heARTbeat – Jim Coke Photography Opening Reception


MADE by Millworks presents
heARTbeat: California Counterculture 1966-69
Photographs by Jim Coke
Saturday, March 10 until Tuesday, April 2

OPENING EVENT March 10, 7-10pm
(scroll to bottom to see full details about the opening, including list of performers)

Artist’s Statement: In 1991, in my hometown of Long Beach, I discovered my unprinted vintage negatives and color transparencies after being piqued by Oliver Stone’s movie, The Doors. To my surprise, the notorious rock band had lain in storage untouched since 1967, when I captured them in their prime at LA’s first rock music festival two weeks before “Light My Fire” went number one nationally.

Traditional photographs of The Doors and digital variations of my images of Jim Morrison comprise the previously seen half of “heARTbeat”. And, in their Long Beach debut, another 25 counterculture subjects have been included during the year of their 50th anniversary, printed digitally on fine art paper. Among the historic figures and events in the cache of 35mm film strips and Kodachrome slides I found were legendary Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, pioneering LA tattoo master Bob Roberts, jazz bassist and UCLA educator Roberto Miranda, world music innovator and classical Indian sitarist Ravi Shankar, each represented in performance.

Whether a person or a place, the subject of a photograph is living in time, and I seek to document their essential moment, bearing witness through the lens as a freelance street photographer, or “camera packing demonstrator,” as UPI tagged me. I documented events such as the Monterey Pop Festival, LA’s Fantasy Faire music festival, the Human Be-In at Griffith Park, and Vietnam War and social movement protests such as Stop the Draft Week in Oakland, the Century City march against LBJ, and the perpetual campus happenings at UC Berkeley and in San Francisco.

When I first saw the images again, seemingly for the first time, they led me to a personal reawakening that paralleled the controversial Stone film’s effect of opening a critical re-examination of the American cultural revolution of the 1960’s. As I immersed myself in writing to reveal my buried memories, I worked to avoid the pitfall of retrograde nostalgic irrelevance lurking in the process of revisiting my youth in the counterculture era. I will have succeeded if the viewers of these American pictures feel a living resonance with the current state of the American scene more strongly than a romantic flashback, however pleasant that may feel.

Primarily because my photos emerged from storage at the dawn of the digital technology revolution, my urge to experiment dominated the process of creating a body of work. I learned of a new medium, the giclee, or ink jet print, which was invented by the master printer who worked on my first digital project, the Jim Morrison “Scream Sequence”. Change came almost overnight – in the time it took to retouch and compose the 11 images of Morrison, the technology had advanced so much that I had to start over to achieve the available quality. Out of the “Scream Sequence” group of figures, I printed individual images at life size at billboard companies. Eventually, I printed the climactic, screaming figure of Morrison 20 feet long on paper and pasted it up as the mural, “Flying Morrison”, still soaring over 4th St. in Long Beach.

Overall, these prints represent the evolution of photography from the darkroom-processed silver prints through several developmental stages of the digital printing process – from the beginning of publicly available services to the ubiquitous high-quality digital media of today. The key to staying current with the changes at every stage of photographic production has been collaboration, and it is with deep gratitude for the generosity of many friends along the way that I dedicate “heARTbeat”.

For many years, the key collaborator in my work has been multi-media artist Victor Raphael, whose work combining photography with gold and metal leaf is known internationally. His brilliant surface enhancements of several of my Jim Morrison images are included in “heARTbeat”.

Honoring another longtime partnership, in a worldwide debut, I have curated a special selection for a first-ever showing of the documentary political event photography of my UC Berkeley, Nikon F shooting partner, the Long Beach-raised – but Manzanar-born – photographer, Takashi “Tash” Suzuki. Muhammed Ali, Marlon Brando, Black Panthers Kathleen Cleaver and Bobby Seale, are included in his portfolio.

Staying awake and aware of the living arts and working with other artists has been a crucial force in my work. At every turn on this long path, I have been extremely fortunate to have had help from poets and musicians performing for opening events, which for over ten years have included a component of charity to support various local service programs. For this show, sales of the 11″x14″ show poster (similar to the event page image), will directly benefit Long Beach/Los Alamitos resident and rock guitar maestro Lanny Cordola’s program in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he teaches guitar to child victims of war. Miraculous Love Kids (MLK) / Girl with a Guitar has a growing base of support that we hope to increase with our donations, with your kind help.

