California Artists Address Coast-to-Coast Political Struggles // Hyperallergic

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What goes West must always return East because New York is still the center of the American art market. California has gone on a cross-country road trip to New York City with the exhibition Left Coast: California Political Art. On view through May 30 at the City University of New York (CUNY) Grad Center’s James Gallery, a space across from the […]

“Crystal Paradise” Column: Water Watcher // CRAVE Online

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Water Watcher: Seeking The Substance that Makes Us Human CRAVE Online column, Crystal Paradise Writer Alicia Eler reflects on L.A.’s trickling river, Portland’s lush waterfalls, and the fluidity of social media that networks us all. The epic California drought articles keep spreading across the web, and I find myself imagining the reality of a waterless urban […]

Introducing the “Crystal Paradise” Column for LA magazine CRAVE Online

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Hello! I’m pleased to announce Crystal Paradise, a new weekly column for LA publication CRAVE Online. It runs every Tuesday from here on out. This is the first column. Stay tuned for more. Art, Identity, And The Digital Gaze From tech panels to Web-themed performance art, writer Alicia Eler reflects upon sexual identity across the digiverse. […]

Performance Artists Use Stand-Up Tropes, but Not For Laughs / Hyperallergic

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LOS ANGELES — There’s nothing funny about art. Writing art criticism is a serious endeavor. But at some point, the performance of professionalism in the art world just started to feel like one big joke, and I began noticing a crossover between the art and comedy worlds. Artists, like stand-up comics, were poking fun at their audiences […]

Catalogue Essay for artist Catherine Forster // edited by Esther Honig

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Artist Catherine Forster‘s drawings reflect on the nature of gender binaries through plant-life and audience participation. I’m pleased to present my catalogue essay for her upcoming exhibition ME NOT opening November 2015 at the Rymer Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee. Esther Honig did an amazing job editing my words. Check out the essay here: Catherine Foster Catalogue […]

An Aquatic Video Performance Immerses Us in the California Drought / Hyperallergic

Installation view of ‘Lars Jan: HOLOSCENES/Quaternary Suite’ at the Pasadena Museum of California Art (photo © 2015 Don Milici, all images courtesy of the Pasadena Museum of California Art)

LOS ANGELES — Imagine you are trying to get dressed underwater but every time you lift your arms the water you’re wading through pulls them back down. Like a blinded, injured fish you want to sink into the abyss of your tank and just flounder. You can see the chlorine-blue water but can’t see through it. Currently […]

Even the most car-centric city holds joys for pedestrians / The Guardian

Hitting the open road...with your sneakers (or, if you’re in LA, flip flops). Photograph: Jason Rosenberg/flickr

Walking through most American cities can be a desolating experience. Few are made for people like me, the pedestrian, who choose strolling and observing over cruising fast through constructed landscapes. Yet, there’s a perverse pleasure in walking through cities designed for cars; these supposed “open roads” weren’t made for us. Advertising’s promise of freedom is […]

A History of Hysteria in Art, Film, and Literature / KCET Artbound Los Angeles

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Vireo is a new opera composed by Lisa Bielawa on a libretto by Erik Ehn and directed by Charles Otte, featuring 16-year-old soprano Rowen Sabala. A collaborative project of KCET and Cal State Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center, Vireo is being created expressly for episodic release via broadcast and online media, airing on KCET’s Artbound March 31 at […]

Your Art Entertainment Experience Is Here! / Hyperallergic

Jillian Mayer, “My phone died meet me here” (2015)

MONTRÉAL — In the 24/7 news cycle of BuzzFeed, the Huffington Post, and every other “content producer” on the internet, there is a fine line between news and entertainment. In the group exhibition You Won’t Believe (. . .): A Group Exhibition about Entertainment at Division Gallery in Montréal, Québec, curator Loreta Lamargese appropriates the now-iconic Buzzfeed […]

The mall is part of the American experience / The Guardian UK

Jon Jerde created ultimate consumer playgrounds. Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego, with its post-modernist colour scheme and split level walkways, has been likened to an Escher drawing. Photograph: Anthony Pidgeon/Getty Images/Lonely Planet Image

I love the mall as much as I love the urban walking experience, museums and movie theaters. Today the stripmall is not just a part of my everyday life in Los Angeles – a place that so well offers the paradox of American consumerism with a health-conscious urban elite – it is also a memory […]