September, 2013

Help Desk: Padding the Resume

Oscar Tuazon. Sensory Spaces, 2013; installation view, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Courtesy of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Photo: Studio Hans Wilschut.

HELP DESK is where I answer your queries about making, exhibiting, finding, marketing, buying, selling—or any other activity related to contemporary art. Submit your questions anonymously here: http://bit.ly/132VchD. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. HELP DESK is co-sponsored by KQED.org. Artists are routinely asked to donate work toward the benefit of an organization. I have reached the point where I am just not[…..]

From the Archives: Diana Al-Hadid

Today in From the DS Archives, we bring you a review by Seth Curcio on the work of Diana Al-Hadid. Al-Hadid makes large-scale, mixed-media sculptures, and she currently has a solo exhibition at the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum in Savannah, Georgia. This article was originally published on November 19, 2007. Stepping into the Perry Rubenstein Gallery in New York City is a little like[…..]

Nomadic Art Experience Pulls Into Oakland

Promotional image for Levi's Station to Station project, 2013; organized by artist Doug Aitken.

As part of our ongoing partnership with KQED Arts, today we bring you a thoughtful consideration of Levi’s Station to Station project. Author Christian L. Frock notes, “Though it seems unlikely that corporate benefactors will support politically potent, radical, or controversial artworks, perhaps the support leveraged by these popular and populist ‘public art’ opportunities will allow artists to engage in work that challenges us to think[…..]

Fan Mail: Andy Ralph

Andy Ralph. Lawn Chairs, 2010; Aluminum pipe, aluminum hardware, and lawn chair webbing;
85 x 136 x 116 in. Courtesy of Charles Bergquist

Brooklyn-based artist Andy Ralph’s artistic practice could be summed up as a series of calculated—yet remarkably broad—risks. There is, however, one unifying identifiable approach in his work: Ralph engages with the imaginary potentials that reside in utilitarian objects. He transforms objects, or object-structures, into humorous, critical, and provocative configurations that provide a depth of both aesthetic-visual texture and conceptual rigor. Ralph’s projects range from Manifold[…..]

Eva Speer: Alone Together at Charles A. Hartman Fine Art

Eva Speer. Echo Box #1, 2013; cast resin, acrylic, latex paint; 15 x 15 in.; Courtesy of Charles A. Hartman Fine Art

Eva Speer’s works at Charles A. Hartman Fine Art in Portland, Oregon, demonstrate the artist mixing the expressive qualities of abstraction and minimalism with a rich materiality. The fourteen works in Alone Together (all 2013) combine the cool sensibility of synthetic materials with candy colors and natural forms, and the effect is often impressive. As the title Alone Together suggests, many of the panels in Speer’s[…..]

Tim Lee in Conversation with Joseph del Pesco at Kadist

Today we bring you a video of artist Tim Lee in conversation with Joseph del Pesco, director of Kadist Art Foundation in San Francisco. Lee, who is based in Vancouver, discusses his thoughts and processes as he re-creates a Warhol photograph from 1980: “It’s always…how can I articulate my artistic identity through others…what are some of the dissonances and what are some of the continuities?”  

Lifelike at the Blanton Museum of Art

Jonathan Seliger. Heartland, 2010; Enamel on bronze; 103 x 29 x 29 in. Courtesy of the Artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY

An unattended bag of garbage amid a pristine installation is quite a thing to behold. At first instinct, one can barely believe the carelessness. Perhaps, in the haste of opening night, preparatory staff neglected it—or, in the case of Lifelike at the Blanton Museum of Art, one should reprimand oneself for failure to look closely enough. Titled Hefty 2-Ply (1979–81), the garbage bag is a flawlessly[…..]