12/12: KRAMPUS AT DOWNTOWN ART WALK
Date: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Krampus appearance 8pm-9pm (approximately)
Location: Krampus departs Art Walk Lounge (634 S. Spring) at approximately 8pm, heads to The Hive Gallery (729 S Spring St) and back.
Krampus info: Email
On Thursday, December 12, LA’s monthly Downtown Art Walk will be overrun by a pack of homegrown Krampuses, the horned and furry yuletide devil who accompanies St. Nicholas on his rounds in alpine countries.
This European-style Krampus walk will be the first of its kind in the Western US and feature original suits created over the previous year by the Krampus Los Angeles Troupe. The public Krampus run or walk — Krampuslauf — is part of a centuries-old tradition, and Krampus LA organizers respect and adhere to that working model. At these events, Krampuses take to the streets or other public areas waving switches, rattling chains and bells and otherwise playfully menacing onlookers with the threat of “punishment” for the “sins” of the previous year. (NOTE: Krampus focuses his attention almost exclusively on thrill-seeking adults rather than children. Children presented by their parents may be greeted, but never frightened.)
This year’s beastly galumphing will be accompanied by a small marching musical ensemble — Free Range Orkestar substituting authentic Austrian folk music for their usual Balkan repertoire.
St. Nicholas will also be along to bestow some friendly blessings and goodies.
COMING IN COSTUME? PLEASE NOTE:
All costumed participants joining us for the first time, must be at (The Art Walk Lounge) 634 S. Spring before 8pm. There, they will check in with a volunteer, providing guidelines for successful participation
- OBEY ALL TRAFFIC LAWS
- REMAIN IN CHARACTER
- BE PLAYFULLY FRIGHTENING
- USE SWITCHES WITH LIGHT TOUCH
- USE SWITCHES ONLY ON BACK AND REAR OF LEGS
- HYDRATE & VENTILATE
- STAY WITH THE GROUP AND MAINTAIN VISUAL CONTACT
- ASK FOR HELP WHEN NECESSARY
- KEEP VALUABLES AND PERSONAL ITEMS SECURE
- POSE FOR PICS
- WEAR SENSIBLE FOOTWEAR WHEN POSSIBLE
- BE RESPECTFUL OF PEOPLE & PROPERTY
- USE THE HELP OF WRANGLERS WHEN POSSIBLE
- TALK (KRAMPUS ONLY GROWLS)
- USE SWITCHES ON THE UPPER BODY
- ENGAGE WITH CHILDREN WITHOUT PARENTAL ENCOURAGEMENT
- ENGAGE WITH LESS-THAN ENTHUSIASTIC SPECTATORS
- BE OVERLY AGGRESSIVE WITH WOMEN
- TAUNT OR BE CONFRONTATIONAL WITH PEOPLE, PETS, DRIVERS
- VEER OFF FROM THE GROUP
- LEAVE TRASH OR DEBRIS ON THE STREETS
- IF SOMEONE IS VERY FEARFUL OF YOU, DON’T MAKE IT WORSE! GIVE THEM SPACE
12/14: KRAMPUS AT COPRO GALLERY
- “NAUGHTY OR NICE” GROUP EXHIBITION WITH KRAMPUS L.A.
Art Opening with Performance
COPRO GALLERY – Bergamot Station Arts Complex
Saturday December 14, 2013
Opening reception: 8:00 – 11:30 p.m
Krampus LA Performance 9:30-10:00 p.m. (time approximate)
Exhibit runs through January 4, 2014
2525 Michigan Ave , Unit T5, Santa Monica , CA 90404
Gallery phone: 310-829-2156
Krampus LA contact email. Copro Gallery email.
RSVP on Facebook and see which of your friends may be going.
Copro Gallery celebrates the holidays with with “Naughty Or Nice,” a group exhibition exploring the darker meanings of St Nick’s nocturnal spying, his secret list, and its voyeuristic delight in hidden pleasures, pains, and — the punishments they bring. Saint Nick’s darker, punitive side, the KRAMPUS, will not only grace gallery walls, but manifest in hot-blooded, bestial form, brandishing switches and and herding gallery patrons outdoors into his infernal habitat. There, amid a smoldering jumble of cages, bones, and screaming children, the Krampus shambles through the inscrutable tasks of eternal perdition, rattling chains, snarling, and otherwise presenting himself at his most hellishly photogenic.
Indoors the perils and delights of the season will be represented in a stellar exhibition of artwork curated by Albert Cuellar and Copro Gallery.
Exhibiting artists include:
Church of Type
James P. Scott
Xiau Fong Wee
Staging the outdoor Krampus tableau in elaborate hand-crafted suits and masks are members of KRAMPUS L.A., the first and only Krampus troupe in the Western United States.
Many of the troupe’s members were involved in the costumed buffoonery and public spectacles perpetrated by the CACOPHONY SOCIETY.
Among the Society’s more transgressive and theatrical productions were the scenes of horror depicted in their occasional Halloween house of horrors, “The Museum of Mental Decay.
Photos and artifacts from the “Museum” are featured below:
- Museum of Mental Decay (Museum display)
Photo: Jon Alloway