tagged: site-specific

In the Shadow of Rusting Steel, Art Engages a City's Post-Industrial Legacy

by John Wilmes
In Pittsburgh, the ghost of industrial America is more unwieldy than in any city this side of Detroit. Abandoned buildings and machinery abound, with a lot less of this past repurposed than in more modern and populous places like Brooklyn or Chicago.  Alloy Pittsburgh’s bi-annual exhibition at Carrie Furnaces, just over the city’s border in Homestead, PA, looks to create a symbiosis between Pittsburgh’s heavy rustbelt legacy and the opportunities its rubble leaves. The furnaces stand as the... [more]
Posted by John Wilmes on 10/8/15

The Field Notes Aesthetic: Heidi Norton at the Elmhurst Art Museum

by Caroline Picard
Mies van der Rohe is such an historic presence. The aftershock of his innovation is still palpable, reflecting as it does the evolution of an “international style after World War II.” It is hard to imagine, therefore, how one might absorb his architecture into daily life—much less install an exhibition under one of his roofs. That is the challenge posed by the Elmhurst Art Museum, an institution that purchased van der Rohe’s prototype for suburban life, the McCormick House, in 1992.... [more]
Posted by Caroline Picard on 7/24/14

Everything is Near: Culture Softens Violence in Manifesta 10

by Sonja Hornung
The Cossacks are an East Slavic ethnic group who have long retained independence from the Russian territorial zone. They exist in Crimea, Ukraine, South Caucasus, and even China. Brutally persecuted in Soviet Russia, Cossacks have now reassumed their legitimacy in the Russian national identity, building on their previous historical role as paid militia for the Russian Empire. A 2005 law reinstated this role under Putin and it has been ascertained that Cossack paramilitary activities in East... [more]
Posted by Sonja Hornung on 7/7/14

An art festival salutes Rockaway! resilience

by Allyson Parker
Last weekend Rockaway Beach’s Fort Tilden opened its gates to a crowd of art connoisseurs, local creatives, and bronzed beach goers for a day of art and activism supporting Rockaway Beach. The Rockaway Artists Alliance and the National Parks Service hosted the hordes of art lovers who came to witness the opening of the site specific art installations (on view through September 1st), a free open-air performance by rock legend Patti Smith, and a Walt Whitman poetry reading by hipster heartthrob,... [more]
Posted by Allyson Parker on 7/5/14

Place, Decoupled

by Kara Q. Smith
Place, to each of us, means many things. Often times being physically located in a place is very different than feeling a sense of place. Place is as simple as a well-worn wooden stool and a pint of Smithwicks inside a small pub on the west coast of Ireland and as complicated as our universal existence at any moment in the tangled web of time and possibility.   Descend the stairs of Et Al., a small space in the basement of a dry cleaner business in Chinatown, and immediately noticeable is an... [more]
Posted by Kara Q. Smith on 6/15/14

A sobering and potently nostalgic excursion

by John Gayer
In Mika Taanila’s fascination with scientific research and technology makes for a sobering and potently nostalgic excursion. This occurs by virtue of the fact that many of Taanila’s works involve the recycling of obsolete technology, popular music excerpts and even segments from some of his own films. For example, Stimulus Progression (2005), which celebrates Muzak, parallels the ramp that leads visitors to the exhibition’s main space. At first the rhythms and melodies emanating from its... [more]
Posted by John Gayer on 1/24/14

Minor Revisions at Tenderpixel

by Laura Bushell
Found objects take pride of place in , Tenderpixel’s new exhibition in which works from seven artists reappropriate pre-existing items that have never functioned as art before and turn them into exhibition pieces. Sure, conceptual art is not everyone’s cup of tea and artistic appropriation has had its detractors ever since Duchamp debuted his urinal, but this small group of contemporary artists are by no means the only ones still operating in this particular mode of artistic practice. What... [more]
Posted by Laura Bushell on 8/14/11

The Language of the Birds

by Jolene Torr
Language of Birdssite-specific installation piece by Brian Goggin and Dorka KeehnNW corner of Broadway @ Grant and ColumbusSan Francisco   Because Essoe was informed by Borges for "Semaphores." Because Hagler relied on the oral tradition of hadith for "72 Virgins to Die For" I bring you to The Language of the Birds, the permanent installation of twenty-three LED-illuminated books in flight like a flock of birds. You can imagine the pages flapping wildly. Ruffled by tourists and passers-by,... [more]
Posted by Jolene Torr on 2/9/09
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