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We are having this conversation now, yesterday, and tomorrow: Michael Espinoza interviewed
The Portland-based artist talks about Queer Ancestors lost to persecution, disease, fatal sadness, and closets.
Good Taste: interview with Jessie Manning from Street Disco
Good Taste is a new column about West Coast creatives in all industries.
Q&A with Angela Anh Nguyen
We talked to the Los Angeles-based artist about her first solo exhibition, How We Hegemony, at One Grand Gallery in Portland.
Exit interview with PICA’s Executive Director Victoria Frey
We talked to the Portland-based trailblazing director about her time at PICA and what the institute is looking for in it’s next Executive Director.
Leveraging Strengths, Moving Forward: Elena Gross and Kimberley Acebo Arteche Interviewed
Roula Seikaly talks to the two co-directors of Berkeley Art Center about how they approach collaboration, creating meaningful life-work balance, and how BAC welcomes diverse audiences.
Q&A with Ellen Garvens
Sponsored: We talked to the Seattle-based artist about her work in the exhibition Holding Unsteady at Koplin Del Rio in Seattle.
Emily Yong Beck: Spoonful of Sugar at New Image Art, Los Angeles
In Spoonful of Sugar, Emily Yong Beck asks: What is beneath the veil of beauty that we buy into?
Love Letter to Ben Cuevas
Fiber sculptures explore gendered constructs, feminist ideologies, and the restraints of the body.
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?
The Power of Discrete Things: Ricki Dwyer at Anglim/Trimble in San Francisco
Ricki Dwyer’s vast textiles and small sculptures examine the gravity of human relationships.
Traveling West: Art and Cars in the 2022 Whitney Biennial
LA-based artists bring West Coast car culture to New York City.
John Baldessari and Bad Photography
Seattle-based photographer Natalie Krick on making her own rules about good photography.
Flirting With the Uncontrollable: Peter Gronquist at Winston Wächter Fine Art in Seattle
Felted wool, steel, river rocks, and sound combine to illustrate the vulnerability of all life.
An Endless Pursuit to Describe the World in Watercolor
Artist Alexa Grambush uses painting to understand the world and its complexities.
We Vessels of Existence: Jesse Mockrin at Night Gallery
Religious images question the multifaceted nature of human lives.
Who Do I Think I Am? Lynn Hershman Leeson at Altman Siegel
A multi-media artist on the West Coast gets up close and personal with their viewers, unsettling the notion of a fixed identity.
Balancing Buoyancy and Desolation: Emily Kepulis at Lolo Pass
A painter meditates on the impending and preventable horror of environmental destruction.
Support, Opportunity, and Liberation: Month of Sundays at Eugene Contemporary Art
An ambitious group exhibition steps in to show the world that liberation requires both trouble and quietude.
Surreal Society: Marika Thunder Interviewed
Class, tradition, gender roles, race, and celebrity take center stage in Marika Thunder’s exhibition at de boer gallery in Los Angeles
Immersive Frida Kahlo & Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino
What do blockbuster immersive art exhibits and junk food have in common?
Aaron Shurin’s Poetic Punctuation
A writer discusses how an unlikely combination of punctuation changed his writing forever.
Mixed Feelings for Strange Fruit: Genevieve Gaignard at Vielmetter Los Angeles
A daring but imperfect exhibition challenges notions of racism and colorism.
Raúl Guerrero & Mexican food in the United States
Raúl Guerrero’s paintings of food celebrate the Mexican-American experience.
Theaters for Frankensteins: Yuyang Zhang Interviewed
Yuyang Zhang’s paintings and digital collages offer cultural commentary through memes, Chinese-American culture, and dark humor.
Love Letter to Julie Green
An Oregon-based educator and artist inspires her students to find beauty in everything.
Nasim Hantezadeh and summer stone fruit
An LA-based artist’s biomorphic works on paper evoke the vocabulary of food.
Love Letter to Kenjiro Nomura
A Seattle-based painter captures 1930s Seattle, Japanese Internment, grief, loss, and recovery—all with his brush.
Srijon Chowdhury’s “Groundhog Day” at SE Cooper Contemporary
A Portland-based painter conjures the otherworldly to meditate on the shrouded interiority of his subjects.
Art of Glass: Emily Endo Interviewed
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.
How Technology Feels: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer Interviewed
In a bilingual conversation, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Sofía Córdova question the human relationship with technology.
Finding Meaning in Forgotten Objects: Pamela Ramos Interviewed
Found objects give intimate clues to the lives of strangers, and are given new lives as artworks.
Love Letter to Essie Somma
A painter challenges the traditional approach to classical painting through vice, intimacy, and the quotidian.
