Artist a Day Challenge 2016-11: Nick Cave

Nick Cave’s soundsuits are wondrously colorful, captivating, sculptural pieces that amplify the beauty of the human body in motion.  In 1992 Cave created his first soundsuit out of twigs and discarded items found in a park and conceived the suit in response to police brutality after the Rodney King beatings in Los Angeles. That first soundsuit was a commentary on the detachment between the … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge 2016-11: Nick Cave

RIP Chris Burden

Chris Burden’s work has become a permanent fixture in the creative landscape of Los Angeles.  While writing this blog over the years, Burden was revealed to me in many different forms.  The most obvious was from his signature massive installation of Urban Light, a sea of 202 1920’s street lamps that he sourced and refurbished since 2000 … Continue reading RIP Chris Burden

Artist a Day Challenge No. 14 “Art Is” by Lorraine O’Grady

One day I was sitting in my hair stylist’s studio where she has a small table with a dish of candy on it.  A man in the studio, displeased by the offerings in the dish lamented, “Why don’t you have any black candy?”. “Black Candy?” A playful argument ensued, but I found the question absurdly random.  Why must … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge No. 14 “Art Is” by Lorraine O’Grady

Artist a Day Challenge No. 13: Performance Art

Admittedly, one area of conceptual contemporary art that I infrequently explore and struggle to comment on is Performance Art.  In 2014 the Walker Art Center curated a performance art exhibition that showcases black artists and their contributions to this unique creative medium. Radical Performance was the first large-scale retrospective of its kind. Curator Valerie Cassel Oliver … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge No. 13: Performance Art