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Polly Borland: Babies Are Us

by Christina Catherine Martinez
“That’s a potty mark.” Polly Borland points at a large photograph of a doughy ass, the flesh marked not just by the flecks and blotches of middle age, but a large pink welt at the center. It’s from sitting on a child’s toilet-training seat, and, for the practitioners of paraphilic infantilism (also known as adult baby syndrome) that Borland spent years seeking and photographing in the early 90s, it’s as much a badge of recherché sexual appetite as a sub’s whip marks.   Polly Borland, Julianne at Home,... [more]
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Printing Paris: The Route (Part 1)

by Shoshana Kessler
“Printing Paris” is the blog of ArtSlant’s Georgia Fee Artist-in-Residence, Shoshana Kessler. Kessler is undertaking a contemporary resetting and retracing of Hope Mirrlees’ experimental poem, 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 as she resets this forgotten masterwork.   In her essay “Street Haunting,” Virginia Woolf notes the joy of the aesthetic stroll; an outwards facing wander throughout a... [more]
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Caroline Augusta 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 Caroline Augusta.   What are you trying to communicate with your work? I aim to bring awareness to a concept or cause that doesn’t get the airtime it deserves. The constant stimulation and force-fed nature of our society distracts us from what is truly important in keeping life on Earth alive and well.  Most of the work I make is an emotional response to an... [more]
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Under the Radar: Ely Tahan | Sylwia Tur | Marie Tomanova

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. Ely Tahan – Los... [more]
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Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: William Wolfgang Wunderbar

by Christian Petersen
William Wolfgang Wunderbar is an internet art enigma. No one knows this artist’s gender, nationality or even if they are one person or multiple people working under the same name. What is known is that they could well be the most prolific artist on the internet. Wunderbar produces a constant stream of work, uploading it everyday, sometimes multiple times a day. When the work is seen as a whole it begins to feel like they are trying to distill the entirety of the internet and social media into a single, massive, ever-expanding piece of art. Facebook seems to be Wunderbar’s... [more]
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Designing Resistance in Poland: How a Simple Poster Became a Viral Symbol of Protest

by Christian Petersen
Luka Rayski is a Polish artist, illustrator, and designer. In 2016 he was asked to contribute a piece of work on the subject of democracy to a project called Demokracja Ilustrowana (Democracy Illustrated). The poster he designed has rapidly become the ubiquitous symbol of the resistance against the expanding influence of the far right in Polish politics. Rayski’s design brilliantly deconstructs the word konstytucja (constitution) highlighting, in the colors of the Polish flag, the words for “you” and “me” hidden within it. This simple, universal message of... [more]
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Nari Kim 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 Nari Kim.   What are you trying to communicate with your work? My work creates absolute, non-hierarchical situations. In that way, I hope my audiences see/experience absolute, non-hierarchical situations which they might never experience in their everyday lives, and I hope these experiences have a positive effect on their lives. Hierarchy and sign are social byproducts... [more]
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Under the Radar: Lillian Paige Walton | Shamona Stokes | Jung ji Lee

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. Lillian Paige Walton – New... [more]
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The Female Gaze is So Hot Right Now: Two Shows Look at Women in Art and Erotica

by Olivia B. Murphy
A cursory glance through the internet will return many results for that buzzy phrase “the female gaze,” from unlikable heroines finally getting their heyday on screen, to the hyper-feminine aesthetic of young women artists of Instagram, to gallery shows and museum exhibitions devoted entirely to women-identifying artists making work that deals with sexually explicit content. But it seems we’ve settled comfortably into using this moniker, this “female gaze,” to label just about anything made by women identifying artists. But what does this term really mean at this... [more]
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Romily Alice Walden 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 Romily Alice Walden.   What are you trying to communicate with your work? I’m interested in asking questions and opening up dialogues with my work. My practice is centered around the construct of gender and its interplay with other social categorizations and power differentials. I want my work to be part of furthering the discourse surrounding women’s rights,... [more]
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Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Jessica Dolence

by Christian Petersen
Seattle-based new media artist and designer Jessica Dolence creates hypnotic digital decorations and ornamentations that transform and subvert both physical and digital spaces. Her works’ rich, cyber-baroque opulence functions as a radiant facade for a deeper political message of CyberFeminism. Part of Dolence’s creative motivation is to add an “overtly feminized” aesthetic to the “male dominated landscape” of the internet. Two of the biggest inspirations in developing the style and message of her art are the internet movements Seapunk and Cybertwee. The... [more]
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Tadasuke Jinno 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 Tadasuke Jinno.   What are you trying to communicate with your work? I’d like people to doubt whether the things, or the world, they think is real is truly real. I make my artworks with elements causing viewers to have an illusion and to feel a slight discomfort like doubt or incongruity. I started my artistic activity when I moved to New York from Japan. What I... [more]
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Under the Radar: Joe Sinness | Elisabeth Condon | Jose Delgado Zuniga

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. Joe Sinness –... [more]
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In “The Times,” Artists Make the Media Their Message

by Osman Can Yerebakan
With politically conscious art on the rise, a notable number of artists have turned to The New York Times as a vessel to convey social and political turmoil. The Gray Lady recently featured in solo exhibitions of Wade Guyton and A.K. Burns, and this year’s Whitney Biennial introduced Julien Nguyen’s depictions of the paper’s front pages as allegorical tableaux and Aliza Nisenbaum’s soothing paintings of domestic life, including a vignette of a couple reading their copy of the Times. The FLAG Art Foundation’s group exhibition The Times takes this surging trend... [more]
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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 The Wig Museum, 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 decades, often using found materials from thrift stores. Jim Shaw: The Wig... [more]
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Dat Vu 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 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]
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Under the Radar: Nando Alvarez-Perez | Santina Amato | Priya Thoresen

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. Nando Alvarez-Perez –... [more]
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Printing Paris: Exhuming a Modernist Masterpiece

by Shoshana Kessler
“Printing Paris” is the blog of ArtSlant’s Georgia Fee Artist-in-Residence, Shoshana Kessler. Kessler will be undertaking a contemporary resetting and retracing of Hope Mirrlees’ experimental poem, 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... [more]
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Girl on Girl: The New Book Exploring the Female Gaze in Photography

by Andrea Alessi
What does it mean for a woman to pick up a camera and point it at herself, or at another woman? Is there something unique to be found behind the lens, in the gaze of the female photographer? Girl on Girl: Art and Photography in the Age of the Female Gaze is an ambitious new book that sets out, if not to resolve this question, then to open it up, to unfold it through the exercise of prolonged looking. Over a year and a half, arts journalist Charlotte Jansen (who is, full disclosure, a former editor of this publication) interviewed 40 female artists from 17 countries who are making... [more]
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