Jim Shaw Transforms a Former Masonic Temple into a Postmodern Hellscape

by Sola Agustsson
One can’t help but think of the current political climate when looking at Jim Shaw’s apocalyptic installation , one of two inaugural exhibitions at the new Marciano Art Foundation in Central LA. The Scottish Rite Freemasons, the previous owners of the building, left behind an eclectic collection of set designs, paintings, wigs, and costumes they used in their rituals. These artifacts were perfect materials for Shaw, whose work has explored religion, the occult, and the esoteric for three... [more]

Round 6 is underway! Apply today for your chance at $5k in prizes!

by The Artslant Team
To apply, go to your ArtSlant profile and click contest entry or go to the Contest tab of your account page. Round 6 closes August 2nd, 2017. Image at top: Round 6 submission, Newel Hunter, Nick of Time, 2017 Our Round 6 Jurors: Chris Cook, Executive Director of Bemis Art Center Janet Dees, Steven and Lisa Munster Tananbaum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the... [more]

Dat Vu Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
Under the Radar, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from Dat Vu. What are you trying to communicate with your work? Most of the time, it's about emulating sleepwalking.    What is an artist’s responsibility? An artist is responsible for their intention, and the implications of their work, even if the work is personal. Once an artist puts their work out there, be it online or in public spaces, I think it is their... [more]

Under the Radar: Nando Alvarez-Perez | Santina Amato | Priya Thoresen

by The Artslant Team
Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Nando Alvarez-Perez – Oakland Santina Amato – Chicago Priya Thoresen –... [more]

Printing Paris: Exhuming a Modernist Masterpiece

by Shoshana Kessler
Paris: a Poem (1919), employing a combination of traditional and modern printing techniques. The blog will feature small essays following her research on the poem and Mirrlees more generally.    On the corner of Boulevard Garibaldi and Rue Jean Daudin is a small café-bar called Zig Zag Café. It has over a thousand likes on Facebook, and no Twitter (not to be confused with @ParisZigZag, a Paris travel/recommendation site). Zig-Zag is a popular cigarette rolling paper brand, developed by... [more]

Portrait: Tomás Saraceno Wants to Fly While Keeping His Feet on the Ground

by Freunde von Freunden x ArtSlant
Freunde von Freunden. Art and science are often described as two opposing disciplines. Looking at the practice of the Argentinian artist and trained architect Tomás Saraceno, such a differentiation is quickly disproved. Climbing one of his larger-than-life installations feels like becoming part of a scientific speculation about alternative habitats—one senses the often disregarded correlation of the human body and its environment in a new way. Be it his Cloud Cities, spectacular... [more]

Paul Sunday Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
  What are you trying to communicate with your work? The unspeakable. What is an artist’s responsibility? To go relentlessly into one’s own world, to never stop learning and experimenting. Show us the greatest thing you ever made (art or not)? One of my favorites is this encaustic painting. It resides in a beautiful Long Island home in a room where the only other artwork is a Richard Serra drawing. Serra is one of my heroes, so when I discovered this it felt like an... [more]

Under the Radar: Ventiko | Mitchell Winthorpe | Kelly Kristin Jones

by The Artslant Team
Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Ventiko – Brooklyn Mitchell Winthorpe – London Kelly Kristin Jones –... [more]

Greg Ito Offers a Pictorial Language for Our Dreams

by Alex Anderson
Using icons and imagery from childhood fairytales, anime, and classical western art, Greg Ito paints unique moments that form a larger narrative around psychology, love, and life. Each economical vignette evokes a sense of wonder, magic, loneliness, and an underlying darkness characteristic of the contemporary human condition. With diagrammatic precision, Ito gives form to the intangibility of affect as it relates to the lived and imagined worlds we experience when we inevitably fall into his... [more]

Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Monia Ben Hamouda

by Christian Petersen
Milan-based artist Monia Ben Hamouda may not seem like a “web artist” in the traditional sense because her work isn’t primarily about or made to be specifically displayed online. But it’s also true that what constitutes a net, web, or new media artist today is increasingly hard to define. Ben Hamouda’s work has an almost intangible quality that evokes similar feelings to art more traditionally deemed “internet art.” While much of her work could be considered sculptural in the strict,... [more]