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Tracey Harnish
Tracey Harnish, a native Angelino, attended Otis College of Art and Design, she blogs about the LA art scene on her blog,

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Lisa Adams: America the Beautiful

(4) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 5:10 PM

2015-09-09-1441828355-1071046-zDarkStar.jpg DARK STAR, Lisa Adams, 2014-2015, 60x84, Courtesy CB1 Gallery

Lisa Adams takes us down a familiar path that is strewn with objects both mundane and transmogrified; the commonplace is ruptured by banalities. Last year Adams exhibited the work of her solo show under...

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Blockbuster vs. Indie Showdown: The Giver vs. Lucy vs. Mood Indigo

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 1:41 PM

In an absurd effort to compare apples and oranges, I present a series of film reviews where two films that have nothing to do with each other go head-to-head for a showdown. Bigger is not always better, but then again, sometimes it is.

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Blockbuster vs. Indie Showdown: Guardians of the Galaxy vs. Snowpiercer

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 9:40 AM

2014-08-05-RocketRaccoonGrootGuardiansoftheGalaxyCharacterPosterRevealed.jpg Yoda and Chewbacca Photo Courtesy Marvel Studios

Guardians of the Galaxy

I really shouldn't start out a film conversation with -- best soundtrack of the year, but oh yes it is (even better than Richard Linklater's Boyhood? Yes.), and it sets the pace...

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Blockbuster vs. Indie Showdown: 'Neighbors' vs. 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

(1) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 8:27 AM

In an absurd effort to compare apples and oranges, I present a series of film reviews where two films that have nothing to do with each other go head-to-head for a showdown. Bigger is not always better, but then again, sometimes it is.


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Blockbuster vs. Indie Showdown: 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' vs. 'Locke'

(2) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 1:58 PM

In an absurd effort to compare apples and oranges, I present a series of film reviews where two films that have nothing to do with each go head-to-head for a showdown. Bigger is not always better, but then again, sometimes it is.


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Breaking Bad vs. 2 Guns: Why TV Has the Best Writing

(14) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 2:10 PM

Nerds do rule the world (Image Courtesy of AMC)

I finally get what everyone else has known for the past five years, that Breaking Bad is fucking awesome. In the first episode, when Walter says, "I am awake" in zen speak, it...

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The Bling Ring: Extreme Shopping

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 1:46 PM

The Bling Ring, photo courtesy A24films

If the characters from Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis, weren't rich and grew up in the San Fernando Valley, they might have been the characters in The Bling Ring, the new film directed by...

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Social Media and the Unknown Artist - Part 2

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 4:06 PM

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Untitled, Artist Unknown

Oliver Wasow is an artist who directs our gaze. Using vernacular photographs or unique images he has fabricated in his studio, he creates a filter through which we look. By categorizing found photographs, he much like a movie editor, directs...

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Leviathan: A Watery and Brutal un-Documentary

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2013 | 6:35 PM

A scene from Lucien Castaing-Taylor and VÈrÈna Paravel's LEVIATHAN. Courtesy of Cinema Guild.

There should be a warning for this movie, because while it's labeled a documentary, with its chiaroscuro lighting, it could be called an impressionist kaleidoscope dream, culled from...

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Social Media and the Unknown Artist

(13) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 3:17 PM

Untitled, Artist Unknown

For the past five years I have seen between five and twenty gallery exhibitions per week, every week, driving all over Los Angeles from the Westside to downtown, to Miracle Mile, to Hollywood, searching out the most interesting shows....

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The Exquisite and the Abject: The 'Second Life' of Lisa Adams

(2) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 3:12 AM

The Principal of Competitive Exclusion, 2012, 60" x 48", Oil on panel, Courtesy Lisa Adams & CB1 Gallery

"Second Life," is the title of Lisa Adams' show of new work at CB1 Gallery. The ambiguity between the show's title and the imagery...

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Catherine Opie: Bearing Witness and the Sublime

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 7:50 AM

Julie and Pig Pen. 2012, Courtesy of Catherine Opie and Regen Projects, Los Angeles

"It's a very Cathy Opie moment in LA," Catherine Opie says and then laughs her deep and happy laugh. She just received the Julius Shulman Institute award for...

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Llyn Foulkes Retrospective at The Hammer Museum: 'It's like intensive therapy without a therapist'

(2) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 7:24 AM

Llyn Foulkes. Who's on Third?, 1971-73. Oil on canvas. 48 x 39 in. (121.9 x 99.1 cm). John Jones Collection.

One thing that I cannot transcribe from my interview with Llyn Foulkes is his sense of humor. Throughout our conversation, his wry...

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Five Art Books for 2012

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 3:52 PM

Cover © TASCHEN / Photographe Luciano ROMANO, société Compagnie Immobilière SAS et consorts STOCLET, Caption: Mosaic frieze with detail of the 'Dancing Girl' ('Expectation'), 1909-1911, Carrara marble, gold and silver mosaic, coloured mosaic pieces, ceramic, enamel, mother-of-pearl, paste gems, semi-precious stones, chased gilded and...
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LACMA's Trifecta of Exhibitions: Noir, Crime and Sin

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 3:35 PM


A trifecta of cinema-inspired exhibitions is now playing at LACMA. The museum continues it's winning path attracting locals to the museum by playing to their natural predilections; do you know that there are more movie theaters in L.A. than any other city in the...

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A Dear John Letter to Painting

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 4:30 PM

The Conversion of St. Paul by Caravaggio, 1600-1601; Oil on canvas, 230 x 165 cm; Cerasi Chapel, Santa Maria del Popola, Rome

Dear Painting,

I have wanted to love you for a long time but lately I am disappointed in what you...

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Amir H. Fallah: The Coded Portrait of a Ghost

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 9:33 AM


"The First Sunrise," 2012, acrylic, watercolor, ink, collage, colored pencil on paper mounted to canvas, 24 by 30 inches, courtesy of Gallery Wendi Norris

Amir Fallah is best known as the publisher of the print book Beautiful/Decay and the website of the same name....

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Here Be Dragons: Space as the Final Frontier (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 11:46 AM


Neutrino II, 2012, Acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 36" x 24",
Courtesy the artist and George Billis Gallery

Bonita Helmer's current show, Here Be Dragons, continues the artist's investigation with space as the "final frontier," while also going all micro...

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LACMA's Ken Price Retrospective: Fecundity of Mounds and Eggs

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 11:56 AM


At the end of last year, for a brief time I worked for William Close, who recently was a finalist on America's Got Talent. Close, the inventor of the earth harp, the instrument he would play all the way to the finals of the...

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Made in LA: Like Too Many Fabulous Hors d'oeuvres

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 10:47 AM


Cayetano Ferrer. Quarter-Scale Grand Entrance, 2012. Made in L.A.Installation view at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, June 2, 2012-September 2, 2012. Photo by Brian Forrest.

LA has a strange relationship with its arts institutions. Artists and critics are quick to...

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