An online journal of arts writing and criticism
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Critical analyses of contemporary art
Sending dreams through the mail connects strangers with their unconscious and each other.
A group exhibition embraces serendipity in everyday life.
Performative practices offer the possibility of a more connected community mourning.
Charcoal drawings process the social trauma of being deaf.
Satire and collage expose capitalist strategies of using Black bodies to exploit spiritual, mental, and physical health.
Know Thyself, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Fordism: Jeamin Cha at Kadist San Francisco
An exhibition stalled by the global pandemic examines mental heath under late capitalism.
Textural and material poetics question notions of citizenship and belonging.
Flood’s photographs suggest a changing self located within a difficult but perhaps all too common history, at once revealed and withheld.
Chang’s work displays a longstanding preoccupation with the boundaries and trace appearances of the body.
Paid interviews with outstanding organizations in the West Coast art world
Ori Gallery (Portland, OR) offers artists the space they need to be creative.
devynn emory invites people to engage with grief, death, and community.
Nat Turner Project (Portland, OR) is a fugitive, migratory space working to end the precarity of Black life.
Intimate conversations with artists about their life, work, and interests
A Seattle-based artist celebrates his rich ancestry in vibrantly contemporary painting.
Building resilient communities through an anti-institutional art practice
Two almost strangers came together to support their community with design.
Micro essays on artists we can’t stop thinking about
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.