September, 2013

#Hashtags: Art as Response to Attacks on LGBT Rights in Russia on the Eve of the Sochi Olympics

Anastasia Korosteleva, Girls

#LGBTQ #Russia #SochiOlympics #civilrights The upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics and Paraolympics in Sochi, Russia, have shined a light on a host of environmental, migrant, labor, and civil rights concerns in Russia. International observers and Russian organizations indicate that the situation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Russia has recently deteriorated. An emergent “traditional values” ideology propagated by the state and church—that falsely posits homosexuality as being[.....]

From the Archives: Interview with Lukasz Jastrubczak

Today in From the DS Archives we bring you an interview with Polish artist Lukasz Jastrubczak. Jastrubczak and his collaborator Małgorzata Mazur are currently exhibiting work in The Day Is Too Short at the Wrocław Contemporary Museum in Wrocław, Poland, through October 21, 2013. Jastrubczak also has work in Spojrzenia, the Deutsche Bank Foundation Award at the Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, through November 17, 2013. The interview was conducted by[.....]

Sculptures Remix Modern Art and Native American Tradition

Jeffrey Gibson. Portal, 2013; elk hide over birch panel, graphite, acrylic and oil paint; 60 x 48 x 2 1/2 in.

As part of our ongoing partnership with Beautiful/Decay, today we bring you an article about the work of Brooklyn-based Jeffery Gibson, who explores his Choctaw and Cherokee background in a solo exhibition at Shoshana Wayne Gallery through October 26. Author Danny Olda notes, “Gibson inserts himself and his heritage into art history: by [...] smart mixing and remixing.” This article was originally published on September 11,[.....]

Victoria Fu: Belle Captive at Emerson Dorsch

In a time when appropriation has become seamlessly integrated into contemporary art practice, it’s not easy to provide a precise definition for such an increasingly amorphous concept. Jan Verwoert offers a robust description, calling appropriation “an intense sense of an interruption of temporal continuity, a black out of historical time that mortifies culture and turns its tropes into inanimate figures, into a objectified, commodified visual[.....]

Ruinophilia: Luke Painter’s Rebound at Le Gallery

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There’s something dark and morose underlying Luke Painter’s surreal, methodical drawings installed at Le Gallery on Toronto’s Dundas Street West. While the compositions and their titles are playful in their kitschy pop-cultural references, the flattened perspective field, broken architectural fragments, and dampened chromatic tones create a sense of uneasiness within the viewer. Painter is traditionally trained as a printmaker, though over the last number of[.....]

Avenging Ancestors, Failing Spectacularly: Wisconessee at Kasia Kay Projects

Daniel Bruttig. Nick with Monster Mask, 2013. Colored pencil on paper. Courtesy of Kasia Kay Projects.

If you’re at all interested in seeing Wisconessee, Duncan R. Anderson and Daniel Bruttig’s semi-collaborative two man show at Kasia Kay Projects, I can tell you right now there’s a good chance you’ve already seen it. Typically, I’m not one to write a negative review for the sake of teeing off on artists who are just trying to get some work out there. But this[.....]

Charles Gaines and Sol LeWitt at Paula Cooper NYC

Sol LeWitt. 12x12x1 TO 2x2x6, 1990; painted wood; 99x7x57 ½ in. Courtesy of Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. Photo: Steven Probert.

Two shows at Paula Cooper—Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawing 564 and Charles Gaines: Notes on Social Justice—knowingly nod at each other from their respective spaces across West Twenty-First Street. Wall Drawing 564: Complex forms with color ink washes superimposed (1988) holds court in Cooper’s large, dramatic exhibition hall surrounded by roughly contemporaneous structures and works on paper, and the immersive drawing exhibits LeWitt’s sustained interest in the grid[.....]