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Grad school confidential

This is an essay about learning Photoshop. Kruger, “Your comfort is my silence’ 1991   I have to learn it for a class. I am in graduate school, see. I still have a hard time believing this. I’m in this multimedia experimental MA program in Specialized Journalism The Arts at the University of Southern California. I’ll […]

Grad school confidential

Feedback: Sonic Youth’s “The Sprawl.”

    1988 was a rotten time to be a teenager. During the Reagan-Bush era, you had to put in a lot of work to hear something other than Bon Jovi. There was no internet, and the indie revolution in film and music and fashion and new media was still years away. A girl interested in […]

Feedback: Sonic Youth’s “The Sprawl.”

5 from 1: Lesli Robertson

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. Lesli Robertson (link) Bond  Heal  Loss, 2012 concrete, aluminum, mixed media interactive installation 8′ x 8′ x 1′

5 from 1: Lesli Robertson

Debating the Made In L.A. Catalog

As Made In L.A., 2012 nears its closing week many of us are coming to terms with the exhibition catalog, a hefty critical document, indeed. My collegue Roman Stollenwerk and I began a debate about its significance. We thought it would be a good idea to open up the debate to more voices. Here is our exchange, comments are open: (Full disclosure, while I […]

Debating the Made In L.A. Catalog

Laura Lark Loves You #4: Following The Rules

  (For an introduction to Laura Lark’s advice column, click here.)   Dear Laura, I think I’m ready to approach a gallery about showing my work, and maybe even ask them to represent me as an artist. I’ve heard from older artists that it’s sort of like dating. Is that true? And if it is […]

Laura Lark Loves You #4: Following The Rules

James Fee at Craig Krull

Photography’s greatest Achilles heel may be that it’s too damn illustrative. How then to wrestle the poetry back into a medium which explains so much and leaves so little for interpretation? I was reminded of this re-occuring  struggle when I saw, again, the emotive and evocational prints of James Fee at Craig Krull Gallery. Fee, […]

James Fee, Fly By, 2003, Toned Silver Gelatin Print, 14 x 21 inches

5 from 1: Danielle Riede

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. Danielle Riede (link) Talking to Tecumseh, 2011 artificial flowers recuperated from crafts dimensions variable

5 from 1: Danielle Riede

Alighiero Boetti at the Fowler Museum at UCLA

Pick of the Week for July 25th, 2012 Granted, to write a rave review of a show closing in four days is regretable. But when the art work on display and the curatorial excellence is so remarkable, it would be more of a crime not to sing its praises. The exhibition in question is the […]

Alighiero Boetti Tutto, 1988
Embroidery on fabric 100 x 70 cm Collezione Alessandra Bonomo Photograph courtesy Bonomo Gallery, Rome © Alighiero Boetti Estate by Artists Rights Society (ARS) and Società Italiana di Autori ed Editori (SIAE) 2011

5 from 1: Todd Camplin

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. Todd Camplin (link) 89% of “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”, 2012 ink on Clayboard 8″ x 10″

5 from 1: Todd Camplin

Francesca Woodman

I was a late-comer to Francesca Woodman‘s pictures but liked them right away. That was around 2003, and Woodman’s surrealism provided me with a lyrical counterpart to René Magritte’s poetically banal imagery. Wrong-headed, probably, but I seem to respond to the vaguely familiar at least as often as I do to the totally new. Reading a new book […]

Francesca Woodman