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The early-to-mid-1980s was the golden age of the independent video store; it dovetailed neatly with the halcyon days of the slasher film, a graphic Horror sub-genre. It was also the era of Just Say No, Satanic panic, and “very special” episodes. What latch-key kid of the day wasn’t traumatized by the two-part “Bicycle Man” episode of Diff’rent Strokes? Danger was everywhere, especially for children.
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
#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
Ben Pederson, Traveller, wood, cardboard, fabric, gesso, spray paint, canvas, latex paint, 41” x 36” x 11” 2013
Art Dealer is the first video I saw by Ben Pederson. I saw it in 2007 when we were working as art handlers at a blue chip gallery in Manhattan. You wouldn’t believe the buffoonery and savagery perpetrated by people in a place like that. Continue reading
Last week, someone anonymous left a comment on the old BXT blog about some of my paintings. It said, “AWESOME!” Thanks! It was great to see. I wondered how much that person would really care to know about the work and my own thinking about it. How much is required to make somebody think one of my paintings is awesome? All caps.
Keith Vaughn, Re-Enter Your Password, oil and acrylic on canvas, 28 x 22” 2014