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Category Archives: Fall 2012

Victoria Newhouse: Site and Sound

Written on September 3, 2012 at 11:06 pm, by

The orchestra is not formally dressed, but in jeans. People mill about; the audience is gone. The scene is most likely not even that of a rehearsal, but of a class in session. This reflects New World itself, as a symphony and an orchestral academy in one, and a very public place.


Written on September 3, 2012 at 10:48 pm, by

Feelings is the fourth exhibition at the Michael Jon Gallery, a small space in the Design District run by recent Chicago transplant Michael Radziewicz. Consisting of three emerging LA artists, the exhibition shares variations of conceptual and aesthetic ties rooted in the appropriation techniques of the Pictures Generation among others, and an interest in materiality.

Meredyth Sparks: So I Will Let It Alone And Talk About The House

Written on September 3, 2012 at 10:37 pm, by

Quiet and deadpan, Sparks’s photographic collages/assemblages, sculptural installations and first-ever animation are fixated on the etymological origins and contemporary application of extraction. Though elements of the pieces felt precious, whether by craft or by pattern, together they coolly examined how interior space and décor are often viewed as functions of gender and form.

felecia chizuko carlisle: facade

Written on September 3, 2012 at 10:23 pm, by

Printing (and, in one case, projecting) digital images of building façades on the reflective acrylic surfaces of variously shaped, smallish geometric wood objects, Carlisle installed these in the gallery space, where they perched nervously, tenuously—folded in the seam between two walls, as if poured down the side of a white wooden table, fluttering jaggedly at eye-level.

The 5% Magic of Psychoacoustics

Written on September 3, 2012 at 10:00 pm, by

Full disclosure number one: I’ve been a Frank Gehry groupie from the day I called Vogue to request a full page for a house that a young architect had built himself in Santa Monica. “Spelled G-e-a-r-e-y?” my editor asked, and the request was denied. (I wrote it up some months later for British Vogue.)

Self-portrait as One Big Cancerous Strawberry

Written on September 3, 2012 at 9:35 pm, by

If all the strawberries in the world made up only 100 strawberries, then each of those strawberries would weigh 44,092.452 U.S. tons.

Given that the total world production of strawberries for one year is around 4,409,245.243 U.S. tons.

And the average weight of a single strawberry is 2.59 x 10-5 U.S. tons.

So each of the 100 big strawberries would be the equivalent of 1.70 x 1011 average strawberries.

Unique, Unique-er, Unique-est

Written on September 3, 2012 at 9:26 pm, by

Trapped in these mutable surfaces are the traces left behind by an imaginary track meet that has taken place in another domain. We are prompted to question the manifestation of the ergonomic trace in daily life.

Culture, Commandeered

Written on September 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm, by

The four artists discussed here who navigate within this port of call have unique approaches to addressing cultural logistics. This is visualized in several contexts including boating, illegal radio, the gray areas of global capitalism, and the relationship between fetish objects of vastly different cultures.

Bill Viola

Written on September 3, 2012 at 9:10 am, by

“But first, we must relearn how to read an image, not in the commercial way, but in the human way, and only then we can put it to good use. Much of the task for the practicing artist today in the creation of his or her work has far less to do with theory or technology, than it does with simply keeping the rational, deductive, self-conscious, reasoning processes at bay in the mind.”

The New Unnatural

Written on September 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm, by

On the occasion of the upcoming exhibition, UNNATURAL, on view at the Bass Museum of Art, curator Tami Katz-Freiman spoke to the Miami Rail about the power of artificiality, the unnatural qualities of nature, and why Miami is the perfect place to think about the dissolvable edge between the human-made and the naturally-generated.