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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: –...
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...
Poem for Dita

Poem for Dita

On September 10, 2011 Dita von Teese performed her burlesque show at MCASD’s Monte Carlo fundraising event. POEM FOR DITA Dita’s in the art (museum) Doing illicit things America Divine intervening trance-angel Dancing imploring titillating attracting Devotion – is this Art? Devolution? Innovation? Transcendence? Adult Disneyland? Intelligentsia take aim! Diotema in the alley Daring imitation...
Into the Temple of Art

Into the Temple of Art

OF TIME AND SPACE, ART’S ASSUMPTION INTO THE MARKETPLACE AND WERNER HERZOG’S CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS It is the Monday night after the close of Art San Diego 2011 contemporary art fair and time to reflect on my pilgrimage to the ad hoc temple of art at the Hilton Bay Front. Four days of initiation...
Joe Yorty: The Art of Boredom

Joe Yorty: The Art of Boredom

We all know what it feels like to be stuck in a line. In the supermarket, at the bus stop, or at the doctors office. You find yourself slowly surrendering to the situation and becoming reconciled to doing nothing, feeling nothing, saying nothing, being nothing. Time passes so slowly it starts to become physical. Your...
Adult Puppet Cabaret (next one's fri 7/29)

Adult Puppet Cabaret (next one’s fri 7/29)

The last time that I stepped into the Adult Puppet Cabaret (a previous rendition), I had one of those, “Jesus Christ, is this really San Diego?” moments. The unmarked warehouse located in a quiet, unassuming, industrial part of town, seemed as if it had been teleported from… well, lets just say from a larger, more...
Where's the Dignity in Labor?

Where’s the Dignity in Labor?

In the sense that I have continued to dwell on the “Dignity of Labor,” I would say that it was a success. Featuring work by artists Brian Zimmerman and John Dillemuth installed amongst SDMA’s collections and spaces, a screening of the documentary Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class and a live performance by...
Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Until recently my exposure to anime had consisted primarily of a satisfying addiction to anything Miyazaki. But then I learned of Neon Genesis Evangelion, an anime series written and directed by Hideaki Anno which spans 11 hours of television episodes and a concluding movie. If Miyazaki’s work embodies classical art cinema à la Kurosawa, NGE...
David Fobes at Athenaeum

David Fobes at Athenaeum

  David Fobes‘s show at the Athenaeum is titled Code-O-Chromes, signaling its delicious conflation of color, op, painting, quilting, and CGI. (A conflation so rich one hapless critic panned the show for asserting that “painting is dead,” when in fact it contains two works rendered in… paint.) The key to the show — and the...
Art, Buddhism and X-Ray Vision

Art, Buddhism and X-Ray Vision

Two monks sat meditating in the woods. Suddenly one called out to the other with a laugh, “They call that a tree!” Since first reading Emerson’s essay on Transcendentalism in high school, I have been interested in Eastern philosophy and meditation. Back then I thought the object of meditation was to make my body float,...
UN/BRIDLED John Dillemuth's at Palomar College

UN/BRIDLED John Dillemuth’s at Palomar College

John Dillemuth‘s work that was on view at the Palomar College Boehm Gallery was another tour de force offering by one of the most innovative and creative practitioners in the San Diego visual arts community.  Mr. Dillemuth is a mid-career artist producing an array of well conceived, mature works of art.  The show is titled,...

Coatlicue Mi Amor

  Half-consciously, though, there is the more indigenous dream that the adventure is everything… — Kaprow, Happenings in the New York Scene Last month Agitprop presented Coatlicue mi Amor, a performance by The Border Corps, a group of San Diego artists, musicians, and performers. In its density of information and feeling, Coatlicue was by far...

Machine Project at LACMA

Machine Project is a Los Angeles based non-profit arts organization, a storefront exhibition space, and purveyor of DIY workshops in the spirit of the Maker Faire. LACMA is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the largest encyclopedic museum west of Chicago, and a patchwork complex of seven buildings ranging in style from 30′s streamline...