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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

Caribbean Economics

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“He will describe in words on his return—
Pale words for objects seen—
The inhuman life that swirled before his sight,
Or fled, or fought. The treasure he seeks out
May yet be lifted up by creaking crane,”
-E.L. Mayo, “The Diver”

This is a tough business, peopled with charlatans and thieves. One must negotiate endlessly with liars and double-talking filth-merchants. Some of these monsters know how to write, and when they do it’s a real horror show. They all want something. They all demand a response. Frantic writs, subpoenas, summonses, and warrants arrive here daily. There are letters and emails. A witchy-looking symbol was gouged into the front door last week. Continue reading

Commandos, Cobras, and Cowboys: In the 1980s, Individualism Started with “C”

At least one thing is certain.

At least one thing is certain.

Commando (1985) is the first R-rated movie I ever saw. I saw it as a kid spending the night with a friend. We watched it on HBO and we loved it. Cobra (1986) is maybe the second or third R-rated movie I ever saw and I did not love it. I was not ready. Both movies represent cultural values and models of individualism informed by the policies of Ronald Reagan’s presidency. As a kid, I just thought Commando was loud, illicit fun and Cobra was an hour-and-a-half long nightmare. As a frame of reference, I also thought Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe were Satanists. Continue reading

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