June Wayne’s Farewell / Hyperallergic

June Wayne, “The Tunnel” (1949). Oil on canvas. (all images from the June Wayne Collection, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts via the Pasadena Museum of California Art)

LOS ANGELES — June Wayne’s retrospective at the Pasadena Museum of California Art is a tightly curated, chronologically arranged exhibition of paintings, prints, tapestries, and video by a founder of the feminist art movement. Wayne, who died in 2011, was born and raised in Chicago, and moved to LA in 1942 after a three-year stint in New York City. […]

“Art at Arm’s Length: A History of the Selfie” by Jerry Saltz — New York Magazine [PRESS]

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I am honored to be a part of Jerry Saltz’s take on the selfie in his column for this week’s New York Magazine. Check out the quote here: Selfies are usually casual, improvised, fast; their primary purpose is to be seen here, now, by other people, most of them unknown, in social networks. They are never […]

The Last Selfie

The 3.2 gigapixel Global Selfie mosaic, hosted by GigaPan, was made with 36,422 individual images that were posted to social media sites on or around Earth Day, April 22, 2014. (via NASA)

LOS ANGELES — It’s the end of selfies as we know it. Dearest selfie fanatics, this will be my last story for the Hyperallergic selfie column; after one year of chronicling the selfie’s rise to fame, we collectively decided to let this investigation go off into the netherlands of internet data trails. I want to tell you that this is […]

It’s a Bitchy World / Hyperallergic

Juan Martin Del Campo, “Clouds (for Dolly)” (nd) Mixed media (all photographs by the author for Hyperallergic)

LOS ANGELES — The self-titled exhibition and zine release Bitches Rule, Cycle 3 is nestled in the back of & Pens Press, an art bookstore in Culver City set to become a roving/pop-up shop and online gallery come June 2. The show marks the third effort of the “casual” collective of the same name, a group of by 14 queer artists in working […]

The Other LAPD: The Los Angeles Poverty Department on Skid Row / Hyperallergic

Documentation of the 2012 Walk The Talk parade/performance. (all photographs by Austin Hines and Henriëtte Brouwers, used with permission from the LA Poverty Department.)

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Poverty Department is deliberately named to evoke associations between police, the criminal justice system, and how people living in poverty are treated. Concentrating on LA’s Skid Row, which has the highest concentration of homelessness in the United States, this LAPD, unlike its police department namesake, seeks to give voice to homeless people rather than criminalizing their […]

The Decisive Vernacular Photograph / Hyperallergic

Anonymous, “Man and Horse” (date unknown) from the collection of Marc Boone Fitzerman. (all images courtesy Marc Boone Fitzerman)

TULSA, Oklahoma — In the exhibition Unexpected at the Philbrook Museum Downtown, we see a series of 40 anonymous vernacular photographs from the collection of writer and photography collector Marc Boone Fitzerman, curated by the museum’s director Rand Suffolk, that offer slices of America from the 1930s through the 1960s. But unlike a typical photography exhibition, in which the name […]

Lesbian Noir with Hard-Boiled Wooden Puppets / Hyperallergic

Documentation of Susan Simpson’s ‘Concrete Folk Variations’ (all images courtesy Susan Simpson)

LOS ANGELES — It was a hot Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles. Too hot. I dragged myself to a friend’s gray Volvo station wagon and prayed as I turned the key. The car started. As the engine purred, I cringed at the heat glowing off of the leather seat. I gunned it to Highway 5, […]

Flying High with Selfies / Hyperallergic

Selfies Bot takes your selfie for you. (image via Twitter)

LOS ANGELES — I was on an airplane flying back from Tulsa when I happened upon the phenomenon of mile-high selfies. Wifi is available up high, so why not take a selfie? Flight attendants are filling the skies with hashtags like #crewlife and #airhostess. Somewhere in that limited air space, I also happened upon a link […]

Meditations from the Middle / Hyperallergic

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri — There is nothing in the center, because it’s the middle and the middle doesn’t matter. At least, that’s what interest in smaller non-coastal American cities historically tends to be. Detroit pops up on the art world’s radar when it comes to ruin pornand rebuilding. St. Louis offers cultural gems like the Pulitzer Foundation and the World […]

Alice’s Technosurreal Wonderland / Hyperallergic

Claudia Hart and Edmund Campion, “The Alices Walking, A Sculptural Opera” (2014) at the Eyebeam Center for Art + Technology, March 8, 2014. (photography by Abigail Simon; all images courtesy of Claudia Hart)

LOS ANGELES — “You would have to be half-mad to dream me up,” the Mad Hatter said to Alice during her romp through Wonderland, that place where her body and state-of-mind regularly changed shaped. In this fantastical landscape from Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novelAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland, everyone is mad, no one can explain themselves because they aren’t […]