Articles | ArtSlant https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/show en-us 40 Txema Novelo Answers 5 Questions <p><em>This is&nbsp;5 Questions. Each week, we send five questions to an artist featured in&nbsp;<a href="https://www.artslant.com/ams/articles/show/43262-bunder-the-radar-terry-castle-txema-novelo-amy-leibrandb" target="_blank">Under the Radar</a>, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from <a href="https://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/89176-txema-novelo?tab=PROFILE" target="_blank">Txema Novelo</a>.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What are you trying to communicate with your work?</strong></p> <p>Inspired by the work of Brion Gysin, Dan Graham, Genesis P-Orridge, my work proposes a meta-religion based on two main things: rock &amp; roll and mysticism. Functioning like a secret order that emphasizes the spiritual attributes of musical movements like the blues, rasta, Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth (TOPY), Texan sixties psychedelic rock, or German krautrock, I try to propose a new iconography based on the music and musicians that shaped counterculture in the 20th century. Through the use of sculpture, installation, video, and photography, I wanna bring back a sense of modern &ldquo;sacrality&rdquo; in the arts.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180403133855-20140730232408-BLT.jpg" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><em>Bizarre Love Triangle</em>, 2013,&nbsp;Vinyl, album, turntable, photos, Variable dimensions. <strong>&copy;</strong>&nbsp;Courtesy of the artist and Yautepec Gallery</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What is an artist&rsquo;s responsibility?</strong></p> <p>I believe we are living in the dusk of ideology, the &ldquo;Cambridge Analytical&rdquo; scandal shed light on this: you see a vegan Canadian young programmer, working for a firm that illegally spied on vulnerable groups in order to create a river of information that could determine their point of view. Who benefited politically from this? The Trump campaign. We live in a world where people live with the fruits of liberalism, but somehow get paid to dismantle them by putting fascists in power. The fact that this young man decided to leak the information came to me as a conscience call, but it didn&rsquo;t seem to come from an ideological stance necessarily. Ancient spirituality (not religion) through many civilizations, and many millennia, proved to be also a social technology. For example, Buddhist wisdom is based on three principles: &ldquo;no attachment, no aversion no ignorance.&rdquo; This algorithm worked effectively in a society that started to function above reason. Buddhism was the only religion that created a society without slavery, expansionism, colonialism, or imperialism, proving wrong that the human being seeks domination by nature. As an artist I feel more than ever the need to find a contemporary bridge to ancient wisdom, to dig deep in the many advances that many different societies achieved in the long path of conquering our lesser egoistic nature.&nbsp;</p> <p>The relationship with rock &amp; roll is a heretic one. I love that rock &amp; roll will turn a hundred years old in a few decades, but it still exists in marginality&mdash;you can go study fine arts but you can&rsquo;t go study rock &amp; roll (an outdated word for new wave, punk, post punk, synthesis, reggaeton). You can put millions of dollars on a rock &amp; roll artist, but that doesn&rsquo;t guarantee that the public taste will embrace it. It&rsquo;s still, to this day, one of the last democratic artistic practices in a world were contemporary art exists mainly for billionaires to speculate with. By matching the contemporary drive of modern counterculture with the ancient instruction manuals that belong to many ancient&nbsp;spiritual&nbsp;sources&mdash;Kabbalah, Sufism, Gnosticism, Paganism&mdash;I want to resist the capitalist agenda through refilling the spirit with something more than H&amp;M and Starbucks.</p> <p><strong>Show us the greatest thing you ever made:</strong></p> <p>The best thing I ever made is this little film called <em>D&eacute;jalo Ser</em> (Let It Be). It was done last year at the National Studio for Contemporary Arts LE FRESNOY in France, and shot in Oaxaca, Mexico. It&rsquo;s a strange omen to Yoko Ono, Antonin Artaud, and Mexican guru superstar Maria Sabina, with a very special appearance of social network superstar Molly Nilsson. Here&rsquo;s a little peak:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="394" mozallowfullscreen="" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/218688041" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="700"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="https://vimeo.com/218688041" target="_blank">DEJALO SER TRAILER (ENG Subs)</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/txemanovelo" target="_blank">Txema Novelo</a></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Tell us about a work you want to make but never will:</strong></p> <p>I would love to design and create a pinball machine. To me pinballs are the contemporary automats of civilization. Their complexity, their aspect, their mechanics and sounds make them the ultimate gnostic machines (like the &ldquo;Uriel machine&rdquo; but more fun).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180403133817-20170312003648-72_NOG.jpg" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><em>The 72 Names of God (From the Old Testament)</em>, 2017, New media. <strong>&copy;</strong>&nbsp;Centro Cultural Espa&ntilde;a en Mexico&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Who are three artists we should know but probably don&rsquo;t?</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2013/09/04/arts/shuji-terayamas-underground-public-stage/#.WrKZN2bmHeQ" target="_blank">Shuji Terayama</a>, the Japanese Andy Warhol meets R.W. Fassbinder of the Japanese New Wave.</p> <p>I am sure you all know about <a href="http://iracohen.com/index.php/gallery/81/" target="_blank">Ira Cohen</a> but I am still gonna add him here just to pay our respects to the American psychedelic photography guru of the sixties.</p> <p>And last but not least, here are the &ldquo;Meridian Brothers,&rdquo; Colombia&rsquo;s greatest contemporary Situationist band, here with their instant classic &ldquo;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPYU5y_bzNQ" target="_blank">D&oacute;nde estas Mar&iacute;a?</a>&rdquo; with none other than Bo Diddley&rsquo;s &ldquo;It&rsquo;s Alright&rdquo; riff (that later Peter Kember&rsquo;s Spectrum also took during the nineties).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&mdash;The ArtSlant Team</p> <p><em>ArtSlant is an open Arts community with over 200,000 free, user-generated&nbsp;<a href="http://www.artslant.com/ny/intros/plans" target="_blank">artist profiles</a>. The support of our community is an essential part of our mission.&nbsp;Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your&nbsp;<a href="http://www.artslant.com/global/articles/show/11143" target="_blank">watchlist.</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:12px;">(Image at top: <em>Magick Dance</em>, 2011, Vinyl dance-steps, album, record player, photos, Variable dimensions. <strong>&copy;</strong>&nbsp;Halle 14 Leipzig)</span></p> Tue, 03 Apr 2018 06:44:58 -0700 https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list Under the Radar: Ljubica Denkovic | Noni Michelle | Maria Petrenko <table style="width: 100%;"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table align="center" border="0" style="width: 100%;"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><em><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; line-height: 24px;">ArtSlant is an open Arts community with over 200,000 free, user-generated <a href="http://www.artslant.com/ny/intros/plans?utm_source=Radar&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Subs" style="color: #097ff5; text-decoration: none;">artist profiles</a>. The support of our community is an essential part of our mission. Every week we select the best artist profiles from under the radar. </span></em></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><em><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; line-height: 24px;">Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your <a href="http://www.artslant.com/global/articles/show/11143" style="color: #097ff5; text-decoration: none;">watchlist.