October, 2011

The Take-Away: Run Off at MacArthur B Arthur

Anyone who’s ever temped in an office or published a zine knows the marvelous idiosyncrasies of the Xerox machine: the sliding, illuminated beam that scans the images; the warm stacks of copies identical enough to be called “exact” yet often full of bleeding letters; shiny black-hole shadows and flecks of who-knows-what from the machine itself.  In Run Off, now on view at MacArthur B Arthur[.....]

From the DS Archives: Cy Twombly

This week from the DS Archives we bring you the sculptural works of Cy Twombly. Don’t miss the current exhibition of his works at the MoMA NY, on view until January 2, 2012. This article was originally posted by Seth Curcio on November 24, 2009: Artist Cy Twombly has created a new series of sculptures, under the humble title Eight Sculptures. These new objects are[.....]

The Clock, Cremaster Cycle, and the Otolith Trilogy

The world doesn’t need any more films. The world doesn’t need any more video art. So if you’re going to bring an image into the world, you have to think it through. –Kodwo Eshun After 50 years of production, distinct periods are appearing in the history of video art. Not distinct ism’s or manifesto driven bubbles, but separate works that seem palpably similar. As the[.....]

Situation Rooms

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley York Chang always wanted to be a Latin American artist. The complication with this was that he wasn’t: wasn’t from Latin America, hadn’t grown up there, didn’t have family from there. As he described Wednesday, at Paper Chaser’s X-Ten Biennial, an evening over which arts professionals talked for ten minutes each about[.....]

Of the Place: An Interview with Amy Franceschini

Amy Franceschini, Michael Swaine & Ignacio Valero. Selected photograph from "A Variation on the Powers of Ten," February 17, 2011.

Artist and educator Amy Franceschini is the founder of Futurefarmers, a San Francisco-based artist collective and design studio that designs projects that address current social, environmental and political challenges through the use of diverse forms of audience engagement. The essence of Futurefarmers projects has been described as “a balance of critical and optimistic thought with the use of inventive and pragmatic design elements.” The collective is[.....]

The Grange Prize for Contemporary Photography

Canada’s Grange Prize officially launched last month in Toronto. The Prize, now in it’s fourth year,  nominates four contemporary photographers, two from Canada and two from a different partner country—this year India—but lets the world decide the winner. The prize is one of many corporate-institutional partnerships (the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize presented by The Photographer’s Gallery, for example, or Canada’s recently inaugurated Scotiabank Photography Award,[.....]

#Hashtags: Narco-Violence and Ritual Sacrifice

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#Hashtags: Viral Thoughts on Politics, Arts, and Culture This month, #Hashtags features an essay by the Mexican-American artist and writer Robert Gomez on the relationship between online images of drug cartel violence and Aztec rituals.  Please be aware that this article contains graphic representations of violence.  The author and the editors of the site would like to make clear that we are not interested in[.....]