Archive for May 1st, 2009


Sam Durant’s work in This is Freedom? operates on a social, historical, and political trajectory and aligns archival photographs from the Aboriginal civil rights protests in Australia and Africa and Native American civil rights protests in the United States with light boxes and drawings. In recontextualizing the hand made signs used in these photographs, Durant’s [...]

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Walead Beshty’s show enlists photographs, a site-specific intervention of non-tempered glass installed throughout the entire gallery, a cinematic work called American Passages (2001-) and a public billboard on La Cienega Boulevard titled Dust.   Passages insists that we examine how interact and move through the transitory spaces of the modern world.  American Passages is a slide [...]

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The works of Yi-Chen in Beaut-esque present the viewer with a kaleidoscope of human and mammalian facial features, that are mixed and matched regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity.  The result is Yi-Chen’s very own creations, amalgamated forms collected from fashion magazines.  Perhaps Yi-Chen understood that the people presented in these magazines are not “real” [...]

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The minimalist and achingly raw canvases of Joe Bradley in Like a Turkey Through Corn at Peres Projects feature stick figure renderings more likened to the hand of an elementary school student doodling on a notebook.  Bradley’s linear “figures” composed on stained monochrome beige panels with nothing but a grease pencil signal his awareness and [...]

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Handmade Memory “The moments of the past do not remain still; they retain in our memory the motion which drew them towards the future, towards a future which has itself become the past, and draw us on in their train.” -Marcel Proust “It’s all neurotic,” Los Angeles artist Carol Es tells me while taking inventory [...]

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The Persistence of Memory There are at least tens of thousands of marks in her studio.  And yet, another mark is made and will continue to be made.  Each created with painstakingly deliberate strokes of a self- inking archival pen or a paintbrush or coiled paint drenched rags.  The line begins at the top, starts [...]

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