Visual Art

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// artist // Stasia Burrington

I am fond of charcoal drawings and inkwash paintings because of their monochromatic simplicity. They get to the essence. So when I wandered into the GR2 Gallery one day and saw work by Stasia Burrington, I didn’t hesitate to photograph her portraits of women. On her blog, Burrington calls her inkwash”sumi,” and this East Asian type … Continue reading

photography | a teacher

Photography is a teacher. It teaches me about the present moment and impermanence. I will doubtfully see this crow perch the same way again with the same sunlight and wind. I will doubtfully see this crow again. Photography is a teacher. It teaches me gratitude. —Tommy Tung Move with Accord Progression on Facebook Visit its sibling site Fiction, … Continue reading

the lifecycle of April Fools’ Day

  Let me break this down for you: — March 31: people believe the news that they read. — April 1: people question the news that they read. — April 2: people believe the news that they read. You’re welcome.   Move with Accord Progression Facebook Visit its sibling site Fiction, Mostly

// conversation peace // I make that choice

On one Saturday morning, I walk before the sun is high above me. I walk when it is shooting at an angle, which means buildings and trees cast their shadows on me, and I need their shadows, just as I need to walk and slow down. The Digital Age has been killing me lately and … Continue reading

// conversation peace // tropism

I stopped to photograph this, and I considered how we photograph patterns in plants, crystals, and other natural phenomena. We find them attractive. We do not often photograph our own patterns however. Ours are much harder to document. Today, your homework assignment is to open the doors of perception before you go through the world. If … Continue reading

// conversation peace // what makes art art?

Night had fallen and so had rain. I arrived at a suburban home outside Portland, Oregon, and I did not know the hosts because my brother invited me there. The parents of the household were ethnically Jewish and born in Ukraine, and the father formerly served in the Israel Defense Forces. I didn’t bring up … Continue reading

New Mexico Moments | New Memories of Past Lives

We were drowning in darkness on Highway 41 outside Santa Fe, but every five seconds or so, lightning fractured a ganglion of clouds and only those clouds. It was an electrical cage in the sky, and for what prisoner and for what crime, I did not know. I only knew we were not far from … Continue reading

not just another enclave | the Santa Fe Art Colony

The Brewery is one of the largest art colonies in the world with several hundred residents, and the Santa Fe Art Colony is not striving for that superlative. It is comfortable with its own identity with around 50 residents. Both colonies are in downtown LA and both colonies open twice a year to the public for … Continue reading

To Be Honest | You’re Not Going to Like This

I’m going to make this personal and impersonal. I’m going to pretend you love a contradiction. I’m going to pretend you are one. I’m going to keep the compositions of my photographs tight on the artists and their work and their materials—except for one image—because I’m not completely evil. I’m incompletely so. And I’m going … Continue reading

Wanderland | LA Art Book Fair and LA Zine Fest

This title is deceptive. This is not an informative story about these events. This is rather a story of a cultural coyote in Los Angeles. I am that animal. I go for days without nourishing my soul with friendship, family, or love. I wander and have a talent for it. Many of my friends are … Continue reading