Jolene Torr: Talking with Erik Parra

        About Place so begins artist Erik Parra in talking about his experience growing up in suburban Texas.“After the 50s and the suburban model was fully entrenched, then that was what a house looked like. So I think it’s funny that children, even in the Bay Area, draw houses that are a square with a triangle on the top. That is the code for house. You don’t need to have that shape out here, but still in the suburbs, they build that shape. They don’t need it because it doesn’t... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 7/26/10

Frances Guerin: Musings from Italy

      As I wandered the streets of Turin, sat drinking coffee, ran along the River Po, basked in the sun, shopped for shoes and ate pasta to refuel, I was charmed by the Torinitos and their city. Again and again, one question kept coming back to me: Growing up in Australia at a time of large waves of immigration from Italy, things Italian were either labelled ethnic — and in those days ethnic was a derisory term — or they came from a way off land of glamour, style and romance. The... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 7/19/10

Mara Goldwyn: Berlin Biennale & Real World Kreuzberg

      The name of the 6th Berlin Biennale is “What is Waiting Out There”. It is a meditation on reality. Reality, the press release says. I’ve lived in Berlin for four years. Now—as in those first months when I would spend my afternoons in Görlitzer Park after German class exhilarated, drinking 40-cent Sternberg beers flung out next to my GDR-era bike—there are, and were, people who have been here much longer than me. Some of those old-timers were even here through ’89 and the (“the... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 7/11/10

Charlie Schultz: Playing in New York

  I’m all for dancing in the streets. It’s summertime, which means pool time, park time, and for any pianist on the streets of New York, it can now be play time. British artist Luke Jerram has placed sixty pianos throughout all five boroughs of the city and I have as yet to see one remain silent for more than ten minutes. Anybody can sit down and plunk out anything. You could be exiting the subway at Astor Place to the sound of someone hammering out Jerry Lee Lewis’s Great Balls of Fire. I... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 7/6/10