tagged: figurative


by Ali Fitzgerald
  Grayscale nuances have no place in the propagandist’s world. Propaganda is a black tiled vision, a zero-sum game. Visually, this is portrayed with a split-image showing a dystopic landscape of foreign influence contrasted by a “purer” nationalist one. Below is my rendering of an image circulated by the National Front during the last election: On one side you see the rolling hills, flowers, and cobblestones associated with the France of Lonely Planet guidebooks. On the other,... [more]
Posted by Ali Fitzgerald on 2/22

Ghosts, Devils, and Advertising

by Ali Fitzgerald
  In his book, A Little Guide to the 15th Arrondissement for the Use of Phantoms, Roger Caillois examines the sleepy district in Paris where he grew up, the same district where I’m staying now. I bought the book imagining a witchy, postmodern guide to my new home, but actually, Caillois’ “phantom beings” are symbols. They are stand-ins for immigrants and asylum-seekers, étrangers who were driven from their homes in the 15th Arrondissement as the Seine’s waterfront was being... [more]
Posted by Ali Fitzgerald on 2/20

Portrait: Katie Stout Defies Genre with Her Touchable, Usable, Body Positive Artworks

by Freunde von Freunden x ArtSlant
Freunde von Freunden. In a vast warehouse in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn, Katie Stout crafts couches out of various textiles and her signature Girl Lamps out of clay, celebrating womanhood with colors and textures in the form of functional pieces.                                                           Stout’s creative process is bold, experimental, and constantly evolving—during our studio visit she was feverishly finding a way to support a desk she was assembling out of... [more]
Posted by Freunde von Freunden x ArtSlant on 2/15

What Makes Up the Parisian Mystique? Part Two

by Ali Fitzgerald
  Last week I asked what decorative beauty inspires in us. This week, I felt the overwhelming power of ornamentation as I walked around the Notre Dame Cathedral. The mouths of its infamous gargoyles were swollen with icicles because of a recent snowstorm. I wondered: besides being grotesquely cute, what is the purpose of gargoyles? Architecture and built structures have often been used as propaganda to alter the attitudes and ideals of citizens. Giant towers and buttresses... [more]
Posted by Ali Fitzgerald on 2/13

Genevieve Goffman Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
Genevieve Goffman.   What are you trying to communicate with your work? I demonstrate how narratives both outline the path of and frequently propel the distribution of power. How dominant power structures parabolize history, co-opt memory, and distort perceptions of current events. I am mildly obsessed with charting how states or political movements use memorialization as tool to manipulate communal memory and weaponize emotions. On the flip side, I’m also committed to highlighting... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 1/29

Nicole Ruggiero: Our Devices, Ourselves

by Christian Petersen
  New York City artist and designer Nicole Ruggiero has her thumb on the pulse of popular, contemporary internet art. Her work succinctly reflects the overarching aesthetics and emotional obsessions of a rapidly expanding community of young digital artists. The world that Ruggiero documents and fabricates is one where the distinction between on- and off-line personas is increasingly blurred. There is a distinct sense of a new, evolving reality lurking within the hyper-reality of her... [more]
Posted by Christian Petersen on 1/17

Karin Ferrari: Portrait of the Artist as a YouTube Conspiracy Theorist

by Christian Petersen
  Karin Ferrari was one of my favorite discoveries from the latest edition of The Wrong digital art biennale. Her work emulates the conspiracy theory videos that have become a ubiquitous part of YouTube culture. Ferrari so perfectly captures the mood and aesthetic of these videos that the line between artistic creation and genuine belief becomes completely blurred. Many viewers, unaware that these videos—a decoding of Illuminati symbolism in an Azealia Banks’ music video, for... [more]
Posted by Christian Petersen on 1/3

"Female. 166cm tall. Good with pencils. Problem solver." A Conversation with Thoka Maer

by Christian Petersen
Thoka Maer (Lisette Berndt) makes tiny, exquisite stories in GIF form. The medium doesn’t always lend itself to evoking complex emotions, but Maer’s work does just that: she infuses genuine, relatable feelings within a few simple looping frames. With vignettes chronicling everyday life and observed human behaviors, the work is sometimes happy, sometimes sad—often both at once. In 2011, Maer started the popular Tumblr page “It’s No Biggie,” where she dryly illustrates small, daily frustrations... [more]
Posted by Christian Petersen on 12/13/17

Katya Grokhovsky Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
  What are you trying to communicate with your work? As a child, I had difficulty in expressing myself verbally, so I used drawing and movement as a way to display my vision to the world. I am still doing that today, utilizing my art to communicate the often invisible, absurd, grotesque, and difficult aspects of human experience as it pertains specifically to a female immigrant person, which is what I inhabit. I am interested in politics of protest to the prescribed notions of... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 12/11/17

LaToya Ruby Frazier in Conversation

by Jessica Lanay
Writer Jessica Lanay spoke with LaToya Ruby Frazier on the occasion of her concurrent exhibitions at Silver Eye and the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh. The latter exhibition, , both documents and is shared with artist Sandra Gould Ford. You can read the review of the Silver Eye exhibition, The Notion of Family, here. A transcript of the interview follows:   Jessica Lanay: When I look at the photographs at Silver Eye Gallery and the August Wilson Center I see a complicated narrative... [more]
Posted by Jessica Lanay on 12/1/17