February, 2010

From the DS Archives: Josiah McElheny

Each Sunday we reach deep into the DailyServing Archives to unearth an old feature that we think needs to see the light of day again. This week we found a video presentation by artist Josiah McElheny discussing the role of models as both sculpture and as direct tools of information sharing. If you have a favorite feature that you think should be published again, simply[.....]

Lara Viana

Lara Viana‘s paintings look as if they might have been chiseled down from thick blocks of oil paint, rather than the media having been applied to the surface. The layers of paint in her hauntingly rendered scenes tangle and fold onto one another like rumpled bed sheets. Abandoned dinner parties and smudged, silhouetted flower arrangements are presented in a muted palate that suggests faded memories—so[.....]

Baldessari’s Beast

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley Hans Holbein painted The Body of the Dead Christ Laid Out in His Tomb in 1521. In it, Christ’s harrowed face and tortured body don’t actually look dead; they look comatose with pain and on the verge of dying, but not quite gone.  The fact that most of his peers took a[.....]

Jonathan Torgovnik and Heather McClintock

The College of Charleston‘s Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art presents a photographic exhibition that pairs Jonathan Torgovnik‘s Intended Consequences: Rwandan Children Born of Rape and Heather McClintock‘s The Innocents:  Casualties of the Civil War in Northern Uganda.  Torgovnik and McClintock’s respective photographic series address specific African humanitarian crises through capturing a selection of survivors in photographic portrait. Jonathan Torgovnik’s series Intended Consequences: Rwandan Children Born[.....]

Production Site: The Artist’s Studio Inside-Out

Now at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Production Site reexamines the artist’s studio as subject, presenting work that documents, depicts, reconstructs, or otherwise invokes that space, revealing how the studio functions as a place where research, experimentation, production, and social activity intersect. The exhibition reflects and addresses the pivotal role of the studio in artists’ practice while alluding to its enduring status in the[.....]

Johannes Kahrs

I have to admit, there is nothing more impressive to me than a well executed painting, and spending some time with the work of Johannes Kahrs has done nothing but revive this fascination. Living somewhere between film, modern news media and history painting, Kahrs’ work seamlessly merges the beauty and tradition of painting and portraiture with banal yet grotesque objectivity, seducing the viewer into a[.....]

Interview with Mario Zoots

The mysterious and psychologically challenging images created by Denver-based artist Mario Zoots are produced by applying a visual barrier between the viewer and the appropriated image by way of physical paper collage and digital manipulation. Each work carefully alters an existing image that was originally existed through the Internet, print publications and photographs and challenges our perception of and relationship to everyday mundane imagery.  Likewise,[.....]