ArtSlant Prize IX Round 2 Jurors Announced — Apply Before March 3!

by The Artslant Team
Round 2 ends March 3rd! Apply today for your chance at $5k in prizes! To apply, go to your profile and click enter contest. The ArtSlant Prize 2016 Exhibition opens February 28th at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, come meet us at New York's unique, curator-centric art fair! RSVP on Facebook. Round 2 Jurors: Lior Zalmanson is a writer, new media artist, curator and researcher. His w... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 2/28

Sterling Crispin: Begin at the End

by Joel Kuennen
This essay was first published in the ArtSlant Prize 2016 Catalogue, on the occasion of the ArtSlant Prize Shortlist exhibition at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, from February 28–March 6, 2016. Sterling Crispin is the ArtSlant Prize 2016 Third Prize winner. Other ArtSlant Prize 2016 catalogue essays: Brigitta Varadi & Tiffany Smith What does the end, The End, look like? Is it a transcendent experience like the religious and singularitarians believe? Will humans transform into iridescent angels of ethereal nature, timeless in their march towards oneness? Will the end look like an episode of The Walk... [more]
Posted by Joel Kuennen on 2/26

Tiffany Smith: The Perpetual Tourist

by Suhaly Bautista-Carolina
This essay was first published in the ArtSlant Prize 2016 Catalogue, on the occasion of the ArtSlant Prize Shortlist exhibition at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, from February 28–March 6, 2016. Tiffany Smith is the ArtSlant Prize 2016 Second Prize winner. Other ArtSlant Prize 2016 catalogue essays: Brigitta Varadi & Sterling Crispin When Tiffany Smith enters a home, she looks at every item, searching for clues to reveal identity and personal history. She combs the space for intimate hints that work together to tell a story. Raised between Nassau, Bahamas, and Miami, Florida, by her Caribbean parents, Smith has put her f... [more]
Posted by Suhaly Bautista-Carolina on 2/27

Brigitta Varadi: Marking Memory

by Andrea Alessi
This essay was first published in the ArtSlant Prize 2016 Catalogue, on the occasion of the ArtSlant Prize Shortlist exhibition at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, from February 28–March 6, 2016. Brigitta Varadi is the ArtSlant Prize 2016 Grand Prize winner. Other ArtSlant Prize 2016 catalogue essays: Tiffany Smith & Sterling Crispin In some way, all things are congealed moments in a longer social trajectory. All things are brief deposits of this or that property, photographs that conceal the reality of the motion from which their objecthood is a momentary respite. —Arjun Appadurai, “The Thing It... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 2/28

Under the Radar: Viet Ha Tran | Alexandra Gallagher | Nadia Rapti

by The Artslant Team
ArtSlant is an open Arts community with over 200,000 free, user-generated artist profiles. The support of our community is an essential part of our mission — from our magazine to our residency and prize. Every week our editors select the best artist profiles from under the radar. Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Viet Ha Tran – Madrid ... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 2/26

Jinhee Park Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
This is 5 Questions. Each week, we send five questions to an artist featured in Under the Radar, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from Zzin (Jinhee) Park. Jinhee received an ArtSlant Prize 2016 Honorable Mention. We’re presenting Jinhee’s work this week at SPRING/BREAK Art Show. What are you trying to communicate with your work? Well, I don't have any particular messages in making art. Instead, I am responsive to each day and each spot. If I feel sure of myself, I have only to wait for what will be spewed out of the intriguing mystery box. What is an artist... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 2/27

Hannah Black Conjures a New Dawn in the Timeless Loop of History

by Audrey L. Phillips
Berlin-based artist Hannah Black’s solo presentation Soc or Barb at New York’s Bodega lingers like a heavy fog drawn from today’s political climate. The title, short for Socialism or Barbarism is borrowed from Rosa Luxemburg’s early twentieth century wager on the future of capitalism. Its prescience is foreboding. Entering the gallery, I am confronted by a clay audience of roughly shaped creatures. Black’s fingerprints define and add texture to these tiny spectators, most of which are wearing cotton white t-shirts that have infinity signs on them. Though the figura... [more]
Posted by Audrey L. Phillips on 2/25

Facing the Black Mirror: Michael Holman Owns the Confederate Flag

by Andrea Alessi
Oscar Wilde famously suggested great art “reveal beauty and hide the artist.” For the 2017 BLACK MIRROR exhibition at SPRING/BREAK, more than 100 curators will feature artworks that explore the dance of identity the artist undergoes—between showing what’s unseen and hiding in plain sight—especially in the face of modern technology, political unrest, and glimmers from ghosts of Art History’s past. ArtSlant will be exhibiting the ArtSlant Prize 2016 Winners at SPRING/BREAK. In expectation of this uniquely site-specific, curatorial fair, we’re featuring interviews with partici... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 2/23

Artists Respond to Feminist Novelists in Two Timely Literary Group Shows

by Sola Agustsson
Though widely read, novelists Octavia Butler and Angela Carter were often pigeonholed as “genre writers” in their time. In recent years, however, these women’s writings have experienced a resurgence in readership and, decades after publication, they still generate relevant political discussions about intersectionality, capitalism, and the environment. In a testament to their influence beyond the literary canon, two recent art shows engaged with Carter, Butler, and their vital subject matter, as well as the visuals that their writing inspired. The Bloody Chamber (1979), possi... [more]
Posted by Sola Agustsson on 2/21

Transmediale’s Revolution from Within

by Benjamin Busch
What are the implications of media in today’s so-called post-truth society? Mediating technologies permeate everyday life, and rather than serving an emancipatory agenda, they tend to reinforce baked-in prejudices and ideological assumptions. Global media corporations like Google and Facebook extract billions of dollars of surplus value by exploiting their users’ self-generated, cultural and biometric information. Positive feedback loops like “fake news” emerge as the expression of such platforms’ structural logic of capitalist accumulation. Fact checkers strive in... [more]
Posted by Benjamin Busch on 2/20