</a></span></em></span></p> <hr /> <p><a href="https://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/503313-ljubica-denkovic?utm_source=LjubicaDenkovic&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: large;"><span color="#097ff5" face="georgia, palatino" georgia="" large="" palatino="" size="4" style="color: #097ff5; text-decoration: none;">Ljubica Denkovic &ndash; Novi Sad, Serbia</span></span></a></p> <p><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ams/works/show/1097028?utm_source=LjubicaDenkovic&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1097028/u3azr9/20180319133410-b9.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="100%" /></a></p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="padding 0px;" width="33%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ams/works/show/1096021?utm_source=LjubicaDenkovic&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1096021/u3azr9/20180317155339-insta.jpg" width="100%" /></a></td> <td style="padding 0px;" width="33%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ams/works/show/1096041?utm_source=LjubicaDenkovic&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1096041/u3azr9/20180317163705-gffgg.jpg" width="100%" /></a></td> <td style="padding 0px;" width="33%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ams/works/show/1096023?utm_source=LjubicaDenkovic&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1096023/u3azr9/20180317160024-dfsfsv.jpg" width="100%" /></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <hr /> <p><a href="https://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/503133-noni-michelle?utm_source=NoniMichelle&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="color: #097ff5; font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: large;">Noni Michelle &ndash; Montgomery, AL</span></a></p> <p><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ams/works/show/1097487?utm_source= NoniMichelle&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1097487/u3azr9/20180319205000-Brandi.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="100%" /></a></p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="padding 0px;" width="33%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ams/works/show/1097489?utm_source=NoniMichelle&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1097489/mf2ji7/20180319205014-Grill_20x30.jpg" width="100%" /></a></td> <td style="padding 0px;" width="33%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ams/works/show/1097486?utm_source=NoniMichelle&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1097486/u3azr9/20180319204958-George_Kneel_Final.jpg" width="100%" /></a></td> <td style="padding 0px;" width="33%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ams/works/show/1097494?utm_source=NoniMichelle&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1097494/mf2ji7/20180319205138-Vibrance.jpg" width="100%" /></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <hr /> <p><a href="https://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/503354-maria-petrenko?utm_source=MariaPetrenko&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar" style="text-decoration: none;"><span color="#097ff5" face="georgia, palatino" size="4" style="color: #097ff5; font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: large;">Maria Petrenko &ndash; Kyiv, Ukraine</span></a></p> <p><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ams/works/show/1096569?utm_source=MariaPetrenko&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1096569/u3azr9/20180318204636-1.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="100%" /></a></p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="padding 0px;" width="33%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ams/works/show/1096507?utm_source=MariaPetrenko&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1096507/mf2ji7/20180318194104-Maria_Petrenko_InOut_6.JPG" width="100%" /></a></td> <td style="padding 0px;" width="33%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ams/works/show/1096566?utm_source=MariaPetrenko&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1096566/mf2ji7/20180318204633-2.jpg" width="100%" /></a></td> <td style="padding 0px;" width="33%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ams/works/show/1096510?utm_source=MariaPetrenko&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1096510/mf2ji7/20180318194111-Maria_Petrenko_InOut_9.JPG" width="100%" /></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium; line-height: 24px;">ArtSlant supports thousands of contemporary artists through our outreach and exposure programs&mdash;come join the best online arts community today!</span></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <table align="center" style="margin: 0px auto;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="padding 0px;" width="50%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/par/foundation?utm_source=Radar&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Residency"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/84518/3mfh/20150605182447-residency-logo-300.jpg" width="100%" /></a></td> <td style="padding 0px;" width="50%"><a href="http://www.artslant.com/ny/intros/plans?utm_source=Radar&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Subs"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/84518/3mfh/20150605182549-profile-subscriptions-logo-300.jpg" width="100%" /></span></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Mon, 02 Apr 2018 08:52:38 -0700 https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list Clash of Political Visuals, Part Two <p><em><a href="https://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/494242-ali-fitzgerald?tab=REVIEWS" target="_blank">&ldquo;City of Lights, City of Fonts&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;is a&nbsp;blog and visual diary created by ArtSlant&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="https://www.artslant.com/ny/foundation" target="_blank">Georgia Fee Artist-in-Residence</a>, Ali Fitzgerald.&nbsp;Fitzgerald will explore France&rsquo;s evolving visual relationship to propaganda, looking deeply at aesthetics of nationalism and politicized otherness.&nbsp;With sketches, writing, and graphic vignettes, she will document fonts, signage, and France&#39;s history of drawing as activism.</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p>I&rsquo;ve been thinking a lot lately about how we forge the symbols and icons of resistance. Last week, during the March for Our Lives, images of Parkland High School student and gun control activist Emma Gonzalez circulated which recall older, lionizing posters of resistance fighters. In fact, her frontal, defiant pose resembles several wartime depictions of Joan of Arc.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180326160225-Artslant_11_2.jpeg" /></p> <p>Like the recent marches, one of the first acts of resistance during the German occupation of France was carried out by secondary students. In November of 1940, young people marched down the Champs-&Eacute;lys&eacute;es to celebrate the Allied victory in the First World War and to protest German occupation in Paris. Many were arrested and imprisoned.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180326160342-Artslant_11_3.jpeg" /></p> <p>There were several different, evolving (and sometimes competing) bands of French resistance during World War II. But many employed the same iconic answer to the swastika: the Cross of Lorraine. The cross was used in the Alsace region earlier in the 20th century as a patriotic gesture against annexation and previously was associated with Joan of Arc. French resistance fighters often wore armbands decorated by the cross to identify each other.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180326160406-Artslant_11_4.jpeg" /></p> <p>Marianne and the Statue of Liberty were also symbols of resistance. This was fitting because with a shrinking male population, resistance members included many women. The resistance poster below reads, &ldquo;Live Free or Die.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180326160431-Artslant_11_5.jpg" /></p> <p>As soon as France fell, undergound newspapers began to appear. Some communist papers were already used to clandestine print operations. Anti-Nazi publications were titled things like &ldquo;R&eacute;sistance,&rdquo; &ldquo;Verit&eacute;,&rdquo; and &ldquo;Combat.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180326160451-Artslant_11_6.jpg" /></p> <p>These were published late at night in presses sympathetic to the cause, but those involved had to be careful that the typefaces used differed from official documents so they wouldn&rsquo;t be discovered. The papers themselves often only consisted of one sheet because materials like paper were in short supply.