- If there was any doubt about the MFA degree being a total scam, check out this pie chart on e-flux comparing those whose careers have been helped by their MFA versus those that have not. The study group size is small, but telling regardless. A discussion between Julieta Aranda & Brian Kuan Wood follows. [e-flux Super Community]
- Andy Warhol was born this day in 1928. To celebrate his birthday, artnet has a look at Warhol’s Polaroid selfies taken after recovering from surgery necessitated by Valerie Solanis’s attempt on his life. [artnet News]
- Architectural renderings are usually populated by hypothetical figures known as “entourage”. Ever noticed how every public space proposal seems to feature “Kid with Balloon” and “African American Woman with Briefcase”? Austrian architecture studio Madame Mohr avoid the cliches and acknowledge the artifice of the medium in their proposal for a new subway line in Vienna. Their renderings are populated by the likes of Super Mario and Jesus from The Big Lebowski. [Dezeen]
- Last week, we covered Self-Organized — Aesthetics Politics of the Artist Run, a collaborative exhibition organized by Brooklyn’s Transmitter gallery and Baltimore’s Guest Spot. Critic Rebekah Kirkman also reviewed the show—and touched on all the pieces we missed. [City Paper]
- Ryan Steadman on What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present at Matthew Marks Gallery: “a show that is a noble attempt at defining the lineage of the ‘misfit’ American artist, a strain that is often overshadowed by the linear narrative of post-conceptual careerism.” [Observer]
- Banks and other corporate entities, increasingly major art collectors, prefer making purchases in the primary market—that is, from galleries, art fairs, and dealers directly. Secondary markets such as auctions are typically shunned out of concern that artwork acquired there is perceived by shareholders as speculative investments. [Art Market Monitor]
- Artist Molly Crabapple explains that she cannot work with Lena Dunham on any projects unless she rescinds her support of a petition condemning Amnesty International’s decriminalization of sex work. [Demographic of One]
- Magda Sawon of Postmasters reports that she’s already refused two Suicide Girls prints from the Richard Prince dust up in May. “Investors” already want a return on their 90 bucks. [@magdasawon]
- The “Football Vine” has become an increasing presence at the last couple of English Premiere seasons: fans shooting live, typically from a TV screen, games on their mobile phone, and re-editing and posting on Vine the unofficial clips of goals or saves. This season, the National Football Museum will be archiving the Vines using WebRecorder Beta in an effort to collect this contemporary form of fan-made memorabilia, despite the ongoing issue regarding copyright infringement. [Rhizome]
- “What’s not so visible to fans outside Toronto is that Fucked Up are not simply a band—they’re more like a community cooperative, events-production team, charity organization, and mentorship program all rolled into one.” A brief history of Long Winter, the annual indie-centric, all ages winter concert series organized by members of the Canadian hardcore punk band that has brought together the city’s seemingly disparate yet cross-pollinating music and art scenes. [Pitchfork]
- Nicolas Sassoon is interviewed regarding the presence of internet art in Vancouver, in light of two exhibitions he’s been involved with this year: curating the Witchcraft group show at Initially Gallery, and through his WALLPAPERS collective, Emily Carr-inspired projections currently showing as part of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Dialogue with Carr exhibition series. [Decoy Magazine]
- Whitney Kimball interviews Auntie Angel, a fellatio coach who came to sex education, in part, through managing her own trauma. When Kimball asks what typical hang ups for women look like, she responds, “A lot of women do not like a lot of saliva because you were raised as a lady, and ladies don’t spit. I tell women, ‘You have to learn how to get your ho up.’” [Hopes and Fears]
- Super Mario Brothers Luigi, meet your new brother, Ennuigi. Ennuigi stars in a video game which allows players to move him left to right, smoke, and read his innermost thoughts. “Who fixed these blocks to the sky?” wonders Ennuigi as he looks to the sky, “What being? What being could so casually defy gravity?” There’s plenty more where that came from. [Pico-8 via Metafilter]
Today is the one-month anniversary of our new Wednesday night tradition, the NSFW GIF of the Hump Day. To celebrate this most unholy of occasions, we’ve picked a series of GIFs that feature porn star/conceptual artist Colby Keller, one of the stars of our inaugural post
NSFW GIF of the Hump Day: Ryan Harman Fixing Jeff Koons With Gay Porn.
When Brooklyn-based fashion designer BCALLA launched their Fall/Winter 2015 collection, they opted to collaborate with gay porn producers Cocky Boys for their promotional campaign. BCALLA is known for futuristic, barely-there, gender-bending garments in a cartoon palette. It’s pretty much the aesthetic opposite of most gay porn—a genre that tends to fetishize hyper-masculinity in settings like office boardrooms or abandoned warehouses. These sets, however—from designer Michael Burk—look straight out of the queer-camp classic But I’m A Cheerleader.
