Teen-Girl Tumblr Aesthetic SHOUTOUT! / Portland Mercury [PRESS]

THE TEEN-GIRL Tumblr aesthetic is alive and well at Fourteen30 Contemporary. In curator Adrianne Rubenstein’s group show, Maraschino, works from Alex Chaves, Josh Mannis, Annelie McKenzie, and Nolan Simon delight and repulse, like the show’s sweetly disgusting namesake. If the teen-girl Tumblr aesthetic is a new concept for you, congratulations! You’re not 18! But also, a shorthand: […]

Charlie White’s Culture of Desire / KCET Artbound Los Angeles

Artist Charlie White is invested in the project of American adolescence. Fascinated by the commodification of desire and how this mechanism operates under capitalism, White’s art practice focuses on the teen girl. To White, she is the most powerful bodily form to be employed in the American pop culture imagination, both the locus of reproduction […]

What’s It Like to be Tumblr Famous — Vice.com

The Teen-Girl Tumblr Aesthetic* essay that I coauthored with LA-based writer Kate Durbin for Hyperallergic’s Tumblr as Art Symposium is featured on Vice.com.  But if Jimmy is to be believed, why are are the Tumblr-ers blogging consistently enough to have identifiable brands? The answer may lie in a phenomenon that’s of particular interest to me, which culture […]

White Womens’ Bodies as Selfie-Objectified Tools of Dissent / Hyperallergic

CHICAGO — “Even if you’re not doing anything wrong, you’re being watched and recorded,” 29-year-old spy Edward Snowden told the Guardian last Sunday, openly identifying himself as the whistleblower on the NSA PRISM program, which he alleged is gathering communications data not just from foreigners, as officials previous said, but on a vast domestic scale. Nine major internet companies, including Google, […]

“There Are Mirrors in Paradise” Essay for Australian Artist Minna Gilligan

    I’m so pleased to share the essay that I wrote for up-and-coming artist, Australian-based Minna Gilligan solo exhibition Feel Flows. Minna contacted me after reading The Teen-Girl Tumblr Aesthetic* essay, and asked if I would write a piece for her show at Daine Singer Gallery in Melbourne, Australia. Check it out below! There […]

The Teen-Girl Tumblr Aesthetic* / Hyperallergic

By Alicia Eler & Kate Durbin 21-year-old Elisa Lam made national news when her body was uncovered in a water tank on the roof of the infamous Cecil Hotel, near Skid Row in Los Angeles. Not long before that, she was just a barely-no-longer-adolescent girl visiting the United States from Canada, exploring the city of angels whilst […]