Category Archive: excess

On Objects: Jessica Craig-Martin’s Pillars of Legs

Several weeks ago, a new Zara opened in downtown Seattle. Leading up to its grand, public unveiling, a set of preview events marked the occasion, much in the spirit of a well-funded museum… Continue reading

Unearthing the New King Tut

The King Tut of the 1970s is the museum gauntlet, thrown to us all, daring museums to be popular over elitist and inspire the desire for knowledge among the masses through wonder. Inevitably… Continue reading

Remember to Always Think Twice: The Pains of Immortalizing Michael Jackson

When people reflect on the legacy of Steve Jobs, many, including his biographer Walter Isaacson, highlight editorial strengths as the the source of his genius, as opposed to creative innovation. Although the societal positioning… Continue reading

Electric Blue Oasis: The Las Vegas Pool as Sign

Tourists en masse pause to photograph the Bellagio’s outdoor courtyard from a stylized, concrete balcony designed to evoke Northern Italy. Below them, five pool courtyards cover the landscaped expanse in a set of… Continue reading

From the House of Lords to Rehab: Celebrity in the Las Vegas Landscape

“There was a time in fabulous Las Vegas when Hollywood starlets mingled with world class entertainers, when comedians gathered after shows to laugh, drink and dine the night away, when brandy and wine… Continue reading

Diamond-Coated Vulgarities: The Wynn Esplanade and Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst’s For the Love of God would be at home in a window on the Wynn Las Vegas’s Esplanade. The Esplanade is an oversized arcade of designer stores, flanked by flowers and… Continue reading

Every Signifier on the Las Vegas Strip: Fifteen Days, Endless Simulacra

This week, I begin a fifteen day trip to Las Vegas, Nevada, to seek and document art experiences within the notorious mecca of American popular culture. While turning a critical eye to Sin… Continue reading

Glowing from Afar: The Look of Light with Ulterior Motives

Spencer Finch‘s The Light at Lascaux (Cave Entrance) September 29, 2005 5:27 PM beckons from behind a corner inside Western Bridge. Although only visible through its reflected light prior to physically entering its… Continue reading

Pop Culture on the Rocks: Lost Guggenheims, Fallen Showgirls and the Liberace Museum

The last time I visited the Liberace Museum, an older woman invited me to try on a giant, patchwork coat. Providing the requisite opportunity for participation the way almost all American museums now… Continue reading

Michael Jackson’s Unused Furniture

An essay I wrote on the Julien’s 2010 Summer Sale (a true wunderkammer of an auction) at the Planet Hollywood Casino in Las Vegas is in the fall issue of ARCADE, available online… Continue reading