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“A catalogue of the paradigms of modernity stands before the viewer’s eyes: the grid and apparently endless Cartesian space; the perspective that is its correlate; repetition; mass-production and the collapse of the original; and alienation through loss of the individual.”
Apr 16, 2013 0
From my studio visit with designer Heather Levine, now up on Sight Unseen:
“I smash my own pieces all the time.”
Mar 29, 2013 1
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Nov 7, 2012 3
To celebrate Mimi and Brian’s move out West (hooray!), I wrote a guide to my favorite secret spots in LA, including the Time Tunnels, the house Joan Didion lived in when she wrote The White Album, and that billboard on Santa Monica Blvd. with the digital counter tallying the number of “Smoking Deaths This Year”:
“The numbers tick upward, of course, an argument for the reliability of human frailty, of never learning better, a marker of fatal mistakes. Except! For this once a year when at midnight the billboard resets to zero, and you can stand out on the balcony with M. in the warm Los Angeles winter and suck in the stuff that might kill you, and revel in a few too brief seconds of nothing you’ve done being nothing you shouldn’t have done, and the mistakes still ahead, still uncounted.”
Oct 25, 2012 3
“Perhaps it’s inevitable that we would all want to touch and feel and hold the objects we covet from afar, and to make tangible the narrative we create every day. But maybe it’s just as simple as this: “It’s kind of lonely being a blogger. And this was a reason to get to know people. It’s kind of a scary thing: You think, ok, I admire their work, but will I actually get along with them?”
The answer is a resounding yes. I’m a huge fan of all the artists/designers/makers in this show, who took a chance on someone from across the vast internet and so generously trusted me with their work, and I’ll be eternally grateful.
I mean, I’m BEAMING.
Oct 23, 2012 0
Oct 14, 2012 15
“We’re Revolting” pop-up installation opens at Creatures of Comfort this Saturday, Oct. 20!
I’m still pinching myself that these amazing artists and designers were willing to be involved, and to create one-of-a-kind and exclusive pieces. It’s caused some serious soul-searching, as someone who spends a lot of time looking at images, how intense and satisfying it is to touch these dimensional objects, the weight of things and how they fit in your hand, and how incredibly made they are: each one a little lifetime, of beating hearts and scrutiny and utter gorgeous perfection. Come check out the show.
OPENING RECEPTION: 5-8 p.m., Oct. 20
WHERE: Creatures of Comfort LA, 7971 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
WHEN: October 20 to November 10, 2012.
- Jack Craig // Broken board tables
- Jonathan Cross // Geodesic salt- and soda-fired pottery
- Ilana Kohn // Marbled silk shawls and scarves
- Kirsten Perry // Oddball lockets
- Julie Hung // Stackable ceramic bangles
- David Neale // Handmade combs and bracelets
- Haruhi Okubo // Freeform tapestry pieces
- Doug Johnston // Coiled rope hanging lights and sculptural baskets
- Mimi Jung // Pom pom eyeballs and weavings
- Morie Nishimura // Brass folding mirrors
- Joanna Williams // Loopy, textured rugs
- Brent Paul Pearson // Kaleidoscope glasses
- Elyse Graham // Dipped resin geodes
(With sticker sheet illustrated by the multi-talented Building Block, of one piece by every artist.)
Oct 5, 2012 0
Oct 5, 2012 0
Blue Sail (1964-1965), a blue chiffon sheet blown by a fan, by Hans Haacke:
“Of all the conceptualist artists working today, Haacke is the one who best understands how art bullies the viewer.”
“What’s appealing about Haacke is he knows exactly what he’s doing and doesn’t think he should be doing anything else. He never tries to tart his work up with irony or sarcasm or coyness or metaphors or jokes. “Art-making is just another part of the consciouness industry,” he said in an interview in 1994. His way of assessing art? Based on how intelligent it is, as with any other form of opinion-mongering.”
ALSO: Welle (The Wave) (1964) via grupa o.k.
Sep 24, 2012 0
From a three-week residency at the island Sylt, Germany by Strijdom van der Merwe.
Sep 24, 2012 1
Jul 15, 2012 1