Seeing Sounds: Gordon Monahan

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Gordon Monahan, Speaker Swinging

We’re not unfamiliar with the use of sound to shape or reshape a physical space. I mean, in a way isn’t that what Muzak was intended to do?  Infect psychological space, inner space, and have us respond by, say, spending more money in a carefully structured physical space set up to enable just that? And haven’t I read about the use of classical music piped into outdoor settings to drive off young people who might otherwise congregate there? Isn’t that physical space being aurally reshaped to make it less amenable to a select and specific few? Continue reading

Moral Rights Case: Trinity Church in Manhattan

There is much to be learned from instances in which an artist wins a moral rights lawsuit involving the Visual Artists Rights Act. That piece of federal law, enacted in 1990 as an amendment to the U.S. Copyright Act, permits the author of a “work of visual art” the right

(A) to prevent any intentional distortion, mutilation, or other modification of that work which would be prejudicial to his or her honor or reputation, and any intentional distortion, mutilation, or modification of that work is a violation of that right, and (B) to prevent any destruction of a work of recognized stature, and any intentional or grossly negligent destruction of that work is a violation of that right. Continue reading

Ileana Sonnabend and Arte Povera – Edited by Germano Celant

This exhibition catalog reminds us that performance art and some art made from discarded and daily use objects –and ingenuity — began in the 60s as playful investigations of process, concepts, psychology, and aesthetics. I taught intro to Art History for decades when Germano Celant was a star curator in New York and Europe, also often seen in a 20th Century Art film series discussing process-oriented art — for example, Franz Klein painting nude women blue and rolling their bodies on paper – and why this was art. Many artists in the 60s & 70s, including John Lennon and Yoko Ono and Lynda Benglis, did nude performance art, but it was not necessarily process-oriented. Continue reading

Silvia Mildiner – Mirar lo invisible

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Fuera de encuadre, 2016. Medidas: 35 x 35 x 70 cm. Maderas, imanes de neodimio, hilos de poliester.

Si bien su inicio formal en las artes plásticas se da recién en 2009 cuando comienza a cursar la  licenciatura en la Universidad de Palermo, participando de distintos talleres de escultura contemporánea con Dolores Casares y Edgardo Madanes y finalmente un Curso de postgrado de especialización  en curaduría de Arte en la UNTREF en 2014, Silvia Mildiner siempre se vio involucrada en disciplinas cuyo desarrollo harían eco en las obras. Sus 20 años de trabajo como Eutonista, le permiten establecer una fuerte conexión entre el contacto de la mano, el cuerpo, el “espacio entre las partes” y el aprendizaje basado en la percepción que su profesión proponía: aprender a visualizar el movimiento, poner el cuerpo, literalmente, como mediador de la experiencia. Continue reading

Through the Orbit of Furniture

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Installation photos of APEX: Dawn Cerny, copyright Dawn Cerny, photos courtesy Portland Art Museum

I’m walking amongst a display of furniture— in a way. But these are not actual pieces of furniture. Their names often reference furniture: side table, biblelot cart, gray wardrobe, orange chair. But they do not appear to be useable pieces of furniture. They lean to the side, tower precariously, their uneven surfaces coming to drastic angles, not the usual orthogonal angles we are accustomed to from our household furnishings. Continue reading

Mana Resident Update: Dominic Sansone

My wife’s eyes glazed over a little bit when I said, “I was accepted for a three month residency in New Jersey”. Three months. I felt like packing right then and there, let’s get this show on the road! That wasn’t an option, there were leaves to clean up, pinewood derby cars to build with the kids, and numerous projects around the house that I’d been putting off; it was time to get them all done. Well, almost all done. Continue reading