- Painter Lisa Yuskavage has started painting dudes. Titles from her “dude series” include “Dude Looks Like Jesus” and “Dude of Sorrows.” [Wall Street Journal]
- “Portraits of Lord Byron, In Order of Lord Byron-ness,” another sexy, brainy captioning of art history from The Toast’s Mallory Ortberg. [The Toast]
- Speaking of Byron, it’s World Book Day. And it’s Shakespeare’s birthday. Go read something, like a book. I’m going to watch Keanu Reeves in Much Ado About Nothing. [The Internet]
- This one’s for all the Fifty Shades of Grey-lovers: Baryshnikov dances Sinatra. [YouTube]
- Sad monkey eating a cookie. [Discarding Images]
- New York’s Gowanus Canal is so polluted you need to wear a protective yellow suit in order to cross it. Professional swim-activist Christopher Swain swam ⅔ of a mile in the canal as part of an Earth Day protest. [Gothamist]
- Jackson Pollock paintings take on a starring role in the sci-fi/artificial-intelligence film Ex Machina. “[T]he artist let his hand go where it wanted: not deliberate but not random, only somewhere in between. What makes a subject conscious then? What is the real Turing Test? The answer is somewhere in between deliberated actions and random actions; the space between programming and anarchy.” [Articulated]
- “Our favourite all-girl art collectives” lists off a bunch of groups that have very little in common, except that some members have vaginas. [Dazed]
- Why the FAA shouldn’t ground good drones. [Electronic Frontier Foundation]
Is it more appropriate to call this the GIF of the Day or the Font of the Day? These are the hard questions we ask ourselves over at the AFC HQ. What you’re looking at are letters that spell out Art F City in Rollin Leonard‘s “Liquid Diet Font.” The font is available in the “meat,” “glitter,” and “Rollin” motifs—above you get a sampling of all three.
Not that anyone asked, but my preference is “glitter,” at least for the AFC logo. I think I speak for everyone here at the blog when I say we’d rather be associated with a party, rather than shiny beef or the uber-creepy distortions of Leonard’s own body. Download the font here.
Artist Rollin Leonard produced “Anatomize” as a screening for Transfer awhile ago, and has now put it up online. As you can see on the website, each artist is assigned a body part, and has created a corresponding image. You’ll find a fuzzy intergalactic butt, breast cancer, robot telekinesis, extreme clitoral enhancement, ghost gang signs, heart attacks, and lots of penises (our favorite). We’ll talk in more detail about these images in the coming days, but for now, two highlights: Sally McKay‘s blood sucking mosquito in veins and Hyo Myoung Kim‘s mutating ball of eyeballs.
A laundry list of things happening this week: an outdoor exhibition about nature-kind-of waves goodbye to the ever-receding sublime, a building sorely in need of repair becomes its own cut-up colossus, artworks act like love letters to monuments, and people celebrate places made significant by other people. Last, but certainly not least: Giant. Dollhouse.
In the world of social practice, artists don’t always know what their colleagues are doing. That’s my first take on Open Engagement (O.E.), an annual conference; this year it ran at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. The conference itself surely helps remedy that, since it gathers together all types of S.E.A. (an acronym for socially engaged art used by the conference).