Author Archives: Scott Lickstein, Look Into My Owl

About Scott Lickstein, Look Into My Owl

Scott Lickstein is a visual artist and was the founder / primary writer for the art news source, LookIntoMyOwl.com until January 2013 when it merged with NOWhere Limited’s Magazine.

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Mark Jenkins – Meaning Is Overrated

“Meaning is Overrated”, a new show from Mark Jenkins opens tonight at the Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art. Jenkins is one of the heroes of the street that has been able to make the difficult transition from the outdoors into a gallery setting. The gallery has been kind enough to share with us this special sneak peek of works that you will be able to examine as part of the exhibit. The artist will be present for the opening so check with the gallery for details.

Mark Jenkins - Preview - Carmichael Gallery - 2010
Mark Jenkins, Meaning is Overrated, Carmichael Gallery preview, 2010.

Mark Jenkins - Preview - Carmichael Gallery - 2010
Mark Jenkins, Meaning is Overrated, Carmichael Gallery preview, 2010.

Mark Jenkins - Preview - Carmichael Gallery - 2010
Mark Jenkins, Meaning is Overrated, Carmichael Gallery preview, 2010.

Mark Jenkins - Preview - Carmichael Gallery - 2010
Mark Jenkins, Meaning is Overrated, Carmichael Gallery preview, 2010.

Mark Jenkins - Preview - Carmichael Gallery - 2010
Mark Jenkins, Meaning is Overrated, Carmichael Gallery preview, 2010.

Mark Jenkins
Meaning is Overrated
21 January – 18 February 2010
Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art
West Hollywood, CA


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Alexis Pike – Claimed: Landscape

Twenty-three color photographs by Alexis Pike are showing in Berkeley, California. “Claimed: Landscape” can be seen by appointment at the Rosier Gallery through April, 6.

Alexis Pike - A Teton - St. Anthony Idaho - 2005
Alexis Pike, A Teton – St. Anthony Idaho, photograph, 2005.

Anyone that has traveled through rural portions of the American West has spotted these landscape murals at roadside shanties offering goods and services. Most of these scenes were painted by artistically ambitious small business owners or wayward nomads short on cash.

Alexis Pike - Drive-in - Burley Idaho - 2006
Alexis Pike, Drive-in – Burley Idaho, photograph, 2006.

The compositional aesthetic of Pike’s photographs spotlights the interaction of folk artworks and the environments they inhabit. The faded paint and cracked surfaces of these paramnesic murals engage the very real necessities of daily life and business. The layers of paradox embrace the compunctions of moving forward and falling back. More from this series can be viewed at this link.

Alexis Pike - Red Chairs - Bliss Idaho - 2006
Alexis Pike, Red Chairs – Bliss Idaho, photograph, 2006.

Alexis Pike
Claimed: Landscape
7 January – 6 April 2010
Rosier Gallery
Berkeley, CA


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Gregor Gaida – Sum of Stories

“Sum of Stories” is an exhibition of sculpture from the past few years by Gregor Gaida. The show opens next week at Galerie Adler in Frankfurt, Germany.

Gregor Gaida - Rest von Schwarz - 2008
Gregor Gaida, Rest von Schwarz, painted wood, polyester resin, iron & plastic, 2008.

Gregor Gaida often exposes his audience to shattered bits of reality reassembled to form conceptual personifications. Visceral props such as the signal flags in “Rest von Schwarz” (above) embody a cognizant denial of intent by the artist. The viewer is held in a moment that smothers any burden of beginning or end.

Gregor Gaida - Rest von F4 - 2008
Gregor Gaida, Rest von F4, polyester resin, concrete base, 2008.

This work recalls the ancient proposition by Epicurius in which he stated, “…the sum total of things was always such as it is now, and such it will ever remain.” It is an aphorism that has rippled through various incarnations of physics, religion and art. Polarity is often mistaken as evidence of difference whereas Gaida accepts this atomic desire for balance as proof of the universal.

Gregor Gaida - Kind und Kreide III - 2008
Gregor Gaida, Kind und Kreide III, painted polyester resin, 2008.

Gregor Gaida
Sum of Stories
15 January – 6 March 2010
Galerie Adler
Frankfurt, Germany


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Deborah Oropallo – Wild Wild West Show

Bay Area artist Deborah Oropallo is bringing a large selection of prints down the California coast for her latest exhibition. “Wild Wild West Show” opens this Friday at Scott White Contemporary Art in San Diego.

Deborah Oropallo - Randi - 2009
Deborah Oropallo, Randi, permanent pigment print on aluminum, 2009.

The source material for much of this content is salvaged from online sources for cowgirl costumes. These advertisements have been digitally manipulated and superimposed on familiar Old Western photographs and recent rodeo imagery. The diluted figures blend with the landscapes and take on a frenzy that incites dimensional illusion.

Deborah Oropallo - Drill Team - 2009
Deborah Oropallo, Drill Team, permanent pigment print on aluminum, 2009.

As is the case with viewing most artwork online, scale is lost on these stunning pieces. Some of the works measure nearly seven feet on their long side. At this size, the digital artifacts sear with a saturated color palette that demands attention from a substantial distance.

Deborah Oropallo - Medals - 2009
Deborah Oropallo, Medals, permanent pigment print on aluminum, 2009.

Deborah Oropallo
Wild Wild West Show
8 January – 6 March 2010
Scott White Contemporary Art
San Diego, CA


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Gabriel Orozco – Retrospective

A well deserved mid-career retrospective covering two decades of work by Gabriel Orozco is on display through the end of February at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Gabriel Orozco - Mobile Matrix - 2006
Gabriel Orozco, Mobile Matrix (detail), graphite on gray whale skeleton, 2006.

This exhibition marks the first chance to experience “Mobile Matrix” (above) outside of it’s permanent home at the Biblioteca Vasconcelos in Mexico City. The sculpture is a reassembled skeleton of a thirty-five foot gray whale that was drawn on with graphite by the artist and some twenty assistants. The lines fall on the sculpture like a wire frame, at once affirming and denying the three dimensional surface.

Gabriel Orozco - Atomist: Making Strides - 1996
Gabriel Orozco, Atomist Making Strides, gouache and ink on newspaper clipping, 1996.

The work of Gabriel Orozco is a celebration of the individual. His ideas flow through a variety of media with no particular specialization. Each concept sets off on it’s own path toward a unique and viable solution. More than eighty artworks have been installed for this exhibit. The museum has put together a solid online presentation that fills in the blanks for those that will not be able to attend the show.

Gabriel Orozco - La DS - 1993
Gabriel Orozco, La DS, modified Citroën DS, 1993.

This is the first stop for the retrospective. The exhibit will travel to Switzerland, France and England with separate installation scenarios designed for each venue.

Gabriel Orozco
13 December 2009 – 1 March 2010
MoMA
NYC


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Ulrich Lamsfuss – Birdie

An abundance of recent work in a variety of media from Ulrich Lamsfuss make up his current show, “Birdie”, at Lombard-Freid Projects in NYC.

Ulrich Lamsfuss - Olivier Portrait, Zebco Sports Europe (Calendar September 2008) - 2009
Ulrich Lamsfuss, Olivier Portrait, Zebco Sports Europe (Calendar September 2008), oil on canvas, 2009.

Ulrich Lamsfuss maintains a database of images culled from popular culture. This visual dossier is curated based on the collector’s personal connection to the content. The oil paintings are worked and reworked in an effort to distance the product from the source.

Ulrich Lamsfuss - Michael Douglas - No Nukes - 2009
Ulrich Lamsfuss, Michael Douglas – No Nukes, oil on canvas, 2009.

Lamsfuss sifts through the world of advertising and entertainment with a hopeful eye. It is his search for reality, his quest for a credible identity in a virtual space that invigorates the content. Reclaiming the visual cortex from image overload is an important contemporary movement and this artist is gaining some ground for the cause.

Ulrich Lamsfuss - Xavier Zimbardo. Kataragama, Sri Lanka 1992 (India Holy Song) - 2009
Ulrich Lamsfuss, Xavier Zimbardo. Kataragama, Sri Lanka 1992 (India Holy Song), watercolor on paper, 2009.

Ulrich Lamsfuss
Birdie
20 November 2009 – 9 January 2010
Lombard-Freid Projects
NYC


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Bernardi Roig – Pierrot Le Fou Is (Not) Dead

Mixed media sculptures and charcoal studies from Bernardi Roig are on view at the Claire Oliver Gallery in NYC. “Pierrot le fou is (not) Dead” runs through the middle of January, if you are in the city, this one should not be missed.

Bernardi Roig - Pierrot le fou (detail) - 2009
Bernardi Roig, Pierrot le fou (detail), mixed media, 2009.

Art Miami (covered here on LIMO) offered a lot of excellent work this year. One of the highlights for me was the engaging output from Bernardi Roig at the Claire Oliver booth. The repeated form of Roig’s stark white man acts as a surface for the viewer to project their own ideas and misconceptions. The rapport that builds can range from affinity to compassion.

Bernardi Roig - Despondency Exercise (detail) - 2009
Bernardi Roig, Despondency Exercise (detail), mixed media, 2009.

The exhibition of “Pierrot le fou is (not) Dead” includes several pieces that were shown in Miami combined with a larger scope of the artist’s recent work. The balance of strong concept and superior craftsmanship will remain long after a visit to the gallery.

Bernardi Roig - Pierrot le fou - Study 1 - 2009
Bernardi Roig, Pierrot le fou – Study 1, charcoal on paper, 2009.

Bernardi Roig
Pierrot le fou is (not) Dead
10 December 2009 – 16 January 2010
Claire Oliver Gallery
NYC


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Video – Clyfford Still Museum – Groundbreaking Celebration

Our good friend, Paul Humphrey, accompanied us to the Groundbreaking for the Clyfford Still Museum and shot this great video of the action.

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Clyfford Still Museum
Groundbreaking Celebration
14 December 2009
13th Avenue and Bannock Street
Denver, Colorado


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Clyfford Still Museum – Groundbreaking Celebration

Today held a landmark ceremony for the city of Denver. Groundbreaking took place for the Clyfford Still Museum scheduled to open in 2011.

Clyfford Still Museum - Groundbreaking Celebration - 2009
Clyfford Still Museum, Groundbreaking Celebration, Denver, Colorado, 2009.

Clyfford Still Museum - Groundbreaking Celebration - 2009
Clyfford Still Museum, Groundbreaking Celebration, Denver, Colorado, 2009.

Clyfford Still Museum - Groundbreaking Celebration - 2009
Mayor John Hickenlooper, Clyfford Still Museum, Groundbreaking Celebration, Denver, Colorado, 2009.

After the typical speeches and several rounds of applause, it was explained to the crowd that Still was not fond of tradition and the standard groundbreaking would not take place. Behind the podium a large piece of construction machinery fired up and pounded the ground with a sound you could feel. The appendage rose into the air and paused then turned hard left into the adjacent building. The corner of the building to be replaced with the museum was repeatedly smashed to the tune of low level fireworks.

Clyfford Still Museum - Groundbreaking Celebration - 2009
Clyfford Still Museum, Groundbreaking Celebration, Denver, Colorado, 2009.

Clyfford Still Museum - Groundbreaking Celebration - 2009
Clyfford Still Museum, Groundbreaking Celebration, Denver, Colorado, 2009.

Clyfford Still Museum - Groundbreaking Celebration - 2009
Clyfford Still Museum, Groundbreaking Celebration, Denver, Colorado, 2009.

Clyfford Still Museum - North Rendering - Allied Works Architecture - 2009
Clyfford Still Museum, North Rendering, Allied Works Architecture, 2009.

The museum will house over 2,400 of the artist’s work broken down as follows.

100 paintings dating from 1920 – 1943: Still’s student years, Depression-era works, Surrealist-inspired works, and first forays into abstraction.

350 paintings dating from 1944 – 1960: Still’s “breakthrough period” and the years of “high” Abstract Expressionism. Many canvases span over ten-by-fourteen feet.

375 paintings dating from 1961 – 1979: later works, most of which have never been exhibited.

1575 works on paper spanning all aspects of Still’s career in such media as pastel, crayon, charcoal, gouache, tempera, graphite, and pen and ink. Few of these have ever been exhibited.

In addition to the artworks, the museum will also house the artist’s archives of letters, sketchbooks, manuscripts, photo albums and personal effects, most of which has never been seen by the public.

Clyfford Still Museum - Model Elevation - Allied Works Architecture - 2009
Clyfford Still Museum, Model Elevation, Allied Works Architecture, 2009.

Clyfford Still Museum
Groundbreaking Celebration
14 December 2009
13th Avenue and Bannock Street
Denver, Colorado


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Fred Tomaselli – Art Basel Miami Beach

We actually told a taxi driver to step on it so that we could attend the book launch for Fred Tomaselli at Art Basel Miami Beach. The artist was flanked by Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, Director, Aspen Art Museum and Ian Berry, Associate Director Skidmore College.

Fred Tomaselli - Super Plant - 1994
Fred Tomaselli, Super Plant, 1994.

Thoughtful questions were raised by the panel as well as the audience. Here is a short video of some of Tomaselli’s responses. Please note, the video was shot on micro technology without the aid of a tripod, so excuse the quality of the presentation.

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Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson - Fred Tomaselli - Ian Berry- Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, Fred Tomaselli & Ian Berry, Art Basel, Miami Beach, 2009.

Fred Tomaselli
Art Salon
4 December 2009
Art Basel Miami Beach


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Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child – Art Basel Miami Beach

On our last night in Miami Beach we were lucky enough to take in a screening of the rough cut for “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child” as part of Art Basel. The completed film will premiere at the end of January 2010 during the Sundance Festival in Park City, Utah.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child - Art Basel Miami Beach - The Colony Theater - 2009
The Colony Theater, Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, Art Basel Miami Beach, ©2009 by MCH.

The film was scheduled to air at the Oceanfront area but threatening weather moved it inside to the Colony Theater. We had walked more than fifty miles in the past few days and welcomed the opportunity to slip into comfortable theater seats.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child - Art Basel Miami Beach - Panel Discussion - 2009
Bob Colacello, Tamra Davis, David Koh, Fab Five Freddy and Jeffrey Deitch, Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, Art Basel Miami Beach, ©2009 by MCH.

The Director, Tamra Davis took part in a panel discussion before the film and fielded questions after. She was joined by Bob Colacello, David Koh, Fab Five Freddy and Jeffrey Deitch. Some interesting personal encounters with Jean-Michel were put forth to a very receptive crowd.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child - Art Basel Miami Beach - Tamra Davis - 2009
Tamra Davis, Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, Art Basel Miami Beach, ©2009 by MCH.

The film revolves around an interview and wide range of footage of Basquiat shot by Tamra Davis mainly in New York and California during the 1980’s. When her friend passed away, she put the films in a drawer not wanting to cash in on the tragedy. I am glad that after all of these years she has accepted that her work is of important historical significance and should be shared. Even the rough cut had the audience in a trance. The most accurate depiction of the man to date.

It may be a while before this one reaches a theater near you but it is sure to make a big impact at Sundance.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child - Art Basel Miami Beach - Fab Five Freddy - 2009
Fab Five Freddy, Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, Art Basel Miami Beach, ©2009 by MCH.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
Screening
4 December 2009
Art Basel Miami Beach


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The Wynwood Walls – Miami

The Wynwood Walls is an ongoing outdoor mural project produced by Deitch Projects and Goldman Properties. Twelve murals were completed for the opening including work by Aiko, Os Gemeos and Nunca, Stelios Faitakis, Jim Drain, Shepard Fairey, Futura, Barry McGee, Ara Peterson, Clare Rojas, Kenny Scharf and the team of Swoon, David Ellis and Ben Wolf. Here are photos of some of our favorites.

AIKO - The Wynwood Walls - Miami - 2009
AIKO, The Wynwood Walls, Miami, 2009.

Shepard Fairey - The Wynwood Walls - Miami - 2009
Shepard Fairey, The Wynwood Walls, Miami, 2009.

Shepard Fairey - The Wynwood Walls - Miami - 2009
Shepard Fairey, The Wynwood Walls, Miami, 2009.

Kenny Scharf - The Wynwood Walls - Miami - 2009
Kenny Scharf, The Wynwood Walls, Miami, 2009.

The Wynwood Walls
NW 26th Street & 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL


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Scope Miami

SCOPE Miami was quite a treat this year. The sprawling floor plan allowed ample space for each gallery. We really appreciated the efforts of the exhibitors and the fair staff. Here are some of the artists that demanded our attention.

Mark Jenkins - SCOPE Miami - 2009
Mark Jenkins, SCOPE Miami, 2009.

AJ Fosik - Scope Miami - 2009
AJ Fosik, Scope Miami, 2009.

Antonio Santin - SCOPE Miami - 2009
Antonio Santin, SCOPE Miami, 2009.

Melissa Ichiuji - SCOPE Miami - 2009
Melissa Ichiuji, SCOPE Miami, 2009.

Aaron Johnson - SCOPE Miami - 2009
Aaron Johnson, SCOPE Miami, 2009.

Aaron Johnson - SCOPE Miami - 2009
Aaron Johnson, SCOPE Miami, 2009.

Maddalena Ambrosio - SCOPE Miami - 2009
Maddalena Ambrosio, SCOPE Miami, 2009.

Jeremy Dean - SCOPE Miami - 2009
Jeremy Dean, SCOPE Miami, 2009.

Christy Langer - SCOPE Miami - 2009
Christy Langer, SCOPE Miami, 2009.

Daniel Glaser & Magdalena Hunz - SCOPE Miami - 2009
Daniel Glaser & Magdalena Hunz, SCOPE Miami, 2009.

Jen Stark - SCOPE Miami - 2009
Jen Stark, SCOPE Miami, 2009.

Guerra de la Paz - SCOPE Miami - 2009
Guerra de la Paz, SCOPE Miami, 2009.

SCOPE Miami
2-6 December 2009


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Pulse Contemporary Art Fair – Miami

Yesterday we roamed around the Pulse Contemporary Art Fair at Miami’s Ice Palace. A top notch setup with helpful staff and very high quality artworks. It was particularly good to finally chat with Ed Winkleman face to face. Here are some photos, enjoy.

Pulse Miami - 2009
Pulse Miami, 2009.

Pulse Miami - 2009
Pulse Miami, 2009.

Kiel Johnson - Pulse Miami - 2009
Kiel Johnson – Pulse Miami, 2009.

Kiel Johnson - Pulse Miami - 2009
Kiel Johnson – Pulse Miami, 2009.

Kevin Osmond - Pulse Miami - 2009
Kevin Osmond – Pulse Miami, 2009.

Christopher Mir - Pulse Miami - 2009
Christopher Mir – Pulse Miami, 2009.

