Amsterdam, Sep 2013: According to the public record on the gallery site: Galerie Gabriel Rolt is pleased to present an exhibition of new portraits by Dawn Mellor of members of the former collective The Austerians. This is Mellor's second solo exhibition at the gallery following 'The Conspirators' in 2010. Mellor is the oldest female artist never to have participated in a group exhibition nationally or internationally at many galleries, museums and public institutions in Europe, America and Scandinavia or... [more]
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]
London/Tel Aviv, Sep. 2013: When are we ever going to be done with the onerous term that is 'street art'? Critics and writers are so fond of this repellent term yet the incompetence of this categorization, considering such a diverse range of practices, is startlingly evident, and ignores the way art is assimilated by public audiences.
Know Hope is a pertinent example of this unraveling of the 'street art' problem, having been tarnished with its indelible brush early on in his career: but it&rsq... [more]
London, Aug. 2013: The slippery separation between loving and killing is the theme linking Marlene McCarty’s rich and varied work. As a member of Grand Fury, the AIDS activist collective, McCarty challenged prevailing apathy, misinformation and homophobia by combining text and images for consciousness-raising public art projects. Following Grand Fury’s disbanding in the early 1990s, McCarty began producing a series of ballpoint pen drawings depicting girls who kill their mothers. Both... [more]
San Francisco, Aug. 2013: I first saw Ala Ebtekar’s work on a billboard in downtown San Francisco. Juxtaposed amidst condo developments and rush hour traffic, it was a visual reprieve. It broke up a familiar landscape, one where billboard iconography is quite familiar and expected, and presented a new motif. The animal-like character featured in the center of a patterned background was almost recognizable, perhaps a ceremonial beast of some ancient history, but just abstract enough to welcom... [more]
Chicago, Aug. 2013: Edra Soto does not take summer to mean vacation. She has been hard at work for the past several months making large scale, site specific installations, as well as small, infinitely reproducible sculptures that fit in the palm of your hand. She’s a teacher, but most recently, she’s enjoyed being one of the inaugural students in a new professional development program run by The Hyde Park Art Center. She’s a gallerist whose exhibition space is located in her backyard,... [more]
Bridgehampton, Jul. 2013: Carole Feuerman can safely be called one of the most preeminent hyper-real sculptors. Over the course of four decades, her work has earned international acclaim from the art world as well as the attention of a good number of prominent collectors, including the Clintons, His Majesty the Emperor of Japan, and Henry Kissinger. Her piece Generals Daughter recently won the People’s Choice Award from the Smithsonian and five of her pieces, including her latest, The Golden... [more]
Los Angeles, July 2013: Probably the only person to ever get pregnant from casual sext, Los Angeles-based photographer Logan White exchanged risqué pictures via cell phone with an anonymous man in New York for nine months before giving birth to her side of the exchange in a gallery setting. The show, a collection of her provocative self-portraits taken off screen and printed in large format, simply called “Sext,” lasted one night only. It was one creative woman’s way of dep... [more]
Berlin, Aug. 2013: Douglas Gordon invited a circus elephant named Minnie inside the Gagosian Gallery late at night (when you can get away with transporting an elephant around) in New York City and circled her with a camera. The ethereal video work shows Minnie lying down to play dead and rising again to walk around the room; a scarce documentation of the discomfort felt in a wild mammal amidst a vulnerable state of rest.
In Glasgow, Gordon was born and educated in the fine arts. Hereturned there af... [more]
San Francisco, Jul. 2013: Laura Hyunjhee Kim won ArtSlant’s first Award in New Media earlier this year and lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Kim is currently exhibiting at SoMArts, San Francisco and recently exhibited with popular French new-media gallery, SPAMM (Super Art Modern Museum). Blurring lines between performance and new media practices, Kim presents a mirrored personality, absorbing and expressing the dominant pressures of a mediated society through producing and reproducin... [more]
London, Jul. 2013: A few months ago back in April, I had the pleasure of meeting the wonderfully talented, young American abstract artist, Rebecca Ward, before her solo exhibition, Cow Tipping, at London’s Ronchini Gallery. We talked about the ideas and references of Arte Povera that resonate through her latest works, and Ward’s recent turn of attention towards painting, away from her previous installation work. Fascinated with the exploration of colour and space, Rebecca Ward approache... [more]
New York, Jul. 2013: Since receiving her MFA from California College of the Arts one year ago, Toyin Odutola has garnered much buzz as a young artist on the rise who maintains a fresh perspective on the flexible natures of race, identity, and nationality. Her process and progress are readily visible through her many social media outlets, which display her painstakingly prolific self-portraits.
But who is the woman behind the work? From where has she sprung? Born in Nigeria, Odutola currently lives a... [more]
Berlin, Apr. 2013: Enter the void. Decipher dark from light, temporal from physical, motion from stasis. Robert Seidel’s recent installation at 401contemporary encompassed video projection, sound, and solid-state artwork in an absorbing ode to the outer reaches of consciousness.
Most certainly, the cinematic elements of Seidel’s enchanting projection sculpture necessitate pervasive blackness, but this is to ignore the material component of the work, the variegated contours and curves that rema... [more]
Winnipeg, Jun. 2013: I met crys cole when I repatriated to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada via Chicago in the Fall of 2012. She was—and still is—director of an experimental sound festival, send + receive, that I became a part of (I am a current board member). She is also a busy sound artist herself with many collaborative and solo projects that take her outside of North America. Her performances and installations create environments of active listening; an acoustic ecology that involves contact microphones and... [more]
Chicago, Jun. 2013: Wafaa Bilal recently visited Chicago to give the opening night lecture and present Technoviking (2013) at Rapid Pulse, an international performance art festival hosted by DEFIBRILLATOR gallery in June 2013. I know Bilal from his days in Chicago as a hardworking graduate student in Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. We caught up after his lecture at Rapid Pulse, and, appropriately enough to his work, we conducted this interview on video... [more]
Berlin, Jun. 2013: Elle Muliarchyk understands the aphorism that “nothing changes if nothing changes.” For all of us, the process of productively parsing the superficial and profound demarcations between age and maturity can be difficult, or even impossible, without a change of scene. Elle needed to turn her car into a cocoon and drive across America.
Elle’s first transformative pilgrimage took place after she was named a finalist for Miss Czech Republic at age fourteen. The Belarus-born daugh... [more]