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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Lun*na Menoh 'A Ring Around The Collar" Fashion Show with live Music from Les Sewing Sisters at ArtExChange in Long Beach


Art Exchange with the Long Beach Museum of Art presents
Lun*na Menoh “A Ring Around The Collar: Fashion Show ”
with Les Sewing Sisters music live
Date: Saturday, July 22, 2017
Time: 8:00 P.M.
free
ArtExchange Long Beach
356 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802
http://artexchangelongbeach.org

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Lun*na Menoh: "A Ring Around The Collar Fashion Show 2017, with Les Sewing Sisters July 22, 2017

All photos by Steven Nilsson & Jennifer Cheung



Contact Information : (562) 999-2267
 arthappens@artexchangelb.org

ArtExchange - ArtX with the Long Beach Museum of Art
presents:

Lun*na Menoh “ A Ring  Around The Collar: fashion show 2017”



For IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Lun*na Menoh “A Ring Around The Collar: fashion show 2017,”
with Les Sewing Sisters
Date: Saturday, July 22, 2017
Time: 8:00 P.M.
FREE EVENT

ArtExchange - ArtX with Long Beach Museum of Art presents “Lun*na Menoh, A Ring Around The Collar Fashion Show 2017.”

Taking place at ArtExchange Gallery, 356 East 3rd Street, Long Beach, CA, 90802 and featuring art performance/ music band Les Sewing Sisters.

Unlike a commercial fashion show, Lun*na Menoh ’s fashion show is more of a “de-fashion show.”  There are Runway models changing outfits one after another but Menoh’s clothing, although wearable, is more conceptual in theme and practice. For this event/performance,  Menoh’s theme of the fashion show is “ A Ring Around The Collar”  which is also the title of the exhibition of her artwork that is taking place at ArtExchange/ArtX.   Menoh worked on "A Ring Around The Collar" art/clothing project for 18 years, and this is her first fashion show in Long Beach.  The majority of the wearable clothing is made by dirty stained white collars or the image of the dirty collar.



In addition, Les Sewing Sisters will perform their music before the fashion show.


Les Sewing Sisters are Lun*na Menoh’s music project with Saori Mitome, which uses the sewing machine as a music instrument.  All music heard by Les Sewing Sisters are original sounds that come from the sewing machine and then altered through electronics, which in turn changes noise into music.  Les Sewing Sisters is a mixture of spoken word, singing, jazz-influenced pop, with a side of hip-hop, yet danceable experimental noise music. All the lyrics are about dressmaking, sewing, fashion, and clothing.

Also a short video for the program:

"A Ring Around The Collar" 7 min video
Directed by Jeff Mizushima

A video directed by Jeff Mizushima on the history of Lun*na Menoh's collecting and using men's dirty white collars for her artwork.  Ten years of the artwork and fashion shows that Lun*na directed and made with respect to her art. 

 "Lun*na Menoh has brilliantly narrowed the catwalk between art and haut couture, fashioning work that adorn bodies with thrilling ingenuity and restyles our mind.”
- Ralph Rugoff: Director of the Hayward Gallery, London








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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Lun*na Menoh A Ring Around The Collar Exhibition at Art Exchange (with The Long Beach Museum of Art) in Long Beach


ARTX in partnership with the Long Beach Museum of Art is excited to present the work of Lun*na Menoh a Japanese-born performance artist living and working in Los Angeles. Her multi-layered works engage a variety of media, music, sculpture, painting, and fashion exposing the invisible threads and interconnections between Visual Arts performance and Haute Couture. #lunnamenoh#artinlongbeach #artx
#lessewingsisters @lunnamenoh

Exhibition opens to the public: June 10, 2017  TO July 23, 2017

Join us for the opening reception: 6/17 5-9pm

Gallery Hours:
Thursday, 2pm-6pm
Friday, 4pm-8pm
Saturday, 1pm-7pm (Second Saturday 3 pm to 9 pm - call above to make sure the schedule is correct
Sunday, Noon-4pm

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

SPARC Presents LUN*NA MENOH with Les Sewing Sisters & DJ Black Rabbit



LUN*NA MENOH PERFORMS MAURICE RAVEL'S BOLERO


An evening of experimental and classical music.
Tickets: $55 online 
An extremely limited number of tickets may be available at the door. $65 at door
Advanced Reservations: Strongly Recommended
Doors Open at 6:30pm, hors d'oeuvres and drinks, music by DJ Black Rabbit.
SPARC Raffle Tickets 6:30 - 8:30 Drawing 9:00 pm. Must be present to win!
Performances begin at 8:00 pm. Dessert following performances.
SPARC welcomes back experimental artist, designer and musician Lun*na Menoh for her new performance of Maurice Ravel's Bolero, re-imagined using sampled sewing machine noise and found sound.


