Reviews

Spotlight: Chicago Artist Writers

This summer, Daily Serving is shining a light on some arts publications that we regularly read and love. Wrapping up our week with Chicago Artist Writers, today we bring you the second part of a review of “2nd Floor Rear,” Chicago’s DIY festival of art in alternative spaces. In Part 2, artist George Olken discusses various projects in the festival and the ways in which performers sought to[…..]

Spotlight: Art Practical

Lynn Hershman Leeson. DiNA, 2004; installation view, Lynn Hershman Leeson: Civic Radar, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, 2017. Courtesy Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Photo: Charlie Villyard.

What’s summer without a series? Over the next few months, Daily Serving is shining a light on some arts publications that we admire. We’re excited to partner with publications such as C&, Chicago Artist Writers, MOMUS, and others, and will highlight the best writing from a different site each week. This week, we’re proud to shine our light on some recent work at our sister site, Art Practical. Today we bring you[…..]

Larry Sultan: Editorial Works at Casemore Kirkeby

Larry Sultan. Paris on my Parents' Bed, 2007; archival pigment print; 30 x 40 inches. Courtesy of Casemore Kirkeby, San Francisco.

Shotgun Reviews are an open forum where we invite the international art community to contribute timely, short-format responses to an exhibition or event. If you are interested in submitting a Shotgun Review, please click this link for more information. In this Shotgun Review, Courtney Trouble reviews Larry Sultan: Editorial Works at Casemore Kirkeby in San Francisco. Banality masquerades as sensationalism in the San Fernando Valley,[…..]

Step of Two at Royal Nonesuch Gallery

Right: Henna Vainio, Legs (orange), 2017; plaster, pigment, fiberglass, steel; 78 x 8 x 8 in. Left: Emily Mast. ENDE (Like a New Beginning), 2014 (video still); HD color video with sound; 7:30 sec. Courtesy of Royal Nonesuch Gallery. Photo: Dana Hemenway.

Step of Two, the current exhibition by Emily Mast and Henna Vainio at Royal Nonesuch, tenderly complicates ideas of action versus inaction. Two freestanding sculptures by Vainio have an immediate presence, with bright colors and abstract forms that suggest human postures. To make them, Vainio pours pigmented plaster into corrugated-cardboard cylindrical molds, which collapse and bend under the weight of the plaster. Once set, the plaster[…..]

!Mediengruppe Bitnik: Is anybody home lol

!Mediengruppe Bitnik, Ashley Madison Angels at Work in Berlin, 2017. Five channel video installation, Full HD, 16:9, sound, loop 10:07; LCD screens, trolley stands, cables, pink neon lights; dimensions variable; exhibition view. Courtesy of the artists and EIGEN + ART Lab, Berlin. Photo: Otto Felber.

Although the “lol” in the title of the exhibition at Berlin’s EIGEN + ART Lab, Is anybody home lol, might suggest that the themes of the works on view are casual and playful, the four works by !Mediengruppe Bitnik (the duo of Carmen Weisskopf and Domagoj Smoljo) are anything but. Each asks salient questions about contemporary human relationships in today’s increasingly digitized landscape. !Mediengruppe have[…..]

Adrian Piper at Hamburger Bahnhof

Upon entering the grand central hall within Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof museum, the visitor views Adrian Piper’s exhibition from a distance. From this vantage point, The Probable Trust Registry: The Rules of the Game #1–3, an installation and performance piece, resembles the sparsely furnished lobby of a prosperous but unidentifiable corporate institution. Deceptively simple at first glance, The Probable Trust Registry is in fact a total[…..]

Beyond the Canvas: Contemporary Art from Puerto Rico at Newcomb Museum

Elsa María Meléndez, El Ingenio Colectivo o la Maldición de la Cotorra, 2014;
Installation view, Beyond the Canvas, 2017. Courtesy of Newcomb Museum.

Ni de aqui, ni de alla—neither from here or there. This is something you might hear on the streets of Puerto Rico as people consider what it means to be both citizens of the United States and colonized subjects of an antiquated political system. This year, Puerto Rico had the largest bankruptcy case in the history of the American market. The island’s total debt, according[…..]