strangely complete. Referencing numerous styles and genres (all shot on 35mm film), the work explodes with the spontaneous color and complexity of life — tender, violent, lonely, joyful, bizarre. Equalizing the exotic and the banal, the book treats every picture as if it were made in the same mystifying place: the world itself.” @albert_elm

Miscellany Posted Aug 25, 2017

In Memoriam: Clive Piercy

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our longtime friend and supporter Clive Piercy - loving husband, loyal friend, cycling enthusiast, avid baker, author, and graphic designer extraordinaire.

Clive was a towering Brit whose breadth of knowledge, quick wit, and oft-times acerbic delivery left me alternately in awe, stitches, or fuming on many an occasion. We have fond memories - and a few grainy pictures attached - from when we were fortunate enough to host the publication party for his "Pretty Vacant" on the 'nade way back in 2003 for which he produced a front window display as well as an elegant limited edition just for the occasion. Beyond its title's puckish Sex Pistols double entendre, "Pretty Vacant" is a glorious little book that is both clever in a manner unique to Clive's nature, and likely to be the enduring photographic typology of the until-then underappreciated Dingbat Apartment architecture of his adopted home. His decades of similarly stylish practice at Ph.D, AirConditioned, and Art Center College of Design have fixed his imprint firmly on the local design consciousness.

We extend our condolences to Clive’s lovely wife Annie Field, good friends Robin Hurley and Jon + Carol Kono-Noble, colleagues, students, and everyone else held in his sway over the years. Go you Spurs! - we'll miss you, mate.

Lee + Whitney


Book of the Day Posted Aug 16, 2017

Book of the day > Anne Collier: Women with Cameras (Anonymous)

Book of the day > Anne Collier: Women with Cameras (Anonymous). Published by Karma, New York / Studio Voltaire. " Dating from the 1970s to the early 2000s, these artifacts of the pre-digital age were collected by Collier over a number of years from flea markets, thrift stores and online market places. Each of these photographs has, at some point in the recent past, been discarded by its original owner. The concept of "abandonment," of photographic images and the personal histories that they represent, is central to Women with Cameras (Anonymous), which amplifies photography’s relationship with memory, melancholia and loss. The sequence of the images in Collier's book follows the format of her 35mm slide projection work Women with Cameras (Anonymous) (2016), that was recently shown to great acclaim in Tokyo, Japan, and Basel, Switzerland."

Miscellany Posted Aug 13, 2017

Happy Trails, Erin!

It’s a bittersweet moment as Erin Schneider leaves Arcana for the green pastures of Goldsmiths in London for graduate school. Erin defines “one of a kind” and we will miss her enormously. Her vast knowledge of a wide array of subjects (and her opinions thereon) and her inimitable way of sharing it has been a gift to us. Who will be playing obscure fiddle music in the store? Who will tell stories of dancing at the VDL house, playing accordion at the local Swedish dance, storing cosmic energy at the Aetherius Society, and sacred heart singing workshops? Who will zero in on EXACTLY the right book on – just about anything for just about anyone? Who will bring us donuts procured at 3 am and the tales of the concert/art show/ jam session/ or tryst that preceded them? With her leaves a store of cultural, musical, artistic, academic, and spiritual information, an untamable effervescence, and a crackling intelligence that we will dearly miss. She leaves us having graced us with her vibrant presence for 3  ½ years and she will forever be a part of the Arcana. We love you, Erin! 




Book of the Day Posted Aug 11, 2017

Book of the day > Makoto Kagoshima Ceramics. Published by Chariots On Fire

Book of the day > Makoto Kagoshima Ceramics. Published by Chariots On Fire. Thanks to @chariotsonfire  for sharing this beautiful book with us - these phone pictures don't do it justice. "Makoto Kagoshima, based in the southern island of Japan, illustrates whimsical and heart-warming motifs on clay making each ceramic a unique, one-of-a-kind work of art. As an avid gardener, motifs such as pansies and roses appear throughout his designs with occasional appearances of butterflies and other fantastical creatures. 'Makoto Kagoshima Ceramics' is a catalog of 130 vibrant ceramics by Makoto Kagoshima commissioned by Chariots on Fire. This book contains the largest documentation of Makoto Kagoshima's one-of-a-kind ceramics work to date."