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

‘Feminist Fairytales’ hilariously reawakens your childhood inner rage / Daily Dot

Deeply hidden away in every American is a memory of some fairytale they first heard as a child—and those standards of Eurocentric beauty are haunting. Actor/comedian Sarah Ann Masse is the American half of British-American sketch comedy duo, We Are Thomasse. Her husband and fellow performer Nick Afka Thomas is the Brit. Masse was reminded […]

In Review | Rodrigo Valenzuela and the Ruins of Future Past / CRAVE

Rodrigo Valenzuela traverses futuristic ruins in his solo exhibition, Sin Héroes. Even though his work appears to be from “the future,” there’s another conversation happening here about the labor needed to make art. In this way, the working mentality of the middle class and working class dominate the underpinnings of his constructed spaces. In the front […]

Jibz Cameron’s Alter Ego Dynasty Handbag Tells It Like It Is / Artsy

Dynasty Handbag is a performer you won’t easily forget. She is visually striking, typically wearing outlandish outfits onstage, such as a black spandex swimsuit or a vintage long-sleeved shirt and transparent tights tucked into oversized, gold granny panties. Her makeup consists of heavy swathes of blush, thick lashings of eye shadow, and an abundance of […]

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

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 […]

Miranda July on Killing Somebody / Artsy

For the past year, Miranda July’s app Somebody has facilitated the transmission of messages to people you know via strangers. Type a note into the app—with instructions regarding how the message should be conveyed, if you wish—and another user will be sent on a mission to find your friend and deliver it verbally. The app […]

I don’t call myself bisexual – I let my stories tell themselves / The Guardian

I’ve always felt attracted to both men and women, but usually not at the same time. One day it’s more dude-focused and then it’s back to women, but it always feels fluid. This has nothing to do with my ability to be in a committed relationship with one person. Actually, open or poly relationships have […]