In a week, I will be performing a fifteen minute performance work entitled “Chair Piece” as part of Studio: Spring 2014 at REDCAT on Saturday, May 31st and Sunday, June 1st. There are also five other artists on the program, with performances including experimental dance, improvisational guitar playing, and piñata smashing.

In anticipation and celebration, I’ve posted the Song of Yourselves album for free streaming and download. This album has all the spoken word and musical elements from Song of Yourselves, including Clint Eastwood’s address to the 2012 RNC, which “Chair Piece” is based on.

 

I’m very excited to report I will be performing “Chair Piece” as part of Studio: Spring 2014 at REDCAT, from Saturday, May 31 2014 to Sunday June 1, 2014.   REDCAT’s Studio series is an ongoing, interdisciplinary program featuring informal new performance works and works-in-progress. This edition of Studio is programmed by guest curators Anna Oxygen and Malcolm Darrell, and offers adventurous audiences a glimpse at projects by emerging Los Angeles artists.

JOHN HOGAN: CHAIR PIECE
In Chair Piece, artist John Hogan cleverly uses Clint Eastwood’s address to the 2012 Republican National Convention as the raw material for a performance satirizing the white American male’s sense of entitlement, eliciting discourse regarding privilege, power dynamics, and the individual’s role within institutions.”

Chair Piece (3 Minute Edit) from thejohnhogan on Vimeo.

 

Another Righteous Transfer!

Mike Kelley, Switching Marys (2004-05). Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen, courtesy Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. Mike Kelley, Switching Marys (2004-05).
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen, courtesy Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, via moca.org.

Attending the Member’s Day Celebration of MOCA’s Mike Kelley retrospective with a brutal hangover was my way of opting into total immersion in the Irish Catholic shame Kelley is so famed for deconstructing. Or so my own robust Irish Catholic rationalization process would have me believe.

Mike Kelley with a hangover is like Lawrence Weiner stoned. Not only does it still make sense, it kind of makes more sense. Woozy videos of unwell vampires slumping around CalArts whining about how they’ve been on medical leave, or the slumped and dazed proles of Kandor milling around their pathetic cramped quarters within a swirling bell jar biosphere are all the more existentially poignant when one is prone to actual nausea.

As much as the sadistic barbers, spaced-out toddlers, and wine-soaked harem members…

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P1120256I will be performing a work entitled “Imperialistic Picnic” at Cerritos College on Monday, Nov. 18th between 11am and 12:30 pm.

“As part of the second Los Angeles SUR:biennial at Cerritos College, John P. Hogan will perform a number of songs from the vantage point of his band Ponce de Leon’s titular conquistador, a utopian society of dolphins, prisoners at Guantanomo Bay, and Ann Romney. In the spirit of the approaching Thanksgiving holiday, snacks will be provided to passersby.”

I have created an edition of three drawings and a written piece for MATERIAL, the excellent journal of artist’s writings, for their Limited Editions series. I’m very happy to see the project complete. Please check it out.  If you’d like to purchase a drawing, they are only $250, each is unique, and all proceeds go to MATERIAL.

“You Celebrate Yourselves” serves as the introductory poem in “Song of Yourselves”, a longer performance involving poetry, musical performance, and contextually appropriate audience karaoke. In the live performance, this section ends with an appeal for an audience member to sing karaoke.

From the program for “Song of Yourselves” when it was performed at Automata in Los Angeles, May of 2013: “Welcome to Song of Yourselves, a celebration and laying to rest of the Cultural Supremacy of The American White Male. Tonight, we celebrate his heights, we look at some of his least odious recent low points with affection and humor, and we sing the songs that he wrote and/or adopted during the late twentieth century, when both his power and international influence peaked. We hope you enjoy your evening and are able to laugh, cry, and revel in the twilight of a truly spectacular era in our shared history.”

SONG OF YOURSELVES Created and Performed by John P. Hogan As we enter the Twilight of the American White Male, join John P.Hogan for an Irish Wake of sorts. Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, Clint Eastwood's iconic "Chair Piece", and the fragmented micromanagement of the self and others through art, poetry and bureaucracy will all come under consideration. Bring your barbaric yawp, for festivities will include Contextually Appropriate Pop Songs Sung By The Audience, and other spectacular delights yet to be determined SONG OF YOURSELVES May 24, 25 8pm Automata 504 Chung King Court Los Angeles, CA 90012 www.automata-la.org $15 General, $12 Members/Students/Seniors http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/369124