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Hrag Vartanian

Do Handjobs And Twitter Go Hand-in-Hand?

by Paddy Johnson on July 12, 2011
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Does the cheer leading required to build social networking communities encourage fan culture and pose a problem to online critics? Flame wars aren’t particularly good for community building, but neither is fawning over substandard art.

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Missing the Point About #Don’t Follow Twitter Art

by Paddy Johnson on July 9, 2011
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Hyperallergic’s Hrag Vartanian thinks my L Magazine column on Twitter Art is off the mark. As Vartanian tells it, the term itself indicts the author. It’s a cheap ploy for headlines that fails to accurately describe these artist’s practice. Also: Why oh why, did Johnson write a column about bad twitter art and then fail to discuss the most significant artists! I’m exaggerating here for effect – Hrag wasn’t nearly so dramatic — but you get the point. Vartanian believes the examples I chose weaken an already thin case against twitter art (Joy Garnett’s #lostlibrary, An Xiao’s The Artist is Kind of Present, and Man Bartlett’s #24hPort).

Vartanian’s probably right that I could have come up with a better term than “Twitter art”, though the idea that this was a traffic friendly hook used to bring together work with no real commonality is a little far fetched. The truth of the matter is, I don’t believe the pieces have anything to do with one another past their engagement with Twitter. I never made any claims that they did, though I doubt Vartanian would have interpreted much of the article as he did had I more clearly expressed why I chose each artist.

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Three Months of Mail Art for Hyperallergic HQ: An Interview With Co-Curator Hrag Vartanian

by Paddy Johnson on June 16, 2011
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Tomorrow marks the dawn of a new era in mail art: Presents, Three Months of Mail Art for Hyperallergic HQ an opening that promises booze AND epic results! At least those are my predictions. As many readers will have already caught wind of around the web, Hyperallergic has been collecting mail art for three months. Come tomorrow, the days of tantalizing their readers with posts of their mail art gifts online will close: The mail art show opens!

Selected from over 100 submissions, the show includes artists such as Bo Bartlett, J.D. HastingsTim McCoolAustin Thomas, Audra Wolowiec, and many more (a full list of the participating artists can be found at the bottom of this post).  Storefront’s Kate Wadkins and Hyperallergic‘s founding editor Hrag Vartanian are responsible for the curation of the show. Yesterday, I drilled Vartanian on the connections of this show with the blog Post Secret. That didn’t go very well, but I got an interview out of it regardless.

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The Essence of Middlebrow: Volume of Experience

by Paddy Johnson on February 28, 2011
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Paper Monument’s How to Behave in a Museum reminds me a great deal of the N+1 conversation two years ago, What Was The Hipster. Both are conversations about what middlebrow means. A few additional thoughts on the subject after the jump.

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