Generous
Structures
Catherine Wagley
Put on a Happy Face:
On Dynasty Handbag
Travis Diehl
The Limits of Animality:
Simone Forti at ISCP
(L.A. in N.Y.)
Ikechukwu Casmir Onyewuenyi
More Wound Than Ruin:
Evaluating the
"Human Condition"
Jessica Simmons
Launch Party
Exquisite L.A.
Featuring:
Brenna Youngblood
Todd Gray
Rafa Esparza
Intro by Claressinka Anderson
Portraits by Joe Pugliese
Reviews Creature by Thomas Duncan
Sam Pulitzer & Peter Wachtler by Stuart Krimko
Karl Haendel by Aaron Horst
Wolfgang Tillmans by Eli Diner
Ma by Claire de Dobay Rifelj
The Rat Bastard Protective Association by Pablo Lopez
Kenneth Tam
's Basement
Travis Diehl
The Female
Cool School
Catherine Wagley
The Rise
of the L.A.
Art Witch
Amanda Yates Garcia
Interview with
Mernet Larsen
Julie Weitz
Agnes Martin
at LACMA
Jessica Simmons
Launch Party Carla Issue 6
Exquisite L.A.
Featuring:
Analia Saban
Ry Rocklen
Sarah Cain
Intro by Claressinka Anderson
Portraits by Joe Pugliese
Reviews:
Made in L.A. 2016
Doug Aitken Electric Earth
Mertzbau

Jean-Pascal Flavian and Mika Tajima
Mark A. Rodruigez
The Weeping Line
Molly Larkey, Aaron Horst,
Keith J. Varadi, Katie Bode,
Stuart Krimko, Matt Stromberg
Non-Fiction
at The Underground Museum
Catherine Wagley
The Art of Birth Carmen Winant
Escape from Bunker Hill
John Knight
at REDCAT
Travis Diehl
Ed Boreal Speaks Benjamin Lord
Art Advice (from Men) Sarah Weber
Routine Pleasures
at the MAK Center
Jonathan Griffin
Launch Party Carla Issue 5
Exquisite L.A.
Featuring:
Fay Ray
John Baldessari
Claire Kennedy
Intro by Claressinka Anderson
Portraits by Joe Pugliese
Reviews Hana Cohn, Eli Diner,
Claire De Dobay Rifelj,
Katie Bode, Molly Larkey,
Keith J. Varadi
Moon, laub, and Love Catherine Wagley
Walk Artisanal Jonathan Griffin
Reconsidering
Marva Marrow's
Inside the L.A. Artist
Anthony Pearson
Mystery Science Thater
Diana Thater
at LACMA
Aaron Horst
Informal Feminisms Federica Bueti and Jan Verwoert
Marva Marrow Photographs
Lita Albuquerque
Launch Party Carla Issue 4
Interiors and Interiority:
Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Char Jansen
Reviews Claire de Dobay Rifelj,
Matt Stromberg, Hana Cohn,
Lindsay Preston Zappas,
Simone Krug, Keith Vaughn,
Ikechukwu Casmir Onyewuenyi
Le Louvre, Las Vegas Evan Moffitt
iPhones, Flesh,
and the Word
F.B.I.
at Arturo Bandini
Lindsay Preston Zappas
Women Talking About Barney Catherine Wagley
Lingua Ignota
Faith Wilding
at The Armory Center
for the Arts
and LOUDHAILER
Benjamin Lord
A Conversation
with Amalia Ulman
Char Jansen
How We Practice Carmen Winant
Launch Party Carla Issue 3
Share Your Piece of the Puzzle Federica Bueti
Amanda Ross-Ho Photographs
Erik Frydenborg
Reviews Eli Diner, Jonathan Griffin,
Don Edler, Aaron Horst
Hot Tears Carmen Winant
Slow View:
Molly Larkey
Anna Breininger and Kate Whitlock
Americanicity's Paintings
Orion Martin
at Favorite Goods
Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal
Layers of Leimert Park Catherine Wagley
Junkspace Junk Food
Parker Ito
at Kaldi, Smart Objects,
White Cube, and
Château Shatto
Evan Moffitt
Melrose Hustle Keith Vaughn
Reviews Benjamin Lord, Aaron Horst, Stephen Kent
Top-Down Bottom-Up Jenny Gagalka
Snap Reviews Aaron Horst, Char Jansen, Randy Rice, Lindsay Preston Zappas
Max Maslansky Photographs
Monica Majoli
at the Tom of Finland Foundation
White Lee, Black Lee
William Pope.L’s Reenactor
Travis Diehl
Dora Budor Interview Char Jensen
MEAT PHYSICS/
Metaphysical L.A.
Travis Diehl
Art for Art’s Sake:
L.A. in the 1990s
Anthony Pearson
A Dialogue in Two
Synchronous Atmospheres
Erik Morse
with Alexandra Grant
SOGTFO
at François Ghebaly
Jonathan Griffin
#studio #visit
with #devin #kenny
@barnettcohen
Mateo Tannatt
Photographs
Jibade-Khalil Huffman
VESSEL // CINS and
VESSEL // PERF
Ben Medansky
I've been a lot of places,
seen so many faces
Nora Slade
Launch Party Carla Issue 1
Slow View:
Discussion on One Work
Anna Breininger
with Julian Rogers
Reviews Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal, Catherine Wagley, Keith Vaughn, Aaron Horst, Kate Wolf, Mateo Tannatt, Evan Moffitt, Cal Siegel
We’re in This Together Lauren Cherry & Max Springer
Distribution
Downtown
ARTBOOK @ Hauser Wirth
    & Schimmel
917 E. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Baert Gallery
2441 Hunter St.
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Central Park
412 W. 6th St. #615
Los Angeles, CA 90014

