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In Our Masthead: Jessica Dickinson

by Art Fag City on July 14, 2009

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Jessica Dickinson, Distance-Come Closer, 2007-2008, oil on limestone polymer on panel, 54 x 48 inches


Jessica Dickinson makes paintings and works on paper, and has been based in Brooklyn since 1999. She has had solo exhibitions at Bas Fisher Invitational in Miami and Brooklyn Fire Proof project space, and her work has been included in group exhibitions at Guild & Greyshkul, Max Protetch, Andrew Kreps, Derek Eller, and Zieher Smith, among others. She received her MFA from Cranbrook and BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art; awards include the Marie Walsh Sharpe studio residency. Dickinson is currently working on her upcoming solo exhibition, Here, at James Fuentes LLC, August 10 – Sept.20, 2009.

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In Our Masthead: John Houck

by Art Fag City on May 26, 2009

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John Houke, McNoon Lighting, C Print

John Houke‘s, photographic series To The Things, captures the physical properties of the spiritual and logical, as well as many of its mechanical elements. Light may resemble higher reasoning in one photograph, and in another, one of many products that could be used to manufacture that effect. Houke’s McNoon Lighting, falls squarely in the latter category, and is currently in our masthead. We highly recommend his website.

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John Houke, Vertical Blinds , C Prints


John Houck works with photographic materials and executes architectural interventions. Through installations, he explores photography as a mode of thought, focusing on the relationship between embodied perception and depiction. John Houck is a Los Angeles based artist who received his MFA from UCLA in 2007. He lectures in the architecture departments at UCLA and SCIArc and will attend the Whitney Independent Study Program this fall. He looks forward to trying to surf on the east coast.

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In Our Masthead: Josh Poehlein

by Art Fag City on May 11, 2009

Josh Poehlein, Call of Duty, from the Modern History series, 2008

Josh Poehlein – Artist’s Biography

Josh was born in Georgia then moved North along the East Coast pausing in Virginia and Pennsylvania, where he first started taking photographs. In May of 2007, he graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Photography. Since then he’s been living and working in Salt Lake City, Utah, with brief stays in Oregon during the summertime.

Although Josh resides as far as he can get from an artistic hub in the US, art and photography are still an integral part of his life. He also enjoys table tennis and finding places to swim in the summer.

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In Our Masthead: Parker Koo Ito

by Art Fag City on April 21, 2009

Artist Biography

Parker Ito is an artist simultaneously immersed and disconnected from his surroundings. His work is a collected amalgam of sources ranging from the unpleasant and obscene to the extravagant and abundantly excessive. Parker Ito lives and works in Berkeley, CA.

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In Our Masthead: Sarah E. Wood

by Art Fag City on April 15, 2009

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Sarah E. Wood, Untitled, 2009, Paint, wood, rubber, elastic, wire and cotton, 77 1/2 x 55 1/2 inches

Artist Biography

Sarah Wood was born in Beckley, West Virginia in 1976. She grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, attended The Maryland Institute, College of Art, graduating with a BFA in Painting, and a minor in Art History. She then completed the MFA program at Rutgers University, with a concentration in Sculpture. In 2001, Sarah moved to Brooklyn, NY where she continues to live and work.

Sarah has had recent solo exhibitions at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and at PS 122 in NYC.

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In Our Masthead: Jason Lazarus

by Art Fag City on March 19, 2009

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Jason Lazarus, To Abdul Abdi (who everyday in Mogadishu, Somalia makes signs that read ‘Beautiful Mogadishu’ to remind citizens what has been lost, 2007, 30 x 34 inches

The subject of a photograph inevitably holds it’s own story, the role of photographer at its most base, simply to present it. Jason Lazarus, our featured masthead artist builds upon this tradition, creating work wherein the role of the artist — in as many forms as that can take — is presented and evaluated. “The hell-raiser, prophet, failure, historian”, his statement reads, listing off the possible roles of makers. He doesn’t mention owner of understated subversive acts, the form many of his pictures seem to take, but maybe he doesn’t have to. The slow photographic read of his work eventually does it for him, greatly rewarding any viewer.

This week in our masthead a far away figure holds up a sign for an unseen audience reading Beautiful Mogadishu. It’s a simple, elegant gesture likely meaning more to the sign’s owner than it does whomever happens to see it. Lazarus’ placement of the figure underscores the beauty the sign describes, while simultaneously exposing the absurdity that such messages represent the fringe of society.

