Primal Architecture

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Linder, collage. Image by Writer.

Primal Architecture is a loaded term, as one would expect of such a title’s source. Expanded from one artwork into this exhibition basis, its anchor is the 1995 piece by Mike Kelley, currently on display in this show at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. It is a sculptural piece made of small totemic shapes of acrylic pigment, smeared and formed on white small circles atop a floating plane of geometric metalwork. The pigments are pure and lurid, greasy in a way that recalls caked and smeared makeup. They are landscape and lesion-like, an order aligned with human mess. It is explained in the exhibition preface as a work “in which the artist…(maps) a history of his personal genealogy.” Continue reading

Barb Hunt: Antipersonnel

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Antipersonnel – 1998 – ongoing – knitted yarn – variable dimensions (life-size replicas)

Taken as a species, we humans could collectively be taken as, well, rather bi-polar. By that I mean we seem to easily oscillate between two opposing states: creation and destruction.  We are, individually and as a species, very very good at making, at creating the new. And we are, individually and as a species, very very good at destroying. A young child stacks wooden blocks atop one another, and then sweeps them away with glee. Is this simple gesture, this act – making and unmaking – genetically prescribed in us? Are we coded at the molecular level to be that way?

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Looking Back at Future Returns

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Casting (No. 1), 2004. Performance at Beijing Tokyo Arts Projects (BTAP), Beijing, China, Courtesy Galerie Urs Meile Beijing

While intermittently living, studying, and traveling in Southeast Asia and Japan, I discovered that Western Culture understandably gets reduced to a mere handful of names and faces: Beckham, Gaga, and Bono, for example. But, such cultural distillation works both ways, and it’s regrettably easy to let a rich and voluminous fugue of 1.5 billion voices become reduced to superstar soloists like, say, Ai Weiwei.  Continue reading

Dani Marti | Revealing Intimacy

'shadow after shadow (portrait of the artist's mother at the age of 73)',  2007, Detail. Polyester, nylon, knitting yarn and stainless steel ball chain. 230x 355 x 5 cm. Courtesy of the artist and MCA Sydney. Image by Jeremy North.

‘shadow after shadow (portrait of the artist’s mother at the age of 73)’, 2007, Detail. Polyester, nylon, knitting yarn and stainless steel ball chain. 230x 355 x 5 cm. Courtesy of the artist and MCA Sydney. Image by Jeremy North.

The day I visited Dani Marti’s studio in Hunter Valley to interview him and get to know his tridimensional work I would never imagine that our conversation would rise such delicate subjects as sexuality, HIV, and the complexity of approaching intimacy with artistic purposes. Now, while I am writing this post and listen again to the recording I can’t help smiling when I hear myself stammering in surprise facing the spontaneity in which Dani talks about his encounters with friends and strangers. He proposes to them to record their most intimate situations and, it is worth mentioning, most of them accept. In his words and in his body of work you get a big deal of the esteem and curiosity he feels when portraying the deepest intimacy of other people. Continue reading

Sculptors – Why You Need a Great Website

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These days having a good website is more important than ever before. The key word is good!  Without a website your customers and prospects may not take you seriously and you may not appear professional.  From a marketing perspective an online presence is imperative as media moves from away from traditional forms such as newspaper, magazine, television, radio and some forms of direct marketing.  Even your local hot dog stand probably has a website! Continue reading

Instalaciones-Virutas | Andres Waissman

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Andrés Waissman trabajando en su studio.

Artista visual argentino, Andres Waissman se destaca como figura clave dentro del arte contemporáneo latinoamericano. Su trayectoria es notoria y resume hasta el momento numerosas muestras individuales a nivel internacional y nacional y más de sesenta colectivas: Centro Cultural Recoleta; Fundación Jorge Luis Borges; ECA de Mendoza; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Salta, Museo Emilio Caraffa, Córdoba; Museo Rosa Galisteo de Rodríguez, Santa Fe; Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires; Palais de Glace; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes; Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires; Museo Eduardo Sívori, entre tantos en Argentina y expuso en distintas partes del mundo desde sus inicios en la profesión en 1973: Brasil, Corea, Holanda, Inglaterra, Italia, Estados Unidos, entre otros.

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Avoiding the Hobby-loss Trap

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There are many definitions of art (Leo Tolstoy: “a means of union among men, joining them together in the same feelings, and indispensable for the life and progress toward well-being of individuals and of humanity”; Oscar Wilde: “the most intense mode of individualism the world has known” – that sort of talk), but far fewer definitions of artist. We are quicker to think of the term as a value judgment than as something hard and fast. Lots of people want to be viewed as artists, from employees of tattoo parlors (body artists), chefs (culinary artists) and exotic dancers (performance artists). According to the bylaws of the National Watercolor Society, “Associate Membership is open to anyone,” and the National Sculpture Society proclaims that “If you create, collect, or just plain love sculpture, please join us as an Associate Member.” Continue reading

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