Opening Act: Les Sewing Sisters
Lun*na Menoh and Saori Mitome are Les Sewing Sisters. They create the combination of sewing machine music (noise), dress-making and women working together, using twisted language and action. Vocals, Spoken words and music made by sewing machines.
Short video “Making Bolero” by Jeff Mizushima
MAURICE RAVEL'S BOLERO conducted by Lun*na Menoh

DATE AND TIME


Sat, April 15, 2017
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM PDT
LOCATION
BurkeTriolo Studio LLC
538 Mission Street 
South Pasadena, CA 91030 


ABOUT LUN*NA MENOH
Lun*na Menoh is a Japanese-born singer, designer, sewing artist who lives in Los Angeles. Her work deals with fashion, clothing and exposing the invisible thread between performance and fabric by making sculpturesque dresses, paintings, and a series of fashion shows with her conceptual but wearable outfits.
Starting in 1999, she made a number of paintings of men's white dress shirts that are given a dirty stained ring around the collar. An exhibition of her paintings, “Dirty Laundry” was the inaugural exhibition in the SPARC Gallery in 2015. 
In early 2000, she started making music with the bands Seksu Roba and her own group Jean Paul Yamamoto. Currently her band Les Sewing Sisters creates pop songs about dresses & dress making, approached with experimental touches, such as using the sewing machine as a musical instrument.
DJ Black Rabbit has been DJing professionally for 10 years. Originally hailing from Philadelphia Pa and now residing in Los Angeles, he brings a unique style of blends and mixes that has been shaped by providing music for clubs, lounges, and private events all over the east coast. 
Starting from a purely Hip-Hop background, DJ Black Rabbit has evolved into a well rounded DJ that can rock an all funk lounge set, to a soulful House party, and end the night rocking the largest radio hits at the club.
Saori Mitome
Saori Mitome, Fashion/Costume Designer/ On Set Costumer/Wardrobe Stylist/Artist, born in Japan moved to Los Angeles in 2005 where she started studying English and living outside of Japan for her own personal enrichment. 
Graduated from Los Angeles Trade Technical College (Fashion Design Program) in 2012 where she studied fashion technical skills, such as flat pattern making, draping, and clothing construction. 
Mitome has working experiences at The Fashion Company, Costume Company, in their production department, and also as Fabricator in the Special Effects Costume Studio. 
Recently, she has been working on costume designing for upcoming feature film that will be shooting this summer. 
Hors d’oeuvres generously provided by ARO and Radhika Restaurants. Desserts provided by Fantasy Frostings

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Lun*na Menoh with ADULT. on "Detroit House Guests" (Mute Records)


LUN*NA MENOH has collaborated with Adult. on their new album "Detroit House Guests" Down below is information about ADULT. as well as the new album. k

ADULT. (Detroit’s Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller) have announced details of a new collaborative album, Detroit House Guests – their first for Mute – out on double vinyl and CD on 17 March 2017.
Listen to They’re Just Words, the first track to be taken from the album, featuring Nitzer Ebb’s Douglas J McCarthy here: https://youtu.be/p5HLW4TepBI
And watch the album trailer here: https://youtu.be/uVzL0LJWTN8
Detroit House Guests is a collaborative project, conceived by ADULT. in the early 2000s. The concept became a reality in 2014 after receiving a John S. and James L.Knight Foundation grant.
Based on the visual artist residency model, each musician came to ADULT.’s studio for a three week period with the parameter that they all live, work and collaborate together. The result – a total anthropological sound experiment and a full length album.
The album features collaborations with a whole host of musicians and artists – Douglas J McCarthy from Nitzer Ebb, Michael Gira from Swans, Shannon Funchess from Light Asylum, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe aka Lichens, Austrian thereminist Dorit Chrysler and multidisciplinary artist LUN*NA MENOH.
ADULT. are the Detroit duo Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller. They played their first live show together in Germany in 1997 under the name Artificial Material. In early ’98 they released their first 12″ under the moniker Plasma Co. Later that year, they released their first 12″ under the name ADULT. Currently, they have released six albums and 19 EPs or singles on Ghostly International, Thrill Jockey and Clone Records, as well as on their own label Ersatz Audio, (which currently has over 40 releases since it was founded in ’95). They have remixed over 20 acts as well, including Tuxedomoon, John Foxx, Death in Vegas and Pet Shop Boys (for Moog Music).
Kuperus and Miller also make sculpture, paintings, films, photographs, performances, videos and installations. They strive to intersect the lines between art and audio and have exhibited their work at institutions such as the Austrian Cultural Forum (NY), Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh), Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit), MOMAS (Saitama, Japan), and Centre d’art contemporain de Meymac (FR). They have shown their film The Three Grace(s) triptych at spaces such as Anthology Film Archives (NY), Distrital Film Festival (Mexico City), and Grey Area for Art and Technology (SF).