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100 Not So Famous Views of L.A.

The Foot Clinic sign on Sunset Boulevard near the border of Silver Lake and Echo Park is an institution. Dubbed the Happy Foot / Sad Foot Sign by those in the know, or just HaFoSaFo by those even further in the know, the spinning sign is said to be an omen — if you see […]

100 Not So Famous Views of L.A.

How the San Fernando Valley Produced Good Art

My mechanic moved to the San Fernando Valley because he could afford to buy a house with a yard. An artist I know moved there because he had a son and could afford to rent a house with a yard. Another artist moved there because she married a man who worked for Anheuser Busch and […]

From Mike Mandel's People in Cars series, North Hollywood, 1970. Courtesy CSUN.

PHOTO ESSAY: Frogtown Art Walk 2014

The Elysian Valley was hopping yesterday evening for the ninth annual Frogtown Art Walk. Neighbors and nearby visitors looked at art, listened to music, watched plays, ate tacos and danced on the Los Angeles River Bike Path. Sustainable development was a topic for many of the artists who opened their doors last night. So far […]

PHOTO ESSAY: Frogtown Art Walk 2014

Please Listen Carefully. 323 Projects’ Menu Options Have Changed.

His voice is calm. He speaks in overlapping messages. “Hello, you have reached 323 Projects. Please listen carefully as our menu has changed.” “A customer service representative will be with you shortly.” “If you wish to place an order for the first time, press 1.” “Please stay on the line and someone will be with […]

Please Listen Carefully. 323 Projects’ Menu Options Have Changed.

5 from 1: Joe Yorty

5 from 1 presents the work of one artist in conversation with five sources that are driving their studio practice. The rest is up to you. Joe Yorty (link) Greetings from Israel, 2013 found shelf, Quikrete, spray paint, monofilament, found objects, borrowed objects, stolen objects, corrugated cardboard,contact paper, wire hanger, electric parachuting Santa Claus, CB2 […]

5 from 1: Joe Yorty

356 Mission Just Became a Cat Lady. Good Show.

The image of the cat lady is often a sexist one, with connotations of spinsterhood and downright insanity. But so long as the smell is managed, someone who owns a bunch of cats lives in a house full of wonder. There’s adventure around every corner — and apparently something interesting inside them too, based on […]

356 Mission Just Became a Cat Lady. Good Show.

Lucy + Jorge Orta: “Food – Water – Life” at Ben Maltz Gallery

The Antarctic Treaty was signed in 1959 by 12 countries, making the bottom of the world officially its most peaceful place. Now with 50 signatories, the treaty prohibits military activity, mineral mining and nuclear testing, creating a refuge for scientists to conduct icy research. The symbolic status of the coldest continent is not lost on […]

Lucy + Jorge Orta: “Food – Water – Life” at Ben Maltz Gallery

Korakrit Arunanondchai and the Cult of Bar Soap @ The Mistake Room

You get a not-entirely-pleasant shock when you turn the darkened corner in Korakrit Arunanondchai’s installation at The Mistake Room and see the backs of 100 mannequins, all bald and clad in white. After watching the shorter of two videos in Letters to Chantri #1: The lady at the door/The gift the keeps on giving, you’ve learned the Thailand-born, New […]

One of these is not like the others.

3 Days Awake in West Adams

Nevine Mahmoud’s sculpture sat in the middle of the concrete floor in West Adams, a couple of long miles away from Culver City’s gallery scene. Composed of cement, plaster and multicolored swimming pool noodles, the creation evoked a feeling of summer before I even realized there was a coconut hiding in there. No more than […]

Nevine Mahmoud’s WEDGE