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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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An Informal Survey of Swag: The Sociology of Hip Hop In the Micro-World of Emerging Net Art

by Jennifer Chan on September 14, 2012
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Cultural studies has established that suburban white kids love hip hop in a complex manner; heaps has been written on aspiration, colorblindedness, misogynism, emulation, and subordination. But just what makes hip hop so appealing to net artists? Instead of passing off any attempt to indulge in hip hop as a 1:1 relationship between appropriation and mockery, I’m interested in looking at how different artists incorporate hip hop in their artwork to talk about themselves.

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Circle Glasses: The Art World’s Gateway to Power

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on August 13, 2012
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Do you have square glasses? Better put that paint brush down if your answer’s yes, because your art career is over.

Observe.

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Chris Marker’s Youtube Channel

by Leighann Morris on July 30, 2012
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This morning the French Ministry of Culture announced that influential French writer, photographer, and film director Chris Marker passed away.

In his last few years of film-making, the elusive Marker posted videos on Youtube under the pseudonym “Kosinki”. We found that channel.

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Survivability Report: The American Folk Art Museum and the Seaport Museum

by John Gawarecki-Maxwell on January 17, 2012
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2011 wasn't a great year for either the Seaport Museum or the American Folk Art Museum. The two museums have been in dire financial straits for the past several years, struggling to keep rising operating costs down while bleeding admissions and memberships. We took a deeper look at their finances to figure out what these museums’ prospects look like.

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Net Artists Warned Us About SOPA 15 Years Ago

by Will Brand on January 3, 2012
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A year ago, Paul Garrin’s DNS alternative sounded crazy. After SOPA, he sounds like a visionary. A history, and an apology.

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34 AFC Friends Cite Their Favorite Link of 2011

by Paddy Johnson on December 31, 2011
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As is our annual tradition, I’ve asked people I know and respect to contribute their single favorite link for the year. No themes. No grand explanations. Just one link, and one sentence describing why they liked it. For the first time ever, this year I received no dupe links. The web is a much larger place than it used to be.

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A Year-End Review: AFC’s Top Rated Posts

by Paddy Johnson on December 28, 2011
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A look back at AFC’s most popular posts reveals good news and bad news. On the one hand, our second most popular page of the year proves that, yes, intelligent reviews do have a place on the web: readers can’t get enough of our Recommended Shows. On the other, this page was trumped only in numbers by Whitney Kimball’s post Streaming Hot Sex Video Games. Clearly, porn and video games remain an enduring interest on the web.

As we embark on our year end fundraising campaign, I urge you to page through these posts below and take a look at some of the discussion here. We spend a lot of time producing posts we think are valuable, and we want to do more of that. Your donations help make that happen.

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