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Spiral Stories: Simon Starling at the MCA Chicago   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Simon Starling at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) June 7th - November 2nd
Posted 8/22/14

An Italian/Polish Fiat, wheels to the wall, is anchored over your head. In the next room, two slabs of marble dominate the space—250 kg from Italy, one ton from China—floating above the floor. They support each other by means of a simple pulley. Further into the exhibition, helium-filled jacks hold up and balance a 4,900 lb. plate of Romanian steel. These three works are given top billing in Simon Starling: Metamorphology, the artist’s first major American museum survey. Starling... [more]

Untitled: Agatha Gothe-Snape on the threshold of the 8th Berlin Biennale  
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5/25/14 Posted 5/25/14

Berlin, May 2014: An artist rejects the visual to provide words for a Biennale without a title. Since January this year, Melbourne-based artist Agatha Gothe-Snape has been stringing together compositions of words. Her enigmatic phrases appear splayed across the splash page of the Berlin Biennale, placed where you would ordinarily expect to see a curatorial concept. No explanation provided. Title: Untitled. {EVERYTHING HAS TWO HANDLES} was my first hit. Yours might be something else. {ACCRUE! ACCRUE!} or {OCEANIC FEELING}... [more]

Marcel van Eeden: Murder he drew   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Marcel van Eeden at GEM, The Hague May 16th - August 24th
Posted 5/21/14

Marcel van Eeden’s work is all about time, but it always starts with a location. In his series of drawings van Eeden tells stories taking place roughly between World War I and 1965, the year of his own birth. Drawing from photographs, advertisements, and, less frequently, short texts, he creates the building blocks of a partially true and partially fictional history. With every new episode, which doesn’t necessarily follow chronology but always connects with the others and often features... [more]

Interview With Despina Stokou: Putting it all into context…  
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4/27/14 Posted 4/27/14

Berlin, Apr. 2014: Athens-born, Berlin-based artist Despina Stokou always has several projects going on at any given time. She believes contemporary artists should be active players in the art world and her involvement in Berlin's ever-changing, always-moving art scene goes beyond her studio practice to include writing, editing bpigs.com, and the organization of events to support young artists and curators. By all accounts, her hard work seems to be paying off. Following a flurry of successful show... [more]

Surf's Up! Raymond Pettibon's Surfers Take Manhattan   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Raymond Pettibon at Venus Over Manhattan April 3rd - May 17th
Posted 4/21/14

Presently, the walls of the Venus Over Manhattan gallery are covered in every oceanic shade of blue, aqua, and green, drenching the concrete space with waves of intense cool. More than forty frames—some larger than chalkboards, some the size of table menus—fill Are Your Motives Pure?, an exhibition comprised solely of the surfer paintings Raymond Pettibon has made since 1985. Somewhere in the all the watery pigments small figures make their way across massive curls. Poised and up aga... [more]

Speak Your Plural: Chapter One of Slow Frequency   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Kyla Mallett at Paris London Hong Kong March 14th - April 19th
Posted 4/11/14

Affirmation, fulfillment, declaration; these are all terms used to describe motivational speaking. This form of address is designed for the masses. Though they prey on the singular, all these words refer to an inherent plurality: which is to say, yourself in others. Affirmation is mirrored through encounters, fulfillment is only expressed to a counterpart when it is lacking, and declaration depends on an audience of listeners. Yet, while these definitions point towards self-help culture –... [more]

