Category: C-Monster

Calendar. 01.19.13.

1250 South Broadway, Pico Boulevard, 2013 by John Humble
1250 South Broadway, Pico Boulevard, 2013, by John Humble. Part of the artist’s solo show, Pico Boulevard, at Craig Krull Gallery. Through February 22, at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica.

Calendar. 01.09.14.

Orgasmic Man (I, II, III), 1969, by Peter Hujar. (Courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery.)
Orgasmic Man (I, II, III), 1969, by Peter Hujar. Part of the exhibition Peter Hujar: Love & Lust at Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco. Also on view at the gallery is Nan Goldin: Nine Self-Portraits. Through March 8, near Union Square. (Image courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery.)

The L.A. of the near-future and serial killer books.

Joaquin Phoenix in
Joaquin Phoenix in “Her.” Director Spike Jonze’s meeting with architects Diller Scofidio helped inspire the feel of the movie.

For my latest in ARCHITECT, I talk to Elizabeth Diller about future L.A., deconstructed operas and serial killers. Find the Q&A here.

Calendar. 12.18.13.

A detail of Flock in Space, by Ruben Ochoa, in Dallas
The poetry of fence posts and concrete footings. A detail of Flock in Space, by Ruben Ochoa, in Dallas. The piece is part of the city-wide sculpture exhibition Nasher XChange, organized by the Nasher Sculpture Center to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Ochoa’s piece is on view at the Trinity River Audubon Center, through February 16th. For a map of the other commissions, click here. (Image courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Projects.)

Calendar. 12.11.13.

Sound-Manifest-Horizon-No.-1 by Augustine Kofie as part of Graffuturism at White Walls in SF
Sound Manifest Horizon No. 1, by Augustine Kofie. Part of the group show L’Avenir, a Graffuturism Group Show, organized by Poesia, at White Walls Gallery. Opens Saturday in San Francisco. (Image courtesy of the artist and White Walls.)

Calendar. 12.05.13.

Photograph by Julio Sanchez
A photograph by Julio González Sánchez. Part of the group show Bolivia Existe, at Momenta Art in New York, in collaboration with Kiosko Galería from Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Opens Friday at 7pm, in Bushwick. (Image courtesy of the artist and Momenta.)

Grotesque Seduction: The Photographs of Tod Seelie.

High Heels Crowd Surf, by Tod Seelie. From Bright Nights: Photographs of Another New York, published by Prestel.
High Heels Crowd Surf, by Tod Seelie. (Image courtesy of the artist.)

Bright Nights, by Seelie, was just published by Prestel.

In the mail today came a book I am super ecstatic about: Tod Seelie’s Bright Nights, which gathers all of his New York photographs into one handy tome. Even as the city becomes a monochromatic carpet of condos and faux retro watering holes, Bright Nights is a reminder that even at its most Bloombergian New York has always retained pockets of creative chaos (and hopefully always will). This book is a tribute to those pockets — and all the bloody noses that come with it.

Bright Nights by Tod Seelie
My essay!

What’s more, I got to write an essay for this baby, which I’m pretty dang proud of. (Thank you, Jeff Stark, for the mad editing skills.) I’ve been an admirer of Tod’s work for years, from the time his images first started to pop up on Flickr years ago. I’ve long been enthralled by what they covered: under-the-radar events like Bike Kill, Japanther concerts, vogue-ing competitions and journeys made by Swoon on her flotilla of hand-made rafts. But it’s his framing and his sense of color that makes his work rise above simple documentation.

It was a thrill to be able to contribute a few words to the spaces between the pictures. So go out and get the book! And while you’re at it, check out Tod’s website, his Instagram, and his Twitter.

Calendar. 11.20.13.

New Year's Party Balloon, from Brisbane, Australia, 2011, by Anthony Lister
New Year’s Party Balloon, in Brisbane, Australia, 2011, by Anthony Lister. From The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti, by Rafael Schacter. A book launch will be held this evening at PowerHouse Arena in Brooklyn at 7pm. (Image courtesy the author and Yale University Press.)