IN RUBBING MEMORY – Hazel Hill McCarthy III – September 8

Synchronicity Space is pleased to announce In Rubbing Memory, a solo exhibition from Los Angeles based artist, Hazel Hill McCarthy III.  An opening reception will be held Saturday, September 8th, 7 – 10pm.  The exhibition is on view through October 6th.In Rubbing Memory is a series of wax on paper rubbings, videos and found items. It explores ideas of memorial, death, dying and remembrance – our conduct, social interactions and the choices made with regard to the deceased and the still living; the location, ideology and methodology we enact as pointers to our commonality in death’s inexorable control over every living thing. Channelling these themes into a single building, Hill McCarthy III treats the gallery space as an object, much the same as a mausoleum, complete with a relief made by the artist that is placed on the outside of the gallery allowing anyone to create their own rubbing.  The participatory element within the exhibition remains fundamental in showing how others come together in remembrance.  The artist invites attendees to participate in this exhibition by bringing an object to reside within the space which will accumulate and create a collection of memories.

Hazel Hill McCarthy III is a Los Angeles based artist, curator and co-director of the art collective Show Cave. Her work ranges from video explorations of broken men and broken dreams to an ongoing collection of discarded/lost baby shoes. Her intimate knowledge of typography, exemplified with her collaboration and design of Genesis Breyer P. Orridge’s Psychick Bible, is the basis of her current show In Rubbing Memory.

In Rubbing Memory will also host various events throughout the exhibition such as a walk through the LA Pet Cemetery, performances, video screening, and more TBA.


9.13 LifeStories – Memorial Videos from Hollywood Forever 7pm
9.15 LA Pet Cemetery Tour 1pm
9.20 Animal Charm “Pure Vault: Living Room Tapes” 7pm
9.22 Forest Lawn Cemetery, Baby Land & Museum Tour 1pm
10.4 An Evening With Astral Eyes 7pm

Sarah Sitkin is a Los Angeles based artist who’s body of work focuses on the gritty and seductive nature of found and created objects to tell unworldly tales.

Ongoing throughout the show, Sitkin will provide elaborate floral arrangements as part installation and part commemoration of the event.

Douglas J. McCarthy (b. 1966 London, England) has been making cutting edge electronic music since 1982. He co-founded the band Nitzer Ebb whilst still at high school, and at the age of 19 signed to the legendary Mute and Geffen Records, a mere 2 years after self-releasing 3 instant club classics, producing an album that Techno maestro, Richie Hawtin, sites as the reason he started making music. For the past 10 years he has collaborated with French musician and producer, Terence Fixmer, as the duo Fixmer/McCarthy. He is currently amassing a sizable bevy of new material for his first solo project to be released in the fall.

On Saturday, October 6th, Douglas J. McCarthy will perform at the closing reception new work from his debut solo project, Kill Your Friends.

Hollywood Forever – LifeStories are made by families working with our specially trained Biographers. They may include photos, spoken descriptions, text, video clips, old film reels, awards, or other memoribilia. These items are captured digitally and preserved as a permanent part of the LifeStory Archive.

Families from all over the world have created LifeStories. Some are simple, including only a few photos or text. Others are vast family archives containing hundreds of photos, video and audio clips.

On Thursday, September 13th at 7pm, Hazel Hill McCarthy III will present a selection of these LifeStories videos and explore the new types of media infiltrating our ways of commemoration.

LA Pet Cemetery erected in 1928 and is one of the oldest facilities of its kind on the West Coast. With its onsite Crematorium, Mausoleum, LA Pet Cemetery is the final resting place for many celebrity pets including
Hopalong Cassidy’s horse, “Topper,” Rudolph Valentino’s dog “Kabar,” and the Little Rascals’ lovable “Pete.”

On Saturday, September 15th at 1pm a tour will be given of the grounds with a brief history. LA Pet Cemetery is located at 5068 N. Old Scandia Lane, Calabasas, CA 91372.

Forest Lawn Cemetery, Babyland & Museum, Glendale
Forest Lawn erected in 1906 in the heart of Glendale and is home to Babyland, a heart-shaped  are within the grounds that is dedicated to the interment of infants and young children. The Forest Lawn Museum was founded in 1957 and has hosted solo exhibitions for Henri Matisse, Winslow Homer, Ian Hornak, Goya, Rembrandt, Marc Davis and Reuben Nakian among many others. The permanent collection also includes one of the largest stained glass collections in North America with over 1000 pieces primarily from France and Germany dating from 1200 a.d. through present and includes portions of William Randolf Hearst‘s former collection and the work of Albrecht Dürer and Viet Hirsvogel the Elder.

On Saturday, September 22nd at 1pm, a tour will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Babyland and Museum. The location is 1712 South Glendale Avenue, Glendale, CA 91205.

Animal Charm is a collaboration between Richard Bott (b. 1972 Louisville, Kentucky) and Jim Fetterley (b. 1971 Rockford, Illinois). Inspired by the early media collages of Bruce Conner and Craig Baldwin, Animal Charm began using found VHS tapes to make video collages in 1995. With the advent of YouTube a decade away, the artists culled bins of dead and devalued media, including industrial and promotional videos, bargain vinyl LPs, and consumer-grade electronics. They then combined disparate footage, using early nonlinear video-editing software, to create unsettling and humorous works. The duo compose unexpected juxtapositions in an attempt to subvert the original intentions of the found videos and to expose their absurdity while eliciting new meanings from the detritus of culture.

On Thursday, September 20th at 7pm Animal Charm will present an evening of uninterrupted live editing of various found VHS tapes from their never-before seen “vault”.

Astral Eyes is a Los Angeles based “Psychadelic icon maker” (LA WEEKLY) who creates digital sigils and online pujas laced with spandex thoughts.

On Thursday, October 4th at 7pm Astral Eyes will  seance an audience with a visual presentation of all things mortal and immortal.

For more information please contact us at or 818-863-6528.


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