Carren Jao
Carren Jao

Carren is an art, architecture and design writer and an avid explorer of Los Angeles. Her work has been spotted on Core77, Dwell, Surface Asia, and Fast Co.Design. You can find her online and on Twitter

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Hot Stuff: L.A.'s Cross-Cultural Condiments
Hot Stuff: L.A.'s Cross-Cultural Condiments
"L.A. Heat" brings together 30 L.A.-based artists to explore the city's culinary and artsitic innovation with artworks inspired by red hot condiments.
Making L.A.: Deborah Sussman Loves Los Angeles
Making L.A.: Deborah Sussman Loves Los Angeles
How Deborah Sussman's colorful graphics transformed Los Angeles and paved a path for women designers.
Susan Silton and the Collective Act of Retyping Steinbeck
Susan Silton and the Collective Act of Retyping Steinbeck
Susan Silton's latest project, "In everything there is the trace," examines community, language, and labor through group typing sessions.
A New Generation of San Fernando Valley Muralists Colors the City
A New Generation of San Fernando Valley Muralists Colors the City
Van Nuys Boulevard's Mural Mile is a growing collection of drive-by artwork that add color and life to the neighborhood, created by an informal crew of artists under 30 years-old.
Beautifying Data with SoCal Art Schools and the Jet Propulsion Labs
Beautifying Data with SoCal Art Schools and the Jet Propulsion Labs
Dan Goods' inventive projects are at the nexus of art and science, sparking the public's wonder about the depths of the universe.
Counter Cliché: The Asian and Latino Bi-Cultural Experience
Counter Cliché: The Asian and Latino Bi-Cultural Experience
Shizu Saldamando's portraits are heavily influenced by Chicano art sensibilities and her Japanese heritage. Her subjects aren't the cookie-cutter characters we see in popular culture, but real, breathing beings actively building their identity.
Uncovered Olympic Glories: Murals Restoration on the 101 Freeway
Uncovered Olympic Glories: Murals Restoration on the 101 Freeway
Willie Herrón III, the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles' official restorer, and his assistant Melody Betancourt, are working on one of the city's prized possessions: Frank Romero's "Going to the Olympics."
Hearing with the Whole Body: Alan Nakagawa's Reverberating Composition
Hearing with the Whole Body: Alan Nakagawa's Reverberating Composition
Alan Nakagawa creates experiences that tease out the sound lying dormant in normally "quiet" objects and deliver sound that gets under our skin.
Domestic Affairs: The Poetically Political Art of Nery Gabriel Lemus
Domestic Affairs: The Poetically Political Art of Nery Gabriel Lemus
Artist Nery Gabriel Lemus gracefully exposes the subtle racial tensions between Latino and African American cultures in his work.
From Tar Pits: James Griffith's Petro-Artistic Paintings
From Tar Pits: James Griffith's Petro-Artistic Paintings
With his bucket of tar from the La Brea Tar pits, James Griffith brings to life emotion-filled portraits of animal life that -- almost magically -- appear out of a minimalist Zen-like backdrop.
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California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

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Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

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Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

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At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

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Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.


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