Posts Tagged ‘cinema’

A Sense of Noir: Bill Armstrong at ClampArt

Untitled (Film Noir #1414), Type-C print, 2012.

Standing before the photographs from Bill Armstrong’s Infinity series, resistance is futile. Intense washes of color and uncertain, alluring forms beckon yet elude one’s grasp, and the encounter between viewer and work becomes a question not of looking but, more powerfully, of experiencing. Critical distance is collapsed, vision becomes a channel for sensation, and image expands into an all-encompassing, alternative reality. Such is the effect[…..]

Isaac Julien’s Ten Thousand Waves

Isaac Julien TEN THOUSAND WAVES (2010)  Installation view, The Hayward Gallery, London  Nine screen installation, 35mm film, transferred to High Definition  9.2 surround sound, 49' 41"  Courtesy of the artist, Metro Pictures, New York and Victoria Miro Gallery, London

Isaac Julien’s Ten Thousand Waves made its west coast premier this year at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in the largest space yet to exhibit his nine-screen film installation. The film installation, open through December 1 at the museum, braids three strands of time and landscape together: the rural mountains of ancient China, the early Golden Age of Chinese cinema, and current day. Julien, who[…..]

Living at the Movies: Interview with Lukasz Jastrubczak


I was originally scheduled to interview Lukasz Jastrubczak in Poland last summer, but as I researched his background and projects I discovered that he was going to be in San Francisco in the fall on a residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Jastrubczak is a thoughtful artist, working his way through multiple concepts at once to make art that is both complex and[…..]

Johannes Kahrs

I have to admit, there is nothing more impressive to me than a well executed painting, and spending some time with the work of Johannes Kahrs has done nothing but revive this fascination. Living somewhere between film, modern news media and history painting, Kahrs’ work seamlessly merges the beauty and tradition of painting and portraiture with banal yet grotesque objectivity, seducing the viewer into a[…..]

Francine Spiegel: Mud and Mllk

Seven new paintings from New York-based artist Francine Spiegel are currently being presented at Deitch Projects‘ 76 Grand St Gallery, in a new exhibition titled Mud and Milk. This exhibition marks the artists first solo project with the gallery. The artist’s work examines the idea of the “monstrous feminine” and consists of portraiture of women doused in a variety of sloppy fluids, half dead and fully animated. To[…..]