tagged: artist studios

Artists' Desks

by Andrea Alessi
The artist’s desk: enchanted playground or torturous wrestling mat? The home of inspiration—or perspiration?  The ubiquitous marker of the workspace holds different meaning for each artist. What they bring to the table tells us something about their process, and perhaps even their artwork. Beyond voyeuristic satisfaction, we think there’s something to learn from getting a glimpse of the artist’s desk, and in this ongoing series we ask artists to share their space with us and tell us a little... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 3/16/16

Artists' Desks

by Andrea Alessi
What can be learned from looking at an artist’s desk? Does the workspace contain the material markers of process? Does it hint at the final outcome of the artwork? Naturally. But as we’ve gleaned from our ongoing exercise in hearing from artists about their desks, what takes place in the studio and on the desktop is not all wrestling with concepts and materials. It’s where the prosaic business of being an artist meets with its more esteemed sidekicks, inspiration and process. In this special... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 3/3/16

Artists' Desks

by Char Jansen
What does the interior architecture of the artist's workspace tell us about their process and practice? In psychoanalytic terms, it's often assumed that the artist's studio is a reflection of the artist's thinking.   But nowadays, the spaces artists inhabit are very different than what they once were: they've had to adapt to a more migratory life, squeezed by bigger economic problems. The desk is really the only universal marker left, a synecdoche of the artist's studio; it's where the action... [more]
Posted by Char Jansen on 1/22/16

Artists' Desks

by Char Jansen
What goes on behind the closed doors of the artists' studio has always fascinated the layperson. What do they do in there? Creative spaces appeal to our aesthetic imagination—they're often laden with eclectic objects, designed to benefit the artist's productivity. Psychologically, the interior architecture of the studio is perhaps assumed to be a reflection of the artist's thinking. But in the post-industrial economy, the spaces artists work in have had to change and adapt to a more migratory... [more]
Posted by Char Jansen on 11/4/15

Artists' Desks

by Char Jansen
"If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?"               —Albert Einstein The art voyeur has often fawned over the luxury artist's studio, and even seen the artist's bed—but the place the real working action happens must surely be the desk (or desktop). Desks for many mean 9 to 5 imprisonment and paperwork drudgery, a dumping ground of daily deitritus—but what does a desk mean to an artist, and what do they keep on it? From toxic paint mixes... [more]
Posted by Char Jansen on 10/13/15

Postcard from Baku: Azerbaijan’s Rising Contemporary Art Scene

by Danna Lorch
Human scale snail sculptures in primary colors dot the pristine terraced lawns leading up to the 57,507-square-meter Heydar Aliyev Center, a Zaha Hadid-designed concert hall and exhibition space that perches like a space station amidst Baku’s congested multi-lane roads and construction cranes busily renovating crumbling Soviet-era architectural beauties. Exterior shot of the Heydar Aliyev Center, designed by Zaha Hadid. Photo: Jeffrey Lorch   A few minutes’ drive along the Caspian is YARAT... [more]
Posted by Danna Lorch on 9/21/15

Artists' Desks

by Char Jansen
In today's atmosphere of techno-voyeurism, we're constantly peeking through the keyhole to see how other people live. The artist's studio has always had a certain allure as a site of creative aspiration and the setting for private artistic practice, like the escort's boudoir it ignites our imagination. But what do artists keep on their most personal work space, their desks—and what does it reveal about their art? Exclusively for our Collector's Catalogue, we invite artists we know from very... [more]
Posted by Char Jansen on 7/14/15

Contested Development: One Person's Growth Is Another's Destruction

by Lauren McQuade
The Arts District farmers' market in Los Angeles is a recent addition to a small but growing community wedged between Little Tokyo and west of the L.A. River. Since June of last year, local sellers, artisans and patrons gather at what is known as the Triangle, or Joel Bloom Square—within sight of what was once legendary West Coast punk venue Al’s Bar.  Al’s opened its doors in 1979 to a sparse population of artists who had been working, and often living illegally, in the decaying warehouses... [more]
Posted by Lauren McQuade on 7/8/15

Made-Up with Danny Volk: S1E7 with Laura Letinsky

by The Artslant Team
Danny Volk talks to artists in their studios about life and art—while they do his make-up. This concept was a new one for us, and, unsurprisingly, it produces some unique moments: see artists like Theaster Gates, Pope.L, and Jessica Stockholder working in their studios as you've never seen them before.  Revisit Season 1 as we anticipate the all-new Made-Up Season 2, to be released this Spring on ArtSlant. This week: Photographer Laura Letinsky gives Danny his creepiest makeover yet while... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 3/20/15

Amsterdam Art Weekend: A Look at the RijksakademieOPEN's Top Artists

by Manus Groenen
This weekend Amsterdam's prestigious Rijksakademie opens its doors for the annual RijksakademieOPEN, a perennial highlight of the Amsterdam Art Weekend, a weekend packed with exhibitions and events, which runs this year from November 27–30. What happens behind the closed doors of the academy is only visible once a year for the general public, so as soon as the doors opened, I went in for a sneak peek. The Rijksakademie is a post-academic institution offering young artists time, space, and both... [more]
Posted by Manus Groenen on 11/28/14
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