Art or Not? This week we're in more need of a laugh than ever. Sometimes humor seems the only way to cope with the world. Can you tell the difference between a truly great idea and someone who's gaming the system? Does a good text elevate an image to the status of an artwork? We're not sure, but we have fun playing.
This week: which knife assemblage is a happy camper's accessory, and which is the thesis of a major Belgian artist?
In the series Shield, Protect, Endure the artist presents a devised... [more]
Does art require an audience? Does art require an audience?
I posed this question to a dozen artists over nine episodes of Working (it) Out, the ArtSlant podcast I began hosting this summer. It was a question that came up at the end of a master’s seminar class I was in last year, and it took me by surprise. My answer, which I assumed was really the only one, was “yes.” Yes, I thought, because without an audience, does it count as art?
I went home and put the question to my partner... [more]
Never forget the loop
The first time I encountered the loop was whilst using a Chinon Super 8 projector manufactured in the late 70s. Within seconds of my roll of Kodachrome entering the “auto-loading” machine the projected image began to jitter and convulse. After several further attempts the film buckled, broke, and bunched up in the gate where it was toasted by the searing hot halogen lamp.
The instruction booklet explained that although the film lacing process was totally automat... [more]
For Maize Mantis at The Kitchen this past October, Sergei Tcherepnin created an amalgam of dance performance, musical composition, and theatre. In this project drawing partly from Sergei Diaghilev’s production of Feu d’Artifice and incorporating paintings by Lucy Dodd and Kerstin Brätsch, the audience witnessed a host of characters—including wolves, jellyfish, and basketball players—whimsically navigate a landscape of light and sound. At the sonic height of the work... [more]
Table of Contents:
Closing the Loop: Does Art Require an Audience? | Gillian Dykeman
Maintaining a Clean and Healthy Image for 120 Years | Guy Parker
OOO: Three Loops to Unite Them All! | Jamie Keesling
The Circular Logic of Terrorism | Joel Kuennen
Closed Circuits and Bodies Electric | Janet Oh
Rafia Santana, DEAR DiARY, 2015
What does a loop look like? It’s not really a shape, is it? More than a steady form, a loop implies gesture, movement, directionality. It’s a vector that returns you to w... [more]
Charlotte Cotton’s book Photography Is Magic is one of the first collections of photography by a major publisher (Aperture) to acknowledge and explore the new generation of idea-driven image-makers. The publication, which that takes into account work that has emerged within the past decade, questions the role of photography in the post-internet environment, featuring artists that investigate and subvert its tools and techniques, and expand it into interdisciplinary realms and practices. These... [more]
Art or Not? Ok, let's be honest. Sometimes we get fed up with the art world. We're well aware that we're underpaid and under-read, and probably always will be, even if we stick to our guns (thanks for pointing that out, Jerry Saltz). The best thing to do is to laugh at our own absurdity and that's what we like to do on Fridays as we reflect on the flux of funny art that's landed in our inboxes over the week (often accompanied by equally absurd press releases).
This week, we're going back to nature. Ro... [more]
Photography—as James Loks pointed out not so long ago—is going through a phase of confidence, with surreal, hyperreal Toiletpaper aesthetics trending strongly in the work of emerging artists. John Berger, in his 1968 essay "Understanding a Photograph," refers to "those absurd studio works in which the photographer arranges every detail of his subject before he takes the picture."
Berger foresaw the great potential of photography as an artistic and humanist practice, but at the time he didn't p... [more]
Hosting 102 leading and emerging galleries from 24 countries, Contemporary Istanbul (CI) is one of Istanbul’s top international art fairs. More than its younger counterpart ArtInternational, CI presents the best that the local scene has to offer, and although it mainly brings together high-end commercial galleries, CI also hosts non-profits, artist initiatives, and even hybrid galleries that question the notion of “fine arts.” With its “Emerging” sector and wide range of Is... [more]
To ‘shine’ means to shine upon something, to make that upon which the light falls appear. —Hans Georg Gadamer
Almost every artwork needs a spectator, and artists need a platform to connect their work with those viewers. While today these platforms vary, artists still need spaces—be it the conventional gallery or the digital realm—that are able to reach and mobilize a broad audience. Galleries still matter: they not only provide artists with a means f... [more]
We run an online magazine, so of course, we're interested in what's happening with art on the web. We invited online gallerist, founder and curator of Digital Sweat Gallery, Christian Petersen, to write a bi-monthly column for us. Every other Wednesday he'll be selecting a Web Artist of the Week. For his inaugral spot, Petersen picks Seattle-based Sofia Lee.
Things are changing fast in Seattle. The recent massive influx of tech workers to the city has proved extremely controversial to many Seattl... [more]
Following high-powered political negotiations, Iran recently expanded its 30-day visa upon arrival program to include citizens of a number of European, Asian, and Middle Eastern nations—including France, Germany, and Singapore, all with a concentration of high-end galleries and collectors. The new policy has already resulted in an increase in “cultural tourists,” and a boom in the art tourism industry seems an inevitability.
“I can say 70 percent of my collectors are lo... [more]
What is freedom? This is what the current exhibition, Gradi di libertà, at Bologna’s Museum of Modern Art, (MAMbo) attempts to answer through the lenses of art and science. The idea is to present science that has “freed” us from the trials of a pre-modern society, while showing that art continues to comment on and complicate the human relationship to freedom. Works from Ryan Trecartin, Vanessa Beecroft, and Bob and Roberta Smith all stand alongside vitrines with examples of tec... [more]
For hundreds of refugees, seeking escape from war-torn Syria and access to a better life in Europe, witnessing the destruction of their homeland and suffering through dangerous travel over land and sea is apparently not enough—not if they land in the Czech Republic. One human rights official recently found deplorable conditions at one of the four Czech refugee camps, which are housed in former prisons and military facilities “that in many respects offers worse conditions than Czech prisons.” The migrants are brought to the facilities in handcu... [more]
It has been 11 years since the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens has been planning to open, but its doors remain shut. The museum’s director, Katerina Koskina—a former art critic—is the only one who really knows why. So we asked her: What’s going on?
The National Museum's new building—a 12 acre site which looks like a wafer bar—was finished in 2013 with a budget of 33.7 million euro, co-financed by Greece and the European Union’s European Regi... [more]
Art or Not? As we mentioned last week, there's often a fine line between art and garbage. Art can play with us and our fear of missing out ("FOMO" as IIana Glazer of Broad City refers to it. It's a terrible thing.)
What does elevate a simple scene to the status of a masterful creation? With most things being flattened to a single dimension nowadays, can we create an idea out of rubbish? Do we even need more ideas? Perhaps we just have too much time.
One of the pictures described below documents an installation... [more]