In rock 'n' roll history there have existed lines in the sand: Polarizing musical thresholds beyond which your average listener will not step. Bob Dylan’s baffling Self Portrait, for example, or Lil Wayne’s rock album Rebirth. Muddy Waters’ psych-blues masterpiece Electric Mud, the entire output of Northeast family weirdos the Shaggs. Captain Beefheart and/or Frank Zappa.
The work of 34-year-old Los Angeles singer, songwriter, bandleader and memory-bending artist Ariel Pink and his band Haunted Graffiti is one such line, as evidenced by some of the songs on his wonderfully baffling new album, Mature Themes. Read story
Choreographer Kate Weare discovered her creative voice and a passion for collaboration as a student at California Institute of the Arts. Since graduating, she's created works on companies including Scottish Dance Theatre, Australia's Buzz Dance Theatre, CityDance Ensemble and NYC's Paradigm, and she founded the Kate Weare Company in 2005. In 2009, she was awarded a Princess Grace Award and in 2011, a Joyce Theater Foundation Fellowship. DanceU101 spoke to Weare about being a successful post-college choreographer. —Rachel Zar Read story
Public art sculpture intended to reflect the purpose of new crime lab
Osman Akan first saw Alaska on a gloomy November day in 2010. The artist, born in sunny Turkey and now based in New York City, was flying back to America after attending a contemporary art fair in Europe. He'd scheduled a stop in Anchorage to evaluate making a proposal to create a statue for the new state crime lab as a Percent for Art project. Read story
Hotshot tv animators used to knock on Disney Channel’s door very infrequently. For a generation of cartoonists raised on The Simpsons, Disney had a reputation as too worried about protecting its brand to have fun. The cool kids wanted to work elsewhere. Read story
If you believe the myth, Ariel Pink is home a lot.
On a Monday morning in July, Ariel Pink was idly wandering through his house in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, speaking by phone and giving a virtual tour. In the room where he sleeps, he said, an eight-track recorder was stationed on a shelf; in the living room he described a haphazard stack of instruments, guitars on top of keyboards on top of amplifiers. Read story
To Understand the Future of MoCA, Look at its Past
With the recent decision of the MoCA board of trustees to reverse itself and open a search for a chief curator, the museum’s identity crisis may have reached a temporary respite. But a more permanent resolution isn’t in the cards until a sustainable budget is achieved, and all interested parties, including a passionate public, can agree on what that budget means in terms of programming, collection development and support, and educational outreach. It’s past time to analyze, consider, and restate the museum’s mission. Read story
In their desperation to oust President Obama, Republicans have selected the worst presidential candidate in recent memory.
I spent most of July in the upper Midwest and was reminded that not everyone in America passes the summer fixated on politics. They go to the beach, catch fish, grill burgers, eat ice cream, try to stay cool, see The Dark Knight Rises without recognizing it as the fascist tract that shrewder observers from Rolling Stone do. In the Bear Lake Tavern where I would have dinner not far from Lake Michigan, the TV over the bar is set to the Olympics before being turned to CNN or Fox or occasionally NBC (but not MSNBC). Read story
Passing through Southampton where traffic is snarled by yet another summer event, I arrive in the quieter Sag Harbor to catch up with Eric Fischl in the Arts and Crafts-style contemporary home he shares with his wife of 37 years, painter April Gornik. He's just helped her move a mammoth canvas in her studio, which matches his exactly. Their identical spaces sit side by side, with wide open views of lush gardens. The artists have inhabited this idyllic setting full-time since 2009, when they left Manhattan following a studio fire. Read story
... For a decade now, Sony Pictures Media Arts Program has provided free drawing and animation programs for kids in L.A. area, bringing artistic and technical training to middle school students. ... The program is a public-private educational partnership between CalArts, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and SPE. Read story
Below: Sony Pictures Media Arts Program celebrates its 10th anniversary.