past exhibition
Ben White / Greg Curtis
Refuse Prize

Opening reception Saturday December 14, 2013
8pm - Midnight
Music & specialty cocktail.

past exhibition
Plum Pudding Peanut Island & The Poet, Blinded by the Sun


Plum Pudding Peanut Island (Gilligan’s Squaw Fire Island II)

Closing Reception w/Performance: Friday, November 22, 2013. 6-9 PM
Performance begins at 7:30

Elephant is pleased to present new work by Vincent Ramos. For this exhibition, the artist has created a new installation and performance piece that is inspired by the collective sense of loss and confusion surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, fifty years ago this month.

Using popular media as his primary resource, Ramos researched and collected over a dozen prime time network television shows that were preempted as a result of the tragedy. From this material, he has created a performative piece that will be intertwined within a site-specific installation inspired by various facets of Kennedy’s biography. It is a body of work steeped in a disjointed pictorial and verbal language: a labyrinth of non-linear actions, narratives, and emotions.

A second, alternative version of Plum Pudding Peanut Island (Gilligan’s Squaw Fire Island II) will be taking place simultaneously in Dallas, Texas at the Brazos Gallery at Richland College, from November 22nd until December 20th, 2013.

Vincent Ramos (b. 1973, Santa Monica, California) received a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2002 and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007. Solo and two-person exhibitions include, Pachuco Cadaver or There Are No Heavies in America, Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles, Outsider Art: Others from Elsewhere Doing Something Altogether Different…Sort Of, 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica, and Motown Took Us There and Motown Brought Us Back, Crisp London/Los Angeles. Group exhibitions include, Made in L.A. 2012, Hammer Museum and LAXART, and, In the Good Name of the Company, ForYourArt, Los Angeles and See Me Gallery, NY. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

Curatorial projects include, Le Vent d’ Est, Actual Size and Elephant, Los Angeles, After The Gold Rush: Reflections and Postscripts on the National Chicano Moratorium of August 29, 1970, Vincent Price Art Museum, ELAC, Los Angeles, River, Elephant, Los Angeles, Chasing Shadows, The Onion (The Church of the Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society), North Hills, and The Sharon Show & 1969, Dan Graham, Los Angeles.

Related Programming

The Poet, Blinded by the Sun

Date and Time: Saturday, November 23, 2013. 6-9 PM

A one-night exhibition within the current gallery installation and around the premises of the Elephant compound that investigates broader notions of memorials and mourning, as they relate to the erasure and subsequent retrieval of memory, both collective and personal.

Participating Artists:

Merwin Belin
Alice Clements
Stephen Lapthisophon
Lauralee Pope
Konrad Smolenski and Vincent Ramos
Sue Tompkins

Artist Bios:

Merwin Belin (b. 1949, Norwalk, California) received a BA from California State University, Long Beach in 1973 and an MFA from California State University, Long Beach in 1975. Solo exhibitions include, Frontpages, 1984-Present, Assembly, Los Angeles, Merwin Belin, Emeritus College Gallery, Santa Monica, and School of Belin: A Mid-Career Survey, 1973-2010, Warschaw Gallery, San Pedro. Group exhibitions include, Shangrila 2013: Burrito Deluxe, Joshua Tree, Group Show, Las Cienegas Projects, Genre Studies, Cardwell Jimmerson Contemporary Art, Culver City, and Radical Past: Pasadena Art in the 1970’s, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena. He Lives and works in Los Angeles.

Alice Clements (b. 1973, Berkeley, California) received a BA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2005 and an MFA from Art Center College of Design in 2008. Solo exhibitions include, In the Basement, Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles, and Stillness, POST, Los Angeles. Group exhibitions include, Dig the Dig, LA MART, Los Angeles, Chockablock, University Art Museum, Cal State University, Long Beach, Candor: In Honor of Mike Kelley, Long Beach City College, and Unit/Constellation, Dan Graham, Los Angeles. She Lives and works in Los Angeles.