The result is a surrealist muppet orgy that’s closer to a very-adult children’s show than any other images produced by either the fashion or porn industry.
It’s also, obviously, NSFW.
Check out the GIFs after the jump…
In Di-Andre Caprice Davis’s GIF Collage, the prismatic arrangement of glitchy textures cycles through a micro-history of net art gestures you’ve likely scrolled past in your Tumblr or Google Plus feed. The hashtag descriptors would vary: body heat thermal imaging, 8-bit pixelated explosions, the high angle zooming in and out of a 3D modelled environment. It’s exuberantly bright and garish, but given a mi deh yah gravitas thanks to the thick gilded frame. Mi deh yah, in the Jamaican tongue, literally means “I’m here.” It’s a gaudy status symbol that reads: this is good enough for your home, or your gallery, or even your museum. (Even if for the moment, it can only be seen on your device’s screen.)
This work will be part of Young Talent 2015, an upcoming exhibition at the National Gallery of Jamaica. Since 1985, the Young Talent exhibition series has celebrated emerging Jamaican artists under the age of 40, as well as encouraged a public dialogue regarding new directions in Jamaican art. In the five editions so far, the alumni list reads of a who’s-who in Jamaican contemporary art: Marlon James, Oneika Russell, and Ebony G. Patterson, who is represented by Chicago’s Monique Melloche Gallery and recently part of Claire Tancons and Krista Thompson’s En Mas exhibition.
After 16 years of operation, the Chelsea-based gallery Mixed Greens will close its doors when its lease runs out at the end of the year. The gallery, which was founded by philanthropist and collector Paige West in 1999, had an unusual beginning: it first launched as a website dedicated to promoting the work of emerging artists. In 2005, after much success online, it opened a physical space at the request of the many artists they promoted.
The gallery has a special place in the hearts of those at AFC. Paige was part of the early blogging community we, too, were a part of, and she blogged enthusiastically about emerging art (she was talking about Alex Da Corte in 2008), overheard conversations at fairs (which were sometimes horrific), and, of course, collecting (she wrote a book on the topic). Then, when Mixed Greens opened its physical space, it launched its own blog, The Pit, which is run by the staff and for a time linked frequently to other publications, including our own. It was here, that the gallery made their announcement of closing. (My favorite posts revealed their obsession with sharks. I approve.)
Today, the students have delivered the 760-plus signatures from the international art community, which includes high-profile names like Anton Vidokle, Catherine Opie, and Martha Rosler, along with a new letter calling for the Dean’s removal, to the USC president, high-ranking staff, and board members.
Back in 2011, when I started interning at Art F City, Paddy was working on the exhibition Graphics Interchange Format for Denison University. Sure, I thought I knew a bit about GIFs, but with the exhibition and its ensuing website, I was thrown into a richly inventive niche culture—and then I realized I was a n00b, and had no idea who most of the artists in the exhibition were. There were, for example, the Spirit Surfers, a “secret society of web-surfing monks.” You’re looking “Blue Willow,” an anonymously posted GIF that comes from their site.
But what is a Spirit Surfer? From the Graphics Interchange Format catalog:
The same year , Kevin Bewersdorf founded Spirit Surfers with Paul Slocum, a group image blog, in which a small number of invited artists post regularly. In contrast to MTAA, a collective that very squarely identifies what they do as art, Bewersdorf considers the posted images neither art nor non-art. But, in a sense the very structure of the Spirit Surfer blog resembles art: all posts are separated into “boons” and “wakes” – or, perhaps, “objects” and “context”. The former are treasures brought back from a day of surfing the net, the latter images, text, or video identifying where the boons come from. Whether or not all posts should be labeled art is, of course, up to Spirit Surfers’s contributors to decide.
We have entered the sticky doldrums of New York in August. But although plenty of galleries are taking it slow this month, artists and institutions are creatively adapting their practices to beloved Summer pastimes—from a cookout at the Abrons Arts Center tomorrow to a nice, refreshing dip (in a mud pit) at The Palms Friday night. But if air conditioning is your thing, head to a cool, dark movie theater on Wednesday night for video art from the likes of Petra Cortright and Fake Injury Party. Unlike most CGI-filled Summer blockbusters, this is a benefit for the Bruce High Quality Foundation University. If all this weeknight relaxation has you ready to head back to the world of galleries by the time the weekend rolls around, check out solo shows from Joshua Caleb Weibley at Transfer and perpetual AFC favorite Jaimie Warren at American Medium. Stay hydrated, New York.