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Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Sonya Clark. Thread Wrapped in Blue and Brown. 2008. Combs and thread. 45 x 1 x 60 inches. Image courtesy of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

Since the rise of conceptual art practices within the ever-changing terrain of contemporary art, one often encounters the silly assertion that art making has become a market of ideas as opposed to objects. This is, of course, ridiculous: A walk through any art fair or biennial reveals that there are more objects in circulation than ever before, some more thoughtful than others. While dematerialization continues,[…..]

Marte Eknæs and Sean Raspet: Calculus of Negligence at Room East

Sean Raspet. Layer Adjustment (Accident Probability Adjustment), 2015; alterations made to the physical location to increase the probability of an accident while remaining within the scope of existing insurance coverage (May 5–June 21, 2105). Image courtesy of Room East.

True catastrophes cannot be foreseen… True catastrophes are new information. They are, by definition, surprising adventures.—Vilém Flusser, Into the Universe of Technical Images, 1985 With the exception of a small community of daredevils, most people try to avoid disasters. There are, of course, various degrees of risk associated with everything we do that drive our precautions as well as the insurance industry. In general, the[…..]

Peter Saul: Some Crazy Pictures at David Kordansky Gallery

Peter Saul. Singing Sandwich, 2014; acrylic on canvas; 60 x 72 inches. Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen.

In an interview earlier this year, Peter Saul confessed, “I have to admit I’ve been enjoying myself. But through a large part of my life I’ve been desperately trying to think of some good reason for all this, and I haven’t really thought of a good reason. So that’s that.” Saul’s work is the kind that begs critics to ask, “But why?” while simultaneously and[…..]

#Hashtags: Liveness

Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran, Work  songs, ARENA, Padiglione Centrale, Giardini. 56th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia, All the World’s Futures. Photo by Isabella Balena. Courtesy: la Biennale di Venezia.

#participation #politics #capital #religion #access #inclusion At the center of All the World’s Futures—The 56th Venice Biennale is the ARENA. Designed by architect David Adjaye, it is meant to serve as a platform for “live art” throughout the exhibition’s run. The space is defined by a large, low platform, flanked by risers and backed with a projection screen. Above the stage, a mezzanine provides another vantage point. The[…..]

Ling Sepúlveda: Un Ciclo de Lavado en Vivo at Biquini Wax

Ling Sepulveda. Un ciclo de lavado en vivo, 2015; Performance at Bikini Wax, Mexico City, May 16, 2015. Photo: Ramiro Chavez

Shotgun Reviews are an open forum where we invite the international art community to contribute timely, short-format responses to an exhibition or event. Today’s Shotgun Review is the fifth in a series of five written by the finalists for the Daily Serving/Kadist Art Foundation Writing Fellowship in Mexico City; author Dorothée Dupuis reviews the work of Ling Sepúlveda at Biquini Wax in Mexico City. Un Ciclo de Lavado en Vivo[…..]

What Matters to Us?: A Reenactment of Anna Halprin’s Blank Placard Dance

What Matters to Us?: A Reenactment of Anna Halprin’s Blank Placard Dance, Saturday, May 16, 2015, San Francisco. Photo: Emily Holmes.

Today from our partners at Art Practical, we bring you a review of What Matters to Us?, performed in San Francisco on May 16, 2015. Of her participation in the event, author Vanessa Kauffman notes, “The act of protest alone had absolved us of nothing. What matters to us is still out there, waiting.” This article was originally published on June 11, 2015.  Emerging one by one from the[…..]

Fan Mail: Lorella Paleni

Lorella Paleni. In Reverse, 2014; acrylic and oil on canvas; 42 x 48 inches. Courtesy of private collector.

Lorella Paleni is always creating something that exists just over the horizon of awareness. Her works comprise a series of visual heuristics to nowhere, showing the viewer a picture plan filled with rich colors that simultaneously push into and out of each painting. But instead of resolving compositional elements into a defined image, the elements of her style culminate in a delicately constructed form of[…..]