Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tomaselli replies : "Back when I was a high school philistine, skateboarding around California's Venice Beach, some friends and I happened to go into a gallery that was showing the work of James Turrell. The entire exhibition appeared to consist of a single, large black rectangle painted on the wall of a dimly-lit space. We all thought it was the stupidest thing we'd ever seen and began lauging at it. I reached out to touch it, and to my surprise, my hand passed through the wall and into a limitless void. Solidity literally vanished into thin air. My laughter disappeared into awestruck silence. Turrell taught me to pay attention. he taught me that what you see isn't always what you get. ... I think great art involves a little magic on the road to altering perception.... I personally like to create a fictive premise for the work that breaks down on closer reading."
(Another Magazine, "Magic Realism" by Siri Hustvedt, Autumn/Winter 2007)
(image below is the cover of a publication, also seen at James Cohan website)
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Jen Stark, http://www.jenstark.com . Paper again. Something in common with Tomaselli in the jewel-like color, detail and patterning. Interesting sculptural qualities for a flexible material we use every day for more ordinary things.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Migrant Fruit Thugs, 2006
Photocollage, leaves, acrylic, gouache and resin on wood panel
78 X 96 inches
Hang Over, 2005
Leaves, pills, acrylic, resin on wood panel
84 X 120 inches
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Reveille, the bugle call which signals the start of the military day, is the subject of Wake Up, a sound and light installation by the San Juan-based artist collaborative Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla. ... their ongoing investigation into Vieques, an island formerly used as a bombing test site by the U.S. military... [is] ... a critique of socio-political agency in the face of increasingly remote authority.
In focusing on the trumpet, however, Wake Up has its genesis in Returning A Sound, a video in which the artists attached a trumpet to the exhaust pipe of a moped that was driven around Vieques by one of the island’s residents. A military call was replaced by the trumpet’s steady, shrill vibrato, its pitch changing with the moped’s speed. Returning A Sound was one amongst several works done and shown in Vieques. Some of the works were didactic, others involved Vieques residents."
Excerpts from Hamza Walker's article "Good Morning" :
(Figured out the link idea, finally!)
I'd love to have heard the trumpet on the moped exhaust - and the other sound explorations mentioned in Walker's article. Totally fascinating.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
You Can’t Hold It, but You Can Own It
...Yasmil Raymond, the curator of the
read the article (sorry, its cut and paste right now - can't figure out why these links aren't live)
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Styrofoam Cups, Hot Glue
Ace Gallery Los Angeles, 2005
Isn't this fab? Has kinda romantic (as in sublime) overtones - storm clouds and awesome power.
Which reminds me, a friend told me the Terpsicorps dance company had performed here in Asheville the other night, a dance that was a hurricane. She said it was incredible. Couldn't find an image of it. :-(
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Like the majestic columns in the Parthenon - only see-thru. Magical! Made of videotape and nails.
"... 'Columns' continues the artist's startling and evocative employment of the unusual medium of unspooled videotape. Thirteen floor-to-ceiling columns of stretched tape will transform walking through the space into a dramatic physical and optical experience. The tape is stretched lengthways so that its thin edge and wide edge are seen alternately, creating a vibrant and disorienting effect as one moves around the columns. Masterfully manipulating the unusual physical properties of tape - lightweight yet strong and flexible - 'Columns' also extends its sense of confounding materiality to the gallery itself, subverting the common load-bearing association we expect of such an architectural feature."
Zilvinas Kempinas, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, NY (Jan - Feb 2006)
(note - I know this isn't exactly current news but if you haven't already seen it... dates don't matter for good stuff.)
Mary Temple, Mixed Greens, NY.
"These are trompe l'oeil paintings of light on walls, giving the appearance of sunlight streaming through a window.The painted outlines of windowpanes and plant life trick the eye as they appear to animate walls with the presence of light."
My Living Room Rug in Hyperbolic Space, 2007
double-sided inkjet print on folded paper
12 x 81 x 105 inches
This is just my reaction, check out the work itself at www.benroosevelt.com
check this out - they look like solid things but they are not...