May, 2012

Love and Rockets in Los Angeles: An Interview with Cai Guo-Qiang

Computer rendering for Mystery Circle: Explosion Event for The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2012, courtesy Cai Studio

40,000 bottle rockets make for a lot of noise and a lot of glare. Especially when they come hurtling toward your face. On April 7, 2012, artist Cai Guo-Qiang — known for his gunpowder drawings and performative “explosion events” — opened Sky Ladder at MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary location with just such an experience. Called Mystery Circle, the event was pure spectacle. Over a thousand people[…..]

Help Desk: Money, Honey


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. Help Desk is co-sponsored by This week’s column is illustrated with collages by Irina and Silviu Szekely. My question is: how does an artist decide how much a certain piece is worth, monetarily?[…..]

It is what it is. Or is it?

There may not be two more recognizable names in the Art world (and hopefully beyond) than Duchamp and Warhol. At different points in art history, the work of these individuals radically changed the ways in which we think about art. Their influence can be found in just about every nook and cranny of art and pop culture. The artists in the upcoming exhibition It is[…..]

Louise Bourgeois: A Dangerous Obsession


Louise Bourgeois’ life is not just any open book – it more resembles a multi-volume anthology with pages torn out, chapters re-written, and notes cryptically hidden in the margins. While Bourgeois spoke openly about many of the subjects which infiltrate in her work, including the difficult relationship she had with her adulterous father and her traumatising childhood, she did not share unconditionally, and as we[…..]

Extreme Friendship

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley I had a lazy Monday afternoon two weeks ago. A friend defended her dissertation and then we all migrated from the Inland Empire to my place, where I tried to show video art to one friend while another, the dissertation defender, slept. The internet connection was slow, and so we never finished[…..]

Back to the Things Themselves

Back to the Things Themselves, on show at The Briggait, presents artworks by Lesley Punton (LP) and Judy Spark (JS) who both explore possibilities and limits of translating one’s lived experience of the environment, and the potential for connections between a subjective experience with universal ways of knowing the world. Magdalen Chua (MC) had a conversation with Punton and Spark, as a second part of[…..]

In the Shadow of the Hand

In the Shadow of the Hand and Back to the Things Themselves are two exhibitions presented as part of the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art that runs till 7 May 2012. The process of collaboration between two artists and an exploration of a subjective experience are central issues in both exhibitions. Magdalen Chua (MC) interviewed the artists behind the exhibitions to find out about[…..]