Jason Lazarus, The entire three minute duration of the ‘America’s Answer’ fireworks package, $99.95, Independence Day 2007, 54×70 inches, archival inkjet

Artist’s Biography

Since receiving his MFA in 2003 from Columbia College Chicago, Jason has exhibited around the country and abroad. Highlights include solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Emerging Artist series 12×12 New Artists/New Work in Chicago; Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago; Kaune, Sudendorf Gallery in Cologne; and D3 Projects in Los Angeles. In addition, his work has been included in group exhibitions at the Renaissance Society in Chicago, Silverstein Gallery in NYC, The Future Gallery in Berlin, the Minneapolis Center of Photography, and the Australian Centre of Photography in Sydney.

Jason received an Artadia Artist grant in 2006 and the distinguished Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Emerging Artist grant in 2008. Currently, he is represented by the Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago and Kaune, Sudendorf Gallery in Cologne, Germany.

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In Our Masthead: Miguel Palma

by Art Fag City on March 4, 2009

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Miguel Palma, Clarity, 2008, Natural History Museum, Lisbon, Portugal

Artist’s Biography

Born in 1964, Miguel Palma is a multi-media artist who lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal. His work explores matters related with the world's hurried technological development, proposing alternative (and ironic) paths to this hunger of new. Selected previous venues include the Berardo Museum, Lisbon; the Serralves Museum, Oporto; Prospect.1 — New Orleans Art Biennial; and Location One, New York.

Palma is represented by Baginsky, Lisbon. His show Comma 01 will open in Bloomberg Space London March 4, 2009, and in the Spring of 2009 he will be at the Headlands Residency — Center for the Arts, completing a two month residency.

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In Our Masthead: Dyke Action Machine

by Art Fag City on February 17, 2009

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Artist Biography

Dyke Action Machine! (DAM!) is artist Carrie Moyer and photographer Sue Schaffner.

Since 1991, DAM!'s public art projects have dissected mainstream advertising by inserting lesbian images into recognizably commercial contexts, reclaiming public and virtual spaces from the encroachments of corporate sponsorship. DAM! began as a working group of the 1990s activist organization, Queer Nation, and soon evolved into a stand-alone agitprop duo. DAM!’s projects have been included in exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Europe and have been anthologized widely. “Straight to Hell: 10 Years of Dyke Action Machine!” was mounted at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 2002.

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In Our Masthead: Liv Moe

by Art Fag City on January 12, 2009

Liv Moe, Pretty Lady With Dog, 2008, print, 17.5 x 36 inches

American identity as demonstrated in the eyes of dolls and ceramics may seem largely wide eyed, which isn’t to say capturing innocence features prominently in the work of our latest masthead artist, Liv Moe. More than anything these documented objects appear almost innocent, (except of course for the home made plush penis chair/sleeping bag). The sexualized headless photographs of wigs with fruit and mistletoe, the psychedelic acid tripping chocolate bunny, and the conservatively dressed bossom birthing a bird each pit our pre-existing understanding of common cultural iconography against the uncommon representation of such tropes. The result is a unique and unexpected look at American expression.

Liv Moe, Heft, 2008, Digital print, 18 x 24 inches

Artist’s Bio
Born in Fargo, ND in 1976, Liv Moe is an artist, curator, and writer who currently lives and works in Sacramento, California. Through her work Moe traces a distinct American history through the use of mundane domestic objects and discarded personal possesions. In recent years Moe’s creations have employed everything from children’s bed linens, wigs, and brick brack, to the Crosley Automobile. The results can at times be funny or absurd while at others charming and poignant. Moe’s projects have included sculpture, documentary film, digital photography, and kinetics.

In addition to her work Moe also publishes a Sacramento arts and culture magazine with her husband Tim Foster called the Midtown Monthly and serves as co-director of the Verge Gallery and Studio Project, a mixed-used art center in Sacramento.

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In Our Masthead: Kari Altmann, A Summary

by Art Fag City on January 5, 2009

Kari Altmann was gracious enough to make Art Fag City a masthead every day for the month of December, so I’m posting the summation of the work collectively titled Blackmouth Cyber Monday Sale below.  I’m probably biased but I think the piece is remarkable.  Truly capturing the consumer spirit of the holidays, Altmann’s fun yet […]

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