Category Archive: visual culture

New American Paintings Blog: Q and A with Cable Griffith

Despite the isolated region of my brain that somehow still kinesthetically remembers the catalogue of strategies I painstakingly built for accessing Sonic the Hedgehog‘s elusive Chaos Emeralds, during my childhood days in front… Continue reading

On Objects: Shaun White’s Pants

I didn’t realize how much an object can project sexiness until I happened upon Shaun White’s pants. Contrary to how that might sound, the pants were in the unsexy location of a display… 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

Economy of Space: The New Gallery that is Prole Drift

Over on New American Paintings Blog, I recently spoke with Dirk Park, co-founder of Aqua Art Miami, Platform Gallery and now founder of Prole Drift in Seattle’s International District. Although I went into… 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