The Cages / Rendered Problematic

Culver City art gallery Thinkspace has a double opening this evening with new work by Sandra Chevrier in an exhibition titled “The Cages; and the Reading Rooms of their Lives” in the main room, and new work by Sean Mahan with “Rendered Problematic” in the project room. I was lucky enough to meet Sean in Hawaii during POW! WOW! a couple of years back, and have been following his great work closely since.

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Aaron De La Cruz x Sam Rodriguez

Two of my favorite artists recently collaborated for the very first time, which is kind of surprising when you consider what great friends they are. Of course when Aaron De La Cruz (interviewed) and Sam Rodriguez (interviewed) finally decided to combine forces, the result was nothing short of impressive. A great new mural addition to SF’s Excelsior neighborhood. Find it at the corner of Mission St. & Onondaga Ave. Photos by Kenneth Berling-Orozco. [View Gallery]

Psychobook

Studies show that about 1% of the population display the characteristics of a psychopath, but if you believe television, you already know everyone even slightly weird is a potential major psycho. There are shows about psychopaths who hunt psychopaths, so obviously they must be absolutely everywhere. Maybe you’ve even worked for or dated one! But how can we be sure? The term “psychopath” was first used in 1847, and its meaning has evolved somewhat over the years since – as have testing methods. British author Julian Rothenstein has compiled many of them in Psychobook: Games, Tests, Questionnaires, Histories – a fun new title from Princeton Architectural Press which looks at classic testing methods, from word-association games to inkblots to personality tests. Interestingly, it also presents some brand new reimagined tests created by contemporary artists and writers. [See More]