To Be Bad Is Not to Be Good: Katya Grokhovsky’s Performance Art

by Alicia Eler
Other ArtSlant Prize IX catalogue essays: David Rios Ferreira & Sabato Visconti   Somewhere along the way, we lost it. Maybe it was the election, which ended in a sociopath Twitter addict becoming our president, or perhaps it was the exhaustion that followed. Or maybe it’s just dealing with the business of living. Sometimes it is hard to tell. Artist Katya Grokhovsky has been through it, and she’s come out the other side, but not in the way that you’d expect. Her discovery? A... [more]
Posted by Alicia Eler on 3/5

Creatures Like Us: The Drawings of David Rios Ferreira

by Jessica Lanay
Other ArtSlant Prize IX catalogue essays: Sabato Visconti & Katya Grokhovsky   The journeying lines that dominate David Rios Ferreira’s two-dimensional assemblage works, like an EKG reading or the longitudinal and latitudinal lines in a map, are enchanted with the force of their potential. Each vector loops, and builds, like a vine; they fall into one another’s paths, creating rich dimensions in each drawing. Forged together with cartoony shapes in vibrant colors, they create top... [more]
Posted by Jessica Lanay on 3/6

On Caricature, Part Two

by Ali Fitzgerald
  Last week I discussed my artcrush and birthday-twin Daumier, and this week I’ll continue talking about France’s relationship to caricature a little more in depth. The 19th century in France was termed “the Age of Gold” for caricature, with more than 350 caricature journals being published over the years. More than half the French population during this time was functionally illiterate, lending imagistic forms of communication mass appeal. Daumier and the journal “La... [more]
Posted by Ali Fitzgerald on 3/5

daàPo reo Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
We’re exhibiting two of daàPo’s riotous flag artworks this week in the ArtSlant Prize Exhibition, where the artist recieved an Honorable Mention. Come visit us in Times Square at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, March 6–12, booth 2231. Purchase tickets for the show here.   What are you trying to communicate with your work? For me, it’s about rendering the texture of an experience as closely as possible, much more so than the aesthetic aspect of the work itself. I mean, obviously, I’m... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 3/5

A Stranger Comes to Town, and Takes the Art of Endurance to a New Level

by Andrea Alessi
SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2018, more than 100 curators will feature artists and exhibitions that consider the theme: Stranger Comes to Town. It’s been said that all great literature boils down to one of two stories: a hero goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town. “Who and what is this Stranger?” ask SPRING/BREAK curators and founders, Ambre Kelly and Andrew Gori. “Is their travel into the unknown always an act of heroism to some, of colonialism or contamination and infiltration to... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 3/2

On Caricature, Part One

by Ali Fitzgerald
  In an 1890 essay, Henry James said that Honoré Daumier caricatured public life with: Other people have compared him to Michaelangelo: a lithograph genius of bodily form and social satire. I’ve always looked at his drawings with awe, startled by the gravity of his visions and their pulsing empathy. The naturalism he achieves seems almost supernatural. It’s mannerist figuration at its finest. Daumier used his considerable talents, both as a painter and as a draftsman to... [more]
Posted by Ali Fitzgerald on 2/28

Sylvia Sonique: An Analogue Artist at Home in the Digital World

by Christian Petersen
  The German collage artist Sylvia Sonique is not a typical web or digital artist. In fact, her work is almost defiantly analogue, obsessively created with real physical and emotional commitment from decidedly non-digital ephemera. But like many young artists, her artistic reach and status have expanded mainly though her interactions within digital space. Her work is represented wholly digitally and reflects an aesthetic whose natural home today is largely on the internet. Indeed,... [more]
Posted by Christian Petersen on 2/28

Under the Radar: Marco Scozzaro | Melisse Malone | Ben West

by The Artslant Team
Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Marco Scozzaro– New York City Melisse Malone – Maui, Hawaii Ben West –... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 3/1

Yvette Kaiser Smith Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
  What are you trying to communicate with your work? I make wall-based geometric abstractions by inventing systems for visualizing values of numbers, specifically of sequences from the infinite numbers pi and e, by utilizing grids and repetition of simple geometric shapes. Numbers are the direct source of abstraction. The majority of my past works are wall-based, geometric, crocheted fiberglass constructions. In 1996, when these things began, they were based on identity... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 2/22

Under the Radar: Louise Laffaille | Graham Livingston | Iliana Tosheva

by The Artslant Team
Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Louise Laffaille – New York Graham Livingston – Chicago Iliana Tosheva –... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 2/22