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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...
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...
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...
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...
Exit interview: Susan Myrland looks back on Art San Diego 2011

Exit interview: Susan Myrland looks back on Art San Diego 2011

Susan Myrland‘s career is difficult to put into a box. Her resume includes stints with both for-profit and non-profit organizations. She has done TV production, interactive video communications, internet and management consulting and has her own consulting firm, Silvergate. The most recent chapter in her career was marked by her completion of a Museum Studies...
Archival Knowledge- An Interview with Artist Tim Schwartz

Archival Knowledge- An Interview with Artist Tim Schwartz

Artist Tim Schwartz’s recent exhibition at Agitprop, Inside the Digital Scriptorium: New Works by Tim Schwartz, featured a series of works derived from information lost when archives go digital.  This information was gathered through Schwartz’s long-term project call STAT-US, which is comprised of a refurbished Air-Stream Trailer turned into a mobile research unit.  Schwartz spent...
"But the truth is..." a Gil Scott-Heron interview

“But the truth is…” a Gil Scott-Heron interview