Polly Borland: Babies Are Us

by Christina Catherine Martinez
“That’s a potty mark.” Polly Borland points at a large photograph of a doughy ass, the flesh marked not just by the flecks and blotches of middle age, but a large pink welt at the center. It’s from sitting on a child’s toilet-training seat, and, for the practitioners of paraphilic infantilism (also known as adult baby syndrome) that Borland spent years seeking and photographing in the early 90s, it’s as much a badge of recherché sexual appetite as a sub’s whip marks.   Polly... [more]
Posted by Christina Catherine Martinez on 8/16

Printing Paris: The Route (Part 1)

by Shoshana Kessler
Paris: a Poem (1919), employing a combination of traditional and modern printing techniques. The blog will feature small essays following her research on the poem and Mirrlees as she resets this forgotten masterwork.   In her essay “Street Haunting,” Virginia Woolf notes the joy of the aesthetic stroll; an outwards facing wander throughout a city, concerned with “[t]he content of surfaces only.” This is the eye that capitalism preys upon—the Sohos and Saint Germains of the world. And yet,... [more]
Posted by Shoshana Kessler on 8/14

Caroline Augusta Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
  What are you trying to communicate with your work? I aim to bring awareness to a concept or cause that doesn’t get the airtime it deserves. The constant stimulation and force-fed nature of our society distracts us from what is truly important in keeping life on Earth alive and well.  Most of the work I make is an emotional response to an injustice I’ve witnessed in everyday life or the media; it raises up a voice that doesn’t always get heard or noticed. My goal is to encourage... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 8/14

Under the Radar: Ely Tahan | Sylwia Tur | Marie Tomanova

by The Artslant Team
Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Ely Tahan – Los Angeles Sylwia Tur – Seattle Marie Tomanova – New... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 8/12

Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: William Wolfgang Wunderbar

by Christian Petersen
William Wolfgang Wunderbar is an internet art enigma. No one knows this artist’s gender, nationality or even if they are one person or multiple people working under the same name. What is known is that they could well be the most prolific artist on the internet. Wunderbar produces a constant stream of work, uploading it everyday, sometimes multiple times a day. When the work is seen as a whole it begins to feel like they are trying to distill the entirety of the internet and social media into a... [more]
Posted by Christian Petersen on 8/9

Designing Resistance in Poland: How a Simple Poster Became a Viral Symbol of Protest

by Christian Petersen
Luka Rayski is a Polish artist, illustrator, and designer. In 2016 he was asked to contribute a piece of work on the subject of democracy to a project called Demokracja Ilustrowana (Democracy Illustrated). The poster he designed has rapidly become the ubiquitous symbol of the resistance against the expanding influence of the far right in Polish politics. Rayski’s design brilliantly deconstructs the word  (constitution) highlighting, in the colors of the Polish flag, the words for “you” and “me”... [more]
Posted by Christian Petersen on 8/7

Nari Kim Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
  What are you trying to communicate with your work? My work creates absolute, non-hierarchical situations. In that way, I hope my audiences see/experience absolute, non-hierarchical situations which they might never experience in their everyday lives, and I hope these experiences have a positive effect on their lives. Hierarchy and sign are social byproducts which are derived from a male-dominated history. Because signs decide the class structure between objects and persons, I... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 8/7

Under the Radar: Lillian Paige Walton | Shamona Stokes | Jung ji Lee

by The Artslant Team
Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Lillian Paige Walton – New York Shamona Stokes – Jersey City, NJ Jung ji Lee – Los... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 8/3

The Female Gaze is So Hot Right Now: Two Shows Look at Women in Art and Erotica

by Olivia B. Murphy
A cursory glance through the internet will return many results for that buzzy phrase “the female gaze,” from unlikable heroines finally getting their heyday on screen, to the hyper-feminine aesthetic of young women artists of Instagram, to gallery shows and museum exhibitions devoted entirely to women-identifying artists making work that deals with sexually explicit content. But it seems we’ve settled comfortably into using this moniker, this “female gaze,” to label just about anything made by... [more]
Posted by Olivia B. Murphy on 7/31

Romily Alice Walden Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
  What are you trying to communicate with your work? I’m interested in asking questions and opening up dialogues with my work. My practice is centered around the construct of gender and its interplay with other social categorizations and power differentials. I want my work to be part of furthering the discourse surrounding women’s rights, women’s sexual agency, pornography, pleasure and the body within the framework of the Post-Internet age. What is an artist’s... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 7/31