</p> <p>Next time: revolutionary resistance posters from May 1968. Below is my rendering of &ldquo;Consommez&rdquo; by Atelier Populaire, and reads, &ldquo;The Fight Continues.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180326160511-Artslant_11_7.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&mdash;<a href="https://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/494242-ali-fitzgerald" target="_blank">Ali Fitzgerald</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 Mar 2018 04:16:39 -0700 https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list Carolyn Frischling Answers 5 Questions <p><em>This is&nbsp;5 Questions. Each week, we send five questions to an artist featured in&nbsp;<a href="https://www.artslant.com/ams/articles/show/46283-b-stylecolor-333333under-the-radar-valerie-veator-carolyn-frischling-gulten-imamoglub" target="_blank">Under the Radar</a>, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from <a href="https://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/84194-carolyn-frischling?tab=PROFILE" target="_blank">Carolyn Frischling</a>.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What are you trying to communicate with your work?</strong></p> <p>Right now, I want to make things that will last...meditative and contemplative objects...about things that are felt but not thought...mysteries, wonder, and love.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180323082342-20160217014101-yes2.jpg" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><em>Quidditas #selfie II</em>, 2016, Digital C print on aluminum panel with cast resin</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What is an artist&rsquo;s responsibility?</strong></p> <p>In my opinion, an artist&rsquo;s primary responsibility is to reinterpret for our times the recurring themes important to humankind. Some artists express this intuitively without having formally studied art.</p> <p><strong>Show us the greatest thing you ever made (art&nbsp;or not)?</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180323082015-image1.jpeg" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><em>Avvolgente | Enfolding</em>, 76 x 55 x 46 cm, 30 x 22 x 18 in., Bianco Piastramarina, Origination: Cave Focolaccia, METAMORPHIC RESONANCE, <a href="https://www.digitalstoneproject.com/" target="_blank">Digital Stone Project</a> Exhibition, Pietrasanta, Italy 2017</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Tell us about a work you want to make but never will:</strong></p> <p>The only thing that would prevent me from making something is the high cost of making.</p> <p><strong>Who are three artists we should know but probably don&rsquo;t?</strong></p> <p><a href="http://mariondiquinzio.com" target="_blank">Marion Di Quinzio</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.instagram.com/mariondiquinzio" target="_blank">@mariondiquinzio</a></p> <p><a href="http://michaelwalshart.com/" target="_blank">Michael Walsh</a>, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/michaelwalshsculptor" target="_blank">@michaelwalshsculptor</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.embodiment.us/" target="_blank">Justin James Sehorn</a>, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/tuff_lung" target="_blank">@tuff_lung</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Find more from Carolyn Frischling on her <a href="https://www.carolynfrischling.com" target="_blank">website</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/carolynfrischling/" target="_blank">Instagram</a>.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&mdash;The ArtSlant Team</p> <p><em>ArtSlant is an open Arts community with over 200,000 free, user-generated&nbsp;<a href="http://www.artslant.com/ny/intros/plans">artist profiles</a>. The support of our community is an essential part of our mission.&nbsp;Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your&nbsp;<a href="http://www.artslant.com/global/articles/show/11143">watchlist.</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:12px;">(Image at top:&nbsp;<em>Simoom</em>, 2016, Video)</span></p> Sun, 25 Mar 2018 08:58:12 -0700 https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list Under the Radar: Mladen Stropnik | Rachel L. Hausmann | Scott Mossman <table style="width: 100%;"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table align="center" border="0" style="width: 100%;"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><em><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; line-height: 24px;">ArtSlant is an open Arts community with over 200,000 free, user-generated <a href="http://www.artslant.com/ny/intros/plans?utm_source=Radar&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Subs" style="color: #097ff5; text-decoration: none;">artist profiles</a>. The support of our community is an essential part of our mission. Every week our editors select the best artist profiles from under the radar. </span></em></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><em><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; line-height: 24px;">Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your <a href="http://www.artslant.com/global/articles/show/11143" style="color: #097ff5; text-decoration: none;">watchlist.</a></span></em></span></p> <hr /> <p><a href="https://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/56913-mladen-stropnik?utm_source=MladenStropnik&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: large;"><span color="#097ff5" face="georgia, palatino" georgia="" large="" palatino="" size="4" style="color: #097ff5; text-decoration: none;">Mladen Stropnik &ndash; Ljubljana</span></span></a></p> <p><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ew/works/show/1057568?utm_source=MladenStropnik&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1057568/u3azr9/20171109083730-IMG_0218.JPG" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="100%" /></a></p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="padding 0px;" width="33%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ew/works/show/1057566?utm_source=MladenStropnik&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1057566/u3azr9/20170731043725-Mladen_Stropnik_01.jpg" width="100%" /></a></td> <td style="padding 0px;" width="33%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ew/works/show/1057580?utm_source=MladenStropnik&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1057580/mf2ji7/20170731044117-wheres_the_blue_jacket__the_question_is_directed_at_the_owner__PAINTING.jpg" width="100%" /></a></td> <td style="padding 0px;" width="33%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ew/works/show/1066408?utm_source=MladenStropnik&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1066408/u3azr9/20171109084053-IMG_0090.JPG" width="100%" /></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <hr /> <p><a href="https://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/492632-rachel-l-hausmann?utm_source=RachelLHausmann&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="color: #097ff5; font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: large;">Rachel L. Hausmann &ndash; Milwaukee</span></a></p> <p><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ew/works/show/1066843?utm_source= RachelLHausmann&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1066843/u3azr9/20171006205021-Hausmann_1.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="100%" /></a></p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="padding 0px;" width="33%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ew/works/show/1066841?utm_source=RachelLHausmann&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1066841/mf2ji7/20171006205020-1920Hausmann_High_Life_Tall_Boys_Sized.jpg" width="100%" /></a></td> <td style="padding 0px;" width="33%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ew/works/show/1066842?utm_source=RachelLHausmann&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1066842/mf2ji7/20171006205021-Edited_SIZED_NEW_ADJ_IMG_0152.jpg" width="100%" /></a></td> <td style="padding 0px;" width="33%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ew/works/show/1066844?utm_source=RachelLHausmann&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1066844/mf2ji7/20171006205022-Hausmann_Rachel_05.jpg" width="100%" /></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <hr /> <p><a href="https://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/395641-scott-mossman---sculpture?utm_source=ScottMossman&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar" style="text-decoration: none;"><span color="#097ff5" face="georgia, palatino" size="4" style="color: #097ff5; font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: large;">Scott Mossman &ndash; Chicago</span></a></p> <p><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ew/works/show/1065017?utm_source=ScottMossman&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1065017/u3azr9/20171004192836-Mossman_4_CornerCurveinRedYellowandBlue.