Mike Cockrill has a way of tweaking his audience. I first saw Cockrill’s work at Semaphore Gallery in the East Village of New York, when he was collaborating with Judge Hughes some thirty-odd years ago. In those days, with the resurgence of narrative/figurative painting solidly in the fray, Cockrill and Hughes still managed to shock their audience with all sorts of violent and sexually charged vignettes in which no taboo was left unchurned. In fact, every time I leaf through the ground breaking... [more]
This review was originally published on ArtSlant New York in June 2011.
The Storefront for Art and Architecture’s collapsible/exploding/intruding space, where walls pivot out onto the sidewalk, is currently hosting an exhibition of Dutch artist duo Haas&Hahn. Like the space that hosts their work, the duo’s projects, enacted in the favelas of Rio, are imposed onto the fabric of the city, blurring the boundaries of public and private.
Taking advantage of the unregulated dynamics of the gh... [more]
You know if you asked me honestly why I went to the LV cultural space I hope I'd be honest enough to tell you something about a certain sardonic sensation, and the presentiment that somewhere in the whole experience I'd find some kind of grist for the mill of this review. Just something about the gallery that sits above what I believe – and I may well be wrong – is the most profitable store in Paris, if not the world. I know it sounds ridiculous, but I have heard that the LV store on C... [more]
For the holidays, exhibitions of small, collectable works are the way to go. These exhibitions are a great way to support artists and find affordable works for gift giving or just for your own collection. Mercury 20, an artist run gallery in Oakland, is offering their Small Works: Delectable and Collectable exhibition starting December 19th, and sent us a few preview shots of the works that will be shown. We're especially loving the paintings by Kerry Vander Meer.
Kerry Vander Meer, Does She?,18"x18"; Co... [more]
Now on view at Helsinki's Make Your Mark Gallery, Finnish writer ROM is showing these gritty mixed media assemblage works no doubt inspired by his vocation on the streets.
ROM from the Finnish graffiti crew FTC got hooked on graffiti in 1986, when he met TRAMA and RASTER painting at his local trainstation. Years of vandalizing went on, until ROM had to lay low, because he was wanted by the authorities. He was on the run for many years and then re-emerged to the graf scene, once the police charges exp... [more]
Thomas Zipp’s exhibition with the title Task Dependence of the Effect of Standards on the Perception of a Series of Objects at the gallery SVIT in Prague narrates to several spheres in our society. In this installation Thomas Zipp thematizes his long-time interest in the research in the area of psychophysics, specifically in the relationship of man to plants. The exhibition transform human (life) cycles to basic elements such as feeding; plants as eatable form, instrument as entertainment. The... [more]
The words “Native American ceramic vessel” most likely bring to mind images of earthy red clay painted with elaborate patterns in black and white, or perhaps incised. The images the words conjure, it could be said, are stereotypical. However, the ceramic vessels created by contemporary Native American artist Cannupa Hanska Luger are stereotypes of an entirely different order: for one, they are actually stereos. Specifically, they are sculpted boomboxes adorned with “Indian&rdqu... [more]
Carnage is proud to announce the release of Lost in Shibuya, available at a special release event at City Reliquary on Saturday, 12/14 from 7-9pm and available online at carnagenyc.bigcartel.com on Monday, 12/16 at noon. Lost in Shibuya is limited to 300 copies, comes with a screenprinted, hand-finished cover and features 60 pages of the gnarliest illegal graffiti from Tokyo, including hits by Wanto, Sect, Rust, MQ, Soduh, Tom, Shaka, CQ, Kuma, False, Lush, Zombra, Adek, Hype, Resq, Buket and man... [more]
Sambre is part of the French underground collective 1984. Together, they take over derelict places by using installations and paint. Sambre developed this contextual concern over the years, through carpentry, wood carving and graffiti writing. In December, along with the 1984’s, he’ll intervene in La Manufacture 111 (Paris), an old car-garage-turned-cultural-center. We took this opportunity to ask him a few questions.
You graduated in wood carving. How did you choose this type of study?
I grew up in the country, near the fores... [more]
This interview was originally published on ArtSlant London, Mar. 2012 - There are many facets to INSA. As an artist, his work polarizes audiences. His latest installation project that opened for one night only on the 29 March in East London – queues of fans lined up in the spring sunshine, hoping to be one of the first fifty guests through the door to pick up a free limited edition print – was no less divisive or provocative than previous works.
Inside the installation, Self Reflecti... [more]
Sign. Sensation. Meaning. The conveyance of subjective experience has always been, if not at the heart, then in the blood of art. I Cannot Repeat What I Hear, Natalie Czech’s new exhibition at Capitain Petzel is an eloquent experiment in mediation and interpretation coupling the conceit of synesthesia with her signature combination of text, collage, and photography. As the title suggests, the running theme questions an artist’s ability to convey her reception and interpretation of the w... [more]
Dianna Molzan's La Jennifer contains all the abject fervor and polite surprise-tinged curiosity of a high school reunion. Is it longing? Is it shock? Is it ardor? An emotion like organized chaos? I asked the paintings, ‘What are we doing here?’ The paintings just shrugged, scrunching the black canvas wrapping a rectangle of stretcher bars (all the paintings maintain their anonymity, each dated 2013 and namelessly Untitled).
