craft

Thukral & Tagra: Windows of Opportunity

Windows of Opportunity (2013), Jiten Thukral’s and Sumir Tagra’s (branded as Thukral & Tagra) latest show at Art Plural gallery, gives expression to the cacophonous spectacle of hybridity that defines contemporary India, a site that they deem to be a hotbed of conflicted histories and global transactions. These issues of societal flux are explored in their oeuvre through an eclectic visual language composed of cartoonish[.....]

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[.....]

Ronald Ventura: Recyclables

Ronald Ventura’s latest suite of works, produced at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute, examines how humanity relates to the environment, and how we often leave in our wake, a trail of destruction. Recyclables is Ventura’s show of lithographs, cast paper sculptures and paper relief on canvas produced from the discarded waste of urbanity, which he has recycled into a visual mélange of apocalyptic tales drawn[.....]

We Like STATIC

Static, Luxury Vandals MMXI, 2011. Five color screen print , 220 gsm Mirriboard, 46 x 46 cm. Edition: 35 (per color variant).

Long entrenched in British literary tradition, parody, pastiche and caricature have, more recently, been revived in contemporary British urban art. Street artist Banksy’s foray into social criticism of war, art world commercialism and totalitarianism (just to name a few) or Mau Mau’s sprawling colourful murals, elaborately scrawled on public surfaces are such notable instances of irreverent commentaries that satirise and caricaturise. A more domestic, less[.....]

Anything but the Kitchen Sink

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L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley The following was originally written for Art21’s Blog and re-posted here with their permission. These musing are all loosely inspired by watching Mary Reid Kelley in the “History” episode in Season Six of Art in the Twenty-First Century, and by thinking about how family, history and family history play into contemporary art.[.....]

Programa Espacial Autónomo InterGalactico

Rigo 23 REDCAT Installation 4-23-2012

As part of our ongoing partnership with Art Practical, Daily Serving is sharing Danielle Sommer’s article on Riga 23’s Programa Espacial Autónomo InterGalactico, at REDCAT in Los Angeles. The Portuguese artist Ricardo Gouveia, or Rigo 23, might be best known for his series of larger-than-life, one-way-sign-inspired murals, painted on buildings across San Francisco, where the artist has lived since the 1980s. For the better part of[.....]

Jennifer Steinkamp at ACME

Moth

Last week, I witnessed a birth. I know that it happened at 11:59 am on February 21st, 2012, that her grandmother made her a pink elephant blanket, and that she arrived an “overly punctual” three days ahead of schedule. I know this because she was tagged in seventy-three photos on Facebook; images that linked to her very own profile, created by her parents. Her birth[.....]