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="100%" /></a></p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="padding 0px;" width="33%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ew/works/show/1065015?utm_source=ScottMossman&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1065015/mf2ji7/20171004192805-Mossman_5_RampinRedWhiteandBlue.jpg" width="100%" /></a></td> <td style="padding 0px;" width="33%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ew/works/show/1065019?utm_source=ScottMossman&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1065019/mf2ji7/20171022150723-IMG_0016.JPG" width="100%" /></a></td> <td style="padding 0px;" width="33%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ew/works/show/1065008?utm_source=ScottMossman&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1065008/mf2ji7/20171004200507-CorbelwithRedBlueandWhite1.JPG" width="100%" /></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium; line-height: 24px;">ArtSlant supports thousands of contemporary artists through our outreach and exposure programs&mdash;come join the best online arts community today!</span></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <table align="center" style="margin: 0px auto;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="padding 0px;" width="50%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/par/foundation?utm_source=Radar&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Residency"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/84518/3mfh/20150605182447-residency-logo-300.jpg" width="100%" /></a></td> <td style="padding 0px;" width="50%"><a href="http://www.artslant.com/ny/intros/plans?utm_source=Radar&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Subs"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/84518/3mfh/20150605182549-profile-subscriptions-logo-300.jpg" width="100%" /></span></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Wed, 28 Mar 2018 06:55:20 -0700 https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list Clash of Political Visuals, Part One <p><em><a href="https://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/494242-ali-fitzgerald?tab=REVIEWS" target="_blank">&ldquo;City of Lights, City of Fonts&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;is a&nbsp;blog and visual diary created by ArtSlant&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&amp;q=https://www.artslant.com/ny/foundation&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1517302926405000&amp;usg=AFQjCNG2iJiiFloEnyaBex_3a9Pp4gWxdQ" href="https://www.artslant.com/ny/foundation" target="_blank">Georgia Fee Artist-in-Residence</a>, Ali Fitzgerald.&nbsp;Fitzgerald will explore France&rsquo;s evolving visual relationship to propaganda, looking deeply at aesthetics of nationalism and politicized otherness.&nbsp;With sketches, writing, and graphic vignettes, she will document fonts, signage, and France&#39;s history of drawing as activism.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As I spoke about before, France was the birthplace of the lithographic poster as art form. But<br /> the Art Nouveau poster gave way to different, more propagandistic uses in the two World Wars.<br /> During the German occupation between 1940&ndash;1944, the city was awash in German and Vichy<br /> propaganda posters and signs, as well as competing images from the resistance.</p> <p>British historian Ian Ousby wrote of that time:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/7368/bdd/20180320001144-Artslant_10_1.jpeg" /></p> <p>Symbols of Paris were painted over and repurposed by the invading army. The city&rsquo;s famously<br /> ornate lettering was replaced by sparser, authoritative fonts. Sometimes they were Germanic<br /> and Gothic fonts:</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/7368/bdd/20180320001331-Artslant_10_2.jpeg" /></p> <p><span style="text-align: center;">At other times they used restrained and modern san-serifs:</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/7368/bdd/20180320001429-Artslant_10_3.jpeg" /></p> <p>The differences between older Parisian aesthetics and this new iconography were striking and<br /> incongruous. Famously, the Eiffel Tower was adorned with a banner that read: &ldquo;Germany<br /> Conquers on All Fronts.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/7368/bdd/20180320001509-Artslant_10_4.jpeg" /></p> <p>Posters shifted alongside signage, and began to borrow heavily from Nazi imagery of farmland,<br /> Aryan workers, nuclear families, and invading Bolsheviks.</p> <p>In the image below, a woman tries to stave off a masked Russian soldier who is bringing a<br /> bloody bouquet of death. She&rsquo;s wearing a flower similar to that worn by Marianne, a nod to her<br /> patriotic leanings.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/7368/bdd/20180320001537-Artslant_10_5.jpeg" /></p> <p>Although conditions were dire in occupied Paris, Andr&eacute; Zucca presented a sunny, lively city in<br /> his photographs for the German propaganda magazine <em>Signal</em>, photographing women in high<br /> heels and amiable German soldiers as tourists.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/7368/bdd/20180320001615-Artslant_10_6.jpeg" /></p> <p><br /> Germany didn&rsquo;t just take over the economy of France after the invasion, but also conquered the visuals of a country steeped in pictorial history.</p> <p>Next time I&rsquo;ll talk a bit about the visual output of the resistance with underground newspapers,<br /> hidden flags, and clandestine posters. In the meantime, here is a group of resistance fighters<br /> stealthily putting up some posters in Paris:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/7368/bdd/20180320115552-Artslant_10_7__1_.jpeg" /></p> <p>&mdash;<a href="https://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/494242-ali-fitzgerald">Ali Fitzgerald</a></p> Mon, 26 Mar 2018 09:01:03 -0700 https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list Emmanuel Monzon Answers 5 Questions <p><em>This is&nbsp;5 Questions. Each week, we send five questions to an artist featured in&nbsp;<a href="https://www.artslant.com/ew/articles/show/49066-under-the-radar-emmanuel-monzon-irina-raffo-feifan-zhang" target="_blank">Under the Radar</a>, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from <a href="https://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/428889-emmanuel-monzon?tab=PROFILE" target="_blank">Emmanuel Monzon</a>.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What are you trying to communicate with your work?</strong></p> <p>There is no judgment in my work, no denunciation. My field of play is a country where the landscape is shaped by and for people on the move. Without a second thought, this world is going through a perpetual mutation, which sees a new city rising, another one dying, leaving them laid out indistinctly one next to the other. This visual chaos is my source of inspiration.</p> <p>What I want to share and convey is a kind of bliss, calm, stillness. It is also the acceptance of these places despite their appearance of devastation. I create a narrative in my pictures so the viewer can continue each photograph&rsquo;s story.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180319091115-20161104185815-emmanuel_monzon_1.jpg.JPG" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What is an artist&rsquo;s responsibility?</strong></p> <p>Your question raises other questions:</p> <p style="margin-left: 80px;">&bull; What is the place of an artist in our society?<br /> &bull;&nbsp;Can an artist be engaged in politics?<br /> &bull;&nbsp;Can an artist be totally free or are we controlled by some form of authority (galleries, museums, art critics)?<br /> &bull;&nbsp;Is the artist responsible for his acts or can he be irresponsible?<br /> &bull;&nbsp;Does the artist have a social or political responsibility?</p> <p>For me, if one can find something interesting in the work of an artist (be it the artist&rsquo;s vision or an evaluation of the world), then the artist has probably understood something about the world. This understanding can be called responsibility.