Peddling Patriarchy, Profiting from Pain: The Art World’s Funding Problem

by Andrea Alessi
In October 2017, and the New Yorker published penetrating articles linking the Sackler family, known to most as patrons of the arts, with the growing opioid crisis in America. The unsympathetic accounts described a family whose empire was built on the aggressive marketing of painkillers, particularly OxyContin; a family that has for decades gone out of their way to keep their name separate from the drug company, Purdue Pharma, and associated activities from which they derived their... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 2/5

Doraelia Ruiz Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
  What are you trying to communicate with your work? Wow this question, for me, is really loaded. As an artist I try my best to communicate my experience as a human being living in this time and age. I've done work about everything from heartbreak to social class to mass commercialization—you name it. In the end I always work from a place of passion. What might make me passionate today might make me apathetic tomorrow. My paintings can sometimes “die out” because I look at them and... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 2/4

Genevieve Goffman Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
Genevieve Goffman.   What are you trying to communicate with your work? I demonstrate how narratives both outline the path of and frequently propel the distribution of power. How dominant power structures parabolize history, co-opt memory, and distort perceptions of current events. I am mildly obsessed with charting how states or political movements use memorialization as tool to manipulate communal memory and weaponize emotions. On the flip side, I’m also committed to highlighting... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 1/29

Under the Radar: Emmanuel Monzon | Irina Raffo | FeiFan Zhang

by The Artslant Team
Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Emmanuel Monzon – Seattle Irina Raffo – Buenos Aires & Montevideo FeiFan Zhang –... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 1/26

City of Lights, City of Fonts

by Ali Fitzgerald
 blog and visual diary created by ArtSlant’s Georgia Fee Artist-in-Residence, Ali Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald will explore France’s evolving visual relationship to propaganda, looking deeply at aesthetics of nationalism and politicized otherness. With sketches, writing, and graphic vignettes, she will document fonts, signage, and France's history of drawing as activism.    Over the last few years I’ve done comics about hungover bears, art zombies, and queer mermaids. See a particularly emo... [more]
Posted by Ali Fitzgerald on 1/29

A Dog in the Fight: The Exploitation of Animals in Art

We kill them, hunt them, destroy their habitats and communities, display them, wear, buy, use, and discard them. Occasionally we attempt to save them from what we've done. Animals are the original victims of helotry, oppressed and wherever possible forced into servitude in pursuit of humankind’s betterment. Our presumption of ownership, and mistreatment in the name of religious rituals, clothing, entertainment, or work is the eternal hallmark of our depravity. In the art world, animals, dead... [more]
Posted by DARREN JONES on 1/26

Lauren C. Sudbrink Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
Lauren C. Sudbrink.   What are you trying to communicate with your work? As an artist, musician, and performer my work is concerned with the possibilities of social engagement. Drawing on my early work in photography, my practice seeks to examine and assert the notion that art is never passive or static, but a constellation of systems and processes that determine, affirm, and condition our experiences. On account of this, my work is always political and is concerned as much with... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 1/22

Nicole Ruggiero: Our Devices, Ourselves

by Christian Petersen
  New York City artist and designer Nicole Ruggiero has her thumb on the pulse of popular, contemporary internet art. Her work succinctly reflects the overarching aesthetics and emotional obsessions of a rapidly expanding community of young digital artists. The world that Ruggiero documents and fabricates is one where the distinction between on- and off-line personas is increasingly blurred. There is a distinct sense of a new, evolving reality lurking within the hyper-reality of her... [more]
Posted by Christian Petersen on 1/17

Katrina Majkut Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
  What are you trying to communicate with your work? At first, I wanted to push the medium of embroidery itself by incorporating observational painting and freeform techniques. This enabled me to challenge notions of fine art as they relate to stereotypical “domestic crafts.” Simultaneously, in researching for my book, The Adventures and Discoveries of a Feminist Bride, I started to understand how social traditions embedded with obsolete gender roles influenced both social, domestic... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 1/15

Our New Residency is Now Accepting Applications | Process Park

by The Artslant Team
We are proud to announce a new experimental residency created by ArtSlant in collaboration with Chashama. Process Park is a funded four-week residency for 3-4 artists at chaNorth Artist Residency in Pine Plains, NY, the goal of which is to learn to live and work better through a process-oriented approach to art making and existing. The residency will conclude with an exhibition/symposium in New York that will be conceived and planned as a group during the... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 1/10