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Context Is All   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Hannah Hoch at Whitechapel Gallery January 15th, 2014 - March 23rd, 2014
Posted 1/30/14

In the world of television, there is a theory which is commonly referred to as the 'Seinfeld Is Unfunny' trope; put simply, it refers to the retroactive viewing of a thing which, though innovative in its day, seems expected in the modern world. Paradoxically, things fall prey to the Seinfeld Is Unfunny phenomenon precisely because they themselves were the first to carve out the particular style which now renders them passé or wholly predictable in the eyes of the viewer. (The pop-culture t... [more]

War is Over, if You Want It   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Martha Rosler at The Art Institute of Chicago October 23rd, 2008 - January 30th, 2009
Posted 12/29/08

All the economic doom and gloom seems to have put a damper on this holiday season’s typically heavy onslaught of commercials, billboards and radio plugs-- perhaps happily so. A more extreme counterpoint to consumer gluttony can be found when wandering through the contemporary art galleries of The Art Institute of Chicago where Martha Rosler’s series Bringing the War Home, from 1967-72,  is now on display in its entirety.This series of twenty photomontages was created by Rosler during the US’s involvement in... [more]

Iraqi Eye (2008)  
10/10/08 Posted 10/10/08

I started the image bank for “iraqi eye” in late 2003 and the beginning of 2004, at the time of the Seige of Fallujah. “Shock and awe” was already a year old, with no end in sight. No one could really see what was going on there. We were blind and mute. This made me think about the aphasic fugue-- a perseverant mental state typical of traumatized persons. In aphasia you can only speak partially, or in repetitive rounds, stuttering. And about eyes--bleeding eyes and mouths of the civilian casualities, es... [more]

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