A Designer’s Midcentury-Mod Music-Graphics Mashups

Graham Moore creates fine-art pieces that put you in a dancing mood, just by looking into them. In fact, many of them began as vintage LP record album covers, several decades pre-mp3. Then, under his knife, texts lose their legibility, …

Wunderkammer of Color: May 2012 Edition

Spring suffuses the natural world with color—but those with a keen eye know that color infiltrates city and town too, not to mention plenty of other nooks and crannies. Here are the hot color finds of the moment. All images: …

Pop Art, Politics, and Critiques of Contemporary Culture

  Popular culture, capitalist critique, and female empowerment are among the topics of this, the last of a three-part feature on “Pop and Politics,” one of the programs at the 100th annual College Art Association conference in Los Angeles. Part …

The Pleasures, Politics, and Proto-Feminisms of Pop Art

In 1963, Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique drew attention to the stifling state of American womanhood, and Roy Lichtenstein painted what might be considered a visual analogue: “Drowning Girl”, who’d rather be engulfed by tidal waves than call Brad for …

6:01 PST. Gidra vs. the American War Machine

Remember those radical underground rags of the late 1960s? The East Village Other. The Berkeley Barb. The L.A. Free Press. Gidra. Wait… Gidra? Wasn’t that a monster in those dumb Godzilla movies? Yes, but just because he tried to lay …

Affordable Love

Gallerist Jen Bekman’s affordable art site, 20×200, offers a selection of smart, well-curated photographs and prints, as evidenced by these Steve Lambert pieces. There are a variety of love-themed options (as well as a slew of other subjects), should you …

Love Is Lame, Is It?

Chad Silver thinks you can measure your love in inches. For the JSx55 gallery in New York City, he’s re-imagined his deconstructionist valentine, affectionately known as the “shit bitch” bear, as a 40-inch furry giant named Albert. “He’s their exclusive …

4:02 PST. The L.A. Art Scene's Original Culture Jammers, part 2

This is the second half of my interview with Claudia Bohn-Spector and Sam Mellon, curators of Speaking in Tongues: Wallace Berman and Robert Heinecken, 1961 – 1976, a Pacific Standard Time exhibition currently at the Armory Center for the Arts. …

4:01 PST. The L.A. Art Scene's Original Culture Jammers, part 1

Several decades before AdBusters, there was Wallace Berman and Robert Heinecken. Hardly anyone knew that these two media-manipulating L.A. hipster artists were intimates, beginning in the early 1960s. But now their relationship has been exposed to the public for the …