October, 2009

Scion: Infinity

Infinity, curated by Andrew Schoultz is a collection of 15 contemporary artists’ interpretations of a boundless theme. Scion Space in Los Angeles hosts the exhibit, which opened Saturday, October 10th, and will continue through November 7th, 2009. Prior to the opening, I chatted with some of the artists as well as the curator, who revealed how relative concepts are strategically woven into the pieces, whether[…..]

Jacob Holdt

Jacob Holdt is showing a selection of some 200 photographs, handpicked from four decades of work documenting the injustices of the American human condition. Faith, Hope, and Love, is ongoing until February 7th at Lousiana Museum for Moderne Kunst, in Humlebæk, Denmark, near Copenhagen. Jacob Holdt captures the insider scene, intimate frames telltale of the gross disparity between the have’s and the have-not’s in the[…..]

Melanie Schiff : Mirror & Mastodon

Melanie Schiff: Mirror Los Angeles-based photographer Melanie Schiff opened her New York solo debut with Horton & Liu gallery last week. The exhibition, titled Mirror and Mastodon, features 8 mid-sized photographs that investigate ideas of spirituality and collective experience through the intersection of man and nature. While the images don’t contain any figures, the influence of man on the landscape is evident. The photograph titled[…..]

Matthew Brannon

Viewing the work of Matthew Brannon is like watching a foreign film with no subtitles–you can understand and appreciate the imagery to the extent that you might even form your own idea of what the storyline might be, but there will always be a disconnect between your imagination and the true intention of the film, as told through its dialog. Similarly, Matthew Brannon’s letterpress prints[…..]

The Third Chapter of Blum & Poe

  In 1994, the year Kara Walker graduated from RISD, Jeff Koons made his first balloon dog, and OJ’s white Bronco became a celebrity, Timothy Blum and Jeff Poe opened a gallery in Santa Monica. In 2003, the year Charles Saatchi called white walled galleries “antiseptic” and Arnold Schwarzenegger became California’s governor, Blum & Poe relocated to Culver City. Now, in 2009, the year Holland Cotter proclaimed that ‘The[…..]

Francine Spiegel: Mud and Mllk

Seven new paintings from New York-based artist Francine Spiegel are currently being presented at Deitch Projects‘ 76 Grand St Gallery, in a new exhibition titled Mud and Milk. This exhibition marks the artists first solo project with the gallery. The artist’s work examines the idea of the “monstrous feminine” and consists of portraiture of women doused in a variety of sloppy fluids, half dead and fully animated. To[…..]

On the Scene

The Department of Photography’s continuing series On the Scene showcases the Art Institute of Chicago‘s commitment to collecting and exhibiting the most dynamic new work by emerging artists. The third exhibition in the series explores the diverse range of art being produced by Jason Lazarus, Wolfgang Ploger, and Zoe Strauss. Jason Lazarus’s installation grew out of the artist’s fascination with the family snapshot and its durability in our digital[…..]