May, 2011

Freeport series at the Peabody Essex Museum

A storehouse like no other, a museum summons objects and concerns from both past and present. The unfortunate reality is that, once collected, it doesn’t matter if the objects are important or trivial. Once bought or donated, the objects are catalogued and placed in the storehouse, rarely seeing the light of day. It’s a sad, lonely life for most of the museum’s collection. The only[…..]

Ori Gersht at Angles Gallery

Cherry blossoms lead a cursory existence. Like blushing plumes, their trees bring forth bountiful masses of cotton candy petals, flourishing for a mere two weeks before they are hurriedly shed. The rosy confetti blankets the surrounding grounds, the wilting florets scattering as swiftly as they bloomed. To the Japanese, the blossoms are emblematic of the ephemerality of life.  Intrigued by their reputation, Israeli photographer Ori[…..]

From the DS Archives: Olafur Eliasson Multiple Shadow House

Join From the DS Archives this Sunday for a look at Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, known for the immersive environments he creates.  Your Emotional Future – the artist’s first solo exhibition in Eastern Europe – is open now through October 2nd at the PinchukArtCentre in Kiev, Ukraine. This article was originally written by Erin Beaver on February 23, 2010. Olafur Eliasson’s Multiple Shadow House opened Thursday, February 11th at Tanya Bonakdar[…..]

Javier Téllez: Letter on the Blind, For the Use of Those Who See

Javier Téllez engages subject matter that often makes people uncomfortable.  Delving into topics such as mental illness and institutional power, the artist critiques contemporary society by questioning passive or harmful notions of normalcy.  Téllez’s film Letter on the Blind, For the Use of Those Who See takes its name from an essay by Diderot and is inspired by a famous Indian parable. In the parable,[…..]

Twins

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley People dress for commencement everywhere, but in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the effort seems more concerted than it has at other graduations; I imagine the girl in the Birkenstocks with the frayed cotton skirt and matching cardigan thought as hard about her look as the woman in sage, Grace-Kelly style satin and patent leather[…..]

Brightworks: An Educational Refuge

Today’s article is from our friends at Art Practical, where Dominic Willsdon considers Brightworks, a newly opened K-12 private school in San Francisco designed around an alternative educational model guided by tenets typically associated with artistic practices. Brightworks is a new, unaccredited K–12 private school co-created by Gever Tulley and Bryan Welch somewhat in the tradition of anarchist-leaning Free Schools. The opening ceremony, held at the[…..]

Ulla von Brandenburg

‘Neue Alte Welt’ (New Old World), an exhibition of Ulla von Brandenburg’s recent works, is on view at The Common Guild, Glasgow till 21 May 2011. Presented across two levels, the exhibition proceeds as a journey where one seems to travel from the perspective of an audience and performer, before entering the backstage. The first room features Chorspiel, a black and white film set in[…..]