Selfie culture makes me a bit queasy: they've become an easy tool for anyone to use to get validation from an image-biased society. They exacerbate a myriad of social problems and can often come from a sad place, rather than one of empowerment, posing a real dilemma: should we exploit our looks to promote ourselves? As a consequence, selfies are surfacing in a new way in the work of young digital artists. Selfies are being wilfully dragged into feminist discourse.
A lot of artists are readily ap... [more]
I have been thinking, for the last week or so, about art and criminality. Not so much about the inherent criminality of the art world, necessarily—whether this dealer or that dealer might also be involved in the arms trade, or ruminating on the more subjective moral brand of “criminality” present in the sale of an eighteen-million-estimate artwork—but the literal "Push me Pull you" relationship which the two “concepts,” have been enacting in my peripheral vision.
There is no better point in time to enact change than during a cultural rupture. Popular culture—the expressions that bind a collective group—is a smooth stream of images and ideologies that flows at an overwhelming and indomitable rate. This is part of the mandate of contemporary culture: to express with as many images and words as experienced time will allow.
Smack Mellon, a New York venue in DUMBO that supports emerging and underrepresented artists put its exhibition schedule on hold this month... [more]
The basement of the Ace Hotel is filling up with leggy females and men with manicured facial hair. It’s not a big room, but the black lights on the dimpled white walls make it seem expansive. The DJ is spinning something that seems like the sonic equivalent to the end of an acid trip as the fog machines get fired up and the bar opens for business.
I’ve been to a few immersive installations created by Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe. None have ever been as grand and glorious as the fir... [more]
The original impulse in my life as an artist was to write and to break from writing into image... Art is the last oral tradition alive in the West.
Francesco Clemente, the nomadic Neo-Expressionist painter and sculptor, continues to pursue his travels and artistic investigations, and, fortunately for New Yorkers this season, has brought back the resulting documents in two concurrent shows: Francesco Clemente: Inspired by India, at the Rubin Museum and Two Tents at... [more]
Two recent New York exhibitions put a new spin on the specter of the drone within art and technology. This past Saturday was the last day to see Sky Burial, Rick Silva's solo show of drone art at Transfer Gallery in Bushwick. Meanwhile, across the East River, bitforms gallery presented its second week of Shellshocked with four drone pieces by Addie Wagenknecht.
Wagenknecht and Silva join a long list of contemporary artists making drone art, but the ways they approach drones are decidedly innovative. Most drone art has primarily fallen i... [more]
Breaking up has never been easy. It's also never been easier, thanks to text messaging.
In her first New York solo exhibition, Allison L. Wade presents an entire series of artworks devoted to the breakup text message. Set against painted and photographed backgrounds on differently sized canvases, each work features a single text sent during one of Wade's own romantic failures, either by Wade herself or one of her exes.
They range from the tragic, "I knew you would do this to me," and despe... [more]
MoMA PS1 threw their annual Halloween Ball last Friday - the theme this year: Hallowqueens! The galleries remained open during the costume ball making for some interesting juxtapositions.
First, four dumpsters sat in the courtyard marked with "THROW YOUR ART AWAY", a project from Bob and Roberta Smith (actually one person) that asks gallery goers to bring in their old art and treat it as the commodity it is. If your art is lucky (read: good enough), MoMA will display it on the second floor for a day before disposing of it.
Second, and most important, the curation Zero Tolerance, by Klaus Biesenbach and Margaret Aldredge placed the night's celebratory bacchan... [more]
The Oxymoron of Normality at DEPO Tütün Deposu Lüleci in Istanbul, Turkey, is an exhibition which brings together artists from Poland and Turkey. Organized by the Arsenal Gallery in Bialystok, Poland, the show is part of the cultural program of the 600th anniversary of the Polish-Turkish diplomatic relations in 2014. The Oxymoron of Normality. We are Europeans, but perhaps not in a full sense is curated by Monika Szewczyk and aims to cover the condition of countries in the area of Central... [more]
Rearrange your sock drawers. Rapper turned painter turned Lion turned hosier Snoop Lion just released a fresh line for your feet. Working with Swedish sock company Happy Socks, Snoop and the creative team at Cashmere Agency developed a collection of three designs inspired by his foray into painting.
"The Art of Inspiration" sock collection includes the navy and white paisley-patterned "Snoop Dogg Gin & Juice," the brightly colored paint supply-themed "Snoop Dogg Painter," and "Snoop Dogg Stripes & P... [more]
When I moved to New York in 2007 one of the first things I picked up was a copy of New York Magazine with Dash Snow, Dan Colen, and Ryan McGinley in bed together on the cover. The image, shot by Cass Bird, has stayed with me. It shows a bird’s-eye view of three friends in their underwear, snuggled together like a small litter of puppies. The picture is intimate but it becomes oddly intrusive on a magazine cover, in part because no one is making eye contact with the photographer. Instead a... [more]
Grayson Perry, Turner Prize winning potter, weaver, draftsman, transvestite and Brit wrote a poignant essay on the "Default Man" last week for The New Statesman. While he applied his critique of embedded privilege to England alone, this concept most definitely exists internationally and particularly, in Western cultures where white, straight, middle-class males are the dominant, benevolent rulers.
This, like any other western nation, is a country of the Default Man. The Default Man—white, mi... [more]
1) A young woman in skinny jeans pauses outside the entrance of Spaced Out: Migration to the Interior. She pulls her cell phone away from her ear and peeks in at the pink shag carpet lining the floor and Fred Tomaselli’s Diary (1990). She tells whoever is on the other end of her phone call to hold on a minute as she turns her head toward the bouncer, “What the hell is going on in there?” she wants to know, “Is this some kind of surrealist circus or what?”
Jim Lambie... [more]
It’s late morning and the ride across the New York Harbor, from Manhattan to Staten Island, is brisk. Tourists crowd the starboard side, photographing Lady Liberty, as our ferry powers along. “Did you know that Staten Island voted to secede in the early nineties?” I slant my eyes at the artist, Will Corwin, whose artwork, The Great Richmond, is currently installed at the Staten Island Ferry terminal.
“It’s true,” he says, “but the whole ef... [more]
The Earth breaks along fault lines. Mountains are pushed up; buildings crumble. Active faults are sites of extreme subterranean tension that operate on an unpredictable timeline with potentially devastating environmental, economic, and social aftershocks. To live near a fault is to live with unending uncertainty. Entire cities and nations have suffered when the earth shudders along her lines.
All of this would seem like ample fodder for the socially and politically minded artists Allora & Calzadilla unti... [more]
Update October 6, 2014: In a further twist to the RP4 tale, Instagram has started to dump previous images posted by the artist (including the ones we had linked to here, now obsolete). The reasons behind these mysterious recent movements on the (at the time of writing) still active account are unclear: a warning from the Instagram authorities? Or a classic Prince joke? In his latest post, two women are captured mid-conversation on a sofa. Above them hangs the infamous Untitled (Cowboy), the artist's... [more]