CES Gallery
711 Mateo St.
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Cirrus Gallery
2011 S. Santa Fe Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Château Shatto
406 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Club Pro
1525 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Fahrenheit
2245 E. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Ghebaly Gallery
2245 E. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90021

The Geffen Contemporary
    & at MOCA
152 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Harmony Murphy
358 E. 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

LACA
2245 E. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90021

MAMA
1242 Palmetto St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Mistake Room
1811 E. 20th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90058

MOCA Grand Avenue
250 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Monte Vista Projects
1206 Maple Avenue, #523
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Night Gallery
2276 E. 16th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90021

The Box
805 Traction Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Wilding Cran Gallery
939 S. Santa Fe Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Chinatown
A.G. Geiger
502 Chung King Ct.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Charlie James
969 Chung King Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

EMBASSY
422 Ord St., Suite G
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Human Resources
410 Cottage Home St.
Los Angeles CA, 90012

Ooga Booga
943 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Mid-City
1301PE
6150 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Big Pictures Los Angeles
2424 W Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90018

California African American Museum
600 State Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Chainlink Gallery
1051 S. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90019

Commonwealth and Council
3006 W. 7th St. #220
Los Angeles CA 90005

David Kordansky Gallery
5130 W. Edgewood Pl.
Los Angeles, CA 90019

HILDE
4727 W. Washington
Los Angeles, CA 90016

JOAN
4300 W. Jefferson Blvd. #1
Los Angeles, CA 90016

Kayne Griffin Corcoran
1201 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90019

ltd Los Angeles
1119 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90019

Marc Foxx
6150 Wilshire Blvd. #5
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Martos Gallery
3315 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90018

Ms. Barbers
5370 W. Adams Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016

Ochi Projects
3301 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90018

The Landing
5118 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016

Park View
836 S. Park View St. Unit 8
Los Angeles, CA 90057

Skibum MacArthur
712 S. Grand View St., #204
Los Angeles, CA 90057

SPRÜTH MAGERS
5900 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Underground Museum
3508 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90018

VACANCY
2524 1/2 James M. Wood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90006

Visitor Welcome Center
3006 W. 7th St., Suite #200A
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Culver City
Anat Ebgi
2660 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Arcana Books
8675 W. Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

Blum and Poe
2727 S. La Cienega
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Cherry and Martin
2712 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Honor Fraser
2622 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Klowden Mann
6023 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

Luis De Jesus
2685 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

MiM Gallery
2636 La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Roberts and Tilton
5801 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

Samuel Freeman
2639 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Susanne Vielmetter
6006 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Silverlake/ Echo Park
Smart Objects
1828 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Otherwild
1768 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Hollywood
Diane Rosenstein
831 Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Family Books
436 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