Text in the Expanded Field: The 2014 Whitney Biennial   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Terry Adkins, Etel Adnan, Alma Allen, Ei Arakawa, Uri Aran, Robert Ashley, Michel Auder, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Julie Ault, Darren Bader, Kevin Beasley, Gretchen Bender, Stephen Berens, Dawoud Bey, Jennifer Bornstein, Andrew Bujalski, Elijah Burgher, Triple Canopy, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Sarah Charlesworth, Yve Laris Cohen, Public Collectors, Matthew Deleget, David Diao, Zackary Drucker, Paul Druecke, Jimmie Durham, Rhys Ernst, Rochelle Feinstein, Radamés “Juni” Figueroa, Morgan Fisher, Louise Fishman, Victoria Fu, Malik Gaines, Gaylen Gerber, Jeff Gibson, Jade Gordon, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Tony Greene, Joseph Grigely, Miguel Gutierrez, Karl Haendel, David Hammons, Matt Hanner, Philip Hanson, Jonn Herschend, Sheila Hicks, Channa Horwitz, HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, susan howe, Jacqueline Humphries, Critical Practices Inc., Gary Indiana, Doug Ischar, Carol Jackson, Travis Jeppesen, Alex Jovanovich, Angie Keefer, Ben Kinmont, Shio Kusaka, Sensory Ethnography Lab, Chris Larson, Diego Leclery, Zoe Leonard, Sherrie Levine, Tony Lewis, Pam Lins, Fred Lonidier, Ken Lum, Shana Lutker, Dashiell Manley, John Mason, Keith Mayerson, Suzanne McClelland, Dave McKenzie, Bjarne Melgaard, Rebecca Morris, Joshua Mosley, Dona Nelson, Ken Okiishi, Pauline Oliveros, Joel Otterson, Laura Owens, Paul P., Taisha Paggett, Charlemagne Palestine, Véréna Paravel, Jessie Mott & Steve Reinke, David Robbins, Carissa Rodriguez, Sterling Ruby, Miljohn Ruperto, Jacolby Satterwhite, Peter Schuyff, Alexandro Segade, Allan Sekula, semiotext(e), Trevor Shimizu, Amy Sillman, Valerie Snobeck, A.L. Steiner, Catherine Sullivan, Emily Sundblad, Ricky Swallow, Tony Tasset, Sergei Tcherepnin, Philip Vanderhyden, Pedro Vélez, Charline von Heyl, David Foster Wallace, Dan Walsh, Alex Waterman, Donelle Woolford, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung at Whitney Museum of American Art March 7th - May 25th
Posted 3/7/14

Among the 103 participants in this year’s Whitney Biennial, the handful that have elicited the most speculation and skepticism are those known for producing not art objects but texts. In addition to publishing-oriented collectives, words take on a visual function in the poetry of Susan Howe, they form the structure of many of David Diao’s paintings and Gary Indiana’s sculptures. Artspace warned us to “Get ready to do some reading.” Carol Vogel, in her New York Times pre... [more]

In Conversation: First Impressions of the 2014 Whitney Biennial   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Terry Adkins, Etel Adnan, Alma Allen, Ei Arakawa, Uri Aran, Robert Ashley, Michel Auder, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Julie Ault, Darren Bader, Kevin Beasley, Gretchen Bender, Stephen Berens, Dawoud Bey, Jennifer Bornstein, Andrew Bujalski, Elijah Burgher, Triple Canopy, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Sarah Charlesworth, Yve Laris Cohen, Public Collectors, Matthew Deleget, David Diao, Zackary Drucker, Paul Druecke, Jimmie Durham, Rhys Ernst, Rochelle Feinstein, Radamés “Juni” Figueroa, Morgan Fisher, Louise Fishman, Victoria Fu, Malik Gaines, Gaylen Gerber, Jeff Gibson, Jade Gordon, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Tony Greene, Joseph Grigely, Miguel Gutierrez, Karl Haendel, David Hammons, Matt Hanner, Philip Hanson, Jonn Herschend, Sheila Hicks, Channa Horwitz, HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, susan howe, Jacqueline Humphries, Critical Practices Inc., Gary Indiana, Doug Ischar, Carol Jackson, Travis Jeppesen, Alex Jovanovich, Angie Keefer, Ben Kinmont, Shio Kusaka, Sensory Ethnography Lab, Chris Larson, Diego Leclery, Zoe Leonard, Sherrie Levine, Tony Lewis, Pam Lins, Fred Lonidier, Ken Lum, Shana Lutker, Dashiell Manley, John Mason, Keith Mayerson, Suzanne McClelland, Dave McKenzie, Bjarne Melgaard, Rebecca Morris, Joshua Mosley, Dona Nelson, Ken Okiishi, Pauline Oliveros, Joel Otterson, Laura Owens, Paul P., Taisha Paggett, Charlemagne Palestine, Véréna Paravel, Jessie Mott & Steve Reinke, David Robbins, Carissa Rodriguez, Sterling Ruby, Miljohn Ruperto, Jacolby Satterwhite, Peter Schuyff, Alexandro Segade, Allan Sekula, semiotext(e), Trevor Shimizu, Amy Sillman, Valerie Snobeck, A.L. Steiner, Catherine Sullivan, Emily Sundblad, Ricky Swallow, Tony Tasset, Sergei Tcherepnin, Philip Vanderhyden, Pedro Vélez, Charline von Heyl, David Foster Wallace, Dan Walsh, Alex Waterman, Donelle Woolford, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung at Whitney Museum of American Art March 7th 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Posted 3/7/14

