Transmitting information is inherent in today’s networked Internet Age. The information structures of our digital surroundings resemble the inner transmitting systems of nerves and their contacts, the synapses. With the help of messenger substances, neurotransmitters like serotonin pass on information and thereby activate the inner neural system. In her installation Conditions for Neurotransmission [P.O.V.] artist Annabelle Craven-Jones visualizes the mutual effects of both information systems and... [more]
Upon entering Rodney McMillian: Views from Main Street at the Studio Museum in Harlem, brisk piano notes float out over the exhibition space followed by an almost euphoric serenade by Erykah Badu. Her voice is emanating from a video near the entrance of the gallery where a T-Rex puppet bops around a stage singing along, mouthing out every trill with his toothy jaw gaping open and shut. On the puppet-sized podium hangs a banner reading “The Neshoba County Fair Assc.—Giant House Party... [more]
Through close collaboration with a group of teenage girls living at the Youth Center for Socio-Therapy in Rudzienko, Poland, Sharon Lockhart creates a striking portrait of the complexities of adolescence. The centerpiece of the artist’s latest exhibition, currently on view at The Arts Club of Chicago, is the 2016 work Rudzienko, a two-channel film installation featuring short scenes choreographed and performed by the young women from the Center. As both facilitator and documenter, Lockhart fosters... [more]
Pussykrew is a new media duo consisting of the multi-disciplinary digital artists Tikul and mi$ gogo. Originally from Poland, the two met while studying in Dublin and since then they have blazed a trail across the world creating groundbreaking, mind-melting work. Each piece overwhelms the eyes with intense, addictive richness and hyperreal detail.
Despite the gleaming perfection of their art there is something truly anarchic about Pussykrew’s opulent visions, which is no surprise given... [more]
New Annual Emerging Contemporary Visual Arts Prize 2016
Artist - Leigh Humby
The awards are created using three elements which consist of a ball an outer vertical structure and lower horizontal supports.
The ball structure embraces the ten local authorities. The ball is created with ten flat discs each representing the local boroughs of Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Manchester, Trafford, Tameside and Wigan. Each disk is printed with its own design. The design is based on a select... [more]
Sam Rolfes makes work that feels like it appeared through a wormhole from another dimension. He reveals a parallel universe that is both unnervingly familiar and utterly alien. Recognizable, organic shapes and textures morph, mutate, and melt into living, breathing organisms born of flesh and technology. Rolfes is one of the few artists working with 3D software to use it in a way that is genuinely unique. He firmly rejects all of the sculptural tropes and clichés that are usually associated... [more]
T'HO fest Yucatan Art Code:
Is a visual dialogue among civilizations, an international collective of contemporary art in painting, sculpture, photography, Installation, mix media, digital art, and video. Jose Luis Rodriguez de Armas, General Coordinator, is a critic member of AICA Cuba-Mexico, an experienced museologist, and curator at this festival on contemporary art in Yucatan.
What does a dialogue among civilizations mean? One could argue that there are two groups of civilizations in the wo... [more]
At Frieze New York, look out for livestock this year—Maurizio Cattelan is putting a donkey in a room with a chandelier, while Nick Bastis is doing an installation with snails. If you smell dog food, it just means you’ve reached the artwork of British artist and poet Heather Phillipson, who has created a giant “spinal cord,” as she calls it, which connects throughout various outposts throughout the fair.
Opening May 4, Frieze Projects, curated by Cecilia Alemani, features Ph... [more]
Chicago, March 2016: Beatriz Santiago Muñoz is interested in questions of place: what do people make of places? How can we represent that? In the San Juan-based artist’s work the sense of place—and the embodied experience of social, ecological, and political histories—asserts itself in powerful ways. Her films and videos have an attachment to a sensorial reality and materiality, as well the imagining of possible futures, elements intrinsic to perceiving places in a new... [more]
by Nadja Geskus
Nederlandse fotograaf David Verbeek en Britse fotograaf Matt Henry sluiten zich aan bij de Flatland Gallery. Flatland Gallery is een Nederlandse gallerie voor moderne kunst gevestigd in Amsterdam. De gallerie staat bekend op het gebied van hedendaagse fotografie en heeft een hoge reputatie voor film, video, installaties, sculpturen, schilderijen en tekeningen.
Flatland Gallery kondigt de vertegenwoordiging van David Verbeek, Nederlandse filmmaker en fotograa... [more]
In Funeral Doom Spiritual, a multimedia installation that recently opened at ONE Gay and Lesbian National Archives at the USC Libraries, artist and composer M. Lamar confronts themes of Black masculinity, collective trauma, and the white gaze through his singular “Negrogothic” vision.
Combining Lamar’s operatic sounds, sadomasochistic visuals, and lots of smoke, the exhibition’s multichannel black-and-white videos are beautifully Gothic, yet also haunted by symbols of racial violence, slavery,... [more]
We have discussed the rapidly growing intersection between new media art and feminism with a number of artists in previous columns. This week we take a deeper look at that phenomenon in an interview with artist, writer and facilitator Angela Washko who is at the forefront of the movement. She famously interviewed the notorious pick-up-artist Roosh V for her project Banged which resulted in an overload of attention for her, both positive and horribly negative. Washko’s work consistently tackl... [more]
Last Thursday evening, with the sun setting and the air slightly chilled, I stood on the corner of 22nd Street and 8th Ave with a group of people all waiting to tour the two residential Chelsea blocks that had been turned into an outdoor exhibition by curator Lal Bahcecioglu. With her show entitled Sneak a Peek, Bahcecioglu turns four residential buildings and one commercial storefront into exhibition spaces by installing video monitors in the street-facing windows. The result takes the viewer out of the... [more]
A consistent theme across Omer Fast’s work are the many facets of trauma, particularly those which arise from the conflicts being played out across the western world today. But it is how he uses narrative tropes to explore these contemporary tensions that make Fast one of the most talented video artists working at the moment. A major presentation of the artist's videos, currently at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, is a testament to his layered and moving practice.
5,000 Feet is the Be... [more]
by Annie Shepard
on July 26, 2015
Sticks and Stones
The Amanda Knox Trial of Sienna Reid
On November 2nd, 2007 Meredith Kercher was found dead in her apartment in Perugia, Italy. What followed was part murder investigation, part tabloid fodder, and part witch hunt.
Amanda Knox, Meredith's roommate, was arrested for the crime. Despite having no physical evidence linking her with the scene of the crime, Knox was... [more]