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July 26 2014

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Not Your Average Art Opening

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We’re all for filling up your home with art, but Justin Kern may be taking the idea a bit too far. The L.A.-based model/culture impresario has actually moved out of his house in the Hollywood Hills in order to make room for his latest Not to be Reproduced event, a mixed-media art show curated by Shamin Momin that opens today and will be on view for the next two weeks. Called Canned Laughter/Upside Down Libation, the show features work by L.A. artists Yoshua Okon and Barry Johnston and is the first West Coast outing for Momin, who day-jobs as a curator at the Whitney Museum in New York. “Basically, Yoshua has set up this sort of assembly-line sculpture thing in one room,” explained Kern as he waited for Mario Testino to drop by for a private preview, “and Barry’s installation and video is in my bedroom. So, yeah, I’m at my girlfriend’s for now.” Though the “on-the-run exhibition” marks Not to be Reproduced’s most ambitious event yet, the opening tonight will keep to the low-key, house-party vibe he’s made a signature of Not to be Reproduced. “I’ve turned my place into a concert venue, a writers’ salon, a pop-up shop,” he says, “but the goal with whatever I’m doing is to mix cultural events with a nightlife feel. It’s not about having a glass of white wine while you look at art from six to eight.” Next up for Kern and Not to be Reproduced: A series of screenings, launching in May, paying homage to the influence of French cinema on all the arts. Michel Gondry kicks that off, so, you know, Kern might want to think about getting a bigger house.

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