August 12, 2015
"HA HA! BUSINESS!" GROUP SHOW TRIES TO MAKE SENSE OF THE HYPER CONNECTED DIGITIAL WORLD WITH HUMOR @ LUIS DE JESUS LOS ANGELES
The art world is now a global business, of course, as is just about everything else. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Skype have become our new living room, our church, our megaphone—and, some would argue, our toilet, too. And, it seems everyone wants to sit on the throne and be heard. Life is now "all news, all the time" and humor is the unifying force that allows us to look in the mirror, if for no other reason than to get a quick reality check and, hopefully, a little truth. [ READ MORE ]
July 31, 2015
zackary drucker featured: 'I Am A Camera' opens lens on LGBTQ lives
The timing for FotoFest's "I Am A Camera: LGBTQ Communities Seen From Within" couldn't be better. This rainbow-infused summer has seen same-sex couples celebrate their newly won right to marry anywhere in the U.S. and Caitlyn Jenner navigate her new transgender life on the reality show "I Am Cait." But the exhibition reminds us that such freedoms aren't universal.
Steven Evans, FotoFest's executive director, spent 18 months curating the show, which features more than 200 aesthetically masterful works. more
July 27, 2015
review: HA HA! BUSINESS! at Luis De Jesus
Novelist Don DeLillo once quipped, “California deserves whatever it gets. Californians invented the concept of lifestyle. This alone warrants their doom.” This concept is the curatorial mission behind HA HA! BUSINESS!, currently on view at Luis de Jesus, Los Angeles. HA HA! BUSINESS! reprimands what it sees as a jingoistic and self-centered lifestyle—a world filled with social-media fiends who are willing to cut down the next person, or the world around them, for their own gain. [ READ MORE ]
June 25, 2015
'Transparent' Is “Built With Trans People Participating”, Says Associate Producer Zackary Drucker
Before Transparent, says Zackary Drucker, the transgender community was reflected in cinema through stereotypes—victims or villains on cop procedurals, disturbed serial killers in the likes of Psycho and Silence of the Lambs. From the outset, Transparent creator Jill Soloway sought a different approach. more
Drucker and her partner, Rhys Ernst, have been advocating for the trans community as artists and filmmakers for years, producing work that examines both sides of transgender experience—Drucker has transitioned from male to female and Ernst from female to male. It was Ernst who first met Soloway at the Sundance Film Festival, when they both presented shorts in the same program. [ READ MORE ]
June 23, 2015
artnet Asks: Josh Reames on Instagram, Astrophysics, and Kanye West
Four large canvases and a six-pack of Heinnieweisse provide a modest setting inside the Bushwick studio of Dallas-raised, Brooklyn-based painter Josh Reames.
The buzzworthy artist has upcoming shows in Milan, London, Mexico, Los Angeles, and Chicago. His works consciously employ commonly used artistic techniques, such as trompe-l'oeil, action painting, graphic design, screenprinting, and rudimentary drawing, all existing on one plane. [ READ MORE ]
June 20, 2015
paris photo agenda: Ha ha! business!
The art world is now a global business, of course, as is just about everything else. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Skype have become our new living room, our church, our megaphone--and, some would argue, our toilet, too. And, it seems everyone wants to sit on the throne and be heard. Life is now "all news, all the time" and humor is the unifying force that allows us to look in the mirror, if for no other reason than to get a quick reality check and, hopefully, a little truth. HA HA! BUSINESS! continues my quixotic interest in making sense of it all. [ READ MORE ]
June 15, 2015
BORDERLINE - Tijuana-born artist contrasts dejection and optimism in powerful Los Angeles exhibition…
Everything in the exhibition shares that interest in the fragmentary and the broken contrasted with the optimistic and the organic. Figures of myth, legend and pop-culture loom beside, across or behind the main figures...
Hugo Crosthwaite is no respecter of boundaries. more
June 11, 2015
matthew carter featured in press release: "Bloody Red Sun of Fantastic L.A.: A selection of the emerging L.A. art scene shown for the first time in France"
In November 2015, PIASA asked René-Julien Praz to conceive a sale devoted to emerging artists from the Los Angeles scene. The artists selected – whether established or cutting-edge – reflect a generation, era and culture that have inspired many of their contemporaries in recent years. The emerging L.A. art scene shown for the first time in France.
“Once I'd thought of the title, Bloody Red Sun of Fantastic L.A., nothing could seem more fitting. more
June 04, 2015
hugo crosthwaite at luis de jesus los angeles
Hugo Crosthwaite’s newest exhibition is powerful and evocative, but more importantly, perhaps, it speaks to our human frailties, specifically, the ways in which we process grief and hope. Inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s poem Hymn and the recent abduction and murder of 43 college students in the Mexican State of Guerrero, Crosthwaite has created a series of drawings and floor sculptures, taken from a shattered mural, that engage the viewer on a deeply emotional and psychic level simultaneously. [ READ MORE ]