January, 2012

Eugenia is coming: LAND shows off Eugenia Butler in “Perpetual Conceptual”

It’s been said that over the course of four short years – from 1968 to 1972 – the Eugenia Butler Gallery set the bar for conceptual art in Southern California. Butler, whose own mother fled home to work as a Harvey Girl, left Bakersfield, CA, to serve in the United States Marines, eventually becoming a Master Sergeant. After the war, Butler married James Butler, a[…..]

Help Desk: The Answer is No


Help Desk is an arts-advice column that demystifies practices for artists, writers, curators, collectors, patrons, and the general public. Submit your questions anonymously here. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. I am a curator and was recently contacted by an artist whom I have never met, who was recommended to me by a mutual acquaintance (another artist). The artist is inviting me to do[…..]

From the DS Archives: Post-Communism

There are only so many things you can do to deal with years of oppression. In the case of former Soviet states, there is a tendency to look to humor (albeit a dark humor most often) and the absurd. Today we look back at Bean Gilsdorf’s take on the Polish world of dwarves and how they kept moral high. Want more post-communist artistic expression? This[…..]

Making Events of Objects: [2nd floor projects], Glass, house, and THE THING Quarterly

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As part of our ongoing partnership with Art Practical, Daily Serving is sharing Patricia Maloney’s article Making Events of Objects on [2nd floor projects] and THE THING Quarterly in San Francisco. A central tenet to emerge from Conceptual art in the 1960s was the perception of language as an object: a visual form of signification that requires us to negotiate its materiality in order to locate its meaning.[…..]

Kissing, Architecture, and Mohair that Saves the Day


L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley “A kiss puts form into slow and stretchy motion,” writes Sylvia Lavin. A kiss “renders geometry fluid.” Our relationship to buildings can be like that too — slow, stretchy, fluid. So Lavin suggests in Kissing Architecture, her new book with a bright pink cover and a delightfully sensual take on architectural criticism.[…..]

Interactions Between Representations of History

An exhibition of two adjoining shows by Slavs and Tatars and Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan is on at Kiosk, Ghent till 22 January 2012, featuring works that deal with interpretations and associations surrounding historically significant events. Friendship of Nations: Polish-Shi’ite Showbiz by Slavs and Tatars presents a re-imagination of an Iranian Polish Solidarity. Even to an eye unfamiliar with Iranian and Polish[…..]

Stan Douglas: Entertainment: Selections from Midcentury Studio at The Power Plant

To make the images for Midcentury Studio, a selection of which are at The Power Plant in Toronto until 4 March, Stan Douglas not only constructed a working period studio stocked with authentic equipment from the post-war North America that these images ‘document’, he also invented an impressively resourceful fictional character, a working photojournalist of the time, to make them. Douglas cast himself in the[…..]