Zadok Ben-David in #ExpoRecommends: “Surface” Inspiration

ExpoRecommends

Inspired by our latest issue, “Surface” a few of the other Expo editors and I created a list of multi-genre recommendations. In addition to fiction, nonfiction, and podcast recommendations from the other editors, yours truly found a must-see art exhibition in Los Angeles:

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Explore Downtown Los Angeles and the Arts District with Exposition Review

Downtown Los Angeles Arts District

Feeling the Los Angeles love.

As the Editor-in-Chief of the multi-genre literary journal, Exposition Review, I was lucky enough to transform my exploration of Downtown Los Angeles and the Arts District into a blog about our fair city. Whether you’re a local, a visitor, or in town for AWP or BinderCon, you’ll find more than one reason to walk in LA! Get the guide (complete with map) here.

Catch Hammer Museum’s Latest Round of Exhibitions Before They Close

Mark Bradford, "Lights and Tunnels," 2015. Mixed media on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

Mark Bradford, “Lights and Tunnels,” 2015. Mixed media on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

The summer is slipping away, and with it Hammer Museum‘s latest round of exhibitions: Mark Bradford’s “Scorched Earth,” and Hammer Projects by Mary Reid Kelley and Joseph Holtzman which close on September 20 (Bradford and Holtzman) and September 27 (Reid Kelley). The exhibitions bring issues of media, feminism, homosexuality, race, AIDS, and culture into focus.

Mark Bradford, "Untitled," 2015. Mixed media on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

Mark Bradford, “Untitled” (detail), 2015. Mixed media on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

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Christian Marclay’s “The Clock” at LACMA

Last week I had the pleasure of experiencing Christian Marclay‘s “The Clock” at LACMA. The masterpiece, a 24-hour video counts the day away, combining thousands of film clips containing clocks, timepieces, or references to time. What might sound quite dull is one of the most mesmerizing art instillations I’ve ever encountered. The video, which ticks along at real time, makes the viewer wholly aware of the time. But, by constantly drawing attention to time, its passing becomes meditative, almost nullifying the significance of a second, minute, or hour.

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Can’t Get Enough of Jen Stark

Lately, I just can’t seem to get enough of Jen Stark.

Jen Stark Gagosian Beverly Hills

I’m always a fan of wallpaper in a bathroom, but Jen Stark at Gagosian Beverly Hills is irresistible. Image courtesy Jen Stark.

For those of us in LA, we’re lucky enough to be able to spot Stark dripping into the bathroom at Gagosian Beverly Hills, now through September.

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BuzzFeed’s “21 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning When You Move To L.A.” is spot on

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Juice, Los Angeles phrases lingo

We could all drink a little more juice. Photo via twitter.yfrog.com & BuzzFeed.

Get in tune with your LaLaLand lingo in this BuzzFeed list…because who couldn’t use a good “juice” or “hike” or day in “Paradise”, even if it does involve Ryan Seacrest tweeting on a piece of paper?

Jackson Pollock’s “Mural” at Getty Museum

Jackson Pollock_Mural, 1943 97 1:4 x 238 in (247 x 605 cm) Gift of Peggy Guggenheim, 1959.6_Courtesy University of Iowa Muesum of Art

Jackson Pollock, “Mural,” 1943. 97 1:4 x 238 in (247 x 605 cm). Gift of Peggy Guggenheim, 1959.6. Photo courtesy University of Iowa Muesum of Art (C).

Glimpsing just a fragment of Jackson Pollock‘s gigantic masterpiece through the exhibition entrance, the artist’s virility and voraciousness pulsates through the travertine stone of the Getty Museum’s West Pavilion.

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