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Faith Holland’s Speculative Fetishism and Digital Self-Care

by Olivia B. Murphy
“Best viewed without underwear,” reads the vinyl on the wall as you walk into the gallery. Below the text is a fishbowl full of what looks like other people’s underthings, left or “donated” to the exhibition. This is by no means a command, rather a “completely consensual suggestion,” says artist Faith Holland. Which is an apt descriptor of much of her show at TRANSFER Gallery in Bushwick. On the opposing wall is her recent collection, Queer Connections (2017). The installation is a punny... [more]
Posted by Olivia B. Murphy on 11/28
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Rachel Frank Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
  What are you trying to communicate with your work? My work uses sculpture, video, and performance to explore the tensions between the natural world and the manmade. Mixing environmental theory, political activism, and research into natural history, my work makes connections between personal histories and contemporary issues concerning the natural world, extinction, and loss that we collectively face today. What is an artist’s responsibility? I personally think an artist has a... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 11/27
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Beloved Sculptor Thaddeus Mosley on 91 Years of Carving His Own Path

by Jessica Lanay
Walking into Thaddeus Mosley’s studio is like entering a bestiary that has exploded from its pages. From three feet tall to scraping the ceiling of the workshop, the wooden bodies of Mosley’s sculptures radiate warmth and power as they cut through the air. Inspired by birds and the art of Brancusi, Mosley’s daring compositions arc into splendid, gravity-defying geometries. With works weighing as much as four hundred pounds, one wonders how this 91-year-old artist is still intimately engaging... [more]
Posted by Jessica Lanay on 11/22
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Art Golacki Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
  What are you trying to communicate with your work? Since every one of us evolved from the very subjective perception of ever-changing phenomena called collectively a reality, I am in constant process of sharing my personal experience of that journey.  What is an artist’s responsibility? In my opinion, to translate what is indescribable.    Talking Trees 25, 2017, Photography   Show us the greatest thing you ever made (art or not)?  Self discovery, but I am... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 11/20
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The Trouble with “Neighbors”: Ai Weiwei, the Istanbul Biennial, and Forced Migration

by Danyel Ferrari
Last month Public Art Fund in New York opened Ai Weiwei’s citywide exhibition, . The project entails steel, fence-like architectural interventions and large-scale banners depicting photographs of Syrian refugees from the artist’s time in Lesbos, Greece. The exhibition is not alone in its use of domestic language to address global issues of mass forced migration. The 15th Istanbul Biennial, which concluded last week and was curated by Danish-Norwegian artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, took the... [more]
Posted by Danyel Ferrari on 11/18
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Under the Radar: Genevieve Goffman | Katrina Majkut | Sheelah Mahalath Bewley

by The Artslant Team
Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Genevieve Goffman – Portland, OR Katrina Majkut – Brooklyn Sheelah Mahalath Bewley –... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 11/18
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Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: The Wrong Edition

by Christian Petersen
The Wrong is a decentralized biennial exhibition, the largest of its kind, dedicated to contemporary digital art and culture. Now in its third edition, simply titled , The Wrong features a tremendous number of curated exhibitions, projects, and events—both online (in “pavilions”) and off (in “embassies”). Because of the sheer magnitude of content, tackling the biennial can be an overwhelming prospect, even for the initiated. For this week’s Wednesday Web Art column, we’re easing you into the... [more]
Posted by Christian Petersen on 11/15
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Rebecca Kaufman Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
  What are you trying to communicate with your work? I am trying to communicate a re-evaluation of perception using the ancient technology of painting to reflect on the addictive visual technologies we rely so heavily upon today. What is an artist’s responsibility? An artist’s responsibility is to visually and conceptually communicate life experience within their community, connecting consciousness across space and time. As a mentor of mine once put it, “the micro is always... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 11/13
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“Good Art Always Gives”: Alvaro Barrington’s Generous First Solo at PS1

by Cristine Brache
Brooklyn-based artist Alvaro Barrington views Marcus Garvey as “an abstract avatar...like a saint or a north star of some sort.” It’s one of the things that drew him to London, where he attended the Slade School of Fine Art for graduate school in 2015—and where I befriended him. He describes his time there as a “pilgrimage,” often citing Garvey’s life in London in relation to the body of work he made there: [Garvey] died poor in London. It wasn’t until decades later that Jamaica—where he was... [more]
Posted by Cristine Brache on 11/7
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Gregory Eddi Jones Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
m Gregory Eddi Jones.   What are you trying to communicate with your work? I generally manipulate appropriated images to critique the politics of original image sources. With my newest work, I’m making Dadaist digital collages that signify their own futility as reflections of political spectacle. What is an artist’s responsibility? I tend to shun that sort of mysticism, and I think if you think about the inverse of that question, what defines an irresponsible artistic act,... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 11/6