Posts Tagged ‘violence’

Take This Hammer: Art + Media Activism from the Bay Area at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Take This Hammer: Art + Media Activism from the Bay Area, installation view, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Left: Oree Originol. Justice for Our Lives, 2014-ongoing. Right: Cat Brooks with Black Lives Matter. Anti Police-Terror Project, ‘Tasha,’ 2015. Courtesy of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. Photo: Charlie Villyard.

Today from our sister publication Art Practical we bring you editor Emily Holmes’ review of Take This Hammer at YBCA in San Francisco. Holmes notes, “Although there is crossover between works, particularly in regard to the social issues they address, violence is perhaps the single thread running through all of Take This Hammer. […] It takes many forms, but the exhibition particularly exposes systemic inequities and state-sanctioned[…..]

Metahaven: The Sprawl at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Metahaven. The Sprawl (still), 2015. Co-produced by Lighthouse and commissioned by Lighthouse and the Space.

Today from our partners at Art Practical, we bring you Anton Stuebner’s review of Metahaven: The Sprawl at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The author notes, “[…] Metahaven poetically suggests that trauma’s real origins aren’t found in the images on screen—they’re located within ourselves and in our inherent capacity for perpetuating violence in the world around us.” This article was originally published on February 2, 2016. A[…..]

Gloria Carrasco: Prófugos del Metate at the Museo de Arte Popular

Gloria Carrasco. Prófugos del Metate, 2014 (detail); object-art. Courtesy of the artist and Museo de Arte Popular, Mexico D.F. Photo: Jorge Gomez del Campo.

Even if viewers know a little about the cultural and culinary history of Mexico, Gloria Carrasco’s exhibition at the Museo de Arte Popular in Mexico City might appear to be a show dedicated to the phallus. The gallery is filled with dozens of variations on the same object—a long, tapered shape made in a multitude of materials from textiles to ceramics and colors from earthy[…..]

Fan Mail: Karen Ostrom

Karen Ostrom. The Execution, 2005; chromogenic print; 30 x 30 in. Courtesy of the Artist.

Holiday in Hope is the name of the fictional fishing village created by Brooklyn-based, Canadian-born artist Karen Ostrom. Conceived in 2001 in the form of photographic tableaus, the village primarily exists through the depiction of various characters that inhabit it. Holiday in Hope is manifested in threads and series; it’s an implied space that harbors references to communities transformed by industrialization, the erosion of traditional[…..]

Best of 2015 – Street View/Road to Mecha by Jonathan Zawada, and Drone directed by Tonje Hessen Schei

Jonathan Zawada, Street View / Road to Mecha, 2013; screen shot, Jamé Mosque of Isfahan, Esfahan, Afghanistan. Photo: Amelia Rina

Today’s selection for our Best of 2015 series comes from editor Deanna Lee, who says, “Amelia Rina views a documentary film and interacts with an online artist project that address the dehumanizing effects of drone warfare on its operators and its chilling similarity to video games. This resemblance has been discussed by others, but Rina’s account of her experience with the project provided a glimpse[…..]

From the Archives – Where Images Fail: Newtown, Connecticut

In the wake of the latest mass shooting, we bring you Randall Miller’s 2012 article from the Daily Serving archives, written after another shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. In the piece, the author explores the inability of images to accurately explain the tragedy and grief afflicted by mass shootings. The editors had decided to remove all images from the initial posting of this article, and we[…..]

Street View / Road to Mecha by Jonathan Zawada, and Drone directed by Tonje Hessen Schei

Jonathan Zawada, Street View / Road to Mecha, 2013; screen shot, Brooklyn, NY. Photo: Amelia Rina

O bitter is the knowledge that one draws from the voyage! The monotonous and tiny world, today, Yesterday, tomorrow, always, shows us our reflections, An oasis of horror in a desert of boredom! —Charles Baudelaire, Le Voyage (1861)[1] Despite the seemingly endless portrayal in the media of increased violence around the world, statistical analysis suggests that, as a species, humans have become less violent.[2] I wonder,[…..]