Genevieve Gaignard makes the personal political while also creating new American mythologies.
Alicia Eler is a cultural critic and arts reporter. She is the author of the book The Selfie Generation (Skyhorse Publishing), which has been reviewed in the New York Times, WIRED Magazine and the Chicago Tribune. A native of Chicago by way of L.A., Alicia's writing has also been published in Glamour, the Guardian, CNN, Hyperallergic, Art21 Magazine, LA Weekly, and Aperture. She is currently the visual art critic/arts reporter at the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Artists’ Fascination with the Soft, Tingling Sensations of ASMR
As ASMR videos have sped across the internet, artists have started making their own versions, inducing shivers with soft sounds like clacking, cracking, scratching, and whispering.
A Miniature Version of the Broad Museum Parodies the Art World
LOS ANGELES — Scott Marvel Cassidy’s art makes viewers do a double take.
6 Male Artists Making Inspiring Feminist Work
We all know about the terrible gender disparity in the art world. As ladies, we live with systemic sexism on a daily basis.
Twenty Years Later, Returning to a Pioneering Black Lesbian Film
It’s the 1990s when a young, ambitious filmmaker goes on the hunt for “the Watermelon Woman,” a black actress who played mostly mammy roles in 1930s and ’40s Hollywood films.
A Filmmaker Probes the Magic and Madness of Female Adolescence
LOS ANGELES — As a woman who was once a teenage girl, I have a certain fondness for any filmic or visual art that harkens back to that time of intense, unbridled feelings, awkward physical changes, and sexual desires running wild ’n free.
Supercharged Sex and Corporate Control in a Queer Erotic Novel
In My Wet Hot Drone Summer, anti-surveillance activists defeating corporate overlords is strangely sexy.
Inhabiting Other People’s Recorded Memories
The group exhibition Memory Burn at bitforms gallery, curated by Chris Romero, explores the devices we use to record our lives as we confront mortality and death.
Breathing Life into a High-Tech, Glowing Sphere
Back in the late ’90s, I considered going to raves.
From Cum Shots to Orgasmic GIFs, a Playful Take on Virtual Sex
Faith Holland’s show TECHNOPHILIA at Transfer Gallery left me wanting more, kind of like I imagine a good dick pic would.
California Artists Address Coast-to-Coast Political Struggles
What goes West must always return East because New York is still the center of the American art market.
Performance Artists Use Stand-Up Tropes, but Not For Laughs
LOS ANGELES — There’s nothing funny about art. Writing art criticism is a serious endeavor. But at some point, the performance of professionalism in the art world just started to feel like one big joke.