Many thanks to previous guest blogger Safa Samiezade’-Yazd for her insightful posts on issues of gender and artistic production in the Middle East. We hope to hear more from Safa in the near future, but in the meantime you can read more of her writing at Aslan Media, where she is the Media Arts and Music Editor.
Next up, we’re very pleased to introduce artist John P. Hogan, who lives and works in Los Angeles. John’s work incorporates the ethos and aesthetics of cartoons, comics, rock music, and amateur theater production. He has staged a rock musical based on a fictionalized history of the state of Florida (entitled The Island of Florida: A Foundation Myth), and released a limited edition vinyl soundtrack album with his band Ponce de Leon. He recently produced a musical-miniseries as an audio podcast called Heretics Lost, and is in the process of developing the podcast into a video mini-series.
Hogan has exhibited in group exhibitions at Cirrus Gallery, Armory Center for the Arts Pasadena, John Connelly Presents, Yerba Buena Center, and LACE. He has had solo exhibitions at Elephant and Monte Vista Projects, and performances at Automata, Machine Project, the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, and the Mak Center. He received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and his MFA from California Institute of the Arts.