GAVLAK
1034 N. Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Hannah Hoffman
1010 Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

LAXART
7000 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90038

M+B
612 N. Almont Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90069

Mier
1107 Greenacre Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Moskowitz Bayse
743 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Regen Projects
6750 Santa Monica Blvd.
LLos Angeles, CA 90038

Shulamit Nazarian
616 N. La Brea
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Various Small Fires
812 Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Westside
18th Street Arts
1639 18th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis
    College of Art and Design
9045 Lincoln Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Christopher Grimes Gallery
916 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

DXIX Projects
519 Santa Clara Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90291

Five Car Garage
(Emma Gray HQ)

Team (Bungalow)
306 Windward Ave.
Venice, CA 90291
Eastside
67 Steps
2163 Princeton Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

ACME.
2939 Denby Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90039

ESXLA
602 Moulton Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90031

SADE
204 S. Avenue 19
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Boyle Heights
BBQLA
2315 Jesse St.
Los Angeles, CA 90023

Chimento Contemporary
622 S. Anderson St., #105
Los Angeles, CA 90023

Ibid.
670 S. Anderson St.
Los Angeles, CA 90023

Ooga Twooga
356 Mission Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Parrasch Heijnen Gallery
1326 S. Boyle Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90023

Museum as Retail Space (MaRS)
649 S. Anderson St.
Los Angeles, CA 90023

Nicodim Gallery
571 S. Anderson St.
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Venus Over Los Angeles
601 S. Anderson St.
Los Angeles, CA 90023
Pasadena/ Glendale/ Valley
The Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103

Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Ave.
Valley Glen, CA 91401

Natural
15168 Raymer St.
Van Nuys, CA 91405

The Pit
918 Ruberta Ave.
Glendale, CA 91201

Shared Letter in Response to the Election

As I look around our art community—one that celebrates diversity and liberal values—I see us broken. We are in stages of grieving. Some of us are in denial. Others are angry, depressed. I have felt a tired weight on my body—the reality of our divided country given physical effect. An election acts as a marker, a line in the sand. The metaphorical gravity of the results shines a potent light on the realities that have been present since the birth of our country…now they are simply pointed at, and in many ways legitimized. We have been sheltered in our liberalism.

Grief is essential. We must move through it in our own ways, and support each other in our desperate stages of mourning. But I believe it is essential to move past denial and anger and into acceptance and action. By celebrating art (in the broadest sense of the word), we strive towards a multiplicitous viewpoint—one where there is no right or wrong, no right or left, but instead only open space. It is now more important than ever to dig our heels in, and commit wholly to our hard fast beliefs and vocations through a lens of unity and acceptance. This alone can be a form of protest.

In response to last week’s election results, I have asked a number of our Carla writers to join me in this shared Letter from the Editor. Because Carla is not about me, and my singular viewpoints. It is all of us. It is also you. We create this voice together, and as Editor-in-Chief, I will strive to continue to capture the shared voice of our community. In unity, we find strength.

–Lindsay Preston Zappas
Carla Founder and Editor-in-Chief

 
Think of the histories “Make America Great Again” erases—slavery, Trail of Tears, Seneca Falls, much more—and the votes that saying “I won easily” ignores. Simple, power-driven narratives have always been a threat, to freedom, awareness. They should be excavated, pulled apart. I want, now as much or more than ever, complicated, messy, sensuous, probing criticism that revels in uncertainties. Which great? Whose great? Nothing worth having comes “easily.”

–Catherine Wagley

Much stews in our minds in the aftermath of this election—so many symptoms pointing to such deep sickness. Perhaps as in no other election in recent memory has this one been so in opposition to the future. The return of America’s “greatness” as a crucial tenant underscores this—nostalgia as policy, bleached, airbrushed (white, wrinkly) narratives of success as the only aspirational game in town.
 
And yet, lack of imagination may be the most dangerous culprit, and one which connects directly to an increasingly rarefied art world, market-driven and largely unaccountable to the public (if much of the output can be said to have any interest in the public at all). It seems obscene in this time of electorally-rewarded xenophobia and bigotry to draw the parallel between visual art and the lack of imagination that has left us at the beginning of a wholly avoidable mess; I would conjecture that it is one cause among many. Art challenges, enlivens, strengthens and opens us—but only if we see it.

