Dave Poulin’s controversial Lucille Ball sculpture. Critics say the sculpture is creepy
“On the island of Kauai, chickens have not just crossed the road. They are also crowing in parking lots, hanging out at beaches and flocking in forests.” This, my friends, is how you write a lede. Chickens are everywhere in Hawaii. [The New York Times]
Our benefit workout video made the L.A. Times. Woot! Thank-you Carolina Miranda. [Culture High & Low]
Ben Valentine emailed a questionnaire to 20 women artists and writers on the subject of Deep Lab, new media and technology-based art, and representation. Seven responded. The craziest response comes from Jennifer Chan, who runs down a laundry list of terrible experiences in response to the question: Briefly describe the barriers you face within a new media art and technology framework as a WOC or QTWOC. [Hyperallergic]
One minute a bust, the next minute, a hologram. A few hours after police removed the sculpture of Edward Snowdon from a Brooklyn park, a hologram of Snowdon’s image appeared in the same spot. The Illuminator art collective, responsible for the hour-long projection, are outspoken about their admiration of Snowdon and the anonymous group that installed the first bust. [WPIX New York]
Those guys from Scrubs Twitter-pledged to make pizzas for same-sex weddings in Indiana. The tweet has been reposted 8,000 times. We hope they’re prepared to fill a lot of orders. [People]
It’s a busy week for commemorative public sculptures. In Celoron, New York, artist Dave Poulin is offering to re-work his statue sculpture of Lucille Ball. He’s responding to a barrage of complaints about the work, which doesn’t quite resemble the actress. But the most ardent criticism has to do with its alleged creepiness. [NPR]
Deadline for the VOX XI juried exhibition is coming up on May 3. Vox Populi is looking for work that “pushes the boundaries in terms of form and content, is ambitious and timely, and is experimental and risk-taking.” Get to it, ambitious, experimental boundary-pushers! [Vox Populi]
In the countdown to the Art F City 10th Anniversary Auction honoring artist Laurie Anderson, we’ll be previewing GIFs from our 10th Anniversary GIF and Print Portfolio, a limited-edition suite of prints and GIFs that includes work by Morehshin Allahyari, Jennifer Chan, Faith Holland, Sara Ludy, Claudia Maté, Rosa Menkman, Lorna Mills, Eva Papamargariti, Angela Washko, and Giselle Zatonyl. Today we’re looking at Giselle Zatonyl.
Titled “Blossom”, this GIF by Giselle Zatonyl shows crystalline-like blossom wrapped in a rotating polygon. The shape hovers just above the fast moving clouds. The GIF is part of AFC’s 10 Anniversary Benefit GIF collection, which is nothing short of incredible.
In the countdown to the Art F City 10th Anniversary Auction honoring artist Laurie Anderson, we’ll be previewing GIFs from our 10th Anniversary GIF and Print Portfolio, a limited-edition suite of prints and GIFs that includes work by Morehshin Allahyari, Jennifer Chan, Faith Holland, Sara Ludy, Claudia Maté, Rosa Menkman, Lorna Mills, Eva Papamargariti, Angela Washko, and Giselle Zatonyl. Today we’re looking at Jennifer Chan’s “lossy.gif.”
Jennifer Chan knows what she’s doing. As soon as I clicked on a Dropbox link to view “lossy.gif” I thought of Joan Jonas’s “Vertical Roll” (1972). And yes, Chan notes it’s a reference in “lossy.gif”—she knows what she’s doing.
In the countdown to the Art F City 10th Anniversary Auction honoring artist Laurie Anderson, we’ll be previewing GIFs from our 10th Anniversary GIF and Print Portfolio, a limited-edition suite of prints and GIFs that includes work by Morehshin Allahyari, Jennifer Chan, Faith Holland, Sara Ludy, Claudia Maté, Rosa Menkman, Lorna Mills, Eva Papamargariti, Angela Washko, and Giselle Zatonyl. Today, we’re previewing Faith Holland’s “Equivalents.”
The heavens exploded and in its wake, we received clouds. Not just any clouds, though: Faith Holland’s painterly GIF, “Equivalents,” shows us a milieu of digital and analog clouds that defy time and space. They’re trans-dimensional, trans-chronological. But none of that makes this a crazy GIF. No, it’s a scene of organized chaos. Every Mario-Brothers cloud stays in its own lane, never crashing into the serious gray stratus clouds that plod along at a different speed. To each their own, in this racetrack in the sky.
Remember the days of the old Internet, when you’d sit around waiting to connect? Maybe you’d while away the time listening to the creaky ring of a dial-up modem. This was The Most Unbearable Wait. Not that waiting is, in itself, a terrible thing.
Jennifer Chan, “Are YOU an Art Bro?” (Image via Rhizome)
A useful definition of an “art bro”: someone who doesn’t believe in solidarity, thinks the art world is equal as is, and enforces alpha/beta male hierarchies. This comes out of an Ann Hirsch interview with Jennifer Chan for Rhizome. The profile was published a few months ago, but relevant as ever. [Rhizome]
With a weakened Euro, European collectors might be deterred from participating in the spring art auctions. “The euro is just killing Europe, but it’s killing Italy more than anything else,” dealer Otto Naumann tells Bloomberg. [Bloomberg Business]
Investor Frans Broersen wants to see the price of North Korean artworks skyrocket. He’s known for buying up relatively cheap artworks (before anyone else) from Russia around the time of the communist government’s collapse. Now his firm is doing the same with North Korean artworks. [Canoe via Agence France-Presse]
Bertolt Brecht’s heirs have sued German theater director Frank Castorf for putting on a version of Baal that doesn’t stick to Brecht’s original script. [Deutsche Welle]
If you live in Bushwick, it might help if you know how to say more than “taco” in Spanish. Starting this week, Silent Barn is offering Spanish classes for beginners. Go. It’ll be good for you. [Silent Barn]
New York City’s public parks fall into two camps: those funded by millionaires and those funded by the city. Guess which ones are in better shape? [The New Republic]
Christian Viveros-Fauné on Titus Kaphar, an artist who’d been stopped by police on Tenth avenue and accused of being part of a “black ring on art thieves”. What? All too appropriately, Kaphar had been working on a series of paintings about the current civil rights movement. While he finds clichés in some of those paintings at Jack Shainman, others are “a bullet to the heart.” [Village Voice]
India spends far more time reading than we do per week, but at least the British are worse than we are. [Mental Floss]
If you’re willing to line up with hoards of people bitching about subway service, then congratulations! You’ll get pizza. Tonight at 7PM, the Brooklyn Movement Center (375 Stuyvesant Avenue) is hosting a think-tank to hear the public’s complaints about the C train, with pizza. [Brokelyn]
Here’s what we expect to hear about next week: The ICA opens its new round of always-strong programming; Charles Ray debuts ginormous sculpture; prominent Russian artists/political activists get a double-whammy; and BAM debuts a look back at famed horror film director John Carpenter’s musical career. Other important events surrounding #BlackLivesMatter and female activism will probably play second fiddle, but maybe we can change that.
For those of us who didn’t get out much last year, we get to head to the White Columns Annual for the last round-up of everything we should’ve seen. Also in significant artworks from 2014: Godard’s 3D film “Goodbye to Language” is screening at BAM. Do not miss out. You can not pirate this on the Internet.
These, and more art events worth braving the cold.