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Caroline Picard

20150326223703-screen_shot_2015-03-26_at_11 Performing Tables   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/25/15

Laura Letinsky photographs material debris left behind on tabletops. Orange peels, breadcrumbs, partially consumed cakes, wine stains, or sometimes a more theatrical octopus spread out in evocative, transitory constellations. At any moment one imagines a figure will enter the picture frame, destroying the aesthetic confluence in an effort to wipe the table down and deposit all captured remnants in a trashcan. This is partly what’s so compelling about these photographs: framed by the camera th... [more]

The Art of Shifting Directions: An Interview with Tania Mouraud  
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3/17/15

Tania Mouraud’s retrospective at the Centre Pompidou-Metz, curated by Hélène Guenin and Elodie Stroecken, spans features over 70 works of art dating from the late 1960s to today. In June, the show spreads beyond the walls of the museum when nine surrounding locations will host additional works of Mouraud, engaging the entire city as an interlocking exhibition site. Mouraud began working in the 60s as a painter, shifting tacks in the 70s to create a series of immersive meditation ro... [more]

20150116172611-barkley_hendricks_lawdy_mama Hyper-Pluralities for a New Becoming: The Exhibited Body in Contemporary Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/16/15

“The body is always a body that is an unfinished entity.” —Lisa Blackman, The Body (Key Concepts), Berg, 2008 “We have a whole history of representation in which the black body was not the privileged body,” Kerry James Marshall said in an interview a few years ago. “So there was no crisis of representation for me, because the black figure is underrepresented.” Marshall has patiently, and masterfully installed black figurative paintings in predominan... [more]

20150106162203-winkfall-01sm Life in the Anthropocene: Environmental Exhibitions for the Human Epoch   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/6/15

I go back and forth between feeling like Anthropocene is a buzzword for contemporary hysteria—our generation's equivalent to the Cold War—and recognizing it as a practical reality. Either way it is the nexus point between published facts and our dogged consumerist lifestyles: we live in the 6th Great Extinction, yet guzzle gas and consume plastic with aplomb. Responding to an already lush rubric of 2013 exhibitions, several 2014 shows explored ecocritical themes, as will a number of presentations in the coming year, all composing vivid curatorial landscapes that challenge our his... [more]

20141026085215-belknappinkandgray-975x731 Sarah and Joseph Belknap Translate the Solar System for Earthlings   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Sarah Belknap & Joseph Belknap at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) October 11th, 2014 - February 24th
Posted 12/8/14

The ways by which men arrive at knowledge of the celestial things are hardly less wonderful than the nature of these things themselves. —Johannes Kepler Walking down Franklin Boulevard in Chicago’s Garfield Park, an otherwise nondescript bungalow stands out because of the strange, multicolored rock jutting out of its front yard; this object—like a meteor from a sci-fi B movie—hovers over 10 feet above the ground, mounted on a long metal pole. It marks the beginning of... [more]

20141204230208-samoylova_anastasia__1 Anastasia Samoylova: On Facebook Everyone Is on Holiday   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/4/14

Anastasia Samoylova does not go out into summer fields when she begins a new work of landscape photography. She goes online, haunting public domain photosites for images of picturesque landscapes: sunsets, waterfalls, forests, oceans, and flowers. Despite the seductive vistas each calendar image portrays, they are so common they become redundant. “I’m almost monumentalizing them in my installations,” Samoylova said during a recent (Skyped) studio visit, “otherwise they wou... [more]

20141017074842-er-lckpu-e63e0seoqlmokok9j0wvll8wm0d6oe7ioi_unclc-iygtsp0jxkoxmsrzxppmnsuyp0r9sxth08v9s_eavtlqlvtojmni5wzfjhwjfrszc6ggqjxihifbzy7ym_nzfr0zhcvuj_gwfec8r2l23xog2b3zb55bypfm4ggdg_aez0ozgd5dqbqrch6-rg2k_hxvanbbvzd8mg Who is Responsible for the American Dream?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Josef Strau at Renaissance Society September 21st, 2014 - November 9th, 2014
Posted 10/17/14

I had a dream a couple years ago in which a new, previously unknown continent was discovered on Earth. The knowledge entered my consciousness first like the ambient news of a radio dispatch. It was an impersonal knowledge, born through the slippery medium of dream space, the source of the transmission overlooked as my dream self wondered instead about the profound consequence such a discovery might have on the rest of humankind. The next thing I remember is that I stood on the ground of the new cou... [more]

20140921180030-0 Enduring Materials - Performa: Rashid Johnson's Dutchman at Red Square Baths   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/21/14

“And we’ll pretend that people cannot see you. That is, the citizens. And that you are free of your own history. And I am free of my history. We’ll pretend that we are both anonymous beauties smashing along through the city’s entrails [She yells as loud as she can] GROOVE!” — Amiri Baraka, Dutchman, 1964. We gathered in the lobby of a recently renovated bathhouse at 1914 W Division Street in Chicago’s Wicker Park. The time was 11:00pm. Upon arrival,... [more]

20140916234710-michaelrakowitz_9 Art Fair Musical: Setting the Stage for IN/SITU at EXPO CHICAGO   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Elijah Burgher, Robert Burnier, Leidy Chavez, Ken Gonzales-Day, Fernando Pareja, Cheryl Pope, Michael Rakowitz, Jessica Stockholder, Saya Woolfalk at EXPO CHICAGO September 18th, 2014 - September 21st, 2014
Posted 9/16/14

