November, 2009

Another End to Irony: DS Archives

Originally published on September 3rd, 2009 Second Nature, currently on view at the UCLA Hammer Museum, provides a freshly intelligent glimpse into Los Angeles’ past decade, depicting a world in which art can insouciantly assert itself without resorting to contrivance. 1. “‘There’s going to be a seismic change,” said Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter after 9/11. “I think it’s the end of the age of[…..]

Timothy Karpinski

Folksy, but refined, Timothy Karpinski‘s work is most aptly defined as lovely. Currently on view in the solo exhibition, My Heart Never Sleeps, at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles, the Portland-based artist’s work draws upon a romantic and almost childlike fixation with the quiet and beautiful moments of life and love. Hand cut paper, acrylic paint and graphite make up collages of such harmonious scenes […..]

Joe Johnson: Mega Churches

Joe Johnson‘s photographic project Mega Churches is currently on view at Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston SC.  The mega church, which can be found throughout the United States, hosts a large congregation of 2,000+ evangelical worshipers and a production of often-televised religious spectacle.  It is a highly relevant subject for the contemporary visual artist to explore as the literal Biblical interpretations such mega churches[…..]

Javier Vallhonrat

Acaso features a series of photographs which are the result of a four-year project by fashion photographer Javier Vallhonrat. The images largely differ from the hip and glossy fashion-related work he often realized for publications such as Vogue and the New York Times. The works exhibited at the Galleria Carla Sozzani -located at 10 Corso Como in Milan- explore the ways in which we tend[…..]

For the blind man in the dark room looking for the black cat that isn’t there

On view until January 3, 2010 the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis presents its most ambitious group show since its grand opening six years ago. Curated by Anthony Huberman, For the blind man in the dark room looking for the black cat that isn’t there starts with the premise that art is not a code that needs cracking. Celebrating the experience of not-knowing and unlearning,[…..]

for the time being

A new Chicago alternative space named Slow, which opened its doors to the public this fall, is presenting the exhibition for the time being featuring new work by Chicago-based artists Benjamin Bellas and C.C. Ann Chen. Artist Benjamin Bellas creates work that connects philosophy, music, language, literature and visual art through the combined media of performance, video and sculpture. Often the work is object-based and[…..]

Moby Dick

The Great American Novel, Moby Dick, takes on new life at the exhibition of the same name currently showing at California College of the Arts’s Wattis Institute. The exhibition loosely traces the narrative of the epic (and episodic) tale with each of the three galleries dedicated to the story’s protagonists, Ishmeal, Ahab, and of course, the White Whale, Moby Dick. Thirty-three artists ranging from the[…..]