Colby Chamberlain

Los Angeles Poverty Department

April 2014

In 1984, performance artist John Malpede relocated from New York to Los Angeles and took a job as an outreach paralegal at Inner City Law Center. Out of the ICLC’s offices on Skid Row, Malpede held theater workshops for the area’s homeless… READ ON

IN PRINT April 2014 [TOC]

Jill Magid

February 2014

“I roamed the lobbies of hotels in the city looking for a man in an expensive vintage suit,” writes Jill Magid in her book Failed States (2012), “a discreet, older, subtle man who knew things, who was looking for me too.” Magid keeps… READ ON

IN PRINT February 2014 [TOC]

Jon Rafman

January 2014

Someone should have told Jon Rafman to restrain himself. His inaugural exhibition at Zach Feuer was packed, and unevenly so: Upon entering, you encountered racks of plastic video-game cases with labels showing Thomas Cole’s early-nineteenth-century… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2014 [TOC]

Aldo Tambellini

December 2013

Let’s get the usual encomiums out of the way: “pioneering,” “little known but influential,” “long overdue recognition.” The language accompanying the revival of interest in Aldo Tambellini is familiar enough, as are the rites.… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2013 [TOC]

Paul Ramírez Jonas

Koenig & Clinton

November 2013

In case you find yourself curious, here are the identities of Paul Ramírez Jonas’s five “Ventriloquists,” 2013, the cork facsimiles of classical busts on pedestals at the center of his exhibition “Aggregate”: Sophocles, Freud, … READ ON

PICKS

Mary Mattingly

November 2013

Flock, 2012, the first of fifteen photographs in Mary Mattingly’s exhibition “House and Universe,” shows two geodesic domes set atop a raft adrift in the ocean. Like Mattingly’s Waterpod Project, 2009, and her current Triple Island,… READ ON

IN PRINT November 2013 [TOC]

Maria Petschnig

September 2013

Is voyeurism ever nostalgic? Do Peeping Toms yearn for simpler times?Vasistas (all works 2013), the first of two videos in Maria Petschnig’s solo exhibition “Petschnigs’,” certainly raises the possibility. Not so long ago, the privileged… READ ON

IN PRINT September 2013 [TOC]

Justin Matherly

June 2013

The centerpiece of Justin Matherly’s exhibition “All industrious people” was a twenty-five-foot-long concrete sculpture modeled after several ancient stelae discovered in Turkey. Archival photographs of the rock-strewn site, thought to… READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2013 [TOC]

Sergei Tcherepnin

May 2013

In his exhibition “Ear Tone Box,” a seven-minute video showed Sergei Tcherepnin idling beneath a crumbling aqueduct at the edge of a sparsely populated plaza in Rio de Janeiro. Dressed in ripped fishnets and a blue cocktail dress, barefoot… READ ON

IN PRINT May 2013 [TOC]

Ignacio Uriarte

April 2013

Ignacio Uriarte never got the memo explaining that artists often keep two résumés: one listing the exhibitions, degrees, reviews, and awards that comprise an artist’s career, and a second cataloging the stints—as bartender, computer … READ ON

IN PRINT April 2013 [TOC]