April, 2013

Nature is Not Human Hearted

In Art, I am generally not a fan of beautiful landscapes. That is not to say that I do not appreciate the inherent splendor of nature, it just always seems too picturesque and subsequently too easy.  The source of my aversion is popular visual culture’s inundation of images showing over-saturated suns rising or setting, paths and docks receding into the distance, and natural monuments impressing[.....]

Historicizing Fantasy: iona ROZEAL brown at Salon 94 Freemans and Edward Tyler Nahem

iona ROZEAL brown’s stylized painting emerges from a studied transmutation of African-American and Japanese cultural tradition. Brown has developed a strong narrative lineage essential to reading her coded (albeit straightforward) illustrative paintings of Afro-Japanese courtesans, voguing stars, and fantasy creatures of mythic royalty. Brown’s concurrent exhibitions at Salon 94 Freemans and Edward Tyler Nahem seek to extend and perpetuate this narrative in a new elaboration[.....]

Trisha Brown in Los Angeles

For whatever reason, the Los Angeles art community has dance on the brain. It may or may not have started with artist and choreographer Simone Forti’s inclusion as one of the “Made in L.A.” finalists (the Hammer Museum’s mega-group exhibition-cum-contest from last summer), but the upcoming “Dancing with the Art World” conference (again at the Hammer) clinches the deal—two days of lectures and events with[.....]

Porn and Patterns: 21st Century Vanitas in Portland

It may take a second to see the sex. Ty Ennis’s show at Nationale this month consists of petite paintings featuring prominent textile patterns, done with the gentlest touch. Look a second longer and you notice the erotic: porn dvds, romance novels, a vaginal oyster. The paintings are mostly still lifes, and even though there’s sex, they’re not sexy (and not meant to be). They’re[.....]

#Curating Activism: An Interview with Julio César Morales

Julio César Morales is an artist, curator, and educator who recently left the San Francisco Bay Area to become curator at the Arizona State University Art Museum in Tempe. Morales was an adjunct curator at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts from 2008-12, where he created “PAUSE: Practice and Exchange,” a series of solo exhibitions by artists including Allan de Souza, Euan Macdonald, and[.....]

Photographing Art in the Streets

It is likely that we all have mixed feelings about the seminal film from 1995 titled “Kids,” which was directed by photographer Larry Clark and written by Harmony Korine. At the time of release, the film created considerable controversy for its explicit view of mid-nineties youth culture in New York City. Well, writer Korine is back at it again with a new film titled “Spring Breakers,” an American crime[.....]

Fan Mail: Sandra Erbacher

For this edition of Fan Mail, Sandra Erbacher of Madison, Wisconsin 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. At first, Sandra Erbacher’s sculptures and installations seem simple, dealing with space, geometry, and[.....]