An online journal about West Coast art
Read the Letter from the Editor to learn more about what you can expect from this space.
Critical analyses of contemporary art
In Spoonful of Sugar, Emily Yong Beck asks: What is beneath the veil of beauty that we buy into?
The Casual Intimacy of Women Caring for Women: Anne Buckwalter at Friends Indeed and Rebecca Camacho Presents
In the two-venue exhibition, Buckwalter’s domestic scenes have a revolutionary proposition: what would a world of care and support for the needs of all women look like?
Ricki Dwyer’s vast textiles and small sculptures examine the gravity of human relationships.
Felted wool, steel, river rocks, and sound combine to illustrate the vulnerability of all life.
Religious images question the multifaceted nature of human lives.
A multi-media artist on the West Coast gets up close and personal with their viewers, unsettling the notion of a fixed identity.
Paid interviews with outstanding organizations in the West Coast art world
Portland artist Christine Miller turns historical racist imagery into tools for Black liberation and love.
Sponsored Connection | Diedrick Brackens & D’Angelo Lovell Williams: The Quick at lumber room Reviewed
Two artists collaborate to explore kinship, multigenerational learning, and community.
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.
Converge 45 (Portland, OR) is building an organization where curators and artists can work together.
Intimate conversations with artists about their life, work, and interests
Class, tradition, gender roles, race, and celebrity take center stage in Marika Thunder’s exhibition at de boer gallery in Los Angeles
Yuyang Zhang’s paintings and digital collages offer cultural commentary through memes, Chinese-American culture, and dark humor.
Through scientific discovery and mysticism, Emily Endo explores the possibility of glass.
A Condemned Building Gets a Last Breath of Life Through Sacramento Artists: Faith J. McKinnie, Liv Moe, Molly Stroud, and Genesis “The Mayor” Torres Interviewed
Four curators and thirty-five artists transform a soon-to-be demolished building in Sacramento’s rapidly gentrifying Ice Blocks district.
In a bilingual conversation, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Sofía Córdova question the human relationship with technology.
Found objects give intimate clues to the lives of strangers, and are given new lives as artworks.
Micro essays on artists we can’t stop thinking about
Fiber sculptures explore gendered constructs, feminist ideologies, and the restraints of the body.
An Oregon-based educator and artist inspires her students to find beauty in everything.
A Seattle-based painter captures 1930s Seattle, Japanese Internment, grief, loss, and recovery—all with his brush.
A painter challenges the traditional approach to classical painting through vice, intimacy, and the quotidian.
A Bay Area-based educator inspired students to look harder, ask deeper questions, and to take a stand.
A Los Angeles-based painter’s ripples in time on canvas immerse his viewers in another world.
Art that makes us think of food and food that makes us think of art
What do blockbuster immersive art exhibits and junk food have in common?
Raúl Guerrero’s paintings of food celebrate the Mexican-American experience.
An LA-based artist’s biomorphic works on paper evoke the vocabulary of food.
The globby Americana of Jim Shaw paintings and an overstuffed egg salad sandwich.
Wayne Tiebaud’s distinctly Californian sense of lighting and the perfect non-alcoholic aperitif.
Stories about what inspires West Coast creatives
Seattle-based photographer Natalie Krick on making her own rules about good photography.
Artist Alexa Grambush uses painting to understand the world and its complexities.
A writer discusses how an unlikely combination of punctuation changed his writing forever.
How a blank piece of paper inspired Variable West’s founder to be an art critic and writer.
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