If you’re planning to visit Baltimore for the Artscape festival this weekend, this guide helps navigate the back-to-back art openings. If you’re not planning on coming, you should.
It’s Amazon Prime Day, a new shopping holiday that promises “more deals than Black Friday.” We care because if you click on our affiliate links, then we receive something like 20 cents per transaction. Also you can get a Kindle for only 49 bucks today—regularly $79—so guess what we’re getting?
Anyway, we found some art-related deals, and a few WTFs. Here’s our shopping list.
In honor of Shepard Fairey’s arraignment in Detroit today over vandalism charges, we’re bringing you a street art-themed GIF of the Day.
It’s been making the meme rounds since someone compiled a series of photos of a municipal graffiti-buffer’s paint battle/collaboration with a mischievous citizen into GIF form and posted it to digg.
According to street artist/photographer Mobstr, who first posted the still photos, the exchange took place over the course of a year. That’s dedication.
I am sitting on a cold vinyl bench wearing a backless dress made of paper. My annual physical is winding down and, having drawn my blood and looked in my ears and placed her finger up inside me, my doctor is writing things on a clipboard and making small talk. I’m nodding and smiling and thinking about the pancakes I’m going to eat as soon as I get out of here, when she asks a question that both breaks my breakfast reverie and makes me want to kill myself.
Those who live outside the city or weren’t able to make it into Queens for our affordable workspace conference held June 27 at the Queens Museum can now watch the panels as if they were there. Our livestream has been archived forever in the annals of YouTube!
Wickerham & Lomax (formerly known as DUOX) were selected on Saturday as the winners of the $25,000 Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize. It’s one of the largest art awards in the Mid-Atlantic, and by my estimation, the most prestigious. This year’s jurors were curator Naima Keith of The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Dia Art Foundation’s Kelly Kivland, and Harvard professor/artist Matt Saunders. We’ll have more about the Sondheim Prize exhibition and other finalists in an upcoming post.
In recognition of the duo’s win, here are some GIFs culled from duoxduox.com. Most of these images come from the web-based project BOY’DegaEdited4Syndication—a sprawling artwork produced for the New Museum’s First Look: New Art Online series. It’s a GIF-tastic rabbit hole that combines elements of promotional materials and fan fiction for a forensic drama that never actually happens. It’s populated by Baltimore personalities and weirdos (Full disclosure: myself included) who navigate a jumble of web detritus, queer theory, nightlife, and omnipresent (both in the city’s media portrayal and streets) crime scene aesthetics.
If that sounds like an information overload, that’s because it is. Picture what The Wire would have been if it had been directed by John Waters for the net art generation. These GIFs are just a sneak peek of the whole artwork, and if you’re ready to let yourself get lost for a few hours, I highly recommend seeing them in their intended context.
Wickerham & Lomax also have a page full of free downloads including GIFs, video clips, desktop wallpapers, and even ringtones HERE.
Freaky fairy tales. Digital misfits. Pore-free faces. In a society on the move towards being post-kale, there’s something to be said about trying to find sincerity in all the digital fakery out there, but making it our own. That’s what we’re pretty sure we’ll see in this week’s round-up of art openings, from Egress at K. (Monday) to the #BHQFUOS artists in residence at the Bruce High Quality Foundation University Open Studios (Friday).