Take your fun and go

Chris Burden’s famous “Urban Light,” made from original Los Angeles street lamps, marks the unofficial entrance to the L.A. County Museum of Art. Unlike many sculptures that use pedestrian elements in unusual ways, this work is not eerie. Indeed, it is oddly cheerful. Seeing it felt like a celebration of the good things cities have […]

The rumbling

One of the most famous artworks at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is Chris Burden’s “Metrpolis II.” It’s a miniature city, possibly L.A., with what feels like 100,000 cars rushing through it. Needless to say, it’s very popular with the kids. The audible rumbling of the piece and the silent rumbling of Tomas […]

Calder Texts

Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer visits the Calder exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Read Los Angeles 2013

Penetrable, #2

In the background, children play in Jesús Rafael Soto’s sculpture Penetrable. In the foreground, Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer feels sad. Read LACMA, 2013

Penetrable, #1

During a recent trip to L.A., a friend took me to LACMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. I was impressed by how successfully the museum incorporates inside and out, grown-up and child. One of LACMA’s many outdoor interactive sculptures is Penetrable, by Venezuelan artist Jesús Rafael Soto. It’s basically a large square space […]

The journey in its claws

  Pictured here are three of Nobel Prize-winning poet Tomas Transtromer’s “Six Winters,” framed by a dying mammoth sculpture at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. Below are the poem’s final three winters. Out of the six, number five is my favorite. IV. Ice hangs down the edge of the roof. Icicles: the […]

A gilt frame

Suggestive but not abstract, Tomas Tranströmer’s poetry interacts with our surroundings. Read Burns Park, L.A., 2013 Related articles the Tranströmer: more than meets the eye (3quarksdaily.com)

A luscious mantrap

Recently, The Paris Review’s tumblr did a small piece on the 125th anniversary of Raymond Chandler‘s birth. The piece featured a photo of the original cover of his novel The Big Sleep, the book that first brought us Philip Marlowe, private eye. The caption on the cover, below, is too good to be true. “A […]