As Chicago approaches the four day run of its annual art fair, the art world becomes increasingly animated with preparations. This is the moment backstage of an as-yet empty auditorium; red carpets are cleaned one last time as painters touch up their back drops and technicians in black clothes hastily test light and sound sequences. Dancers stretch. Producers sweat, fiddling their mobile devices unconsciously. There is a palpable buzz of anticipation — an energy not yet disseminated into the grea... [more]

The Matter of Invisible Energy: An Interview with Robert Burnier  
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9/15/14

Chicago, Sep. 2014: Robert Burnier has a large body of work on display this fall at multiple locations all over the city. In addition to Inland Delta, a solo show in the West Loop at Andrew Rafacz Gallery, he is part of The Chicago Effect: Redefining the Middle at the Hyde Park Art Center on Chicago’s South Side, and presents a separate collaborative project, Inside Space, with artists Jason Lazarus and Molly Brandt at the Riverside Arts Center. As Burnier describes it, this latter project &ld... [more]

20140809075139-stimac_santa_fe_billings Clouded Points of Access: Phantoms in the Dirt at the Museum of Contemporary Photography   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jeremy Bolen, Matthew Brandt, Shannon Ebner, Assaf Evron, Anya Gallaccio, Jay Heikes, Joachim Koester, Harold Mendez, Richard Mosse, Eileen Mueller, Arthur Ou, Alison Rossiter, Adam Schreiber/US, Daniel Shea, Greg Stimac, Shane Ward at Museum of Contemporary Photography July 25th, 2014 - October 5th, 2014
Posted 8/9/14

What first reads like an astral constellation is in fact a photograph whose blackness is broken only by the erratic swarm of dead insect bodies. Greg Stimac’s Santa Fe to Billings (2009) documents the choreography of the countless lives his windshield intersected on a drive between locales. The momentum of each smash is evident—guts smear and spray across the surface, recording innumerable tiny accidents. To create this piece, Stimac placed an 8 x 10 inch sheet of Plexiglass on the h... [more]

20140724045807-kitplhqlz0svzmx-9_sutawseolzzt3owrzvo3m-soy_1ne6s-c1bcgiu21sz8euuuubrcp3ljt4kxbdq_io5wm_xdorho51w2tjbnjlwul7h1fkwdvyv2akxcivzh7vwt8_5i_jkirw-mmv4kay5hx0yurhvggburdzfmie1ygnrzc The Field Notes Aesthetic: Heidi Norton at the Elmhurst Art Museum   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Heidi Norton at Elmhurst Art Museum June 7th, 2014 - August 24th, 2014
Posted 7/24/14

Mies van der Rohe is such an historic presence. The aftershock of his innovation is still palpable, reflecting as it does the evolution of an “international style after World War II.” It is hard to imagine, therefore, how one might absorb his architecture into daily life—much less install an exhibition under one of his roofs. That is the challenge posed by the Elmhurst Art Museum, an institution that purchased van der Rohe’s prototype for suburban life, the McCormick House, in 1992. Chicago-based artist Heid... [more]

Untitled: an interview with Xaviera Simmons  
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4/6/14

New York, Apr. 2014: Xaviera Simmons is a New York-based artist whose practice manifests in performance, photography, sculpture, installation, sound, video, and more. That dynamic interdisciplinary material is fueled by research, contemplation, and feeling, three modes that enable Simmons to not only reflect the complexity of the human condition but also empathize with it. No subject would seem unconquerable: she tackles history, the landscape, and the human figure within it; she plays with cultural... [more]

20131123191418-cp3 Where They’ll Take You: Offbeat Art Sites in the 2nd City   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Caroline Picard at D Gallery November 8th, 2013 - December 31st, 2013
Posted 11/23/13

For C. S. Lewis it was a wardrobe. For Lynn Reid Banks, a cupboard. Max, in Maurice Sendak’s most famous book, sets sail to the island of the Wild Things from the confines of his own bedroom. Though adult narratives focus less on magical transportation and metamorphosis, when they do they also often look to constrictive spaces. Toru Okada, the protagonist of Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, searches for visions from the bottom of a dried-up well. In Being John Malkovich, the p... [more]

Pulling the Rug Out: An Interview with Lin Hixson  
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9/16/13

Chicago, Sep. 2013: When I came to Chicago in 2004, Goat Island was a prominent feature in the performance art landscape. Its reputation extended beyond the Midwest, across the ocean to Europe. The group began in 1987 and, until its ninth and last performance in 2009, conscientiously developed a collaborative body of performance work. Co-founder and Director Lin Hixson since went on with Goat Island’s other co-founder, Matthew Goulish, to form a subsequent performance group, Every house has... [more]

Inverting Expectations: An Interview with Guy Ben-Ner  
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4/28/13

Chicago, Apr. 2013: Guy Ben-Ner began with an idea. He wanted to divorce a soundtrack from a film, then make a new film that accommodated the appropriated soundtrack. The idea provided a mechanism, defining the rules of a game which would yield Ben-Ner’s latest work, Soundtrack. He decided to appropriate eleven minutes of sound from Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds. In Ben-Ner’s version the world is not ending exactly, rather his kitchen erupts into chaos. The sound of rain in the Spielberg m... [more]

20130227090301-aida_07 Sorry for Being a Genius   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Aida Makoto at Mori Art Museum November 17th, 2012 - March 31st, 2013
Posted 2/28/13

"There is no more chastity in the Young-Girl than there is debauchery. The Young-Girl simply lives as a stranger to her desires, whose coherence is governed by her market-driven superego." —Tiqqun, Preliminary Materials for a Theory of a Young-Girl, 2012 Aida Makoto's retrospective exhibit, “Monument for Nothing,” is a stunning body of work, taking full advantage of its towering exhibition site. The Mori Art Museum sits on the 53rd and 54th floors of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower—a massive skysc... [more]

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