January, 2013

On Seeing and Nothingness

A few years ago, I found myself wondering: what is the essence of existence? After some thinking, I came to the conclusion that the simplest evidence of existence is interaction. Even at an infinitesimal level, if something doesn’t interact with something else, there is no way to prove it exists. That being said, there are different ways to measure interactions, both direct and indirect. For[…..]


#Hashtags provides a platform for longer reconsiderations of artworks and art practices outside of the review format and in new contexts. Please send queries and/or ideas for future to hashtags@dailyserving.com. ‘From work to event. We are the mould, it’s up to you to breathe substance into it’ I’ll admit it, I’ve been bored when it comes to art lately. Too many shows with too much[…..]

Social (Practice) Skills

Have you ever tried explaining Social Practice to someone? It’s basically impossible. It seems I’m always confronted with the response: “wait…so how is that art?” As a relatively new discipline, the study and act of Social Practice is still developing its place in the art world. Still, despite its jeunesse, Social Practice has caused quite a stir and continues to do so in the form of courses,[…..]

Mark Landis: Father Philanthropy

Today’s feature is brought to you from our friends, the online interview magazine, The Avant/Garde Diaries. The following is a video interview with master art forger, Father Philanthropist, Mark Landis. Standing next to 57-year-old Mississippi native Mark Landis in the watercolors aisle of a local art store, the words “master art forger” are the least likely to come to mind. Bald, stooped, and slight of voice, Landis[…..]

Jay DeFeo: Spatial Relations

Jay DeFeo, Room with a View, 1989; oil on linen; 20 x 16 in.; Private collection; © 2012 The Jay DeFeo Trust / Artists Rights Society, New York; photo: Ben Blackwell; Right: Jay DeFeo, Last Valentine, 1989; oil on linen; 20 x16 in.; Private collection; © 2012 The Jay DeFeo Trust / Artists Rights Society, New York, photo: Ben Blackwell

If you back your way into the Jay DeFeo exhibition at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, you’ll discover, as I did, a group of five oil paintings in the final gallery. The works are small by today’s standards of monumentality and smaller still by the standards of DeFeo’s most famous work, The Rose. The Rose, occupying its own alcove earlier in the show, is[…..]

The Last Breath: Xavier Cha at 47 Canal

Xavier Cha‘s Untitled (2012), on view at 47 Canal through January 13th, positions four high definition video screens displaying a series of “screen tests” throughout the small gallery. These close-up video portraits present subjects alternately gazing at and away from the viewer, inviting the audience to scrutinize both the faces and backs of these heads. Jonathan Coward scores the videos with an intensified background noise[…..]

Artist Interview: Rachel de Joode

As a part of our ongoing partnership with Beautiful Decay, today we bring you an interview with Berlin-based painter Rachel de Joode. Rachel de Joode is a Dutch artist living in Berlin. Recently, she’s produced a prolific number of sculptural works that break down common perception through the use of unique materials, concepts, and execution. Her work is patently of our time, drawing on themes of technology,[…..]