February, 2010

From the DS Archives: Folkert de Jong

Originally published on: November 18, 2008 The new James Cohan Gallery in Shanghai is currently exhibiting work by Dutch sculptor Folkert de Jong. The artist’s large scale narrative installations often reference themes of war, big business, and global greed, as well as the history of art. This particular body of work takes Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” theory and applies it to competition between the[…..]

Default State Network

Currently on view at Raid Projects in Los Angeles is the group exhibition Default State Network. The exhibition is curated by artist Ryan Wallace and features works by Glen Baldridge, Alex Dodge, Chris Duncan, Elise Ferguson, Joseph Hart, Andrew Schoultz, Leslie Shows, Ryan Wallace and Will Yackulic. As with many artist curated exhibitions, Wallace has decided to explore the interests that are inherent in his[…..]

Carefully Orchestrated Failures

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley In a Bridgestone Tires ad that aired during last Sunday’s Super Bowl, a car resembling the Batmobile speeds along a dark, rainy highway. It turns a corner and slams on its breaks to avoid hitting a brightly lit roadblock set up by eccentric-looking villains. The villain in charge says, over a loud[…..]

Russell Tyler: Decomposing in the land of Paradise

Opening this evening at Freight and Volume in New York City is the exhibition Decomposing in the Land of Paradise, new work by New York based artist Russell Tyler. The exhibition marks the first solo presentation of the artist’s work, as he is currently a graduate student at Pratt Institute of Art and Design. The exhibition promises to be filled with twelve luscious oil paintings[…..]

The Power of Selection: Part I

Western Exhibitions in Chicago is currently presenting The Power of Selection (Part I), the first in a series of three exhibitions organized by Chicago-based artist and independent curator Ryan Travis Christian. The exhibition, which features works by Alika Cooper, Mike Rea, Allison Schulnik, Marissa Textor, and Eric Yahnker, loosely explores the idea of contemporary figuration. Works in the exhibition range from a massive anthropomorphic wooden[…..]

Elias Hansen: Predicting the Present

Currently on view at The Company in Los Angeles is Predicting the Present—a solo presentation of work by Tacoma, Washington-based Elias Hansen. Showing concurrently at The Company with a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist, Adam Janes, Hansen approaches his chosen artistic medium of glass in much the same way as Janes does his wax, due to “a shared interest in the alchemic conversions in[…..]

Interview with Marc Horowitz

Marc Horowitz, a self-described “maximalist,” has permeated American culture with his socially-oriented projects and playful enterprises. His work includes video, drawing, cultural experiments, and the dynamic use of networks like twitter and youtube. In 2004, while working as a photo assistant for Crate & Barrel, Horowitz wrote “Dinner w/ Marc 510-872-7326″ on a dry erase board that was included in their fall catalog. He received[…..]