tagged: landscape

No, Donald Trump Is Not a Conceptual Artist. And Border Walls Are Not “Land Art”

by Andrea Alessi
I read the press release three times back to back, looking for any hint of irony. Or even confirmation of sincerity. I parsed the website, hoping an “about” page or mission statement could set my bearings. What exactly is MAGA, the “non-profit arts organization” petitioning the U.S. Government to designate the eight border wall prototypes erected outside of San Diego a national monument? The eight prototypes, constructed by six firms and built using $3.3 million in federal funds, were... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 1/5

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

Intimate Debris: Nature, Industry, and the Body in the Photography of LaToya Ruby Frazier

by Jessica Lanay
LaToya Ruby Frazier’s photography braids together the intimacies between landscape, industry, and the Black woman’s body. Impactful, private, and silver ensconced, her images reveal a sometimes wonderful and other times tragic interdependency. In two recent Pittsburgh exhibitions— at Silver Eye Center for Photography and On The Making Of Steel Genesis: Sandra Gould Ford at the August Wilson Center, a shared exhibition of photography by Frazier and Sandra Gould Ford—Frazier captures the... [more]
Posted by Jessica Lanay on 12/1/17

Scooter LaForge and the Aesthetics of Selfhood

New York-based painter Scooter LaForge eschews the rites of passage predestined by the art world machinery of graduate programs, sanctioned residencies, and gallery hierarchy, in favor of an intuitive, exploratory approach. His decades-long career spans art, fashion and architecture—his ideas applied to canvas, clothing, buildings, and objects—and despite developing supportive networks and collaborations with ideological compatriots across these creative fields, he remains unattached to any one... [more]
Posted by DARREN JONES on 9/5/17

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 5/31/17

Beverly Buchanan and the Architecture of Blackness

by Jessica Lynne
Ruins and Rituals and Marilyn Minter’s Pretty/Dirty.   How might we understand a spatial and architectural discourse that marks a black subjectivity? This is the question that lingers in my thoughts as I reflect on Ruins and Rituals, a retrospective exhibition presenting the work of the late Beverly Buchanan, now on view at the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Sackler Family Curator Catherine Morris considers Buchanan a game changer, which is not untrue; I... [more]
Posted by Jessica Lynne on 11/9/16

Where Is the Beach? Is It Under the Paving Stones?

by Nicole Rodríguez Woods
The very notion is deeply romantic. A location of perfect tension, where the weather is honest and the sounds are cyclical. The Beach is that point in space where time and energy laps onto a surface, reworking it; constructing and deconstructing; giving and taking away. No less romantic is the notion that a “beach” surrounds us all under the tiles, asphalt, and paving stones of the city, beneath the constructs of our society. That it is always there, ever present, pushing up against the... [more]
Posted by Nicole Rodríguez Woods on 8/17/16

Looking at, and Through, Photography

by Peter Cochrane
Ivan Iannoli uses photography as a catalyst. He uses its unique scientific, artistic, and mechanical histories: as the standardization of the width of a film negative begat photographic paper sizes; as precut acrylic sheets fit perfectly into manufactured frames; as the industrial revolution set into motion the uniformity of items that were previously made to order. He taps into the ways in which artists before him have advanced photography beyond its material constraints—in the way that, say,... [more]
Posted by Peter Cochrane on 7/5/16

Three Shows on Deconstructing Main Street, Blackness, and the American Landscape

by Olivia B. Murphy
Upon entering at the Studio Museum in Harlem, brisk piano notes float out over the exhibition space followed by an almost euphoric serenade by Erykah Badu. Her voice is emanating from a video near the entrance of the gallery where a T-Rex puppet bops around a stage singing along, mouthing out every trill with his toothy jaw gaping open and shut. On the puppet-sized podium hangs a banner reading “The Neshoba County Fair Assc.—Giant House Party.” Then the loop starts over, and T-Rex/Erykah Badu... [more]
Posted by Olivia B. Murphy on 6/6/16

In Fact and Fiction, Almagul Menlibayeva Imagines Kazakhstan's Repressed Cultural History Today

by Neil Vazquez
Kazakhstan is caught between worlds. A prominent part of Alexander the Great’s Hellenistic Empire, the territory served as a middle ground between east and west—a crossroads where traders, warlords, and conquerors projected their will, forever altering the landscape and people of the region. Most recently the 60-year Soviet occupation, which ended in 1991, left an indelible mark on the Central Asian nation.   Kazakh video artist Almagul Menlibayeva unpacks the mixed cultural and political... [more]
Posted by Neil Vazquez on 2/4/16