Unsynthesized Intuitions: Confronting Discomfort with Adrian Piper

As I left Adrian Piper’s “Concepts and Intuitions” at the Hammer museum, I noticed a series of wooden structures resembling voting booths positioned outside of the exhibit’s entrance. I walked into one of the private booths steadying myself as I prepared to write in the binder that was resting on a shelf in front of … Continue reading Unsynthesized Intuitions: Confronting Discomfort with Adrian Piper

Artist of the Day Challenge (25):Kevin Beasley

I’m currently writing a separate piece on Kevin Beasley’s current installation at the Hammer Museum, but I thought I would highlight him in my artist a day challenge as well. Artists that incorporate sound into their work interest me these days because they activate their environments in an entirely new way.  Some of Beasley’s ghost like … Continue reading Artist of the Day Challenge (25):Kevin Beasley

“And Now, the Rest of the Story”: Simone Leigh at the Hammer Museum

Last week my latest review of Simone Leigh’s exhibit was featured on Arts.Black.com.  The piece takes a close look at two of the strong influences found in Leigh’s work, the Herero and the Cupboard. While reading though sources for this piece I came across the fascinating, tragic history of the Herero. This gave me a much … Continue reading “And Now, the Rest of the Story”: Simone Leigh at the Hammer Museum

Art + Practice Re-Visits “Bad” Painting

“Not Bad Meaning Bad, but Bad Meaning Good.”-Peter Piper, Run DMC In 1978 the New Museum opened “Bad” Painting, an exhibition featuring artists that eschewed conventional artistic practices to create work that challenged precepts of high culture and countered Minimalist/Conceptualist art. “It is figurative work that defies, either deliberately or by virtue of disinterest, the classic … Continue reading Art + Practice Re-Visits “Bad” Painting

The Veiled Genius of Ruth Asawa

Ruth Asawa’s art celebrates diversity of style and technique.  Drawing from illustration, painting, dance, basket weaving, music and pottery, her multi-disciplined approach to art was nurtured as a student at Black Mountain College in the late 40’s.  Her introduction to art however, came to Asawa under less than auspicious circumstances. During WW II Asawa’s entire … Continue reading The Veiled Genius of Ruth Asawa