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Editor’s Letter

May/June 2016


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Dear Readers    We are bringing back a popular theme—photography. As a regular Artillery contributor, I guest-edited a photo issue four years ago. Since then, Artillery... Read More

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Audrey Wollen’s Feminist Instagram World

Sad Song


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One of Los Angeles–based artist Audrey Wollen’s Instagram posts features an undated 1890s painting in which a nude woman reclines, examining herself in a mirror... Read More

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Todd Gray’s Framing of Identity

Black Be Nimble


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“I’ve been going the wrong way for a long time … it’s sort of a reverse commute.” This is said by Todd Gray at the... Read More

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The Science of Seeing

The Aura of Kirlian Photography


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Two hundred years ago, the hierarchy of subjects taught to academic painters placed history and mythology at the top, with landscape and still life at... Read More

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The Analog Revolution

Shock of the Old


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The first to grow up in an image-centric world where the mass-dissemination of images via film, print and television started to infiltrate American culture on... Read More

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Amy Elkins’ Male Protagonists

Tough/Tender


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Inside American prisons, thousands of men sequestered in tiny, dim rooms spend their lives waiting to die. Outside, this marginal population is hardly considered, except... Read More

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Lost At Sea

MoMA’s Ocean of Images


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As soon as I entered the recent exhibition “Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015” at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), things took a... Read More

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Deep Dreams

Photography’s Shape-Shifting, High-Tech Identity


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Jeremy Couillard says that the pleasure of working with virtual reality (VR) is that he can move away from “a deceitful world I deeply wish... Read More

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KEN GONZALES-DAY

Guest Lecture


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1    Unknown, Bust of Kakaley, Isabelle, Salomon Islands (MNHN-HA-872), National Museum of Natural History, Paris2    Emile-André Leroy, Young Haitian, Museum of the 30s, Boulogne-Billancourt.3    Unknown,... Read More

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DECODER

Selfie-Conscious


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Self-portraits have been around forever and photos have been around longer than anyone now living. But selfies, I am going to argue, are their own... Read More

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ART BRIEF

The Naked City Sexual Politics, West Hollywood Style


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The City of West Hollywood is well known as one of the most liberal cities in America, so it’s more than a little ironic that... Read More

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RECONNOITER

Dhyandra Lawson


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Dhyandra Lawson is a curatorial assistant in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). ARTILLERY: Please describe your... Read More

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ASK BABS: Etiquette for Artful Living

Is it a gallery or a museum? It's all so confusing!


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BIGGER IS BETTERDear Babs, I went to the inaugural opening of Hauser Wirth & Schimmel here in Los Angeles. Seeing the sheer magnitude of the... Read More

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RETROSPECT

Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–89)


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Unlike Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s fascination with his models—whom he painted obsessively, much to the detriment of his painting—Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographs of Lisa Lyon show no... Read More

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SHOPTALK

Interview with Jenni Sorkin; New CAAM Director; PST; Orange Blossoms


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LIVELY UP LA ARTS DISTRICT INTERVIEW WITH  JENNI SORKINHauser Wirth & Schimmel launched with a bang on Sunday, March 13, opening its doors in a... Read More

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FOTOFEST 2016 BIENNIAL

Brave New World: Changing Circumstances


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The world of contemporary popular culture has largely left the biosphere behind, for a world of limitless extraterrestrial space. It is not so different from... Read More

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BUNKER VISION

The Astonishing Worlds of Kahn & Selesnick


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One of my favorite photo monographs by Kahn & Selesnick is an accordion-folded book that stretches out to 19 feet when it is fully unfurled.... Read More

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Lara Jo Regan’s SIGHTS UNSCENE

Paris Photo L.A., Paramount Studios, In Memoriam, 2013–15.


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Virginia Broersma

The Lodge / Los Angeles


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Virginia Broersma’s exploitation of wet-on-wet painting is not simply self-indulgent, it is lavish, extravagant, and delirious, amplifying what is already a relatively excessive technique into... Read More

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Chris Killip

Yossi Milo Gallery / New York City


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From 1973 to 1985, Chris Killip lived among and photographed working-class and underclass communities in the north of England whose livelihoods depended on traditional heavy... Read More

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Sant Khalsa

The Boone Family Art Gallery at Pasadena City College


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Sant Khalsa isn’t reticent about her artistic influences. In artist statements, she points to the photographs of Walker Evans, Ed Ruscha, and the Bechers as... Read More

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Aaron Fowler

Diane Rosenstein / Los Angeles


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Every surface, each object of Aaron Fowler’s thirteen assemblage paintings in “Blessings On Blessings,” has been contemplated, touched and worked to build layers of meaning... Read More

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Christopher Richmond

Moskowitz Bayse / Los Angeles


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Christopher Richmond’s “Double Fantasy,” a pairing of his videos Panthalassa (2015) and Rendezvous (2016) in his solo debut at Moskowitz Bayse, like much video work,... Read More

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Linda Arreola

Vincent Price Art Museum / East Los Angeles


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Linda Arreola’s debut as an artist was as a sculptor and installation artist. She’s also an architect; and her show, “Architect of the Abstract,” a... Read More

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Aimée García

Couturier Gallery / Los Angeles


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Like many Cuban artists, Aimée García has learned how to avoid censorship while still communicating her message and ideas. In García’s current body of work... Read More

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Kim Abeles

PØST / Los Angeles


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Kim Abeles’ aptly named “Portraits and Autobiographies,” which explores the boundaries between photographer and subject with intimate self-portraits and sculptures, features silver print photographs produced... Read More

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Rebecca Campbell and Samantha Fields

University Art Museum, CSU / Long Beach


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In this two-person exhibition of paintings, drawings, collages, sculptures and writing, Rebecca Campbell and Samantha Fields mine their own personal histories, passing them through the... Read More

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Owen Kydd

Casemore Kirkeby Gallery / San Francisco


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With multimedia and hybrid disciplines on the rise, photographers, and artists who incorporate photographic materials and techniques into their work, continue to find ways to... Read More

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