Depending on your point of view, Making Sh*t Up the new documentary film on young, contemporary artist Bert Rodriguez by filmmakers Wet Heat Project will either delight, educate, entertain and inspire you or else confirm your worst suspicions about the fecklessness of conceptual art. Rodriguez is forming a practice that, while including the production of "objects" like paintings and sculptural installations, in fact serves a larger idea in which his true works and mediums are the actions of a consciously integrated lifestyle. From "service" works like cooking for viewers, to performative pieces executed one-on-one in secret rooms and market-subverting fire sales, Rodriguez is following the legacy of artists like Marina Abramovic and Rirkrit Tiravanija, for whom every breath, idea and baby step is grist for their idea mills. A work in this vein in itself, and a legitimate documentary-style investigation of a broader genre, the film includes interviews with Abramovic, Vito Acconci, critic Jerry Saltz and other luminaries, including the artist's dealers and collectors, who offer insight and advice to both the artist and his potential audiences. Fittingly, the film's L.A. premiere happens at the newly refurbished and muralized West Hollywood Library, presented by the Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 and its director, Peter Mays, who knows a thing or two about what contemporary artists are capable of. West Hollywood Public Library, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Wed., Nov. 16, 7 p.m.; free. (310) 652-5340, makingshitup-themovie.com.
Wed., Nov. 16, 7 p.m., 2011
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