The case of Ai Weiwei(Through haunting images...)
Last February 14,000 used orange life jackets were wrapped around the columns of the Konzerthaus in Berlin, turning the 19th century landmark into an eerie reminder of the ongoing plight of refugees. According to the International Organization for Migration, during the first six months of 2016 more than 3,000 people were drowned crossing the Mediterranean Sea. At the same time nearly 250,000 people arrived in Europe. Produced by the renowned Chine... [more]
Seattle-based artist Dylan Neuwirth has carved a distinct path in the world of digital art. Of course he’s not the only artist to represent his thoughts on the digital age through non-digital, physical objects. But he’s made his unique mark using the archaic element of neon to meditate on the complexities of our world.
Neuwirth’s work combines instant gratification with esoteric exploration. A thread of thoughtful, electronic paganism runs through much of his creations, but he i... [more]
The GIF artist Scorpion Dagger (aka James Kerr) presents an alternative version of the Renaissance that cleverly satirizes both that time and our modern world. The transgressive aesthetic and comedic narratives of his work defy all traditional expectations of the medium. His art is joyful and inclusive and has achieved a huge following through his chosen platform, Tumblr.
While digital art continues to blur the line between high art and popular culture, unnecessary, invisible limits are still some... [more]
Portland-based Michael Green blends conceptualism, surrealism, and capitalism to create work that asks questions unique to our new digital world. His satirical GIF based on Jeff Koon’s Balloon Dog achieved global internet fame in 2014 when he put it on eBay in an attempt to make it the most expensive GIF ever sold. The original Koons sculpture had recently sold for $58 million so Green’s reaction became a perfectly timed comment on the value—both monetary and intellectual—of digital art more generally. Green uses th... [more]
This season, in partnership with ARTS.BLACK, ArtSlant is publishing a series of essays on security, guards, labor, and privilege in museum spaces.
• Series introduction, and “Security // An Evidence Locker” | Sarah Rose Sharp
• “No Photos Please: Finding Respect and Value in Museum Communities” | Adriel Luis
• “The Trappings of a Museum Guard Grind” | Andre Torres
In my experience, when you tell someone that you’re a g... [more]
Budapest-based davidope (aka David Szakaly) is one of the best known GIF artists on the planet. The Tumblr page he started in 2008 became an inspiration for a generation of net artists that followed him. The extent of his sweeping popularity is best illustrated when you type “GIF,” or “animated GIF,” into Google images and his work appears at the top of the page. While many might not recognize his name, they are likely familiar with his distinctive aesthetic. His most fami... [more]
Only in silence the word,only in dark the light,only in dying life:bright the hawk’s flight on the empty sky. —The Creation of Ea
Ursula K. Le Guin, Tehanu
İnci Eviner is a gatherer: she collects the memory of crowds, unearths folk narratives, and retells their stories in her own language. She is a hunter: she traces misogyny, detects hierarchy, and targets it with the tools of a unique feminist visual lexicon. Although she doesn’t specifically identify her work as feminist, E... [more]
Montreal-based video artist Sabrina Ratté makes stunning electronic environments that recall (or predict) an era where society has perfected a clinical, aesthetic beauty at the cost of fleshy emotion. That is not to say her work doesn’t inspire feelings. It affects you on a primal level because these places feel like they exist deep within our collective, aspirational unconsciousness. There is a calm spirituality and reassuring familiarity here that, ironically, often only serves to e... [more]
In a culinary world populated by stars, Ferran Adrià is the uncontested sun, the center of the universe. The Catalan chef who started off as a dishwasher at Barcelona’s Hotel Playafels, joined the El Bulli kitchen staff at 22 and only eighteen months later became head chef. From 1994 onwards, the year the restaurant received a substantial investment, El Bulli’s reputation as a place for experimentation grew. It held three Michelin stars and ranked first in the World’s 5... [more]
People are stupid.
Don’t misunderstand me: People are stupid in the ways that I am stupid. We are stupid in common: over-worked, over-tired, over-extended—distracted by 21st century life's whizzing communications, the decentralized self, and efforts to keep the barricades from being completely overrun by life’s ghoulish troubles. This being so, we possess precious little attention left to really know what someone's talking about who is actually sitting across the table from us or who... [more]
Table of Contents:
The Matter of Molecular Practice: Sean Raspet | Joel Kuennen
Ferran Adrià Unpacks the Tools of Creativity | Edo Dijksterhuis
Taste With the Body and Without | Zachary Cahill
Squeezing Social Commentary into a Luxury Beverage | Nadja Sayej
“Made hickory smoked salmon with rose and squid ink rice tonight... :)”
This is an email sign off I received from my fellow editor, Joel Kuennen, the other day. Touching base about what we’ve been making and eating is... [more]
This season, in partnership with ARTS.BLACK, ArtSlant is publishing a series of essays on security, guards, labor, and privilege in museum spaces. Find the first installment and an introduction to the series here.
I’d be lying if I said that I’ve always held a deep respect for museum guards. That I’ve reflected deeply on those who stand and sit for hours on end, thanklessly serving as the human buffers between the world’s greatest treasures and greasy fingers or forbidden... [more]
The artist LaTurbo Avedon may be a computer-created avatar but she is very much alive. Her identity has been created through very real experiences and interactions over numerous websites, social platforms, and gaming consoles. The notion that there is a “real” person behind the avatar becomes increasingly meaningless as the division between all of our online and IRL identities blur and dissipate.
LaTurbo Avedon’s work partly explores her personal existence as a physical/digital e... [more]
And to everyone, who shares my views, I would say that we need to rethink our conception of the animal instinct of fear. Through this instinct, the power apparatus controls us and takes away our lives.
Thus wrote Petr Pavlensky, the so-called "mind, balls and conscience" of Putin's Russia in his December 15, 2015 letter from Butyrskaya Prison to a Radio Svoboda journalist. Pavlensky was detained after his November 9, 2015 aktsiya, titled "Threat," which consisted of lighting the... [more]
Now an accomplished pre-teen, VOLTA returns this week for its twelfth year in the Basel art fair line up. From June 13–18, under the domed roof of the city's Markthalle, the fair for "new international positions" brings together nearly 70 galleries stemming from 21 countries.
We're always grateful when we can consume art with context—especially at an art fair. Thus, in partnership with VOLTA and GalleryLOG, we're pleased to share this advance look at the processes and inspirations of five e... [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]