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Relocating Agitprop

Relocating Agitprop

  Dear friends, If you have been wondering why things have been a bit quiet over here at Agitprop, it is because we have some news. It simultaneously saddens  and excites me to let you know that Agitprop has relocated. The space that we occupied in North Park has officially closed. In June we turned...
The Clean, Curious Eyeball of Bill Nericcio

The Clean, Curious Eyeball of Bill Nericcio

Bill Nericcio’s work as a writer and theorist of cultural studies extends from the semiotics of Speedy Gonzalez to the film career of Rita Hayworth to the influence of the Homeric tradition on the Chicano novel. For Nericcio, the fluid barriers between high, low and Mexican and American cultures offer irresistible opportunities to thread his...
Michael Maas

Michael Maas

    Michael Maas is a Fallbrook-based painter. Over the past 15 years he’s shown extensively in Southern California, most recently at L2Kontemporary in Chinatown. He has another show this month at Bunny Gunner in Pomona. Maas is best known for his Alhambra series, over 200 paintings which deploy a common abstract motif — a...
San Diego Public Art

San Diego Public Art

A standard lament in the visual arts community is that San Diego is fated to be a perpetual Jersey-on-the-Pacific, with art remaining the odd duck out in a region known for its theatre and physical culture. The artists tend to blame this on the weather, without considering that the problem may be their art. San...
Prole Drift: Jean Lowe and the Great Recession

Prole Drift: Jean Lowe and the Great Recession

  1. In 1983 the historian Paul Fussell penned a minor classic of social satire titled Class: A Guide Through the American Status System. In it he dissects a myriad of class signifiers – housing, decor, transportation, diet, dress, posture, physiognomy, demeanor, vocabulary, religion, career, education, recreation – and from this deduces the following: –...
Making WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing

Making WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing

Leonard Koren is the author of Making WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing , the definitive history of WET Magazine, the iconic and innovative magazine he published from 1976 – 1981 out of Venice Beach, California. Polymorphously perverse, cheeky, flirtatiously Hollywood and beautifully designed, WET Magazine was an extension of Koren’s own quirky and enigmamtic...
Mark Dery Interview

Mark Dery Interview

Mark Dery has been exploring the shifting sands of American sub-cultural trends for almost twenty years. He has built a reputation as an engaged and voluble critic hailed for his urbane, funny observations delivered with clear-eyed reason. His new book, I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-by Essays on American Dread, American Dreams features thirty-two...
Unconditional Surrender to Mediocrity: a letter to Port Commissioners

Unconditional Surrender to Mediocrity: a letter to Port Commissioners

The Port of San Diego is not historically known for making good decisions related to art. And today they made sure that this reputation was not sullied.  The Board of Commissioners at the Port of San Diego voted 4 to 2 in favor of accepting a permanent copy, to be cast in bronze, of the...
scott b. davis

scott b. davis

scott b. davis has earned a national reputation for his night photography. The San Diego Museum of Art is currently exhibiting a survey of his work from the past decade. And a show of recent work opens in March at jdc Fine Art. A recent profile of davis in the Summerset Review offers a wonderfully...
Is Robert Pincus a real person?

Is Robert Pincus a real person?

On Saturday the U-T San Diego editorialized on the impending removal of a public artwork from the San Diego waterfront. The editorial begins with a full paragraph quoting former U-T art critic Robert Pincus on his response to the artwork in question. It then states the following: “These criticisms discount the undeniable reality that, from...
A Painting by Anita Storck

A Painting by Anita Storck

John Baldessari, Commissioned Painting: A Painting by Anita Storck (1969) If a sign painter could paint my texts, why not ask somebody to paint a picture according to my indications? Every year my father and I used to visit county fairs. Despite the fact that he loved looking at tractors and farm equipment and I...
Todd Stands Interview: Documenting the Chicano Park Mural Restoration

Todd Stands Interview: Documenting the Chicano Park Mural Restoration

Todd Stands is a multi-skilled artist with 30 years of public art experience. He was invited to be a part of million dollar restoration project of the murals at Chicano Park. Lucky for history he is also an excellent photographer. While working on the murals Todd would bring along his camera and document the painstaking...
Leonard Koren Interview: Making WET

Leonard Koren Interview: Making WET

Leonard Koren published WET Magazine for 5 1/2 years between 1976 and 1981 as part of a creative and philosophical experiment he called “gourmet bathing.” WET Magazine became his primary vehicle of expression during that time. Overt definition equals death for artistic ideas so Leonard has maintained a refusal to define explicitly what gourmet bathing...
Épater La Jeunesse

Épater La Jeunesse

Like other art museums The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles hosts an annual gala event, with the goal of extracting surplus wealth from donors. The time-honored quid pro quo in this transaction is entertainment, and MOCA’s newly-acquired director Jeffrey Deitch has proven himself a master of pushing the notion toward the poles of art...
Thanks for the experience

Thanks for the experience

Turn on/Tune in/Drop out/Log on The awesomeness of Steve Jobs has been given a canonical accounting with the publication of Walter Isaacson’s 570-page authorized biography of his life. So just how did Jobs transmogrify the world? The CEO Messiah of User Experience claimed he did it by standing at the intersection of technology and liberal...