A cyclops quintet met my gaze first thing, spotting me from... [more]
What Do Kim and Kanye Have to Do with the New Photography Aesthetic? by James Loks Jeremy Ayer, Emile Barret, Olga Cafiero, Alexia Cayre, Philippe Fragnière, Nicolas Haeni, Romain Hügli, Romain Mader, Tiphanie Mall, Douglas Mandry, Cyril Porchet, Jimmy Rachez, Maya Rochat, Priscillia Saada, Tristan Savoy, Jean-Vincent Simonet, Armand Yerly at Galerie Azzedine Alaïa
November 15th - December 15th
I'm a bit late on the whole Kanye craziness, but have, after a couple of hours of jaw dropping internet research, finally arrived in apocalypto ego-mania land. Wow. It is a special place to be.
It's like there's the purest form of intoxication in what he's saying and in a sense at a certain point his inner sense of being a god-ness almost becomes logical, like it's the pinnacle of self enactment, and like the next-big-thing motivational seminars. The interesting thing though, besides the wonder a... [more]
Who are the next rebels? What art are they creating and how long will it be until they too are adopted by the mainstream, just as street art and lowbrow before that and Futurism before that and so on?
The way I see it, the art world is stuck at the moment between crippling exhibits of conceptualism done by artists with degrees up the wazoo and over-simplified, no concept, cutesy trash. There’s nothing rebellious about skateboard art or street art or terrible art with zero value for aestheti... [more]
Art after Sandy by Ryan Wong Rita Ackermann, Stephan Antonakos, Stephen Antonakos, Shoja Azari, Eric Banks, Rachel Beach, Z. Behl, Michael Benedetto, Jesus Benevente, Lynda Benglis, Leon Benn, Robert Bergman, antonio bilotta, Vivien Bittencourt, Williamson Brasfield, Michael Brennan, Ric Briggs, Melissa Carroll, Donna Cleary, Chuck Close, Mike Cloud, Diana Cooper, Joanna Pousette- Dart, DAS, N. DASH, Martha Diamond, Rackstraw Downes, Salvatore Farina, Teresita Fernández, C. Finley, Ryan Foerster, Gerald Forster, Bruce High Quality Foundation, Lucy Fradkin, Joey Frank, Natalie Frank, Scott Fulmer, John Ganz, Rico Gatson, Gandalf Gavan, Allison Ginsberg, Juan Gomez, Tamara Gonzales, Ron Gorchov, Dana Gordon, Douglas Gordon, Mark Greenwold, EJ Hauser, Lonnie Holley, David Humphrey, James Hyde, Suzanne Joelson, Darren Jones, Michael Joo, Alex Katz, Benjamine Keating, Mel Kendrick, Owen Keogh, Clay Ketter, Megan Liu Kincheloe, Kathleen Kucka, Antón Lamazares, Noah Landfield, Ronnie Landfield, Matthew C. Lange, James English Leary, Greg Leshe, Matvey Levenstein, Dean Levin, Margrit Lewczuk, Michael Marfione, Kevin Marin, Chris Martin, Zony Maya, Keith Mayerson, Josiah McElheny, Jonas Mekas, Sam Messer, MIKE METZ, Laura Miller, Donald Moffett, and more, Cy Morgan, Nyeema Morgan, Loren Munk, Shirin Neshat, Tammy Nguyen, Jo Nigoghossian, Thomas Nozkowski, Jennifer Nuss, G.T. PELLIZZI, Adam Pendleton, Ellen Phelan, Matt Philips, Jean-Jacques Du Plessis, Rona Pondick, Nickola Pottinger, James Prosek, Carlos Reyes, Samantha Rissmeyer, Max Becher & Andrea Robbins, Joyce Robins, Alexis Rockman, Alexander Ross, Lisa Ross, Brie Ruais, Dean Russo, John Ryan, Michael Ryan, Cordy Ryman, ETHAN RYMAN, Will Ryman, Bill Schuck, Michelle Segre, Richard Serra, Joel Shapiro, Veronika Sheer, Sienna Shields, Arthur Simms, Matt Smilardi, Ray Smith, Sterrett Smith, Colin Snapp, Bosco Sodi, Ursula Sommer, Gary Stephan, Robert Storr, Maya Strauss, Mark di Suvero, Meryl Bennett & Matt Taber, Alina Tenser, Mickalene Thomas, Dan Torop, Lee Tribe, Daniel Turner, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Tomas Vu, Merrill Wagner, Corban Walker, Joan Waltemath, Nari Ward, Benjamin Weber, Ishmael Randall Weeks, Wendy White, Stanley Whitney, Terry Winters, Nicole Wittenberg, Bob Witz, Alan Thomas Wood, iO Wright, Michael Wrobel, Will Yackulic, Dustin Yellin, Rachel Youens, Lisa Yuskavage, Holly Zausner, Joe Zucker at Industry City
October 20th - December 15th
Among the irrevocable losses Hurricane Sandy wrought from New York were works of art: thousands of objects damaged or destroyed in Chelsea galleries, studios in Red Hook and Greenpoint. Phong Bui, artist, curator, and publisher of the Brooklyn Rail, was among those who lost work to the storm. He curated Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1 as a statement of solidarity with a traumatized art community.
Sprawled over 100,000 square feet on four floors in the massive Industry City building in Sunset P... [more]
UNTITLED. NEEDS NO TITLE
A talk with Omar Lopez-Chahoud, by Joel Kuennen
Call him Omar. A bundle of kind energy dedicated to his curatorial craft, Omar Lopez-Chahoud guided UNTITLED. through its first iteration last year during Miami Art Week to a very successful conclusion. Much more than a white whale beached on the sands off Ocean Drive, the great white tent designed by Keenen/Riley Architects (K/R Architects), and redesigned this year by the same, promises to be as exhilarating as last y... [more]