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Nicole Ruggiero: Our Devices, Ourselves

by Christian Petersen
  New York City artist and designer Nicole Ruggiero has her thumb on the pulse of popular, contemporary internet art. Her work succinctly reflects the overarching aesthetics and emotional obsessions of a rapidly expanding community of young digital artists. The world that Ruggiero documents and fabricates is one where the distinction between on- and off-line personas is increasingly blurred. There is a distinct sense of a new, evolving reality lurking within the hyper-reality of her... [more]
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Katrina Majkut Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
  What are you trying to communicate with your work? At first, I wanted to push the medium of embroidery itself by incorporating observational painting and freeform techniques. This enabled me to challenge notions of fine art as they relate to stereotypical “domestic crafts.” Simultaneously, in researching for my book, The Adventures and Discoveries of a Feminist Bride, I started to understand how social traditions embedded with obsolete gender roles influenced both social, domestic... [more]
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The Informers: Ryan Steadman on Better Criticism Through Painting

by Bradley Rubenstein
In this series of interviews for ArtSlant, I wanted to talk to artists who are also involved in criticism or theory. There are any number of “crossovers” across creative and critical disciplines: Julian Schnabel is a painter and a filmmaker; Mel Bochner is a painter who has also been a good art reviewer.  However—using Barnett Newman, and more recently Mira Schor, as examples, as well as the quirky Robert Smithson’s dystopian fantasy world—I’d like to focus on artists who broaden their field... [more]
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Our New Residency is Now Accepting Applications | Process Park

by The Artslant Team
We are proud to announce a new experimental residency created by ArtSlant in collaboration with Chashama. Process Park is a funded four-week residency for 3-4 artists at chaNorth Artist Residency in Pine Plains, NY, the goal of which is to learn to live and work better through a process-oriented approach to art making and existing. The residency will conclude with an exhibition/symposium in New York that will be conceived and planned as a group during the... [more]
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Jan Christopher-Berkson Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
Jan Christopher-Berkson.   What are you trying to communicate with your work? My practice is anchored in the image-making process and invested in generating relationships with and between images. Using basic materials like canvas, wood, and paint, my work often takes on a distinct spatiality as a point of departure to bring into focus sharp-edge geometric shapes, and occasional representational images, interplayed with color. My works of the past year or so contain the sense that... [more]
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No, Donald Trump Is Not a Conceptual Artist. And Border Walls Are Not “Land Art”

by Andrea Alessi
I read the press release three times back to back, looking for any hint of irony. Or even confirmation of sincerity. I parsed the website, hoping an “about” page or mission statement could set my bearings. What exactly is MAGA, the “non-profit arts organization” petitioning the U.S. Government to designate the eight border wall prototypes erected outside of San Diego a national monument? The eight prototypes, constructed by six firms and built using $3.3 million in federal funds, were... [more]
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Karin Ferrari: Portrait of the Artist as a YouTube Conspiracy Theorist

by Christian Petersen
  Karin Ferrari was one of my favorite discoveries from the latest edition of The Wrong digital art biennale. Her work emulates the conspiracy theory videos that have become a ubiquitous part of YouTube culture. Ferrari so perfectly captures the mood and aesthetic of these videos that the line between artistic creation and genuine belief becomes completely blurred. Many viewers, unaware that these videos—a decoding of Illuminati symbolism in an Azealia Banks’ music video, for... [more]
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In 2017, Artists Channeled Pessimism, But Weren’t Defeated

by Andrea Alessi
This summer Jill Lepore, writing for the , declared that we’re living in a “golden age for dystopian fiction.” She described a literature of “radical pessimism” and “submission” (in contrast, she wrote, to a literature of resistance). In an essay for Tin House author Allegra Hyde called for “literature that chases utopia” in the age of Trump. She urged her fellow writers: “Our trade is in rendering the unreal real. We are world builders, after all.” As ArtSlant’s resident pessimist, I’ll be... [more]
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What’s Missing from the World’s Largest Street Art Museum? A Local Perspective

by Nadja Sayej
Since the Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art opened in Berlin this fall, it has already seen thousands of visitors. Placed inside of a pre-war apartment building in the sleepy neighborhood of Schöneberg, the museum is easy to spot—it’s painted from top to bottom in colorful murals with the words “UNique, UNited, UNstoppable” wrapping around the front of the building. The museum currently hosts new artworks on canvas by some 100 artists, as well as digital prints and sculptures,... [more]
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Artists Chart Evidence of the Inhuman, and the Inhumanity of Evidence

by Benjamin Busch
The group exhibition identifies an ongoing trend in contemporary art, as well as in broader cultural circles, that takes up “evidence” as a material or animating subject matter. Characteristic works deal with social structures that exist to perpetuate crime or to hinder it, to represent or claim authority over certain groups through data or data representations. The exhibition is complimented by a website that includes more than a dozen texts and a handful of artworks not in the Berlin show... [more]