September, 2012

2012 SECA Award Finalists

Congratulations to the 2012 SECA Award finalists! Zarouhie Abdalian, Elisheva Biernoff, Nate Boyce, Tammy Rae Carland, Anthony Discenza, Liam Everett, Josh Faught, Chris Fraser, Jonn Herschend, Cybele Lyle, Jonathan Runcio, Jesse Schlesinger, Chris Sollars , Stephanie Syjuco, Lindsey White and David Wilson We’ll keep you posted when the winners are announced, and today from the DS Archives we take a look back at the 2010 SECA Award winners. The following article was published on December 17, 2010 by Bean Gilsdorf: The San Francisco Museum[…..]

BLUESKIES/BLACK DEATH by Noelle Mason

2012

In skydiving, the term Blue Skies, Black Death originated from the parachute infantry motto “Mors Ab Alto” in Latin, or “death from above”. To skydivers, it can be regarded as a greeting / farewell, or to indicate a fatality during a skydive. Yet, the exhibition BLUESKIES/BLACK DEATH by Noelle Mason at Thomas Robertello Gallery in Chicago is not about skydiving nor death. It is a metaphor[…..]

#Hashtags: Rejecting a Binary Argument with Toyin Odutola

Back in early March 2012, I reviewed Mark Bradford’s solo show at SFMOMA and learned shortly thereafter that the oft-repeated narrative about the circumstances of his early work—that he grew up in poverty in a depressed African-American neighborhood of Los Angeles—was simply not true (he was raised in Santa Monica, an affluent suburb). Given that I’ve heard this myth repeated even by knowledgeable curators, I[…..]

Macho Boogie-Woogie in Mexico

Adrian S. Bara sculpture installation, Cafe Benito, 2012

It’s a rainy summer night in Guadalajara. Zooming through the dark, the jeep I’m riding in feels more like a powerboat as it leaves a black wake in the flooded streets. This ain’t no British rain – and thank God for that. (I’ve had enough drizzle for two lifetimes.) Palm fronds shake and the heavy rain suddenly turns to hail. The frothy water in the[…..]

A Double Take at White Rabbit

Zhang Chun Hong, Life Strands, 2004, charcoal and graphite on paper, 1160 x 150 cm, image reproduced courtesy of White Rabbit Gallery

Things are not quite what they seem in ‘Double Take’ at the White Rabbit Gallery in Sydney. The exhibition presents some new works and others which have been seen before but deserve re-examination. A heap of porcelain sunflower seeds, a shiny Harley Davidson which turns out, on closer inspection, to be a bicycle, and the doorway of a Beijing apartment which reveals itself to be[…..]

“the edge between structure and intuition” – An Interview with Anne Lindberg

Anne Lindberg, "parallel 34," 2012. Graphite and colored pencil on cotton mat board. 104 x 58 inches. Courtesy the artist and Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago.

On a visit to the Nevada Museum of Art this summer, I first encountered the work of Kansas City based Anne Lindberg. Tucked in a small, irregularly shaped gallery, Lindberg’s luminous installation immediately caught the eye, where individual threads created volume and marked space in a way that belied its virtually imperceptible constituent parts. Her large-scale graphite drawings also on view in the gallery invited[…..]

HELP DESK: Mind the Gap

Chiharu Shiota's installation at the Art Basel Miami Beach 2010

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. Is a gap in your artist résumé detrimental to your current[…..]