</p> <p>I see my responsibility as being more humble. I try to create pictures where narration, detachment, and mystery coexist. As a result, my photos don&rsquo;t reveal all their secrets.</p> <p><strong>Show us the greatest thing you ever made (art or not).</strong></p> <p>I chose two pictures which mark the start of a new body of work and which would take me through a long journey:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180319090956-04.JPG" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180319091009-01.JPG" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Tell us about a work you want to make but never will:</strong></p> <p>It is not necessarily a new work but rather a new place I want to go: Baltimore... the place to be for photographers!</p> <p><strong>Who are three artists we should know but probably don&rsquo;t?</strong></p> <p>It is difficult to make a choice, but here are three of my favorites artists:&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://patrickjoust.com/" target="_blank">Patrick Joust</a>, <a href="http://www.aranthell.com/" target="_blank">Aranthell</a>, and <a href="http://www.noralowinsky.com/" target="_blank">Nora Lowinsky</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&mdash;The ArtSlant Team</p> <p><em>ArtSlant is an open Arts community with over 200,000 free, user-generated&nbsp;<a href="http://www.artslant.com/ny/intros/plans" target="_blank">artist profiles</a>. The support of our community is an essential part of our mission&mdash;from our&nbsp;<a href="https://www.artslant.com/ew/articles/editorial" target="_blank">magazine</a>&nbsp;to our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.artslant.com/ny/articles/show/33747" target="_blank">residency</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.artslant.com/ny/articles/show/8456?utm_source=Radar&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Prize" target="_blank">prize</a>.&nbsp;Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your&nbsp;<a href="http://www.artslant.com/global/articles/show/11143" target="_blank">watchlist.</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 Mar 2018 02:17:23 -0700 https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list Under the Radar: Ricardo V Ruiz | Mathew Tucker | Samantha Charette <table style="width: 100%;"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table align="center" border="0" style="width: 100%;"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><em><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; line-height: 24px;">ArtSlant is an open Arts community with over 200,000 free, user-generated <a href="http://www.artslant.com/ny/intros/plans?utm_source=Radar&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Subs" style="color: #097ff5; text-decoration: none;">artist profiles</a>. The support of our community is an essential part of our mission &mdash; from our <a href="http://www.artslant.com/ny/articles/editorial?utm_source=Radar&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Mag" style="color: #097ff5; text-decoration: none;">magazine</a> to our <a href="http://www.artslant.com/ny/articles/show/33747" style="color: #097ff5; text-decoration: none;">residency</a> and <a href="http://www.artslant.com/ny/articles/show/8456?utm_source=Radar&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Prize" style="color: #097ff5; text-decoration: none;">prize</a>. Every week our editors select the best artist profiles from under the radar. </span></em></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><em><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; line-height: 24px;">Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your <a href="http://www.artslant.com/global/articles/show/11143" style="color: #097ff5; text-decoration: none;">watchlist.</a></span></em></span></p> <hr /> <p><a href="https://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/502659-ricardo-v-ruiz?utm_source=RicardoVRuiz&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: large;"><span color="#097ff5" face="georgia, palatino" georgia="" large="" palatino="" size="4" style="color: #097ff5; text-decoration: none;">Ricardo V Ruiz &ndash; Richmond, VA</span></span></a></p> <p><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ew/works/show/1093733?utm_source=RicardoVRuiz&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1093733/u3azr9/20180310182238-Ruiz_Ricardo_4.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="100%" /></a></p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="padding 0px;" width="33%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ew/works/show/1093744?utm_source=RicardoVRuiz&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1093744/u3azr9/20180310182250-Ruiz_Ricardo_14.PNG" width="100%" /></a></td> <td style="padding 0px;" width="33%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ew/works/show/1093745?utm_source=RicardoVRuiz&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1093745/u3azr9/20180310182250-Ruiz_Ricardo_15.jpg" width="100%" /></a></td> <td style="padding 0px;" width="33%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ew/works/show/1093743?utm_source=RicardoVRuiz&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1093743/u3azr9/20180310182249-Ruiz_Ricardo_12.jpg" width="100%" /></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <hr /> <p><a href="https://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/451700-mathew-tucker?utm_source=MatthewTucker&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="color: #097ff5; font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: large;">Mathew Tucker &ndash; New York</span></a></p> <p><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ny/works/show/1088506?utm_source= MatthewTucker&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1088506/u3azr9/20180216155146-Yellow_Space.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="100%" /></a></p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="padding 0px;" width="33%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ny/works/show/1088490?utm_source=MatthewTucker&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1088490/u3azr9/20180216155032-Blue_Space.jpg" width="100%" /></a></td> <td style="padding 0px;" width="33%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ny/works/show/1088486?utm_source=MatthewTucker&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1088486/u3azr9/20180216154629-Hot_Green_Space.jpg" width="100%" /></a></td> <td style="padding 0px;" width="33%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ny/works/show/1088507?utm_source=MatthewTucker&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1088507/u3azr9/20180216155331-A_Place_to_Eat.jpg" width="100%" /></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <hr /> <p><a href="https://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/502162-samantha-charette?utm_source=SamanthaCharette&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar" style="text-decoration: none;"><span color="#097ff5" face="georgia, palatino" size="4" style="color: #097ff5; font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: large;">Samantha Charette &ndash; London, Ontario</span></a></p> <p><a href="https://www.artslant.com/trn/works/show/1092441?utm_source=SamanthaCharette&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1092441/u3azr9/20180303190931-We_Are_Pressed_Together.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="100%" /></a></p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="padding 0px;" width="33%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/trn/works/show/1092437?utm_source=SamanthaCharette&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1092437/mf2ji7/20180303190845-A_Second_Look_at_Timothy.jpg" width="100%" /></a></td> <td style="padding 0px;" width="33%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/trn/works/show/1092450?utm_source=SamanthaCharette&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1092450/mf2ji7/20180303191003-6_copy.jpg" width="100%" /></a></td> <td style="padding 0px;" width="33%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/trn/works/show/1092439?utm_source=SamanthaCharette&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Radar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/work/image/1092439/mf2ji7/20180303190857-She_Reclaims_the_Female_Nude.jpg" width="100%" /></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium; line-height: 24px;">ArtSlant supports thousands of contemporary artists through our outreach and exposure programs&mdash;come join the best online arts community today!