YES: Meet the artist Yes: ‘Realisms’ by rachels
June 23, 2008, 9:42 am
Filed under: Art, Film

Candace Breitz, whose two-part video installation piece “Mother + Father” is currently on display as part of “The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality and the Moving Image” exhibit at the Hirshhorn, will speak in the museums’ Ring Auditorium this Thursday at 7 p.m.

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YES: Bruce Weber’s ‘Summer Camp’ by rachels
June 18, 2008, 8:35 am
Filed under: Art, Fashion, Media

Daria Werbowy, Kate Moss, Lara Stone in this month’s W. Click for more (NSFW) Continue reading

YES or NO: Opera for the masses? by rachels
June 17, 2008, 10:01 am
Filed under: Art, Music, YES OR NO?

Announced last week, Brokeback Mountain will be adapted into an Opera for the New York City Opera in 2013. Announced today, An Inconvenient Truth faces the same fate. Al Gore’s popular book and documentary film on Earth’s environmental crisis will be performed at La Scala (one of the world’s most famous opera houses) in Milan in 2011.

Can popular and current film adaptations increase waning audiences? Or is this just opera light?

Sidenote: I have never been to an opera, but I would definitely consider seeing Brokeback in aria form. Then again, who knows where we’ll be in 2013?

Yes: Art NO: The Old Bait and Switch by Jason Powell
June 3, 2008, 1:17 pm
Filed under: Art, Going Out

I decided to attend the opening of Project 4‘s group show “The Sublime Landscape” on Saturday night before the ZP show, first because I like to get my art on, and second because I was excited to see new paintings by Jeff Soto, whose dark take on character designs and environments are both surreal and fun. The show features ten artists in total, but thanks to Soto’s current it-boy status courtesy of tastemaking publications like Giant Robot and Juxtapoz, his work is prominently featured on all the promotional materials for the show, even down to utilizing the blacks and grays featured in his latest series. Well, imagine my surprise when I get there: not only is this 2-floor space smaller than everyone’s favorite Arlington bar, but the two small paintings by Soto are tucked away in the office area at the very back of the space, where they were casually hung on a tiny wall above a countertop littered with cheap wine and plastic cups. Way to keep it classy, Project 4.

YES: Music, art, office buildings by rachels
June 1, 2008, 4:36 pm
Filed under: Art, Going Out, Music

This should be good. More at

(Capital Plaza I – corner of First & M streets NE – NY Ave Metro)

May 20, 2008, 11:33 am
Filed under: Art, Going Out

Tickets go on sale for the June 20th Hirshhorn After Hours today– featuring music from Maxi Geil & Playcolt and DJ People’s Champion, as well as the opening of The Cinema Effect Part II: Realisms. Part I: Dreams was pretty fucking stellar on a random Saturday afternoon, so I’ve got high high hopes for the sequel.

April 29, 2008, 11:23 am
Filed under: Art, Sports

Chris Cooley has a blog, and in his most recent entry, he showcases his artistic skills. While I would love to leave it at naked ladies and 80’s band logo’s, I think the best will have to be the “Floater to Yoder” (bottom right corner). I believe this was inspired by that incredible Todd Collins pass to Yoder against the Bears last year when Jason Campbell first injured his knee and everybody was crying cause we thought Collins was a scrub, and then all of a sudden we were down the field and there was Todd Yoder and it was insane! Oh man, with the Caps out, and the Wiz struggling, its a good thing we got stuff like the NFL Draft and Chris Cooley to keep us from becoming New Orleans Hornets fans.

YES: Art in My Back Yard by Jason Powell
April 11, 2008, 2:16 pm
Filed under: Art, Going Out

After the great Wreckfest show (not to mention the very entertaining closing night party two weeks ago), I figure the Arlington Arts Center deserves at least one more visit, especially considering it’s right down the street from me. Tonight sees the opening reception for their current show, Spring Solos 2008, featuring the work of six artists based in the the Mid Atlantic region. The work ranges from photography and video to installations, dioramas, and—how meta is this—”faux museum displays.” The reception is from 6-9pm, and you can also see some sneak previews of the installations on the blog of the AAC’s Director of Exhibitions, Jeffry Cudlin. (The same blog where I shamelessly stole liberated and recontextualized the photo above!)

NO: The old bait and switch by Jason Powell
April 2, 2008, 12:46 pm
Filed under: Art, Politics


Here’s a twist on the does-graf-belong-in-a-gallery question mentioned in this post about last week’s Wreckfest show: does graffiti belong on walls where the County of Los Angeles actually commissioned the work as part of a public art project? It seemed that way at first, but now a County official is backpedaling, and it’s making national headlines. In a bid to beautify a huge section of the Arroyo Seco, a manmade tributary that feeds into the LA River, local graffiti artist ManOne (née Alex Poli) and the Friends of the Los Angeles River organized a huge volunteer mural project in October of 2007. Literally hundreds of muralists showed up, creating 10,000 square feet of murals on what was once bare concrete. But County Supervisor Gloria Molina quickly changed her mind after deeming some of the images in the murals “inappropriate for a public art display.” The official word is that the murals are attracting increased tagging and gang-related activity, but some suspect that it could be a pair of green breasts that are the real problem. Molina has given the group until next Wednesday to whitewash the entire mural, But Poli stands firm as well, with an AP-worthy soundbite at the ready: “We did nothing illegal and we had permits,” he said. “We’re in the business of creating art, not destroying it.”

Yes: Wreckfest @ Tiffany’s by Jason Powell
March 31, 2008, 8:05 am
Filed under: Art, Going Out

Inspired by my own post, Friday night I decided to check out Wreckfest: a silly name for what turned out to be a great event (elitist scenester snobs will insert the phrase “for Arlington” here) featuring the work of local graf dudes CON, REI21, the SOVIET, RAMS, and even a surprise appearance by REZIST. Missed the live demonstration on a temp wall outside, but the Miller Lite(!) was still flowing freely inside, as was a live DJ who caused an impromptu break circle to form in the middle of the gallery. Ignored the corporate sponsorship (Scion was on their grustle at the “swag table,” zzzzzzzz…..), and caught an eclectic collection of young artists doing their thing. Check some photos here, as Friday was the closing night party. All the intellectual arguing over this show aside, a crowd like this is a dream come true for local galleries. I’ll admit, this was the first time I’d even been inside the AAC. Whether it’s this, the Stephen Colbert painting or the Hip Hop themed show at the Portrait Gallery, big ups to older istitutions trying to reach out to their future patrons.