David Yu: On the art trail in Glasgow

        Having never been to Glasgow before, I braced myself for the worst. Basically stories from friends indicated it was an ugly industrial city where the ever-present rain doesn’t fall vertically but seems to fly out in all directions in the consistency of a fine mist, miserable and grey. The opening weekend of Glasgow International (GI) could not have been more opposite from the above description. It was sunny and spring like, almost prompting me to loosen my scarf, perfect for... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 4/26/10

Calvin Phelps: HYS Camouflanguage

    heteroflexible n. A heterosexual person who is open to relationships with people of the same sex. —adj. Also: hetero-flexible, heteroflex.—heteroflexibility n.   The article “A Few Notes on Collaboration and Participation” by Andrew Berardini brought to mind an artist-collaborative I had learned of in the late 1990’s – HOT YOUNG STAR. A member I met while living in Chicago has kept me up-to-date on their on-going linguistic in(ter)ventions for the last few years. The basic goal of the... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 4/19/10

Ellie Nicholls: Saving Hackney Wick's Arts Community

    Last week I happily agreed to a dinner invitation at a friend’s warehouse apartment in Hackney Wick. Hackney Wick is an area in East London of urban tundra renowned for its isolated grunginess, concentration of artist inhabitants and most recently as the building site for the 2012 Olympic Stadium. Formerly a peanut factory, my friend’s home stands within a gated compound on a road lined with other industrial premises, most of which have also been converted into artists’ dwellings.... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 4/12/10

Mario Canal: The Loneliness of Louise Weiss

      One couldn’t help feeling like Guy Debord in one of his « dérives » when heading to rue Louise Weiss… Far from romantic Paris, the city turns rough near the Seine riverside of the 13eme arrondissement: Social housing projects, train tracks, old industrial facilities, wasteland and cold government offices surround the new republic’s landmark structure, the Bibliotèque François Mitterrand (Bibliothèque nationale de France).  The Mitterrand looms against the sky like a call to the... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 4/5/10