Andy Ritchie: Jon Lomberg's Noble Silhouettes

    Anybody with a shoe box full of vanity can scoop up the earth and tramp down a subterranean time capsule. I've done it...on accident...with a handful of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and a flooded sandbox. Then again, digging down seems the preferred stowage answer over, say, throwing Matchbox cars into the sky. (They'll be underfoot long before you whistle them down.)  Carl Sagan. Sagan's designs to upend tradition harnessed the jettisoning power of auspicious planetary alignment in... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 9/28/09

Trong Nguyen: Notes from Riga

 Viva Latvia! Walking down the wide streets of central Riga, with its gorgeous collection of Art Nouveau buildings (over 750, the most of any city in the world), I am occasionally unnerved by bicyclists who speed down the sidewalks within an inch of a spill. There are no little tinkling bells warning their fellow pedestrians, though admittedly this defensive form of walking is a cheap thrill, like little insects surviving in the food chain. Bicycling by the bigger numbers is a relatively new... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 9/21/09

Natalie Hegert: Treading the Line

  In the summer of 2005 my husband Aaron and I traveled by car from San Francisco to Yellowstone for a family vacation. Equipped with a smooth ride from the rental agency, some hand-written directions snagged from the internet, and a bit of free time, we made a side trip to the back roads of the north-eastern end of the Great Salt Lake in Utah to see Robert Smithson's . Leaving Highway 83, it took as much time to drive the last couple of miles on the lonely gravel road as it did for the... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 9/14/09

Whitney Weiss: Way Way Down in Buenos Aires

      You've already read about Buenos Aires, but you've likely never been here. Whatever article you read probably had an author marveling at how the weekend starts on Tuesday, praising the quality of the beef, and anointing the city the next this or that. This city is perpetually becoming the next Prague. But what Buenos Aires actually deserves comparison to is that idealized version of downtown New York 25 or 30 years ago, where unlikely permutations of unemployed artists collaborated... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 9/7/09
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