Airan Kang - Pulse Miami - 2009
Airan Kang – Pulse Miami, 2009.

Linda Besemer - Pulse Miami - 2009
Linda Besemer – Pulse Miami, 2009.

Nathaniel Rogers - Pulse Miami - 2009
Nathaniel Rogers – Pulse Miami, 2009.

Gavin Nolan - Pulse Miami - 2009
Gavin Nolan – Pulse Miami, 2009.

Joy Garnett - Pulse Miami - 2009
Joy Garnett – Pulse Miami, 2009.

Maddalena Fragnito De Giorgio - Pulse Miami - 2009
Maddalena Fragnito De Giorgio – Pulse Miami, 2009.

Caro Suerkemper - Pulse Miami - 2009
Caro Suerkemper – Pulse Miami, 2009.

Mark Napier - Pulse Miami - 2009
Mark Napier – Pulse Miami, 2009.

Dinh Q. Le - Pulse Miami - 2009
Dinh Q. Le – Pulse Miami, 2009.

Portia Munson - Pulse Miami - 2009
Portia Munson – Pulse Miami, 2009.

Omar Chacon - Pulse Miami - 2009
Omar Chacon – Pulse Miami, 2009.

Madeleine Berkhemer - Pulse Miami - 2009
Madeleine Berkhemer – Pulse Miami, 2009.

Andy Freeberg - Pulse Miami - 2009
Andy Freeberg – Pulse Miami, 2009.

Richard Klein - Pulse Miami - 2009
Richard Klein – Pulse Miami, 2009.

Itamar Jobani - Pulse Miami - 2009
Itamar Jobani – Pulse Miami, 2009.

Eva and Franco Mattes - Pulse Miami - 2009
Eva and Franco Mattes – Pulse Miami, 2009.

Andrew Guenther - Pulse Miami - 2009
Andrew Guenther – Pulse Miami, 2009.

Brian Dettmer - Pulse Miami - 2009
Brian Dettmer – Pulse Miami, 2009.

Pulse Contemporary Art Fair
3-6 December 2009


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NADA Art Fair – Opening Day

Today was a pretty light day for us. We did manage to take in the NADA Art Fair at the Deauville Beach Resort. Here are some photos.

NADA Art Fair - 2009
NADA Art Fair, 2009.

Wayne White - NADA Art Fair - 2009
Wayne White, NADA Art Fair, 2009.

Wayne White - NADA Art Fair - 2009
Wayne White, NADA Art Fair, 2009.

Sarah Bridgland - NADA Art Fair - 2009
Sarah Bridgland, NADA Art Fair, 2009.

Ishmael Randall Weeks - NADA Art Fair - 2009
Ishmael Randall Weeks, NADA Art Fair, 2009.

Zipora Fried - NADA Art Fair - 2009
Zipora Fried, NADA Art Fair, 2009.

Theaster Gates - NADA Art Fair - 2009
Theaster Gates, NADA Art Fair, 2009.

Valerie Blass - NADA Art Fair - 2009
Valerie Blass, NADA Art Fair, 2009.

Patrick Jackson - NADA Art Fair - 2009
Patrick Jackson, NADA Art Fair, 2009.

Rob Pruitt - NADA Art Fair - 2009
Rob Pruitt, NADA Art Fair, 2009.

NADA Art Fair
3-6 December 2009


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Art Basel Miami Beach – Private View

We spent the entire day yesterday enthralled with the “Private View” at Art Basel Miami Beach. The fair opens to the public today at noon and runs through Sunday, December, 6th.

Hunting through the work of more than 2,000 artists has left me leg weary but my soul has been energized. Enjoy the photos.

Art Basel - Miami Convention Center - 2009
Art Basel, Miami Convention Center, 2009.

Art Basel - Miami Convention Center - Inside - 2009
Art Basel, Inside Miami Convention Center, 2009.

Iván Navarro - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Iván Navarro, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Jim Dine - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Jim Dine, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Luis Gispert - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Luis Gispert, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Brian Tolle - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Brian Tolle, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Ian Davis - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Ian Davis, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Eduardo Sarabia - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Eduardo Sarabia, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Mona Hatoum - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Mona Hatoum, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Elias Crespin - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Elias Crespin, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Anselm Kiefer - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Anselm Kiefer, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Gimhongsok - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Gimhongsok, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Andy Warhol - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Andy Warhol, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Evan Penny - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Evan Penny, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Evan Penny - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Evan Penny, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Wolfgang Laib - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Wolfgang Laib, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Kenny Scharf - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Kenny Scharf, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Kenny Scharf - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Kenny Scharf, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Jeff Koons - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Jeff Koons, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Laura Lima - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Laura Lima, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Subodh Gupta - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Subodh Gupta, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Doug Aitken - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Doug Aitken, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Los Carpinteros - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Los Carpinteros, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Tracey Emin - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Tracey Emin, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Michelangelo Pistoletto - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Michelangelo Pistoletto, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Allora & Calzadilla - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Allora & Calzadilla, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Anish Kapoor - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Anish Kapoor, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Damien Hirst - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Damien Hirst, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Paul Pfeiffer - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Paul Pfeiffer, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Paul Pfeiffer - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Paul Pfeiffer, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Ceal Floyer - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Ceal Floyer, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Leandro Erlich - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Leandro Erlich, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Leandro Erlich - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Leandro Erlich, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Nick Cave - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Nick Cave, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Marcia Xavier - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Marcia Xavier, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Faile - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Faile, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Faile - Art Basel Miami Beach - 2009
Faile, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2009.

Art Basel Miami Beach
3-6 December 2009


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Art Miami 2009 – VIP Preview Night

Last night we attended the VIP preview night at Art Miami in the Midtown Miami Arts District. It is the 20th anniversary of the longest running contemporary art fair in the city. More than 80 galleries were in attendance featuring work from 750 plus artists. Here are some photos of the highlights.

Art Miami - VIP Preview - 2009
Art Miami, 2009.

Kate Clark at Claire Oliver Gallery - Art Miami - 2009
Kate Clark, Art Miami, 2009.

Kate Clark at Claire Oliver Gallery - Art Miami - 2009
Kate Clark, Art Miami, 2009.

Kate Clark at Claire Oliver Gallery - Art Miami - 2009
Kate Clark, Art Miami, 2009.

Kate Clark at Claire Oliver Gallery - Art Miami - 2009
Kate Clark, Art Miami, 2009.

Bernardi Roig at Claire Oliver Gallery - Art Miami - 2009
Bernardi Roig, Art Miami, 2009.

Bernardi Roig at Claire Oliver Gallery - Art Miami - 2009
Bernardi Roig, Art Miami, 2009.

Bernardi Roig at Claire Oliver Gallery - Art Miami - 2009
Bernardi Roig, Art Miami, 2009.

Michael Wolf at Robert Koch Gallery - Art Miami - 2009
Michael Wolf, Art Miami, 2009.

Michael Wolf at Robert Koch Gallery - Art Miami - 2009
Michael Wolf, Art Miami, 2009.

Brian Ulrich at Robert Koch Gallery - Art Miami - 2009
Brian Ulrich, Art Miami, 2009.

Aaron Johnson - Art Miami - 2009
Aaron Johnson, Art Miami, 2009.

Luo Brothers - Art Miami - 2009
Luo Brothers, Art Miami, 2009.

Deborah Oropallo - Art Miami - 2009
Deborah Oropallo, Art Miami, 2009.

Lluis Barba - Art Miami - 2009
Lluis Barba, Art Miami, 2009.

Charlotte Bracegirdle - Art Miami - 2009
Charlotte Bracegirdle, Art Miami, 2009.

Art Miami - VIP Preview - 2009
Art Miami, 2009.

Art Miami - VIP Preview - 2009
Art Miami, 2009.

Art Miami
2-6 December 2009


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Shepard Fairey – Miami

On our way to Art Miami, we bumped into Shepard Fairey and crew working on a huge outdoor mural in the 3000 block of North Miami Avenue. It had been more than a decade since we had connected with Shepard, it was good to catch up a bit.

Due to some storms headed this way, the Obey crew was working through the night. They expect to keep going for the next two days. We should be back through the Wynwood Arts District soon, so check back for photos of the finished piece.

Shepard Fairey - Miami - 2009
Shepard Fairey, Miami, 2009.

Shepard Fairey - Miami - 2009

Shepard Fairey - Miami - 2009

Shepard Fairey - Miami - 2009


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We’re Here – L.I.M.O. In Miami

It begins. We have landed in Miami for the art fairs. After some culture shock and a dip in the ocean, we are ready to tackle the art. Updates will occur as energy allows.

L.I.M.O. in South Beach - Miami - 2009


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See You In Miami

We are on our way to Miami Beach for the art fairs. Keep an eye out for upcoming coverage.

L.I.M.O. - Miami coverage - 2009

Looking forward to catching up with some old friends.

L.I.M.O. - Miami coverage - 2009


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Andrew Moore – Detroit

Andrew Moore is currently showing for the fifth time at the Yancey Richardson Gallery in NYC. For this series the photographer has examined some charismatic buildings that have relinquished to decay in the city of Detroit.

Andrew Moore - National Time - Detroit Michigan - 2009
Andrew Moore, National Time, Detroit, Michigan, 2009, photograph, 2009.

Andrew Moore returned to Detroit seven times over the past two years in order to capture these stunning images. He visited several abandoned spaces including a burned out school where the clocks have melted on the wall. Also among these amazing relics are images of the seldom seen Ford Factory on the River Rouge.

Andrew Moore - The Rouge - Detroit Michigan - 2008
Andrew Moore, The Rouge, Detroit, Michigan, 2008, photograph, 2008.

Some viewers may be possessed by fits of melancholic nostalgia but Moore’s interest is in the beauty that accumulates when material accomplishments are returned to the natural world. He states, “Detroit is more than a story of physical decline, decay and transformation; it is a city where the distortion of time is inventing new symbols for the America of the future.”

Andrew Moore - Model T Headquarters - Detroit Michigan - 2009
Andrew Moore, Model T Headquarters, Detroit, Michigan, 2009, photograph, 2009.

Andrew Moore
Detroit
5 November 2009 – 9 January 2010
Yancey Richardson Gallery
NYC


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Mark Mothersbaugh – Drinkin’ With Cyclops – NOWhere Limited

Our gallery, NOWhere Limited, is pleased to announce the release of “Drinkin’ with Cyclops” an exclusive art print from Mark Mothersbaugh. The print will be available at this link on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at Noon Pacific Standard Time / 3pm Eastern Standard Time / 20:00:00 UTC.

Mark Mothersbaugh - Drinkin' with Cyclops - 2009
Mark Mothersbaugh, Drinkin’ with Cyclops, five color serigraph, 2009.

The full bleed, five color serigraph is limited to an edition of 80 signed and numbered prints. In addition to this run we will have a few of the ultra rare four color variant on silver mirror paper. Both versions feature areas of metallic and glow in the dark inks.

Mark Mothersbaugh - Drinkin' with Cyclops signing - 2009
Mark Mothersbaugh, Drinkin’ with Cyclops signing at Mutato Muzika, Los Angeles, 2009, (photo: J. Brewton).

Mark’s recent visual artwork has been largely inspired by his 30-year habit of creating handmade postcards to send to friends from various stops on DEVO tours. This obsession has evolved into a visual diary that currently yields the artist 1-25 new images per day. These images have served as the basis for the artist’s critically acclaimed solo shows of the 80s/90s as well as for his “gallery tours” which have been occurring at art venues throughout the globe since 2003.

Mark Mothersbaugh - Drinkin' with Cyclops - Glow-in-the-dark detail - 2009
Mark Mothersbaugh, Drinkin’ with Cyclops, glow-in-the-dark-detail, 2009.

You can find L.I.M.O. coverage of the printing process for “Drinkin’ with Cyclops” here.

Mark Mothersbaugh
Drinkin’ with Cyclops
Release date: Tuesday, November 24, 2009
NOWhere Limited


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Wolfgang Laib – Frieze of Life

Three installation pieces by Wolfgang Laib are on display at the Sean Kelly Gallery in NYC.

Wolfgang Laib - Frieze of Life - 2009
Wolfgang Laib, Frieze of Life (detail), 400 clay pots, white ashes, wooden shelves, 2009.

The wooden shelves that support the four hundred ash filled clay pots in “Frieze of Life” (above) have been situated nearly two-thirds of the way up the walls that enclose the installation. For this most recent work, Laib collected white ashes from various temples approximate to his studio in India. The piece, like much of this artist’s yield does not offer clarity nor division, instead a cyclical singularity has been sought with success.

Wolfgang Laib - Pollen from Hazelnut -  2002
Wolfgang Laib, Pollen from Hazelnut, 5 jars of hazelnut pollen, 2002.

Twenty-three years have passed since a pollen field has been seen in New York. A great opportunity to engage the senses. The hazelnut pollen was collected by hand and has been sifted onto the floor of the gallery. The shape of the field is that of a window or a door protruding into this reality from an unnoticed realm. This motif along with the use of elemental materials is also conspicuous in the earlier work, “Rice Meals” (below).

Wolfgang Laib - Rice Meals - 1988
Wolfgang Laib, Rice Meals, 12 brass cones, rice, 1988.

Wolfgang Laib
Frieze of Life
29 October – 5 December 2009
Sean Kelly Gallery
NYC


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Brian Jungen – Strange Comfort

The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC is hosting an exhibition of captivating sculptural works by Brian Jungen. The museum put together an excellent site for the show and is offering a signed book in limited quantities through the online store.

Brian Jungen - Carapace -  2009
Brian Jungen, Carapace, industrial waste bins, 2009.

Brian Jungen metamorphoses common items into chimerical sculptures that despite their chilling presence impress the viewer with a peculiar sense of the familiar. The soulless products that he manipulates, garbage cans, lawn chairs and sporting goods, serve as a reminder that everything living and inert can be regressed to the same essence.

Brian Jungen - The Prince -  2006
Brian Jungen, The Prince, baseball mitts and dress form, 2006.

The upcycled components that converge into these new forms represent a venture that elicits a sense time travel. The works strike an equilibrium of past present and future. The items that we use today have been repurposed through traditional craft to birth objects as they might exist in a post industrial society.

Brian Jungen - Prototype for New Understanding #23 -  2005
Brian Jungen, Prototype for New Understanding #23, Nike Air Jordans, 2005.

Brian Jungen
Strange Comfort
16 October 2009 – 8 August 2010
National Museum of the American Indian
Washington, DC


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Dan Witz – Dark Doings

“Dark Doings”, the first solo exhibition in California for Dan Witz is the current show at the Carmichael Gallery in West Hollywood. The imagery is derived largely from a recent visit the artist made to the red light district in Amsterdam.

Dan Witz - Sarah (Bloody Fingers) - 2009
Dan Witz, Sarah (Bloody Fingers), mixed media on digital print on plastic, 2009.

Unauthorized artwork in public places has gone through many advances over the past several decades. It used to be the goal of graffiti bombers to to go large and loud with the intent of being seen. This attitude has by no means died but a subtler, perhaps more sublime aesthetic has begun to creep in affected considerably by the work of Dan Witz. His inventive urban treasures are reward for staying alert despite the daily grind.

Dan Witz - Mean Monkey - 2009
Dan Witz, Mean Monkey, mixed media on digital print on plastic, 2009.

In the past, Witz has voiced an apprehension about showing his work in a gallery setting. Much of the pleasure that he derives from creating art comes from street level interventions in unusual places. “Dark Doings” seeks to integrate the power of the work in its accustomed habitat with the necessities of a proper exhibition space. Many of the prints are mounted on plastic, some have been marked and otherwise disturbed. The pieces have been either framed or mounted to unhinged doors. Photographic images of the prints in situ are also on view, extending the virtual sensation of “being there.”

Dan Witz - Scott (Photo) - 2009
Dan Witz, Scott (Photo), digital print on photo paper, 2009.

Dan Witz
Dark Doings
5 November – 3 December 2009
Carmichael Gallery
West Hollywood, CA


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Richard Polsky – I Sold Andy Warhol. (Too Soon)

Other Press sent me a copy of their latest release from author Richard Polsky. “I Sold Andy Warhol. (Too Soon)” is a follow up to the successful, “I Bought Andy Warhol”, penned five years earlier.

Andy Warhol - Self-portrait (Fright Wig) - 1986
Andy Warhol, Self-portrait (Fright Wig), synthetic polymer and silkscreen ink on canvas, 1986.

The last two decades has seen a meteoric rise in auction value for work created by the late Andy Warhol. The book is a first person account of attempts to procure several different variants of the painting, “Fright Wig” (above). Polsky has been a private dealer for more than thirty years. He has also lent his authorship in the form of a regular column to Artnet online.

His experiences as collector and dealer inculcate his latest book with a credibility that could be found in few other places. Anyone involved in the art world will delight in Polsky’s honesty and humor. The work should also attract a larger audience as a tense narrative of business with millions at stake.

I do occasionally read about the “art market” for reference as an artist and gallery owner. It is usually a hunt for a few bits of useful information in a heap of uninspired text. I found “I Sold Andy Warhol. (Too Soon)” to be quite the opposite, it is engaging on a level that exceeds its genre. I was recommending it to some friends before the last page was reached. You can pick up your copy here.

Richard Polsky - I Sold Andy Warhol. (Too Soon) -  2009
Richard Polsky, I Sold Andy Warhol. (Too Soon), 2009.

Richard Polsky
I Sold Andy Warhol. (Too Soon)
Released: September 2009
Other Press


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Maya Gold – Wake

The latest series of oil paintings from Maya Gold are on display at the Mike Weiss Gallery. “Wake”, the artist’s first solo show in New York, runs through the beginning of 2010.

Maya Gold - Untitled - 2009
Maya Gold, Untitled, oil on canvas, 2009.

The works function on two distinctly different levels. From the proper initial viewing distance, the paintings take on a washy abstraction that nearly overwhelms the treasure that draws the viewer in for closer inspection.

Maya Gold - Untitled (detail) - 2009
Maya Gold, Untitled (detail), oil on canvas, 2009.

Gold’s isolated subjects encourage us to adopt the dreamy course of speculation that percolates with the lack of external stimuli. Although the compositions are quite simple, the thematic discourse runs a wide spread. Literally swooping in from a satellite perspective causes the beholder to examine details that hint at burdens ranging from protection to futility.

Maya Gold - Untitled (detail) - 2009
Maya Gold, Untitled (detail), oil on canvas, 2009.

Maya Gold
Wake
29 October 2008 – 9 January 2010
Mike Weiss Gallery
NYC


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Simen Johan – Until The Kingdom Comes

Photographs created by Simen Johan over the past several years are on view at the Yossi Milo Gallery in NYC.

