In conjunction with SIGNMAN: John Law, a three-month-long retrospective of the San Francisco based artist John Law, curated by Pro Arts’ Executive Director and Curator, Natalia Ivanova Mount, we’ll be showing the movie Head Trip – A Doggie Diner Dog Head Cross-Country Documentary at the New Parkway Theater on Friday, June 7 at 3 PM. It’ll be one screening only. Showtime 3 PM (80 min). The movie was directed, produced, written, filmed and edited by Flecher Fleurdujon and John Law. This will be the first time the movie has shared publicly in over four years. The exhibition will open on Friday, June 7 at 6 PM.
As part of the screening, John Law will park the three Doggie Diner Heads in the white zone directly in front of the New Parkway Theater. This off-site film screening event is right before the exhibition opening reception. So, after the screening, take a short walk to Pro Arts Gallery & COMMONS to continue the celebration and raise a glass to our friend, John Law.
In 2003, we organized Laughing Squid: NYC, their first big event outside of San Francisco, which took place at the now-defunct CB’s 313 Gallery in the Lower East side of Manhattan. At every Laughing Squid show, we always have the trio of Doggie Diner Dog Heads out front and of course we wanted to have them at our NYC show as well. So I had an idea, what if the Dog Heads traveled across the country just for the show? I called Laughing Squid partner and Doggie steward John Law. He thought it was a great idea and immediately started organizing a massive road trip. He invited a bunch of artists and cacophonists, as well as the Cyclecide Bike Rodeo including Jarico Reese and his bus, which lead the way to NYC, towing the Dog Heads along.
John also invited his old friend filmmaker Flecher Fleudujon and together they documented the cross-country road trip, creating the 85 minute documentary Head Trip.
Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVUl_I3cEQU
SIGNMAN: John Law public programs:
In Conversation Public Program Series
Mark Pauline & John Law | Friday, Jun 21 2019 | 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Preeminent machine artist, longtime art “prankster” Pauline and his troupe Survival Research Labs influenced generations of transgressive artist. His massive scale robotic “ballets of destruction” using repurposed military and industrial hardware and a great range of huge destructible props are unlike anything else seen in an art context, though perhaps not unfamiliar to mechanized warfare aficionados. Pauline and John Law became acquainted in the early 80’s while exploring the abandoned factories of San Francisco, Pauline for mechanical detritus to repurpose as art, Law scouting for locations to mount large-scale site-specific events for the Suicide Club & later Cacophony Society. In the early 90’s Law joined the SRL crew and built some of the largest destructible props for shows in Japan, Texas, LA, and San Francisco, many of these props incorporating neon as a design element.
Don Herron & John Law | Thursday, Jun 27 2019| 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Don Herron: Originator of the Dashiell Hammett Walking Tour now in its 41st year. The tour is the longest live literary walking tour in America. Herron was, along with John Law an early member of the Suicide Club. The pair will be talking about live action role-playing games (L.A.R.P.’s) and other events from the Suicide Club days of the late 1970’s. Herron is the editor and/or author of more than a dozen books, most dealing with hard-boiled detective fiction.
Julia Solis, Ron English and John Law | Tuesday, July 16 2019 | 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Julia Solis: An early originator in the world of urban exploration, Solis influenced later Urbex‘s luminaries, prominently Ninjalicious, Moses Gates, Steve Duncan and others in the “leave no trace” ethic adopted by the now worldwide community. Her two books, “New York Underground” and “Stages of Decay” are standard reading for serious urban explorers. Solis and Law will discuss the shadowy world of UrbEx (urban exploration) and tell tales of their various (mis) adventures exploring worldwide over the last 25 years.
Ron English: Painter and influential street artist and billboard hacker. English and Jack Napier (John Law) of the Billboard Liberation Front became acquainted in the late 80s and worked together several times over the decades on billboard “improvements” in New York City and San Francisco. English was, along with Shepard Fairey and others a character in a Simpsons episode. The pair will discuss the dangers of perpetrating “illegal” art.
William Binzen& John Law | Thursday, July 25 2019 | 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Large-format expansive-tableau photographer. Binzen devised much of the philosophy that later became integral to the Burning Man Festival’s culture. In conjunction with the Cacophony Society and John Law, Binzen created four Desert Site Works events in the early 1990s that were liminal experiences that resonate in the larger culture to this day. Binzen and Law will discuss the philosophical underpinnings of Burning Man and tell tales of the playa from long before the event devolved into an entertainment for body painted naked wealthy attorneys and Hollywood types running amok on bad drugs.
Scott Beale & John Law | Saturday, August 24, 2019 | 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
An early adopter of Internet based communication and social media; Scott was a primary figure in exposing the San Francisco’s artists & pranksters to the web. Long before Facebook, Scott’s “The Squid List” was how those interested in the SF underground found the most intriguing events, openings, shows, as well as other creative folks. Beale is owner of Laughing Squid, one of the oldest independent web hosts and culture blogs. Law is a minority owner and “Director of Special Projects” for The Squid. Beale was the first webmaster for Burning Man and, in his capacity as defacto scene videographer, filmed hundreds of Cacophony and early BM events and various other extreme group activities, taking place beyond the borders of normality. Beale and Law will discuss the interplay between and influence of the San Francisco underground on the nascent computer/internet/social media world of the 90’s in The Bay Area.