Stephen Lapthisophon (b. 1956, Elkins, West Virginia) received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1979. Recent solo exhibitions include Isolation, A Slender Gamut, New York, NY, The Construction of a National Identity, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL, and Las Palabras en la Sombra de Esta Fecha, El Escaparate, Barcelona, Spain. Recent group exhibitions include, Variations on Theme: Contemporary Art 1950’s-Present, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, The Café, SHOW Studio, London, UK, and Archival Impulse, Gallery 400, University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL. He currently has a solo exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art, as part of their Concentrations series, entitled, Coffee, Seasonal Fruit, Root Vegetables and “Selected Poems”. He Lives and works in Dallas, Texas.

Lauralee Pope (b. 1980, Tulsa, Oklahoma) received a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2002 and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2013. Group exhibitions include, Keep in Touch, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, Ex. 11, Brazos Gallery, Dallas, Texas, Show and Tell, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, and The Sharon Show, Dan Graham, Los Angeles. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

Konrad Smolenski (b. 1977, Kalisz, Poland) Exhibitions and performances include Was ist ist ..!!, Manifesta 9, Genk, Belgium, Intense Proximity, La Triennale Paris, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, The End of Radio, Manhattan Gallery, Lodz, Poland, and IT’S ON, Leto Gallery, Warsaw, Poland. Most recently, he represented his native Poland in the 55th Venice Biennale with the exhibition entitled, Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More and has just completed a series of performances entitled, Tribute to Errors and Leftovers with the artist Radek Szlaga for PERFORMA 2014, New York, NY. He is based in Warsaw, Poland and Bern, Switzerland.

Sue Tompkins (b. 1971, Glasgow, Scotland) graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1994. Solo exhibitions and performances include, Expressions, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Skype Won’t Do, Diana Stigter, Amsterdam, It’s Chiming in Normaltown, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, SEA DEEP, Galerie Micky Schubert, Berlin and Elephants Galore, Scottish Pavilion, Venice Biennale. Group exhibitions include, Repertory, Palazzo Cavour, Turin, SOUNDWORKS, ICA, London, Sáo Paulo Biennale, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Learn to Read, Tate Modern, London, and Art Now Live Work, Tate Britain, London. She lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland.
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The Cutest Art Exhibition in L.A 2013 / A Little Dessert Survive
Miggie Wong

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Photos by Bianca D'Amico.

past exhibition
Caroline Kent and Zach Kleyn


Opening Friday, October 4, 7-10pm
How I Tell It To Myself
Caroline Kent
Elephant is pleased to present the exhibition How I Tell It To Myself, an exhibition by Minneapolis based artist Caroline Kent. The exhibition brings together text and abstraction in painting to explore the construction of personal history. Utilizing film dialogues, scripted manuscripts, and abstract painting, Kent interrogates the performative aspects of language and how they become constituted and comprehended against highly subjective social and cultural landscapes. Caroline Kent lives and works in the Twin Cities, MN. She is a practicing artist with an interest in the orientation and navigation of reality as it relates to the social and the individual. Working in the mediums of drawing, painting, sculpture and video her practice is informed by film, travel, and abstract painting. She received her MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2008. She is a recipient of a Jerome Fellowship ('09) and a recent 2012-2013 Creative City Making grant recipient. She has show at the Soap Factory (Minneapolis), Juxtaposition Arts (Minneapolis), The California African American Museum (Los Angeles), Burnet Gallery (Minneapolis), and The Suburban (Chicago). She is co-founder of the Bindery Projects, an artist run space founded in 2012 in St. Paul, MN.