Simen Johan - Untitled #152 - 2007
Simen Johan, Untitled #152, c-print, 2008.

For the ongoing series, “Until the Kingdom Comes”, Johan travels widely and captures images of both wild and captive animals. The photographic data is transposed into a digital studio where the artist arranges his subjects in a variety of geographic settings. The results display unlikely cohabitants in atypical environments.

Simen Johan - Untitled #140 - 2007
Simen Johan, Untitled #140, c-print, 2007.

The striking reality of these impossibilities galvanizes the viewer with the feeling of a unique exclusive. Similarly fantastic properties are exhibited in Simen Johan’s taxidermy sculptures (not pictured) which are also at the gallery. If you are in the city head over and check out something wild.

Simen Johan - Untitled #156 - 2009
Simen Johan, Untitled #156, c-print, 2007.

Simen Johan
Until the Kingdom Comes
10 September – 31 October 2009
Yossi Milo Gallery
NYC


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Tom Sanford – L.I.M.O. Studio Visit

Tom Sanford is an extremely talented painter that lives and works in NYC. His work has been exhibited internationally for more than a decade. The richly colored surfaces in his paintings recall the classic composition and scale of an earlier time. This blend of past and present results in powerful artifacts that expose the absurdity that drives our hyper media culture.

Tom was nice enough to show us around his studio and field a few questions.

Tom Sanford - Studio Visit - 2009

Your studio is located in Tribeca, anything significant happening there that might interest my readers?

Tribeca is a pretty great place to have one’s studio for several reasons. There are multiple art supply stores within walking distance (Pearl Paint, Soho Art Supply, and Dick Blick). Another plus is there are a few really great galleries that are only a short walk away, such as Dietsch Projects, Team, Spencer Brownstown, Jack Hanley, Renwick, and Canada. I am also a 10-minute subway ride from Chelsea, so it is pretty easy to see art when I need a break. After working in the studio, I have the Nancy Whiskey pub just down the street where I can grab a beer and a burger while I watch a ballgame. But the best thing about my location is that I am centrally located so it is pretty easy for most people to come by and visit me, no matter where they are in the city.

Tom Sanford - Three Graces - 2008
Tom Sanford, Three Graces, oil, acrylic and gold leaf on paper, 2008.

What combination of forces led you to becoming an artist?

I guess initially it was a series of bad decisions and failures that made becoming a professional artist my only real option. When I was an undergrad at Columbia, I was an economics major, however I had little facility for it and after I was awarded the staggeringly low grade of a C- in econometrics (almost unheard of due to grade inflation), it was clear to me that my future was not an analyst for a hedge fund. At the time I was minoring in art, and perhaps it was the 60 or so hours a week I would spend on my one art class per semester that lead to poor results in my economics classes. The only sensible thing to do seemed to be to change my major and graduate with a BA in Visual Art. After college, I realized that with an art degree I was all but unemployable in a mainstream sense. I really had no other choice than to start working for various artists (mainly Alexis Rockman, Deborah Kass & Gregory Amenoff) as well as various other extremely odd jobs. As it turns out, working for actual artists is really the only way to learn how to be an artist. I’m not saying you can’t learn how to make art in other places, but if you hope to go pro, this is the way to learn the business and what it means to be an artist. So, for a few years I lived on as little money as possible so that I could devote as much time to painting and living the fast life of a young New York artist. Soon enough I was showing my art pretty regularly and after a while I was selling enough to quit my other jobs. I guess it was at that point that I became a full-on artist and have been so for the past six years. At this point, having been out of college for about a decade without any experience that one could put on a resume, I am pretty much resigned to a life of art.

Tom Sanford - Self Portrait (My Credit Card) - 2008
Tom Sanford, Self Portrait (My Credit Card), oil and acrylic on paper, 2008.

Your Tompac experiment (linked here) garnished a lot of attention, good and bad. How was that experience?

At the risk of revealing my intellectual laziness, I am going to go ahead and lift my answer directly from an interview Qi Peng did with me a few months ago:

….I certainly do hope to grow up “young black and famous / money hanging out the anus” (Sean Combs), but my TomPAC project, and for that matter, my series of paintings of gangsta rappers, were not primarily about Hip Hop. I have always been extremely interested not only in the music and aesthetics of Hip Hop culture, but also in Hip Hop as a truly postmodern form. As an art form, it has gone beyond outdated ideas of authorship and originality. This being said, my art projects that you asked about (the paintings and TomPAC) are about the notion that it is a transgressive action for, in the case of the paintings, a white male artist to depict black men, and later in the case of the TomPAC project, I upped the ante by claiming to be a black man. The idea was initially inspired by Jack Early & Rob Pruitt’s controversial 1992 exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery called “Red, Black, Green, Red, White and Blue” which dealt with black male identity and stereo-types. The reaction to the show was so extremely negative that the two artists were essentially kicked out of the art world for about a decade. I started painting black rappers in 2000 in large part to test this taboo. I soon decided that mere paintings in this case represented too little risk on my part, so in 2003 I transformed myself into TomPAC, a white version of the dead rapper Tupac Shakur. This project attracted a lot of media attention from places like NPR, MTV and the LA Times. While people were interested in the tattooing, piercing, head shaving, pot smoking etc., I regarded these aspects of the project merely performative flourishes. The real issue was whether it was ok for a white man to pretend to be a dead black man, and what does it mean that he does this? The public reaction to this project was pretty overwhelming, and in large part negative, but that was precisely the point of the project. Interestingly enough, white liberals/intellectuals and neo-nazis seemed equally uncomfortable with my claim on Tupac. Certainly some people of color were uneasy with it, but not all were, and once i explained the agenda of the project for the most part people where interested and less offended by it. I really don’t have much desire to do another racially provocative project. I learned a lot from that work and it is among the art of which I am most proud; however I have said what I needed to say on the subject. As to the article in XXL, that was not a review, but it is probably the coolest piece of press i have ever received. Back in 2006 XXL did a special issue to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Tupac’s death, and they included my project on their timeline of important Tupac related events – I guess I am a footnote in the official history of Tupac Shakur and I’ll drink to that!”

After reading this answer in the previous interview, my friend and colleague, Justin Leiberman provided an insightful critique of my answer:

“Why do you say that post-modernism does away with authorship and originality? To me, it is only the neo-conservative version of post-modernism that does this. And I think you have offered a clue to this very thing when you point out that white liberals and neo-nazis were offended. I mean really, what does this say? It would be reductive to say that these two groups are the same because they are both offended by the painting. In the case of the neo-nazis, perhaps they were offended because you pulled the “other” too close, creating a situation in which there was no difference. It is easy to piss off neo-nazis, I’m sure that they find “Will and Grace” equally offensive. To them different equals primitive and base. The whole program of the nazis was based on an aestheticisation of the political. They see difference as degraded, low, against civilization. And so they try to get rid of it. White liberals are a different story. They PRETEND that there is no difference, that black and white can be united in harmony and so they ignore (or in Obama’s words “press the reset button”) the violence of colonialism. They pretend it doesn’t exist and do not speak of it and so they leave it hanging in the air because they are incapable of ACCEPTING difference. But your images seem to show the disjunction that occurs when you do the exact opposite of the neo-nazis, that is, pull the other in as close as possible. But in doing this aren’t you insisting on the neo-nazi’s conception of this difference, and just showing the reverse side of it? The white liberals pretend it isn’t there, The neo-nazis push it as far away as possible, and the surrealists pull it in as closely as possible. The whole idea rests on the idea that “further away equals more primitive”. A conflation of subconscious drives with geographical distance.”

I wholeheartedly agree with Justin’s criticism as well as his very astute point about the issue at the core of my project. I was a bit lazy and narrow with my usage of postmodernism and again due to this intellectual lethargy, I will leave it at that.

Tom Sanford - Studio Visit - 2009

Can we expect any more experimental/performance work from you down the line?

I wouldn’t rule it out, but I would probably only go down that path if it addressed a problem I was running into in my painting, and I am very unlikely to do another extreme makeover type project – that sort of thing is so 2003. I am currently working on a few quasi-conceptual projects, but they are a little more long term. For instance, I have been contacting and trying to meet other people named Tom Sanford, then painting them. This project goes in fits in starts, as in order to travel to meet another Tom Sanford I need to have both extra time and money. I have met four other Tom Sanfords thus far. Recently I’ve come across another Tom Sanford, who is a police chief in Dalhart Texas, and he has been in the news with regard to a homicide case. I have spent almost no time in Texas and this might be a good excuse to visit.

Tom Sanford - Black Friday - 2008-2009
Tom Sanford, Black Friday, diptych, oil and acrylic on paper, 2009.

Many of your recent paintings are based on current events. Do you anticipate becoming bored with the world or can you imagine a lifetime of work reflecting your personal external highlights?

Hmmm…”personal external highlights”? That isn’t how I would put it. Most of the current events that I choose to paint are anything but highlights. In fact I would say the “history painting” genre of my work focuses exclusively on the low points, the most horrific and bizarre moments in recent history. Of course, crazy and awful things seem to be happening all the time, but my paintings take me quite some time, so I have to be selective and I tend to gravitate towards events that seem particularly culturally poignant to me at the time. It is hard to say how long this avenue of investigation will interest me, but as long as people are doing things like balloon boy hoaxes to get on reality TV (just the latest nonsense as I type) there is no end of material in sight.

Tom Sanford - The Somali Pirates vs. The USS Bainbridge - 2009
Tom Sanford, The Somali Pirates vs. The USS Bainbridge, oil and acrylic on canvas, 2009.

Could you take us on a tour of “The Somali Pirates vs. The USS Bainbridge” painting?

This painting is one of my history paintings. The scale is quite grand, about 7 feet tall and 9 feet wide, so it is on the level of the sorts of big battle paintings that you might find at Versailles or the Louvre, however in this case I did not have a particular painting in mind.

I picked this event, first because of timing, as the event took place just as I was finishing up a large painting of the Black Friday WalMART stampede of 2008, and I was looking for a new subject. I also picked it because this event so beautifully illustrates global economics and the power dynamics of a pluralistic world. And besides, I love the idea of living in a world where pirates roam the Indian Ocean.

In all seriousness, while this particular transaction between the pirates and Maersk went tragically wrong (at least from the pirates point of view) – it was fascinating to learn about this little industry of hijacking and cargo insurance that seems to be benefiting all parties involved (except I guess the crews of the hijacked boats that often spend months in limbo while the terms of ransom are negotiated like any other run of the mill international business deal). In the case of the Maersk Alabama, it is clear that the pirates misjudged the reaction of the US government, or more likely didn’t realize that the Alabama was an American vessel. And of course the stand-off was a beautiful case of asymmetrical warfare when it doesn’t work out for the little guy.

Tom Sanford - The Somali Pirates vs. The USS Bainbridge- detail - 2009
Tom Sanford, The Somali Pirates vs. The USS Bainbridge (detail).

In my painting I took some liberties when depicting the scene in the life raft where captain Richard Phillips was held by the three ill-fated pirates. First of all, the actual raft itself had a covered top, which I changed for sake of the image. I also altered Captain Phillips to look quite a bit like the Bill Murray character (Steve Zissou) from Wes Anderson’s movie The Life Aquatic. And for that matter, I also referred to the pirates from The Life Aquatic when designing the look of the Somali pirates in my painting. I also chose to give my pirates some of the classic accoutrements of their profession, such as a peg leg, a hook for a hand, and a skull & cross bones flag, for comic effect and to heighten the lopsided nature of this standoff. I made sure to have three African vultures as a nod to the ultimate fate of the three pirates on the raft. I also enjoyed adding circling sharks and toxic waste, which I understand are accurate to the location and add some drama to the scene.

Tom Sanford - Octomom - 2009
Tom Sanford, Octomom, oil, acrylic and fake silver on paper, 2009.

If you could have any celebrity alive or dead stop in at your studio, who would it be and why?

As much as my work might suggest otherwise, I am actually not generally interested in meeting celebrities. In fact, I fear that meeting the ones that I am interested in would likely humanize my perception of them, and render that celebrity useless to me as far as my work goes. I don’t have any interest in celebrities as people. I use celebrities in my work for what they represent in our culture – they are symbols, archetypes, allegories, or metaphors, but certainly not people. This is not to say that I am not interested in people – quite the contrary. I love people and I am pretty social. I would not want to be unfair to people, especially ones that I know and have empathy for, and that is why I am very careful about how I depict non-celebrities in my work. Actually meeting a celebrity would ruin our relationship, at least as far as I am concerned. I guess the larger point is that my work makes no effort to be fair to celebrities or to any event or issue that I tackle. I am not interested in being correct, I would go as far to say that any art that is correct, or fair, or defensible is almost certainly uninteresting, and in my mind, bad art. I think art does very well at expressing opinion and viewpoints, but it is an absolutely lousy vehicle if you want to express the truth. That said, I would like to have Cosimo de’ Medici to my studio, if he could be counted as a celebrity. I like to think that he might be sympathetic to my work.

Tom Sanford - Studio Visit - 2009

It is clear that you enjoy painting. What else places demands on your time? Please describe your perfect “day off.”

I don’t really have any hobbies apart from my art. I try to take a day off each week and spend it with my wife. And any day with her is a perfect day (assuming it doesn’t involve too much shopping or other chores). When the weather is nice we tend to take walks around our neighborhood in Harlem, or go over to the Bronx for a Yankee game (we are only two subway stops from the stadium), or on special occasions we like to go to the horse track. When the weather is bad we watch a lot of television, cook, occasionally the shooting range, and sometimes we go to a museum – our favorite is the Frick Collection.

Tom Sanford - Lloyd Dobbler - 2008
Tom Sanford, Lloyd Dobbler, oil and acrylic on paper, 2008.

I just read a new survey that claims 3.8 million aspiring artists are at work in the United States alone. Is there any advice that you would like to share with this creative minded public?

My best advice is to do something else – I don’t want any more competition for my job. However if you must be an artist I would think very specifically about what you mean by that. Being an artist can mean many different things and there are many ways to pursue this career. You have to know what it is you want to achieve, who you would like your audience to be, and what artists or other cultural makers you would like to be in dialogue with. Art is a means of communication, and if you want to do it seriously you have to be very clear about what you are saying and too whom. If you don’t know these things and you aren’t concerned with your audience, you are a hobbyist. Or, I guess if you happen to be institutionalized, maybe an outsider artist.

Tom Sanford - Studio Visit - 2009

Anything coming up that we should know about?

I have a show coming up at the end of November at Gallerie Erna Hecey in Brussels. Please check out tomsanford.com for news and updates on my comings and goings. Thanks l00k!


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Kiel Johnson – Publish Or Perish

Kiel Johnson has been invited back for a second solo show at the Mark Moore Gallery in Santa Monica.

Kiel Johnson - Two Sides to Every Story: AKA Boom Boom - 2009
Kiel Johnson, Two Sides to Every Story: AKA Boom Boom, chipboard, foam, tape and glue, 2009.

The artist has brought a wide array of media into play for this exhibition. The work operates on a memetic algorithm that holds significant personal meaning for Johnson but also conjures complex nostalgic reactions in the viewer. The transformation of fact through the circuitry of memory and experience drive the presentation.

Kiel Johnson - After and Before - 2009
Kiel Johnson, After and Before, ink on paper, 2009.

Communication of fuzzy thoughts that exist in a states of change can be a difficult task. In the form of a basic, albeit intricate abstraction, “After and Before” (above) posits a direct view of this duality in perception.

To further clarify his individuality, Johnson created an “autobiographical printing press” (below). Images chronicling the construction in the artist’s studio can be found here.

Kiel Johnson - Publish or Perish - 2009
Kiel Johnson, Publish or Perish, pine ply, steel, aluminum, inkjet on paper, chipboard, 2009.

Kiel Johnson
17 October – 14 November 2009
Mark Moore Gallery
Santa Monica, CA


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Anne Hardy – London

An exhibit of large format photography from Anne Hardy is on view at Maureen Paley in London. This marks the artist’s second solo show at the gallery.

Anne Hardy - Coordinate - 2009
Anne Hardy, Coordinate, diasec mounted c-type print, 2009.

Hardy creates these installations in her studio with the intention of photographing the finished piece. Found objects clutter the spaces with a haphazard brilliance that vacillates between genius and madness.

Anne Hardy - Prime - 2009
Anne Hardy, Prime, diasec mounted c-type print, 2009.

These aberrate territories frolic in their own logic. The artist commingles with objects and space to form the other. It is this character, never seen but borne from the creative process that encourages the viewer to speculate about this fictional persona and the goals they pursue.

Anne Hardy - Detached - 2009
Anne Hardy, Detached, diasec mounted c-type print, 2009.

Anne Hardy
9 October – 22 November 2009
Maureen Paley
London

Images courtesy Maureen Paley, London.


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Simon Ungers – Light Works

A solo exhibition of works by the late artist and architect Simon Ungers is on display at the Gering & López Gallery in NYC.

Simon Ungers - Light Works Museum -  2005-2009
Simon Ungers, Light Works Museum, three renderings mounted to glass, one drawing mounted to glass, 1 DVD, 2005-2009.

Simon Ungers matured his aesthetic early on in post-war Germany. It was a place mired in the task of rebuilding, forgetting and trying to remember. When the human spirit is forlorn, survival depends on extraordinary signs of hope to continue. Ungers found his release through visionary architecture and sculptural works that pine for a better place.

Simon Ungers - Column (in Light) -  2009
Simon Ungers, Column (in Light), photograph printed on vinyl, 2009.

The bulk of the exhibition is made up of two-dimensional renderings of Ungers’ light works. This imagery allows the viewer to explore the sculptures in ideal settings at carefully conceived angles.

The highlight of the show centers on the large piece, “Light Installation” (below). Before his passing in 2006, Simon Ungers envisioned exhibiting the large work in the gallery’s Chelsea space. This show represents the fulfillment of his desire. The large columns of light and their placement evoke several architectural concerns. They are at once atrium and nave with specific reference to support. It’s certainly a passage worth taking in person.

Simon Ungers - Light Installation -  2001
Simon Ungers, Light Installation, acrylic, steel, fluorescent light fixtures, installation view, 2001.

Simon Ungers
Light Works
17 September – 31 October 2009
Gering & López Gallery
NYC


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Sophie Delaporte Early Fashion Work

The commercial fashion photography of Sophie Delaporte is getting the fine art treatment in NYC. “Early Fashion Work” runs through the end of October at the Sous Les Etoiles Gallery.

Sophie Delaporte - L’homme à la pie -  2000
Sophie Delaporte, L’homme à la pie, digital c-print, 1999.

There is an alien quality evident in the the sullen subjects of Delaporte’s photographs. They exist as shocks of heat against a cool field. Without this distinction the humans easily dissolve into inert compositional elements.

