Chicago, Jun. 2014: John Preus doesn’t take summer vacations. This time last year he was serving as the project lead on the monumental house-swap that was Theaster Gates’ work for documenta 13. This year, back in Chicago, he’s just opened a massive solo exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC), is a recent recipient of a Maker Grant, awarded by the Chicago Artists Coalition, and thanks to a partnership with the Graham Foundation, has organized a huge conference and workshop intensive on public space. He also operates Dilettante Studio, a design/build work... [more]
Me and You and Everyone We Kind of Know: Made in L.A. 2014 by Christina Catherine Martinez Juan Capistran, Danielle Dean, Harry Dodge, Lecia Dole-Recio, Public Fiction, Kim Fisher, Judy Fiskin, Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, Michael Frimkess, Mariah Garnett, Samara Golden, Piero Golia, Tony Greene, Marcia Hafif, Channing Hansen, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Barry Johnston, Gerard & Kelly, Devin Kenny, Gabriel Kuri, Caitlin Lonegan, Tala Madani, Max Maslansky, Emily Mast, Jennifer Moon, Brian O’Connell, Harsh Patel, Marina Pinsky, KChung Radio, Sarah Rara, A.L. Steiner, James Kidd Studio, Ricky Swallow, Clarissa Tossin, Wu Tsang at Hammer Museum
June 15th - September 7th
Comedian Emily Joyce, dressed in a 14th-century bonnet and dress, rolls her eyes, hard. Sticking her thumb out in a gesture of one-dimensional 1990s sarcasm, she paces KCHUNGtv's makeshift set in the lobby of the Hammer Museum. The on-site camera editors are hushed. I walk in just as a big laugh is dying down.
“But seriously folks," she continues, "you gotta watch out who you're makin' out with these days ‘cause we got this Black Plague going around. Nothing more embarrassing than h... [more]
There are a handful of stellar institutions that one might plan to visit for a weekend away from the summer heat of New York City. The newest, and one of the most impressive is The School in Kinderhook, New York. Kinderhook is a picturesque town just north of Hudson, which itself is an established attraction for New York City dwellers looking for gourmet food, an eclectic variety of antiques, and a vibrant gallery scene.
The School was converted by architect Antonio Jiménez Torrecillas f... [more]
Finally, I made an electronic portfolio of my selected paintings, drawings and installations and it can be viewed on ISSUU:
Unfortunately, ISSUU would not allow my readers to print the copies so, you may send me request, or sign on my eNewsletter on my website: www.matthewfelixsun.com and I will be very happy to send a free PDF to you. Alternatively, I am also offering a professionally bound copy via MagCloud, at the cost of $8 per copy (Wire-O-Bind), 8.5"x11":
Art Portfolio of... [more]
I have about a year left with school at Parsons in New York City, and I have put more energy into learning about grids than paint. Although the upside is also knowing about my new favorite, digital illustration. I have finally take a summer off to get back into my art work with over two years worth of ideas to start creating. I am excited to go to Art Basel in Base Switzerlandl this year to see the original birth place of Art Basel. Regardless of what other people think, I feel art is only on... [more]
Amsterdam, Jun. 2014: The first time I met Abner Preis was at Scope in Miami. He succeeded in making me and my companion dress up like superheroes: masks, oversized gloves, glittery capes, and a fluffy toy animal as a personal mascot. While we were assuming our best victory poses Preis was snapping away. Still, whenever I look at the picture he sent me afterwards I have to smile and part of me feels the urge to leave my everyday Clark Kent incarnation in a nearby phone booth and go rescue a school... [more]
White box art galleries are strange places for the uninitiated. Work is denied any visual context other than other artworks. People tend to talk quietly, if at all. Their interiors bear no relation to the world outside their doors. Brian O’Doherty discussed this problem in the 1970s in his book Inside The White Cube: “In this context a standing ashtray becomes an almost sacred object”.
