November, 2011

Horse Play

Anna Nazzari’s exhibition Horse Play at Turner Galleries presents the losing game, and the dogged impulse to try again, as an inescapable aspect of the human condition. With a nod to the absurdist existentialism of Albert Camus, Nazzari’s games, which are impossible to win, allude to the futile quest for meaning in an inherently meaningless world. For Nazzari, this nightmarish scenario provides the ground to[.....]

Vision and Communism

On the night of October 25th, police officers fired teargas and flash grenades into a crowd of “Occupy Wall Street” protesters in Oakland, CA. The event was a significant escalation of force following weeks of arrests and threats of mandatory dispersal issued by police and local officials in American cities. The morning after the Oakland confrontation, news outlets were awash with chaotic images of police[.....]

Chris McCaw-Ride Into the Sun

Chris McCaw. "Sunburned GSP#420 (Arctic Circle, Alaska)," 2010. 12 x 20 inches. Unique gelatin silver paper negative. Courtesy of the Artist and Stephen Wirtz Gallery.

In the 1960s, the Italian artist Lucio Fontana created Concetto Spaziale, a series of paintings that challenged established notions of the pictorial plane by slashing and poking holes in the canvas. Fontana explained, “I make a hole in a canvas in order to leave behind the old pictorial formulae, the painting and the traditional view of art, and I escape, symbolically, but also materially, from[.....]

From the DS Archives: Amy Sillman

This Sunday from the DS Archives brings you the mushy, illogical, cynicism and nostalgia of Amy Sillman’s on again/off again relationship with abstraction. Sillman’s work is now on view at the SF MoMA in the exhibition The Air We Breathe, until February 20, 2012. This article was originally published by Michael Tomeo on April 21, 2010: Amy Sillman’s highly publicized split from abstraction may not[.....]

Disponible at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The idea is of an artist being a/n (insert nationality here) artist is becoming a thing of the past. This isn’t politically correct posturing, it’s reality now that the smartest artists today work locally and show globally. Conceptually it’s not a viable option to sit still in one environment understanding only what you consider native, and economically it’s not possible for a single city to[.....]

Chandeliers, Wrought Iron and Other Luxuries

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley When photographer Larry Sultan was growing up, his mother hired a decorator to “cozy up” their new San Fernando Valley home with its marble floors and 12-foot fireplace. The decorator had red hair, tight pants and lipstick that always spread beyond the limits of her lips. She brought in shag carpets, candelabras,[.....]

World of Glass: A Conversation with Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg

The work of Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg is defined by duality. A partnership between artist and musician, their stop-motion animation videos and haunting audio tracks precariously balance horror and humour, immersing child-like puppets in a world where perversion, violence, aggression, and power dominate. In their latest exhibition in London, the artists explore the medium of glass and its materiality – fragility becomes threatening and[.....]