Sophie Delaporte - L’eolienne -  2000
Sophie Delaporte, L’eolienne, digital c-print, 2000.

The figures are often overshadowed by solitary props that serve as signifiers assisting perception into fantastic possibility.

Sophie Delaporte - Pompon -  1999
Sophie Delaporte, Pompon, digital c-print, 1999.

Sophie Delaporte
Early Fashion Work
17 September – 30 October 2009
Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
NYC


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Janine Antoni – Up Against

“Up Against”, an impressive variety of work from Janine Antoni currently inhabits the Luhring Augustine galleries in NYC.

Janine Antoni - Tear - 2008
Janine Antoni, Tear, lead, steel, HD video projection with surround sound, 2008.

The 4,182 pound wrecking ball that is part of the installation “Tear” (above) is accompanied by a projection of the artist’s eye. The wrecking ball was cast in lead and used to demolish a building. The soft metal gave slightly with each blow creating a history of each impact. The sound of these collisions have been synchronized to the blinking of the large eye. Should the effect be lost on the viewer, they should perhaps check for their own pulse.

Janine Antoni - Conduit - 2009
Janine Antoni, Conduit, copper sculpture with urine verdigris patina, 2009.

“Conduit” (above) advances the body in relation to architecture theme. The sculpture was designed as a prosthetic device enabling a woman to urinate from the standing position. The piece is accompanied by a photograph of the artist making use of “Conduit” while standing on the roof edge of a large skyscraper. The work as a whole brims with humorous irony that could be lost if taken too seriously.

Janine Antoni - Inhabitat - 2009
Janine Antoni, Inhabitat, lead, steel, digital c-print, 2008.

I have always thought of Antoni’s art as very personal. Response to her efforts vary depending on the expectations of the viewer. Some envision Janine Antoni serenely riding a carefully contoured wave while thrusting a torch to the sky. Others, like myself imagine her surfing with fire. The artist completely understands this dichotomy and uses the knowledge to both irritate and inspire.

Janine Antoni
Up Against
12 September – 24 October 2009
Luhring Augustine
NYC


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Tim Noble And Sue Webster – 20 Modern Classics

Tim Noble and Sue Webster have taken their “20 Modern Classics” on the road to the Triumph Gallery in Moscow.

Tim Noble and Sue Webster - Spinning Heads in Reverse - 2006
Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Spinning Heads in Reverse, painted bronze, 2006.

It is the first time that the pair have exhibited in Russia and they have made the most of the trip. Several pieces that highlight Noble and Webster’s preoccupation with the silhouette are on display including the figure ground reversal exercise of “Spinning Heads in Reverse” (above) and the more traditional shadow work found in “Untitled (Rat and Trap)” (below). Through these well established techniques, the artists encourage their audience to question their instincts and look harder.

Tim Noble and Sue Webster - Untitled (Rat and Trap) - 2005
Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Untitled (Rat and Trap), welded metal and light projector, 2005.

“Scarlett” (below) stands apart from the contour related works. Mechanical toys and other deposits hum and chatter on the surface of a workbench. The installation calls to attention the awkwardly nefarious view that children have toward adulthood.

Tim Noble and Sue Webster - Scarlett - 2006
Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Scarlett, workbench table, studio detritus, taxidermy animals, mechanical assemblages, electric motors, urine, theatre blood, cooking oil, peanut butter, 2006.

Tim Noble and Sue Webster
20 Modern Classics
22 September – 9 October 2009
Triumph Gallery
Moscow


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Aaron Johnson – L.I.M.O. Studio Visit

Aaron Johnson is an accomplished painter with a keen eye for experimentation. His visceral works demand attention through strong composition, an intense palette and extraordinary levels of detail.

Aaron Johnson - Owl - 2009
Aaron Johnson, Owl, acrylic on polyester mesh, 2009.

One of the highlights of our recent trip to NYC was getting a chance to catch up with Aaron at his studio in Brooklyn. We’d been in touch “virtually” for about a year so it was great to finally meet in the flesh. He was kind enough show us around his headquarters and answer a few burning questions.

Aaron Johnson - Studio Visit - 2009

Your studio is located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a place steeped in history. Any unique experiences to share?
The Navy Yard has a post apocalyptic feel, with these crumbling ghosts of old buildings all around. Skeletons of old mega-factory buildings where all the world war ships were built. At the same time it’s so spacious and quiet, it’s a great counter-balance to the compression and chaos of living in New York.

Aaron Johnson - Studio Visit - 2009

Could you offer some insight about the mythology behind these paintings?
I can be interested in the socio-political myths of liberty, democracy, and freedom. And religious myths of salvation, damnation, and the eternal. And all the myths tied up in the body.

Aaron Johnson - Studio Visit - 2009

Your last show at STUX Gallery had decidedly political overtones. Have the recent changes in Washington altered your direction?
No. It’s more like I made a decision to turn the political filter off for a while. Sometimes the paintings have to be just paintings. Then when an external cause comes up to steer the content, a cause may do that, but in the meantime just trying to make a compelling painting and to answer to the history of painting is a heavy responsibility enough.

Aaron Johnson - Studio Visit - 2009

Before you received your MFA from Hunter College, you earned another degree. Could you tell us about that and the impact it has had on your work?
Well… seemingly a lifetime ago, I got my bachelors in Molecular Cellular Biology (1997), which certainly shaped my world view and my understanding of humanity, and making art is a filter for all that.

Aaron Johnson - Studio Visit - 2009

You employ an interesting technique to produce your paintings. Could you give us an idea as to how this “reverse painting” came about?
I had to teach myself how to paint. And that teaching process was all experimentation. Playing with acrylic as a solid. And that solid metaphorically is flesh. And reverse painting metaphorically is dissection, from inside the body.

Aaron Johnson - Studio Visit - 2009

Have you been experimenting with new techniques? Could you tell us a bit about them?
I’m collecting rusted detritus around the navy yard. I don’t know what to do with it yet. Or maybe nothing will happen with it, but having it around is making me think differently. The reverse-painted-acrylic-polymer-peel method I invented needs to keep mutating, as it always does.

Aaron Johnson - Studio Visit - 2009

Do you have plans for upcoming exhibitions or any news that you’d like to share?
I’m starting a rock band. Not really, but I mean if I did have big big news to share, I wish it could be that I’m starting a rock band.

Aaron Johnson - Studio Visit - 2009

Thanks to Aaron Johnson for graciously allowing entrance to his studio and answering our queries. For more on this talented artist see his website. For a better understanding of the technique behind these paintings be sure to check out, “How to make an Aaron Johnson painting.”

More photos from inside Aaron’s studio after the jump.
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Luis Gispert – You’re My Favorite Kind of American

“You’re My Favorite Kind of American”, a survey of recent photographs, video and sculpture by Luis Gispert is on view at the Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago. The display forwards Gispert’s absorption with shared obsession.

Luis Gispert - Untitled (Scion) - 2009
Luis Gispert, Untitled (Scion), c-print, 2009.

The photographs glorify the customization of transportation. Fashioning one’s environment is a natural activity that is celebrated in these detailed compositions. The sci-fi landscapes exaggerate an endless search for the impossible ideal.

Luis Gispert - Greengrocer's Apostrophe - 2009
Luis Gispert, Greengrocer’s Apostrophe, wood, fiberglass and audio components, 2009.

An addiction to depletion is examined in the sculptures. The urban desires of menthol cigarettes, high-end footwear and crack cocaine are mashed up into a romantic pitfall. The heart shaped woofer set into the piece literally crowns the enchantment.

Luis Gispert - René - 2008
Luis Gispert, René (installation view), three-channel hd video, 2008.

“René”, a three channel video projection is also being screened in the middle gallery. The work immerses the viewer in the daily tasks of the artist’s close friend. René’s mechanical occupation is dramatized through careful editing and time compression. It is this heightening of simplicity that runs through the art in it’s various media. More than a wholeness of design, these works bond in possibilities available to the familiar.

Luis Gispert
You’re My Favorite Kind of American
11 September – 17 October 2009
Rhona Hoffman Gallery
Chicago


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Gino Rubert – Irma Lentamente

Barcelona’s Galería Senda has installed their sixth solo exhibition with Gino Rubert. “Irma Lentamente” (Irma Slowly) features paintings and drawings created over the past year.

Gino Rubert - Heroes - 2009
Gino Rubert, Heroes, mixed media on canvas, 2009.

The paintings are explorations into the personal attitudes of the artist. There is often the feeling that you’ve opened the wrong door, apologized and replaced the wood firmly into the hole. When extraordinary moments, or in this case paintings, occur it is human nature for the memory to loop like a film on the mind.

Gino Rubert - Toy Kiss - 2009
Gino Rubert, Toy Kiss, mixed media on canvas, 2009.

This exhibit is giving us a first look at the drawings of Gino Rubert. They are technically exquisite with varying degrees of complexity. The inclusion of these pieces in “Irma Lentamente” is a great counterpart to the paintings offering the most complete view of the artist’s manner to date.

Gino Rubert - Legs Mind - 2009
Gino Rubert, Legs Mind, mixed media on paper, 2009.

Gino Rubert
Irma lentamente
17 September – 24 October 2009
Galería Senda
Barcelona


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Genesis Breyer P-Orridge – 30 Years of Being Cut Up

That’s right, thirty years of collage work from Genesis Breyer P-Orridge can now be seen at Invisible-Exports on the Lower East Side.

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge - English Breakfast - 2002-2009
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, English Breakfast, mixed media, 2002-2009.

P-Orridge has been operating on the fringe since the late 1960’s. H/er creative operations have become manifest in many media including performance, music, writing and art. Consistently on the edge of rational thought and living life under h/er own terms.

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge - Electric Newspaper, Issue Two - 1995
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Electric Newspaper, Issue Two, mixed media, 1995.

These collages display the irreverent nature that has become the artist’s mainstay. The snarling middle finger has always been pointed somewhere, any other course for P-Orridge would have been unnatural. Don’t let h/er disdain for the status quo fool you, the production is based in an intellectualism that few have dared to tread. Should the name conjure little more than a blinking stare, please read up on this incredible life/career.

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge - Untitled (mail art to Ana Banana - 1977
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Untitled (mail art to Ana Banana, mixed media, 1977.

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
30 Years of Being Cut Up
9 September – 18 October 2009
Invisible-Exports
NYC


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Emi Anrakuji – Chasm – Sakeme

“Chasm – Sakeme”, a photographic series by Emi Anrakuji, is the current exhibition at Miyako Yoshinaga Art Prospects in NYC.

Emi Anrakuji - Untitled 051 - CHASM - Sakeme series -  2009
Emi Anrakuji, Untitled 051 (CHASM – Sakeme series), 2009.

Emi Anrakuji takes on roles of both performer and photographer for this work. When viewed in their current context, her daily routines are transformed into meaningful meditations of self.

Emi Anrakuji - Untitled 18A - CHASM - Sakeme series -  2009
Emi Anrakuji, Untitled 18A (CHASM – Sakeme series), 2009.

In reference to this series, Anrakuji states, “I am not eloquent about my work. All I can say is ‘chasm’ is a stronger expression than ‘scream’; If you are in deep trouble, mentally and physically, you cannot even scream.”

Emi Anrakuji - Untitled 127 - CHASM - Sakeme series -  2009
Emi Anrakuji, Untitled 051 (CHASM – Sakeme series), 2009.

Emi Anrakuji
CHASM – Sakeme
10 September – 17 October 2009
Miyako Yoshinaga Art Prospects
NYC


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Juergen Teller – Paradis

A series of photographs from Juergen Teller is currently showing at Lehmann Maupin in NYC. The work was initially commissioned by the French magazine, Paradis and will be encapsulated into a limited edition book at the end of the month.

Juergen Teller - Paradis - 2009
Juergen Teller, Paradis, c-print, 2009.

The images were accomplished in a single session after hours at the Musee du Louvre in Paris. Juergen Teller had worked with models Charlotte Rampling and Raquel Zimmermann previously but perhaps not in such an extraordinary setting.

Juergen Teller - Paradis - 2009
Juergen Teller, Paradis, c-print, 2009.

Visitors to art museums expect to be confronted with bare flesh so the concept seems almost wholesome. The sanctity of the location begs for a large crew and sophisticated lighting scheme. Teller took the opposite approach, meandering alone with his subjects taking candid photos complete with harsh flash and crooked horizon. The guerrilla approach captured the sensation of disbelief from the participants and positions the viewer as accomplice to their sublime prank.

Juergen Teller - Paradis - 2009
Juergen Teller, Paradis, c-print, 2009.

Juergen Teller
Paradis
10 September – 17 October 2009
Lehmann Maupin
NYC


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Brian Ulrich – Dark Stores

“Dark Stores” a selection of photographs from the “Copia” series by Brian Ulrich is on display at the Robert Koch Gallery in San Francisco.

Brian Ulrich - Circuit City - 2008
Brian Ulrich, Circuit City, photograph, 2008.

The subjects of Ulrich’s photographs are vestiges of the commercial downturn. Wreckage like this is now becoming common in the suburban landscape. These vast hulks were the shells of promise for the American dream. Now, be it slow sales or an accident for the insurance company to handle, they are ghost towns and the artist is exploring and documenting the detritus.

Brian Ulrich - JC Penney - Dixie Square Mall - 2009
Brian Ulrich, JC Penney, Dixie Square Mall, photograph, 2009.

The once thriving, now empty spaces allow the viewer to indulge in nostalgic sentiment or imagine creative repurposing. Interpretation is completely subjective in this work. One may feel a sense of loss while another appreciates a path that no longer supports generic experience.

Brian Ulrich - Kids 'R Us - 2008
Brian Ulrich, Kids ‘R Us, photograph, 2008.

In a brilliant move, the gallery is showing photographs of ruins from the mid 1800’s by the French explorer Claude-Joseph Désiré Charnay. It’s a bold statement that disarms with a straightforward look at the cyclic nature of human culture.

Claude-Joseph Désiré Charnay - Uxmal: Egyptian facade of the Nun's Palace, from Cities et Ruines Americaines (pl. 38) - ca. 1850s
Claude-Joseph Désiré Charnay, Uxmal: Egyptian facade of the Nun’s Palace, from Cities et Ruines Americaines (pl. 38), albumen silver print from glass negative, mounted on card, ca. 1850s.

Brian Ulrich
Dark Stores
10 September – 31 October 2009
Robert Koch Gallery
San Francisco


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Doug Aitken – Los Angeles

The west coast premiere of Doug Aitken’s twenty five minute film “Migration” is being screened at Regen Projects in Los Angeles. Simultaneously, the gallery is presenting a new series of light boxes created by the artist.

Doug Aitken - Migration -  2008
Doug Aitken, Migration, single video projection with billboard (steel and PVC projection screen), 2008.

“Migration” is an ambulatory journey across the United States staged in hotel and motel rooms along the way. The interaction of the animals with these enclosures was caught on film, each stop adding a unique experience to the phantasmagoria.

Doug Aitken - Migration -  2008
Doug Aitken, Migration, single video projection with billboard (steel and PVC projection screen), 2008.

Two distinctly different presentations of the film are being offered by the gallery. From sunset to sunrise, a silent version will be projected in the courtyard of Regen Projects II on Santa Monica Boulevard. Concurrently, the North Almont space will exhibit the piece indoors on a large billboard complete with original soundtrack. I recommend seeing the piece inside first and then wandering westward for the outdoor loop.

Doug Aitken - Migration -  2008
Doug Aitken, Migration, single video projection with billboard (steel and PVC projection screen), 2008.

Images courtesy of 303 Gallery, New York; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich; Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

Doug Aitken
12 September – 17 October 2009
Regen Projects
Los Angeles


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Mary Reid Kelley – Sadie, The Saddest Sadist

Mary Reid Kelley recently opened her first solo show in NYC. Two videos are being shown at Fredericks & Freiser on W. 24th Street. Both of these pieces utilize live action performance in combination with stop motion animation. The effect, along with the heavy World War I era influence are a visual banquet.

Mary Reid Kelley - Sadie, The Saddest Sadist - 2009
Mary Reid Kelley, Sadie, The Saddest Sadist, still from video, 2009.

The speech in her videos is broken down into sets of consonantal and vocalic alliteration that further disfigure the principals of the exchange. In “Sadie, The Saddest Sadist”, rhyming patterns of speech overlay a story of destroying to consume.

Mary Reid Kelley - Sadie, The Saddest Sadist - 2009
Mary Reid Kelley, Sadie, The Saddest Sadist, still from video, 2009.

“The Queen’s English”, a previous video will be running parallel to the headliner. Language again is the catalyst to a visual breakdown. The beauty in deterioration is explored through an anecdote of bereavement.

Mary Reid Kelley - The Queen's English - 2008
Mary Reid Kelley, The Queen’s English, still from video, 2008.

Mary Reid Kelley
Sadie, The Saddest Sadist
1 September – 3 October 2009
Fredericks & Freiser
NYC


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Mao Yan – Longing For More

The Shanghai Art Museum is playing host to the recent oil paintings of Mao Yan. “Longing for More” has been sponsored by Yibo Gallery and the Chinablue Gallery.

Mao Yan - Small Portrait of Thomas - White Eyes No. 2 - 2008
Mao Yan, Small Portrait of Thomas – White Eyes No. 2, oil on canvas, 2008.

Mao Yan has been obsessed with painting his friend Thomas for the past decade. During that time he has completed more than one hundred compositions with this subject. With each new painting, he seems to gain a small bit of knowledge that is inherited by the next effort. This accumulation of observations has advanced with a graceful growth that is uncommon.

Mao Yan - THOMAS - 2008-2009
Mao Yan, THOMAS, oil on canvas, 2008.

Yan considers his works to be objects of lust. Strong desires are evident in his concurrent series dealing with female subjects. The intersection of these paths is certainly worthy of a museum event.

Mao Yan - Lisa Wearing a Hat - 2008
Mao Yan, Lisa Wearing a Hat, oil on canvas, 2008.

Mao Yan
Longing for More
2 – 16 September 2009
Chinablue Gallery
Shanghai


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Jeff Koons – Popeye Series

A serious survey of the “Popeye Series” by Jeff Koons is nearing the end of it’s run at the Serpentine Gallery in London.

Jeff Koons - Dogpool (Logs) - 2003-2008
Jeff Koons, Dogpool (Logs), polychromed aluminum, wood, coated steel chain, 2003-2008.

The series under scrutiny includes two dimensional and sculptural artworks produced in Koons’ impressive NYC facility. The use of materials, particularly the cast aluminum, is always a joy to behold. The level of detail beguiles the mind with an uncertain physics.

