February, 2009

Asgar/Gabriel

Daryoush Asgar and Elisabeth Gabriel, the Austrian collaborative duo that makes up Asgar/Gabriel, focus of the current Mark Moore Gallery exhibition “Bucolica Obscura,” cites the breadth of art history (with specific nods to Baroque and Abstraction) as influences of the large-scale oil on canvas works of their latest collection. Despite this, the dwellers of their paintings (attractive, scantily clad contemporary twenty-somethings in various states of[…..]

Wade Guyton

On view until March 19th, Gio Marconi gallery in Milan is presenting a series of large-scale printed works by American artist Wade Guyton. Displayed in the ground floor area of the gallery, Guyton’s elegant Xs and stripes are an emblematic manifestation of the concept of mechanical reproduction within the art-making process. Guyton’s ‘paintings’ are produced by printing and re-printing the same digital file drawn by[…..]

War on Terror: Inside/Out

Photographs from Christopher Sims and Stacy Pearsall turn the War on Terror: Inside/Out, as if showing us its seams. Sims documents American-made Iraqi and Afghan villages, used to train soldiers in North Carolina and Louisiana, in his series Home Fronts: The Pretend Villages of Talatha and Braggistan. Pearsall, a military combat photographer since age 17, presents the facts of her experience, daily life that is[…..]

Claire Barclay

Claire Barclay Openwide, courtesy of The Fruitmarket Gallery, Photo: Ruth Clark The Fruitmarket Gallery‘s current solo exhibition, Openwide, appropriately features Scottish artist Claire Barclay in retrospective for the first time. Barclay, who represented Scotland in the 2003 Venice Biennale, typically works in large-scale sculptural installations inspired by site. Openwide presents surviving sculptural elements from past installations in new arrangements on plinths and display spaces of[…..]

Erin Cosgrove

Smart and acerbically funny, Erin Cosgrove‘s What Manner of Person Art Thou? brings puritanical righteousness into the sphere of moral relativity. The animated feature–it runs for approximately an hour–is currently showing in the Hammer Museum‘s upstairs project space and, while it’s a time commitment, Cosgrove’s film is certainly worth the investment. What Manner of Person Art Thou? chronicles the fictional characters Yoder and Troyer as[…..]

Elisabeth Higgins O'Connor

Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor‘s anthropomorphic creatures congregate and come to life in her solo exhibit at the David Salow Gallery in downtown Los Angeles. The seven-foot tall beasts known as No Names are on display through February 28th. Overall, O’Connor’s larger than life characters have temperaments like mischievous house pets, each with a unique and memorable personality. The artist builds her sculptures by attaching well-worn scraps[…..]

Zoe Leonard

Zoe Leonard first exhibited her photographs in 1979 and her work has since been included in Documenta IX (1992) and Documenta XII (2007), as well as the 1993 and 1997 Whitney Biennials. The artist and longtime resident of the Lower East Side began taking photographs of her neighborhood in 1998 to record the gradual decline of the city’s identity due to the influx of large[…..]