New Media

#Hashtags: On the Political in Art

Thomas Hirschhorn. Gramsci Monument, 2013. Children's Class. Forest Houses, Bronx, New York. Courtesy Dia Art Foundation. Photo by Romain Lopez.

#race #class #access #commerce #representation #empowerment #codeswitching As the values of the contemporary art elite veer ever farther toward commerce, art with a social justice conscience is rallying in New York—arguably the center of the global art market. This summer, three prominent artists known for their political consciences have been drawing attention for thoughtful, research-heavy projects. In Chelsea, Hank Willis Thomas and the team of William Powhida and Jade Townsend have[.....]

Deeply Concentric: An Interview with Yael Kanarek

Yael Kanarek. Installation view (l-r): Sanctify Thyself No. 1; Deeply Concentric; Perpetual Dream Catcher; all 2013. Photo by John Berens. Image courtesy bitforms gallery nyc.

Yael Kanarek is interested in the signs and systems that we use to quantify and communicate knowledge, specifically words and numbers. She focuses on the spaces where meaning is conveyed or lost as it passes through cultural and disciplinary frameworks, while her work fluctuates between painting, sculpture, and time-based interactivity. She has exhibited at The Drawing Center and in the 2002 Whitney Biennial and has received numerous awards,[.....]

Postscript: An Ambitious Take on Conceptual Art and Writing at the Power Plant

Kenneth Goldsmith, Soliloquy, 1996.

Upon entering Toronto’s Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery to see Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art, the viewer is immediately confronted by a raucous wash of sonorous elements. Over fifty artists and conceptual writers occupy the gallery space; canonical works from Andy Warhol, Sol LeWitt, Marcel Broodthaers, Carl Andre, and Dan Graham are nestled among pieces by contemporary practitioners, contributing to the sense of saturation. Originally curated[.....]

Shih Chieh Huang at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Shih Chieh Huang. Synthetic Seduction, 2013; installation view, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. Courtesy of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Photo: Dorothy Santos.

The flickering, multicolored lights of Shih Chieh Huang’s installation Synthetic Seduction, now on view at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, reminds me of the cellular and molecular models found in biology classrooms. When I was a student, one of the ways in which I learned about organic forms was by placing mitochondria, lysosomes, and nuclei in their correct locations in these models. Huang[.....]

Organism/Mechanism: Michael Theodore at David B. Smith Gallery

Michael Theodore, endo/exo (2013), installation view, dimensions variable, courtesy of David B. Smith Gallery and the artist.

When you enter your local supermarket, the door will most likely slide open automatically, welcoming you as it senses your presence. There’s nothing remarkable about that, you’re accustomed to the simple technology of motion sensors. What is remarkable is that technological fixtures such as motion sensors have become so ubiquitous that we scarcely notice them anymore. They are a part of your daily routine, a[.....]

#Hashtags: Liberaceón

In his 2011 video, “Liberaceón,” Chris E. Vargas inserts radical, queer rhetoric into the arguably apolitical, high zest that was Wladziu Valentino Liberace’s life. HBO’s biopic about Liberace is headed to Cannes this month. Jacqueline Clay’s article was originally published September 5, 2011. History, like most things, is subjective. What is culled from individual accounts is accepted as fact and eventually translates into some kind[.....]

Gregory Chatonsky at MOCA Taipei

Telefossiles I, sculpture, installation, Gregory Chatonsky, 2013

This spring I visited the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei to view The Innovationists, a show focused on new media art. The spectrum of technological works ranged from Ryota Kuwakubo‘s whimsical The Tenth Sentiment, which utilized a toy train’s LED headlight to project crisp then melting shadowscapes in a darkened room, and Samson Young‘s Dimension+, a floating spine-like structure of polypropylene paper, to Chris Honhim Cheung and the XEX GRP collective’s more dissonant and possibly[.....]