Bearing Witness, Peter Williams Advances an Art History of Accountability

by Bradley Rubenstein
Although I have known Peter Williams for decades, and have written about his work in the past, we had never sat down and done a proper interview—it’s been more of a 30-year-long conversation. Recently, however, I wanted to get down his thoughts on several of his latest bodies of work: urgent paintings that are at once timely and have art historical resonance. His inclusion in the November group exhibition , at David & Schweitzer, saw the artist confronting Whiteness and police brutality... [more]
Posted by Bradley Rubenstein on 3/31

Digital Pioneer Lynn Hershman Leeson Walks Us Through Her Groundbreaking “Firsts”

by Olivia B. Murphy
I recently met with septuagenarian artist Lynn Hershman Leeson just after the opening of her latest solo show, , at Bridget Donahue Gallery. Her first solo with the gallery in 2015 sparked something of a rediscovery of her groundbreaking work, even though she has spent her decades-long career pioneering in the realm of technology in visual art. In 2016, a comprehensive retrospective entitled Civic Radar at ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany, charted her career from its early performative days in the 70s... [more]
Posted by Olivia B. Murphy on 2/3

Marijn van Kreij: Slowing Down through Repetition

by Edo Dijksterhuis
This text is written on a scrap of paper, torn from a sketchbook and almost carelessly tacked to the wall of Marijn van Kreij’s studio, just outside of Amsterdam. It’s a daily reminder resonating in the space where the artist spends most of his waking hours drawing and painting, but also reading, looking at pictures from his ever-growing art book library, immersing himself in this repository of text and image. Van Kreij’s work is the antithesis of what art is according to many: the work... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 12/16/16

Heather Dewey-Hagborg Questions DNA as Big Data

by Joel Kuennen
DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) is often imagined as the key to identity, as the progenitor of who we are. It is nature within us and the scaffolding onto which we are nurtured into who we are. However, through epigenetics, viral transfer, and genetic drift, we are becoming more aware of the superposition of DNA and its ability to change, inherit, mute, and express with degrees of certainty, not certitude. At the same time, DNA extraction and sequencing has never been cheaper or easier. In light... [more]
Posted by Joel Kuennen on 10/31/16

Genevieve Gaignard: “You’re Not That, But You’re Not Not That.”

by Alex Anderson
Genevieve Gaignard is a magician. She sees you and she sees you seeing her. Revealing our experience and understanding of race, gender, sexuality, and their complex perceptions under the western heteropatriarchal gaze, the Los Angeles-based artist uses self-portraiture and sculpture to find truth in the abstract aporia of identity. The characters she creates and portrays engage with the aesthetic language of Afropunk, substance chic Hollywood glamor, and the suburban working class of... [more]
Posted by Alex Anderson on 9/29/16

In Blockchain Tribute, Simon Denny Imagines Future Crypto-Economies

by Olivia B. Murphy
This past Thursday, I arrived at Petzel Gallery amidst a flurry of installation activity, scissor lifts backing furtively out of the installed exhibition spaces, and the last of the vinyl lettering still going up on the walls and windows. Simon Denny, the New Zealand-born, Berlin-based artist was speaking fervently to Friedrich Petzel and a few others about his work, visibly excited and engaged about his latest exhibition, Blockchain Future States, due to open that evening. In a walkthrough,... [more]
Posted by Olivia B. Murphy on 9/20/16

Meleko Mokgosi: On Love in Democratic Intuition

by Andrea Alessi
—for those preoccupied by a tumultuous election season, the title has a timely ring. But Meleko Mokgosi’s expansive project, now halfway through its eight planned chapters, has little to do with the drama that is U.S. presidential politics. The artist, who painstakingly researches and storyboards his enormous paintings, had mapped out his newest works long before anyone had ever imagined a Trump/Hillary showdown in the cards. Lerato and Comrades II, the latest instalments in Democratic... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 9/8/16

Cut, Copy, and Print: Magalie Guérin on Replicating Her Own Paintings

by Bradley Rubenstein
I first met Magalie Guérin in the early 2000s in Greenpoint, Brooklyn—long before Greenpoint was made famous by the TV show . She ran a small gallery called GV/AS, and curated shows that fused serious painting with something personal and quirky (Rodney Dickson's exhibition of paintings of Tanya Roberts still stands out as one of his most interesting exhibitions). One could always find Magalie sitting the gallery and working on drawings—in retrospect, combining elements of art making,... [more]
Posted by Bradley Rubenstein on 8/31/16

RADIOACTIVE: An Interview with Maria Gaspar

by Tempestt Hazell
I spoke with artist Maria Gaspar about her upcoming project RADIOACTIVE: Stories from Beyond the Wall on the Fourth of July. We talked about mass incarceration, a central subject of Gaspar’s work, on a day that asks people in the US to reflect on freedom. Days after Gaspar shared her thoughts on art and disruption, names like Alton Sterling and Philando Castile started to break open the stitches of old and new wounds and raise questions about freedom. I couldn’t ignore the timing.  In The... [more]
Posted by Tempestt Hazell on 7/11/16

The Matter of Molecular Practice: An Interview with Sean Raspet

by Joel Kuennen
We live at a time when an astounding amount of information is available to us at a shocking degree of immediacy. A netizen will regularly take deep-dives down wiki wormholes, eagerly grazing on masses of hyper-specific information related to a singular topic, all the while rhizomatically connected to and through a world of greater knowledge. No longer limited to a vocabulary of the phenomenological, we can pastiche together descriptions, criticisms, and comments that pull from the sciences,... [more]
Posted by Joel Kuennen on 6/22/16