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How does one survive and thrive as an artist in the San Francisco Bay Area? 

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Renowned artists, performers, writers, educators, and curators working contribute enriching and critical analysis of exhibitions and events on the West Coast. 

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Libby Black at the Berkeley Marina by Libby Black

Libby Black at the Berkeley Marina

Living & Working

Artist and educator, Libby Black, takes us on her favorite routine stroll at the Berkleley Marina to reflect on her life as an artist in the Bay Area for the past 18 years.

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Some Thoughts on Art and Work by Maria Porges

Some Thoughts on Art and Work

Living & Working

In the art world, the word "work" serves so many purposes that it is difficult to know what it really means or how to use it. Do we live to work or work to live?

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Danny Giles Draws a Black Frame Around Whiteness by Emily Pothast

Danny Giles Draws a Black Frame Around Whiteness

Features

By replicating and transforming images derived from processes that generate multiples, such as viral videos, mold making, and etching, artist Danny Giles reveals an abiding interest in the roles that reproducibility and mass media have historically played in the dissemination and perpetuation of the structures of white supremacy.

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Violence, Voyeurism, and the Place of Art by Brian Karl

Violence, Voyeurism, and the Place of Art

Features

Within on Joaquín Segura’s Pyre are geographically specific questions about how we respond to the failure of government and often-hidden, interwoven politics. The work also asks: what are the geneses and consequences of violence, vigilantism, and voyeurism? 

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Justin Carder at Wolfman Books by Justin Carder

Justin Carder at Wolfman Books

Living & Working

Justin Carder, bookstore owner and cultural producer, shares his journey to ownership and defining home and community in a rapidly changing Oakland.

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Episode 37: Carolina Caycedo by Weston Teruya

Episode 37: Carolina Caycedo

(un)making

Weston speaks with L.A. artist, Carolina Caycedo, about ways she investigates the impact of extractive economies and hyper development on communities, local systems of knowledge, and the environment. 

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Human Touch in the Age of Tech by Zach Horn

Human Touch in the Age of Tech

Features

Nicole Eisenman, Monica Majoli, and Ann Toebbe employ the imagery and implications of technology with subtlety, never losing the imprint of the human body that makes their work so personal. 

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Mildred Howard at Sweet Adeline Bakeshop by Mildred Howard

Mildred Howard at Sweet Adeline Bakeshop

Living & Working

Artist Mildred Howard takes us to Sweet Adeline Bakeshop in Berkeley, CA to discuss the city's rich political history, how it affects her art practice, and why she continues to build community in the surrounding area.

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Abigail DeVille’s American Future by Paul Maziar

Abigail DeVille’s American Future

Features

Abigail DeVille’s immersive, monumental installation at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, The American Future, invites visitors to consider the image of the United States through the lens of Black Americans.

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Sofía Córdova vs. The Machine by Kelly Kirkland

Sofía Córdova vs. The Machine

New Takes

With recent works at SOMArts and YBCA, Sofía Córdova interrogates the power and consequences of existing as a person of color in the increasingly commodified space of digital media.

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Slow Burn: Young Suh’s Wildfires by tamara suarez porras

Slow Burn: Young Suh’s Wildfires

New Takes

Cloaked in smoky haze, the surreal Californian landscapes of Young Suh's Wildfires are unsettling reminders of the urgency and proximity of climate change.

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Episode 3: @_emotionalbaggage liked your post by Dorothy Santos

Episode 3: @_emotionalbaggage liked your post

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Dorothy explores the artistic practice of artist Ani Liu and how she re-imagines portraiture and explores the translation between virtual to physical. In Liu’s most recent work, Real Virtual Feelings (2018), she examines how the digital realm affects our cognition and body chemistry.

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