</span></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="padding 0px;" width="25%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/par/articles/show/8456"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/84518/3mfh/20180222200008-ArtSlant_Prize_X_2018-01.png" style="width: 100%;" /></a></td> <td style="padding 0px;" width="25%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/par/foundation?utm_source=Radar&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Residency"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/84518/3mfh/20150605182447-residency-logo-300.jpg" width="100%" /></a></td> <td style="padding 0px;" width="25%"><a href="https://www.artslant.com/ew/articles/show/48965-our-new-residency-is-now-accepting-applications-process-park" style="font-family: georgia, palatino;"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/84518/3mfh/20171204002549-Process-park-logo-sq.jpg" width="100%" /></a></td> <td style="padding 0px;" width="25%"><a href="http://www.artslant.com/ny/intros/plans?utm_source=Radar&amp;utm_medium=image&amp;utm_campaign=Subs"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino;"><img src="http://dbprng00ikc2j.cloudfront.net/userimages/84518/3mfh/20150605182549-profile-subscriptions-logo-300.jpg" width="100%" /></span></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:41:00 -0700 https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list Joan of Arc, Part Two <p><em><a href="https://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/494242-ali-fitzgerald?tab=REVIEWS">&ldquo;City of Lights, City of Fonts&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;is a&nbsp;blog and visual diary created by ArtSlant&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&amp;q=https://www.artslant.com/ny/foundation&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1517302926405000&amp;usg=AFQjCNG2iJiiFloEnyaBex_3a9Pp4gWxdQ" href="https://www.artslant.com/ny/foundation">Georgia Fee Artist-in-Residence</a>, Ali Fitzgerald.&nbsp;Fitzgerald will explore France&rsquo;s evolving visual relationship to propaganda, looking deeply at aesthetics of nationalism and politicized otherness.&nbsp;With sketches, writing, and graphic vignettes, she will document fonts, signage, and France&rsquo;s history of drawing as activism.&nbsp;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>During the years of German occupation (1940&ndash;1944), the image of Joan of Arc was used both by the collaborationist Vichy government and Charles de Gaulle&rsquo;s <em>r&eacute;sistance.</em></p> <p>Vichy leader Phillipe P&eacute;tain liked her better than the other, older symbol of the republic, Marianne, because:</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">1. She wasn&rsquo;t topless</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">2. She heard voices and was really, really into god</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">3. She dressed like a man</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">4. She was an Anglophobe</p> <p>He painted her as the devout symbol of the Vichy&rsquo;s fascist, religious new governance:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180314203754-Artslant_9_1.jpg" /></p> <p>But this portrayal was contradictory to the Vichy government&rsquo;s belief in &ldquo;traditional roles&rdquo; for women. Vichy textbooks recounted her deeds but discouraged girls from following in Joan&rsquo;s footsteps.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180314203830-artslant_9_2.jpg" /></p> <p>On the resistance side, Charles de Gaulle used her as an image of an evolving French nationalism. She was a symbol of anti-clerical courage and a quasi-feminist icon.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180314203911-artslant_9_3.jpeg" /></p> <p>After World War II, images of Joan of Arc disappeared from public life. She was too closely aligned with the Vichy government, antisemitism and the far-right.</p> <p>Charles De Gaulle&rsquo;s government wanted to rebuild France and forget the complicity of their countrymen.</p> <p>But Joan&rsquo;s image wasn&rsquo;t only used in France. America, Britain, and Germany all made propaganda posters featuring Joan during both World Wars. The most famous is probably this American poster from 1918.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180314204024-artslant_9_4.jpeg" /></p> <p>More on wartime posters next time!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> &mdash;<a href="https://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/494242-ali-fitzgerald" target="_blank">Ali Fitzgerald</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 01:46:41 -0700 https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list Fecal Matter: The Design Provocateurs Subverting Fashion’s Throwaway Culture <p><em>We run an online magazine, so of course, we&rsquo;re interested in what&rsquo;s happening with art on the web. Every other Wednesday online gallerist, founder, and curator of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.digitalsweatgallery.com/" target="_blank">Digital Sweat Gallery</a>, Christian Petersen, selects a Web Artist of the Week.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Hannah Rose Dalton and Steven Raj Bhaskaran are international, multi-disciplinary art provocateurs who create under the brand name <a href="https://www.instagram.com/matieresfecales/?hl=en" target="_blank">Fecal Matter</a>. They formed Fecal Matter in 2016 to express their uncensored views through fashion, film, music, photography, and performance.</p> <p>Through their collected work, Fecal Matter have created a world of dark, confrontational fantasy that encourages critical and free thinking about our own beliefs and perceived realities. The deliberate subversion and disruption of expected aesthetics and behaviors within their chosen disciplines have lead to huge extremes in how they have been received. Reactions have ranged from &ldquo;extreme passion&rdquo; to &ldquo;vilified hatred.&rdquo; But the negativity has only strengthened their resolve to express solidarity with other &ldquo;outsiders&rdquo;&mdash;&ldquo;to give courage to those who are just beginning to discover themselves.&rdquo;</p> <p>Fecal Matter are probably best known for their uncompromising approach to fashion. Their surreal, visceral, and alien creations are a direct reflection of their opinions about the wider fashion industry. Their views are not only expressed by the subversive aesthetic, but also through their whole method of construction, promotion, and distribution. It took a while for them to find the confidence to embrace existing wholly within their provocative vision, but they found the resolve to do so with the question: &ldquo;if you don&rsquo;t have the guts to wear your own designs, then who will?&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180314133207-FECALMATTER-VOGUE.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Christian Petersen: What were you like as children?</strong></p> <p><strong>Fecal Matter:</strong> Steven is originally from Sri Lanka and Guyana and Hannah was born in New Zealand but both of us grew up in Montreal. Although we only met each other a couple years ago, we both had been spiritually and physically creating ever since we were young. We were fascinated with the idea of creating something that had more to it than just beauty, shape, and texture. We understood the notion of censorship from a young age and were always trying to challenge that through creating.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180314133309-FECAL6.jpg" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <table align="center" width="600"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="padding: 10px;"> <p style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: large; color: rgb(31, 31, 31); text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><em>&ldquo;Calling our platform Fecal Matter was really a stab at the heart of the industry&mdash;showing that all of these material belongings we are all collecting and harvesting is all just shit at the end of the day.&rdquo;</em></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>CP: What were your early experiences of the internet and how did they affect you?</strong></p> <p><strong>FM:</strong> We were both very obsessed with Sims and similar games that you can play through the use of a computer. These parallel universe-like games were really an introduction to us on the power of the internet and the idea of a simulated reality.