Marta Spurgeon

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Daniel Baird at Hungryman Gallery

So you know that scene in that crime drama TV show when one character hands another character a photograph? It’s a snapshot of a suspect or perhaps the victim in a compromising position. But you don’t get to see the photo, you only see the expression on the characters’ faces as they look at it. Or maybe it’s that scene in that movie where the[.....]

Beguilingly Incomplete: Our Origins at the Museum of Contemporary Photography

In the increasingly rigorous quest for knowledge acquisition and verification, photography and science are uneasy bedfellows. Allison Grant‘s curatorial statement for Our Origins, showing at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, puts it so: “Like science, photography offers arrangements of information, pulled out of the complexity of the world as a whole, presented with seemingly impartial clarity.” Sure, data in visual form can aid us in[.....]

Cool and Collected: Summer at Kavi Gupta

Outmoded by street festivals, public music events, movies in the parks, and trips to the beach, Chicago’s summertime visual art scene is a desert of options. Dominated by loosely-themed group shows and limited gallery hours, art spaces choose to focus on scheduling studio visits and re-strategizing programming, all but closing their doors to the public. Kavi Gupta is arguably no exception, but the lure of[.....]

Skip the Trip to the Library:
People Don’t Like to Read Art at Western Exhibitions, Chicago

“People don’t like to read art.” It’s the sort of self-deprecating, tongue in cheek, slightly hipster-ish title you’d expect from a show featuring just such a group of young artists. “We acknowledge not everyone will enjoy this text+art stuff. And we don’t care, because we say it’s important.” But taken a bit less literally, as I had initially interpreted the title, it gets at the[.....]

In the Shadow of Things: Leonie Hampton at Forma

Vernacular photography tells us our story. It shows us who we are and who we want to be. Open any photo album, and you’re confronted with cultural clichés played out to illustrate an ideal of family, success, happiness. No surprise these are the moments we choose to memorialize. These amateur-ish snapshots create an archive of moments of imagined joy; they stop time at the instances[.....]

Can’t Stop: Happy Tech at Triennale Bovisa, Milan

Though the fields obviously aren’t mutually exclusive, technology and art have shared a love-hate relationship through the ages. At moments adversarial, art puritans fear drastic change in the application of new technologies to art disciplines, and staunch technologists fear a contamination of science by ‘softer’ art practices. However, at their most collegiate, art benefits from the potential of new technologies to both alter people’s perceptive[.....]

The Rape of the Sabine Women: Eve Sussman and Rufus Corporation at Impronte Art

The abridged version of the story goes something like this: Shortly after the founding of Rome, the local men noticed a decided lack of ladies with which to start families. They attempted to negotiate a deal for some of the women of neighboring tribes, known as Sabine; however, the patriarchs of those tribes refused. Plan B was to arrange a great feast, invite all the[.....]