Today we bring you a From the DS Archives post entitled “I love you Jet Li.” In it, author Catherine Wagley discusses love, heartbreak, and a video by the artist Jaco Bouwer. Bouwer is part of the new group exhibition [Working Title] 2013, now on view through August 19 at Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa. The following article was originally published on July 2, 2010, as a part of the weekly column “L.A. Expanded,”[.....]
Video / Film
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.
When confronted with endings, we mourn and ultimately accept. We feel some mix of disappointment and satisfaction that we were there before it ended, excitement that it happened, and sometimes relief that it is over. Queens Nails is Dead is the last exhibition for Queens Nails Gallery, an artist-run nonprofit gallery that opened in San Francisco’s Mission District in 2004. Featuring the work of Daniel[.....]
Perchance to Dream, a group exhibition on view at New York’s Andrea Meislin Gallery, features twenty-five international artists’ photographs that relate to the Shakespeare quote referenced in the show’s title. We see napping children, embracing couples in bed, homeless men on the street, passed-out teenagers on the beach, and even an abandoned, sleeping dog. We also see the strange addition of soiled and torn mattress “landscapes,” presented[.....]
It’s nearly impossible to talk about a show of Sturtevant’s work and have it understood. Like a book, you have to start at the beginning. The key to Sturtevant is context. In 1964’s New York City, Elaine Sturtevant sent shock waves through the art world when she started making replicas of the work of her contemporaries. For this, she received a tremendous amount of crap. The[.....]
In an era when organized religion is losing its hold on the industrialized world, it may seem strange that curators would want to reengage with spirituality when considering Western Modernism of the past one hundred years. Stranger still that a museum focused on exploring the contemporary shape of Jewish life would take an interest in exhibiting work by practicing Buddhists, Muslims, Christians, and New Age[.....]
A Different Kind of Order, the International Center of Photography’s Triennial, includes artworks by twenty-eight international artists whose photographs, films, sculptures, video, and mixed-media works focus on the intersection of modern image making and our technologically advanced contemporary culture. The artists bring light to the nuances of our “new” world’s challenges, whether they are newfangled or all too familiar. Moving between the application and denial of[.....]