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 […]

Best of 2016: Our Top 10 Los Angeles Art Shows / Hyperallergic

I’m so pleased to have my LA art pick on this 2016 list for Hyperallergic. This year may have sucked on many levels, but at least the art in LA did not!  Here’s my pick: Read all the LA picks here: http://hyperallergic.com/347988/best-of-2016-our-top-10-los-angeles-art-shows/ Tweet

The Year That Was and Wasn’t 2016 / The Morning News

Me and many other fantastic writers were invited to contribute my thoughts on the most important and least important events of 2016 for The Morning News. Check out what I said below, and read thoughts from other wonderful writers on this post:  http://themorningnews.org/article/2016-the-year-that-was-and-wasnt Alicia Eler The Electoral College was set up to ensure the free North would […]

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 […]

Pushing the Boundaries of Gender Performance / APERTURE

Spanning over eighty years of photographs, an exhibition explores the gender non-conforming potential of the word “they.”  The singular gender-neutral pronoun “they” was named word of the year in 2016. Judging from the social and historical depth of photography and archival imagery in the exhibition He/She/They, currently on view at ROSEGALLERY, which includes work by more than […]

How Akbar Has Managed to Stay Open — and Relevant — for 20 Years in a Gentrifying Neighborhood / LA Weekly

Back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, long before it was a hipster haven replete with cheese stores and upscale coffee shops, Silver Lake was a center for L.A.’s gay leather community. That all began changing in the ‘90s, and the chipping away at that subculture has continued ever since. Over the past several years, many […]

Wall To Wall | Jennifer Korsen: Art of the Heart / CRAVE

Artist Jennifer Korsen grew up in the Valley, but her heart beats throughout Los Angeles. Like the freeways and streets that connect every area of this sprawling city, through her work Korsen uses the heart, an organ every living human intimately knows, to discuss ongoing themes of communication and connection. The L.A.-based artist, who prefers […]