Sound Art

Summer Session – Vipralambha (Union Through Separation)

Zahra-Jewanjee-and-Simon-Coates

This month we’re taking an in-depth look at the nexus of labor and art, and today from our friends at Guernica we bring you an excerpt from an essay by Simon Coates, who discusses a project completed with his collaborator Zahra Jewanjee: “Vipralambha didn’t start life as a paean to the Indo-Pak workforce in Dubai. The stated aim of the piece was to meld sounds from two countries that share[…..]

Summer Session – Audio Guide Stop For Fred Wilson, Guarded View, 1991, at the Whitney

Fred Wilson. Guarded View, 1991. Sculpture, dimensions variable.

Continuing our labor-themed Summer Session, today we direct you to an excerpt from Fred Wilson’s audio guide to his sculpture Guarded View for the Whitney Museum of American Art. The artist says, “When I was in college, I had been a guard for our college museum. While this was not a major experience, it was something that stayed with me a very long time. And I[…..]

The Lasting Concept at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art

Sara Greenberger Rafferty. Testing VIII, 2016 (detail); microphone stand and asparagus, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist and (gallery). Photo: Evan La Londe/WORKSIGHTED

The Lasting Concept at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) is, by design, chronically unsure of its form. Initially conceptualized as a publication of the same name, the exhibition explores the nagging, process-driven revelation of being unable to excise a particular understanding from one’s thinking. With content that requires a method of digestion similar to reading, the exhibition’s connection to experimental publishing is evident. It’s[…..]

Cut-Up at Franklin Street Works

Phyllis Baldino. The Unknown Series, 1994–96 (detail); mixed media. Courtesy of the Artist.

“Everything in the world began with a yes. One molecule said yes to another molecule and life was born,” professes Clarice Lispector in the first lines of her 1977 novel, The Hour of the Star. Like the universe, art also begins with a yes. Some yeses are small: get out of bed today, put this image next to that one. Other yeses are bigger: continue[…..]

James Hoff: Bricking at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans

James Hoff. Skywiper No. 50, 2015; Chromaluxe transfer on aluminum; 60 x 40 in. Courtesy of the Artist and Callicoon Fine Arts, New York.

James Hoff: B=R=I=C=K=I=N=G is the first solo museum exhibition of the artist’s “virus paintings”—works shaped and mediated by Hoff’s engagement with digital technology and computer viruses as opposed to brush or paint. Functioning as a series of études to contemporary computer code, these paintings flirt consciously with the provocative gestures and meta-questions of conceptual art and the heavy visual language and history of abstraction. Shaped[…..]

Marina Rosenfeld and Ben Vida at Fridman Gallery

Marina Rosenfeld and Ben Vida. New Ear Festival, 2016 (performance still); sound performance. Courtesy of Fridman Gallery.

It is a strange thing to sit in a room for an hour and experience two people producing something unrecognizable. When successful, the relationship between the audience and the performers depends on generosity and trust. We, the audience, trust that we will be entertained, and so we open ourselves to the possibilities of the experience. In exchange for our receptivity, they, the performers, abandon certainty[…..]

Janet Cardiff: The Forty Part Motet at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture

Janet Cardiff. The Forty Part Motet, 2001; installation view, Gallery 308, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, San Francisco, 2015. Courtesy of Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Photo: JKA Photography.

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, Henry Rittenberg reviews Janet Cardiff: The Forty Part Motet at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, co-presented by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, in San Francisco. Spem in[…..]