December, 2012

Shoot ‘em Up

I think it is safe to say that every person will experiece violence in various ways. Some fortunate people only ever encounter it indirectly, through popular culture and media, while others live through it every day. Today from the DS Archives we bring you two interactions with violence. In Shoot! Existential Photography, the current exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery in London, photographers playfully examine the correlations between[.....]

#museumpractices: The Museum on My Mind, Part IV

Wall labels. Curatorial text. Titles (or un-titles, as the case may be). At what point do the words surrounding an artwork serve the work, and at what point do they disrupt it? This week #Hashtags wraps up Rob Mark’s “The Museum On My Mind,” a meditation on the role of museum commentary and what it means to “know” a piece of art. For refreshers, see[.....]

Mystery and Medium at Pictura Gallery: Recent Photographs by Adam Thorman and Laura Plageman

Adam Thorman and Laura Plageman, Installation View, Pictura Gallery

Due to several recent shows on the subject, I have lately been pondering the enduring yet amorphous allure of landscape in photography.  Among the exhibitions currently on view, Pictura Gallery’s exhibition of photographs by Adam Thorman and Laura Plageman offers an especially engaging encounter with the genre. Displayed on opposite sides of the bisected space, each artist’s series—Thorman’s What Light Remains in the Absence and[.....]

Kate MccGwire: Glamorous Bait for a Merciless Trap

What sort of cold-blooded beast is this? Measuring ten meters long and towering overhead, a muscled, thick mass covered in iridescent black feathers swirls around itself and then dives into itself. Snaking out of the wall as if from a hell-like sewer, Gyre twists with the writhing energy of a sex-drunk lover. Seductive and nightmarish, intricately beautiful and somehow dangerous, the massive sculpture captures the[.....]

HELP DESK: Odds & Ends

Joav BarEl, Yin Yang I, 1969. Acrylic on canvas, 40 1/8 x 31 7/8 inches

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. 2012 is almost gone, and over the course of this year[.....]

Today from the DS Archives we bring you the 2010 exhibition of Sharon Lockhart, Ryan Trecartin, Peter Campus and Joachim Koester at The Power Plant in Toronto. Maybe One Must Begin with Some Particular Places, an overview of Koester’s work is currently on view at SMAK in Belgium. The following article was originally published on May 3, 2010 by Seth Curcio: Artists Explore Screen Space[.....]

Breakfast with Roberto and Rosario

As a part of our ongoing partnership with Art Practical, today we bring you a conversation between writer Kara Q. Smith and R & R Studios, the collaborative office of Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt. This conversation is published on the occasion of Art Practical’s Miami Issue, the product of a two-month residency at LegalArt earlier this fall. I met with Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt of R&R Studios, which[.....]