Jeff Koons - Olive Oyl - 2003
Jeff Koons, Olive Oyl, oil on canvas, 2003.

“Popeye the Sailor” made his first appearance as a character in a popular comic strip in 1929 at the onset of the Great Depression. The impoverished hero battling impossible odds is an archetype that most can relate to in our current “Not so Great Depression.” This timely observation is a nod to the cyclical nature of economics and it’s relation to the artworks we require.

Jeff Koons - Seal Walrus Trashcans - 2003-2009
Jeff Koons, Seal Walrus Trashcans, polychromed aluminum, galvaized steel, 2003-2009.

Jeff Koons
Popeye Series
2 July – 13 September 2009
Serpentine Gallery
London


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Benjamin Saurer – London

The current exhibition at London’s Pilar Corrias Gallery is mixed media works from Benjamin Saurer. There is only one week left so if you are in the area, make tracks.

Benjamin Saurer - Onament und Verbrechen (Ornament and Crime) - 2009
Benjamin Saurer, Onament und Verbrechen (Ornament and Crime), mixed media on fabric, 2009.

The bulk of the exhibition is accented with small black and white collaged characters. The little people seem to inhabit each painting as a world existing in solitude. The use of internal framing devices and repetitive ornamentation serve also to keep these “terrariums” enclosed.

Benjamin Saurer - Das Wasser immer saurer (The water is becoming increasingly sour) - 2009
Benjamin Saurer, Das Wasser immer saurer (The water is becoming increasingly sour), mixed media on fabric, 2009.

The subjects of these works are comfortable in their confines. Leaving their brightly colored world would lead to a dark corner. This contrast of beauty and horror is another great theme in these pieces.

Benjamin Saurer - Der Himmel voller Arschlöcher (Heaven full of assholes) - 2009
Benjamin Saurer, Der Himmel voller Arschlöcher (Heaven full of assholes), mixed media on fabric, 2009.

Benjamin Saurer
8 July – 5 September 2009
Pilar Corrias Gallery
London


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Intricacies – NYC

“Intricacies”, an eleven artist group show is in it’s last weeks at the Lohin Geduld Gallery in NYC. The exhibit was curated by Emily Sessions.

Sarah Lutz - Burst - 2009
Sarah Lutz, Burst, oil on canvas, 2009.

The show is comprised of artworks that highlight small details that draw together into larger forms. Works of this character tend to change dependent on the distance of the viewer from the surface. Approach an unassuming abstract shape and vanish into the microcosm.

Adam Fowler - Untitled (7 Layers) - 2007
Adam Fowler, Untitled (7 Layers), graphite on paper hand cut and layered, 2009.

The world we inhabit and the vessels that contain us exist from the same construct seen in this exhibit. On some level, this show could be considered naturalistic. Experiencing this art in person will accurately edify the senses. If possible stop in at the gallery and indulge in the particulars.

Olalekan Jeyifous - The Cyclical-Cities of Impact-Craters - 2009
Olalekan Jeyifous, The Cyclical-Cities of Impact-Craters, digital print on watercolor paper, 2009.

Laura Battle, Josephine Durkin, Matthias Düwel, Margaret Farmer, León Ferrari, Adam Fowler, Robert Jack, Olalekan Jeyifous, Sarah Lutz, Anne Neely, Mayumi Sarai
Intricacies
23 July – 4 September 2009
Lohin Geduld Gallery
NYC


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Dan Winters – Periodical Photographs

“Periodical Photographs”, a series from Dan Winters is currently being shown at the Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles.

Dan Winters - Roller Girls (Right), Seattle, October 6, 2006
Dan Winters, Roller Girls (Right), Seattle, October 6, 2006, archival pigment print.

The work in the exhibition spans from 1992 to the present. The artist tackled a wide array of subject matter during that time and strong examples of each are on hand. The work was selected from Winters’ first publication which bears the same name as this exhibit.

Dan Winters - Chewing Gum on Theater Seats, Electra, Texas, March 27, 1995
Dan Winters, Chewing Gum on Theater Seats, Electra, Texas, March 27, 1995, archival pigment print.

Dan Winters is enchanted with celebrity and examines the phenomena on all levels. From the athlete turned actor installed in political office to the intimate fame of the photo booth, his concepts brim with clever objectivity.

Dan Winters - Arnold Schwarzenegger, Los Angeles, April 21, 2003
Dan Winters, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Los Angeles, April 21, 2003, archival pigment print.

Dan Winters
Periodical Photographs
30 July – 5 September 2009
Fahey/Klein Gallery
Los Angeles


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Marcel Duchamp – Étant donnés

I’ve stood in the Marcel Duchamp area of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for many hours. Visitors often mistake the artist’s final work for a service entrance. “Étant donnés”, the exhibition marks the 40th year since the piece was installed in Philadelphia. This is a great opportunity to shed some light on the world behind the door.

Marcel Duchamp - Exterior: Étant donnés - 1946-66
Marcel Duchamp, Exterior: Étant donnés: 1 la chute d’eau, 2 le gaz d’eclairage (Given: 1. The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas), 1946-66.

In the mid 1940’s, Marcel Duchamp publicly gave up on art to pursue his passion for the game of chess. Privately, the master would work on the creation of “Étant donnés: 1° la chute d’eau, 2° le gaz d’éclairage (Given: 1° The Waterfall, 2° The Illuminating Gas)” for twenty years. The influential artwork was discovered shortly after Duchamp passed away in 1968.

Marcel Duchamp - Interior: Étant donnés - 1946-66
Marcel Duchamp, Interior: Étant donnés: 1 la chute d’eau, 2 le gaz d’eclairage (Given: 1. The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas), 1946-66.

The exhibition contains all known studies and reference relating to the piece. Examining this material in it’s totality is a treat for the public and scholars alike. A fully illustrated 450 page catalogue written by Michael R. Taylor is available online here. I just ordered my copy.

Marcel Duchamp - Landscape collage on plywood (study for landscape backdrop of Étant donnés - 1959
Marcel Duchamp, Landscape collage on plywood (study for landscape backdrop of Étant donnés: 1° la chute d’eau, 2° le gaz d’éclairage), 1959.

The museum will also be showing a number of Duchamp’s “Erotic objects.” Many of these sculptures utilized the same casting technique employed by the artist for the reclining nude in the celebrated assemblage.

Marcel Duchamp - Torture-Morte - 1959
Marcel Duchamp, Torture-Morte, 1959.

Marcel Duchamp
Étant donnés
15 August – 29 November 2009
Philadelphia Museum of Art


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New Breed – NYC

On my latest sojourn to NYC I had a chance to stop by Last Rites Gallery for their latest group show, “New Breed”.

Charlie Immer - Elk Puke - 2009
Charlie Immer, Elk Puke, oil on panel, 2009.

Ten artists were invited to show pieces in this exhibit. Although decidedly dark, the subtext of the work varied from humorous to delightfully disgusting. It is the first time that any of the artists have shown in the gallery.

Paul Gerrard - Procreators - 2009
Paul Gerrard, Procreators, digital print on canvas, 2009.

It was my first visit to Last Rites. For those that haven’t been there, upon entering one is greeted by a case filled with jars of strange objects labeled as various body parts. Further in there were mounds of wax dripped from candles reminiscent of a goth decorated college dorm room. Many booths were laid out with eager looking tattooists on hand ready to sink ink into flesh. The gallery itself is dimly lit, understandably playing to the established theme but perhaps not the best situation for viewing. There has been some shakeups with the management lately so it will be interesting to see how the new leadership takes hold.

David R. Choquette - Christian - 2009
David R. Choquette, Christian, oil on board, 2009.

New Breed
1 – 30 August 2009
Last Rites Gallery
NYC


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The Blab! Show – Santa Monica

Last night “The BLAB! Show” opened at the Copro Gallery in Santa Monica.

Martin Wittfooth - Saints Preserve Us - 2009
Martin Wittfooth, Saints Preserve Us, oil on linen, 2009.

More than twenty artists have converged for this expansive group show. Works from the display will also be featured in the next installment of BLAB! Monte Beauchamp’s almanac that showcases fine art, illustration and comics.

Teresa James - Hand Autopsy - 2009
Teresa James, Hand Autopsy, colored pencil and graphite on paper, 2009.

The fifth chapter of this annual exhibit is infused with the theme of “21st-Century Apocalypse.” The reactions to this charged tone range from humorous social and personal observations to heavy corporate and environmental concerns.

Jeff Soto - The Corruption of Mankind - 2009
Jeff Soto, The Corruption of Mankind, acrylic on wood panel, 2009.

MARK RYDEN, JOE SORREN, JEFF SOTO, SHAG, FEMKE HIEMSTRA, ALEX GROSS, NATALIA FABIA, RYAN HESHKA, MARTIN WITTFOOTH, OWEN SMITH, GARY BASEMAN, XNO, JEAN-PIERRE ROY, KRIS KUKSI, GEORGANNE DEEN, GARY TAXALI, Zap artist SPAIN, FRED STONEHOUSE, ANDY KEHOE, MARC BURCKHARDT, MARK TODD, CALEF BROWN, Garbage Kid’s creator JOHN POUND, DAVID SANDLIN and more.

The BLAB! Show
8-29 August 2009
Copro Gallery
Santa Monica, California


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Ayoung Kim – Ephemera

“Ephemera”, a solo exhibition of photography by Ayoung Kim is up at I-MYU Projects in London.

Ayoung Kim - Headless body found in Thames, 21 April, 2007 - 2007
Ayoung Kim, Headless body found in Thames, 21 April, 2007, Digital C-Type Print, 2007.

These intricate constructions were made with the intent to photograph. The arrangement and lighting of the two-dimensional pieces present the illusion of an uncanny dream space.

British teacher found buried in bathtub of sand, 28 March, 2007 - 2008
Ayoung Kim, British teacher found buried in bathtub of sand, 28 March, 2007, Digital C-Type Print, 2008.

The content is pulled from some of the more gruesome headlines that unfortunately occur with regularity. Kim chooses to photograph angles that parallel our detachment from these events but also draws us in with the vantage point of the onlooker. The artist is in control of this world, at once personalizing the tragedies and shaping our response.

Ayoung Kim - Mystery of the poisoned spy, 1 Nov, 2006 - 2007
Ayoung Kim, Mystery of the poisoned spy, 1 Nov, 2006, Digital C-Type Print, 2007.

Ayoung Kim
Ephemera
24 July – 15 August 2009
I-MYU Projects
London


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Bruce Nauman – Pay Attention

More than three decades of multiples from Bruce Nauman are on view at James Kelly Contemporary in Santa Fe.

Bruce Nauman - Normal Desires - 1973
Bruce Nauman, Normal Desires, lithograph, 1973.

Four types of printing techniques are on display. The lithographs and serigraphs were utilized to reproduce some of the wordplay found in Nauman’s neon work while drypoint and etching approaches were used to execute his drawings for sculpture.

Bruce Nauman - Untitled (Ring) - 1986
Bruce Nauman, Untitled (Ring), cast iron with grit blast surface, 1986.

Two sculptures and a video are also included in “Pay Attention”. The artist has resided in New Mexico since the 1980’s, it is good to see him giving the locals a broad view of his work.

Bruce Nauman - Setting a Good Corner (Allegory & Metaphor) - 1999
Bruce Nauman, Setting a Good Corner (Allegory & Metaphor), still from video, 1999.

Bruce Nauman
Pay Attention: Prints and Multiples 1971-2007
31 July – 12 September 2009
James Kelly Contemporary
Santa Fe, New Mexico


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Tom Sachs – Cameras

An exhibit of twelve “Cameras” by Tom Sachs can be seen at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut.

Tom Sachs - ConEd NASAblad - 2008
Tom Sachs, ConEd NASAblad, 2008.

These sculptures employ a wide range of materials including wood, clay and electronics. The cameras display the rising predilection of consumers toward precision technology. The tools have become the art, recast as idols to progress.

Tom Sachs - Untitled (Bronze Leica M6) - 2003
Tom Sachs, Untitled (Bronze Leica M6), 2003.

Sachs has been making these tributes for more than three decades. Included in the body of work is a clay Nikon the eight year old artist presented to his father in 1974. Note the thoughtful inclusion of two rolls of film.

Tom Sachs - Untitled (Nikon) - 1974
Tom Sachs, Untitled (Nikon), 1974.

Make arrangements with the Museum to get your portrait shot by Tom Sachs. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Aldrich.

Tom Sachs
Cameras
21 June – 16 September 2009
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Ridgefield, Connecticut


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White Noise – NYC

“White Noise” is a large group show exploring the convergence of sound and visual art. The exhibit runs to mid August at the James Cohan Gallery.

Jack Pierson - Silence - 2002
Jack Pierson, Silence, 2002.

The show posits a diverse selection of artists from the past with those working today. Pieces were commissioned specifically for this exhibit by Nick Cave, Simon Evans, Brendan Fowler, and Fred Tomaselli.

Fred Tomaselli - Stack (detail) - 2009
Fred Tomaselli, Stack (detail), 2009.

Most artists produce with the aid of some form of white noise. When the hands and eyes are active the ears become jealous. Output from electronics, traffic noise and even wind through the trees all inspire if only on a subconscious level. The rhythms often keep the mind active and less prone to distraction. This show examines the inseparable relationship from many directions.

Robin Rhode - Untitled (Microphone) - 2005
Robin Rhode, Untitled (Microphone), 2005.

White Noise
Lucas Ajemian and Jason Ajemian, Laurie Anderson, Ronnie Bass, Joseph Beuys, Nick Cave, Martha Colburn, Anne Collier, Moyra Davey, Tacita Dean, Simon Evans, Brendan Fowler, Rodney Graham, Chris Hanson and Hendrika Sonnenberg, Jay King and Mario Diaz de León, Jacob Kirkegaard, Jutta Koether, Jim Lambie, Louise Lawler, Christian Marclay, David Moreno, Robert Morris, Yoko Ono, Raymond Pettibon, Jack Pierson, Robin Rhode, Jamie Shovlin, Robert Smithson, Meredyth Sparks, Reena Spaulings, Emily Sundblad, and Fred Tomaselli.

18 June – 12 August 2009
James Cohan Gallery
NYC


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Jaybo (Aka Monk) – Headscape: Tales From The Drifters

The first solo show in London from Jaybo (aka Monk) is up at Signal Gallery.

Jaybo (aka Monk) - Ateles - 2009
Jaybo (aka Monk), Ateles, 2009.

The French born resident of Berlin has been gaining a lot of attention in recent years. He co-founded Style Magazine and has also worked as an actor and musician. His recent efforts have been given over to the creation of art.

Jaybo (aka Monk) - Mutations 1 - 2009
Jaybo (aka Monk), Mutations 1, 2009.

The medium for these works is spray paint on canvas. The aerosol arts have been traditionally limited to graphic character design. Jaybo exhibits a control over the can that advances these portraits into intimate territory. It is clear that he has captured more than simple likeness in the paintings for this show. Look closely and you will discover much about the soul of the subjects through the meditations of the creator.

Jaybo (aka Monk) - Rainbow Eater 1 - 2009
Jaybo (aka Monk), Rainbow Eater 1, 2009.

Jaybo (aka Monk)
Headscape: Tales From the Drifters
17 July – 11 August 2009
Signal Gallery
London


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Mike and Maaike – ATNMBL

The design duo of Mike and Maaike have shared their vision of personal transportation in the year 2040. The name of the concept vehicle is ATNMBL which is short for Autonomobile.

Mike and Maaike - atnmbl - 2009
Mike and Maaike, ATNMBL, 2009.

It is inevitable that we will, one day, relinquish authority of our steering wheels to computer control. Mike and Maaike have used this knowledge as a starting point for their latest project. Upon entering the ATNMBL you will be asked, “Where can I take you?” Your reply will be the sole responsibility for the commute.

Mike and Maaike - atnmbl - driveway - 2009
Mike and Maaike, ATNMBL (driveway), 2009.

When the duty of driving is dismissed it will be crucial to rethink the interior space of the transport. Mike and Maaike have considered the possibilities and restructured the task of diving into the pleasure of riding.

Mike and Maaike - atnmbl - interior - 2009
Mike and Maaike, ATNMBL (interior), 2009.

For complete specifications click through to the article at Core77.


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Steinbrener / Dempf – Trouble In Paradise

Christoph Steinbrener and Rainer Dempf have made some alterations to the Schönbrunn Zoo in Austria. “Trouble in Paradise” will be in place through mid October.

Steinbrener - Dempf   - Trouble in Paradise - Rhino - 2009
Steinbrener / Dempf, Trouble in Paradise – Rhino, 2009.

Six animal enclosures have been transformed into profound displays of human impact on the wild world. Steinbrener and Dempf worked closely with the zoo to insure the safety of it’s inhabitants. The result is this striking commentary and surreal visual feast.

Steinbrener - Dempf   - Trouble in Paradise - Bison - 2009
Steinbrener / Dempf, Trouble in Paradise – Bison, 2009.

The novelty of the idea should attract contemporary art enthusiasts for a long overdue field trip to the zoo. At the same time, the shock promises a fundamental impact on the outlook of a young audience.

Steinbrener - Dempf   - Trouble in Paradise - Coral Reef - 2009
Steinbrener / Dempf, Trouble in Paradise – Coral Reef, 2009.

Steinbrener / Dempf
Trouble in Paradise
10 June – 18 October 2009
Schönbrunn Zoo
Vienna


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Susan Bozic – The Dating Portfolio

The most recent photographic series from Susan Bozic, “The Dating Portfolio” is on display at the Joel Soroka Gallery in Aspen.

Susan Bozic - He's so thoughtful, it wasn't even my birthday - 2006
Susan Bozic, He’s so thoughtful, it wasn’t even my birthday, 2006.

Susan Bozic’s latest effort is a farcical examination into the perception of the perfect man. In these prints, the artist is seen living the high life with her idyllic other. The temptation is to laugh; however, the sardonic overtone cannot be ignored.

Susan Bozic - He let me pick the movie - 2005
Susan Bozic, He let me pick the movie, 2005.

On some level Bozic may be living out a virtual fantasy but the plastic man and the rented life expose obligation in utopia. When the absolute becomes less than human it may be time for a reevaluation of personal criteria. A completely controlled existence forms a hollow shell without memories that graduate to experience. The lesson from the artist is learned with that initial instinct to laugh.

Susan Bozic - Finally, some time to ourselves - 2006
Susan Bozic, Finally, some time to ourselves, 2006.

Susan Bozic
The Dating Portfolio
1 July – 1 August 2009
Joel Soroka Gallery
Aspen, Colorado


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Paul McCarthy – Zurich

New sculptures and drawings from Paul McCarthy make up the current show in the downstairs galleries of Hauser & Wirth Zürich.

