Interview | Playwright Rachel Kauder Nalebuff on Her Ephemeral Play ‘The Bumps’ // CRAVE

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  Rachel Kauder Nalebuff and I met at a coffee shop, those places where writers go to get out of their home offices and be around some sort of humanity while remaining completely in their own worlds.  Something felt oddly familiar about Rachel, and so we agreed to share a table, talk, and write. We […]

Review | Justin John Greene’s Paintings of Work-Related Malaise at Loudhailer Gallery LA // CRAVE

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There’s something undeniably eerie about the work of Justin John Greene. Shadows lurk on the walls of rooms that seem like they should be empty. Workers carry pained looks on their faces — feelings of despair, nothingness, and a sense of desperation crowd the canvases. In his solo exhibition Moonlighting at Loudhailer Gallery in Culver City, […]

Review | Amalia Ulman: The Fragile Heaviness of ‘Stock Images of War’ / CRAVE

Documentation of Amalia Ullman's 'Stock Images of War'

Amalia Ullman frequently tackles complex questions about the creation of narrative and persona on the internet through otherwise simplistic materials and media. Her solo exhibition, Stock Images of War at Four Six One Nine, a pop-up gallery in Culver City, was originally presented at James Fuentes Gallery in New York. Though Ullman is an LA artist, […]

Shock and Yawn: The Unabashedly Uncritical Art of Devin Troy Strother / CRAVE

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Devin Troy Strother plays with familiar racist American stereotypes of Black people, repeating these signs and symbols until they start to feel meaningless. But systemic racism is still very much a part of everyones’ everyday lives — one can’t even turn on the radio without experiencing it. So what does Strother mean when he uses it […]

Tinderization of Feeling / The New Inquiry

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LIVING with a sense of overwhelming choice means exerting an insane amount of emotional energy in making the most banal decisions. What should you watch on Hulu tonight? Make a Facebook status asking for recommendations. Tweet the question to your followers. After perusing for an hour, settle comfortably into Seinfeld, which you’ve seen a million […]

All of the feelings: On the strange, confusing love between queer besties / FUSION

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Once upon a time, I had a bestie named Eleanor. We had just become teen girls, and we did everything together. We wrote short stories, drew pictures and biked nowhere late into the night. We spent hours at Eleanor’s house following the convoluted plotlines of the soap opera Passions, including the almost incomprehensible storyline of […]

Hammer Museum Announces 26 Artists for the ‘Made in L.A.’ 2016 Biennial / CRAVE

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Today the Hammer Museum announced the artists selected for Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, through, only, co-curated by Aram Moshayedi and Hamza Walker, Director of Education and Associate Curator of the Renaissance Society in Chicago. The biennial exhibition takes place over the summer, opening June 12 and running through August 28, 2016. The subtitle […]

Sarah Silverman Ate Some Pizza and Talked About Her Mom, the Movies & Jewishness / CRAVE

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 07:  Sarah Silverman and Elvis Mitchell attend Film Independent at LACMA Presents...An Evening With Sarah Silverman at Bing Theatre At LACMA on January 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)

Sarah Silverman glided onto the stage at LACMA on Thursday night for the program An Evening. . . with Sarah Silverman where she spoke with Elvis Mitchell, curator of Film Independent at LACMA, about her massive body of work, which includes comedy, acting, production and writing. The two-time Emmy Award winner got super honest with the audience, expressing […]

Profile | Rives Granade : Poetically Charged Architectural Fusions / CRAVE

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Rives Granade sounds strikingly similar to Rio Grande, a river in the Southwest. Rives Granade is an artist from the opposite side of the South, however — Mobile, Alabama, in the Southeastern United States, to be exact. I could hear a slight tinge in his voice — a Southern drawl — and that’s when I knew we […]

Profile | Jen DeNike: Masterful Modern-Day Myths / CRAVE

All images courtesy of Jen DeNike, Anat Ebgi Gallery and LAND.

NYC/LA artist Jen DeNike draws for a legacy of literature, film and pop culture archetypes in her layered photography, sculpture and performative works. Creating new mythologies or cultural narratives that spin out of her own very personal experiences, relationships and intimacies, DeNike’s vision brings out a sort of surrealistic quality. Aside from the heavily layered […]