Apr 302022
 

Lady Wray- Under the Sun

Every month I listen to the majority of bands/singers/musicians/artists who are playing in Los Angeles. This month’s playlist is long, but believe it or not it, this is the narrowed down version. There are many different genres included and most of the selections are recent works.

This month I’ve also included a song from one of the original post punk bands, Gang of Four (founded in 1976), who are currently on tour.

Apr 162022
 

For more information on John “Crash” Matos and to see more of his work, check out his website.

BR163’s work can be found here.

This mural is also part of the public arts program LISA Project NYC.

Apr 152022
 

The Avalanches- Frontier Psychiatrist

Tonight is the first night of Coachella and with so many artists and genres it can be hard to choose who to see if you are attending.

The playlist below is selection of some of the artists who are playing tonight.

 

Apr 152022
 

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s 2018 painting, The Ever Exacting, from her 2019 exhibition, In Lieu of a Louder Love at Jack Shainman Gallery in NYC.

This poem, written by the artist, was included with the press release for the show-

In Lieu Of A Louder Love

In the Shade of Hooded Cove,

In Debt to the Dead Oak.

In Range of a Twelve Gauge,

On Embers over Smoke.

At Pains to Hold the Wanton,

At Home to all who Knock.

At Prayer on Prickly Hearth Rug,

An Eye upon the Clock.

In the Parlance of the Pilgrim,

In Hallelujah Coat and Tie.

In Soul so Black Beguiling,

That the Ravens do Carp and Cry.

In Memory of A Cipher,

At Peace beside resting Dove.

In Light of Care and Kindness,

In Lieu of A Louder Love.

The information below is from the gallery’s artist biography, and gives some added insight on her paintings.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s oil paintings focus on fictional figures that exist outside of specific times and places. In an interview with Nadine Rubin Nathan in the New York Times Magazine, Yiadom-Boakye described her compositions as “suggestions of people…They don’t share our concerns or anxieties. They are somewhere else altogether.” This lack of a fixed narrative leaves her work open to the projected imagination of the viewer.

Her paintings are rooted in traditional formal considerations such as line, color, and scale, and can be self-reflexive about the medium itself, but the subjects and the way in which the paint is handled is decidedly contemporary. Her predominantly black cast of characters often attracts attention. In an interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist in Kaleidoscope, she explained “People are tempted to politicize the fact that I paint black figures, and the complexity of this is an essential part of the work. But my starting point is always the language of painting itself and how that relates to the subject matter.”

The New Yorker published a wonderful portrait of Yiadom-Boakye by Zadie Smith in 2017, that is well worth a read as well.

Mar 302022
 

Bay Ledges- Changing

The playlist below is made up of musical selections from bands and musicians who played in Los Angeles in February of 2022. The selection includes a variety of genres, and usually includes the artists’ more recent work. It’s a good way to check out new artists as well as some more familiar ones.