Micro essays on artists we can’t stop thinking about
A Port Townsend-based painter ponders the simultaneity of life and death in her portraits of stumps.
A Long Beach-based painter subverts the fetishization of the female body through bold portraits.
An artist’s use of color breathes new life into normal, everyday scenes.
Explore the inner lives of inanimate sculpture in this Love Letter to an artist, whose work teeters on that delicate line between life and lifelessness.
A weird, whimsical painter inspires an artist in lockdown to pick up the brush once more.
An L.A.-based sculptor defies gravity, formality, and convention in her monumental practice.
An painter uses her brush to dig deep into Californian culture and excavate meaning.
A woodmaker leans into disorientation, offering insight into a moment that feels otherwise aimless.
Seattle-based textile artist’s “soft paintings” merge subtlety and protest, queering the familiar and undermining the normal.
From Lebanon to Los Angeles, this striking artist pushed cultural boundaries to carve out a space for her bold and unique, abstract landscapes.
An Ojai-based potter rejects expectations to bring newly vibrant life to her work.
L.A.-based artist and musician inspires fearlessness through song, film, and canvas.
As we emerge from isolation, an L.A. painter contemplates the boundaries between the world and the self.
Crystalline urban sculptures remind us that the earth has something to say.
In an ode to LA, a painter blends his sardonic cityscapes with capitalist critique.
A San Francisco street artist teaches men to be better femimists.
Santa Monica-based painter cracks open the ordinary, starting a conversation between image and language, seen and unseen.
Examining identity, struggle, and trauma through vivid and chaotic abstraction.
An LA-based painter’s evocative, abstract works explore the mysterious nature of being alive.
An LA-based photographer’s vivid portraits of suburban Southern California.
A San Francisco filmmaker’s intimate vision of the city.
Processing trauma through painting and sculpture.
A time lapse video of portrait in process reveals the painting’s emotional undercurrents.
On finding comfort in simplicity.
Sparkling aural textures tangle with a narrative of tragedies and triumphs.
Providing space and care for people with disabilities through references to historical painting.
On falling in love with a painter through one photograph.
Intricate baskets blur the line between functional objects and artistry.
Marvelous and strange drawings pose questions about the visual world.
Abstracting myths and archetypes in evocative marble.
A new blue is just one of the reasons to love Krick’s latest series.
On the radical queer embodiment of Ron Athey’s performances.
The stiff gravitas of US politicians made floppy and satirical.
Painting California’s watersheds as a way to cope with the climate crisis.
Exploring fantastical and surreal subjects in masterful portraits.
The pleasure of finding ways to describe a filmmaker’s roving vision.
On feeling guilty enjoying a Luke Chueh painting.
Betye Saar’s found object assemblages visualize the possibility of liberation.
The power of Black women portraying themselves as diverse and beautiful.
Listening to music as an act of kinship.
Conflicting desires in fields of soft pastel and leaden graphite details
A glitchy, intimate escape during quarantine questions value systems