I've Got a Mind of My Own
Zach Kleyn
Performance starts at 8pm
Part ventriloquist vaudeville, part Christian story-hour, part musical, and part purification ritual, I’ve Got a Mind of My Own is a performance that unravels the imprint of religious ideology upon individual subjectivity. Sprouting from a previous project involving the creation of a fictitious twin brother, the performance uses a doppelgänger ventriloquist puppet as a surrogate for the artist as he unearths the latent residue of growing up in a fundamentalist Christian family. Entertaining and disturbing in equal measure, A Mind of My Own is an expressive musical journey that is generated live by the artist looping and layering his voice in ways that are inspired by the language and worship of his religious upbringing. Moving beyond narcissism or shock, the performance opens up a vulnerable space in which the audience is allowed to witness a human creature struggling with understanding who he is in relationship to the larger forces that shaped him. Zach Kleyn is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work is an examination into the ways in which ideologies weave themselves into the tapestry of a human personality. His projects have been shown at the Torrance Art Museum, the New York Center for Art and Media Studies in New York, Cirrus Gallery in Los Angeles, Monte Vista Projects in Los Angeles, and Espace Curtat Tunnel in Lausanne, Switzerland. His writing has been published inThe Art Book Review and Notes on Looking, and his artwork has appeared in several literary journals, including LIT, VLAK, and SPECS. He received his MFA from CalArts in 2010.

past exhibition
The Cutest Art Exhibition in L.A 2013 / A Little Dessert Survive
Miggie Wong

Elephant is pleased to present The Cutest Art Exhibition in L.A 2013 / A Little Dessert Survive
One-Page-Only-Magazine Celebration  by Miggie Wong on Saturday, September 7, 7-10pm.
This exhibition celebrates ALDS reaching its 25th episode and Miggie Wong finally becoming a
US Citizen. Entering this exhibition you will see 25 archives of A Little Dessert Survive  one-pageonly
magazines, dessert sculptures and installations, and a series of videos premiering in The
Cake Theater (to reserve seats please see schedule below). Performances will take place on
opening and closing nights, and of course sweets will be served at the courtyard after-party.
A Little Dessert Survive  one-page-only magazine (ALDS) is an episodic monthly magazine
originally published at California Institute of the Arts in 2007. ALDS functions as a game of hide
and seek. Episodes quietly appear throughout the campus for readers who want to own it. ALDS
has since departed from CalArts, extended to the general public by using a traditional mailing
system over the years.
The mission of ALDS is to build connections between humans and human nature. It includes
advertisements, stories, drawings, interviews and performances reviews, each submitted by a
dessert. The writings in ALDS have strong grammatical problems, misspelled words, and an
accent that represents cultural and language mutation. By admitting the mistakes, ALDS has
become a subject and object that allows non-sense, awkwardness, and cynical thoughts to alter
into positive appreciation. It is always a goal of ALDS to become an encouragement and a
charger to stay engaged in a positive viewpoint of our lives and/or to re-appreciate/allow the little
things to make us smile; Let A Little Dessert Survive!
Miggie Wong creates situation-based performative projects. As a native of Hong Kong, her
intercultural experiences across several countries have diversified her artistic awareness coupled
with her own unique brand of art. As such, she offers whimsical experiments that explore and
document ideas of social interaction, cultural mutation, private ritual, and acts of sincerity. Wong
is a current resident in Los Angeles and achieved BFA from California Institute of the Arts.

Celebration Schedule:
Saturday, September 7 (Opening)
Gallery Hours: 7:00-10:00pm
Cake Theater: 7:30-8:30pm (shows every 30 minutes)
Cake Sharing Performance: 9:00pm
(Spoons of cake will be served straight from the Miggie Wong's head.)
Saturday, September 14
 Gallery Hours: 7:00-10:00pm
Cake Theater: 7:30-9:30pm (shows every 30 minutes)
Saturday, September 21 (Closing)
 Gallery Hours: 7:00-10:00pm
Cake Theater: 7:30-8:30 (shows every 30 minutes)
Stareyes Voting I.D Performance: 9:00pm
(Celebrate Miggie Wong became US citizen after 10 years of unsettling residence. Stareyes
Representative provides American Test review. Each participant will be rewarded a Voting I.D.)
To reserve seat at Cake Theater or schedule weekday private visit or request for overseas
magazine, please email


Elephant is pleased to participate in Shangrila 2013:  Burrito Deluxe.  This year, the extravaganza in the desert is curated by Jesse Benson and Steven Bankhead
and includes a rich array of artists, musicians and performers.  Elephant has constructed a stage for the occasion
and performers specifically selected by Elephant will perform from 7-10:30pm on Friday, August 30th.

