September, 2011

Feminist Finish Fetish

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley Pacific Standard Time, a nearly year-long paean to SoCal art history, has barely begun and, already, I’m experiencing PST fatigue. Funded by the Getty Institute and the result of at least a decade’s worth of scholarship by the Getty researchers and others, PST will include 60 or so exhibitions and more artists[…..]

Mike Brodie and the rails of America

Today’s article is brought to us from our friends at Flavorwire, where Marina Galperina discusses California-based photographer Mike Brodie and his images of youth on the rails of America. At eighteen, self-taught photographer Mike Brodie rode the rails of America, shooting fellow box car hoppers and traveling youths with a Polaroid SX-70. Nicknamed “The Polaroid Kidd,” over the course of three years, the accidental photojournalist[…..]

The statement series
: Hypercolon : Nathaniel Mellors & Chris Bloor

Nathaniel Mellors and Chris Bloor’s current show :Hypercolon : at SMART Project Space in Amsterdam, is a labyrinth of humorous narratives with a penchant for satire and the grotesque. Mellors and Bloor cleverly incorporate the SMART project Space’s historical function as a morgue, as a starting point to create a narrative framework that pushes and manipulates the relationship between artwork and audience. Each exhibition space is[…..]


History, like most things, is subjective. What is culled from individual accounts is accepted as fact and eventually translates into some kind of truth. But truth can be different at any moment—past, present, and future. The events in London were either riots or long overdue, civil unrest.  Depending on whom you ask, in 2005 the people of New Orleans were either looting or just surviving.[…..]

From the DS Archives: Aleksandra Mir

This week, we take a trip down memory lane with Aleksandra Mir. Mir’s internationally “Venetian” postcard designs were featured in the 53rd Venice Biennale. Currently on view through October 9, 2011, Mir’s video piece First Woman on the Moon (1999-) is part of the group exhibition ONCE UPON A TIME: FANTASTIC NARRATIVES IN CONTEMPORARY VIDEO, at the Guggenheim, Berlin. The following article was originally published by Kelly Nosari on June 9,[…..]

Beguilingly Incomplete: Our Origins at the Museum of Contemporary Photography

In the increasingly rigorous quest for knowledge acquisition and verification, photography and science are uneasy bedfellows. Allison Grant‘s curatorial statement for Our Origins, showing at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, puts it so: “Like science, photography offers arrangements of information, pulled out of the complexity of the world as a whole, presented with seemingly impartial clarity.” Sure, data in visual form can aid us in[…..]

Light of the World

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley A mile and a half from where I live, close to downtown, there’s a strange treasure: a traditional white church with a tall steeple and prayer garden complete with a Jesus sculpture right next door. It looks like a place Anne of Green Gables might have gone to pray, except that the[…..]