Athena Newton

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This article originally appeared on ArtSlant Amsterdam in 2009. See more of Laser 3.14's work here: Amsterdam, July 2009: To some, graffiti is considered vandalism; destruction of property, a crime against society. Others believe it to be grassroots creativity; a proletariat method of social and political communication. I personally see it as expression…in every sense of the word. Spray painted murals, stenciled figures, and single word tags controversially decl... [more]
Defining Existence   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Muzi Quawson at Annet Gelink Gallery September 5th, 2009 - October 17th, 2009
Posted 9/8/09
    On September 5 2009, the Annet Gelink Gallery opened the new season with works from young and talented hopefuls Muzi Quawson (b.1978) and Ry Rocklen (b.1978). Each exhibition is separated into two, very distinct sections: Quawson’s mid-American tribute features in the main section of the gallery; Rocklen’s (seemingly) buoyant three-piece installation showcases downstairs in the bakery. In both the content and context of these two shows, a frission of emotional response is aroused. Muzi Q... [more]
At the Red Bull   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 8/23/09
    ROOMS OF RED BULL Oudezijds Achterburgwal 24 Amsterdam, NL Just a few blocks from Amsterdam’s highly acclaimed erotic theatre, Casa Rosso, unabashedly stands a creative space known as Rooms of Red Bull; sponsored by…well, Red Bull. Since its inception in June 2009, the 600 square meter all-embracing atelier has been home to DJ’s, live bands, artists, fashion designers, even workshops and lectures ( The space embodies a very libertarian perspective on art: All are we... [more]
From a New York Eye   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Joshua Lutz, Gus Powell, Richard Rothman, Carl Wooley at Stadsarchief Amsterdam (Archives) May 14th, 2009 - August 23rd, 2009
Posted 8/13/09
In the summer of 2007, I moved to Amsterdam with  not a clue of what to expect. As a native New Yorker, my instincts warned me that it wouldn’t be anything like the frenzied metropolis I grew up in. I envisioned canals, windmills, classic art, coffee shops; Heineken. In reality, the city exceeded any and all of my cliché expectations. Aside from its villagesque façade and lively atmosphere, I have grown to realize that Amsterdam emanates a sense of authenticity I assumed only locals could understa... [more]
To some, graffiti is considered vandalism; destruction of property, a crime against society. Others believe it to be grassroots creativity; a proletariat method of social and political communication. I personally see it as expression…in every sense of the word. Spray painted murals, stenciled figures, and single word tags controversially declare a belief, a principle of one’s truth. In most cases, this truth remains elusive, not to mention conceptually provocative. Many street artists attempt to embra... [more]
Ah, festival season: Earsplitting beats, watered down beer, riotous energy. Every summer, citizens from the country of tulips and windmills dedicate their weekends to good times, warm weather, and well…a damn good party. Many would consider it a poor excuse to get wasted during the day, but I (and many other dance music aficionados) feel that it is perhaps the best!  Not to mention, an entertaining way to be in the presence of renowned DJ’s like Ritchie Hawtin (Techno), Dixon (Deep House), and Boys Noi... [more]
Eindwerk 2009   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Daniëlle Faas, Thomas Gitschtaler, Eveline Schuurhof, Vera West at Academie voor Beeldende Vorming - Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten July 3rd, 2009 - July 5th, 2009
Posted 7/11/09
From the 3rd through the 5th of July the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten featured the works of 61graduating students. Similar to the Rietveld Academie, the art ranged from installations, sculptures, fine art, computer graphics and much more. The choice of materials and variety of technique were sensational: Chalk drawn sketches, computer graphics, larger than life installations, and hand-painted furniture were just a few of the works featured this year. Due to a small graduating class m... [more]
Gerrit Rietveld Academie   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Group Show, Camile Smeets, Matthias Tharang at Gerrit Rietveld Academie July 1st, 2009 - July 5th, 2009
Posted 7/11/09
From the 3rd through the 5th of July, Gerrit Rietveld Academie presented the final works of this year's graduating students. Two hundred twenty artists displayed quite thought-provoking, aesthetically appealing work. The show featured a medley of art: installation, photography, computer graphics, sculpture, audio-visual, jewelry, and textile design were just some of the mediums on view. Art students and aficionados from all over Holland gathered to see what the fuss was about (more info).I especi... [more]
The Monkey Bar   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 7/5/09
Bar Lux   Marnixstraat 403 Amsterdam Telephone: 00 31 2042 422 1412 Hours: Mon - Sat 8pm - 3am Upon entering, the first rule should be to pick your monkey. I have a monkey; my friends have a monkey…everybody ought to have a monkey. Facetiously categorized, these illustrated primates come with their very own slogan.  I, for example, have taken it upon myself to claim Mr. Perfect; with eyes lingering to the right, and hair flipped in th... [more]
Lost Dreams   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Guy Tillim at Foam - Fotografie Museum May 29th, 2009 - August 30th, 2009
Posted 7/3/09
Having recently spent my holiday in Cape Town, I was curious to see how South African native, Guy Tillim depicted some of Africa’s most politically and socially tumultuous countries. Foreign to his work, I hadn’t a clue what to expect.   A continent considered one of the most unstable, deprived, yet beautiful regions in the world is undeniably an inspiration to many photographers. Outlandish depictions of African Tribesman, panoramic landscapes of the Sahara Desert are what most... [more]
"Time Outside of Time"   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Marnix de Nijs, Annja Krautgasser, Walter Langelaar, Jan Robert Leegte, Mader Stublic Wiermann Mader Stublic Wiermann, Michael Najjar, Mark Napier, Dirk Lüsebrink / Joachim Sauter, Stanza, Pablo Valbuena at Netherlands Media Art Institute - Montevideo/Time Based Arts May 30th, 2009 - August 16th, 2009
Posted 7/3/09
Fluid Architectures challenges our perception of space and time through what is known as performative architecture--how space and individual behavior interact with one another. The exhibition blatantly surpasses conventional modernism, whilst continuously playing with our psyche. It is contemporary art with a technological twist; both visual and subjective. Featuring installations based on video loops, hybrid photography, computer software, and both high and low-grade materials, the spe... [more]
    South Africa: A country known for its natural settings, massive landmarks, and tumultuous history. In South Africa, lies Emfuleni: A township infamously known for its squalid living conditions and social despair. To merely describe the circumstances endured by Emfuleni’s inhabitants would be unjust; words are meaningless when blatantly faced with the destitution, struggle, and adversity these locals must tolerate. For no one can fully identify with these conditions unless they live it... [more]
A Visual Wonderland   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 5/24/09
Between May 13th through the 17th, Amsterdam featured 120 of the most influential galleries in contemporary art. Located in the RAI, a convention center primarily recognized for its dance and sporting events, was a grandeur selection of life size installations, sketches, photography, abstracts, and sculptures (to name a few).  Art enthusiasts from all over gathered to experience a fascinating assortment from both Dutch and other international works. Germany, Belgium, France, D... [more]
Victory vs. Defeat   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Andrew Gilbert at Ten Haaf Projects May 9th, 2009 - June 27th, 2009
Posted 5/19/09
    Andrew Gilbert's uncanny and visually expressive portrayal of the Anglo-Zulu war audaciously challenges the observer to examine colonialism, conflict, and cultural divide from a refreshingly new perspective.  The exhibit features a life-size installation of four British soldiers combined with Zulu tribe masks and weapons, and an assortment of paintings which convey powerful, deeply concentrated images of the Anglo Zulu war of 1879. An unadulterated and chaotic sense of instability underlies... [more]