Jacolby Satterwhite Keeps Reality Virtual / Hyperallergic

Jacolby Satterwhite, “En Plein Air: Abduction 1″ (2014), C-print in artist’s frame.

LOS ANGELES — Jacolby Satterwhite’s solo exhibition How lovly is me being as I am is born out of a maternal virtual hive mind. Satterwhite fills OHWOW, a spacious white cube in West Hollywood, with 10 large-scale C-prints from the series Satellites and En Plein Air, four nylon-and-enamel sculptures called “Metonym,” and the six-channel video “Reifying Desire.” The visual centerpiece […]

Freestyling Animals and Signifying Rappers / Hyperallergic

Ray Anthony Barrett, “While Jungle Bunnies Hip-Hop the Doom Broom” from Porch Monkeys (2014)

LOS ANGELES — Behind every face there is a mask. In Ray Anthony Barrett’s solo exhibition Word is Bond at Diane Rosenstein Fine Arts in Hollywood, the artist investigates American cultural identities through the use of anthropomorphized masks. Dividing up the four walls of the gallery’s project room, Barrett considers the masked identities of sexualities, the redundancy and spectacle of […]

A Character Actor Gets a Trilogy of His Own / Hyperallergic

Still from Thom Andersen’s film “The Tony Longo Trilogy” (2014)

LOS ANGELES — “Who is Tony Longo?” my editor inquired, after I pitched her on this piece about Thom Andersen’s new short film “The Tony Longo Trilogy” (2014). It makes sense that Andersen, the director of Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003), which discusses how the city is portrayed on film, would fixate on a specific character type or actor, in this […]

Young Joon Kwak’s Trans/Feminine Visions / Hyperallergic

Young Joon Kwak, video still from “Untitled (Am I Pretty Mommy. . . ), 2014. All images courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth & Council Gallery, Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES — There is a new mutant form emerging, pushing its way past the thin layer that separates the interior and exterior world. In Young Joon Kwak’s exhibition at Commonwealth & Council, Mother Spill, the artist’s body overtakes her mind, erupting into the world in a way that is neither graceful, flawless, nor incredulous — it’s just pure […]

An Encyclopedia of Kitsch / Hyperallergic

Flower centerfold from Sara Cwynar’s ‘The Kitsch Encyclopedia,’ published by Blonde Art Books (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

LOS ANGELES — It took a while for me to actually sit down and stop flipping through the channels and start leafing through Sara Cwynar’s gorgeous book, The Kitsch Encyclopedia. Published by Blonde Art Books, a project of Brooklyn-based curator/publisher Sonel Breslav, Kitsch Encyclopedia is in many ways the inverse of Warhol’s The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A […]

Warhol’s Little Red Face Book / Hyperallergic

Detail of Andy Warhol, “Little Red Book #296″ (1972), 18 Polaroid photographs, photo album (al photographs © 2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society [ARS], New York) (images courtesy the Philbrook Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma)

LOS ANGELES — The name Andy Warhol is synonymous with Pop art, a movement often written off as apolitical and shallow in its engagement with American culture. Reflections of this assumption are all contained in Little Red Book #296, an album of 18 images that was recently gifted to Tulsa’s Philbrook Museum of Art and makes up just one aspect of the exhibition Fever & Flash: Pop in […]

Exposing the Blood and Guts of Hollywood’s Teen Girl Fantasy / Hyperallergic

Laura Parnes, still from “Hollywood Inferno (Episode One)” (2001/03). Alissa Bennett pictured. (image via LauraParnes.com)

LOS ANGELES — Laura Parnes’s four-disk video series Blood and Guts in Hollywoodexposes the idealized teenage dream for what it is: A boring, vapid fantasy of “love” that is marketed and sold to an audience of young dreamers searching for their soulmate in the illusions of silver screens and false idols. Leading up to the part where idyllic bubbles […]

In the Spirit of Summer Memories / Hyperallergic

Mungo Thomson, “Inclusion (The Cosmos)” (2014), Lucite embedment (all images courtesy Aran Cravey Gallery, Los Angeles)

LOS ANGELES — The summer months are a time of slowing down, going out, hitting the beach, and drinking far too many iced coffee beverages. And yes, I even remember you., a five-person group show at Aran Cravey Gallery curated by Eric Kim, wraps up the summer season nicely, reminding visitors of the slippery line between personal […]

Ancient Statues Pose for Selfies / Hyperallergic

Selfie-ification of Agesandros and Poloydoros Athendoros, “Laocoon and his Sons” (c.1816), plaster, 240 x 141 x 83cm (image via Imgur)

It’s one thing to take a #museumselfie with a work of art, as if to say, “yes, I was here with this artwork” or “yes, here is my reflection in the surface of this piece.” It’s another thing to make Greco-Roman statues look like they were chiseled specifically for selfie-shooting moments. That’s what Reddit user Jazsus_ur_lookin_well has done, finding a way […]

Artists Present Alternative Instagram Models / Hyperallergic

Instagram Mini-Marathon Curator Group Selfie with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Kevin McGarry, and Bettina Korek. (image courtesy ForYourArt; all other images by the author for Hyperallergic)

LOS ANGELES — The art world has a lot of feelings about Instagram. On a humid Saturday night in Los Angeles, the roving cultural hub ForYourArt spilled their #instaguts about it all through the Instagram Mini-Marathon. Curated by Hans-Ulrich Obrist, writer and curator Kevin McGarry, and ForYourArts’s Bettina Korek, the two-hour presentation offered 12 art world personalities […]