Mixed Media

A Producer’s Journal, or Judgment A-Go-Go

Stephanie Syjuco, Shadowshop, 2010; installation view, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Courtesy of the Artist; © Stephanie Syjuco.

From our San Francisco partners at Art Practical, today we bring you curator Frank Smigiel‘s essay on considering regional contemporary art. He notes, “If I can skip the jet-setting of the global contemporary, it is because my people and purposes are here and not there.” This essay was originally published in Contemporary Art: 1989 to the Present (Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013) and is republished here with permission from the author. It appeared[.....]

Michael Riedel: Laws of Form at David Zwirner, London

Michael Riedel. Laws of Form, 2014; installation view, David Zwirner, London. Courtesy the Artists and David Zwirner, New York/London.

“There’s no content being produced, because I’m in the first generation that grew up digital…. We are just transferring all the time: tape, CDs, and now the clouds.”[1] Something radical has been happening for a while in art that has been evading easy classification. The digital fold has facilitated a giant mash-up of layers upon layers of information composed from fragments of fragments. Sound bites, video[.....]

Senga Nengudi: The Material Body at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

Senga Nengudi. R.S.V.P., 1976/2003; nylon mesh and bicycle tire; 20 x 26 x 12 in. Courtesy the artist and Thomas Erben Gallery, New York.

Shotgun Reviews are an open forum where we invite the international art community to contribute timely, short-format responses to an exhibition or event. If you are interested in submitting a Shotgun Review, please click this link for more information. In this Shotgun Review, Deanne Gertner reviews Senga Nengudi: The Material Body at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver.   In her solo exhibition The Material Body at Museum of[.....]

Mike Nelson: Amnesiac Hide at The Power Plant

Mike Nelson. Quiver of Arrows, 2010; mixed media. Courtesy of The Power Plant

Recently, it seems that when Toronto’s mayor isn’t making headlines, the city’s overheated condo market is. Getting to Amnesiac Hide, Mike Nelson’s exhibition at The Power Plant, is an exercise in navigating the realities of this fervor. Queen’s Quay, the city’s so-called “revived waterfront,” is undergoing a makeover in the midst of rising condo towers, which makes for a messy route to the gallery. But[.....]

Fan Mail: Christopher Manzione

Christopher Manzione. Excavatum Installation View, 2011. Image courtesy of the artist.

Christopher Manzione works with a number of mediums: sculpture, video, performance, drawing, digital rendering, mobile- and web-based applications, digital imaging, and 3D rendering. Across this plethora of forms, Manzione explores the perceived and actual divisions and overlaps between notions of digital vs. analog and organic vs. inorganic, as well as combinations of these two sets. Manzione strives to unite two distant poles without placing a[.....]

Borna Sammak: All Dogs Are Pets at JTT

Borna Sammak. All Dogs Are Pets, 2014; installation view, JTT, New York. Courtesy of the artist and JTT.

All Dogs Are Pets, Borna Sammak’s current solo exhibition at JTT, presents sculpture, painting, and video full of glowing references to 1990s American suburbia. Trafficking in the humorous young boys’ fare of canceled Nickelodeon cartoons, Sammak’s pieces are composed of sometimes repurposed, sometimes refabricated objects you might find at a Wal-Mart or strip-mall store. His work draws from the cultural garbage can, creating an aesthetic[.....]

Sarah Lucas: Nud Nob at Gladstone Gallery

Sarah Lucas.
Chicken Knickers, 2014;
Digitally printed wallpaper.
Photo: David Regen.
Copyright Sarah Lucas.
Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels

The circulation of images from Sarah Lucas’ Nud Nob, now at Gladstone Gallery, on social media and elsewhere seems bound to be both blessing and curse. On the one hand, shots of enormous concrete penises resting on crushed automobiles, or a series of floor-to-ceiling photographs of a woman consuming a banana, really propagate themselves, which makes for great publicity. But those who encounter these images are[.....]