Link About It: This Week’s Picks

What makes a summer jam, how lava lamps fight hackers, AI for newsrooms and more

Ada Chen’s Stereotype-Fighting Jewelry Calling out fetishization, objectification and ingrained racism, jewelry designer Ada Chen combines style and sharp humor to create pieces that are super-smart and super-creative. Chen (who is Chinese-American) oftentimes uses her own experiences as inspiration, and the results are sometimes jarring and uncomfortable—which is, of course, important to spark discussion and awareness. On her brilliant “Text Message” earrings, Chen tells Wonderland, …

Ada Chen’s Stereotype-Fighting Jewelry

Calling out fetishization, objectification and ingrained racism, jewelry designer Ada Chen combines style and sharp humor to create pieces that are super-smart and super-creative. Chen (who is Chinese-American) oftentimes uses her own experiences as inspiration, and the results are sometimes jarring and uncomfortable—which is, of course, important to spark discussion and awareness. On her brilliant “Text Message” earrings, Chen tells Wonderland, “I’d posted the screenshot …

Mynxii White’s “Revolt” at Leica Gallery, LA

Paying homage to women resisters and the importance of defiance

by Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick It is an impossible feat to document—or to know, name or even catalog—all of the resisters whose actions led to revolutions, both big and small. And yet some of these women have left a personal impact on photographer Mynxii White—one that she has chosen to channel into her work. With the exhibition “Revolt” (on now through 6 August at LA’s Leica …

Los Angeles Queer Biennial 2018: What if Utopia

A celebration and coming together of culture and community in DTLA

by Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick Running through Pride month in Los Angeles, the third incarnation of the Queer Biennial is currently underway, bringing together artists from around the world to activate the city’s communities through LGBTQ+ art. Set to the titular theme “What If Utopia,” the Biennial’s various programs seek to define what a queer paradise could be. From nude dinner parties with drag queens to …

Kickstarter + For Freedoms’ 50 Billboards in 50 States

Public art through the largest creative collaboration in US history

Known as “The 50 States Initiative,” an epic artistic undertaking has started its funding process now on Kickstarter. The brainchild of For Freedoms, an artist-led non-profit organization founded by Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, the initiative plans to unveil 52 different billboards, one in every US state, as well as Washington DC and Puerto Rico. It isn’t a partisan activation in any way. Rather, …