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Paddy Johnson at Time Out: Cory Arcangel: Pro Tools

by Paddy Johnson on August 17, 2011
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This week at Time Out: Was no one at the Whitney behind the wheel when planning Cory Arcangel's solo exhibition “Pro Tools”? My feature review on Arcangel’s solo show at the Whitney Museum of Art.

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AFC+: Cory Arcangel Lecture Sheds New Light on Gradient Works

by Art Fag City on May 14, 2009

POST BY KAREN ARCHEY “Photoshop CS: 72 by 110 inches, 300 DPI, RGB, square pixels, default gradient “Spectrum”, mousedown y=1416 x=1000, mouseup y=208 x=42,” 2008, unique c-print, 75 x 113 inches. In the back room at the New Museum, image, found on Cory Arcangel’s site, brings to mind the work of Louise Lawler. Editors note: […]

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Return to the Real? A Survey of the Analog in Photography

by Paddy Johnson on June 24, 2015
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Bryan Zanisnik’s “Green Owls Manhattan Bridge” is all illusion. In reality, this apparent flat collage is actually an elaborately constructed set, complete with foregrounds and backgrounds, stools, digitally printed wall paper and even windows to the outside world. Through July 1st, Zanisnik’s studio was located on the 8th floor of 20 Jay Street in DUMBO, (only a few floors above our office) with a view of the Brooklyn Bridge. The artist waited until sunset to shoot his still lives, which created that perfect blueprint blue you see in the shots of the bridge above. The set itself was photographed under studio lights.
This approach reminds me a little of Artie Vierkant’s digital manipulations of his exhibition documentation—in both cases, the artist’s statement seems to be that the documentation is the work. But it also seems a break from artists in the early aughts whose work relied mostly on various photoshop filters. Lucas Samaras’s self portraits and Cory Arcangel’s Photoshop gradient instruction paintings might be the highest profile example of such work, but there are plenty more examples. Is this new interest in physical illusion a shift away from digital manipulation?

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Massive Links! Activism and Canons Edition

by Paddy Johnson on April 11, 2011
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I gave a lecture at Detroit’s Wayne State University last week so today I play catch up. A few relevant links with the usual commentary.

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Make TWO Trips To The New York Art Book Fair This Weekend!

by Paddy Johnson on November 5, 2010
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“You’re coming back right?” a few friends asked me last night at The New York Art Book Fair opening. This was pretty much the topic of the night, as the crowd was full of bookish types making their way through three floors of book vendors. There’s simply too much for the avid reading nerd to […]

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Art Fag City at The L Magazine: What Does It Mean to Call Art “Too Professional”?

by Art Fag City on August 17, 2009

A member of the Bruce High Quality Foundation speaking at their lecture Explaining Pictures to a Dead Bull, July 30th. Image via: James Wagner. In my latest column at the L Magazine, I discuss the term “too professional”, and how it is applied in MFA programs.  The teaser below. What does it mean when someone […]

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