Galleries have in the past few years introduced more "offsite" exhibitions to tackle this, but the n... [more]
Parcours: Taking Art Basel to the Streets by Federico Florian Francesco Arena, Darren Bader, Gottfried Bechtold, Pierre Bismuth, Jean-Luc Blanc, Chris Burden, Zeng Fanzhi, Ryan Gander, Mario García Torres, Mark Handforth, Seth Price, Eva Rothschild, Guido van der Werve at Art Basel
June 18th - June 22nd
The Dreiländereck (literally, “angle of the three countries”) rises up on the northern end of the Kleinhuningen Port in Basel. It’s a metal pillar, resembling a silver screwed missile, oriented towards the sky and signaling the exact point where three nations—Switzerland, France, Germany—meet together. Basel is a city wedged into the core of Europe; it’s a border town, stuck in the offshoots of Swiss mountains and split in two by an ample bight of the Rhin... [more]
Place, to each of us, means many things. Often times being physically located in a place is very different than feeling a sense of place. Place is as simple as a well-worn wooden stool and a pint of Smithwicks inside a small pub on the west coast of Ireland and as complicated as our universal existence at any moment in the tangled web of time and possibility.
Descend the stairs of Et Al., a small space in the basement of a dry cleaner business in Chinatown, and immediately noticeable is an abstrac... [more]
I didn’t know what to expect as I entered MOTInternational for Laure Prouvost’s first solo exhibition in Belgium. I knew the artist by reputation and by some of her videos I’d viewed outside the context of their installations—but that did not prepare me for seeing her work in situ. The French born, London-based artist, most recently celebrated for winning the Turner Prize for her installation Wantee (2013), is known for stepping away from linear narratives, unhinging common... [more]
It may be important that I admit a bias towards the work of Richard Jackson at the outset of this review; I had the pleasure of interviewing the man for a longform article during the opening of New Paintings less than a month ago, and found him an ideal subject – thoughtful and vital and, above all, thoroughly uninterested in system or censorship. Unlike many of his contemporaries – Paul McCarthy say, or his good friend Bruce Nauman – Jackson has remained more or less outside t... [more]
The Keukenhof is under siege. Across the road from the world famous flower park, both tourist magnet and symbol of bourgeois dowdiness, two men are loading a howitzer. There’s no mistaking the trajectory of this Big Bertha—the nearby sea of tulips is going to get blown to smithereens. The men are faceless and featureless, like anonymous puppets blindly following orders, ready to become cannon fodder themselves. They are very basic archetypes, just like the hut sitting on the lawn a f... [more]
by Gregg Chadwick
Generosity of Eye: Art Transformed into Education from brad hall (Full Film)
Generosity of Eye: Art Transformed into Education is a must watch documentary by Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall that documents William Louis-Dreyfus, Julia's father, as he explains why he decided to sell his bountiful art collection to benefit the Harlem Children's Zone - an educational program in New York, created by Geoffrey Canada to break the cycle of generational poverty for the thousands of childr... [more]
To enter this exhibition is to descend into an anarchic post-apocalyptic maze where mankind has come to rely on parcel tape as never before and small children run around like fuzzy static magnets for polystyrene debris. Yes, we are entering the world of Thomas Hirschhorn on a quite unprecedented scale, and as ever the Swiss artist presents us with an immersive vision.
This is an exhibition where you can spend time, and after contemplating disruptions in doxical praxis you can watch DVDs, eat ho... [more]
We're so excited to congratulate our first ArtSlant Prize Winner Michael Zelehoski on being newly represented by elite Chelsea gallery, Mike Weiss Gallery.
Zelehoski won the 2009 Artslant Prize with his stunning Human Lobster Trap. In the past five years, Zelehoski has shown his work extensively across the U.S., represented by a number of galleries including Dodge Gallery, Ethan Cohen, and Christina Ray Gallery.
Zelehoski was born in Concord, Massachusetts. He received his Associates of Art degree... [more]