December, 2008

To Illustrate and Multiply: An Open Book

To Illustrate and Multiply: An Open Book, currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Pacific Design Center, surveys artists books from the 20th Century to the present. The exhibition’s title comes from a book by artist Raymond Pettibon and an impressive span of artists are included, among them are illusionist and perceptual artist Olafur Eliasson, parodic sculptor Lara Schnitger, Belgian artist and musician[.....]

Patch Dynamics – Six New Invasions to the Field

Lawrimore Project in Seattle is currently presenting a group show titled Patch Dynamics – Six New Invasions to the Field. The exhibition, which is jointly curated by Scott Lawrimore and Yoko Ott, has its concept rooted in the patch, a fundamental characteristic of landscape ecology theory. The pioneers of landscape ecology theory define patch as “a component within a landscape that differs in appearance or[.....]

Thomas Ruff

Currently on view at the Budapest Mucsarnok Kunsthalle is a retrospective for the German photographer, Thomas Ruff. The artist uses a wide range of imagery to explore several major developments in the art of photography, including digital image making and manipulation. Each photo is presented in a large scale format and slightly out of focus. Ruff was educated in Dusseldorf in the early 80′s ,[.....]

Tine Furler and Gerard Hemsworth

Galerie Michael Janssen in Berlin will be presenting the work of two artists, Tine Furler and Gerard Hemsworth, in January and February of 2009. Both Furler’s show, Vererbungslinie Vampyropoda, and Hemsworth’s show, Now Then, will be on display at the gallery from January 17-February 28, 2009. The opening will take place on Friday, January 16th from 7-9. Berlin-based artist Furler began as a painter and[.....]

Grant Barnhart

Seattle-based painter, Grant Barnhart, recently shifted the focus of his paintings to directly confront certain iconic American imagery such as cowboys, football players, cheerleaders, and showgirls in an attempt to build a vocabulary that is positioned neatly between satire and homage. In a time where it is increasingly easy to portray American life and culture in a generally pessimistic light, Barnhart takes on the challenge[.....]

LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN

On view until January 4th is LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN, the 2008 Biennial at SITE in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Curated by Lance Fung, the previous director of the Holly Solomon Gallery and current owner of The Lance Fung Gallery, SITE’s current exhibition brings a diverse and global roster of 25 artists from 16 counties, creating 18 different projects. The exhibition layout and architecture was designed[.....]

Drew Daly

Artist Drew Daly activates and draws attention to common domestic objects by meticulously altering the item’s surface quality and form. Daly is interested in fragmenting the familiar ready-made object to stimulate memory, recognition and consideration of the mundane. The artist also uses trace materials from the altered ready-made objects, collecting and reconstructing the residue of erosion, and tracing an object’s relation to the space around[.....]