Monday, July 26, 2010

The muses are coming...

3 Views of the Pan Pacific by Erin Shafkind

I'm not sure if you're aware, but there's an historic anniversary coming up next month. August 2010 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Xanadu. Erin Shafkind wasn't about to let that go unnoticed and she has curated next month's SOIL show, Xanadu: A Stately Pleasure Dome.

gretchen (as muse) by Joey Veltkamp

"The cult film Xanadu can be seen on many levels. One is to view it as a trans-generational epic whose deep irony of place is about to hit its 30th anniversary (the film was released on August 8th, 1980). Touching upon notions of inspiration, loneliness, grief, magic, love and the idea that an outside force can greatly influence one’s well being, Xanadu is Hollywood Utopia. A roller skating muse emerges from a mural on a wall in Venice California to inspire a young frustrated artist to live his dream and create a club where anything can happen. The club is XANADU (and the old Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles is the fictionalized setting for the club. The real building burned down in 1989.) Consisting of 2-D works, video, and sculpture from artists locally and around the country, this group show explores themes related to Utopia, transcendence, illusion, irony, reality, identity, the sparkly neon of the 1980’s and perhaps false promises of what Xanadu meant to Samuel Taylor Coleridge in his self-proclaimed opium induced writing of this romantic piece.

At Club Xanadu they have their magical place and each other. The closing film credit reads - The End, Made in Hollywood, USA." - Erin Shafkind

Glory, Utopia (the head of Samuel Taylor
Coleridge on the body of Terpischore)
by Amanda Manitach

The show will be mostly local artists with a non-regional names thrown in: Amanda Manitach, Amanda Valdez, Andy Arkley, Cable Griffith, Edie Bresler, Erin Shafkind, Gala Bent, Jess Hilliard, Joey Veltkamp, Julie Alpert, Klara Glosova, Michelle de la Vega, Reed Easley, Robert Hardgrave, Troy Gua, and Warren Dykeman.

Roller skates (worn by Olivia Newton-John) by Klara Glosova

And of course, it wouldn't be Xanadu with lots of neon, muses and roller skates - the opening (Thursday, Aug 5) promises all three!

1 comment:

erin said...

Thanks Joey!!! so much inspiration! so little time it seems, but there's always that idea of EverythingAllatOnceForever...from Gala Bent's title, and her inspiration. So glad to be here now, and a part of all this, and see it come together...

xxx (Xanadu 30)