OPENING with poetry, music and full bar
on Saturday, March 10th, 7-10pm

Music by:
Kern Richards
Peter Fahey
Shy But Flyy
Vanessa Acosta
Sarah Kramer
Scott Heustis
Scott Dibble
Jeff Boynton

Poetry by:
Joan Jobe Smith
Fred Voss
Michael C Ford
Virginie Francoeur
Chris Boyle
& Special Guests

Benefiting MLK – Miraculous Love Kids / Girl with a Guitar,
Lanny Cordola’s program for child war victims in Kabul, Afghanistan. Proceeds from sales of show posters ($40) will go
directly to supporting the MLK program.
gofundme/girlwithaguitar

MADE by Millworks is located at 240 Pine Ave in beautiful downtown Long Beach.
FREE 2 hour parking is available in the City Place parking structure on 3rd street just east of Pine Ave.

heARTbeat – Jim Coke Photography Exhibit


MADE by Millworks presents
heARTbeat: California Counterculture 1966-69
Photographs by Jim Coke
Saturday, March 10 until Tuesday, April 2

OPENING EVENT March 10, 7-10pm
(scroll to bottom to see full details about the opening, including list of performers)

Artist’s Statement: In 1991, in my hometown of Long Beach, I discovered my unprinted vintage negatives and color transparencies after being piqued by Oliver Stone’s movie, The Doors. To my surprise, the notorious rock band had lain in storage untouched since 1967, when I captured them in their prime at LA’s first rock music festival two weeks before “Light My Fire” went number one nationally.

Traditional photographs of The Doors and digital variations of my images of Jim Morrison comprise the previously seen half of “heARTbeat”. And, in their Long Beach debut, another 25 counterculture subjects have been included during the year of their 50th anniversary, printed digitally on fine art paper. Among the historic figures and events in the cache of 35mm film strips and Kodachrome slides I found were legendary Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, pioneering LA tattoo master Bob Roberts, jazz bassist and UCLA educator Roberto Miranda, world music innovator and classical Indian sitarist Ravi Shankar, each represented in performance.

Whether a person or a place, the subject of a photograph is living in time, and I seek to document their essential moment, bearing witness through the lens as a freelance street photographer, or “camera packing demonstrator,” as UPI tagged me. I documented events such as the Monterey Pop Festival, LA’s Fantasy Faire music festival, the Human Be-In at Griffith Park, and Vietnam War and social movement protests such as Stop the Draft Week in Oakland, the Century City march against LBJ, and the perpetual campus happenings at UC Berkeley and in San Francisco.

When I first saw the images again, seemingly for the first time, they led me to a personal reawakening that paralleled the controversial Stone film’s effect of opening a critical re-examination of the American cultural revolution of the 1960’s. As I immersed myself in writing to reveal my buried memories, I worked to avoid the pitfall of retrograde nostalgic irrelevance lurking in the process of revisiting my youth in the counterculture era. I will have succeeded if the viewers of these American pictures feel a living resonance with the current state of the American scene more strongly than a romantic flashback, however pleasant that may feel.

Primarily because my photos emerged from storage at the dawn of the digital technology revolution, my urge to experiment dominated the process of creating a body of work. I learned of a new medium, the giclee, or ink jet print, which was invented by the master printer who worked on my first digital project, the Jim Morrison “Scream Sequence”. Change came almost overnight – in the time it took to retouch and compose the 11 images of Morrison, the technology had advanced so much that I had to start over to achieve the available quality. Out of the “Scream Sequence” group of figures, I printed individual images at life size at billboard companies. Eventually, I printed the climactic, screaming figure of Morrison 20 feet long on paper and pasted it up as the mural, “Flying Morrison”, still soaring over 4th St. in Long Beach.

Overall, these prints represent the evolution of photography from the darkroom-processed silver prints through several developmental stages of the digital printing process – from the beginning of publicly available services to the ubiquitous high-quality digital media of today. The key to staying current with the changes at every stage of photographic production has been collaboration, and it is with deep gratitude for the generosity of many friends along the way that I dedicate “heARTbeat”.

For many years, the key collaborator in my work has been multi-media artist Victor Raphael, whose work combining photography with gold and metal leaf is known internationally. His brilliant surface enhancements of several of my Jim Morrison images are included in “heARTbeat”.

Honoring another longtime partnership, in a worldwide debut, I have curated a special selection for a first-ever showing of the documentary political event photography of my UC Berkeley, Nikon F shooting partner, the Long Beach-raised – but Manzanar-born – photographer, Takashi “Tash” Suzuki. Muhammed Ali, Marlon Brando, Black Panthers Kathleen Cleaver and Bobby Seale, are included in his portfolio.

