Early Morning Opera brings the canonical essay to the stage.
Remembering Mike Kelley.
Disaffected drifting in Erika Carter’s Lucky You
Träd, Gräs och Stenar and the democratizing power of the riff.
What began as an art project with the overt purpose of confronting and confounding “straight” society ended up as something resembling a pro football game for people on psychedelics, and nearly as profitable.
“Everything goes, whatever. You know that word ‘whatever’—whenever that started coming in, about twenty years ago? It’s like whatever-core—that’s where we’re at now.”
Things to remember better: Ferd Eggan entered my life in San Francisco in 1969, the year I dropped out of Berkeley.
We work too hard
We’re too tired
to fall in love.
Anya Jaremko-Greenwold on Magic Trip: a documentary pieced together from Ken Kesey’s original 16mm tapes of the Merry Pranksters’ drug-fueled journey across America in 1964.
Shields, author of the much-debated book on appropriation, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, used the epistolary method, via email, to discuss the influence of California’s counterculture on Tomaselli’s visionary paintings.
Officially Paul Thek died in 1988, but really he died twice.
Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea is a darkly comedic documentary about a little known body of water found in the strange inland environs to the east of LA.
An artists on artists text on Painter Doug Ashford by Steve Kurtz, accompanied by several paintings by Doug Ashford, the first titled War Is Over.
After a failed race for a US Senate seat, photographer Josephine Meckseper reemerges with a series of candid snapshots paired with staged images that interrogate the histories of protest and counterculture.
Raymond Pettibon found his calling as an artist at about the same time punk hit Los Angeles in 1978.
Irvine Welsh has been coined as the acid house badboy of Scotland. He also happens to write like a sonovabitch, a term he’d appreciate. Writer Jenifer Berman and Welsh discuss class allegiance, class betrayal, and “trainspotting” among the muckers.