Use Glue


Use Glue
12-26 August 2017

The collagist’s toolbox is populated with the refuse of capitalism: books and magazines bought for cheap at yard sales, used book stores, flea markets, and other economic sectors that don’t occupy the sexy stratosphere of United States consumerism. In this way a collagist is just like an Angeleno understanding how to make use of all that the city has to offer. It’s not about going to the most expensive obvious places and following the story that’s been told. Los Angeles is epitomized by the people who seek out what is hidden, and weave together disparate elements of a diverse city in order to actualize their Los Angeles. The truth of Los Angeles is not to be found in the institutionalized stories of Los Angeles. The truth of Los Angeles is found in Angelenos acceptance, rejection, modification of, and adaptation to, those institutionalized notions of what Los Angeles is.

For 3 weeks in August, Twin Beast is proud to present a series of collage events intended to entice, incite, and unify creative Angelenos seeking something meaningful to participate in. We are working with Chinatown gallery Nous Tous–with additional support from Los Angeles Collage Collective–to curate an art show and 3 weeks of programming: a reception, a workshop, and an open critique.

The reception on 12 August was a celebration of the unveiling of new works by a broad range of local artists, along with a small selection of works from artists abroad. The workshop on 19 August is free to attend, and we’ll provide materials, refreshments, and giveaways. The critique on 26 August is open to the public, and artists will hear feedback from creative professionals in music, fashion, television production, and more.

These events are all free and open to the public. We encourage people of all sorts to come out and have a good time with other people in OUR community. In these times we recognize that it is easy to fall into believing that our nation is defined by our government, or similarly biased and hateful institutions. So we are seeking to be proactive and provide a robust demonstration of what Los Angeles means to artists. Two of the 3 events feature people whose work is not in the show, and our aim is to create a worthwhile experience for local creatives to participate in. It’s not just something to go to, and be associated with. We are looking to the future, we want to give people experiences that they’re not getting anywhere else, and we are focused on creating something that never prioritizes an individual over the group.

(adapted from the organizers’s press materials)


Nous Tous Gallery
4543B Jung Jing Road
Los Angeles, California 90012 USA

Thursday-Saturday, 1-6PM and by appointment