Fall issue of X-TRA

X-TRA, Los Angeles / USA

September 23, 2011

Announcing the release of the
Fall issue of X-TRA

Fall 2011
Volume 14 Number 1

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Hanne Darboven
Vanessa Place 
The works of Hanne Darboven work like a mountain: the top can’t be seen from the bottom, the base disappears from the summit, the whole escapes the climber as the pilot misses the point, it stands as metaphor for something that exists metonymically, exists as a surplus of the Real with an excess of the Symbolic, and is both of the moment and continuously monumental. 

The Demagnetized Compass
Adam Feldmeth 
In July 2009, Adam Feldmeth went to the Venice Biennale. Immediately struck by apparent inconsistencies in a reconstruction of a Blinky Palermo installation from 1976, he set about his investigation. Using his iPhone like the classic detective’s magnifying glass, Feldmeth made careful observations, contacted various parties involved, and traced the clues, all the while collecting photographs of the scene, as well as generating scans, schematic drawings, diagrams, and conducting experiments.

War and the Sentence Fragment
Anne Shea 
Shea writes about David Thorne‘s billboard be happy

It was 2004 and I was driving—slowly—west on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. Staring aimlessly out of the window, I caught sight of a billboard to my left, above a commercial building. In simple black type against a white background, the billboard read: I will be happy when the endless war is o. The “o” bumped right up against the billboard’s edge… [find the rest in X-TRA 14.1]

The Kitchen Table Talk 4: Art and the Power to Change Community
Eugenia P. Butler
Conversation with George Herms, Julia Lohmann, Monica Mayer, John O’ Brien, and John Outterbridge


Mira Schor
Paintings From the Nineties To Now
CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles
By Mike Minelli

Christian Marclay
The Clock
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
By Matias Viegener

Wharton Esherick and the Birth of the American Modern
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
By Sheryl Conkelton

Al Taylor: Wire Instruments and Pet Stains
Santa Monica Museum of Art
By Doris Berger

Christopher Williams: For Example: Dix-Huit Lecons Sur La Societe Industrielle
David Zwirner, New York
By Arthur Ou


Fragments: Selections from the Profiled Series
Ken Gonzales-Day

Cast, carved, burned, and broken, these are lingering shadows of people that once lived in this world, or in the imaginations of their makers, and serve to question the very idea of progress.

X-TRA is Los Angeles’ longest running contemporary art journal. Edited by a collective of artists, curators, and art historians, X-TRA presents diverse critical approaches to art writing, and includes features, reviews, columns, and commissioned Artists’ Projects.