The white cube confronts you. The art has been scattered to the edges of peripheral vision. A couch for a post-art era, if you will.
The story of art’s role in gentrifying urban neighborhoods is not new. But plant an art fair in the Bronx—one of the more recent instances of skyrocketing real-estate—and throw in the involvement of big-name sponsors and developers, and you have the makings of an event that won’t please everyone. That isn’t to say that locals were not involved with “No Commission NY: Art Performs,” a four-day art fair hosted at a former piano factory in the South Bronx; the art fair was aided by the vision of a culturally respected Bronx native, Swizz Beatz, a rapper, music producer, art collector, and recently appointed Chief Creative for Culture at Bacardi Limited.
Jake Rowland‘s GIFs involve finding various ways to either kill happiness or send it off to the bright blue sky. I’m not sure I quite identify with the GIF above—it’s the day before I leave vacation—but let’s talk mid-season when we’re all too busy for words, and we’ve got several months of criticism under our belts. It’ll sure feel relevant then.
GIFs have a legacy on the web that far exceeds the participation of most netizens. The file format was introduced by CompuServe in 1987—well before the first browser, Netscape Navigator, was introduced in 1994. Basically, they’ve been around forever.
For that reason, it’s exciting to see durational projects that have employing the file format for almost as long. Curt Cloninger‘s Playdamage, is an ongoing webpage project that was started in 2000, runs through today, and at the time of this writing includes 114 GIFs. Each GIF is assigned its own page, and a looping song to match. Essentially, it’s a play list that tracks evolving aesthetic and musical tastes over the course of 16 years.
It’s a fun website to peruse, if for no other reason than its archive. Also, Cloninger does deserve some credit for putting himself out there. Brave is any soul willing to out themselves as a U2 fan.
We all talk about how the art world shuts down in August, but a brief look at Friday’s schedule shows how much of a fallacy that’s becoming. Bushwick is full of openings that night from Signal’s exhibition of artists to respond to stories penned by three writers to Hood Gallery’s two person show for Tim Long and Jack Shaefer looking at what they call “self-defense prosthetics (canes, slingshots etc.)
It’s also still hot as hell, so we’ve recommended a few summertime screenings. The real trick to dealing with that, though, might be to just get out of the city for a week.
Is digital art alone a complex and multifaceted enough curatorial theme for a group exhibition in 2016?
The medium has undergone a lot of changes in the last few years. The employment of digital methods is now so widespread that it’s almost unavoidable in the contemporary art field. Perhaps because of this, an exhibition based solely on the use of digital manipulations seems redundant.