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Upshots are for Nerds: Thoughts on Finishing “Gravity’s Rainbow”

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I did it and I’m here to brag. It took a month and a week but I read every word of Gravity’s Rainbow: 760 bewildering pages of coprophagia, paranoia, rocket science, puns, and words, words, words. Continue reading

Real Lighter Fluid: Snowman Electrical Band Release New EP, “Christmas is King”

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The recording sessions for The Snowman Electrical Band’s Christmas is King EP began by exploding a Peavy Bandit 112 guitar amplifier in the parking lot of an apartment complex in San Ramon. The band had originally intended to simply set the amp on fire, and it was harder to do than they thought. The landlord, Li Li “The Little Scorpion” Hwang, who has been arrested before for floating burning mattresses in the Bay, came out to advise: “Don’t use furniture polish. Real lighter fluid only.” Continue reading

Faith Wilding: Exterminating Alien- Concurrent L.A. Shows at the Armory Center for the Arts and Loudhailer Gallery

Faith Wilding. Imago Femina #13, 1978, watercolor on paper in vintage frame, 20.5 x 16.5 in. (framed dimensions). Image courtesy of Loudhailer Gallery

Faith Wilding. Imago Femina #13, 1978, watercolor on paper in vintage frame, 20.5 x 16.5 in. (framed dimensions). Image courtesy of Loudhailer Gallery

Any tree surgeon or art historian will tell you that to understand the leaves, you have to examine the roots. There’s no way to discuss the work of inter-disciplinary, multi-media artist Faith Wilding without talking about history, and in light of Faith Wilding: Fearful Symmetries, her traveling retrospective currently on view at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena and Imago Femina, an exhibition of 1978 watercolors at the Loudhailer Gallery in Culver City, there is no point in trying. Spanning more than forty years, hers is a body of work, that shapes, as much as it is shaped by, its contemporary moment. Continue reading

Limitless Snacks: Evan Desmond Yee’s “App Store” at Fueled Collective

#Filters by Evan Desmond Yee. photo by SoAM Studio

#Filters by Evan Desmond Yee. photo by SoAM Studio

In the 1970s there were television commercials for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups that featured different kinds of people bumping into each other and contaminating each other’s snack. They can’t decide where to assign blame and eat the chocolate and peanut butter together anyway. Then, they agree that “the two great tastes go great together,” and the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup is born. A candy for the times. Continue reading

Lexicon Devil- Raymond Pettibon at Regen Projects

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A couple of weeks ago I was in Los Angeles for the launch party of a magazine called CARLA, which is an acronym for Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles. The first issue contains my review of John Currin’s recent show at Gagosian in Beverly Hills. If you’re in LA, try to find a copy and turn to page 36. Continue reading

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