- Hey, it’s Friday, but we can’t wait until Monday, to find out if Gawker will “reboot”; CEO Nick Denton says there’s “room for the possibility of changing the company name.” [Digiday via Daily Intelligencer]
- Matisse makes an appearance on the Netflix series BoJack Horseman. [Art World Scenes]
- This December, Miami will receive another satellite art fair. This one is actually called “Satellite.” [artnet News]
- I’m nominating Fridge Art Fair for brightest fair site. Ow, all that pink! [Fridge Art Fair]
- Sony is entering the drone business. [Wall Street Journal]
- A quick commentary on the complexities of the term “net art” from Rhizome’s Michael Connor. [Rhizome]
- A great report on the voluntary “fansubbers” in China. The voluntary market has grown because larger groups had been subject to government crackdowns on copyright infringement. [Motherboard]
- An interview in which you can learn that artist Hans Haacke is involved with activist group Gulf Labor. [Hyperallergic]
- Note to self: Never complain about the high prices of a lighting establishment because I could get punched in the head three times. [Courthouse News Service]
- There are two dogs riding on a Vespa and the driver is Iron Man. This video only has 233 views! [YouTube]
- Quick job for you? Find the e-mail address of this artist. [Mechanical Turk]
- Your weekend read comes from 2010: “The Architecture of Serial Killers” will give you the best conversation starter (or killer) about what artists talk about when they hang out together. [Star Wars Modern]
Michael: Last Friday night in Baltimore was a scheduling obstacle course. Of the many events we tried to cram into one outing, we ended up sprinting through only a handful. Our evening kicked off with ALLOVERSTREET, a monthly event of simultaneous art openings, performances, and installations
Paddy: Ultimately, we saw some good work, albeit not quite as much as I would have liked. Let it be known that a day in Baltimore is simply not enough time to experience Artscape.
Here at AFC, we have a new tradition: the NSFW GIF of the Hump Day. We outlined this new policy and its logic in our inaugural inappropriate weekly GIF post last Wednesday. Obviously, that link is also NSFW, unless you happen to work in an office as awesome as ours.
Basically, we’re going to keep posting GIFs that some people might find offensive.
This week, we’ve been
recovering from our Artscape hangovers finishing up our Artscape coverage. Of all the freaky shit we saw in Baltimore, one piece in the show Gilding the Lily at the artist-run space Area 405 stopped us in our tracks. It’s an epic, seamlessly-looping 20 minute 3D animation from Jonathan Monaghan titled Escape Pod.
This magical journey follows a golden stag with a baroque anus from birth to the moment he conceives himself (?) by pooping out a cyborg penis to inseminate …something. That something is a giant set of testicles attached to an equally baroque, flying mansion with a minimalist Scandinavian penthouse. The cycle begins again with the baby stag exploring a world of stunning landscapes and duty-free shops that look like the Miami airport.
We were so enthralled by the experience, we asked Monaghan to send us some GIF samples from the feature (which is a masterpiece) as a souvenir.
Those of you brave enough to taste the visual feast that is Escape Pod can do so…
…after the jump.
When art mingles with tech, there can be a rush to mass-market artsy/techy products; in the early days of new tech, those products can sound terribly goofy, and they often aim at self-improvement. Take, for example, from 1969, artist Thomas Tadlock’s “Archetron,” a color synthesizer that turned black-and-white signals on a TV into colorful psychedelic imagery. It ended up being sold as a “prophecy, meditation, and healing machine” at a new age center in New York. That product never really caught on; and we tend to remember Tadlock more for his art contribution than a commercial one.
When I first met Forrest Nash he was wearing khakis. It was June 2009 in Venice, four months before Hyperallergic declared Khaki pant wearers amongst the most powerless—at least in the Lower East Side. I liked Nash immediately. He was smart, had a great eye, and was almost completely lacking in pretension. His knowledge of art was encyclopedic and at that point he’d only been running his blog Contemporary Art Daily for a year.
Contemporary Art Daily (CAD) is a curated website featuring extensive documentation of selected art exhibitions from around the world. There’s no one style the site gravitates towards, but the photographs on the site typically show art deliberately hung and arranged in interiors like gallery and museum spaces and include a range of installation and individual shots of the work.
Now updated 10 times a week and religiously followed by art professionals across the globe, the blog began with Nash in 2008, while he was still a student at The Contemporary Art Institute in Chicago. It has since grown. In addition to CAD site now includes Contemporary Art Venues, (a venue listing service) and Contemporary Art Quarterly (comprehensive documentation of an artist’s career). To make all this happen CAD now employs four full-timers including Nash. In 2012 the blog became a non-profit.
In short, a lot has happened over the past seven years, and a lot of his happened relatively recently.. Contemporary Art Quarterly was launched earlier this year and Nash moved from Chicago to California this summer. I wanted to get the full history on the site, so we sat down to talk.