</p> <p>For a long time I (Hannah) rejected social media in my youth as a way to combat the boundaries of privacy and the egotistical side of invasive new technologies for that time. But as we all know, these machines became more and more a part of our lives that none of us really had a choice but to accept them into our homes, our lives, and soon our bodies. Our relationship with the internet now is quite different. We purely see it as a tool. We also understand it&rsquo;s a device that is watching us and we are aware of its constant presence. We use our work to question the power and control technology has on humanity.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180314133711-FM2.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>CP: Did you ever feel that you were part of an online community?</strong></p> <p><strong>FM:</strong> It is very hard for people to understand our true self and for society to grasp our vision of what it means to be human. So we always felt that our community was really just within the two of us because we were the only ones who understood our values. But due to the internet and its ability to link us to people all over the planet, we do feel as though there is a larger than life community of people all over the world that really connect on a mental and spiritual level as we all contribute to the world in our own ways. It&rsquo;s more than just a Facebook group you can link onto or a party you can all attend: it&rsquo;s something purely non physical, almost ethereal.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180314133752-FM3.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>CP: When did you first understand what fashion meant?</strong></p> <p><strong>FM:</strong> Our definition of fashion is always developing. Fashion is something that changes with time and us too, as humans, as cells, we mutate and grow, so our vocabulary, references, and ideas transform with that. As young kids you are not exposed to or have access to knowledge as much as you do when you are 7, 14, or in your 20s. We really began to create our own definition of fashion around the age of 14. And it is only now that we can manifest it and make our definition come to life.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180314133827-FECAL10.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <table align="center" width="600"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="padding: 10px;"> <p style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: large; color: rgb(31, 31, 31); text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><em>&ldquo;We use our work to question the power and control technology has on humanity.&rdquo;</em></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>CP: When did you first start to think about social issues and politics?</strong></p> <p><strong>FM:</strong> I (Steven) never had the opportunity to just think about social issues and politics because I was experiencing it at first hand. Growing up, I faced a lot of discrimination and hate from the very closed-minded environment I was forced to be around. I had to protect myself from the violence I was exposed to as a child. So that is how I was introduced to all the real issues people face concerning race, gender, sexuality, and poverty&mdash;through my own struggles. Hannah has been passionate about social issues and politics since a very young age. Her curiosity and passion for discovery led her to countless hours of research about what was happening behind the closed doors of the picture perfect house the media likes to sell to society.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180314133858-FECAL5.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>CP: When you (Hannah) were a teenager <a href="http://kaonlinemagazine.com/one-to-watch-hannah-rose-dalton/">you got some press</a> for rejecting mass-produced clothing. Can you talk about that? </strong></p> <p><strong>FM:</strong> When you are a young kid you are always told lies; the truth is sugar coated. But as a young girl I took it upon myself to discover that adults were lying to other adults and sugar coating the world for even themselves. I began researching the clothing brands I would wear and spend my own money on. As a 14 year old I learned about child labor, unlivable wages, and the conditions of work that even I was putting pressure on companies to uphold. I remember going to school the next day and telling my friend that I was never going to buy from H&amp;M, Zara, Gap, or Abercrombie &amp; Fitch again. From there I really had to teach myself how to sew, how to make patterns, and how to create myself a new wardrobe that didn&rsquo;t promote fast fashion. I definitely became an activist for this cause and spent all the time I could revealing the truth behind the label and exposing the harsh reality of the fashion industry. Looking back, I obviously still have strong thoughts about the fashion industry but I choose to express it in a different way. Instead of projecting very vocally my thoughts on the industry, instead I just practice what I preach by offering individuals clothing from Fecal Matter that do not support those industries. We give society/clients an alternative.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180314133337-MADRIDDDDD.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>CP: When did you start to reject visually &ldquo;traditional&rdquo; fashion?</strong></p> <p><strong>FM:</strong> Steven once said to me: &ldquo;if you don&rsquo;t have the guts to wear your own designs, then who will?&rdquo; Before meeting each other, we were each simply too afraid to be the person we wanted to be. Being honest with your outer appearance does cause, without a doubt, a lot of safety issues, concern from family members, daily attacks, stigma, judgment from classmates/friends, stress and anxiety; there is a possibility you will lose it all. Looking back, we were too afraid to risk our lives for what we believed in. It is easier to look like everyone else than be the pink elephant in the room. Even today, there is still such a heaviness that you feel when out in public or around strangers. Although you may feel and look fabulous, there is at times this weight put on your body and your mind from being that pink elephant 24/7 in a world full of clones. I (Hannah) was always in love with what Steven would draw and come up with for his school projects, but never felt that they could be worn (even though I wished I could). It really was about finding that courage and strength between the two of us to be able to dress and feel how we wanted and risk losing everything.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180314133920-FECAL1.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>CP: How was your art school experience and what influence has it had on your practice?</strong></p> <p><strong>FM:</strong> Because our school was so technical, it allowed us to explode afterward with creativity and a drive to push boundaries even further than we thought was possible. We had a strong desire to challenge censorship and create with no rules. After going to such a technical school, our thirst for combatting corporatized clothing and meaningless designs was so strong (and still is today), that we really risked our lives for Fecal Matter and created a space for us where reality was able to be put in question.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180314133643-FECAL11.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>CP: When did you first meet? What were your first impressions?</strong></p> <p><strong>FM:</strong> We didn&rsquo;t really like each other at first. Although we were in the same class, we were not friends. Personally, I (Hannah) always admired Steven&rsquo;s school projects. I thought his designs were always highly complex in terms of their thought process and had imaginative shapes and structures that really created a new identity of fashion for me. But other than that we really did not connect. It was only until much later that Steven randomly came up to me while I was sewing in class and we suddenly felt like we must have met in a prior lifetime. I had never found another person who had the same mission as myself, the same passion for topics I wanted to explore through fashion. Ultimately we realized that our life paths were looking in the same direction. So why not walk the path and combat all that comes with life together?!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180314134051-FECAL2.