Nao Bustamante:
Voice Memos Vol. 1

Date September 29, 2017

The first installment of Nao Bustamante’s Voice Memos, selected by the artist for X-TRA Online.

These recordings are the quick and dirty notes-to-self and little ditties that offer a glimpse into the artist’s thinking process. Tomorrow’s great ideas in their most embryonic form. The short verbal sketches are too brief to be entirely diaristic, but through their wry humor manage to be disarmingly personal, and reveal Nao as an amateur songwriter and lover of folk music.

 

Nao Bustamante is an internationally known artist, residing …

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Nao Bustamante:
Voice Memo #1: Crappy Hippie House

Date September 25, 2017

The first of Nao Bustamante’s Voice Memos,
X-TRA Online’s new web-exclusive series

A sneak-peek of Nao Bustamante’s selection of her phone voice memos. These recordings are the quick and dirty notes-to-self, a glimpse into the artist’s thinking process: tomorrow’s great ideas in their most embryonic form. The short verbal sketches are too brief to be entirely diaristic, but through their wry humor manage to be disarmingly personal.

 

Nao Bustamante is an internationally known artist, residing in Los Angeles, California. Bustamante’s precarious work encompasses performance …

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EJ Hill
A Love Letter

Date September 11, 2017

 

EJ Hill. Namesake (after heartbreak). 2014/2017.Courtesy the artist and Commonwealth & Council

“When I don’t have the strength, I’m just a mirror of what I see.”
–Ronald Isley

It’s difficult to say exactly when I first fell in love. I admit, I am an expert in the falling part, an expert in the terrifyingly rapid and seemingly endless descent part. Impressively fluent in the complete and total surrender part. The knee-buckling, stomach-dropping, giddy and intoxicated by my own desire-for-another part. …

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EJ Hill
A letter to my other brother

Date June 17, 2017

“Where Troubles Melt Like Lemondrops II” (2013). Courtesy of the artist, Shikeith.

“I think white gay people feel cheated because they were born in principle, into a society in which they were supposed to be safe. The anomaly of their sexuality puts them in danger, unexpectedly. Their reaction seems to me in direct proportion to the sense of feeling cheated of the advantages which accrue to white people in a white society.”
—James Baldwin 1

There is something to be …

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EJ Hill
A letter from home

Date May 3, 2017

Peter Tomka, “loves his mother,” 2017. Chromogenic color print on Crystal Archive paper, 20 x 24 inches. Courtesy the artist.

I grew up here. In this very neighborhood. 108th and Hoover, to be exact. This was the late 1980s, early 90s. Those who know this place intimately still refer to it as South Central, Los Angeles. Newcomers, developers, and those who mistakenly believe it to be, however illogically, a subset of both Compton and Inglewood, know it as South Los Angeles. Whatever …

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