Humor in Los Angeles
Michelle Andrade's 'Eat Your Heart Out' and William Powhida's 'How to Destroy LA' exemplify my favorite sub-current of the LA art scene: Work that engages directly with the viewer through direct communication, is self-consciously proud, tongue-in-cheek, and - most importantly - funny as hell.
This level of self-conscious humor seems endemic in Los Angeles. There is a slight veneer of embarassment, for people living here. We have to take pains to point out the hidden beauty that LA has to offer, and are the first to admit that, on the surface, LA is maybe not so charming.
Why not make light of it?