Iterations, Gregg Biermann (US, 2014)

Festival of (In)appropriation #7


As I may have mentioned before, collage—in spite of lip service to artists from Picasso/Braque to Hannah Hoch to Rauschenberg to Elliott Hundley—remains under-acknowledged as…
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Kerry Thornley
in the late ’60s

UNDER THE RADAR: Joyous Anarchy

Two New Books by Adam Gorightly

In the early ’70s, during the couple of years before punk broke, one of the most exciting subcultural zeitgeists centered around a trio of novels—ostensibly…
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Announcement designed by Wallace Berman for Batman Gallery exhibition, 1961.


Messenger of Love

As the philosopher Lindsey Buckingham once observed “You win prizes if you stay, because that’s how we do it in LA.” When I landed in…
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Plate 134 from Not Nothing: Selected Writings by Ray Johnson, 1954–1994. © Estate of Ray Johnson, courtesy Richard L. Feigen & Co.

Under the Radar: Ray Johnson

Musings about Nothing

Until his suicide in 1995, Ray Johnson was one of those fringe artists that most artists had heard about, but very few were familiar with….
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Giuseppe’s Factory

Giuseppe’s Factory

Giuseppe Makes a Movie, directed by Adam Rifkin at LA Film Festival

Celebrity can be problematic. In fact, celebrity is one of the most poisonous influences on individual and collective human psychology at work in contemporary society,…
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©2013 Estate of Ad Reinhardt/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London.

Under the radar

Looking at Ad Reinhardt

I don’t remember when I first ran across Ad Reinhardt’s dazzling, sarcastic collage comics—probably in the ’80s (around the same time I stumbled upon his…
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Barbara T. Smith, Untitled Drawing from Sound Piece for Notes and Scores for Sound, 1971. Pencil on paper, 18 x 24 inches

UNDER THE RADAR: Plastic is Fantastic Again

Barbara T. Smith, Performance Audio 1969–1988

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the weird inversions of mainstream and underground culture, particularly as regards formats—the vinyl record for example. Talking with Rick and…
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“I Left My Heart” by Cliff Hengst,
image courtesy Machine Project 
and Southern Exposure.

UNDER THE RADAR: Prosthetic Enthusiasms and perverse harnessings

Machine Project & Premonitions of the Bauharoque

In retrospect, Machine Project—the Echo Park storefront operating for the last decade as a rapid-fire curatorial clearinghouse for founder/director Mark Allen’s tireless curiosity—would seem to…
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UNDER THE RADAR Pearblossom Hwy MIKE OTT’S PEARBLOSSOM HWY REACHES for reality, in a real way, sort of. LA filmmaker’s Mike Ott’s last movie—LiTTLEROCK (2010) was…
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