Alicia Eler

Post image for Freestyling Animals and Signifying Rappers

LOS ANGELES — Behind every face there is a mask. In Ray Anthony Barrett’s solo exhibition Word is Bond at Diane Rosenstein Fine Arts in Hollywood, the artist investigates American cultural identities through the use of anthropomorphized masks.

Continue Reading →
Post image for A Character Actor Gets a Trilogy of His Own

LOS ANGELES — “Who is Tony Longo?” my editor inquired, after I pitched her on this piece about Thom Andersen’s new short film “The Tony Longo Trilogy” (2014).

Continue Reading →
Post image for Young Joon Kwak’s Trans/Feminine Visions

LOS ANGELES — There is a new mutant form emerging, pushing its way past the thin layer that separates the interior and exterior world.

Continue Reading →

Interviews

An Encyclopedia of Kitsch

by Alicia Eler on September 16, 2014

Sara Cwynar's 'The Kitsch Encyclopedia,' published by Blonde Art Books

LOS ANGELES — It took a while for me to actually sit down and stop flipping through the channels and start leafing through Sara Cwynar’s gorgeous book, The Kitsch Encyclopedia.

Continue Reading →

Reactor

Warhol’s Little Red Face Book

by Alicia Eler on September 12, 2014

Post image for Warhol’s Little Red Face Book

LOS ANGELES — The name Andy Warhol is synonymous with Pop art, a movement often written off as apolitical and shallow in its engagement with American culture. Reflections of this assumption are all contained in Little Red Book #296, an album of 18 images that was recently gifted to Tulsa’s Philbrook Museum of Art.

Continue Reading →
Post image for Exposing the Blood and Guts of Hollywood’s Teen Girl Fantasy

LOS ANGELES — Laura Parnes’s four-disk video series Blood and Guts in Hollywood exposes the idealized teenage dream for what it is: A boring, vapid fantasy of “love” that is marketed and sold to an audience of young dreamers searching for their soulmate in the illusions of silver screens and false idols.

Continue Reading →

Galleries

In the Spirit of Summer Memories

by Alicia Eler on August 22, 2014

Scott Benzel,

LOS ANGELES — The summer months are a time of slowing down, going out, hitting the beach, and drinking far too many iced coffee beverages. And yes, I even remember you., a five-person group show at Aran Cravey Gallery curated by Eric Kim, wraps up the summer season nicely, reminding visitors of the slippery line between personal stories and broader histories.

Continue Reading →

Reactor

Ancient Statues Pose for Selfies

by Alicia Eler on August 12, 2014

Selfie-ification of Hamo Thornycroft,

It’s one thing to take a #museumselfie with a work of art, as if to say, “yes, I was here with this artwork” or “yes, here is my reflection in the surface of this piece.” It’s another thing to make Greco-Roman statues look like they were chiseled specifically for selfie-shooting moments.

Continue Reading →
Hans-Ulrich Obrist

LOS ANGELES — The art world has a lot of feelings about Instagram. On a humid Saturday night in Los Angeles, the roving cultural hub ForYourArt spilled their #instaguts about it all through the Instagram Mini-Marathon.

Continue Reading →

Museums

Minor White’s Vulnerability

by Alicia Eler on July 25, 2014

Minor White, “Untitled (composite print)” (1973)

LOS ANGELES — Minor White’s photographs offer a portrait of a life lived in collaboration with the natural world, other people, and the great beyond. This collection of crisp photographs make up the retrospective Manifestations of the Spirit.

Continue Reading →