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Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Katie Torn

by Christian Petersen
New York-based new media artist Katie Torn makes work suspended in limbo somewhere between our physical and digital realities, as she seamlessly synthesizes filmed or photographed sculptural objects with digitally generated forms. There is strange alchemy at work in Torn’s aesthetic, which fuses disposable cultural touchstones of the 80s and 90s with complex, surrealist compositions and ideas. Her work is simultaneously joyful and solemn, perfectly reflecting her love/hate relationship with the... [more]
Posted by Christian Petersen on 10/4
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Derek Weisberg Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
Derek Weisberg.   What are you trying to communicate with your work? We are all here with a limited time and capacity and we all exist with the knowledge that one day that bell will ring and our last breath will expire. How do we operate and move though life knowing this? With this awareness, how do we strive toward achievements and growth on all levels of our being? How do we move though “the mud,” as Beckett says, or “the funk of life,” as Dr. Cornell West calls it? And, how do we... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 10/2
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Reprinting the Poem That Kindled a Modernist Tradition

by The Artslant Team
Our Georgia Fee Artist-in-Residence, Shoshana Kessler, read Hope Mirrlees’ modernist poem,  (1919) as a .pdf in university but wanted to hold the out-of-print work in her hand. So she spent an inspired two months in Paris this summer re-printing the modernist masterpiece. These four essays from her project “Printing Paris” chronicle her experience. Enrollment for the Winter 2018 Paris Residency is... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 10/2
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Under the Radar: Patricia Fairon | Magdalen Chua | Jade Fenu

by The Artslant Team
Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Patricia Fairon – Buenos Aires Magdalen Chua – Leipzig Jade Fenu –... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team
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On Art and Music’s Enduring Love Affair and the Practice of Solange

by Tempestt Hazel
I remember being the only person in the screening room at the Block Museum as I watched (2013), the first piece that greeted me at the entrance of the exhibition Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey. The animation looped almost two complete times before anyone else joined me in the room. During the first loop, I squinted at the image until I realized that the beautiful head from which these living-locks or tentacles were growing, the head attached to this swelling, insatiable creature’s body was... [more]
Posted by Tempestt Hazel on 9/27
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Ayana V. Jackson’s Photographs Are Monuments to History’s Unmemorialized Black Women

by Jessica Lanay
Ayana Velissia Jackson is a photographer and video artist who makes amendments to a traditionally one-sided history of race and gender in photography. In her practice, Jackson positions her body as subject in order to create a new time/space in which she may interrogate tropes of the Black body in photography. Her recent Cape Town exhibition at Gallery MOMO, , is a visual dialogue that speaks to ideas of race, gender, pleasure, escapism, and creating monuments for the Black femme in history.... [more]
Posted by Jessica Lanay on 9/25
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Santina Amato Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
  What are you trying to communicate with your work? I am wanting to capture the delight in things I felt as a child: the absolute thrill of watching things transform, move, grow, change. I grew up in an Italian immigrant household in Australia and participated in the process of cooking for the family with my mother. Watching her make dough was one of my absolute favorite things to experience as a child. The way her body moved, kneading the soft, white material, folding it over and... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 9/22
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Under the Radar: Haya Ogura | Rebecca Kaufman | Lesley Blakelock

by The Artslant Team
Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Haya Ogura – Tokyo Rebecca Kaufman – Oakland Lesley Blakelock –... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 9/21
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Andrea Crespo’s Latest Film Unpacks Dangerous Misrepresentations of Autism

by Vanessa Gravenor
, Andrea Crespo’s video installation, which opened at Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler during Berlin Art Week, runs for one hour. It has a linear plotline, with silent dialogue written over the image. The aesthetics are sparse; the film flickers through still shots of institutional interiors, revealing an interrogation in which the minds and bodies of people with autism are charted and managed by the State. In the gallery, the artist emphasizes this bodily control with clinical and military... [more]
Posted by Vanessa Gravenor on 9/19
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Dain Mergenthaler Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
  What are you trying to communicate with your work? I think that my cartoony, frilly, animated work is a ploy to coax viewers into looking at the world around them with fresh, queer eyes: to look under rocks and into subway grates and at lamp posts and between train cars and find a new, alien world that is dangerous and sexy and scary at the same exact time that it is benign and gray. I’ve become quite obsessed with this manipulation in hopes that I can warp our immutable... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 9/17