ArtSlant editors Natalie Hegert, Joel Kuennen, and Charlie Schultz met up at Agra, an Indian restaurant on Lexington Avenue, to discuss the opening of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, its surprises, best in show, and disappointments. They touch on trends and themes of scale, archives, lists, dongs, and objectness—parsing the line between artwork and artifact. Charlie Schultz: I guess I’ll start by saying I found this year’s iteration of the [Whitney] Biennial to be far less crowded than in... [more]

Authorial Checks and Balances   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Natalie Czech at Capitain Petzel November 23rd, 2013 - January 25th
Posted 12/11/13

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]

Chatbots and Chance Operations: An Interview with John O'Connor  
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11/24/13 Posted 11/24/13

New York, Nov. 2013: John O’Connor is known for his colorful, intricately patterned drawings, often structured by a series of chance operations and other times informed by found text and data. Recently, O’Connor has added appropriated text from spam email and chatbots into these systems. We met on the occasion of his fourth solo exhibition at Pierogi Gallery, “The Machine and the Ghost” and his recently released catalogue featuring essays by Robert Storr, John Yau, Rick Moody, and Susan S... [more]

Heads and Tails   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Micah Lexier at The Power Plant September 21st, 2013 - January 5th
Posted 10/4/13

The overlap between artist and curator has a long history in Toronto – perhaps because of a lack of regional support, a need for more established art institutions, schools, and non-profits that hold curatorial positions, or the subsequent absence of a collector base for young artists – and this can sometimes sometimes prove problematic. A current exhibition by Micah Lexier, One, and Two, and More Than One, at The Power Plant comes the closest to what I have seen as striking a working balance between the two p... [more]

Lost and found in translation   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Olga Balema at Galerie Fons Welters September 7th, 2013 - October 12th, 2013
Posted 9/26/13

Acoording to ayou are here but she isrelease Thursdayby theateam consisting of the plancute fordoexperts foundoutanoilslick True story. And while we’re still perplexed, let us ask: What do rusty metal fountains, stretched leggings, and elongated latex hands have to do with translation? For that, I direct you to Olga Balema, whose cryptic solo show Body of Work is currently installed in Galerie Fons Welters. If it sounds like I’m being snarky, I’m not. The work, which centers on... [more]

Flotsam and FeedbackFeedbackLoopLoop at 500X  
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Rebecca Carter, Andrea Goldman at 500X Gallery December 4th, 2010 - January 2nd, 2011
Posted 8/12/13

By Margaret Meehan http://glasstire.com/2011/01/23/flotsam-and-feedbackfeedbacklooploop-at-500x/ On a cold and (believe it or not) snowy day in Dallas, Texas I found myself at the entrance of 500X Gallery on the last day of Flotsam, an exhibition of work by Christine Bisetto and Kerry Pacillio. I was familiar with Bisetto’s work and was making it a point to see the show despite the growing cold and my 3-hour drive back to Austin. The show is down now so I’m glad I did get to see... [more]

It's in a gallery but you can't have everything   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Joan Jonas at Galerie Yvon Lambert April 27th, 2013 - May 30th, 2013
Posted 5/2/13

Similarity and difference seems to be the theme of the current exhibition at Yvon Lambert. In one room we have Joan Jonas, presenting a video installation Reanimation II, a reworking of a piece originally shown at dOCUMENTA (13), and in the other we have a wall piece by Lawrence Weiner. The similarities are that both artists are very well respected (although Jonas isn't celebrated quite as much as Weiner), both came to prominence in the sixties and have something like a forty-year body of work, b... [more]

Hong Kong Home Boy   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Tsang Kin-Wah at Pearl Lam Galleries Hong Kong July 27th, 2012 - August 27th, 2012
Posted 8/20/12

Tsang Kin-Wah may be one of the most internationally recognized Hong Kong artists, with recent major outings at the Mori Art Museum, the Lyon Biennale, and the Sydney Biennale, among others, but his presence in Hong Kong itself, for the last several years at least, has been ambivalent. He is known as something of a shadowy figure, often appearing quietly and anonymously, whose trademark installations are included only in the most unlikely and unexpected of exhibitions. Prior to this landmark exhibiti... [more]

A New Painting, "Discordance and Harmony", Completed  
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3/19/12 Posted 3/20/12

Last week, I finished another oil painting - a painting I had been working on for many months. This painting was a confluence of many motifs I have been employing and experimenting with - white dress, ruin, river, writing of many languages.  On this 24" x 30" canvas, I was trying to bind together these elements to demonstrate during the long period of history, different cultures intermingled, fight with, learned from, and co-existed along other cultures and despite the constant tragedies entailed, it i... [more]


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