Unknowable Spaces: William Matheson’s “Dissipatio” at Nationale
Evocative oil paintings on jute canvas trouble the perception of figure-ground relationships.
Jim Shaw and The Apple Pan’s egg salad sandwich
The globby Americana of Jim Shaw paintings and an overstuffed egg salad sandwich.
Treasure Hunting in Grass Valley: Elizabeth Dorbad Interviewed
Two artists from Grass Valley, CA, talk about making art in rural communities and the magic of stones.
Joke’s on Us: Hugo Montoya’s “Florida Man” at Et al.
Through found objects and wry humor, Hugo Montoya reveals problematic cultural stereotypes.
Compendium of Scars: Pained Vistas at Photographic Center Northwest
Eleven artists depict landscapes framed by conflict, trauma, and beauty.
Love Letter to Jeannene Przyblyski
A Bay Area-based educator inspired students to look harder, ask deeper questions, and to take a stand.
The Importance of Meaningless Things: Sara Cwynar at ICA LA
At ICA LA, Cwynar probes what we can learn from our fickle taste and consumerism.
Love Letter to Carlson Hatton
A Los Angeles-based painter’s ripples in time on canvas immerse his viewers in another world.
Each One of Us Was Fastened to the Other: Josh Smith and Vanessa Woods at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, CA
A wife and husband artist duo explore their identities as artists and parents.
Love Letter to Jessie Homer French
Paintings for the end of the world made in the middle of nowhere.
Dance That Spans Continents: Tumelo Michael Moloi Interviewed
A South African artist in Eugene, OR, uses dance and poetry to encourage compassion for difference.
Love Letter to Lawrence Oliver iii
A Portland-based artist layers personal narratives in whimsical sculptures.
Photographing the Surreality of Western Landscapes: Ingeborg Gerdes at Blue Sky Gallery
The German-American photographer applied street photography tactics to documenting rural Western United States.
If Not Now, When? Embracing Creative Uncertainty: Susan Feldman Interviewed
Building worlds with found objects and materials.
Insatiable Exuberance: Daisy May Sheff at Ratio 3
When you walk into Ratio 3, one of the first artworks you encounter doesn’t initially seem like it’s part of the exhibition. Olive Girl (2021) is a tiny assemblage of beads and rubber on a painted piece of metal that looks like a salvaged bit of packaging material. Here the artist shows an abstracted pink…
An Archive for End Times: Invisible Labor in Taryn Tomasello’s “As Long As It Doesn’t Spread”
Monuments to pandemic isolation reconsider the archival impulse
Wayne Thiebaud & Ghia’s Le Spritz
Wayne Tiebaud’s distinctly Californian sense of lighting and the perfect non-alcoholic aperitif.
The Mesmerizing Secrets of Mundane Objects: Mariel Capanna Overlook at Adams and Ollman
An enigmatic painter draws her viewers into her impermanent abstractions, invites them to consider everyday materiality.
Tom Friedman’s 1000 Hours of Staring
How a blank piece of paper inspired Variable West’s founder to be an art critic and writer.
For the Love of Buildings: Avantika Bawa Interviewed
Portland-based Avantika Bawa talks about her “almost minimalist” installations, her love affair with buildings, and basketball.
FROM THE ARCHIVES | Imagining Caregiving as Constant: Contact Traces at the Wattis Institute
A group exhibition in San Francisco exposes lapses, performances, and vital acts of care.
FROM THE ARCHIVES | Love Letter to Patricia Hagen
A Port Townsend-based painter ponders the simultaneity of life and death in her portraits of stumps.
FROM THE ARCHIVES | Residential Intimacies: Shoccara Marcus Choreographs the Past and the Present at Wa Na Wari
Shoccara Marcus’s photographs highlight the complex nuances of relationships.
FROM THE ARCHIVES | Disco as a Communal Site of Pleasure: Coady Brown’s nightlife paintings at Shulamit Nazarian
Gabrielle Lawrence interprets Coady Brown’s vibrant paintings through her favorite disco songs.
FROM THE ARCHIVES | The Radical Potential of Graphic Design: Jules Cordova Interviewed by Ella Ray
Two almost strangers came together to support their community with design.
FROM THE ARCHIVES | New Images for an Old Struggle: Jacob Lawrence at Seattle Art Museum
Lawrence’s research into this nation’s early years point the way to reckoning with past and present social crises.
FROM THE ARCHIVES | Going Through the Motions: Speculations on Birth in Patricia Piccinini’s The Awakening
A surreal birthing video situates viewers in an uncomfortable, yet fruitful space.
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