Skewering clichés in Ellen von Unwerth’s erotic Bavarian wonderland / CNN

Los Angeles (CNN) — Milk the cows. Churn the butter. Chop the wood. These farmland chores sound boring as all hell until they’re re-envisioned as a campy Bavarian fantasy in “Heimat,” a series by German photographer Ellen von Unwerth. The photos have been compiled in a 454-page art tome published by Taschen, which is accompanied by […]

The Queer Art that Helped Define Post-Blackness / Hyperallergic

LOS ANGELES — “Post-black” is a term that’s thrown around a lot, though its meaning is not totally fixed. In Derek Conrad Murray’s book Queering Post-Black Art: Artists Transforming African-American Identity After Civil Rights, he argues that the intersectionality of sexual politics and queer identities has been essential in shaping and defining post-blackness. Murray, a professor […]

When Great Art Makes You LOL / Hyperallergic / collab with Alex Huntsberger

Greetings, Internet! Here’s a delightful essay that I’ve co-authored with my dear friend, Alex Huntsberger, who is a theater critic based in Chicago. Check it!     If you heard peals of laughter ringing out through the quiet, reverent halls of an art museum, what would your reaction be? Would you “tut-tut” in their general […]

Show Me the Money! Collective Fundraises for Pyramid to House 14,000 ‘Jerry Maguire’ Tapes / Hyperallergic

LOS ANGELES — In an alt-facts world that gets more bizarre with every passing day of this new administration, absurdist art that plays on America’s obsession with entertainment provides temporary comic relief. “The Jerry Maguire Video Store” at iam8bit gallery was one such project. For just over two weeks, the walls and shelves of the makeshift store were […]

An Online Project Shames Selfie-Takers at Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial / Hyperallergic

World War II ended more than 70 years ago, but the horrors of the Holocaust (or Shoah, in Hebrew) have not receded from historical memory. Yet for some reason, there’s a disconnect when it comes to social media culture. Many people casually visit Holocaust memorial sites and take selfies or sexy pics, all the while knowing […]

A Leimert Park Performance Artist Weaves Together Social Media and South L.A. History / LA Weekly

Jasmine Nyende was 12 years old when she started fiddling with her family’s video camera. These early experiments inadvertently chronicle her childhood in Leimert Park, a neighborhood that’s seen a lot of change in the past decade or so. Now 23, the performance artist is weaving the footage together with poetry about her past as […]

LA Artists Raised $100K for the ACLU — Now What? / Hyperallergic

LOS ANGELES — “Amplify Compassion” may be the best name for an art sale to benefit the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) during a time when the President himself utterly lacks compassion, managing only occasionally to shout “Sad!” at the end of random tweets. Over post–Inauguration Day weekend, LA artists Paul Pescador, Rochele Gomez, Daniel Ingraff, […]

An Artist Reinvents Herself to Mine the Fictions of America / Hyperallergic

LOS ANGELES — In the lead-up to a Trump presidency, the worst possible outcome for an America that has come so far in the past 100 years in terms of social progress and civil rights, it’s not insane to think that conservatives could take us back to a pre–Roe v. Wade era, to a time […]

An L.A. Art Show Was the Backdrop for a Major Discussion About the Future of Standing Rock / LA Weekly

“April is the cruelest month, breeding/Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing/Memory and desire, stirring/Dull roots with spring rain,” T.S. Eliot writes in his epic poem, “The Wasteland.” This poem couldn’t have predicted the start of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests this past April at the Standing Rock Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, but just […]

Artists’ Fascination with the Soft, Tingling Sensations of ASMR / Hyperallergic

Sometimes we all just want someone’s gentle, soothing voice whispering in our ear that it’s all going to be okay, or we long to hear some meditative, relaxing sounds that induce calming sensations.ASMR, or “autonomous sensory meridian response,” offers these types of sensations from the comfort of your home. People who experience ASMR tend to notice […]