Visual Arts

Dualism in Photographer John Divola’s LAX NAZ Series

Dualism in Photographer John Divola’s LAX NAZ Series

Photographer John Divola’s LAX NAZ series exterior and interior views ooze with useful, fun, and satiating dualism. However, dualism gets messy.

Yoko Ono’s Controversial Work at Tate Modern

Yoko Ono’s Controversial Work at Tate Modern

Yoko Ono: Music of the Mind at Tate Modern is an engaging overview of the polarizing artist’s career, but her career didn’t end post-John Lennon and Fluxus.

Teju Cole’s ‘Tremor’ Records a Post-COVID Landscape of Art and Rage

Teju Cole’s ‘Tremor’ Records a Post-COVID Landscape of Art and Rage

If there is any consolation to be had in Teju Cole’s slippery and sinuous Tremor, it’s not found in art or literature but in the music that permeates its pages.

Bob Dylan’s Art Is Best Served Naked

Bob Dylan’s Art Is Best Served Naked

As Bob Dylan learned, only through baring of one’s soul does one show the way forward, providing both a glimpse into the other and perhaps the shape of things to come.

Patrick Bringley’s Exquisitely Rendered ‘All the Beauty in the World’

Patrick Bringley’s Exquisitely Rendered ‘All the Beauty in the World’

As there is an art to memoir writing, there is an artfulness to describing the power of the visual arts. Patrick Bringley’s ‘All the Beauty in the World’ is exquisitely rendered.

‘Conflict Graffiti’ and the Artists That Use Public Spaces for Public Discourse

‘Conflict Graffiti’ and the Artists That Use Public Spaces for Public Discourse

Situating his study at sites of conflict and interviewing artists, scholar John Lennon’s Conflict Graffiti gives readers new perspectives for interpreting the graffiti and street art they encounter.

Too Powerful to be Merely Entertainment: Video Games and the Work of Nicholas O’Brien

Too Powerful to be Merely Entertainment: Video Games and the Work of Nicholas O’Brien

Video game designer Nicholas O’Brien creates and curates in a medium starving for critical conversation.

Patti Smith’s ‘A Book of Days’ Captures Much More Than Her Instagram Posts

Patti Smith’s ‘A Book of Days’ Captures Much More Than Her Instagram Posts

Patti Smith’s A Book of Days creates an ironic loop of parasocial relationshipping, generating a kind of intimacy through photographs of objects.

Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Severance’ Paints Sublime and Subversive Art

Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Severance’ Paints Sublime and Subversive Art

More than just corporate propaganda, the subversive artworks in Severance hold a strange place in Lumon Industries’ ideological fabric.

Why Is There Still So Much Nostalgia for Nuclear Apocalypse?

Why Is There Still So Much Nostalgia for Nuclear Apocalypse?

The popularity of nuclear apocalypse is nostalgia for a time when our worries were wrapped in a single nuclear package, and all we needed was a bunker and a dream.

Barney Bubbles’ Labours of Love

Barney Bubbles’ Labours of Love

The brilliant and troubled Barney Bubbles wanted to inspire and did so through his remarkable litany of album covers. A new retrospective tells his tale.

How Moebius’ Psychedelic Fantasy / Surrealist Art Influenced Video Games

How Moebius’ Psychedelic Fantasy / Surrealist Art Influenced Video Games

French artist Jean Giraud, aka Moebius, inspired his peers and mass media. In video games especially, his psychedelic fantasy/surrealist art may live on forever.