Staying awake and aware of the living arts and working with other artists has been a crucial force in my work. At every turn on this long path, I have been extremely fortunate to have had help from poets and musicians performing for opening events, which for over ten years have included a component of charity to support various local service programs. For this show, sales of the 11″x14″ show poster (similar to the event page image), will directly benefit Long Beach/Los Alamitos resident and rock guitar maestro Lanny Cordola’s program in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he teaches guitar to child victims of war. Miraculous Love Kids (MLK) / Girl with a Guitar has a growing base of support that we hope to increase with our donations, with your kind help.

OPENING with poetry, music and full bar
on Saturday, March 10th, 7-10pm

Music by:
Kern Richards
Peter Fahey
Shy But Flyy
Vanessa Acosta
Sarah Kramer
Scott Heustis
Scott Dibble
Jeff Boynton

Poetry by:
Joan Jobe Smith
Fred Voss
Michael C Ford
Virginie Francoeur
Chris Boyle
& Special Guests

Benefiting MLK – Miraculous Love Kids / Girl with a Guitar,
Lanny Cordola’s program for child war victims in Kabul, Afghanistan. Proceeds from sales of show posters ($40) will go
directly to supporting the MLK program.
gofundme/girlwithaguitar

MADE by Millworks is located at 240 Pine Ave in beautiful downtown Long Beach.
FREE 2 hour parking is available in the City Place parking structure on 3rd street just east of Pine Ave.

Recap of How I MADE It – January 2018

Check out the videos of How I MADE It from January 2018.
All videos by Rychard Cooper.
This How I MADE It was curated by Steven Deeble and explored the creative process.
You can purchase Steven Deeble’s novel Persistence of Vision at MADE by Millworks both in store and online.
Join us on February 9 for the next MADE Story Telling Hour(s)

Introduction:

in honor of Blaze Bernstein

Steven Deeble

Raindog

Nancy Lynee Woo

Lili De La Mora and Rodney Sellars

How I MADE it – Storytelling Event

If you like The Moth, This American Life, Snap Judgement, Serial …or just love authentic storytelling, this is the place for you. Always free to attend, always an open mic story telling slot at the end for you to tell one of your stories and always a full bar … to get you loosened up and hydrated. Table seating and standing room. All ages.

January’s event is guest curated by Steven Deeble.
Musical entertainment before the talks will be provided by Lili De La Mora.

Featured speakers include:

Steven Deeble, on researching and writing his historical detective thriller, ‘Persistence of Vision’, available at MADE.
Nancy Lynée Woo will talk about creating the Long Beach Literary Arts Center.

Lili De La Mora, walking the audience through her songwriting process.

Raindog, who will talk about how he created Lummox Press and has continued to publishing poetry for over 23 years.

Bios
Steven Deeble is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, and multi-media artist. He is a Long Beach native.
He published his first novel, ‘Persistence of Vision’, in 2017.
Author website: stevendeeble.com

Nancy Lynée Woo is a poet, freelance writer, editor, blogger, and community organizer. She was selected as a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow for 2015. Nancy started and currently manages a social justice-focused literary press, Lucid Moose Lit. She is a co-founder of Long Beach Literary Arts Center and a lead
organizer for FORTHE Media. She holds a degree in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz, and lives in Long Beach, California.
Poetry website: www.nancylyneewoo.com

Lili De La Mora is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has performed in various combinations with Long Beach musicians for two decades. Her bands have included Side Car and current project, Miniature Houses. Lili also DJs and recently performed as a member of the Greater California Christmas Choir.
Lili’s music can be heard on YouTube, Spotify, and other websites.

Raindog took his name from an album by Tom Waits. He won the first Charles Bukowski Poetry Contest. He founded Lummox Press 23 years ago. Since then he has published poetry by a wide variety of local poets in his Little Red Book series, as well as full-sized volumes featuring collections by the likes of the late Scott
Wannberg. He has published six editions of the Lummox Poetry Journal, an annual glossy magazine-format collection of poetry and short prose from around the world. Raindog will talk about how he created Lummox Press and has continued to publish poetry for over 23 years.
Lummox Press on the WWW.

All Access 2: Closing Party

Closing Party. December 29

Come join us to see this rock and roll art and photography show out with a bang. Live music from 16 Again will put this party into high gear. Be sure to bring those gift cards and Christmas cash Grandma sent you because we’ll still have gig posters, merch, photo prints and paintings for sale. Not to mention, the artists will be hanging out and if you want to book a photo shoot, or commission a painting now’s the time to hit them up in person!

Free admission and all ages and all are welcome. Plenty of parking and places to eat and grab a drink before or after the party so make it your Friday night plans….or you can sit on the 405 on a Friday night, totally up to you. 😉

See you on the 29th!!!!!