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Jiehao Su, Actual Size China’s land, sea, and sky. In Search Of Home by Jiehao Su at Actual Size LA
Olivia Fales |

It’s no accident that the Roman poet Ovid began the Metamorphoses, his epic poem of change and unrest, with the creation and arrangement of land, sea, and sky—artists of all stripes are drawn to transformations, …

Gisela Colon, Lancaster Museum of Art and History Colorimetry Uses Color as Instigator
Kimberly Nichols |

Four years ago, the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) went through a major renovation with its groundbreaking new building alongside the hiring of Andi Campognone, noted Southern California curator and arts-professional, to manage …

Redfoxpress & Antic-Ham, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA Books, books everywhere. LA Art Book Fair 2014
Olivia Fales |

You’d think a gathering of hip and beautiful people might verge on pretentious, but the LA Art Book Fair was a cliché-trumper. A colorful scene flooded the galleries of The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA with …

Jenny Odell, Intersection for the Arts. The world seen through the eye of Google Satellite: Infrastructure, an exhibition by Jenny Odell
Diana Gadaldi |

On February 5th, 2014, the Bay Area native artist Jenny Odell opened her latest solo exhibition at Intersection for the Arts, a multidisciplinary center for the arts located in San Francisco’s South of Market (SoMa) …

Karen Lofgren, High Desert Test Sites Karen Lofgren’s “Trajectory Object” Buried at High Desert Test Sites
Kimberly Nichols |

From 2010 through 2013, artist Karen Lofgren was mentally occupied by the nature of time and the idea that we, as human beings, take it for granted as relatively concrete. Within our life spans we …

Su-Chen Hung, East / West, 1984 / 1987. A conversation with Su-Chen Hung: resonances from the past and a look into her future projects
Diana Gadaldi |

My first meeting with visual artist Su-Chen Hung dates back to April 2013, when her latest solo exhibition Ants in the City opened at Intersection for the Arts, a multidisciplinary center for the arts located …

HomeLA, Eagle Rock There’s No Place Like Home: One Collective’s Take on Suburban Solace
Emily Kramer |

As private site-specific dance performances go, the ones produced by Rebecca Bruno’s HomeLA are pretty special. The last installment (in Highland Park) featured six pieces showed at both dawn and dusk of the same day, …

Benjamin Reiss, Actual Size Benjamin Reiss: Creating to Understand
Olivia Fales |

The human body is a complex machine- we know this. If a sculpture’s framework evokes the body, you can bet that it, too, is complex. Bejamin Reiss’s sculpture Automobile (2009-2012), a life-size tower of colorful …

Agnès Varda, Los Angeles County Museum of Art The House That Agnès Built. Agnès Varda at LACMA
Emily Kramer |

If you recognize the house as a symbol of the self, then you’ll get the subtle joke of Agnès Varda’s film house installations, one of which is up at LACMA through June 22nd, 2014. The structure, …

Candice Breitz, Perry Rubenstein Gallery Candice Breitz, The Woods, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Los Angeles
Astra Price |

In traditional fairy tales, a character’s entry into the woods often acts as a point of loss and discovery. Hansel and Gretel lose their way, Little Red Riding Hood realizes that her Grandma is not …

Forrest Bess, Hammer Museum Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible
Kimberly Nichols |

Amongst a sea of plastic boobs, manicured humans, movie stars, gracious art donors and the crème de la crème of the Los Angeles art world scene at the recent annual Hammer Museum gala, I, with …

Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch, Room to Live, The Museum of Contemporary Art Room to Live: Contemporary, conceptual, California
Catherine Nueva España |

California/Los Angeles occupies a definite place in my experience and imagination, having traveled there frequently for over a decade. It is both a place and a space for art and the creative process; a contradictory …

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