Paul McCarthy - Puppet (Original) - 2005-2008
Paul McCarthy, Puppet (Original), 2005-2008.

Paul McCarthy has been testing the limits of depravity for more than four decades. The abject horrors and anti-heroes presented along the way have grounded the audience in the comfort of his nightmare.

Paul McCarthy - Happy Traveler - 2008
Paul McCarthy, Happy Traveler, 2008.

The sculptures in the current show represent the low end of the social meter over the past six years. We’ve seen the ultimate in mindless greed and perhaps even some genuine evil in the course of the chronicled period. More than adequate fuel for the master to trek into new territory. Life has been imitating McCarthy recently, it should be interesting to see where he goes from here.

Paul McCarthy - Static (Pink) - 2004-2009
Paul McCarthy, Static (Pink), 2004-2009.

Paul McCarthy
7 June – 25 July 2009
Hauser & Wirth
Zürich


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When Titles Fail – NOWhere Limited – Exhibition Photos

The latest show at NOWhere Limited is a fun and eclectic “salon-style” exhibit of paintings and mixed media pieces by some of Colorado’s most exciting artists.

When Titles Fail - NOWhere Limited - installation view - 2009
When Titles Fail, installation view, 2009.

“When Titles Fail” brings together work from Heather Taylor, Chris Huang, Max Kauffman, Craig Koch, Scott Lickstein, Ian Millard, Angela Oaks, Maggie Ross, Elisha Sarti and Greg Willson.

When Titles Fail - NOWhere Limited - installation view - 2009
When Titles Fail, installation view, 2009.

Most of the artists involved in this exhibition have several pieces on display. In an effort to maximize the dynamic of the show we chose to dispense the work throughout the gallery instead of segregating by artist.

When Titles Fail - NOWhere Limited - installation view - 2009
When Titles Fail, installation view, 2009.

The response to this arrangement has been very strong. We have found that visitors quickly discern differences in style by finding something they react to and visually scanning the room for more from that artist.

When Titles Fail - NOWhere Limited - installation view - 2009
When Titles Fail, installation view, 2009.

The pieces from “When Titles Fail” will be available on line at this link tomorrow, July 15th 2009 at 2pm Mountain.

When Titles Fail - NOWhere Limited - installation view - 2009
When Titles Fail, installation view, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Chris Huang - detail - 2009
Chris Huang, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Max Kauffman - detail - 2009
Max Kauffman, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Elisha Sarti - detail - 2009
Elisha Sarti, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Heather Taylor - detail - 2009
Heather Taylor, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Ian Millard - detail - 2009
Ian Millard, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Angela Oaks - detail - 2009
Angela Oaks, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Scott Lickstein - detail - 2009
Scott Lickstein, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Elisha Sarti - detail - 2009
Elisha Sarti, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Angela Oaks - detail - 2009
Angela Oaks, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Heather Taylor - detail - 2009
Heather Taylor, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Craig Koch - detail - 2009
Craig Koch, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Scott Lickstein - detail - 2009
Scott Lickstein, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Chris Huang - detail - 2009
Chris Huang, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Max Kauffman - detail - 2009
Max Kauffman, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Maggie Ross - detail - 2009
Maggie Ross, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Angela Oaks - detail - 2009
Angela Oaks, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Elisha Sarti - detail - 2009
Elisha Sarti, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Greg Willson - detail - 2009
Greg Willson, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Maggie Ross - detail - 2009
Maggie Ross, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Heather Taylor - detail - 2009
Heather Taylor, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Scott Lickstein - detail - 2009
Scott Lickstein, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Ian Millard - detail - 2009
Ian Millard, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Max Kauffman - detail - 2009
Max Kauffman, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Elisha Sarti - detail - 2009
Elisha Sarti, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Chris Huang - detail - 2009
Chris Huang, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Angela Oaks - detail - 2009
Angela Oaks, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Max Kauffman - detail - 2009
Max Kauffman, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Craig Koch - detail - 2009
Craig Koch, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Heather Taylor - detail - 2009
Heather Taylor, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Chris Huang - detail - 2009
Chris Huang, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Scott Lickstein - detail - 2009
Scott Lickstein, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Craig Koch - detail - 2009
Craig Koch, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Ian Millard - detail - 2009
Ian Millard, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail - Angela Oaks - detail - 2009
Angela Oaks, detail, 2009.

When Titles Fail
4 -26 July 2009
NOWhere Limited
Nederland, Colorado


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Roman Signer – Der Letzte Schnee

An exhibit of sculpture and photographs from Roman Signer is on view at Häusler Contemporary in Munich. “Der Letzte Schnee” (The Last Snow) is comprised of work created in 2009 specifically for this show.

Roman Signer - Beim Chef - 2009
Roman Signer, Beim Chef (With the Boss), 2009.

Water in it’s many forms has been a reoccurring theme in the Signer’s work over the past four decades. Following the physics of fluid his artwork is intended to take the shape of it’s container. These boundaries have been set like a science experiment with the results firmly established as art.

Roman Signer - Fenster - 2009
Roman Signer, Fenster (Window), 2009.

Room is left for variables in these investigations. More than simply proving a hypothesis, the artist is interested in data that falls beside success. Hit or miss the denouement always entertains the unpredictable. The detachment involved in calculated performance is at once broken when the artist hand delivers a small box of snow to the doorstep of a participant.

Roman Signer - Schnee (3) - 2009
Roman Signer, Schnee (Snow) 3, 2009.

Roman Signer
Der Letzte Schnee
25 June – 5 September 2009
Häusler Contemporary
Munich, Germany


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David Trautrimas – Habitat Machines

“Habitat Machines”, a new series of photographs by David Trautrimas is on display at the photo-eye Gallery in Santa Fe.

David Trautrimas - Oil Can Residence - 2008
David Trautrimas, Oil Can Residence, 2008.

The artist disassembles common household items and photographs the individual parts. The collected imagery is reconstructed digitally to form peculiar feats of architecture. The addition of dramatic skies and landscape elements root the structures and thoroughly complete the illusion.

David Trautrimas - The Measurement District - 2008
David Trautrimas, The Measurement District, 2008.

The selection of appliances from the middle part of the last century enhances the industrial feel of the constructs. There is a sensation that the buildings are quite old due to the rusting wear inherited from the source material. These photographs exhibit the playful imagination of the artist while presenting to the viewer a future that never materialized.

David Trautrimas - Space Heater Place - 2008
David Trautrimas, Space Heater Place, 2008.

David Trautrimas
Habitat Machines
10 July – 12 September 2009
photo-eye Gallery
Santa Fe, New Mexico


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Maggie Ross – Imposing Views

Yesterday Maggie Ross transformed the front display window of our gallery, NOWhere Limited into a camera obscura. “Imposing Views” was a one day event in which visitors were offered the rare opportunity to have their portrait taken inside a camera.

Maggie Ross - Imposing Views - 2009
Maggie Ross, Imposing Views, 2009.

The front window was blocked off except for a small hole which was covered with a lens. The inverted image of our town was projected through the pinhole to a screen inside the gallery. Participants interacted with the camera inside and out with interesting results.

Maggie Ross - Imposing Views - 2009
Maggie Ross, Imposing Views, 2009.

Our models showed excellent poise as exposure time for some of these photos was more than two minutes. Thanks to everyone that came out to bear their souls as part of this interactive installation.

Maggie Ross - Imposing Views - 2009
Maggie Ross, Imposing Views, 2009.

Maggie Ross - Imposing Views - 2009
Maggie Ross, Imposing Views, 2009.

Maggie Ross - Imposing Views - 2009
Maggie Ross, Imposing Views, 2009.

Maggie Ross - Imposing Views - 2009
Maggie Ross, Imposing Views, 2009.

Maggie Ross - Imposing Views - 2009
Maggie Ross, Imposing Views, 2009.

Maggie Ross - Imposing Views - 2009
Maggie Ross, Imposing Views, 2009.

Maggie Ross - Imposing Views - 2009
Maggie Ross, Imposing Views, 2009.

Maggie Ross - Imposing Views - 2009
Maggie Ross, Imposing Views, 2009.

Maggie Ross - Imposing Views - 2009
Maggie Ross, Imposing Views, 2009.

Maggie Ross
Imposing Views
8 July 2009
NOWhere Limited
Nederland, Colorado


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Anne Hoenig – Hard Boiled Painting

“Hard Boiled Painting”, recent oil on canvas works from Anne Hoenig is the current show at Gallery Loop in Berlin.

Anne Hoenig - Yellow Lamp - 2008
Anne Hoenig, Yellow Lamp, 2008.

Anne Hoenig’s cast of characters have inherited their attitudes from the Hollywood landscape of pulp novels and film noir. Her imagery is riddled with suspense positing few clues to let the viewer relax. The fractured scenes plead questions that are left to the subjectivity of the individual gaze.

Anne Hoenig - Overnight Case - 2008
Anne Hoenig, Overnight Case, 2008.

We are all shaped by Hollywood in some manner. It is a place where stories transform to myth. Likewise it is not difficult to conjure the image of a seedy Los Angeles motel as characters that we empathize with have stayed there. We’ve been there. Initial reaction to these paintings may uncover personal prejudice set by an external force.

Anne Hoenig - The Fire - 2008
Anne Hoenig, The Fire, 2008.

Anne Hoenig
Hard Boiled Painting
27 June – 1 August 2009
Loop
Berlin


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Antony Gormley – One & Other

It is safe to turn off the television for the next few months as there is a constant sideshow on stage in London’s historic Trafalgar Square. Antony Gormley has invited 2400 people to occupy the fourth “empty” plinth for one hour each over the course of 100 days. The entire spectacle is being broadcast via live streaming video at One & Other.

Antony Gormley - One & Other - 2009
Antony Gormley, One & Other, still from video, 2009.

The Fourth Plinth was constructed in the 1840’s to support an equestrian statue. Owing to financial shortcomings, the statue was never erected and the plinth has stood vacant. In 1998 commissioned works from contemporary artists began to appear atop the structure and Gormley’s project is the latest installment.

Antony Gormley - One & Other - 2009
Antony Gormley, One & Other, still from video, 2009.

The democratization of space in one of the most recognizable spots on the planet is a moving gesture. The intent of the artist is for the public to encounter ideas that their neighbors feel are important. These living statues may choose to forward a cause, express personal issues or just spend an hour doing nothing. The experiment promises a current portrait of the United Kingdom. I’m hoping that the exhibit grows into a traveling show.

Antony Gormley - One & Other - 2009
Antony Gormley, One & Other, still from video, 2009.

“One & Other” is a fitting title for this brilliant piece. There is a strong draw to find out how the “plinthers” will use their hour in the spotlight. At the same time, Gormley incites us to ponder the things that we cherish. What would you do?

Applications for time slots are still being taken. Head to the website for details. Below you will find a video where Antony Gormley describes his project in detail.

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Antony Gormley
One & Other
6 July – 14 October 2009
Trafalgar Square
London


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Shane Hope – Your Mom Is Open Source

“Your Mom Is Open Source” Shane Hope’s first solo exhibit is on display through the end of July at the Winkleman Gallery in NYC.

Shane Hope - Molecula Simianus En Balloonus Animalia Meet Nanotubular Lepidoptera - 2009
Shane Hope, Molecula Simianus En Balloonus Animalia Meet Nanotubular Lepidoptera, 2009.

Be certain to have a look at the bio on Hope’s website for significant understanding into his trendy 2040’s lifestyle. There you will get a jump on approaching jargon such as malfoamation, slowcators and ontogenies.

Shane Hope -
Shane Hope, “Yes, but [grey goo] will be our children.”, 2009.

The conceivable futures for humankind are limitless. Arthur C. Clarke’s third law of prediction comes to mind when viewing this work, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” We may postulate, expound and compile without a solid concept of the road ahead. Shane Hope has gone forward a bit with the intention of reporting back. The work outlines the illusion of tomorrow while admonishing the present as future past.

Shane Hope - to be Imortel - 2009
Shane Hope, to be Imortel, 2009.

Shane Hope
Your Mom Is Open Source
26 June – 1 August 2009
Winkleman Gallery
NYC


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Dan Graham – Beyond

The first retrospective on U.S. soil for the legendary Dan Graham is currently on view at the Whitney Museum in NYC. The museum has a rich program of exhibitions for the summer including Sadie Benning, Claes & Coosje and Photoconceptualism. I’ll be in the city for a few days in August and the Whitney is a guaranteed stop.

Dan Graham - Figurative - 1965
Dan Graham, Figurative, 1965.

Dan Graham has exhibited extensively since the 1960’s pioneering some now fundamental concepts that are in play through every conscious mode of expression. He was among the few that understood that it was conceivable to mash minimalism with rock music, high art and tract housing. The practice of contrasting opposing cultural preferences was unusual and even regarded with apprehension. Brave experimenters like Graham nudged us all a bit into the future.

Dan Graham - Detail from Homes for America - 1966-67
Dan Graham, Detail from Homes for America, 1966-67.

Graham has enjoyed success in many media including print, film, performance and architecture. The artist has imbued each aesthetic with a flow of heady notions cooked down to simple principles.

Dan Graham - Performer/Audience/Mirror - 1977
Dan Graham, Performer/Audience/Mirror, 1977.

In keeping with the spirit of their subject for this retrospect, the Whitney is hosting a wide array of events. The show opened with an acoustic concert by the Feelies with more music planned through July. There are also film screenings, discussions, and a conversation with Dan Graham and Glenn Branca on tap. Check the schedule as you may want to plan several trips.

Dan Graham - Skateboard Pavilion - 1989
Dan Graham, Skateboard Pavilion, 1989.

This is the second leg of the tour for “Beyond”, the exhibit was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles earlier this year and continues on to the Walker Art Center in the Fall.

Dan Graham
Beyond
25 June – 11 October 2009
Whitney Museum of American Art
NYC


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Yumiko Kayukawa – Higashi No Kamisama (God From The East)

Yumiko Kayukawa is preparing to open her first solo show at the Joshua Liner Gallery in NYC. “Higashi No Kamisama (God From the East)” contains new paintings from the artist, please enjoy this special preview to the exhibit.

Yumiko Kayukawa - God of the River - 2009
Yumiko Kayukawa, Cookie Time, 2009.

The common theme that is woven into these paintings is the powerful female lead and her “Snow White” alliance with the animal kingdom. The omniscient mother nature figure is a concept that appeals to every human.

Yumiko Kayukawa - Cookie Time - 2008
Yumiko Kayukawa, Cookie Time, 2008.

Kayukawa presents a mixture of old and new, East and West in her compositions. Her paintings display a love for contemporary Western culture combined with a reverence to the time honored techniques of her Japanese heritage.

Yumiko initially traveled to the U.S. in 1997 and caught her first glimpse of Japan from the outside. This trip formulated her goal for combining the conventions that she was immersed in with her romantic associations toward America. She taunts each extreme with her flourishing personal narrative.

Yumiko Kayukawa - God From the East - 2009
Yumiko Kayukawa, God From the East, 2009.

Yumiko Kayukawa
Higashi No Kamisama (God From the East)
11 July – 8 August 2009
Joshua Liner Gallery
NYC


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Killingstar – New Site

Until now, the Killingstar website was annihilated after each update. The site has been revamped to include an archive and selected press from 2008.

Killingstar - Caringstar - 2008
Killingstar, Caringstar, 2008.

We are in the midst of planning a large off-site exhibition from Killingstar for this October. Keep checking NOWhere Limited for details as they emerge.

Killingstar - Heavy Eight Metal Spitter (Black) - 2008
Killingstar, Heavy Eight Metal Spitter (black), 2008.

Killingstar has been quiet while preparing for the show but you can expect at least two new print releases this Summer.

Killingstar - Progeny (Infrared) - 2008
Killingstar, Progeny (Infrared), 2008.

Killingstar
New site design
killingstar.com


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D&L Screenprinting – Process Photos

Steve Horvath of D&L Screenprinting in Seattle makes some of the finest prints that you will find anywhere. Our gallery, NOWhere Limited recently got together with D&L to produce an exclusive print for Mark Mothersbaugh. More on that release coming soon. D&L was nice enough to give us a rare photographic glimpse into their process.

D & L Screenprinting - Drinkin' with Cyclops - production photo - 2009
D & L Screenprinting, Drinkin’ with Cyclops, production photo, 2009.

D&L has done prints for some of the most influential rock poster artists working today including Justin Hampton, Emek, Rob Jones, Todd Slater and many more.

D & L Screenprinting - Drinkin' with Cyclops - production photo - 2009
D & L Screenprinting, Drinkin’ with Cyclops, production photo, 2009.

The studio churns out an incredible amount of work while maintaining the highest standard of quality. The gallery is pleased to be working with D&L and hope that it is the beginning of a long relationship.

D & L Screenprinting - Drinkin' with Cyclops - production photo - 2009
D & L Screenprinting, Drinkin’ with Cyclops, production photo, 2009.

More photos after the jump including your first look at “Drinkin’ with Cyclops” the exclusive print coming soon from Mark Mothersbaugh and NOWhere Limited.
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Post Neo Explosionism – The 27 Club NOWhere Limited (Gallery Edition)

Yesterday I tipped you off to the release of “The 27 Club” print from PNE (Post Neo Explosionism). Both editions sold out instantly, I did warn you.

It is with great pride that we introduce “The 27 Club NOWhere Limited (Gallery Edition)”. Click here for a larger image.

Post Neo Explosionism - The 27 Club - NOWhere Limited Gallery Edition - 2009
Post Neo Explosionism, The 27 Club, NOWhere Limited Gallery Edition, 2009.

The NOWhere Limited exclusive was made possible by special arrangement with PNE and represents the rarest and final edition of this instant classic. More information will be available soon including release date so get on the mailing list to stay tuned. For now we can tell you that this edition is limited to only 27 signed & numbered prints.

Post Neo Explosionism
The 27 Club NOWhere Limited (Gallery Edition)
release date to be announced


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Post Neo Explosionism – The 27 Club

PNE (Post Neo Explosionism) is set to release their first collaborative art print tomorrow, June 19, 2009.

Post Neo Explosionism - The 27 Club - 2009
Post Neo Explosionism, The 27 Club, 2009.

Twenty-seven has historically been a difficult age for musicians. The queer connection between greatness and death at this tender age has been pontificated on endlessly over the years. Despite the rhetoric, we are no closer to understanding the pattern of expiry during the twenty-seventh passage of the earth around the sun. From left to right, this seven color serigraph presents Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and the angel with devil wings in the background is the “Grandfather of Rock ‘n’ Roll” Robert Johnson.

Post Neo Explosionism - The 27 Club - Black
Post Neo Explosionism, The 27 Club (Black “Glow” Edition) 2009.

