May, 2012

Paul Thek – ‘If you don’t like this book you don’t like me.’

As part of the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, approaches to translate the subjective experience into the artistic process were explored in In the Shadow of the Hand and Back to the Things Themselves. Questions were raised on the nuances and distinctions between notions of the subjective, personal and self-indulgent. These borders disintegrate in the exhibition Paul Thek – ‘If you don’t like this[…..]

#Hashtags: Narco-Violence and Ritual Sacrifice

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Last year, #Hashtags featured an essay by the Mexican-American artist and writer Robert Gomez on the relationship between online images of drug cartel violence and Aztec rituals, which we rerun today in light of the recent escalation in Mexican cartel violence. The discovery Sunday of 49 mutilated bodies on a highway near Monterrey, Mexico, brings this month’s total to almost a hundred.  Analysts speculate that[…..]

HELP DESK: Building Character

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Welcome to HELP DESK, where I answer your queries about making, exhibiting, 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. All submissions remain strictly anonymous and become the property of Daily Serving. HELP DESK is co-sponsored by KQED.org. This week’s column is accompanied by images from Wynne Greenwood‘s recent[…..]

Act. Repeat. Suspend./Double Tide

Today from the DS Archives we venture not too far into the past to Sharon Lockhart’s exhibition of her film Lunch Break at the SF MoMA in 2011 and alert of of her new exhibition Double Tide, currently on view at Espai d’art contemporani de Castelló. In her new film, Lockhart continues her meditative observation of everyday events, this time focusing on one of the few[…..]

What’s Polished and What’s Not

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley Writer David Shields tells a story about being a kid and liking Hunter S. Thompson’s obnoxious gonzo journalism way better than Steinbeck and other more classic fiction writers. With Thompson, you were never sure how fictional a story was going to get and it was always possible the craziest stuff was real.[…..]

Real Places: An Interview with Justin John Greene

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Today’s feature is brought to you by our friends at Beautiful/Decay. Read below to find a recently released artist interview with Los Angeles-based painter Justin John Greene. Los Angeles has always held a special place in the hearts and minds of Americans, but for most it exists in an almost fictional capacity.  Hollywood isn’t a real place – it’s a postcard, a huge sign on the side[…..]

Secret gardens: the truth revealed

I used to have a secret garden. Even though it was technically communal (which slightly undermines the essence of secrecy) it was rarely visited by anyone and wildly overgrown. Especially in summer you could get lost between the ancient trees and unkept rosebushes and safely hide from the perils of the outside world. I occasionally invited someone around for a midnight picnic, and often spent lazy[…..]