On August 19th, 2017, there was a book launch for COLA 20, featuring DJ Daedalus at Grand Performances in downtown Los Angeles. COLA 20, a hardbound edition, that tells the story of the Los Angeles art scene and the impact of the Department of Cultural Affairs through its 20 year history of the COLA Individual Artist Fellowship Initiative. I was awarded a COLA Fellowship in 2016, which enabled me to create the installation (In)/Animate Objects at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. (In)/Animate Objects explored the excesses of a doll hoarding grandmother and featured 1,261 handmade, distressed rag dolls.
Included in the book was an image from (In)/Animate Objects, photographed by Alex Griffin, and a salon conversation I partipated in hosted by Cheri Gaulke and Terry Wolverton. The salon conversation focused on strategies employed by artists who embed feminist and/or LGBT ideas in their works and how we have shaped the national dialogue.
In the conversation I am quoted as saying:
“..in the current political climate, there’s been a lot of fabulous street art that’s very carnivalesque. And I was so proud of our Women’s March. It attracted 750,000, which is the most of all the women’s marches. Meanwhile in other parts of the country, people think we’re all getting our asses bleached… stuck in our cars… or getting lip implants and stuff”
The book is available to view or puchase for $20 at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park.
From the book launch invitation:
City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) Cordially Invites You to a Music and Dessert Reception in Honor of the City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowships and to celebrate the publication of COLA 20 A Hardbound Book Telling the Story of the LA Art Scene and the Impact of DCA Through the 20 Year History of the COLA Individual Artist Fellowship Initiative
Saturday, August 19, 2017, from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm Group Photo at 7:45 pm
Music by DJ Daedelus and Friends at 8:00 pm
Daedelus and musical pals will reinvent classic EDM/IDM joints on real instruments as lullabies, sing-alongs, and merry melodies as we recognize the master artists awarded COLA Fellowships Over the Last 20 Years by DCA.