June, 2012

Fan Mail: Michelle Blade

Day 124

For this edition of Fan Mail, Michelle Blade of San Francisco, CA has been selected from our worthy reader submissions. Two artists are featured each month—the next one could be you! If you would like to be considered, please submit your website link to info@dailyserving.com with ‘Fan Mail’ in the subject line. reaching out. responses, feel free pleasure going over, reading and playing, simple, tap[.....]

What’s Going on at MOCA?

Installation view of Mike Kelley's "Silver Ball" at MOCA

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley Paul Schimmel, who has been at the helm of the L.A. Museum of Contemporary Art’s curatorial department for twenty years, was let go on Wednesday. The board voted on the decision, and the story is that billionaire philanthropist and MOCA board member Eli Broad asked Schimmel to his office to tell him[.....]

Molly Springfield and “The Proto-History of the Internet” at Thomas Robertello Gallery

Molly Springfield "La Pyramide des Bibliographies," 2012 graphite on paper 34 x 44" Courtesy of Thomas Robertello Gallery

Molly Springfield’s show at Thomas Robertello Gallery, titled “The Proto-History of the Internet,” isn’t really about the Internet. In actuality, the conceptual drawings, quizzical icons, and indexical paragraphs on view serve as obscure guide-posts pointing the way to broader dilemmas about the production of knowledge. The show is challenging by design. As viewers, we’re privy to certain facts while others are intentionally withheld. Dry diagrams and[.....]

Ian Davenport: Between the Lines

Ian Davenport, Puddle Painting: Titanium White, 2009. Acrylic paint on aluminium, mounted on aluminium panel,  28 3/4 x 28 3/4 in / 73 x 73 cm. Image: Courtesy of Waddington Galleries

Between The Lines by British artist Ian Davenport currently on view at the Art Plural Gallery, is an exploration of the materiality of paint and the balance between chance and control where colours are submitted to a rigorous pouring system of densely packed vertical strips on canvases and aluminium panels. Davenport’s creative process thrives within the ambiguities of probability and chance: through the employment of[.....]

Levitated Mass: ‘Huh? Wow!’ or ‘Wow! Huh?’

Installation view of Michael Heizer's "Levitated Mass." Photo © Will Brown Hernández, 2012.

This past Sunday, under the beating hot Los Angeles sun, LACMA finally held its inauguration ceremony for “Levitated Mass,” the 340-ton piece of California granite which traveled for 11 days at 8 miles an hour through Southern California, eventually to be placed across a 456-foot long trench in the northwest quadrant of LACMA’s campus. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was there (his speech was mediocre). County supervisor[.....]

HELP DESK: Studio Visits, part 2

Pawel Althamer (associated with Wilhelm Sasnal, associated with Monika Sosnowska, associated with Jakub Julian Ziolkowski, associated with Artur Zmijewski), FGF, Warsaw, 2007. Mixed media, 8560 x 4280 x 3090 mm

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 anonymous. HELP DESK is sponsored in part by KQED.org. The artwork in this week’s edition is part of the exhibition Setting the[.....]

The Grass is Always Greener

The human race has been pursuing various utopias probably since we started walking upright. It’s the easiest thing to do, imagine how things could be better. Today from the DS Archives we bring you examples of a personal utopia, Friedrich Kunath’s 2011 exhibition at the White Cube in London, in comparison to a collective utopia as demonstrated by the current exhibition, Utopia is Possible at MOCBA.[.....]