Elephant stage:
7:00-8:00 Elephant curated performers:

Alex Becerra
Net Shaker
Women vs. Children
John Hogan
Guan Rong
Diana-Sofia Estrada
Sarah Peterson
8:00-8:45 Supper (please RSVP at SUPPER link below)
8:45-10:30 Elephant curated performers
10:45-11:15 Net Shaker
11:30-12:00 Elephant curated performers

SATURDAY August 31:

2:00-2:30 D'Ette Nogle
Freight Container stage:
2:45-3:30 DJ Mark X Farina
3:45-4:15 Justin Cole
4:30-5:00 Amy Radio
5:15-5:45 Alan Nakagawa
Elephant stage:
6:30-7:00 Ted Byrnes and Nick Deyoe
7:15-7:45 The Softest Handshake
8:00-8:30 Bret Nicely
8:45-9:15 Greg Lenczycki
Location TBA:
9:30-9:45 Renee Petropoulos
Elephant stage:
10:15-10:45 Earth Like Planets
11:00-11:30 One Finger Riot
Location TBA:
11:45-12:15 Animal Charm
Elephant stage:
12:30-1:00 DJ Mark X Farina
1:15-2:15 DJ Jan Tumlir
2:30-3:30 DJ Debbie Downer

SUNDAY September 1:

11:00 Breakfast
1:00 Integratron Sound Bath ($20 each)


Friday 8/30/13 - Sunday 9/1/13
Art / Performances
On-site camping
1030 Shangri La Lane, Joshua Tree, California
(This is a FREE event: donations accepted)

FRIDAY Performances 7-11pm SUPPER 8pm Camping


SUNDAY Breakfast 10am (provided)
Integratron Sound Bath 1pm ($20 each)
Libations at Pappy and Harriets in Pioneer Town following

Steven Bankhead and Jesse Benson

Amy Radio
Animal Charm
Merwin Belin
Big Girls
MC Sky Burchard
Michelle Chong
Ted Byrnes and Nick Deyoe
Justin Cole
Greg Lenczycki
Alan Nakagawa
AJ Collins
Molly Corey
Mark Desiderio
DJ Debbie Downer
Earth Like Planets
Thor Evensen
DJ Mark X Farina
Quinn Gomez-Heitzeberg & Astri Swendsrud
Hannah Greely
Daniel Handal
David Hendren
Gladys-Katherina Hernando
Nora Jean Petersen
Fay Ray
Chas Higginbottom
Cannon Hudson
Malisa Humphrey
Ricardo Ibarra
Natalie Jones
Bridget Kane
Farrah Karapetian
Becky Koblick
Jamie Isenstein
Sonia Leimer
Faris McReynolds
Jessica Minckley
Joshua Nathanson
Davida Nemeroff
Net Shaker
Bret Nicely
D’Ette Nogle
Tom Norris
One Finger Riot
Shalini Patel
Josh Peters
Renee Petropoulos
Ben Pruskin
Chadwick Rantanen
Mark Roeder
Svetlana Romanova
Asha Schechter
Elana Scherr
Nicolas Shake
Summercamp’s ProjectProject presents:
Inside Job – with Fatima Hoang
The Softest Handshake
DJ Jan Tumlir
Torbjorn Vejvi
Chris Wilder
Taylor Zepeda
Rodd Zinberg

For more information visit here.