Joakim Ojanen’s Ceramic Creatures Capture the “Essence of Being Human”

Molding movement and catharsis through clay at NYC's The Hole gallery

Joakim Ojanen‘s sculptural cast of oddball characters captures feelings of childhood, adulthood and the awkward transformation in-between. Through semi-human and semi-monster ceramics and paintings, the Swedish artist crafts an ensemble of adolescent creatures whose juxtaposing compositions evoke nuanced and often conflicting emotions. His new NYC exhibit, The Part You Throw Away, sees the artist more personally than ever before. On view now through 31 December …

Artist Jacques Louis Vidal’s “Dead End Jobs That Kill” Exhibit at Real Pain Gallery

A solo show centered around imperfection, materiality and technology at the gallery's NYC outpost

The varied wondrous works by Paris-born, Brooklyn-based artist Jacques Louis Vidal at NYC’s Real Pain outpost explore the imperfection of materiality and technology. Within Vidal’s solo show Dead End Jobs That Kill (on now through 10 October), these sculptures and wall-hung pieces incorporate everything from coated plywood to cut paper and PLA plastic; some processes behind the work demonstrate evidence of Vidal’s hands, others are born from 3D …

Word of Mouth: West Adams, Los Angeles

This neighborhood has a rich history and a focus on the future, thanks to innovative uses of space and community-minded initiatives

In South Los Angeles, West Adams—one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city—spans from Culver City to Downtown. Historic homes built in a dizzying array of styles from Georgian Revival to Alpine Craftsman, Queen Anne and Dutch Colonial line the streets. The Glen Lukens Home and Studio (designed by mid-century modernist Raphael Soriano for ceramicist Glen Lukens) has been painstakingly preserved by its new owner. …