Posts Tagged ‘cinema’

Fan Mail: John Tierney

John Tierney. Elvis is on the Building, Palm Springs, 2013; oil on canvas; 20 x 16 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

John Tierney’s paintings have a distinct relationship to cinema. Hollywood, California, and the greater Los Angeles area are awash in a rich and intense light that seems to linger over everything with an endless glow, a light as potent as the dreams and realities of fame and stardom promised by the movie companies that populate the city. For a representational painter such as Tierney, the[…..]

Philippe Parreno: H {N)Y P N(Y} OSIS at the Park Avenue Armory

Philippe Parreno. H {N)Y P N(Y} OSIS, 2015; installation view, Park Avenue Armory, New York. Photo: James Ewing.

In Philippe Parreno’s current exhibition, H {N)Y P N(Y} OSIS at the Park Avenue Armory, Danny the Street is a sprawling installation based on a DC Comics character who is a sentient stretch of roadway. The character Danny periodically inserts himself into the architecture of different cities, communicating via puffs of manhole smoke. In Parreno’s installation, Danny has inserted himself inside the Armory as a series[…..]

Mark Steinmetz: South at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Mark Steinmetz. Off I-40, Knoxville, TN. 1993. Silver gelatin print. Image: Courtesy of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans.

Mark Steinmetz’s current exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art has narrative ambition, but also asks difficult questions about the meaning of “straight photography” and its relationship to the documentary tradition. In what sense are documentary photographs social records, deadpan descriptions, or allegorical explications of the artist’s worldview? Are they a series of facile maneuvers, or as critic Garry Badger once claimed, “an existential[…..]

Screening Readership

Tee Pee Video Space Troupe. A video totem showing self-portrait of the photographer, 1973; black and white. Photo Credit: Peter Angelo Simon.

From our partners at Art Practical, today we bring you Erica C. Gomez‘s essay on the “readership” and active interpretation of film. She notes, “Reading film is an action that extends outward, producing new lines of movement through publics and counterpublics.” This article was originally published on December 4, 2013. Ever since the Lumière brothers’ 1895 public film screening, rapid changes have marked the film exhibition[…..]

Fan Mail: Sarah O’Donnell

Sarah O’Donnell. A Visible Night, 2013; Interior image of site specific installation at abandoned Moran energy plant, Burlington, VT, colored silks, rotating LED light, light board; dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

In Sarah O’Donnell’s work, cinema, the diorama, and immersive installation come together to give shape to her fascination with and investigation of human memory. O’Donnell is specifically interested in the places and characters through which memories are made. She often re-creates memories through her own ever-evolving methods of mise-en-scène and editing. In this way, her works all seem to reside somewhere between explaining and further[…..]

From the Archives: Interview with Lukasz Jastrubczak

Today in From the DS Archives we bring you an interview with Polish artist Lukasz Jastrubczak. Jastrubczak and his collaborator Małgorzata Mazur are currently exhibiting work in The Day Is Too Short at the Wrocław Contemporary Museum in Wrocław, Poland, through October 21, 2013. Jastrubczak also has work in Spojrzenia, the Deutsche Bank Foundation Award at the Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, through November 17, 2013. The interview was conducted by[…..]

Yang Fudong: Estranged Paradise at Berkeley Art Museum

Yang Fudong. The Fifth Night (Rehearsal), 2010; seven channel 35mm film transferred to HD; black and white, sound; 52:09 min. Music: Jin Wang

Walking into the large, darkened space of Yang Fudong’s The Fifth Night (Rehearsal) (2010) at the Berkeley Art Museum’s Yang Fudong: Estranged Paradise, Works 1993–2013, the viewer is greeted by seven large black-and-white projections on three walls. In each projection, characters perform simple actions: two men carry suitcases down the street; a woman in a floral dress wanders pensively, her silk scarf fluttering. Superimposed on[…..]