Quinn Latimer is a poet and critic based in Basel, Switzerland. Her poems have been featured in Boston Review, The Paris Review, and Seneca Review, among other journals. Rumored Animals, her first book of poetry, recently won the 2010 American Poetry Journal Book Prize, and will be published in 2011. She also regularly contributes art and literary criticism to Art in America, Artforum.com, ArtReview, and Frieze.
The Film Looks Like a Licked Sunset: A Conversation with Jennifer West by Quinn Latimer
Los Angeles-based artist Jennifer West has been making her remarkable 'cameraless' films--in which film stock is treated with myriad substances, from household cleansers to campfire smoke, and subjected to indelicate acts, like being licked, hammered or skateboarded on--for over a decade now. Quinn Latimer talks to West about this alchemical meddling, drugstore culture, riot grrrls, very long film titles, and an even longer list of influences ranging from Dutch masters to Len Lye to the gilded mythology of the Golden State.
Kalifornienträumen: Bertolt Brecht’s Los Angeles Poems and Other Sunstruck Germanic Specters by Quinn Latimer
Los Angeles has long been an urban dialectic par excellence, with its discordant melodies and apparent contradictions; its extreme polarities of nature, of culture, of economics, of politics. The metaphors come easily—the tropical flower abloom in a desert basin, the city of illusions, etc.—and Bertolt Brecht employed them acidly and exactingly in the poems he wrote during his LA exile in the 1940s.