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Lauren C. Sudbrink 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 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... [more]
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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 residency. The Spring 2018 residency runs April 1–April 29. Application deadline:... [more]
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Nicole Ruggiero: Our Devices, Ourselves

by Christian Petersen
We run an online magazine, so of course, we’re interested in what’s happening with art on the web. Every other Wednesday online gallerist, founder, and curator of Digital Sweat Gallery, Christian Petersen, selects a Web Artist of the Week.   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... [more]
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Katrina Majkut 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 Katrina Majkut.   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... [more]
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The Informers: Ryan Steadman on Better Criticism Through Painting

by Bradley Rubenstein
In this series of interviews for ArtSlant, I wanted to talk to artists who are also involved in criticism or theory. There are any number of “crossovers” across creative and critical disciplines: Julian Schnabel is a painter and a filmmaker; Mel Bochner is a painter who has also been a good art reviewer.  However—using Barnett Newman, and more recently Mira Schor, as examples, as well as the quirky Robert Smithson’s dystopian fantasy world—I’d like to focus on artists who broaden their field through criticism, writing, or curating. I’m kicking... [more]
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Jan Christopher-Berkson 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 Jan Christopher-Berkson.   What are you trying to communicate with your work? My practice is anchored in the image-making process and invested in generating relationships with and between images. Using basic materials like canvas, wood, and paint, my work often takes on a distinct spatiality as a point of departure to bring into focus sharp-edge geometric shapes, and... [more]
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No, Donald Trump Is Not a Conceptual Artist. And Border Walls Are Not “Land Art”

by Andrea Alessi
I read the press release three times back to back, looking for any hint of irony. Or even confirmation of sincerity. I parsed the website, hoping an “about” page or mission statement could set my bearings. What exactly is MAGA, the “non-profit arts organization” petitioning the U.S. Government to designate the eight border wall prototypes erected outside of San Diego a national monument? The eight prototypes, constructed by six firms and built using $3.3 million in federal funds, were unveiled back in October. MAGA’s petition to garner them protected status... [more]
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Karin Ferrari: Portrait of the Artist as a YouTube Conspiracy Theorist

by Christian Petersen
We run an online magazine, so of course, we’re interested in what’s happening with art on the web. Every other Wednesday online gallerist, founder, and curator of Digital Sweat Gallery, Christian Petersen, selects a Web Artist of the Week.   Karin Ferrari was one of my favorite discoveries from the latest edition of The Wrong digital art biennale. Her work emulates the conspiracy theory videos that have become a ubiquitous part of YouTube culture. Ferrari so perfectly captures the mood and aesthetic of these videos that the line between artistic creation and... [more]
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In 2017, Artists Channeled Pessimism, But Weren’t Defeated

by Andrea Alessi
This summer Jill Lepore, writing for the New Yorker, declared that we’re living in a “golden age for dystopian fiction.” She described a literature of “radical pessimism” and “submission” (in contrast, she wrote, to a literature of resistance). In an essay for Tin House author Allegra Hyde called for “literature that chases utopia” in the age of Trump. She urged her fellow writers: “Our trade is in rendering the unreal real. We are world builders, after all.” As ArtSlant’s resident pessimist, I’ll be the... [more]
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Artists Chart Evidence of the Inhuman, and the Inhumanity of Evidence

by Benjamin Busch
The group exhibition Evidentiary Realism identifies an ongoing trend in contemporary art, as well as in broader cultural circles, that takes up “evidence” as a material or animating subject matter. Characteristic works deal with social structures that exist to perpetuate crime or to hinder it, to represent or claim authority over certain groups through data or data representations. The exhibition is complimented by a website that includes more than a dozen texts and a handful of artworks not in the Berlin show (Evidentiary Realism was shown in New York earlier this year). In... [more]
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