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <table align="center" width="600"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="padding: 10px;"> <p style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: large; color: rgb(31, 31, 31); text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><em>&ldquo;With Fecal Matter, you really have to be buying into the design, the message, the fabric, the construction, the technicality... not just the logo on the label.&rdquo;</em></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>CP: How did you come to form Fecal Matter and how would you describe its mission?</strong></p> <p><strong>FM:</strong> We wanted to create a platform that was uncensored and where we could express our ideas to promote critical thinking. We felt as though the market was flooded with garments that were cheap but had no meaning. Simultaneously there was a gush of clothing that was expensive but had no design value other then the banded logo sewn to its back. We wanted to offer our vision of fast fashion as well as our take on the luxury market. Calling our platform Fecal Matter was really a stab at the heart of the industry&mdash;showing that all of these material belongings we are all collecting and harvesting is all just shit at the end of the day. We treat it like shit and eventually we flush it out of our closets and replace it with something new. Fecal Matter was also our way of challenging the luxury market and showing that a brand did not have to be someone&rsquo;s last name to be desirable. With Fecal Matter, you really have to be buying into the design, the message, the fabric, the construction, the technicality...not just the logo that is written on the label.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180314134121-FECAL4.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>CP: How has Fecal Matter evolved?</strong></p> <p><strong>FM: </strong>Although we continue to discuss controversial topics though our work, we definitely understand how to talk about our ideas and how to express them better. As many artists know, miscommunication can lead to a plethora of misunderstandings. Especially when you are first starting to share your ideas with the public, it&rsquo;s easy for ideas to be brought out of context and can be difficult to understand how to talk about subject matter in a way that is not hard to misinterpret. Now, we have a better understanding on how to push those boundaries of censorship.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180314134214-FINALLY.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>CP: How would Fecal Matter be different without the internet?</strong></p> <p><strong>FM:</strong> Well before Instagram, we were dressing up as ourselves, spreading our message from word of mouth, talking about the power of expressing your true identity, and we were obviously creating clothing. So with or without the internet, we would be doing the same thing. The only thing that would be different is that without the internet, we may not be able to reach as many people as fast. But there have been so many creatives, so many souls that existed prior to the internet and we still are learning from their lives today. Society often forgets that humans were happily able to live without technology not so long ago and were able to create far more impressive creations that even now (with the internet) we still cannot understand.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180314134141-cunttttt222.jpg" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>CP: When did you first start using social media to promote your creativity? </strong></p> <p><strong>FM:</strong> We started using social media as a way to share our courage to others. We were aware of how hard it was for us to begin dressing in our own designs and in our own look so we wanted to help others around the world be able to express their true selves. We wanted to showcase that you did not have to be chauffeured around or have specialized makeup artists and stylists like a celebrity to live your truth. We wanted to showcase how you can be yourself in the real world, with real human issues. Today, we still share those moments through social media. Our relationship with social media has its ups and downs. But we really try to focus on the positivity and light that our story can bring to others.</p> <p><strong>CP: Do you think the internet is generally a positive or negative influence on humanity?</strong></p> <p><strong>FM:</strong> We are strong believers in yin and yang, so there is positivity and negativity within everything. You can&rsquo;t have one without the other.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180314133602-FINALCOUNTDOWN.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <table align="center" width="600"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="padding: 10px;"> <p style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: large; color: rgb(31, 31, 31); text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><em>&ldquo;It was hard for us to begin dressing in our own designs... we wanted to help others around the world be able to express their true selves.&rdquo;</em></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>CP: Can you talk about the extremes of reactions that people have had to you work?</strong></p> <p><strong>FM:</strong> There is a vilified hatred as much is there is an extreme passion for our work. People have spat at us on the street, screamed and yelled, beaten us up. We get harassment on the daily, death threats in our inboxes (etc.) but at the same time we have unbelievable amount of support, love, and kindness around us. There are so many who experience the same things we do and don&rsquo;t have that type of support or acceptance. For us it is so important to be able to give courage to those who are just beginning to discover themselves. Even in our own experience, it is very hard for one to begin to look outside the box if they feel like there will be isolation, loneliness or rejection. We hope to offer those individuals a safe spot in their minds and within their hearts where they can understand the power of being authentic.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180314133359-NICK-KNIGHT.jpg" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:14px;">Photo: Nick Knight</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>CP: How has your reception been within the larger fashion industry?</strong></p> <p><strong>FM:</strong> The fashion industry, just like any other, is run by a multitude of highly powered individuals who are afraid of change and need validation before giving it the ok. We will forever be fortunate for the incredibly talented Nick Knight for seeing us without any validation, without hundreds of thousands of followers, without a fashion show, or without really anything other than some imagery that we had created on our Instagram. He brought us to London to be a part of a photo shoot for Chaos SixtyNine. Later we all worked all together on our first fashion show presentation at <a href="http://showstudio.com/project/fecal_matter_ss_18" target="_blank">SHOWstudio</a> in London. We really see Nick as someone who is and continues to push the boundaries of what defines fashion. He has created an uncensored platform for many artists to express their vision. We always say that even if Nick&rsquo;s work had never been discovered by the fashion world or he wasn&rsquo;t considered one of the best fashion photographers of our time, this is still someone we would have wanted to work with regardless. His work has inspired us to see beauty in a new form and help us understand the power of darkness.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.artslant.com/userimages/32120/1dkh/20180314133533-FECAL3.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>CP: What else do you have coming up?</strong></p> <p><strong>FM: </strong>Currently we are working on music and using this new outlet to continue to express our thoughts about reality and the world we exist in. Although we have been DJs for over three years, producing our own tracks and manifesting our sound is something new for us. We are enjoying learning from this new form of self-expression. We are also planning on debuting a new collection this summer, so stay tuned for that.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&mdash;<a href="http://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/441718-christian-petersen?tab=REVIEWS" target="_blank">Christian Petersen</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:14:57 -0700 https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list https://www.artslant.com/ny/Articles/list