Hallway of dreams: Inside Tobia Makover’s “Nakazora”
Aug28

Hallway of dreams: Inside Tobia Makover’s “Nakazora”

It’s early afternoon and I’m standing in the middle of Tobia Makover’s installation, Nakazora: the space between Sky and Earth, at the Jepson Center. My hand rests on her shoulder while she chokes back sobs. Sunlight–somehow still warm in defiance of all architectural obstacles–streams onto her cheeks, catching the tears there on its way to illuminate the sea of artwork surrounding us. We’re talking about secrets. Or maybe we’re...

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Q&A: Bin Feng’s “Pin Man: A Spacetime Odyssey”
Aug12

Q&A: Bin Feng’s “Pin Man: A Spacetime Odyssey”

Two years ago, Bin Feng walked down Disneyland’s Main Street USA in a gold bodysuit covered in enamel pins. The performance piece (which lasted 30 minutes during one of Disney’s many parades and caused a major traffic jam before Feng was escorted out by security) was one facet of the artist’s “Pin Man” project–an attempt to “discuss pop culture and the value systems” inherent to America. In preparation for the performance, Feng...

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Adam Winnie to open new artist studios in 2016
May31

Adam Winnie to open new artist studios in 2016

Artists in need of studio space won’t have to wait much longer for another option to open up. Local artist Adam Winnie will unveil a new space comprised of two large private studios and an 800 square foot multi-artist studio by the end of 2016. The building is located at 2207 Harmon Street at the intersection of 39th and Harmon streets. Winnie has been working out of the space (which he is tentatively calling Harmon Street Studios)...

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Mel Gibson & macaroni sunshine: A studio visit with Justin Armstrong
May29

Mel Gibson & macaroni sunshine: A studio visit with Justin Armstrong

The first time I visited Justin Armstrong’s studio at Alexander Hall, he was standing on top of a pile of Mel Gibson photos and Monopoly money with a giant grin on his face. The hallways were clogged with people, but despite his urging that it wasn’t an installation – “Hi! I’m Justin! Do you want to walk on Mel Gibson?” – few crossed his threshold. If they had, they would’ve seen the gigantic bags of potting mix, the Legos, the...

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“Cain or Abel?”: Studio Visit with Tyler Butcher
May24

“Cain or Abel?”: Studio Visit with Tyler Butcher

For a long time, Tyler Butcher was two separate artists. Until 2012, Butcher was known mainly for his extremely traditional, academic-style landscapes, but hidden away in the back of his studio were the paintings no one was allowed to see. For years, he quietly worked both sides of a schism between total abstraction and something approaching romanticism. Finally, one night everything came together.     “One night in my...

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