July in Downtown L.A.: 31 art shows for 31 days at PØST

The Long Beach performance duo known as JEFF&GORDON created a video of themselves polishing the floor at the alternative art space POST for their contribution to the exhibition series "Kamikaze."

Conventional wisdom has it that during the summer, things in the art world come to a grinding halt. Well, not at PØST, the alternative art space founded and run by Iranian-born artist HK Zamani. Starting July 1 (tomorrow!), the downtown L.A. space hosts one of its annual “Kamikaze” shows, consisting of 31 different exhibitions over the course of July’s 31 days.

Things get started Tuesday, with a video installation by the Long Beach-based duo JEFF&GORDON, and end July 31 with a show of abstract works by L.A.-based painters Rema Ghuloum and Kevin Scianni. In between are one-day exhibits of video, performance, readings, textile pieces, mixed-media assemblages, more paintings and even a combination BBQ/group show for Fourth of July.

It’s all a little bit seat-of-the-pants, with a revolving door of emerging and established SoCal artists headed in and out of the space. Says Zamani via email: “I don’t know what is going to happen until it happens in most cases.”

What’s certain is that for tomorrow’s kickoff show, JEFF&GORDON have created a video of themselves polishing the cement floors at PØST and crooning a well-known pop ditty. Gordon Winiemko, one-half of the pair, says their piece examines issues of labor, gender and process, with plenty of “gentle pans back and forth.”


On a more basic level, I’m sure the gallery is delighted to have a glittering floor.

“Kamikaze” runs from July 1 to July 31, 1904 E. 7th Pl., downtown Los Angeles,