Saturday, March 25 at 8 PM

The New Works Salons series is a casual forum for the presentation and discussion of new works in film, video, sound, and performance, with local and visiting artists often in-person to introduce their work. This program will include works by Christina Battle, Gelare Koshkgozaran, Azadeh Navai, Julie Sadowski, Penelope Uribe-Abee, and Walter Vargas.

Christina Battle’s Notes to Self is an ongoing series of videos documenting a simple, repetitive act as a way to mimic our fleeting engagement with social media status updates. Fragments of text, in the form of notes to myself, are set on fire with varying degrees of success. Unlike social media updates, the fate of these updates are controlled and finite, existing only for a few seconds before being completely destroyed. The notes, which range from humourous reminders and revelations to recollections about larger societal events, are simple in both form and execution, allowing for a critical and considered viewing response.

Gelare Khoshgozaran will show her work An Analog Poem for Super 8 and voice, which was commissioned by Echo Park Film Center.

Azadeh Navai will show her 16mm film Remembering the Pentagons, a slow, rhythmic, and contemplative journey into her earliest childhood memories. With an old 16mm Bolex and a hand-made pinhole camera, Navai returns to Tehran and Esfahan, Iran, where the perceptions and recollections of places, emotions, and scents serve as vehicles through which she exposes a deeply personal landscape. She asks — what is the texture of memory? In what ways does time — the light, wind, and air of history — wear upon the monuments and the images of the past? Born in Tehran during the Iran-Iraq war, Navai seeks to access a time of personal turmoil both for her family and for her birth country in this poetic capturing of place, history and memory.

Penelope Uribe-Abee will show her new work Practice: a video, video sketch, and/or exercise mainly crafted out of personal heartbreak and coping. This video was made as an effort to make more personal, insular work while still preserving the idea of emotional accessibility in an audience. This is one part in a series of depicted analogies that explore how basic actions and gestures like playing the drums can serve as representations for actions with larger emotional implications: like falling in love.

Walter Vargas will show Kru steez all  no , a Super 8 double projection with coordinated memes high on the current meme economy @ time of showing #bulb #democracy #doesitreallywork #inheat.

Julie Sadowski is a Polish-American artist living in Los Angeles. She is simultaneously excited and severely overwhelmed with the excess of images in the world, including those she created herself. She attempts to create order out of the chaos of the visible world by employing her own subjective systems of logic.

Doors 7:30 pm. Admission: $5 suggested donation.

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