Agnieszka Kurant: Complex Systems

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Agnieszka Kurant A.A.I (10-15) 2017 Termite mounds built by colonies of termites from colored sand, gold and crystals .Courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
. Photo: Dylan Wilson

“My work is about how aggregated social capital can be used for good causes. Its value can even be calculated.” – Agnieszka Kurant

Agnieszka Kurant  is preparing to install one of her collective signatures on the façade of the Cleveland Museum of Art. She is the Ida Ely Rubin Artist in Residence at the MIT Center for Art, Science, and Technology. Her commission for the SFMOMA was launched earlier this month.  In 2017, Kurant’s recent exhibitions include a solo show at SCAD MoA in Savannah and at the CCA in Tel Aviv and commissions for Guggenheim Bilbao and for Bonner Kunstverein. In 2015 she did a commission for the façade of the Guggenheim Museum, New York. In 2013-2014, the artist presented a major solo exhibition at the Sculpture Center, New York. Continue reading

Shezad Dawood in the Studio

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Shezad Dawood (b. 1974, London); Kalimpong; 2016; virtual reality; © Shezad Dawood; courtesy of Timothy Taylor, London/New York

Shezad Dawood’s neon “Wrathful Activity, Fierce Energy,” his bronze and cement digital sculptures, his virtual reality work “Kalimpong,” and his de-materialized collage/paintings at the Rubin Museum  are worth visiting through January 28, 2019. They add up to a spectacular show in many media. This London-born and London-based artist has a Ph.D. from Leeds Metropolitan University and is a research fellow in experimental media at the University of Westminster. His feature film Piercing Brightness (2013) has been shown at film festivals and at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Dawood has also published two books and many articles. “Kalimpong”  was a physical and psychological thrill to experience. Continue reading

Sol Pipkin – Malos Entendidos

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Vista de exposición “Maleza sin pies ni cabeza” en Machete, galería de arte contemporáneo. 2017

La artista argentina Sol Pipkin, con 34 años, despliega una interesante trayectoria. Luego de distanciarse del diseño gráfico se formó de manera autodidacta y en diferentes talleres de artistas y teóricos como Diego Bianchi, Eduardo Navarro, Mónica Girón, Santiago García Navarro, Carlos Huffmann, Pablo Siquier, Ernesto Ballesteros y Karina Peisajovich.  También fue becaria del Programa de artistas 2010 de la Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. Su obra fue exhibida en museos y espacios culturales tales como el Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Rosario, Centro Cultural de España en Buenos Aires, Centro Cultural Borges, Museo de la Lengua y Centro Cultural Recoleta; en 2014 expuso su trabajo Piltriquitrón Inside en el Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires. En 2011 fue seleccionada para los Premios Andreani y Curriculum 0 y en 2012 para el Premio Lucio Fontana del Consulado de Italia. Continue reading

In the Studio with Tmima

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The Bomb, 2018. Wood, metal, paper, styrofoam, paint. (13.5in x 6in x 8.5in)

Tmima is an internationally renowned Israeli artist. At sixteen she was accepted to the Bezalel Academy of Arts in Jerusalem on a full scholarship, where she ultimately graduated. After graduating she received the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation Scholarship and moved to Europe, following the stirring urge of a friend to showcase her work around France, Italy and Switzerland. Tmima is a prolific, disciplined and talented artist who has been exhibited in many museums, galleries and permanent collections around the world. She left Paris to live in SoHo, Manhattan, where she increased her focus on sculptures. Continue reading

Maria Santi – Cuestionar la Pintura

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Idem

Maria Santi, artista visual, es Lic. en Artes Plásticas por la Universidad de la Plata con un posgrado en el UNA Visuales en Especialización en Medios y Tecnologías para la Producción Pictórica. Su obra se vincula con su entorno inmediato el cual está inserto en un ámbito que gravita entre lo citadino y lo natural y donde tiene oportunidad de trabajar en contacto con esa naturaleza que la remite a cuestionamientos sobre el origen. “Trabajo creando una estructura en la que se lleva a cabo un dialogo entre el poder del material, la imagen visual y la experiencia personal. En particular estoy interesada en la fusión de representaciones de imágenes de la naturaleza como también en explorar el sexto sentido o instinto que posee el mundo natural, así como el sentido primordial de la pureza y la belleza. Este instinto se relaciona directamente con el proceso intuitivo que está activo en mi pintura”, dice Maria. Su trabajo parte de la organicidad de la materia y se transforma mediante la pintura. Continue reading

In the Studio with Miriam Ancis

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Round About (detail). Steel, Acrylic. 66 x 60 x 13 1/2. 2018

Miriam Ancis is among the dozens of artists whom curators and artists recommended to me in January. I first met Miriam at the New York Foundation for Arts in 2017 when she showed me abstract conceptual work she was developing. We exchanged twenty-seven emails as I also exchanged countless emails with other innovative artists.  More on my artist selection process at the end. Continue reading

In the Studio with New Zealand artist Erica van Zon

Banh-Mi. Photography: Richard Wotton, Courtesy of the Sarjeant Gallery, Te Whare o Rehua, Whanganui.

Erica van Zon is a multimedia artist based in Wellington, NZ working between a variety of media and taking inspiration from local histories, popular culture, jumble sales, and everything in between. She was gracious enough to share about her process, relationship to nostalgia, research, and more. Continue reading