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Jordan Wolfson

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The affliction of horror is an experience both embodied and detached. White washes over your face, the blood rushes from your cheeks toward more essential functions. Capillaries constrict, drawing what they can spare. Your body hollows. Fear is rooted in uncertainty, but its sensation is a bodily affliction as much as a mental one. Entire markets have been built on its replication, assimilation, and distribution. To feel horror is unbearable, but to experience its aesthetized and familiar... [more]
Give the people what they think. Not what they want, but what they think they are seeing. Do this, and fantasies are no longer fiction. Fiction becomes reality, the fake outdoes the familiar—it replaces it. History becomes more real, more believable, more when it’s done with invention. Fiction lasts longer; it creates its own history, and rewrites existing narratives. As I wrote in another piece from this year, images speak longer than words. The visual has staying power, and these five... [more]
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Performing Bodies in Basel: 14 Rooms of Living Art   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Marina Abramovic, Ed Atkins, John Baldessari, Allora & Calzadilla, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Damien Hirst, Joan Jonas, Laura Lima, Bruce Nauman, Otobong Nkanga, Roman Ondák, Yoko Ono, Tino Sehgal, Santiago Sierra, Jordan Wolfson, Xu Zhen at Art Basel June 14th, 2014 - June 22nd, 2014
Posted 6/15/14
Much more interesting than the description of the  performance series, which will take place as part of Art Basel and is organized by star-curators Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist, is its call out for participants/performers to take part in it: “If you have an identical twin, use the opportunity to be part of Damien Hirst’s work. War veterans are sought after for part of Santiago Sierra’s performance, and anyone who speaks colloquial British-English and is similar in appearance to Ed... [more]
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WallCats   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Michele Abeles, Rita Ackermann, Antonio Adams, Bill Adams, Laura Aldridge, Graham Anderson, Araki, Cory Arcangel, Michel Auder, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Matthew Barney, Will Benedict, Olaf Breuning, Janet Burchill, Kathe Burkhart, Carter, Antoine Catala, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Cole, David Colman, Lauren Crahan, Cynthia Daignault, Lucky DeBellevue, Jake Ewert, Bella Foster, Magdalena Frimkess, Jeff Funnell, Rainer Ganahl, Paul Georges, Eric Ginsburg, Karin Gulbran, Tamar Halpern, June Hamper, John Hartman, Daniel Heidkamp, Robert Heinecken, John Hiltunen, Ann Cathrin November Hoibo, Jonathan Horowitz, Marc Hundley, Gary Indiana, Matt Keegan, Mike Kelley, Wayne Koestenbaum, Barbara Kruger, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Sadie Laska, Elad Lassry, Mark Leckey, Cary Leibowitz, Rhonda Lieberman, Beca Lipscombe, Cassandra MacLeod, Alissa McKendrick, Lucy McKenzie, Ryan McNamara, Siobhan Meow, Marilyn Minter, Dave Muller, Takeshi Murata, Eileen Neff, Laura Owens, Elizabeth Peyton, Richard Prince, Rob Pruitt, Eileen Quinlan, Jennifer Rochlin, Sam Roeck, Ruth Root, Kay Rosen, Jason Rosenberg, Theo Rosenblum, Gus Van Sant, Joe Scanlon, Chelsea Seltzer, Steven Shearer, David Shrigley, Patti Smith, Frances Stark, Amy Taubin, Nicola Tyson, Andy Warhol, Gia Wolff, Jordan Wolfson, B. Wurtz, Rob Wynne at White Columns June 14th, 2013 - July 27th, 2013
Posted 7/9/13
was inevitable: an art exhibition devoted to the feline as internet meme, domestic partner, and kitsch icon. Contemporary cat tropes were as bound to spill into art spaces as the boom of advertising was irresistible fodder for the “pictures generation” forty years ago.   The temptation is to dismiss The Cat Show, now on view at White Columns, as pandering: like a motorcycle exhibition or Harry Potter at the Discovery Center. The Walker Art Center presented a wildly popular Internet Cat Video... [more]
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Raspberried   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Jordan Wolfson at REDCAT December 2nd, 2012 - January 27th, 2013
Posted 1/15/13
I could watch Jordan Wolfson’s Raspberry Poser for hours and hours, which is to say far longer than downtown parking affords. Having the large-scale projection all to yourself in the middle of the day, splayed out or dancing on wall-to-wall white carpeting is a pretty sweet, cozy thing. The third in the artist’s new (and suddenly signature) series of hybrid CGI, hand-drawn animation, and live footage videos (following Con Leche, 2009, and Animation, Masks, 2012), Raspberry Poser is the first... [more]
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Through Expanding Clusters   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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John Baldessari, Pierre Bismuth, Allora & Calzadilla, Stefaan Dheedene, Masashi Echigo, Vincent Geyskens, Kees Goudzwaard, Suchan Kinoshita, Lee Kit, Joachim Koester, Adam Leech, Oliver Lutz, Mark Manders, Werner Mannaers, Peter De Meyer, Carsten Nicolai, Willem Oorebeek, Sarah Ortmeyer, Oksana Pasaiko, Wilfredo Prieto, Peter Rogiers, Wilhelm Sasnal, Nedko Solakov, Walter Swennen, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Ed Templeton, Ante Timmermans, Koen van den Broeck, Jan van Imschoot, Herman van Ingelgem, Henk Visch, Kelley Walker, Lois Weinberger, Johan De Wilde, Jordan Wolfson at S.M.A.K. June 21st, 2011 - February 26th, 2012
Posted 8/20/11
The collection is S.M.A.K.’s DNA and reflects the museum’s core identity as the pivot between recent art history and current trends. S.M.A.K.’s acquisition policy has developed organically over the years and has three distinct levels. Firstly, the museum strives to form an ensemble around the oeuvre of a select group of artists. Instead of representing an artist with just a single work, S.M.A.K. aims to collect an oeuvre in depth in order to present it in all its complexity. Secondly, there is... [more]
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Surveil Says   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Judith Fegerl, Dariusz KOWALSKI, Paul Laffoley, Nicolas GROSPIERRE & Kobas LAKSA, Mark Lombardi, Cory ARCANGEL & Hanne MUGAAS, Rachel Owens, Florian & Michaël Quistrebert, Gerold TAGWERKER, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Tris Vonna-Michell, Flora WATZAL, Jordan Wolfson at Austrian Cultural Forum New York May 27th, 2010 - September 5th, 2010
Posted 8/22/10
          The Austrian Cultural Forum has been consistently staging politically oriented exhibitions for a few years now, surrounding pertinent historical events and current conundrums.  NineteenEightyFour follows suit with a collection of works that consider surveillance methods and structures of control. This topic is treated in a very liberal and often puzzling way, though the quality of most of the works is generally high. Referring to George Orwell’s famous book 1984, the exhibition... [more]
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Getting There From Here   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Tauba Auerbach, Peter Coffin, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Claire Fontaine, Aurelien Froment, Colter Jacobsen, Kris Martin, Kristen Morgin, Kirsten Pieroth, Dirk Stewen, Mario Garcia Torres, Jordan Wolfson at CCA Wattis Institute September 2nd, 2008 - August 4th, 2009
Posted 9/19/08
  I must admit that I did not make it to the "Passengers" exhibit that ran at CCA's Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art from September of last year through this August. However, from its press description, it seems that the new incarnation of the show, "The Exhibition Formerly Known as Passengers," implements the same format and its is premise not much different from its predecessor. The show includes the work of 12 artists, 11 of which are exhibited in a group show, which spans the... [more]
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