- “If there was ever an academic space that combined a Woodstock party sensibility with the clever pragmatism of an indelible business magnate, it was the California Institute of the Arts in the 1970s.” But how can we learn more about this time? Portrait photographer Michael Jang has one answer. He’s been releasing the photos he took as a student during that time on Instagram. So cool. [Nerve, Instagram]
- Summer sure was short lived. We’re already back to talking about record breaking auctions. This week, 26 artists in the Phillips’ “Under the Influence” broke auction records. [Artnews]
- The most feminist moments in sci-fi history. [The Cut]
- The Getty Foundation has announced the first awardees of their Keeping it Modern program, which provides support to conserve modernist architecture. [Hyperallergic]
- Jackson Pollock’s former home in the West Village is available for purchase at a mere $1.25 million. [Artnet]
- The Times has released their Fall Art Preview in the form of a new interactive feature. A few ridiculous art pick in here—the mind numbing exhibition David Bowie Is, for example at the MCA but overall it gives one a good sense of what’s going on across the country. [The New York Times]
- Looking at novelty cameras and fun back in 2000, Steven Stern writes, “Even though most of these cameras are analogue, low-tech devices, the model here would seem to be the Internet – these pictures are not exhibited so much as posted. They don’t end up in a photo album, on a shelf, or in a frame in a gallery, but in some real-life equivalent of virtual space. Like the personal website, the wall of Lomographs and the teenager’s bedroom filled with i-Zone stickers function as open records of the everyday, celebrations of the unexceptional. Not the special ‘Kodak moments’ of conventional photography, but non-events made visible. Disappointing perhaps, but fun.” [Frieze]
- Net Art Pizza precedents (extreme nerd alert). [Rhizome Today and Tom Moody]
- ‘nuf said.
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— Ben Street (@thebenstreet) September 19, 2014
Tumblr star and recent SAIC grad Nick Kegeyan culls much of his inspiration from the GIFs of Geocities days. This makes me think that this dinosaur, titled “calargy”, takes a leaf from the “SpinningDancer“, the left brain-right brain optical illusion created in 2003 by Nobuyuki Kayahura at the Procreo Flash Design Laboratory. But based on Kegeyan’s own explanation of a similar pivoting chicken, this could have just as much to do with dinosaurs in Calgary, or frames. Either way, brains are fighting each other right now.
Golden deer sculptures, a trope of the art fair, has finally migrated to the animated GIF world. And I have the same head scratching response to Jonathan Monaghan‘s GIF of couch giving birth to a doe, as I do any of those sculptures. What is this saying about wealth? What did this couch have sex with to become pregnant? (Okay, that question is art work specific.) And why do people find deers so compelling?
I don’t have the answers to these questions, but I suspect there are few collectors and artists out there who do. Someone poll these people and figure this trend out.
CHICAGO —EXPO Chicago week is upon us. Let’s assume you’ll spend at least some small amount of time at the piers for the fair. But let’s also assume you’ll get sick of it. When that happens, check out some of the local exhibitions on our list of recommended shows. Or take the “Art After Hours” program on Friday night shuttle bus tour. It’s free and everyone likes free!
Let’s not beat around the bush here: Matthew Hillock‘s website is a mess. It consists entirely of a download icon that no longer works, a link to his CV and his contact info. If a friend hadn’t shared the above GIF with me I would never have found any work on his site. (It was presented as evidence that Clement Valla was influencing younger artists, an argument that judging from the image above alone, can’t be dismissed.)
Whatever the professional issues, Hillock’s GIF of what resembles 3D rendered coffee stir sticks overlaid on a map is worth posting. Light functions in much the same way as a video—and the slow movements of these colored sticks brightening whenever they hit a patch of light—and the repeating swaying of the sticks makes the GIF resemble trees in a forest. It’s mesmerizing and that’s its success.
If you thought the barrage of openings was over think again. We’re now into week three of opening season. And luckily there’s some good shows on the horizon. Those who are into military inspired Bauhaus drawings, will be pleased to learn that the Drawing Center opens an Alexander ‘Xanti’ Schawinsky this Thursday. Those who are into memes and digital aesthetics have a discussion at PRATT to attend this Friday with, among other star curators, Christiane Paul (The Whitney) and Boris Groys (everywhere). And finally, this Friday the ICA opens a multilingual opera by Alex de Corte and Jayson Musson we’re more than curious about. Musson will be playing his famed youtube persona Hennessy Youngman, so we can’t wait to see what he does with de Corte.