December, 2008

Tara Donovan

Just two weeks before the opening of her first museum survey at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston, Tara Donovan is named a 2008 recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant. Selected for her creativity, originality, and potential to make important contributions in the future, the new Fellows work across a broad spectrum of endeavors. The Foundation cited Donovan’s “dazzling body of work[…..]

Out of Order

In the Surrealist game Exquisite Corpse, a paper is folded lengthwise into sections. The first player begins the drawing, extending the lines of the image just beyond the fold in the paper. The second player continues where the first left off, and so on until the paper is filled. The final result is akin to Frankenstein’s monster, a creation defined by the sum of its[…..]

Jon Brumit

Hopped up on a large dose of genetically modified corn products, artist Jon Brumit has created a bomb shelter-meets laboratory in the project room at Steven Wolf Gallery in San Francisco. Appropriately titled, Monsanto’s Workshop after the biotech company Monsanto, which specializes in chemically hybridizing seeds for agricultural use, Brumit pokes fun at serious issues through his mixed media installations. Plastic grocery bags are recombined[…..]

Loren Schwerd:Mourning Portraits

Loren Schwerd‘s Mourning Portraits provide humanized descriptions of the blight that persists in the years after Hurricane Katrina. Working from her photographs taken in efforts to digest these remnants of life, she rebuilds crumbling artifacts as scrupulous and loving memorials to her community. Out of human hair extensions, discarded near St. Claude Beauty Supply in New Orleans, she depicts her encounter with absent victims. Inspired[…..]

Trenton Doyle Hancock

James Cohan Gallery in New York is currently showing the recent work of Trenton Doyle Hancock in the exhibition Fear. The exhibition includes paintings, wall drawings, and a new portfolio of twenty mixed-media prints, entitled Fix, which the artist completed at the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions at Rutgers University. Fear explores the battle between good and evil as it unfolds in the private symbolic[…..]

TV Moore

While in Miami earlier this month, was fortunate enough to visit with artist TV Moore. Perhaps best known for his multi-media video installations, Moore was exhibiting APOCATOPIA (vol. 1) with Baer Ridgway Exhibitions at the Pulse Miami Art Fair. Moore splits his time between Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles, producing films, videos, and theatrical performances. Much of the artist’s work makes use of fragmented[…..]

Guido van der Werve

Guido van der Werve‘s current exhibition, Everything is Going to be Alright, is on view in the Hayward Project Space at the Southbank Centre in London. The exhibition includes ‘Nummer Acht’ (2007), a strikingly romantic video in which van der Werve walks ahead of an ice breaker ship, and ‘Nummer Zes’, another video with a memorable premise: a Steinway grand piano is lifted by crane[…..]