–Aaron Horst

America, what are you? For the past six years I’ve told my friends and family back home that the America that they sneer at, and condescend, is not the America I know and live in. That there are many Americas, more even than there are States. I said—ironically, it turned out—that America is more like Europe in its conglomeration of difference. Now I do not know what to tell them.

–Jonathan Griffin

Making, writing about, and thinking about art can feel impossible in the face of world tragedies such as the 2016 presidential election. It’s up to each of us individually to continue to do this work and to support others for whom doing so might be even more difficult – even dangerous or life-threatening – in an effort to move forward meaningfully and empathetically.

–Claire de Dobay Rifelj

If art can do anything, it can perhaps urge people to look differently in order to see differently in order to think differently. In times like these, the darkest some of us have known, it is necessary to find newly lit perspectives and share them with each other. I would like to urge my peers to step out of the art world and into the real world. Let’s forget about student loans and market bubbles and focus instead on connecting communities and expanding awareness, together.

 –Keith J. Varadi

 
As sickening as the results of this election are to me, I still have hope that out of this ugliness, something beautiful can be born. Friends and colleagues, let this be our wake up call. The demographics are in our favor but we can only win if we stand strong together. Finding our common ground amongst those that are different from us is crucial. Together we have the power to create a country as well as an art world that reflects the best of humanity.

–Katie Bode 

Whatever our cultural roles are within this construct we call America, there is now an urgent imperative to be open, engaged and critical. Our thoughts need to be more complex but still defined, more erudite but not rigid, more malleable but not passive. In the words of Tony Kushner, “We won’t die secret deaths anymore. The world only spins forward. We will be citizens. The time has come.”

–Thomas Duncan

“Beauty will be convulsive or not at all,” wrote André Breton ninety years ago, yet his message seems just as relevant today. Now more than ever, it is the role of artists and writers to rage, scream, curse, protest, and reflect all of the ugliness, fear and hate that have become more visible recently, but which have no doubt been part of American culture all along. It is also our job to dream, hope, and scheme of possible futures with reckless abandon.

–Matt Stromberg

As the election results poured in last Tuesday, I sat shocked on my couch. I alternated between disbelief, numbness, crying, and stoned shock. Like so many of us, I had not prepared to encounter the worse, and I was left defenseless in its wake. I went to sleep that night (in my red state) and woke up sobbing; the feeling was not unlike suffering the death of a beloved, or incurring deep, irreversible heartbreak. The question is, of course, what now? I had to start with grief. I allowed myself to mourn, to feel the loss—and all that will come with it—deeply.  (A double loss for me; not only is Trump in power, but Hillary, whom I admire deeply and consider to be profoundly qualified, is not and never will be.) Coming into contact with our own anguish, our own sorrow, will ultimately make us better organizers. Because organizing is our power. Without majorities in the house or senate, WE THE PEOPLE must be more motivated, more unified, more committed, to social justice causes than we have in our lifetimes. This may be a silver lining of this global catastrophe: the mobilization of a powerful and effective new left. I’ve witnessed it already: my students are calling their representatives to condemn Steve Bannon’s appointment, they are marching in the Columbus, OH streets and holding community action groups in their homes. Sustaining this energy, and not succumbing into normalcy (this is NOT normal, let’s hold onto that), will be the greatest test for us as artists and human beings.  

–Carmen Winant

In the wake of this devastating election, I’m reminded that criticism is a guard against the multiform forces of ignorance, and to critique is to champion plurality and to multiply intellectual and creative possibility by offering new pathways of thought. As a form of resistance, criticism is needed now, as ever, so that our collective failure might turn into permanent postures of criticality in all aspects of life, not just with respect to arts and letters.

–Pablo Lopez

We survive together or not at all. We build together or not at all. We thrive when those around us thrive. Now more than ever, we are called upon to use our creativity to imagine new and better forms of solidarity between all people who have been denied their voice, their safety, or their freedom. There are those who believe that power comes from tyranny and oppression. We know this to be untrue; we will prove them wrong. 

–Molly Larkey