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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 // 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

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

A Reason to Shoot People

In this verbal and visual essay, I propose that the best time to photograph people in an art gallery is when they offer a proportional statement between them and the installed work. It’s the optical equivalent of a simile. By Tommy Tung ============ At art exhibitions, you see photographers with point-and-shoot cameras and SLR machines … Continue reading

// Art // Relax, Not Reason Through It

In this essay, I abandon Art History so I can experience anthro[physis] at Rivera Gallery without “isms” and aggrandizing. By Tommy Tung Enter a gallery. A monocle and an art degree are not needed. Possess them however and you have an ocular and academic advantage. I pack light. I only carry the five senses—plenty for engaging any art exhibition. Equipped like … Continue reading