Hayley Plack

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Fowl Play: Koen Vanmechelen at ConnerSmith

Koen Vanmechelen, Red Jungle Fowl, 2013; lambda print on plexiglass, diptych, 24 x 24 in. (each), edition: 5. Courtesy of ConnerSmith.

Today’s domestic chickens are genetically altered far from their original ancestors. With the release of documentaries like the 2006 Fast Food Nation and 2008 Food, Inc., the poultry industry has come under harsh scrutiny in recent years, as the grotesque conditions in chicken farms across the country have been brought to light.  Though this has been a hot topic in the media and popular culture,[.....]

Camaraderie on canvas

When I think of Jackson Pollock, I picture him working alone in his studio in East Hampton slinging paint across a canvas on the ground, oblivious to the art world around him. It’s easy to forget that the personal lives and relationships of artists deeply influenced their work, a topic brought to the forefront in Angels, Demons and Savages: Pollock, Ossorio, Dubuffet on view now[.....]

Craft is Not Dead

Sabrina Gschwandtner, “Hula Hoop,” 2010. 16mm film and polyamide thread. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chris Rifkin in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery. Photo by Sabrina Gschwandtner.

What defines the art of craft? What is the difference between art and craft? 40 Under 40: Craft Futures at Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery blurred the lines for me, while at the same time helping me to appreciate craft in a new light. There is something about the word “craft” that connotes antiquated techniques that don’t necessarily relate to our contemporary world. This exhibition breathes new[.....]

Revelations in Paint

Prior to this exhibition, I associated Jules Olitski with his stained color field canvases from the early 1960s. But like my experience of most solo exhibitions, I was pleasantly surprised to discover the dramatic range of paintings he produced throughout his nearly fifty-year career. Revelation: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski at American University Museum walks the viewer through Olitski’s creative evolution as an abstract artist,[.....]