Firing one off for Artillery Mag
Sometimes I want some snap, crackle, pop and sizzle with my art news. Sometimes Artillery Mag is just the medicine I need.
My sources, unreliable and gossip prone as they are, tell me that for several years Tulsa Kinney and Paige Wery published this colorful art magazine by hook or by crook (which I believe) and that they distributed their stacks of issues from the back seat of a 1992 Plymouth minivan
whose rear quarters contained two sleeping bags, a battery powered cooktop and a hand held shower, and that further, they racked up enough parking tickets while schmoozing with gallerists that they now trade Christmas cards with the Traffic Court bailiffs.
None of this second part could be true, but what remains factual from my drunken friend’s stories is that Artillery is beginning its sixth year of publication and that through the passion and determination of Kinney, Wery and their team of excellent culture writers, Artillery has secured its place as the most visible among Los Angeles art magazines.
Congratulations to the people who arm the guns behind the words at Artillery. Subscribe, read, advertise.
Um, yes, I suggested that you advertise in Artillery. Notes is not a non-profit-only cheering ground, Notes is a supporter of culture. (That profit disdains much serious and fun culture is another matter entirely.)
I have no beef with business and no qualms about those who pursue the coin of the realm in trade for work. Hell – some of my best friends make money!
And some of us try to. Cheers.
Merry Happy to all, from the quixotic elf at Notes on Looking. More to come.
Alex Schaefer painting, Chase Burning: Van Nuys, 2011
by Scarlet Cheng
LARGE EXHIBITIONS REQUIRE STRONG concepts or narratives to drive them. They also need objects that are pleasing to the eye, and displayed in pleasing ways. It may sound shallow, but this is why we go out and see a show, rather than lie on the couch and flip through an art book.
by Alex Schaefer
I AM AN ACCIDENTAL ARTIST. I never showed any exceptional ability or genius as a child but, for some reason, when I turned 18, all I could think about was art. I am a diehard “analog” artist; I love drawing and painting. In 2001, I dropped out of a 10-year video-game art career in exchange for the freedom to paint whatever I felt like, and I’ve stuck with that plan ever since.
by Tulsa Kinney
WHEN I SAW THAT SANDRA BERNHARD was playing at REDCAT in August, I made sure to get down there immediately. I was anxious to take my husband, as he was really unfamiliar with her whole act, and I wanted to show off my good taste.
by John Tottenham
I’VE NEVER GIVEN ED RUSCHA much thought. But when I heard that he’d produced a series of paintings inspired by On the Road, I was intrigued. As an aspiring young outcast — an English schoolboy at the tender age of 15 — I discovered Jack Kerouac’s dangerously romantic novel at exactly the right time.