Performance

The Fun of the Fair: Sydney Contemporary

Kim Joon, Bird Land - Chrysler, 2008, digital print, 47 x 83 inches, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong, New York, Singapore

Depending on who you ask, anywhere between eight thousand and thirteen thousand people attended the vernissage of the world’s newest art fair, Sydney Contemporary. By the end of three and a half days, the fair had attracted almost twenty-nine thousand visitors eager to see the offerings from eighty-three Australian and international galleries, presenting the work of more than three hundred artists. The physical scale was[…..]

Installation Art Reverses Production and Consumption Process

Ni Haifeng. Para-production, 2008-2012; textile shreds, sewing machines; work in progress, variable size

As part of our ongoing partnership with Beautiful/Decay, today we bring you the installation work of artist Ni Haifeng. For the better part of the last decade, Ni has been working with concepts of manufacturing and production, illustrating, in the words of curator and scholar Pauline J. Yao, “the symbolic systems that govern the movement of certain goods across international borders.” This article was written[…..]

Performance in Context: Interview with Liz Magic Laser

Liz Magic Laser. The Living Newspaper: August 19 Edition, 2013; performance with Audrey Crabtree and Michael Wiener. Courtesy of the Artist.

Though I can’t remember the first time I saw Liz Magic Laser‘s work (and yes, it’s her given name), I was entranced by this video of her commission for the 2013 Armory Show in New York. So much artwork these days looks like it was made by committee, so why not explicitly use the methodology of a focus group to create the work for the commission? It’s[…..]

BUSTER SIMPSON // SURVEYOR at the Frye Museum of Art

Buster Simpson.

The artist’s hand is evident from the moment you walk into BUSTER SIMPSON // SURVEYOR, the first comprehensive survey of the Seattle-based artist’s forty-year career, now on view at the Frye Museum of Art. Simpson has chiseled the exhibition title’s two parallel lines into the gallery wall (on which the rest of the title is painted), like a giant trail marker or series of bite[…..]

Richard T. Walker at Kadist San Francisco

Today we bring you a video excerpt of Richard T. Walker‘s recent performance the security of impossibility, part of the Summer Music Series at Kadist San Francisco. Originally performed on July 10, 2013, the security is composed of layered harmonies, live and recorded music, multiple projections, and participant-operated tape players.

Formal Collapse: No Name at On Stellar Rays

(From left to right) Michael Mahalchick. Flag, 2013. Newspaper, bacon fat, pigment, brushes, tacks, Savarin coffee can; 43 x 78 x 10 in. Susan Collins. Long Fallen Wide, 2013. Poplar, tulipwood, maple, beech, white holly, crushed malachite, beeswax, oxidized silver, white gold, bronze, garnet, amber; 71 x 5 x 5 in. Shamus Clisset, SWASS (Long Charm), 2012. C-print; 80 x 56 1/2 in. Nathaniel Robinson. Heap, 2013. Pigmented polyurethane resin, acrylic paint; dimensions variable. Bayard. President Balances National Budgie, 2008. Mohair; dimensions variable. Sterling Allen. Untitled, 2013. Ribbons, pushpins; dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artists and On Stellar Rays.

No Name, the group show currently on view at Lower East Side gallery On Stellar Rays, is a theory-based project that develops a collaborative scene of  “gestures, memories and detritus.” The show presents a collection of objects that are incoherent, elusive, and laden with a mysterious personal logic. The work demonstrates a strong theoretical basis, drawing primarily from Judith/Jack Halberstam’s advocation of failure as a[…..]

No Portraits: A bizarre tribute to Joseph Beuys, Frida Kahlo, Stelarc, Orlan, and other artists

Guillermo Gómez-Peña. No Portraits: Not James Luna, 2012, from the No Portraits photo-performance series. Courtesy of La Pocha Nostra, San Francisco. Photo: Jen Cohen.

As part of our ongoing partnership with Art Practical, today we bring you the work of writer and performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña. The original introduction to the piece explains, “A native of Mexico City, Gómez-Peña has created pioneering work in performance, video, radio, installation, poetry, journalism, and cultural theory that explores cross-cultural issues, immigration, the politics of language, ‘extreme culture,’ and new technologies.” He is also[…..]