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Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Jessica Dolence

by Christian Petersen
Seattle-based new media artist and designer Jessica Dolence creates hypnotic digital decorations and ornamentations that transform and subvert both physical and digital spaces. Her works’ rich, cyber-baroque opulence functions as a radiant facade for a deeper political message of CyberFeminism. Part of Dolence’s creative motivation is to add an “overtly feminized” aesthetic to the “male dominated landscape” of the internet. Two of the biggest inspirations in developing the style and message of her art are the internet movements Seapunk and Cybertwee. The... [more]
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Tadasuke Jinno Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
This is 5 Questions. Each week, we send five questions to an artist featured in Under the Radar, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from Tadasuke Jinno.   What are you trying to communicate with your work? I’d like people to doubt whether the things, or the world, they think is real is truly real. I make my artworks with elements causing viewers to have an illusion and to feel a slight discomfort like doubt or incongruity. I started my artistic activity when I moved to New York from Japan. What I... [more]
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Under the Radar: Joe Sinness | Elisabeth Condon | Jose Delgado Zuniga

by The Artslant Team
ArtSlant is an open Arts community with over 200,000 free, user-generated artist profiles. The support of our community is an essential part of our mission — from our magazine to our residency and prize. Every week our editors select the best artist profiles from under the radar. Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Joe Sinness –... [more]
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In “The Times,” Artists Make the Media Their Message

by Osman Can Yerebakan
With politically conscious art on the rise, a notable number of artists have turned to The New York Times as a vessel to convey social and political turmoil. The Gray Lady recently featured in solo exhibitions of Wade Guyton and A.K. Burns, and this year’s Whitney Biennial introduced Julien Nguyen’s depictions of the paper’s front pages as allegorical tableaux and Aliza Nisenbaum’s soothing paintings of domestic life, including a vignette of a couple reading their copy of the Times. The FLAG Art Foundation’s group exhibition The Times takes this surging trend... [more]
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Jim Shaw Transforms a Former Masonic Temple into a Postmodern Hellscape

by Sola Agustsson
One can’t help but think of the current political climate when looking at Jim Shaw’s apocalyptic installation The Wig Museum, one of two inaugural exhibitions at the new Marciano Art Foundation in Central LA. The Scottish Rite Freemasons, the previous owners of the building, left behind an eclectic collection of set designs, paintings, wigs, and costumes they used in their rituals. These artifacts were perfect materials for Shaw, whose work has explored religion, the occult, and the esoteric for three decades, often using found materials from thrift stores. Jim Shaw: The Wig... [more]
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Apply to The ArtSlant Prize for $5K in Prizes + Get Your Work Seen by These Amazing Jurors!

by The Artslant Team
  Round 6 closes soon! Apply today for your chance at $5k in prizes! To apply, go to your ArtSlant profile and click contest entry or go to the Contest tab of your account page. Check out our amazing Jurors below.   ROUND 6 JURORS:     Janet Dees is the Steven and Lisa Munster Tananbaum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University. Michelle Levy is Director of EFA Project Space, a cross-platform contemporary art venue at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. Chris Cook... [more]
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Round 6 is underway! Apply today for your chance at $5k in prizes!

by The Artslant Team
To apply, go to your ArtSlant profile and click contest entry or go to the Contest tab of your account page. Round 6 closes August 2nd, 2017. Image at top: Round 6 submission, Newel Hunter, Nick of Time, 2017 Our Round 6 Jurors: Chris Cook, Executive Director of Bemis Art Center Janet Dees, Steven and Lisa Munster Tananbaum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art Michelle Levy, Director of... [more]
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Dat Vu Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
This is 5 Questions. Each week, we send five questions to an artist featured in Under the Radar, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from Dat Vu. What are you trying to communicate with your work? Most of the time, it's about emulating sleepwalking.    What is an artist’s responsibility? An artist is responsible for their intention, and the implications of their work, even if the work is personal. Once an artist puts their work out there, be it online or in public spaces, I think it is their... [more]
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Under the Radar: Nando Alvarez-Perez | Santina Amato | Priya Thoresen

by The Artslant Team
ArtSlant is an open Arts community with over 200,000 free, user-generated artist profiles. The support of our community is an essential part of our mission — from our magazine to our residency and prize. Every week our editors select the best artist profiles from under the radar. Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Nando Alvarez-Perez –... [more]
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Printing Paris: Exhuming a Modernist Masterpiece

by Shoshana Kessler
“Printing Paris” is the blog of ArtSlant’s Georgia Fee Artist-in-Residence, Shoshana Kessler. Kessler will be undertaking a contemporary resetting and retracing of Hope Mirrlees’ experimental poem, 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 more generally.    On the corner of Boulevard Garibaldi and Rue Jean Daudin is a small café-bar called Zig Zag Café. It has over a thousand likes on Facebook, and no... [more]
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Portrait: Tomás Saraceno Wants to Fly While Keeping His Feet on the Ground

