Hello frends! I am an artist. My roots take place in St.Petersburg, which has great architecture, culture and history that influenced me once and forever. Today, in the times of technical progress, mass production and new artificial materials I search for inspiration in the foundation of the Arts - old Russian Orthodox icons, Renaissance and folk cultures. I seek out look for new shapes and images within my themes using different materials, but my favorite is glass for its plasticit... [more]
The Sundance Institute is perhaps best known for its annual Film Festival, which opened this year on January 22 and concludes on Sunday. But in recent years the Institute has also been busy building an increasingly influential artistic program forged at the crossroads of film, fine art, media, live performance, and technology.
New Frontier was established in 2007 as a dynamic initiative to identify and nurture independent artists working across diverse media to pioneer new methods of storytelling.... [more]
Dedicating its programming to the work of seven noted filmmakers, KOW in Berlin gives its exhibition space over to the moving image in 2015. The year’s roster includes Germany representatives for this year’s Venice Biennale, Tobias Zielony and Hito Steyerl, pioneering feminist and experimental cinematographer Barbara Hammer, Russian activist collective Chto Delat?, Mario Pfeifer, Renzo Martens, and Clemens von Wedemeyer.
Why is it so important to show and engage with film and video... [more]
Imagine: one day in the near future, you might wake up to find that all of your Facebook friends are gone.
A little while ago, while ostensibly doing research for a review I was writing on Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch’s Regen Projects exhibition, I learned that Trecartin had essentially been “discovered” through Friendster. Curious, I went hunting for the evidence. What did Ryan Trecartin’s Friendster profile look like? Who were his friends in the early 2000s? What did th... [more]
Zakir Hussain’s latest works at Gallery SKE in Bangalore is a wonderful presentation of works to understand that originality can only be claimed as an unclaimed, seen as the other in the final omnipresent grand narrative of itself. The claim to originality that his works make in the beginning is by having a title ‘no title’. This is very interesting as the self proclamation of having no title negates the presence of the trace of the past. If there is any c... [more]
Adel Gorgy, "Permutation of Color...after Warhol" 60" x 84", Pigment Ink on Metallic Silver Medium, 2015
Crossing Lines, an exhibition featuring recent works by Adel Gorgy, Robert C. Morgan and Yun-Woo Choi at Able Fine Art NY Gallery, offers a fascinating glimpse at how three accomplished artists approach the challenging tasks of creating something new, pushing boundaries, and incorporating layers of meaning into singular works of art.
Adel Gorgy builds on the work he presented in his solo e... [more]
Eventually, a recognized artists becomes popular; generally admired by the people, or by some people. I have not reached that common precipice. I am still anonymous and recieve my rejections quietly like all of my peers. Three rejections in a week, not uncommon, but smarts a little more than finding out the morning after you bought a lottery ticket that you didn't actually win. Some bets are laid with more belief and some with a little bit of hope. All of them are thrown to the universe with... [more]
I have a nine to five job working for a non-profit. I used to be a part-time educator/part-time stay at home mom, wondering artist. Before that, on occasion I was a full time Art teacher and alternately a full time mom. I was at a meeting the other day, where someone referred to Housewife artists in a not-so complimentary light. I had to chuckle inside. What is the difference between an artist who stays at home with her kids and a housewife who makes art? Quality, I guess..getting to be cal... [more]
In the heart of Winter, color is exploding at Harlem's La Maison d'Art, where artist, Tomo Mori's debut curatorial undertaking - Color Play -has energized the elegant, garden gallery space. The exhibition, as the name implies, experiments with color, and creates a dialog between the works of two artists; both using meticulous and non-traditional approaches to the ancient technique of collage.
Along with Mori's signature canvas-on-canvas collages, the exhibition includes photo-montages created by C... [more]
People familiar with Adamo Macri’s portraits may well experience an aesthetic shock to see a picture of the artist with his eyes wide open. So many of his self-portraits depict the eyes averted, lowered, askance, or rarely looking directly at the viewer that I was taken aback by a recent picture, entitled Damo, 2013. There are a few other pictures in his Facebook oeuvre wherein the artist opens his eyes and stares out of the canvas, Self-Portrait, 2013, for example, but that is... [more]
True to their sometimes petty nature and deep-seated adversity to change the town folk of Amsterdam were up in arms last year when Jacqueline Grandjean made public her plans for the Oude Kerk (Old Church). The new director wanted the venue to become more than a glorified exhibition space filled with penurious looking temporary bulkheads. She envisioned large-scale installations by artists of international repute, in interviews casually mentioning the Unilever Series in Tate Modern’s Turbine... [more]
The moving image has a long-standing relationship with trickery: deceiving the eye, suspending disbelief, displaying the impossible. In fact, it's devilishly good at it.
Everybody's heard about the audience who ran screaming from the oncoming train at the premiere of the Lumiere Brothers’ L'Arrivée d'un train... (1895). I recently read a suggestion that they ran partly to avoid being crushed by a steam train and partly because they knew doing so offered them bit parts in an anecdote... [more]
A few years ago, I was working for a not-for-profit art space in Tel Aviv. One of the most successful shows there was a group exhibition of video works. One afternoon, a woman entered the dark space of the gallery, stopped at the reception desk and asked me: “Are there only video works?”
“Yes,” I replied. She turned her back and walked away.
Since this incident, I often encountered sentences such as “I hate video art,” “all video works are bad,” and &ldqu... [more]
SAIC Secret Admirers was started in March of 2013. The Facebook page for anonymously posting amorous yearnings quickly took off, garnering likes from over 50% of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago student body. While speculation swirled as to who was behind the page, the secret was kept until just recently when artist Anna Russett came forward as the administrator behind the page. We sat down over Facebook to chat about Secret Admirers, butt stuff, and social media as a platform for contempor... [more]