Natalie Hope O’Donnell

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Collective Curatorial Cock-Blocking; Part 2   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Oficina Manifesta 8 en Murcia October 9th, 2010 - January 9th, 2011
Posted 10/26/10
        The former Central Post Office in Murcia housed some of the highlights of the biennial. Many of the works here invoked the idea of narratives based on fictional archival material. Simon Fujiwara’s work Phallusies (with Dai Jenkins), 2010, on the first floor of this semi-decrepit, still impressive building, for example, used the tale of a giant stone phallus allegedly found somewhere in the Arabian desert. It became an excuse for a cock-fest of an installation documenting Fujiwara’s... [more]
Collective Curatorial Cock-Blocking; Part 1   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Oficina Manifesta 8 en Murcia October 9th, 2010 - January 9th, 2011
Posted 10/25/10
        Manifesta, Europe’s primary roaming biennial, opened in Murcia and Cartagena in Southern Spain on October 9th 2010. Consciously founded in the early 1990s as a counter-part to documenta with its specifically Western and Mittel European orientation, Manifesta looked “the other way” towards Eastern Europe and those countries separated from the arts metropoles of West, and held in locations away from the capital cities. Now that these boundaries have been overcome with the former... [more]
It is a grey, drizzly August afternoon and I am wandering over Waterloo Bridge towards the grey, brutalist mass that is London’s South Bank Centre. In this 1950s concrete cultural complex, through Dan Graham’s glass pavilion, I can make out a bright orange form, flanked by specks bright blue. At the entrance to the Hayward Gallery, all I can see is a rabbit, drawn on the wall, accompanying the title of Jess Flood-Paddock’s exhibition ‘Gangsta’s Paradise,’ her third show in the last 9 months.... [more]
Gardar Eide Einarsson’s Penchant for Punk   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Gardar Eide Einarsson at Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art May 16th, 2010 - August 15th, 2010
Posted 7/12/10
                As I walked through Gardar Eide Einarsson’s solo show in his native Oslo, a line by the indie pop group Razorlight became lodged in my head: “All my life …watching America.” Such a reference might not be entirely appropriate for Einarsson whose penchant is for hardcore punk, but the source of this synesthesia was clear: North American popular culture dominates the exhibition, from the inkjet images of a home-made , 2010, and gun-toting policemen in Baton Exercise 1-9,... [more]