Category Archive: peripheral vision

On Objects: Susanna Bluhm’s Yosemite Family Portrait

Yosemite Family Portrait (2013) by Susanna Bluhm, part of A Place for Memory and Secrets, at SOIL Gallery “If the geological marvels of Carlsbad Caverns came into being in the time before history, the… 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

Uncanny Unease: The Digital Eye at the Henry Art Gallery

The digital eye is an uncanny one, at least as it stands in the Henry Art Gallery’s exhibition The Digital Eye: Photographic Art in the Electronic Age. Although this is not true of… 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

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

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

Julien’s Cabinet of Wonder

Julien’s Auctions hosted their “Music Icons” and “Hollywood Legends” summer sales at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Las Vegas from June 24-27. “A bloody piece of wood, a stuffed beaver, an elephant’s… Continue reading

Continuing Education: Las Vegas Studio at MOCA-PDC

The 1960 version of Ocean’s Eleven captures the original form of the Las Vegas Strip on film: the elaborate neon, the intimate lounges, the Rat Pack performances and black tie clientele. The special… Continue reading

Con Leche and Coca-Cola: Abstracting the Olympic Experience

Various groupings of Diet Coke bottles march through urban streets and alleys in Jordan Wolfson’s Con Leche, a 20-minute video piece. The bottles are filled with milk and exist as animations in a… Continue reading