August, 2012

Musing on Street Art vis-à-vis Icy and Sot

Icy and Sot, Duel

The other day, in a somewhat drowsy effort to shake my late-summer torpor, I decided to poke around online in search of some intriguing, under-the-radar gallery shows.  Rather quickly, and despite (or perhaps because of) the aimless, unfocused nature of my ramblings, I happened upon the just-concluded show Icy and Sot: Made in Iran, which ran August 23-25 at New York’s Openhouse Gallery. As I[.....]

dOCUMENTA (13) “Non-Concept”

Sam Durant's Scaffold

A “Doing Nothing Garden” where grass grows freely over a pile of waste, an encased letter from artist Kai Althoff declaring why he will not be participating in the exhibition, and Ryan Gander’s invisible artwork, a breeze coming through an empty room.  The favored term of the dOCUMENTA (13) is “non-concept.” Accompanied by jargon such as “non-existing existence” and an education program named “Maybe Education,”[.....]

What can Goth do for politics?

Claire Fontaine, La société du spectacle brickbat, 2006. Brick and archival print on archival paper. 7”x 4 ½” x 2 ½”. I’m So Goth – I’m Dead exhibition, Queen’s Nails Projects.

This summer San Francisco has not one but two gallery exhibitions that explore the legacy of punk and post-punk. Wall of Sound, at Steven Wolf Fine Arts, presents artworks by seminal figures of the late-1970s music scene (including Monte Cazazza, V. Vale, and Exene Cervenka), and I’m So Goth – I’m Dead! at Queen’s Nails Projects features mostly contemporary pieces that deal with the “Gothic[.....]

Supporting Partick Thistle: Paintings, Rob McLeod

Robert McLeod, The Three Graces Struggle with the Goochi Handbag, 2011, Installation view, Bath Street Gallery. Photo: Sait Akkirman

Even fanatic football fans would be hard-pressed to remember a Glaswegian football team called Partick Thistle, a perpetual underdog in First Division Scottish Football League that’s oft-joked about because of their non-winning ways. Getting behind a team that tries every week but gets nowhere requires no small measure of faith, an action probably synonymous with holding out hope in the long term for that which[.....]

HELP DESK: Art Fairs Everywhere

Jordan Tate, New Work #100, 2009-2012. 3-channel slide projection (RGB)

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 question. All submissions remain strictly anonymous and become the property of Daily Serving. HELP DESK is co-sponsored by KQED.org. I may be in an enviable position, but it is a[.....]

Street Art: The New Generation

People love to make their mark on the world, but do it in different ways. Some leave legacies recorded in history books, other leave their legacies on the walls around us. From the beginning of art on cave walls to the street artists today, we want others to know we exist. The upcoming exhibition at Kunsthallen Brandts, Street Art: The New Generation, features the work[.....]

Isaac Julien’s Ten Thousand Waves

Isaac Julien TEN THOUSAND WAVES (2010)  Installation view, The Hayward Gallery, London  Nine screen installation, 35mm film, transferred to High Definition  9.2 surround sound, 49' 41"  Courtesy of the artist, Metro Pictures, New York and Victoria Miro Gallery, London

Isaac Julien’s Ten Thousand Waves made its west coast premier this year at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in the largest space yet to exhibit his nine-screen film installation. The film installation, open through December 1 at the museum, braids three strands of time and landscape together: the rural mountains of ancient China, the early Golden Age of Chinese cinema, and current day. Julien, who[.....]