Review: “They Come to Us Without a Word” Joan Jonas at the United States Pavilion, Venice Biennale

Among the dimly lit chambers of the United States Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, Joan Jonas has placed several glass cases among her installation of videos, props, drawings, and mirrors. The glass cases don’t command much attention at first glance. Their shadowy interiors contain clippings, curios, handwritten notes, masks, and small natural specimens. OneContinue reading “Review: “They Come to Us Without a Word” Joan Jonas at the United States Pavilion, Venice Biennale”

Reading On Kawara’s One Million Years at the Guggenheim

On Kawara, the conceptual artist whose work marked his own passage through time until his death last summer, has a retrospective on view at the Guggenheim Museum. I’ve always been a big fan of Kawara’s work ever since I encountered his “Today” series of paintings in an art history class in college. The paintings contain onlyContinue reading “Reading On Kawara’s One Million Years at the Guggenheim”

A ‘Plop’ for Diversity in Holland, Michigan

On Wednesday MLive ran an article announcing that $100,000 has been raised for a permanent sculpture that will be placed along a busy road in Holland, Michigan. The 36 foot tall steel work by Dutch artist Cyril Lixenberg, titled New Dawn Rising is meant to symbolize diversity and unity, and is part of Holland’s “CelebratingContinue reading “A ‘Plop’ for Diversity in Holland, Michigan”

Review: Salvador Jiménez Flores’ “I Am Not Who You Think I Am”

Last week I wrote a brief, informal post about my first impressions of the Kendall MFA show, which is now on view. The post accurately conveyed my overall feeling after a cursory viewing, but it was hardly a considered review. I’m working to make time to dig into a few of the artists’ installations andContinue reading “Review: Salvador Jiménez Flores’ “I Am Not Who You Think I Am””

Kendall 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition: First Impressions

I saw the MFA Thesis Exhibition at Kendall yesterday. I didn’t get to spend a lot of time, but it really got me thinking, so I thought I should write down my first impressions. This is not a review. If I have time, I’d like to go back and give the work more time andContinue reading “Kendall 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition: First Impressions”

First Person History – Social Imaging in the Euromaidan Protests and Beyond

With the rapid rise in popularity of image-based social networks such as Instagram, the production and dissemination of political content on social media is becoming an increasingly visual activity. Throughout the Arab Spring and subsequent political upheavals, images captured and shared through cell phones played a key role in the way protest movements conceive ofContinue reading “First Person History – Social Imaging in the Euromaidan Protests and Beyond”

Creative Time Summit and the Boogieman

The theme for this year’s Creative Time Summit, held at NYU last week, was Art, Place, and Dislocation in the 21st Century City. The two day event featured keynotes, panels, short films, and on-stage interviews. With any event like this, there’s an odd paradox of information overload on one hand, and a feeling that theContinue reading “Creative Time Summit and the Boogieman”

The Mysterious Case of Carlos Bustez

When I was 16 I created fake identity. It was one part joke, one part experiment. 15 years later, my parents are still getting mail for Carlos Bustez, who does not exist. It’s been so long that my memory of how this began is fuzzy. What I recall is that one day in high schoolContinue reading “The Mysterious Case of Carlos Bustez”

A Proposal: Library of Babel the Video Game

  I read Jorge Luis Borges’ short story The Library of Babel in college. Like most people I know who read it in college, it bent my mind in a way that cannot be unbent. It’s not a story as much as a description of a setting. He describes a universe that consists of aContinue reading “A Proposal: Library of Babel the Video Game”