February, 2011

Interview with Amilcar Packer

It’s a sunny day in Rio de Janeiro’s neighborhood of Lapa, a linked chain of button up shirts and people weave through the city streets. They enter into a mechanics garage and circle through the space, the mechanics continue their work; the unfolding of everyday life continues. The performative art action and the work of the mechanics rub up against each other, influencing each other[…..]

From the DS Archives: Brian Ulrich

Remember your semi-recent political past through the DS Archives this Sunday as we reintroduce Brian Ulrich. Ulrich is participating in the group show American Psyche at the Religare Arts Initiative Gallery in New Dehli, India through April 3rd.  In addition, Copia, Ulrich’s traveling show, will be arriving at the Cleveland Museum of Art in August of this year and will remain up through January of 2012. This[…..]

Say My Name Say My Name: Josh Smith at Luhring Augustine

If, on some level, art really is about what you can get away with, then Josh Smith, known mainly for painting his name over and over, has been robbing us blind for years.  Perhaps he senses that the gig is up on the name paintings because his current show introduces leaves, fish, bugs and butterflies, as well as an impressive foray into sculpture.  It seems[…..]


L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley When Workspace, a Lincoln Heights storefront with a gallery the size of a living room, hosted a reading last Sunday, only one of the four featured artists actually read, and he read the work of someone else. It was Tyler Coburn, who sat at the front of the room in bow-tie and[…..]

The Rape of the Sabine Women: Eve Sussman and Rufus Corporation at Impronte Art

The abridged version of the story goes something like this: Shortly after the founding of Rome, the local men noticed a decided lack of ladies with which to start families. They attempted to negotiate a deal for some of the women of neighboring tribes, known as Sabine; however, the patriarchs of those tribes refused. Plan B was to arrange a great feast, invite all the[…..]

Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard: PUBLICSFEAR

Or ‘The manipulation of mind and memory…’ British duo Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard are masterminds of re-enactment as an art form. Their current exhibition at the South London Gallery opens onto one of the best examples of this with the seminal work, File Under Sacred Music. This painstakingly detailed and dead-on remake of the infamous bootleg video of The Cramps’ live performance at the[…..]

Object Lessons at the Carpenter Center

Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector’s passion borders on the chaos of memories. Unpacking my Library The inventiveness of how we handle the innumerable things around us, is the hallmark of a certain form of contemporary art. I don’t know if we have a single word for this longstanding tendency in art, but I think Penelope Umbrico and Steve Wolfe can be[…..]