Nicholas Weist

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ArtSlant's writer, Nicholas Weist, spent some time with Jen DeNike shortly after her show, opened at Smith-Stewart Gallery in February, 2008, in New York. They talked about the new work, as well as magic and ritual. To learn more about Jen DeNike, visit her ArtSlant Profile (here) Nicholas Weist: Jen, your new show at Smith-Stewart Gallery uses the American flag as an object rather than a symbol. How did you arrive at that decision? How did it impact your use of semaphore signs, which... [more]
ArtSlant's writer, Nicholas Weist, met up with Hudson, the visionary and force behind the New York gallery, Feature Inc.  They discussed the history and future of the gallery, along with Hudson's intentions as its owner and director.  Feature Inc has recently moved from Chelsea to the Lower East Side. To learn more about Feature Inc and their exhibition program, see ArtSlant's Gallery Display for Feature Inc. Courtesy of the artist. Hudson:  I began a commercial venture after ten... [more]
New Museum Store   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 2/3/08
The whole of New York was talking about the brand new New Museum, which opened in December with Unmonumental, a show of assemblage that will itself be assembled over time, with additions filtering in until April. But no one has really talked about its store…which is a brilliantly curated mix of merchandise from a wide range of sources.There you can find, say, a $100 Anslem Keifer monograph next to young’un Brian Belott’s Wipe That Clock Off Your Face, a small artist book published by Picture... [more]
A Look at Cristina Lei Rodriguez   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Cristina Lei Rodriguez at Team Gallery - Grand St January 10th, 2008 - February 16th, 2008
Posted 2/3/08
Miami-based sculptor Cristina Lei Rodriguez’s first show with Team revisits her usual look of flora overgrown to ominous proportions, but the new work abandons her typical adornments of glitter and rhinestones for more industrial-feeling materials like PVC and Plexiglass. Still, though, Rodriguez fashions phantasms of brightly colored plants that, like cancerous kitsch, consume neutral forms. She collapses the beautiful and monstrous in controlled eruptions of simulacra of natural materials,... [more]
A Look at Amanda Ross-Ho and Kirsten Stoltmann   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Amanda Ross-Ho, Kirsten Stoltmann at Guild & Greyshkul January 10th, 2008 - February 16th, 2008
Posted 2/3/08
Amanda Ross-Ho and Kirsten Stolmann are heterosexual women friends who are practicing artists with studios in the same building in Los Angeles, CA. Their show Vaginal Rejuvenation explores all of these things, in an amalgam of collage, sculpture, and photographs. Ross-Ho and Stolman have known each other for ten years, and this bond is examined, parsed, and repurposed in the show. They have cannibalized each others’ work to make new pieces and “vandalized” or otherwise marked each others’ work.... [more]
Sundays New York   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 1/6/08
The past few years have seen an explosion of curatorially-minded websites; see Group Show and Solo Show (; The Highlights (; i heart photograph (; and Why + Wherefore (, which in the interest of full disclosure is co-directed by yours truly. But the most intriguing by far is an artist-run dark horse called Sundays New York ( Every two months the site's director/curator/participating... [more]
A Look at Jonah Groeneboer   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Jonah Groeneboer at Bellwether January 10th, 2008 - February 16th, 2008
Posted 1/6/08
The Meaure, Jonah Groeneboer's first solo show, is a complex and strangely thrilling tour of the fourth dimension. His sculptures, made from different types of string, trace vertices representing the movements of shapes through space. For instance for 00:16:24;28 (Clouds, Birds, Jet), Groeneboer took 16 minutes of video footage of a sky across which moved birds, a plane, and clouds. He later watched the footage, stopping it every few seconds to note the position of the objects as they moved.... [more]
A Look at Ryan Mrozowski   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Ryan Mrozowski at Pierogi January 4th, 2008 - February 4th, 2008
Posted 1/6/08
In his first solo show with Brooklyn's Pierogi Gallery, Ryan Mrozowski explores ideas of mediated experience in luminous acrylic paintings. Each contain multiple figures, usually gathered into a crowd. Often, he places isolated figures that appear to be judging, officiating, recording, or directing the action. The crowds engage in surreal, or perhaps a better description would be suprareal proceedings, like taking humanoid babies out of the bellies of beached sharks or dragging astronauts out... [more]
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