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Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Thoka Maer

by Christian Petersen
Thoka Maer (Lisette Berndt) makes tiny, exquisite stories in GIF form. The medium doesn’t always lend itself to evoking complex emotions, but Maer’s work does just that: she infuses genuine, relatable feelings within a few simple looping frames. With vignettes chronicling everyday life and observed human behaviors, the work is sometimes happy, sometimes sad—often both at once. In 2011, Maer started the popular Tumblr page “It’s No Biggie,” where she dryly illustrates small, daily frustrations... [more]
Posted by Christian Petersen on 12/13
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FINAL WEEK to Apply to the ArtSlant Prize IX

by The Artslant Team
Round 9, , closes December 18th! Apply today for your chance at $5k in prizes and an exhibition in New York during Armory Week! To apply, sign in to artslant.com, click the menu icon in the upper right and select ArtSlant Prize. Above: Round 9 submission from Christopher Tavares Silva, Brian Steckel The ArtSlant Prize is an annual competition hosted by ArtSlant.com. Jurors for the prize are... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 12/11
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Katya Grokhovsky Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
  What are you trying to communicate with your work? As a child, I had difficulty in expressing myself verbally, so I used drawing and movement as a way to display my vision to the world. I am still doing that today, utilizing my art to communicate the often invisible, absurd, grotesque, and difficult aspects of human experience as it pertains specifically to a female immigrant person, which is what I inhabit. I am interested in politics of protest to the prescribed notions of... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 12/11
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With Billionaire Backers, Miami’s Museums Go All In for Contemporary Art (and Little Else)

by Neil Vazquez
For the first two weeks in December the international art world descends upon Miami Beach for some of the most hotly anticipated art fairs in the world, where buyers, gallerists, artists, and hangers-on come to mix, mingle, and cavort. Thanks in part to Art Basel Miami Beach, the city’s institutional landscape has undergone a dramatic transformation in the last several years. For a town that sees dozens of fairs come and go each December, the burgeoning museum scene—the cultural stalwarts that... [more]
Posted by Neil Vazquez on 12/7
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At Miami's All-Women Art Fair Poorgrrrl Channels the Weight of Womanhood

by Audrey L. Phillips
Poorgrrrl is a persona that arouses pity in her audience. The Miami-based artist’s performances are fragmented, confessional, musical, and often incorporate lighting, costume, and installation. They are always accompanied by sound, produced by her collaborator, byrdipop. For Poorgrrrl, the music entertainment industry is a platform for performance art. The unease she generates onstage can sometimes leave the audience feeling confused or disappointed when her performances purposefully don’t... [more]
Posted by Audrey L. Phillips on 12/6
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Christopher Tavares Silva Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
  What are you trying to communicate with your work? I use the languages of visual art and sound because I’m attracted to their poetic and transformative potentials, and though I enjoy weaving in literal references and representations of things, I’m equally if not more interested in the ways that the pure physical energies of sound, color, and form communicate. It’s precisely because audio/visual languages operate more viscerally and strangely than words, that I continue to experiment... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 12/4
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Announcing the Georgia Fee Resident | Winter 2018

by The Artslant Team
Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Resident, Winter 2018 We are very pleased to announce the selection of Ali Fitzgerald as our 2018 Winter Resident. Thank you to all applicants and a very special thank you to all shortlisted applicants who were interviewed over the past two weeks.   Ali Fitzgerald lives in Berlin and mostly works in the milieu of socially-critical visual narratives. She currently contributes comics and visual essays to New York Magazine's  and The... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 12/4
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LaToya Ruby Frazier in Conversation

by Jessica Lanay
Writer Jessica Lanay spoke with LaToya Ruby Frazier on the occasion of her concurrent exhibitions at Silver Eye and the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh. The latter exhibition, , both documents and is shared with artist Sandra Gould Ford. You can read the review of the Silver Eye exhibition, The Notion of Family, here. A transcript of the interview follows:   Jessica Lanay: When I look at the photographs at Silver Eye Gallery and the August Wilson Center I see a complicated narrative... [more]
Posted by Jessica Lanay on 12/1
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Intimate Debris: Nature, Industry, and the Body in the Photography of LaToya Ruby Frazier

by Jessica Lanay
LaToya Ruby Frazier’s photography braids together the intimacies between landscape, industry, and the Black woman’s body. Impactful, private, and silver ensconced, her images reveal a sometimes wonderful and other times tragic interdependency. In two recent Pittsburgh exhibitions— at Silver Eye Center for Photography and On The Making Of Steel Genesis: Sandra Gould Ford at the August Wilson Center, a shared exhibition of photography by Frazier and Sandra Gould Ford—Frazier captures the... [more]
Posted by Jessica Lanay on 12/1
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5k in Prizes: Apply Now to the *Final* Round of the ArtSlant Prize IX

by The Artslant Team
  Round 9, THE FINAL ROUND, closes December 18th! Apply today for your chance at $5k in prizes and an exhibition in New York during Armory Week! To apply, sign in to artslant.com, click the menu icon on the top right and select ArtSlant Prize.   The ArtSlant Prize is an annual competition hosted by ArtSlant.com. Up for grabs are exhibition and sales opportunities including inclusion in our Amazon Art Sales Platform, and great exposure—not to mention cash prizes for selected... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 11/30