June, 2013

Roger Shimomura: Minidoka on My Mind

Roger Shimomura. Classmates, 2007;

Today we welcome a new feature to Daily Serving: Shotgun Reviews! Shotgun Reviews are an open forum where we invite the international art community to contribute timely, short format responses (250-400 words) to an exhibition or event. If you are interested in submitting a Shotgun Review, please click this link for more information. Roger Shimomura: Minidoka on My Mind at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, by Satri[…..]

The Foster Prize: Mark Cooper

Mark Cooper. yu yu tangerine, 2013; wood, aluminum brackets, screws, ceramics, fiberglass, silkscreen on muslin, acrylic, watercolor, marker, rice paper monoprints, digital photographs; dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist. Photo: John Kennard.

As part of our ongoing relationship with the Boston-based Big Red & Shiny, today we bring you a review of Mark Cooper’s work at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. Cooper was one of four artists of “exceptional promise” shortlisted for the Foster Prize (along with Sarah Bapst, Katarina Burin, and Luther Price), and all four of the nominees had their ICA exhibitions reviewed on Big Red & Shiny’s blog[…..]

Chto Delat: To Negate Negation

Chto Delat

On June 4, I was reminded of a critical moment in history when the eyes of the world were turned towards Poland and the Eastern Bloc. This date marks the anniversary of the first democratic election in Poland; and with its celebration, a cautious optimism pervades the formerly communist country as various events—such as the premiere of the documentary film Eastern Europe Strives for Freedom—take a[…..]

Pay Attention: Claudia Joskowicz at LMAKprojects

Intersections, Claudia Joskowicz’s two-channel video installation and accompanying photographic series at LMAKprojects, is a straightforward display of her newest video piece, Every Building on Avenida Alfonso Ugarte – After Ruscha. The insular gallery space of LMAKprojects has been transformed into a kind of dark pathway. The spectator enters and is sandwiched between two opposing, life-size projections of two sides of the same street: Avenida Alfonso[…..]

Enrique Chagoya: Freedom of Expression

Enrique Chagoya. The Pastoral or Arcadian State, Illegal Alien’s Guide to Greater America, 2006; color lithograph. Courtesy of the artist and Shark's Ink. Photo: Kala Art Institute.

Code-switching is the linguist’s term for substituting one language for another in the course of a single conversation. “Oye, Teacher Bean,” a student once told me, “I couldn’t do mi tarea because mi tia was late and I had to watch mi sobrino hasta medianoche.” Notice that even though the sentence ping-pongs between Spanish and English, it’s still grammatically correct. To code switch, you need[…..]

Artificial Two-Step: Elizabeth Zvonar’s Banal Baroque

Elizabeth Zvonar, Cummy Loubous, 2013. Porcelain. (installation view) Image courtesy of Daniel Faria Gallery

A distressed pair of white porcelain shoes with red soles and a cast golden index finger seductively beckon you upon first entering Elizabeth Zvonar’s exhibition Banal Baroque at Daniel Faria Gallery in Toronto. The heels of the shoes are warped, the feet inside almost brainy in texture. Sawed off abruptly at the base of the ankle, the feet, shoes, and the vibrant red soles are[…..]

Help Desk: Curating Like A Fool

VALIE EXPORT. Die un-endliche/ -ähnliche Melodie der Stränge (The un-ending/ -ique melody of cords), 1998; video installation on 10 monitors; installation view, Bilder der Berührung (Images of Contingence), 2013. Photo by Eric Tschernow.

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 cosponsored by KQED.org. I’m an artist and art writer and would like to complete the trifecta by seriously trying to curate. However, since I’ve only been on the curated side of[…..]