Articles by Carol Cheh

On the Concrete Banks of the L.A. River: Kerry Tribe’s Exquisite Corpse

On the Concrete Banks of the L.A. River: Kerry Tribe’s Exquisite Corpse

LA-based writer Carol Cheh examines “Exquisite Corpse,” a 51-minute film by artist Kerry Tribe that explores the 51 miles of the Los Angeles River.

Word is a Virus

Casting Spells over Los Angeles

Word is a Virus

Casting Spells over Los Angeles

Gurus, healers, psychics, and witches are common in Los Angeles—and their worlds often intersect with the world of artists.

Looking at Los Angeles

Freeway Flyers: The Olympic Murals

Looking at Los Angeles

Freeway Flyers: The Olympic Murals

In such a liminal arena as the freeway, what role can murals play?

Susan Silton, "In everything there is the trace," 2013. Installation view at the USC Fisher Museum of Art. Photo: Alexandra Brown.

Word is a Virus

Manual Transmissions

Word is a Virus

Manual Transmissions

“Word is a Virus” columnist Carol Cheh looks at two recent performance projects that involved retyping iconic works of literature on typewriters.

Word is a Virus

The Flights of Concord

Word is a Virus

The Flights of Concord

Columnist Carol Cheh interviews members of Concord, a “youthful and highly organic project” based in Los Angeles.

Word is a Virus

Armchair Travels

Word is a Virus

Armchair Travels

Columnist Carol Cheh reminisces on two exhibitions in L.A. that complicate “our reception of myth” and inspire “more nuanced engagement.”

Word is a Virus

Night Papers

Word is a Virus

Night Papers

Carol Cheh reports on an L.A.-based literary journal that “has the look and feel of a humble neighborhood rag” but is filled with “surprising moments.”

Word is a Virus

Public Fiction: The Play’s the Thing

Word is a Virus

Public Fiction: The Play’s the Thing

Public Fiction, an exhibition and event space in Los Angeles, hosts events that “provide constant stimuli” but “the journals really are the gems of the project.”

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | Susan Silton Asks, “Who’s in a Name?”

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | Susan Silton Asks, “Who’s in a Name?”

Columnist Carol Cheh reflects on Susan Stilton’s interventionist artwork “Who’s in a Name?”, a response to John Baldessari’s marquee installation “Your Name in Lights.”

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | LA Existancial

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | LA Existancial

Carol Cheh reviews the Guy de Cointet exhibition at LACE and touches on the creative links between Los Angeles and France.

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | Fan Letter: Printed Matter’s First Los Angeles Art Book Fair

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | Fan Letter: Printed Matter’s First Los Angeles Art Book Fair

The first ever Los Angeles Art Book Fair gets a rave review from resident book lover Carol Cheh.

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | Artists’ Zines: Darin Klein and Friends’ Box of Books

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | Artists’ Zines: Darin Klein and Friends’ Box of Books

Columnist Carol Cheh praises Darin Klein and Friends’ Box of Books that “conjure minimalist and conceptual art practices dating back to the 1960s.”

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | The Library of Sacred Technologies: Divine Providence 2.0

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | The Library of Sacred Technologies: Divine Providence 2.0

Carol Cheh on the Library of Sacred Technologies (LoST), an experimental publishing platform that has produced a series of pamphlets that are part religious tract, part art zine.

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | Revisiting Zines

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | Revisiting Zines

Are zines making a comeback? Carol Cheh looks at the evolution of self-publishing since the 1990s and the resurgence of the zine scene in Los Angeles.

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | New Releases in Artist-Run Journals: MATERIAL and Prism of Reality

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | New Releases in Artist-Run Journals: MATERIAL and Prism of Reality

Carol Cheh looks at two artist-run journals, both of which provide compelling textual windows into L.A.’s rich community of artists and artistic practices.

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | Jack Goldstein: The Subject Vanishes

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | Jack Goldstein: The Subject Vanishes

Carol Cheh looks at the writings of Jack Goldstein, a seminal member of the Pictures Generation who also made numerous bodies of work using nothing but text.

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | A Studio Visit with Danielle Adair

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | A Studio Visit with Danielle Adair

Carol Cheh talks with Danielle Adair, an artist whose videos, performances and installations interrogate the political uses to which language is put.

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | Cutting Up

Word is a Virus

Word is a Virus | Cutting Up

Carol Cheh launches this new column by employing William S. Burroughs’s “cut up” technique to generate a new text based on her own discarded writings.

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | In Search of Eve Babitz

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | In Search of Eve Babitz

Eve Babitz is more than just the nude woman famously photographed playing chess with Duchamp; she is an influential writer whose books are now much-coveted items.

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | The Language of Materials: Janne Larsen and Sibyl Wickersheimer’s “Big Haul”

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles | The Language of Materials: Janne Larsen and Sibyl Wickersheimer’s “Big Haul”

  Editor’s Note: This week, Los Angeles-based writer Carol Cheh fills in for Lily Simonson, who is travelling. Cheh is a writer and curator based in Los Angeles. She is …