Art In America

Ritual Work

Treating dance as a species of witchcraft, LA choreographer Nina McNeely brings New Age symbols, culturally diverse music, and staccato movement to her live performances and big-name music videos. 

Harry Dodge

“How would you make a smile?” a scientist asks an android in Mysterious Fires (2016), a video shown in Harry Dodge’s Armory Center exhibition. The scientist is played by an actor wearing a rubber mask of an aged face, lined and leathery, with a hooked...

A Real Deal: LAPD at the Pasadena Armory

“Do you want the cosmetic version or the real deal?” The title of the Los Angeles Poverty Department’s recent retrospective poses an opposition between surface aesthetics and lived experience, between the production of artworks and the embodiment of...

Peter Linden

A plastic dog nose peaks out from a black plastic bowl filled with oblong seeds and placed atop a tan particle-board podium. The objects form a concentric pattern: the brown seeds match the flecks in the particle board; the nose shares its color with...


The minimal forms of Math Bass’s paintings and sculptures reflect a playful attitude toward philosophical questions about identity and bodily experience.   

“Ha Ha! Business!”

Joe Scanlan’s 2003 Self Portrait (Pay Dirt) is a photograph of the artist, grinning, shirt collar open, with a layer of brown muck smeared all over his face. His subtitle offers a punning critique of capitalism (“filthy rich”), willfully ignoring the...

In the Studio: Stanya Kahn

The Los Angeles-based artist, a veteran of live performance, discusses her use of visual, physical and verbal comedy in the deliberately lo-fi videos and drawings she now produces.

John Currin

John Currin’s latest oil paintings, which basked in the gallery’s 20,000 square feet, chime eerily with Agraria’s aesthetic nostalgia for the lifestyles of the landed gentry. 

Alex Chaves

The surfaces shine. Maybe it’s sweat. Perhaps the walls, the floors, the chairs and anything that surrounds the figures present in Alex Chaves’s latest body of oils are perspiring with the labor of becoming abstract. 

Asher Hartman

Asher Hartman’s rambunctious theater piece Purple Electric Play! (PEP!), 2014, bounces between the thematic purples of protest, prose and psychedelics.

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