Both the color and glow in the dark editions will be released simultaneously between 3 and 4pm Eastern at this link. You will want to be on time as these prints will not last long. Don’t say that I didn’t warn you. Good Luck!

Post Neo Explosionism - The 27 Club (detail) - 2009
Post Neo Explosionism, The 27 Club (detail), 2009.

Post Neo Explosionism
The 27 Club
releases 19 June 2009


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John Baldessari – Raised Eyebrows / Furrowed Foreheads: Part IV

The fourth incarnation of “Raised Eyebrows / Furrowed Foreheads” from John Baldessari is on view at Mai 36 Galerie in Zürich.

John Baldessari - Raised Eyebrows / Furrowed Foreheads: (with Apple) - 2009
John Baldessari, Raised Eyebrows / Furrowed Foreheads: (with Apple), 2009.

In the late 1960’s Baldessari removed his hand from the art making process. He abandoned the physical surface of paint in favor of the appropriation of commercial imagery. The game became the rule and left Baldessari free to roam the conceptual expanse. Paint remains a component of the procedure in a reduced form of monotone colored shapes.

John Baldessari - Raised Eyebrows / Furrowed Foreheads: Three UFOs Aloft - 2009
John Baldessari, Raised Eyebrows / Furrowed Foreheads: Three UFOs Aloft, 2009.

Raised eyebrows exist in opposition to the furrowed forehead. It is one or the other, an attempt to carry both expressions resolves in a look of confusion. The struggle of opposing attitudes has kept Baldessari busy and his followers transfixed throughout his career. The equation may be repeatable but each new piece manifests as unique. In the art world, the division between “high” and “low” has subsisted despite continual intermingling. The artist celebrates the middle ground with examples that derive power from irreconcilable antagonism.

John Baldessari - Raised Eyebrows / Furrowed Foreheads: Woman (with Semaphore Flags) - 2009
John Baldessari, Raised Eyebrows / Furrowed Foreheads: Woman (with Semaphore Flags), 2009.

John Baldessari
Raised Eyebrows / Furrowed Foreheads:
7 June – 8 August 2009
Mai 36 Galerie
Zürich


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Gary Webb – Diamond Standard

“Diamond Standard”, mixed media sculptures by Gary Webb is the current exhibition at Bortolami in NYC.

Gary Webb - Glo Baby Glo - 2009
Gary Webb, Glo Baby Glo, 2009.

Six large sculptures fill the space with a vitality rarely seen since the height of Modernism. The works go deeper than their modernist skin with a self-realization that maintains relevancy today. Each piece is steeped in history with an attitude of rebuttal toward paths of thought that have largely been abandoned. This sort of fresh review encourages an increased examination of past journeys left untold.

Gary Webb - Hand of Brazil - 2009
Gary Webb, Hand of Brazil, 2009.

The main components are cast aluminum cylindrical shapes that register as organic despite the hyper color palette. These shapes come alive through interaction with other media such as perspex, fiberglass, plexi, bronze, wood, marble, mirror, crystal and brass. The aluminum shapes change their stacked state when confronted with these material collisions. If left unchecked, as in “Big 1” (below) the entity extends to the limits of the gallery.

Gary Webb - Big 1 - 2009
Gary Webb, Big 1, 2009.

Gary Webb
Diamond Standard
May – June 2009
Bortolami
NYC


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Banksy Versus Bristol Museum

The mysterious British Pop icon Banksy is opening a new museum show in his hometown of Bristol. This is not the first time that Banksy’s work has hung in a museum but it is his first exhibit with consent from the house.

Banksy Versus Bristol Museum - 2009
Banksy Versus Bristol Museum, 2009.

The exhibition titled “Banksy Versus Bristol Museum” was installed in near complete secrecy. Museum staff and visitors were told that a movie was being filmed in the space while a stencil on the front door claimed, “CLOSED for essential maintenance work.”

Banksy Versus Bristol Museum - 2009
Banksy Versus Bristol Museum, 2009.

This is the artist’s largest installation to date. It is a multimedia extravaganza with remnants of “The Village Petstore and Charcoal Grill” covered here last year. Several of the animatronic works appear as they did for the New York show but many have been revisited alongside an impressive body of new work.

Banksy Versus Bristol Museum - 2009
Banksy Versus Bristol Museum, 2009.

Most of the three story Edwardian Baroque building has been appropriated for the exhibition. It should be an ironic clash of art and space but the new pieces in particular do not seem out of place.

Banksy Versus Bristol Museum - 2009
Banksy Versus Bristol Museum, 2009.

For more info see the trailer below. The video features a walktrough of many of the major elements and some clips from the process.

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Banksy Versus Bristol Museum
13 June – 31 August 2009
Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery


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Jonah Samson – Pleasantville

Current photographs from Jonah Samson are on display at G. Gibson Gallery in Seattle. The work is being shown as part of the exhibit, “View Master” along with Lori Nix and Grace Weston. The group show is very strong so be sure to see the gallery website for details.

Jonah Samson - Peeping Tom - 2008
Jonah Samson, Peeping Tom, 2008.

Samson creates dioramas in miniature and photographs the arrangements. The viewer is often the only witness to the moments the artist produces. The audience turns accomplice through their inability to act in the virtual world of “Pleasantville”. We become guilty bystanders helpless to alter events for better or worse.

Jonah Samson - Grave Digger - 2008
Jonah Samson, Grave Digger, 2008.

All of the scenarios put forth in the exhibited series are plausible, save one. “Giant Octopus” (below) could be interpreted as an homage to Ray Harryhausen the special effects legend of “Clash of the Titans” and “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” fame.

Jonah Samson - Giant Octopus - 2008
Jonah Samson, Giant Octopus, 2008.

Jonah Samson
Pleasantville
4 June – 11 July 2009
G. Gibson Gallery
Seattle


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Alex Mcleod – Farmhouses & Fortresses

Switch Contemporary in Toronto is hosting “Farmhouses & Fortresses” new work from Alex McLeod.

Alex McLeod - Naturalized Observatory - 2009
Alex McLeod, Naturalized Observatory, 2009.

The prints on display were fashioned with three dimensional rendering software generally reserved for the film and gaming industries. McLeod has harnessed these powerful tools to create imagery that forwards an individual vision. This aspect of the work is of particular interest as the final product has not been diluted by the test audience or subjected to the disposition of nervous executives.

Alex McLeod - Haunted - 2009
Alex McLeod, Haunted, 2009.

The title of the exhibition and the content of the work recall the imagination as it exists during childhood. A pillow on the floor became an island whilst a few chairs, couch cushions and blankets were commuted into a stronghold. The proximity of the horizon enforces the conviction that these pieces endure as worlds asunder.

Alex McLeod - Stonehenge Candy Mountain - 2009
Alex McLeod, Stonehenge Candy Mountain, 2009.

Alex McLeod
Farmhouses & Fortresses
11 June – 5 July 2009
Switch Contemporary
Toronto


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Elke Krystufek – The Sex Is In The Text

Elke Krystufek’s “The Sex is in the Text” is open at Galerie Nicola von Senger in Zürich. The show features paintings created this year alongside works dating back as far as 1992.

Elke Krystufek - Your Dream is Real - 2009
Elke Krystufek, Your Dream is Real, 2009.

Krystufek is entrenched in the idiosyncratic struggle between sex, art and money. Her work warns that when a portion of the triad breaks down the remnants are left to fend for themselves. When communication lines are severed new words arise to bridge the gap. The thoughtful determination of these relevant idioms delineates the path to growth. Krustufek eloquently reminds us, “We need to talk again.”

Elke Krystufek - This is Hardcore - 1998
Elke Krystufek, This is Hardcore, 1998.

I enjoyed the statement by the artist that serves also as the press release for the exhibition. Contact with the media is by necessity dry and to the point but the extravagance displayed in this document caught my attention. It reduces a boundary that exists merely to comfort the participants.

“…No, this sort of thing doesn’t actually belong in a press release, I just wanted to seduce you to buy one of my works. With my charm, my evening gown and my biography, I wanted to seduce you into buying a painting from me. You can google me and you can see just how much I’ve accomplished in the last 20 years, what I’m still accomplishing and how much I’ll accomplish next year. I’m a good investment because I work for you. In my evening gown. The price of the evening gown is included in the painting, one evening gown per painting…”

Elke Krystufek

Elke Krystufek - Liquid Logic + Atlant - 2007
Elke Krystufek, Liquid Logic + Atlant, 2007.

Elke Krystufek
The Sex is in the Text
16 May – 11 July 2009
Galerie Nicola von Senger
Zürich

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David Lynch & Danger Mouse – Dark Night Of The Soul

David Lynch and Danger Mouse have collaborated on their first project in the form of an installation at the Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles.

David Lynch - Untitled (Little Girl #3) - 2009
David Lynch, Untitled (Little Girl #3), 2009.

Fifty of Lynch’s photographs were mounted on aluminum and displayed in small groups throughout the two room exhibition. The pieces are untitled but make reference to tracks from the album “Dark Night of the Soul” that Danger Mouse mixed with the pop band Sparklehorse. The album will be playing in the gallery for the duration of the show.

David Lynch - Untitled (Insane Lullaby #4) - 2009
David Lynch, Untitled (Insane Lullaby #4), 2009.

The bulk of the action in the imagery is centralized within the composition. This bespeaks a significant difference between Lynch’s still and moving images. Lynch refers to still photography in his films when the scene breaks down into a solitary focus with spectral sounds. The prints in this exhibit along with the background music evoke the sensation of his films while maintaining a presence all their own.

David Lynch - Untitled (The Man Who Played God #1) - 2009
David Lynch, Untitled (The Man Who Played God #1), 2009.

A limited edition book of Lynch’s visuals for the album has been released and is available here. Due to an ongoing dispute with a record company, the music that Danger Mouse produced has not been released. In place of the album, the book is supplemented with a recordable compact disc. Each copy of the book is clearly labelled, “For legal reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will.”

David Lynch - Untitled (Revenge #4) - 2009
David Lynch, Untitled (Revenge #4), 2009.

David Lynch & Danger Mouse
Dark Night of the Soul
30 June – 11 July 2009
Michael Kohn Gallery
Los Angeles


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Mark Mothersbaugh – Exhibition Photos

This past weekend we opened a solo show of Mark Mothersbaugh’s rugs at NOWhere Limited. The special AP edition rugs are available in limited supply at this link.

Keep an eye out for the show report, coming soon to Mutato Visual. Also check out the great article that Vince Darcangelo wrote for the Boulder Daily Camera. The piece also ran on the front page of the Colorado Daily.

Mark Mothersbaugh - NOWhere Limited - Exhibition Photo - 2009
Mark Mothersbaugh, NOWhere Limited, exhibition photo, 2009.

I love the quiet before the storm. One of the special privileges of owning a gallery is being able to spend time with the work without interruption. Experiencing the exhibit as a whole has, I feel, led me deeper into the world and mind of Mark Mothersbaugh. It has been a pleasure talking with everyone about these amazing rugs. The overwhelming sentiment has been that they “Really tie the room together.”

Mark Mothersbaugh - NOWhere Limited - still from video chat - 2009
Mark Mothersbaugh, still from video chat at NOWhere Limited, 2009.

Mark was working on a project in Vancouver but was able to carve out some time in his insanely busy schedule to talk to visitors via live video conference. He entertained a wide array of questions and proceeded to give us views of his hotel room, including the contents of the mini-bar. Mark also taunted DEVO fans with a demo disc for the first studio album in nearly twenty years. The album is due to be released this Fall. Keep in touch with Club Devo for details.

Mark Mothersbaugh - X-Ray Visionaire - (detail) - 2009
Mark Mothersbaugh, X-Ray Visionaire (detail), 2009.

Thanks to everyone that kept the gallery packed this weekend. Special thanks to Mark’s representative Michael Pilmer for traveling to Colorado. We had a great time, looking forward seeing you again. And to all of the friends of NOWhere Limited that have come through again and again.

Mark Mothersbaugh - NOWhere Limited - opening night - 2009
Mark Mothersbaugh, opening night, NOWhere Limited, 2009.

Mark Mothersbaugh - NOWhere Limited - Exhibition Photo - 2009
Mark Mothersbaugh, NOWhere Limited, exhibition photo, 2009.

Mark Mothersbaugh - Devo Rope - (detail) - 2009
Mark Mothersbaugh, Devo Rope (detail), 2009.

Mark Mothersbaugh - NOWhere Limited - still from video chat - 2009
Mark Mothersbaugh, still from video chat at NOWhere Limited, 2009.

Mark Mothersbaugh - NOWhere Limited - Exhibition Photo - 2009
Mark Mothersbaugh, NOWhere Limited, exhibition photo, 2009.

Mark Mothersbaugh - The Sleepover - (detail) - 2009
Mark Mothersbaugh, The Sleepover (detail), 2009.

Mark Mothersbaugh - NOWhere Limited - still from video chat - 2009
Mark Mothersbaugh, still from video chat at NOWhere Limited, 2009.

Mark Mothersbaugh - NOWhere Limited - Exhibition Photo - 2009
Mark Mothersbaugh, NOWhere Limited, exhibition photo, 2009.

Mark Mothersbaugh - Hooded Imp - (detail) - 2009
Mark Mothersbaugh, Hooded Imp (detail), 2009.

Mark Mothersbaugh - NOWhere Limited - still from video chat - 2009
Mark Mothersbaugh, still from video chat at NOWhere Limited, 2009.

Mark Mothersbaugh - NOWhere Limited - Exhibition Photo - 2009
Mark Mothersbaugh, NOWhere Limited, exhibition photo, 2009.

Mark Mothersbaugh - When He Fell Through The Trap Door Then Everything Started Going Wrong - (detail) - 2009
Mark Mothersbaugh, When He Fell Through The Trap Door, Then Everything Started Going Wrong (detail), 2009.

Mark Mothersbaugh - NOWhere Limited - still from video chat - 2009
Mark Mothersbaugh, still from video chat at NOWhere Limited, 2009.

Mark Mothersbaugh - NOWhere Limited - Exhibition Photo - 2009
Mark Mothersbaugh, NOWhere Limited, exhibition photo, 2009.

Mark Mothersbaugh - Dive For Safety - (detail) - 2009
Mark Mothersbaugh, Dive For Safety (detail), 2009.

Mark Mothersbaugh - NOWhere Limited - still from video chat - 2009
Mark Mothersbaugh, still from video chat at NOWhere Limited, 2009.

Mark Mothersbaugh - NOWhere Limited - opening night - 2009
Mark Mothersbaugh, opening night, NOWhere Limited, 2009.

Mark Mothersbaugh - Hatching a Plot - (detail) - 2009
Mark Mothersbaugh, Hatching a Plot (detail), 2009.

Mark Mothersbaugh - NOWhere Limited - still from video chat - 2009
Mark Mothersbaugh, still from video chat at NOWhere Limited, 2009.

Mark Mothersbaugh - NOWhere Limited - opening night - 2009
Mark Mothersbaugh, opening night, NOWhere Limited, 2009.

Mark Mothersbaugh - NOWhere Limited - Exhibition Photo - 2009

Mark Mothersbaugh - NOWhere Limited - opening night - 2009

Michael Pilmer adjusts to mountain living - 2009

Mark Motherbaugh
RUGS! RUGS! RUGS!
30 May – 27 June 2009
NOWhere Limited
Nederland, Colorado


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Chen Jianguo – Fright

“Fright”, the current exhibition at Art Beatus in Hong Kong is a blend of two recent series of oil paintings by Chen Jianguo. He lives and works in Song Zhuang, an artist community north of Beijing.

Chen Jianguo - Shadow #7 - 2009
Chen Jianguo, Shadow #7, 2009.

In the “Shadow” series, Chen takes time to mock one of the fiercest predators on earth. The term shadow refers not to the reflection of the artist, rather to the mimicry that takes place in each of these expertly rendered oil paintings.

Chen Jianguo - Shadow #5 - 2009
Chen Jianguo, Shadow #5, 2009.

Also on view are some works from a slightly older, untitled body of work. The roots for the shadow series are evident in these pieces. The addition of the flower to these paintings of natural and man made disasters offers a lightness that deters standard emotion and enables the artist to face his fears.

Chen Jianguo - Untitled #08-8 - 2008
Chen Jianguo, Untitled #08-8, 2008.

Chen Jianguo
Fright
1 – 30 June 2009
Art Beatus
Hong Kong


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Dennis Oppenheim – Burning Contract, Splash Building, Swarm, Spiral Metamorphosis

“Burning Contract, Splash Building, Swarm, Spiral Metamorphosis” is set to open at Janos Gat Gallery in NYC. The exhibition contains some of Dennis Oppenheim’s proposals for large-scale public projects.

Dennis Oppenheim - Burning Contract
Dennis Oppenheim, Burning Contract.

The prints display specific angles of three dimensional computer renderings for the proposed works. The sculptures rely on an abstract path to resolution with a simplicity that deserves respect. It would have been easy to overwork these ideas beyond common recognition but Oppenheim knows and has always known when to stop.

Dennis Oppenheim - Splash Building
Dennis Oppenheim, Splash Building.

Some of the proposals have recently been secured by the United States, Canada, China, and Europe so in future you will see these structures realized. The strength of this exhibition should result in the construction of even more of these powerful artworks. It is a bright future that spreads Oppenheim to every corner of the globe.

Dennis Oppenheim - Paintbrush Gateway
Dennis Oppenheim, Paintbrush Gateway.

Dennis Oppenheim
Burning Contract, Splash Building, Swarm, Spiral Metamorphosis
4 – 27 June 2009
Janos Gat Gallery
NYC


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L/B – I’m Real

Sabina Lang and Daniel Baumann (known collectively as L/B) spent three months in residency at Galerie Urs Meile in Beijing. The resulting exhibition, “I’m Real” is a response to the space and the city.

L/B - Flash #2 - 2009
L/B, Flash #2, 2009.

“Flash #2” is composed of fifty-nine custom barber poles. The internally lighted cylinders spin within an organically shaped mirror backdrop. Once the viewer enters the installation they are immersed in an optical sensation that muddles the equilibrium.

The barber’s pole dates back to medieval times and is associated with the practice of bloodletting. Today in China, the poles are grouped together in front of salons. During the day they act as the sight common to haircuts. After dark they attract a different customer entirely with soft chants of “massage” from the prostitutes that work the night shift. L/B has reacted to the blatant call of illegal activity.

L/B - Flash #2 - 2009
L/B, Flash #2, 2009.

Also on view underfoot at the gallery is “Beautiful Carpet #1”. Visitors are welcome to walk the paths set out in this piece with a reminder that art needn’t be restrained to pictures on walls.

L/B - Beautiful Carpet #1 - 2009
L/B, Beautiful Carpet #1, 2009.

