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We Went to Mexico: General Idea at Museo Jumex Restored Our Faith in Art For Fuck’s Sake

by Michael Anthony Farley and Molly Rhinestones on February 8, 2017
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What’s On View: A retrospective of the Canadian Collective, General Idea (comprised of artists AA Bronson, Felix Partz, and Jorge Zontal.) A collection of works spanning two floors of the museum arranged semi-chronologically from their 25-year-long career in a vast array of formats including installations, video art, painting, publications, and performance.
Molly:I feel like I hit every point on my emotional spectrum walking through the retrospective…
Michael:this is the exhibition so many artists in our generation need to see right now. Over the past few months, there’s been all this self-doubt about the role of artists in times of crisis and whether or not an “art practice” is worthwhile…

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We Went to Protests: Scenes of Inauguration Resistance in Three Cities

by Michael Farley Whitney Kimball Corinna Kirsch on January 25, 2017
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MEXICO CITY, NEW YORK, WASHINGTON—Over inauguration weekend, three members of the AFC fam found themselves in different cities, united by pissed-off-edness at Trump and the rise of the Right-wing. On inauguration day, Whitney Kimball navigated the surreal belly of the beast: Washington, DC. Meanwhile in Mexico, D.F. Michael Anthony Farley joined in a #J20 solidarity strike, protest, and march from the U.S. Embassy. The next day, Corinna Kirsch was among the hundreds of thousands participating in the New York City chapter of the Women’s March on Washington.

Whitney: DC was a weird labyrinth of barricades populated by me and untold thousands of zombie people with stupid red hats trying to find a gap into the National Mall and failed. Everything blew.
Corinna: I wish the “caring-yet-silly” aura of the marches were mentioned more frequently.
Michael: To be perfectly honest, if I had been in the United States I would’ve totally been one of the fire-setting, window-smashing kids in black. That’s part of why I am in Mexico instead. But I do kinda want a tattoo of that limousine in flames with the anarchy sign…

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We Went to Mexico: Barbara Kruger and Juan Pablo de la Vega Take the Subway

by Michael Anthony Farley and Molly Rhinestones on January 19, 2017
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We went to two metro-related art shows in Mexico City. Both left us considering presentation issues.

Molly: The GIFS are dizzying but accurately reproduce my experience descending into the Barbara Kruger tunnel….
Michael: I really love each of Juan Pablo de la Vega’s photos, but as an exhibition I found myself wanting more. Perhaps it’s an issue of scale…

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We Went to Bushwig 2016, Tits Out

by Michael Anthony Farley Whitney Kimball on September 15, 2016
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Bushwig returned bigger and better for its fifth edition. At its new home in The Knockdown Center, the drag festival had even more room to get freaky.

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We Went to Aneta Grzeszykowska: NO/BODY

by Paddy Johnson and Michael Anthony Farley on September 9, 2016
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Paddy: There’s an idea in art that because it’s supposed to be timeless it should be immune to trends. In reality we all know that’s not true and this smart show by Grzeszkowska is a good example of that. If this exhibition took place even five years ago, I could imagine myself being dismissive of its goth flavor.

Michael: The first piece one sees walking into Lyles & King is an enormous video projection of the artist (who is caucasian) painting herself jet black…

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We Went to Artscape: Weird Futures on Saratoga Street

by Paddy Johnson and Michael Anthony Farley on July 21, 2016
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Do you believe the children are the future? What about their future pasts? At Maryland Art Place we checked in on Young Blood, a survey of recent area MFA grads, including DIY Star Trek and paintings corrupted like future JPEGs. Upstairs at Terrault Contemporary, Kaita Niwa time travels with the magic of CGI and a creepy child avatar.

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We Went to Artscape: The Artist-Run Art Fair

by Paddy Johnson and Michael Anthony Farley on July 19, 2016
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We returned to Open Space’s Artist-Run Art Fair at Artscape in Baltimore.
Michael: About fifteen feet into the garage, I was struck by the impression that the scrappy Artist-Run Art Fair had suddenly started to look much more like… an art fair.
Paddy: So, the elephant in the room: “The White Guilt Confessional Booth”.

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We Went to Baltimore Part II: Platform, Springsteen, First Continent

by Michael Anthony Farley and Molly Rhinestones on July 14, 2016
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Artscape, Baltimore’s annual, gigantic public art festival, and the Artist-Run Art Fair launch this week. Yesterday, we posted about a few local galleries ahead of time to scope out what’s on view across town from the main festivities. Today, we’re discussing exhibitions from Melissa Godoy Nieto and Lane Harlan at Platform, Colin Foster at Springsteen, and Michael Assiff at First Continent. 

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We Went to Baltimore Part 1: Current & Open Space

by Michael Anthony Farley and Molly Rhinestones on July 12, 2016
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Artscape, Baltimore’s annual, gigantic public art festival, and the Artist-Run Art Fair launch this week. We visited a few local galleries ahead of time to scope out what’s on view across town from the main festivities. We saw too much art to fit into one post, but we’ll start off with solo projects from Jonathan Latiano, Jon Duff, and Jihyun Hong.

Molly: I want to preface this by saying I have a “cheeto as medium” art fetish to a fault…

Michael: This installation is so calmingly sparse I wanted to live in it. It’s also such a puzzling assortment of objects that everyone had a great time speculating what it was all about. Even a seemingly-inebriated couple who happened to be walking by the gallery had their take…

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We Went to Philly Part 2: ICA

by Michael Anthony Farley Whitney Kimball on June 23, 2016
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Four shows: many tiny paintings, one huge painting, art with moms, and TOO MANY VIDEOS.

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