Archive for July 2009


Kimono Dragon Japanese born and Los Angeles based artist Fumiko Amano does not align herself with one art practice, rather her work operates like a palimpsest on a richly graffitied wall.  Amano is not just an artist but a fashion designer, former curator at Pharmaka, and fierce admirer of the composer John Cage. Amano who [...]

Read More

“Dark Night of the Soul” marks the first collaborative effort between filmmaker David Lynch and musician Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton).  Lynch’s photographs were created in reaction to the album “Dark Night of the Soul” from Dangermouse and Sparklehorse. The album plays on a loop in the gallery and ruminates through the viewer’s subconscious when [...]

Read More

Long before Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States, he was known as “Barry” on the Occidental campus in during the 1980’s.   Lisa Jack’s “Barack Obama the Freshman,” provides an intimate portrait of the soon-to-be-politician, chain smoking cigarettes, flashing his signature grin, leaning within a narrow frame of a hallow and hiding [...]

Read More

A repeated motif of burning candles throughout the mixed media drawings and paintings of Andrew Schoultz shines a glimmer of truth on a world consumed by monetary value.  Consequently the candles also hold vigil for the natural world that was forced into premature obsolescence and has become hermetically trapped inside brick sarcophagi sectioned off by [...]

Read More

By the time the X Games were created in 1995, pro skateboarders Steve Berra and Eric Koston felt their beloved boarding had become more about merchandising and corporations than camaraderie and spontaneity. To help bring the sport back to its roots, in 2007 they founded the Berrics (a combination of “Berra” and “Eric”), a private [...]

Read More

Korek is the great matchmaker of the art world. Having worked in the prints and drawings department at LACMA, she found herself disillusioned by the lack of collaboration within the museum system. So she left that world behind and founded ForYourArt, where she became a “metacurator,” a link between artists and a larger audience. Among [...]

Read More

The conceptual explorations of this London-born artist find fertile ground in Los Angeles. Take, for example, Passages, Beshty’s recent installation at LAXART, which required visitors to walk on a tempered mirrored surface laid throughout the gallery. A single step or shift in weight caused the glass to splinter beneath the thin laminate coating. Such intricate [...]

Read More