April, 2010

No Exit

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley The Arclight Theater in Hollywood feels like an AMC trapped in an Opera House’s body. It has bathroom attendants, assigned seating, a domed atrium and sweeping staircases (it has escalators too, but they’re hidden behind a partition). The oversized ticket I shared with four friends even promised no previews, though we found[…..]

Susy Oliveira

Toronto-based artist Susy Oliveira creates sculptures, paintings and installations that examine human’s preoccupation with controlling and re-producing elements of nature through artificial fabrication. Often using digital images that attempt to capture or reproduce elements of nature, the artist repurposes the images to give new life and form to artificial versions of natural and organic material. As humans continue to manipulate and impose unnatural systems onto[…..]

Amy Sillman: Break-up Sex

Amy Sillman’s highly publicized split from abstraction may not be quite as dramatic as she made it sound in her sassy breakup letter on Bomblog in 2009.  To her credit, she was never a card-carrying member of the High Church of Abstraction anyway. I think some of the works in Transformer (or how many lightbulbs does it take to change a painting?), her current show[…..]

Aurélien Froment and Ryan Gander: Dark After After Dark

On view through May 1st at Khastoo Gallery in Los Angeles is the two person exhibition, Dark After After Dark. The show features the new work of French artist, Aurélien Froment, and English artist, Ryan Gander. Each is presenting a separate film or video projection, a meditation on a singular object in motion. Froment’s Pulmo Marina—a dayglow documentary of sorts about the Egg-yolk Jellyfish—reads like[…..]

Louise Lawler

New York-based photographer Louise Lawler is currently presenting images in a new Rubell Family Collection exhibition, Beg, Borrow and Steal. The exhbition brings together an impressive all star collection of works by John Baldessari, George Condo, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger,  Sterling Ruby, and Cindy Sherman. Lawler has become known for her body of work, which has been developing since the 1980’s, that examines the life[…..]

From the DS Archives: Dan Colen

Each Sunday we reach deep into the DailyServing Archives to unearth an old feature that we think needs to see the light of day. This week we found a feature of artist Dan Colen’s piece Secrets and Cymbals, Smoke and Scissors (My Friend Dash’s Wall in the Future). If you have a favorite feature that you think should be published again, simply email us at[…..]

Fritz Chesnut

Opening concurrently this week at Country Club Projects in Los Angeles and Cincinnati is the exhibition Peak and Flow by L.A. based painter Fritz Chesnut. For this exhibition, Chesnut departs from the psychologically rigorous photo realistic figurative paintings that characterized much of his earlier work, for calmer abstract works. His new paintings are very loose in their material handling and the content is less overt,[…..]