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

PERSIA and DADDIE$ PLA$TIK, “Google Google Apps Apps” (2013), three minutes, video on monitor

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Someone Made a Book of #artselfies / Hyperallergic

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The selfie exists everywhere that people own smartphones. DIS Magazine’s #artselfie, published by Jean Boîte Éditions, attempts to freeze one aspect of this cultural moment — the art selfie — by parlaying its meaning into a gleaming, print-only book that contains a selection of hashtagged images, an essay by writer and artist Douglas Coupland, and a conversation between DIS and Swiss Institute […]

When Consumer Goods Blossom into Otherworldly Fungi / Hyperallergic

Benjamin Lord, “The New Retail Mycology VII” (2015) (all images courtesy the artist)

LOS ANGELES — Benjamin Lord’s grossly delectable photographs, on view in his exhibition The New Retail Mycology at Monte Vista Projects, invite viewers to closely consider the social construction of a landscape. In each of the seven photographs on display, viewers encounter a mixture of organic and manmade materials arranged in some sort of amorphous, non-linear structure. Recognizable, store-bought […]

An Artist Turns Surveillance into Affection / Hyperallergic

Installation view, ‘Will You Still Love Me: Learning to Love Yourself, It Is The Greatest Gift of All’ (Image courtesy Dawn Light Blackman and Equitable Vitrines)

LOS ANGELES — Artist Jennifer Moon is not the first or the last to experiment with self-surveillance, documenting selfies of her every moment for anyone and no one. Her solo exhibition Will You Still Love Me: Learning to Love Yourself, It Is The Greatest Love of All, an installation at Equitable Vitrines, which is located in the lobby of […]

Blowing Up Normcore at the LA Art Book Fair / Hyperallergic

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LOS ANGELES — The LA-based artist and comedian Molly Jo Shea asked me where my Dell computer was as I took out my MacBook Pro to take notes on New York collective K-HOLE’s presentation at the LA Art Book Fair, organized by REDCAT. Shea’s comment was spot-on because, after all, this was a panel by the trend forecasting […]

Gillian Wearing’s Masked Confessions / Hyperallergic

Gillian Wearing, “Everyone” (2014)

LOS ANGELES — For her exhibition Everyone, Gillian Wearing hired palm readers to tell her fortune without knowing her professional identity. Each one came up with drastically different predictions, suggesting the fallacy of set-in-stone definitions of destiny and fate. In the gallery, the artist presents three right-hand resin sculptures and one left hand. On them we see a variety of statements such […]

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 […]