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The Record as a Form of Art: Vinyl Mandala at Actual Size Gallery

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By Arely Villegas/Special to LAist

It’s not unfamiliar to clash analogous mediums in idyllic communion. The art world and music world are synonymous for clashing both mediums. Composer John Cage dwelled into the art world, artist Steve Roden utilizes specific musical muses for constructing his work, and artists Mike Kelley, Dan Graham have long histories with the music scene -- Sonic Youth to be exact.

The current show at Actual Size Gallery explores the realm of the collectivism behind the process of the album. Artists have long been synonymous for clashing the visual world utilizing music as medium. Raymond Pettibon made a career in art when he clashed music and art in the early 1980’s Los Angeles punk scene. The artists in Vinyl Mandala practice art and music as an art form.

Vinyl Mandala consists of Los Angeles based artists practicing music, theory, and the visual arts. Art collective OJO participated in MOCA’s Engagement Party series where they utilized the musical component of their practice. Artist Eamon Ore-Giron plays with music as a medium under the name of DJ Lengua, contributing original album artwork. Lucky Dragons are famous within the Los Angeles experimental music/art scene for the use of audience interaction in their practice.

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The artists of Vinyl Mandala are an important component to the Los Angeles art community for their involvement in the contextualization of artistic practice. However, there’s more to the process of how an artist explores different mediums as a form of expression, but rather the following of an object as iconic as the record. For that reason, during the course of the exhibition the public is invited to come by the gallery to listen to the records being exhibited.

Contact the gallery for an appointment.