Bigindicator

tagged: conceptual
20170622151824-1

Artist Migrations from SF to LA Are Shaping West Coast Aesthetics and Identity

by Leora Lutz
On this particular Saturday in May, it’s unusually quiet in the Tenderloin as I walk from BART up Larkin Street. The San Francisco neighborhood is known for its seedy characteristics, its history of vice, homelessness, happy ending massage parlors, strip clubs, dive bars, single occupancy hotels, and social service centers. Today it feels like a level of caring has taken place, with some new businesses now occupying previously vacant storefronts—the rawness is still there, it just doesn’t feel... [more]
Posted by Leora Lutz on 6/23
20170531183845-crusher

Simon Birch’s 14th Factory Mirrors the Decline of Globalization

by Joel Kuennen
As the European Union signals its distancing from a seven-decade transatlantic alliance, as the United States joins Nicaragua and Syria as the only other nations to demure from the Paris Climate Agreement, as a realignment of global hegemonies occurs before our eyes, there is no better time to reflect on the narrative of globalization. , a warehouse-sized installation currently open in Los Angeles, is the culmination of a life’s work for Simon Birch. A Brit, transplanted to Hong Kong for the... [more]
Posted by Joel Kuennen on 5/31
20170530142230-4359625056_87c7b4c12c_b

Galleries Representing Felix Gonzalez-Torres Are Editing HIV/AIDS from His Legacy: It Needs to Stop

by DARREN JONES
There is no artist more synonymous with the poignancy, wistfulness and desolation of art made within the crucible of the HIV/AIDS crisis than Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957–1996). Within the maelstrom of that government-sponsored holocaust, his experience of it, and its effects on his communities, he created work of such melancholic grandeur and romantic sorrow, that decades later—even among the relentless torrents of the art world’s digital age—his legacy remains a touchstone of unsurpassed,... [more]
Posted by DARREN JONES on 5/29
20170426125114-bridle_failing-5724

James Bridle’s Self-Driving Car Steers Into Slippery Questions About Automation

by Benjamin Busch
According to artist, writer, and theorist James Bridle, the autonomous car and the issues it raises stand in for many of the questions facing humanity today: what will ultimately result from our relationship with technology and artificial intelligence? How will we collectively adapt to world where jobs—like truck driving—have been automated out of existence? How will we deal with increasingly opaque, complex systems of governance and exchange? Bridle, whose work spans a variety of topics... [more]
Posted by Benjamin Busch on 4/26
20170421162107-hugo_boss_prize_2016-exh_ph-17

Anicka Yi: Life is Cheap

by Joel Kuennen
Anicka Yi, the recipient of the 2016 Hugo Boss Prize, opened consisting of three works, Lifestyle Wars, Immigrant Caucus, and Force Majeure, at the Guggenheim on April 21, 2017. The exhibition title is one part indictment, one part plea. “Life is cheap” is usually said with a quiet lilt; eyes down, a slight shake of the head. The disgust is projected both outward and inward. It’s a gesture of shame. But Yi hints at perhaps another invocation of the saying—that life is in fact cheap and easy... [more]
Posted by Joel Kuennen on 4/21
20170117165350-cover

Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Chelsea Manning Publish Comic in Last Push for Obama Clemency

by Joel Kuennen
Heather Dewey-Hagborg is perhaps best known for her project , a dystopian romp into the world of cheap genetics technology and surveillance culture where she was able to create facial masks of New Yorkers from bits of gum and hair left by individuals on the streets. Unfamiliar? Read our interview with her from last year to catch up. Today, she released a comic, Suppressed Images, in collaboration with Army whistle-blower Chelsea Manning and illustrator Shoili Kanungo as one final push to... [more]
Posted by Joel Kuennen on 1/17
20170111193037-20170108213139-balloons1

Jenyu Wang Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
    What are you trying to communicate with your work? In retrospect, it feels as if I’ve been pushing EPs out there for years, all of them love songs. So far my message has been about sharing intense desires and their loss.  What is an artist’s responsibility? Hmm. Always wondered if art and responsibility were compatible, or mutually exclusive. The supremely difficult challenge for me has been to stay passionate, stay argumentative, yet stay tender (big Jenny Holzer fan).... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 1/11
20161120223455-kindl_havekost_m2_01_300dpi

The Artist Positioning Himself as Richter’s Crown Prince

by Edo Dijksterhuis
Next year Eberhard Havekost turns fifty: time to balance the books. The press release for his current solo at KINDL positions Havekost “among the most important German artists of his generation.” The artist himself probably doesn’t agree with an accolade this generic, especially when it’s accompanying the kind of self-confident display of painterly power that is . The show takes up two full floors and doesn’t leave much wall space unused. The works on show are so diverse, they could have been... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 11/20/16
20161117174741-gcc_positive_pathways_13652_alt0

GCC: Nation-making and the Power of Positivity

by Hend F. Alawadhi
GCC’s latest solo show at Mitchell-Innes and Nash features mixed media installations, thermoformed wall reliefs, and sound works. The show is an elaborate tongue-in-cheek reflection of the Arab Gulf States’ recent investment in New Age spirituality trends, from personal holistic remedies, natural healing energies, and positive life-coaching, to governmental policy making such as implementing Feng Shui techniques in ministry offices and the UAE’s recent forming of a Ministry of Happiness. The... [more]
Posted by Hend F. Alawadhi on 11/17/16
20161101191750-16039-131-jouph-luthy

Heather Dewey-Hagborg Questions DNA as Big Data

by Joel Kuennen
DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) is often imagined as the key to identity, as the progenitor of who we are. It is nature within us and the scaffolding onto which we are nurtured into who we are. However, through epigenetics, viral transfer, and genetic drift, we are becoming more aware of the superposition of DNA and its ability to change, inherit, mute, and express with degrees of certainty, not certitude. At the same time, DNA extraction and sequencing has never been cheaper or easier. In light... [more]
Posted by Joel Kuennen on 10/31/16