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MAY/JUNE 2016 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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