by Freunde von Freunden x ArtSlant
This photo portrait was originally published as a longer interview feature on Freunde von Freunden. Art and science are often described as two opposing disciplines. Looking at the practice of the Argentinian artist and trained architect Tomás Saraceno, such a differentiation is quickly disproved. Climbing one of his larger-than-life installations feels like becoming part of a scientific speculation about alternative habitats—one senses the often disregarded correlation of the human body and its environment in a new way. Be it his Cloud Cities, spectacular installations... [more]
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Paul Sunday Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
This is 5 Questions. Each week, we send five questions to an artist featured in Under the Radar, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from Paul Sunday.   What are you trying to communicate with your work? The unspeakable. What is an artist’s responsibility? To go relentlessly into one’s own world, to never stop learning and experimenting. Show us the greatest thing you ever made (art or not)? One of my favorites is this encaustic painting. It resides in a beautiful Long Island home in... [more]
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Under the Radar: Ventiko | Mitchell Winthorpe | Kelly Kristin Jones

by The Artslant Team
ArtSlant is an open Arts community with over 200,000 free, user-generated artist profiles. The support of our community is an essential part of our mission — from our magazine to our residency and prize. Every week our editors select the best artist profiles from under the radar. Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Ventiko –... [more]
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Greg Ito Offers a Pictorial Language for Our Dreams

by Alex Anderson
Using icons and imagery from childhood fairytales, anime, and classical western art, Greg Ito paints unique moments that form a larger narrative around psychology, love, and life. Each economical vignette evokes a sense of wonder, magic, loneliness, and an underlying darkness characteristic of the contemporary human condition. With diagrammatic precision, Ito gives form to the intangibility of affect as it relates to the lived and imagined worlds we experience when we inevitably fall into his paintings and environments. Nothing is static. Nothing is definitive. Everything is in the distilled... [more]
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Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Monia Ben Hamouda

by Christian Petersen
Milan-based artist Monia Ben Hamouda may not seem like a “web artist” in the traditional sense because her work isn’t primarily about or made to be specifically displayed online. But it’s also true that what constitutes a net, web, or new media artist today is increasingly hard to define. Ben Hamouda’s work has an almost intangible quality that evokes similar feelings to art more traditionally deemed “internet art.” While much of her work could be considered sculptural in the strict, traditional sense, its inspiration and origins can often be traced... [more]
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The ArtSlant Prize IX: Announcing the Round 5 Juried Winners!

by The Artslant Team
Check out the Round 5 Juried Winners below! Special thanks to this round's amazing jurors! <3 Round 5 is now open! Apply today for your chance at $5k in prizes! To apply, go to your ArtSlant profile and click enter contest.   ROUND 5 JURORS:     Alex Paik is an artist, director of Tiger Strikes Asteroid and curator of Satellite Art Show in Miami. Will Hutnick is an artist and curator. He is the co-director of Ortega y Gasset Projects and the Residency Director of The Wassaic Project. Polina Stroganova is the Director of... [more]
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Ella Goerner Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
This is 5 Questions. Each week, we send five questions to an artist featured in Under the Radar, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from Ella Goerner.   What are you trying to communicate with your work? Geophilia.  What is an artist’s responsibility? No other than everybody else’s.  Show us the greatest thing you ever made (art or not)? To contribute to meditations on the inhuman:    Nuggets, 2016, UV-print on wood   Tell us about a work you... [more]
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Under the Radar: Sophie Kahn | Christopher T Wood | Richard Silvaggio

by The Artslant Team
ArtSlant is an open Arts community with over 200,000 free, user-generated artist profiles. The support of our community is an essential part of our mission — from our magazine to our residency and prize. Every week our editors select the best artist profiles from under the radar. Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Sophie Kahn – New York... [more]
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Imperial Bedrooms: Liz Markus’ High Satire

by Bradley Rubenstein
There was a time before trigger warnings and safe spaces when it seemed the best way of addressing hypocrisy, lies, and, most of all power, was to find a way to undermine the authority of whatever it was you were pissed off at by getting into it, subverting it, and most of all, participating in the dialogue of culture. It might be called irony, satire, or parody, or, for lack of anyone ever defining it, “The Poetry of Hating Shit.” Some of our cultural institutions, like Saturday Night Live, Punk Rock, and the writings of Hunter S. Thompson, Bret Easton Ellis, and David Foster... [more]
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Artist Migrations from SF to LA Are Shaping West Coast Aesthetics and Identity

by Leora Lutz
On this particular Saturday in May, it’s unusually quiet in the Tenderloin as I walk from BART up Larkin Street. The San Francisco neighborhood is known for its seedy characteristics, its history of vice, homelessness, happy ending massage parlors, strip clubs, dive bars, single occupancy hotels, and social service centers. Today it feels like a level of caring has taken place, with some new businesses now occupying previously vacant storefronts—the rawness is still there, it just doesn’t feel as bedraggled and dangerous. Maybe it’s the heat—a blazing 65... [more]
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Girl on Girl: The New Book Exploring the Female Gaze in Photography

by Andrea Alessi
What does it mean for a woman to pick up a camera and point it at herself, or at another woman? Is there something unique to be found behind the lens, in the gaze of the female photographer? Girl on Girl: Art and Photography in the Age of the Female Gaze is an ambitious new book that sets out, if not to resolve this question, then to open it up, to unfold it through the exercise of prolonged looking. Over a year and a half, arts journalist Charlotte Jansen (who is, full disclosure, a former editor of this publication) interviewed 40 female artists from 17 countries who are making... [more]
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