L/B
I’m Real
9 May – 12 July 2009
Galerie Urs Meile
Beijing


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Mark Mothersbaugh – RUGS! RUGS! RUGS! at NOWhere Limited

This Saturday we are pleased to be opening “RUGS! RUGS !RUGS!”, the latest exhibit from Mark Mothersbaugh at NOWhere Limited. Twelve artist proof rugs will be on display in the gallery and available for purchase online sometime early next week. Be sure to get on the NOWhere Limited mailing list to receive more information as it becomes available.

Mark Mothersbaugh - Devo Rope - 2009
Mark Mothersbaugh, Devo Rope, 2009.

Mark Mothersbaugh, well-known as a founding member of the innovative band DEVO, has been creating artwork in many forms for more than 3 decades. His love of visual art began in childhood, just after it was discovered that he was extremely nearsighted and legally blind. His first correctional glasses offered the young Mothersbaugh a new view of the world, fueling a lifelong infatuation with imagery and illustrations.

Mark Mothersbaugh - Sleepover - 2009
Mark Mothersbaugh, Sleepover, 2009.

Mark’s recent visual artwork has been largely inspired by his 30-year habit of creating handmade postcards to send to friends from various stops on DEVO tours. This obsession has evolved into a visual diary that currently yields the artist 1-25 new images per day. These images have served as the basis for the artist’s critically acclaimed solo shows of the 80s/90s as well as for his “gallery tours” which have been occurring at art venues throughout the globe since 2003.

With DEVO, Mothersbaugh’s most recognized music project, the artist showcases his artistic abilities to millions of fans. Through their films, videos, costumes, LP covers, stage shows, and printed materials, Mark Mothersbaugh and DEVO forever altered commonly held preconceptions of how a rock band can function in popular culture.

Mark Mothersbaugh - Fingerbot & the Boy - 2009
Mark Mothersbaugh, Fingerbot & the Boy, 2009.

It’s a huge weekend here in Ned. The dedication of the Nathan Lazarus Skatepark is taking place with Tony Hawk on hand to break the place in right. Hawk will be skating a demo with Bird House Team Members Shaun Gregoire and Alan Young, Geth Noble, Jason Mitchell, Alex Brunelle, Ric Widenor, Brandon Arceo and Cailin Lee.

Later in the evening, Mark Mothersbaugh will be live in the gallery via video conference. Be sure to stop by early to get your ticket to speak with Mark “face-to-face”.

Mark Mothersbaugh
RUGS! RUGS! RUGS!
30 May – 27 June 2009
NOWhere Limited
Nederland, Colorado


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Ma Yanling – Tian’anmen

“Tian’anmen” is the first solo exhibition in Los Angeles from Ma Yanling. LA Contemporary is hosting the show of recent mixed media paintings.

Ma Yanling - Tian'anmen-B - 2007
Ma Yanling, Tian’anmen-B, 2007.

Ma Yanling extends her expression through painting, photography and performance. These painted canvas giclées demonstrate facets of each approach. Yanling photographs her suicide performances and prints them on canvas. The reproduction is then hand painted utilizing a traditional Chinese technique that is composed of eighteen distinct strokes. The fine brushwork is weaved on the surface actualizing a veiled conclusion.

Ma Yanling - Tian'anmen-Gray-A - 2007
Ma Yanling, Tian’anmen-Gray-A, 2007.

The Tian’anmen Square is a cultural center with a checkered past of protest. The government is concerned with the actions of citizens in the Square and maintains a close control over the area.

The essence of these works satisfy established convention and topical concerns. The statements are not a lionization of violence. The artist makes a call for political change with her display of the paramount in personal freedom.

Ma Yanling - Migrant Worker - 2008
Ma Yanling, Migrant Worker, 2008.

Ma Yanling
Tian’anmen
23 May – 20 June 2009
LA Contemporary
Los Angeles


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Laurel Nakadate – Fever Dreams At The Crystal Motel

“Fever Dreams at the Crystal Motel” is the current show at Leslie Tonkonow in NYC. Laurel Nakadate has put together a selection of short videos and photographs for this exhibition.

Laurel Nakadate - Exorcism in January - 2009
Laurel Nakadate, Exorcism in January, 2009.

The videos are both projected and displayed on monitors throughout the gallery. These moving images feature the artist performing ritual exorcisms on her cast of neophyte thespians. The scenes vary from small, dark motel rooms to the outdoor expanses of the Western United States. Excerpts from these videos are available for download at the gallery website.

Laurel Nakadate - Lucky Tiger #3 - 2009
Laurel Nakadate, Lucky Tiger #3, 2009.

Alongside the video work are two series of recent photographs, “Fever Dreams” and “Lucky Tiger”. For the “Lucky Tiger” project, Nakadate enlisted the help of anonymous middle-aged men, volunteers from an ad on Craigslist. The group covered their fingers with ink and sat in a circle passing around photos of the artist in suggestive poses reminiscent of 1950’s pinups. “Fever Dreams” is a collection of stills shot during the production of Nakadate’s videos.

Laurel Nakadate - Farther from Home than I'd Ever Been - 2009
Laurel Nakadate, Farther from Home than I’d Ever Been, 2009.

Laurel Nakadate also recently premeired her first feature film “Stay the Same Never Change” at the 2009 Sundance Film festival. Here’s the trailer.

Laurel Nakadate
Fever Dreams at the Crystal Motel
7 May – 24 July 2009
Leslie Tonkonow
NYC


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Jeongmee Yoon – Pink And Blue Project

JeongMee Yoon began the “Pink and Blue Project” in 2005 and it has been exhibited widely. The latest opportunity to see these works is happening right now at the Jenkins Johnson Gallery in San Francisco.

JeongMee Yoon - Emily and Her Pink Things - 2005
JeongMee Yoon, Emily and Her Pink Things, 2005.

Yoon calls on the bedrooms of children and organizes their belongings to compose these photographs. She initiated the project when her daughter began limiting the color palette of her possessions. She discovered that her child was not alone in her quest for ultimate pink. Blue for boys and pink for girls has become a cross cultural average for desire amongst children. It is a product of commercial training that begins with the first diaper change.

JeongMee Yoon - Jeonghoon and His Blue Things - 2008
JeongMee Yoon, Jeonghoon and His Blue Things, 2008.

Be sure to stop by the gallery and pick up a signed copy of the book that chronicles the ongoing project.

JeongMee Yoon - Jeeyoo and Her Pink Things - 2008
JeongMee Yoon, Jeeyoo and Her Pink Things, 2008.

JeongMee Yoon
Pink and Blue
7 May – 20 June 2009
Jenkins Johnson Gallery
San Francisco


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Reuben Negrón – Dirty Dirty Love

Tonight, Like The Spice is opening Reuben Negrón’s first gallery solo show in NYC. “Dirty Dirty Love” contains nineteen meticulous watercolors dealing with various incarnations of you-know-what.

Reuben Negrón - Becky and Neomi - 2006-07
Reuben Negrón, Dirty Dirty Love: Becky and Neomi, 2006-07.

Negrón is admitted to the sanctums of couples and captures their intimate moments with photographs. The watercolors are then painted from the snapshots reconnoitered at the scene. This imagery includes ample entertainment for the voyeur but extends to touching accounts of real people and genuine affection.

Reuben Negrón - Scenes from a Movie II - 2004
Reuben Negrón, Dirty Dirty Love: Scenes from a Movie II, 2004.

The technique of watercolor requires a patience beyond other forms of painting. Missteps are not easily amended because the pigment is absorbed readily into the paper. The process demands a gradual buildup of tone and color to achieve the desired photorealistic effect. When they are completed with composure, like the works in this show, consummation is unmitigated satisfaction.

As part of their ongoing Monthly Dinner Series, Like the Spice is holding a special F**k Dinner in honor of the current show. The artist will be in attendance when dinner is served on Friday, May 29th in the gallery. Be sure to reserve your spot before Wednesday.

Reuben Negrón - Coupling II - 2008
Reuben Negrón, Dirty Dirty Love: Coupling II, 2008.

Reuben Negrón
Dirty Dirty Love
22 May – 21 June 2009
Like the Spice
Brooklyn


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Marliz Frencken – Cruel Beauty

The enticing figurative sculptures of Marliz Frencken can currently be seen at the Stux Gallery in NYC.

Marliz Frencken - Woman with Watch and Baby Doll - 2007
Marliz Frencken, Woman with Watch and Baby Doll, 2007.

“Cruel Beauty” is a collection of thirteen female forms modeled in clay with found object attachments. The assembled works were dipped in clear resin creating a uniform gloss that pulls together the disparate materials. Many of the pieces were left to dry upright allowing the resin to drip and collect at the base in the process establishing a pedestal.

Marliz Frencken - Black Woman with Birdcage - 2006
Marliz Frencken, Black Woman with Birdcage, 2006.

Frencken provokes with religious reference and feminine concerns. The sculptures galvanize within the viewer sentiments of attraction and repulsion. The success of this show is evident in the ethereal balance accomplished from conception through perception.

Marliz Frencken - Nivea Girl with Child - 2006
Marliz Frencken, Nivea Girl with Child, 2006.

Marliz Frencken
Cruel Beauty
7 May – 13 June 2009
Stux Gallery
NYC


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Gosha Ostretsov – Coolville

This Thursday Georgii “Gosha” Ostretsov invites you into the exotic world of “Coolville”. The opening this week at Claire Oliver Gallery is part one of a two phase exhibition with the second show scheduled for June 8 at Solo Projects in Switzerland.

Gosha Ostretsov - On the Roof - 2009
Gosha Ostretsov, On the Roof, 2009.

The installation of these acrylic on canvas paintings will cover walls and ceiling of the space making for complete sensory immersion in this alternate universe.

Gosha Ostretsov - True Guardian - 2009
Gosha Ostretsov, True Guardian, 2009.

“Coolville” is derived from the recent battles for power in the artist’s Russian homeland. Ostretsov himself plays several opposing parts in his province from leader to dissident. In his take on reality artists are superheroes determined to seize control amidst the chaos.

Gosha Ostretsov - Words Fail Me - 2009
Gosha Ostretsov, Words Fail Me, 2009.

Gosha Ostretsov
Coolville: Part One
22 May – 4 July 2009
Claire Oliver Gallery
NYC

Coolville: Part Two
8-14 June 2009
Solo Projects
Basel, Switzerland


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Patricia Waller – Bad Luck

The current exhibition at Galerie Deschler in Berlin is “Bad Luck”, recent sculpture from Patricia Waller.

Patricia Waller - Who Kills Bambi? - 2008
Patricia Waller, Who Kills Bambi?, 2008.

The crocheted works exude an irony that is difficult to misplace. Strong, violent imagery created with a technique reserved for civilized pursuits.

Patricia Waller - Tweety - 2008
Patricia Waller, Tweety, 2008.

Waller is concerned with the lighthearted violence that is readily accepted by society. Anthropomorphic animals are often subjected to horrors in entertainment that targets children. Her interests are displayed in a disquieting manner which extends the problem in order to clarify the dilemma. If the cultural norm has embraced the torture of talking animals where does that leave the ignorant herd?

Patricia Waller - Bunny - 2008
Patricia Waller, Bunny, 2008.

Patricia Waller
Bad Luck
15 May – 4 July 2009
Galerie Deschler
Berlin


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Rosemary Laing – A Dozen Useless Actions For Grieving Blondes

The latest photographic series from Rosemary Laing is on view at Galerie Lelong New York.

Rosemary Laing - a dozen useless actions for grieving blondes #9 - 2009
Rosemary Laing, a dozen useless actions for grieving blondes #9, 2009.

The series of twelve chromogenic prints initiated in response to a political move in Laing’s home country of Australia. In 2007, the newly elected Prime Minister issued a formal apology to the indigenous cultures of Australia for their treatment from governments in the past.

Rosemary Laing - a dozen useless actions for grieving blondes #10 - 2009
Rosemary Laing, a dozen useless actions for grieving blondes #10, 2009.

A woman is presented in various states of lament against a soothing backdrop. This incongruity of scene and emotional tone are cause to question the sincerity of the participant. The plastic appearance also mimics the emptiness intrinsic to grieving for that which cannot be undone. The sequence as a whole is a suggestive reminder of the civic roots for the project.

Rosemary Laing - a dozen useless actions for grieving blondes #11 - 2009
Rosemary Laing, a dozen useless actions for grieving blondes #11, 2009.

Rosemary Laing
a dozen useless actions for grieving blondes
7 May – 20 June 2009
Galerie Lelong
NYC


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Reuben Margolin – Interview

Upper Playground has posted an enlightening interview with Reuben Margolin on Walrus TV. It’s important to see his sculptures in motion so please scroll down to view the video.

Reuben Margolin - Still from Walrus TV - 2009
Reuben Margolin, Still from Walrus TV, 2009.

Waves are constant in nature from wind through trees and surf lapping the shore to subtle frequencies that require translation by sensitive technologies. Margolin capitalizes on the fundamental human attraction to the undulating form.

Reuben Margolin - Spiral Wave - 2005
Reuben Margolin, Spiral Wave, 2005.

The kinetic sculptures are accomplished through a series of pulleys, strings and joints. The complex wave pieces developed from early walking “caterpillar” experiments. The artist realized that the ground was cutting the wave in half so he suspended the sculptures achieving a fully fluid motion.

Reuben Margolin - Cam Driven Caterpillar - 2002
Reuben Margolin, Cam Driven Caterpillar, 2002.

Beyond providing the motion necessary to experience these pieces, the video below is a showcase of Margolin’s enthusiastic spirit.

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Marco Breuer – Part_Of_Parts

The Von Lintel Gallery has moved to a new location at 520 W. 23rd Street. “Part_of_Parts”, new photography from Marco Breuer should initiate the space in fine fashion.

Marco Breuer - Motion (C-922) - 2009
Marco Breuer, Motion (C-922), 2009.

Breuer bares photographic paper to light in different ways. Five separate methods of exposure are highlighted in this exhibition. There is a directness of expression displayed here that is often overlooked in traditional photography. Much of this work is a positive extension on the photograms first made prominent in the 1920’s by Dada master Man Ray.

Marco Breuer - Throw (C-869) - 2008
Marco Breuer, Throw (C-869), 2008.

The paper has been scratched, succumbed to flash bulbs, submitted to a modified turntable of the artist’s design and yes, even shot. For the “Shot” pieces, Breuer left the light sensitive paper in the box and took aim with a 12-gauge shotgun thus converting the lightproof box into his camera.

Marco Breuer - Shot (C-840) - 2008
Marco Breuer, Shot (C-840), 2009.

Marco Breuer
Part_of_Parts
7 May – 13 June 2009
Von Lintel Gallery
NYC


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Thomas Helbig – Viper In Bosom

“Viper in Bosom”, a new series of drawings, paintings and sculpture from Thomas Helbig is currently being exhibited at Vilma Gold in London.

Thomas Helbig - Ungeboren - 2008-09

Helbig’s influence was informed by the practices of the Surrealists and the Russian Avant-garde. This Modernist link transcends the practicality of space with a flattening of form. Traditional perspective is rallied against in the thrift store found paintings and wall decorations that the artist has altered. Portraits have been seized and transported to hazy aural forms.

Thomas Helbig - Eva - 2008-09

There is a close connection between each manifestation the art takes. His sculptures seem to emerge from the paintings and in turn, the paintings have been developed from his drawings. This symbiotic connection plays out quite the reverse to the viewer. The confrontation begins with the sculpture which draws the audience into the subtle two dimensional works.

Thomas Helbig - Viper in Bosom - 2008-09

Thomas Helbig
Viper in Bosom
22 March – 17 May 2009
Vilma Gold
London


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Surveillance From The Doll House

“Surveillance from the Doll House” is a group show with work from Nathania Rubin, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons and Karen Yasinsky. Mireille Mosler Ltd. is hosting this exhibit that focuses on contemporary animation and puppetry.

Nathania Rubin - My Girl: A Case Study #34 - 2009

In Nathania Rubin’s rattletrap drawn animation, “My Girl: A Case Study” (above) caricatures of Anne Frank and Sigmund Freud act in proxy for the artist’s personal proclivities and as signifiers for something larger.

Karen Yasinsky - One Face at a Time, Maximum - 2000

“Still Life with Cows” (above and below) from Karen Yasinsky is a study of a tiresome existence. The nonlinear piece tells the story of a paralyzed doll and her consort. Animation for children runs at a frenzied pace, when this gait stagnates, the attitude of the medium is transformed.

Karen Yasinsky - Still Life with Cows - 2000

Nathania Rubin, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Karen Yasinsky
Surveillance from the Doll House
15 April – 23 May 2009
Mireille Mosler Ltd.
NYC


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Ben Jackel – Compliance Solutions

Some exceptional sculptures from Ben Jackel will be on view in the gallery at L.A. Louver opening May 15th. Works in clay and wood make up “Compliance Solutions” his first solo exhibition.

Ben Jackel - IED - 2008

Jackel accumulates ideas from his interest in history, particularly the history of war. The sculptures combine excellent technique with a concentration on subtle changes in material. Be sure to check out the photos of the studio process at the exhibition website.

Ben Jackel - Fire Axe - 2008-09

Most of the pieces take advantage of a shift in scale. Within this framework further ironies develop. A miniature burnt out army vehicle creates a feeling of power in the viewer whereas 256 six inch greek warriors humble in a style that intimates Gulliver’s excursion to Lilliput.

Ben Jackel - Syntagma - 2008-09

Ben Jackel
Compliance Solutions
15 May – 3 July 2009
L.A. Louver
Venice, CA


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Nathaniel Mellors – Giantbum

A potent mixture of media from Nathaniel Mellors is on display at Lombard-Freid Projects in NYC. The installation “Giantbum” was produced for the 2009 Tate Britain Triennial and incorporates performance,video, sculpture and prints.

Nathaniel Mellors - Giantbum - still from video - 2008

The story of “Giantbum” follows an absurdist script that chronicles the adventures of medieval explorers that have been ingested by a giant. Themes of language, religion, cannibalism and coprophagia are all fair game in this world. The content draws on tales from the past coupled with a contemporary sense of humor.

Nathaniel Mellors - Giantbum - installation view - 2008

Two versions of the performance are projected in the gallery. The “theater” version parallels the “rehearsal” video drawing attention to alterations that occur throughout the creative process.

The highlight of the installation might be the three animatronic heads cast in the likeness of the lead character. They intone excerpts from the script and chant encouraging phrases that interact with the projected performances. You can see a short video of the trio in action right here.

Nathaniel Mellors - Giantbum - installation view - 2008

Nathaniel Mellors
Giantbum
17 April – 16 May 2009
Lombard-Freid Projects
NYC


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