Artist Migrations from SF to LA Are Shaping West Coast Aesthetics and Identity

by Leora Lutz
On this particular Saturday in May, it’s unusually quiet in the Tenderloin as I walk from BART up Larkin Street. The San Francisco neighborhood is known for its seedy characteristics, its history of vice, homelessness, happy ending massage parlors, strip clubs, dive bars, single occupancy hotels, and social service centers. Today it feels like a level of caring has taken place, with some new businesses now occupying previously vacant storefronts—the rawness is still there, it just doesn’t feel... [more]
Posted by Leora Lutz on 6/23

Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Milos Rajkovic aka Sholim

by Christian Petersen
Milos Rajkovic aka Sholim is a Belgrade-based gif artist and “digital surrealist” who creates wonderfully mind-bending visual puzzles. Behind Rajkovic’s visual wit is a subversive sense of humor that he puts to work tackling diverse socio-political topics like corporate culture, religion, and our dependence on technology. His meticulously constructed tableaux are often created from manipulated vintage found footage giving them an uncanny quality that defies time and space. Welcome to the... [more]
Posted by Christian Petersen on 6/21

ArtSlant Prize IX, Round 5 Jurors Announced

by The Artslant Team
  Round 5 is underway! Apply today for your chance at $5k in prizes! To apply, go to your ArtSlant profile and click contest entry or go to the Contest tab of your account page. Round 5 closes June 23rd, 2017. Image at top: Round 5 submission, Titus Marques, , 2016 1st Place: $3000 2nd Place: $1000 3rd Place: $1000 Honorable Mention... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 6/20

What Can We Learn from Art Boycotts Today?

by Minh Nguyen
When Manifesta, the roving biennial of European contemporary art, based its 10th iteration in Saint Petersburg, Russia, it sparked a wildfire of protests. This was 2014, and opposition to the relationship between the biennial and the cultural core of Russia was robust and complicated. Protesters objected to an administrative body responsible for repressive laws, enacted by Putin, that criminalized the LGBT community, the suppression of activists and dissenters, the annexation of Crimea, and so... [more]
Posted by Minh Nguyen on 6/19

Denise Treizman Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
 Denise Treizman.   What are you trying to communicate with your work? Using materials that we encounter in our everyday life, I am trying to make the viewer shift his perspective, even if for a short moment in time. I am hoping I can open a door that encourages the audience to see things in a different way and appreciate the beauty embedded in simple gestures and materials. I want to challenge their preconceived perceptions about what can and cannot be considered an artwork, as well... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 6/19

Under the Radar: Romily Alice Walden | Dain Mergenthaler | Katya Grokhovsky

by The Artslant Team
Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Romily Alice Walden – London / Berlin Dain Mergenthaler – Brooklyn Katya Grokhovsky –... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 6/16

40 Years On, Skulptur Projekte Münster Keeps Troubling the Idea of “Public Space”

by Benjamin Busch
Distinct from the droves of international biennales and triennials birthed in recent decades, the Skulptur Projekte Münster (Sculpture Projects Münster) sets itself apart as an unparalleled cultural moment once every 10 years that places strong emphasis on site-specificity and encourages long-term artistic study. The decennial’s first edition in 1977, curated by Klaus Bussmann and Kasper König, sparked controversy by radically implanting works of renowned sculptors in Münster’s conservative... [more]
Posted by Benjamin Busch on 6/15

Apply to The ArtSlant Prize for Your Chance at an Exhibition and $5K in Prizes!

by The Artslant Team
  Round 5 of The ArtSlant Prize IX is underway! Apply today for your chance at $5k in prizes! To apply, click the menu icon in the upper right, sign in and click ArtSlant Prize. You can also apply by going to your ArtSlant profile and click contest entry or go to the Contest tab of your account page. Round 5 closes June 23, 2017.   The ArtSlant Prize is an annual competition hosted by... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 6/14

David Hannon Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
 David Hannon.   What are you trying to communicate with your work? I am exploring the role of fantasy in queerness and perversions of the body. The interiors I create are a disorienting place that reveals the horror of the everyday. In my most recent performance, Mantle, I made an immersive installation and embedded myself in a flat and then interacted with the audience to help me bring an oversize necklace back into a constructed domestic interior where the necklace unsettlingly... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 6/12

Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Eva Papamargariti

by Christian Petersen
Originally from Greece and based in London, Eva Papamargariti reflects and analyzes the rapidly transforming relationships between “material and immaterial” matter in our new digital world. Papamargariti’s work contains complex visual (and often audio) collages in which impossible organic forms constantly evolve, mutate, and entwine. No matter how utterly alien her work can seem, it retains consistent feelings of a deep human familiarity—which only adds to its uncanny sensibilities. Lurking... [more]
Posted by Christian Petersen on 6/7