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Jon Rafman

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Only 90s kids would know. Only 80s kids would know. Only Gen-X or Y or Z-ers would know. Jon Rafman might know, but he also knows that prolepsis, anachronism, and non-location are more suitable benchmarks for this twisted ouroboros we’ve made of time. At Sprüth Magers in Los Angeles, the juxtaposition of immersive films by Rafman and Stan VanDerBeek, made decades apart, charts a rising threshold of popular vision that correlates to a kind of political decline—the history of cinema as... [more]
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Berlin's City-Themed Blockbuster Falls Short with a Pessimistic Look at Urban Living   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Laurence Bonvin, Loris Cecchini, Theo Eshetu, Mwangi Hutter, Anri Sala, Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag at KunstHall - Deutsche Bank September 16th, 2015 - November 8th, 2015
Posted 9/22/15
The city is a cosmic place. It is home, playground, office, and dreamland all in one. is the second time four Berlin institutions have collaborated in their contemporary art program. The project, initiated and funded by the city of Berlin, is part of the city’s pursuit of prestige events that draw attention to Berlin Art Week and its commercial epicenter, the abc art fair. Two years ago, Painting Forever! was thought banal and unexciting but successful enough (i.e. necessary) to repeat. Image... [more]
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On Troll Caves and Rose Gardens: Jon Rafman and Keren Cytter at Feuer/Mesler   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Keren Cytter, Jon Rafman at Feuer Mesler May 10th, 2015 - June 14th, 2015
Posted 5/19/15
In Jon Rafman’s 2013 film, , we watch furries and hentai sourced from the deep web while a flat voiceover delivers a speech about leaving one world to enter another. It’s the promise virtual realities offer us: escapism. This idea is at the center of Grand Tour, the inaugural two-person show featuring new works from Rafman and Keren Cytter at Feuer/Mesler, one of two new Lower East Side galleries founded this year by Zach Feuer and Untitled director Joel Mesler (the second gallery,... [more]
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Domestic Exchange   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Lauren Anderson, Aylor Brown, Derek Chan, Paul Cowan, Smith + Linder, Lee Lynch, Mylinh Nguyen, Megan Plunkett, Jon Rafman at Important Projects November 6th, 2010 - December 3rd, 2010
Posted 11/22/10
          The humble tote bag has become something of an art world standby. Bagged at every international festival, biennale, art fair, and other art carnivals, these simple canvas carriers have found their way however oddly, into the annals of art. A good a record as anything, frankly utilitarian, and not without, especially in the hands of artists, art. But in this sense, they’ve invested this simple object with something almost of a glamor, one easily taken up in their own ways... [more]
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Sixth show at MMX  
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AlteregoRelativamenteSensibili, Juan Arata, Bernd Bleffert, Joakim Stampe & Chuyia Chia, Stephanie Custance, Andrew de Freitas, Inez de Vega, Ivonne Dippmann, Zachary Fabri, Christel Fetzer, Eric Fleischauer, Cari Freno, Kati Gausmann, Elke Graalfs, Gab Heller, Lan Hungh, Elana Katz, Ben Kinsley, Phillipe Marcus, Dovrat Ana Meron, Laura Napier, Jon Rafman, Sarah Rechberger, Nadia Salom, Islamiya Scarr, David Sherry, SSMIDD, Julischka Stengele, Tobias Sternberg, Márcio Carvalho & Brina Stinehelfer, Michelle Teran, Jacob Tonski, Hugh Walton, Elizabeth Wurst, Liang Ya-hui at MMX- Open Art Venue August 27th, 2010 - October 10th, 2010
Posted 10/3/10
The floorplan of MMX´s exhibition space, which winds around the entire ground floor of an old building on Linienstr., allows for a sense of discovery. The layout of the space, as well as its temporary nature (it lasts for only one year) demand a certain amount of creative experimentation and energy from the work and its curation. The venue´s current exhibition takes full advantage of these possibilities. None of the work feels precious or labored over, and it is curated with a light touch... [more]