February, 2012

Bright is Light

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Later, the scientist recalled what he and his colleague saw in that vacuum tube in 1898. “The blaze of crimson light from the tube told its own story,” Dr. Travers wrote, “and it was a sight to dwell upon and never to forget.” Not only neon, but the other noble gases would soon find application in signage and trim; that is the short of how[.....]

Ten Thousand Waves: Photographs by Isaac Julien

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Isaac Julien’s Ten Thousand Waves is a nine-screen video installation interweaving three seemingly discrete narratives that explore the migratory journeys of people whose impetus for movement converges on the sole need to fulfil utopian desires for a better life. Set against the contrasting backgrounds of the blustery northwest coast of England, the rush hour in Shanghai and the misty bamboo forests and mountains of the[.....]

“Hello, all but forgotten piece of 1970s feminist Earth Art, have you ever seen a transsexual before?”

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Sight, acknowledgment, and shared experience all figure prominently in Hybrid Narrative: Video Mediations of Self and the Imagined Self, currently at Mac Arthur B Arthur in Oakland, CA. Artists Liz Rosenfeld, Chris E. Vargas, Sofia Cordova and Shana Moulton make themselves “seen” though video, film transfer, installation and performance. Rosenfeld’s Untitled (Dyketactics Revisited), a 16mm film transfer to video, brings us to another time both[.....]

HELP DESK: Starting Again

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Welcome to another week of HELP DESK, where I answer your queries about making, finding, marketing, buying, selling—or any other activity related to—contemporary art. Together, we’ll sort through some of art’s thornier issues. Email helpdesk@dailyserving.com with your questions (you can use a free anonymizer like Anonymouse.org if you want) and save the comments section to chime in on the topics of the day. All submissions[.....]

From the DS Archives: Nathalie Djurberg and ‘You Killed Me First’

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This look into the DS Archives goes out to all you people (myself included) who are horribly, wonderfully captivated by the dark underbelly of the world and its manifestations. Nathalie Djurberg is an artist who “goes there” with no shame, and does a damn good job. If her work is up your alley, don’t miss ‘You Killed Me First,’ the current exhibition at KW Institute[.....]

Preview Juergen Teller’s Controversial Photographs

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As part of our ongoing partnership with Flavorwire, Daily Serving is sharing  Rozalia Jovanovic’s preview of Juergen Teller’s latest exhibition at Lehmann Maupin in New York. Just in time for New York Fashion Week, Juergen Teller, the German-born photographer most known for his cheeky refusal to keep his ad campaigns for designers like Helmut Lang, Yves Saint Laurent, Vivienne Westwood, and Marc Jacobs distinct from his[.....]

Not Quite Rejection

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L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley A grad school classmate of mine, one of the more resourceful people I’ve met, had a studio that looked like a carpenter’s shop. Though not clean per se, it was functional and organized, with shelving units and a storage loft above a small couch. When he got stuck or couldn’t decide why[.....]