The day before L.A.'s run-off election, the Da Vinci Gallery at L.A. City College (LACC) hosted "Feminism Today," a conversation initiated by three CalArts graduate students, made possible by the LACC undergraduates who run the art space, and led by multi-disciplinary artist Faith Wilding.
Rooted in the history of Feminism, and using Feminist tools for deep talking and listening, the conversation articulated many questions. Among them: What will bring about solidarity and change? What do we need to unlearn? What do you do with political disappointment?"
The timing was coincidental, and Wendy Greuel went unmentioned, but the conversation nonetheless put the local election into historic and ideological context. For while Feminism made Greuel's mayoral bid possible, Faith Wilding's "political disappointment" had little to do with electoral failure; her "political" rejects tinkering in favor of transformation.
The radical transformation that seemed to be "just around the corner" in 1972, when Faith and her cohort in the newly established CalArts Feminist Art Program made Womanhouse in Hollywood, has failed to materialize. Undeniable gains have been made, but the structural oppressions of patriarchy remain in place. And perhaps -- given that the number of American women in prison is now increasing at nearly double the rate of men -- they are grown stronger.
Great Pet Portraits Capture Goofy and Gorgeous: Furtographs
May 27, 2013 If It's Hip It's Here
There's no shortage of adorable images of dogs and cats on the internet these days. Pinterest, Tumblr and Facebook are loaded with them. But not all of them are as well composed or attractive as those done by photographer/artist Andy Stolarek of Los Angeles. His in-home and on-location shots of people's dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, pigs and more other capture beast and beauty in one image. Read more
When Hollywood Wants Good, Clean Fun, It Goes to Mormon Country
By JON MOOALLEM
May 23, 2013 New York Times
Allen Ostergar stood at the front of the lecture hall with a stiff and bashful smile, or maybe it was just stage fright, and started his pitch. Open on a deadly pirate ship, he said— “the deadliest of all the pirate ships to, like, sail the seas.” B.Y.U. Student Films.
It was a Tuesday evening at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah, and the school’s computer-animation program had assembled its 70-odd students to choose their next project — the one film they would be producing over the next three semesters. Ostergar, a junior from Southern California, was up first.
There’s a certain anxiety in composer Julia Holter’s electronic experimentations — the feeling that, at any turn, a pop song could break out. And, probably, ruin the vibe. Holter, the Cal Arts product who came on the radar two years ago with the Euripides-inspired “Tragedy” and last year followed it with the mystical, devastating (in a good way) “Ekstasis,” this summer will release her third album in as many years. On “Loud City Song” (due Aug. 20 on Domino), Holter graduates from bedroom artist to a proper studio, where she made the album with co-producer Cole Marsden Grief-Neill and an ensemble of L.A. players. The minimalist qualities of the glacial lead track “World” conspire with her understated, sometimes-incantational vocals to make it seem as if Holter is merely waiting for the rest of the world to catch up.
Battle Bears' creator finds inspiration in family journey
By David Martin
May 24, 2013 CNN
Ben Vu's parents and older brother fled South Vietnam by boat in 1975 -- in the chaotic and violent final days before Saigon fell to communist forces from the north.
The family emigrated to a small town in Nebraska, where Ben was born, but the story of how the family escaped 38 years ago this month became part of the family lore -- real-life bedtime stories of daring and danger young Ben never tired of hearing.
Three decades later, Ben started his own company, SkyVu (pronounced sky-voo) Entertainment, and used these stories as his inspiration for a mobile game called "Battle Bears."
Julia Holter Previews Literary New Album With Delicate 'World'
by Kyle McGovern
'Loud City Song' to be toured extensively in North America and Europe
May 23, 2013 Spin
Julia Holter has a busy summer ahead of her. On August 20, the Los Angeles singer-songwriter will release Loud City Song, her third album in as many years. But before Domino Records issues the upcoming full-length, Holter will begin an international tour that will take her across North America and Europe.
The CalArts alumna will kick off her two-month trek on July 11 in Washington, D.C. She'll make stops in New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Detroit, and Chicago before heading overseas in support of Loud City Song. The excursion wraps in London on August 20, the same day the LP is officially released in the U.S.
Jack Goldstein x 10,000′ at the Jewish Museum By Maika Pollack
May 21, 2013 Gallerist New York
If you’re turned off by the bombast of infinitely escalating auction prices and big-tent contemporary fairs, take refuge in the elegant first American retrospective of Jack Goldstein. Organized by Orange County Museum of Art guest curator Philipp Kaiser, and in New York by Jewish Museum Assistant curator Joanna Montoya, the show is the gloomy B-side to the relentless pop staccato of blockbuster contemporary art. Yet artists today owe much to this cult figure.
“I can’t stand to look at anything that my hand does,” Goldstein once griped. For his 1975 MFA graduation show as part of the first class at Cal Arts, he buried himself alive. His work would follow this trajectory towards total disappearance.
L.A.’s REDCAT Lands $244K Grant To Fund Theater Festival, Residencies
By Sean J. Miller
May 21, 2013 Backstage
The REDCAT has received a major grant that will help it expand Radar L.A., an international contemporary theater festival set for late September.
The Los Angeles interdisciplinary contemporary arts center, known formally as the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, announced this week that it has received $244,000 from ArtPlace America, a coalition of national and regional foundations, banks and federal agencies.
The money will help REDCAT expand Radar L.A. beyond the 14 companies invited to mount productions last year.
Eric Fischl’s memoir (out tomorrow) hasn’t even hit bookstores, but already the painter is making waves in the art world with revelations of his promiscuous past and the boldly critical statements aimed at his contemporaries. Named after the infamous work that propelled him to art-world stardom, Fischl’s memoir is also an account of all that being an artist encompasses. Touching on everything from a painter’s creative process to maneuvering the social art scene, Bad Boy comes off as part tell-all, part portrait of an artist. SCENE caught up with the Sag Harbor-based Fischl to get his take on what it means to be an artist in the 21st Century.
Ed Fella’s AIGA Medalist profile sums him up succinctly: He’s “one of the most influential designers of the last quarter century.” And now he’s retiring. But having been friends since I first interviewed him for Emigre back in 1993, I figure that “retire” will be more like a change of treads, appropriate for a man who started up in Detroit with decades of auto industry servicing and other such commercial maintenance work. And after getting an overhaul and tune-up at the Cranbrook Academy of Art’s MFA program, he was driven to move out west to park, but not idle, at the California Institute of the Arts. When I asked “Why stop now?” he noted that he’s taught there for the past 25 years and, having arrived at age 75, “It kind of makes a nice symmetry, don’t you think?”