Contemporaneous Extension


In and around October

Things to do/see/investigate:

– David Choe — I discovered him through the Lazarides Gallery’s ‘Hell Half Acre’ project in London. In the underground labyrinth of the Old Vic Tunnels,  Choe was one of the several artists chosen to create their own images of hell in honor of the Halloween season. Here he talks about one of his walls for the hellish evening.

This video goes through a little more of his practice, his obsession with technical knowledge, and his relationship with his painting assistant (completely platonic).

– Continuing on serendipitously from Choe is one of his gallery mates at Lazarides, who goes by J R, who just won the 2011 TED Prize of $100,000. He is among good company in this philanthropic expenditure: Bill Clinton, Malcolm Gladwell, and Al Gore. Although the award is sanctioned to help the chosen individuals (three chosen per year up until 2010, now its only one per year) “change the world,” we will see what this fairly young institution triumphs over. (Small unrelated sidenote – Sarah Silverman referred to the curator of the TED, Chris Anderson, as ” a barnacle of mediocrity on Bill Gates’ asshole.”)

 

J R, Cartenge, Spain. Photograph from 'Wrinkles of the City' project.

J R, Cartenge, Spain. Photograph from 'Wrinkles of the City' project.

J R, from the 'Women are Heroes' series. Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya, 2008

J R, from the 'Women are Heroes' series. Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya, 2008

J R, from the 'Women are Heroes,'Favela Morro Da Providencia, Rio de Janeiro, 2008

J R, from the 'Women are Heroes,'Favela Morro Da Providencia, Rio de Janeiro, 2008

– Inspired by Jean Tinguely’s Homage to New York (1960), a performance piece in which Tingley generated a self-destructing machine of refuse from NYC’s streets,  Flux Factory has organized a show entitled ‘The Self-Destructing Art Show.” Artists in the show were asked to respond to Tinguely’s happening in the Sculpture Garden of the MoMA fifty years ago. I like the closing note: “Some pieces will go with a highly performative bang during the opening, and others will slowly dwindle and decay throughout the show. Nothing will survive!” Tinguely talked briefly about the mechanism’s irreversible nature  in the video linked above, claiming “”the intensive life of this machine is the cause of the destruction.” The show goes from November 6 through the 23rd.

There is nothing about ‘Kill Your Co-Workers’ that I don’t enjoy, from the digitized blood to the suspicious beat. I also like the blight optimism, the empty encouragement demolished by killing machines. Just another parade of apocalyptic proportions, no biggie.

– Discovered The Word Made Flesh randomly in looking for tattoo ideas. Following directly from The Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide by Eva Talmadge and Justin Taylor, it is a visual flight through words and the body, revealing what people take from literature and can’t let go of.

Jiri Svestava Gallery in Prague is a gallery I wish I would have known about when I was studying there. I have been following their artists (and even posted a few on the blog already) for a few months and have been really impressed by the shows there. Thomas Helbi is showing until the 30th of the month, followed by Robert Wilson’s Video Portraits.

 

Thomas Helbig, 'Engelchen,' 2007 mixed media, 80 x 37 x 40 cm

Thomas Helbig, 'Engelchen,' 2007 mixed media, 80 x 37 x 40 cm

Robert Wilson, 'William Pope L,' 2005, 65" Plasma Screen, Custom Speakers, 3’ (H) x 5’ 5” (W) x 4” (D)

Robert Wilson, 'William Pope L,' 2005, 65" Plasma Screen, Custom Speakers, 3’ (H) x 5’ 5” (W) x 4” (D)

– The Philadelphia Museum has a great show that just opened entitled Michelangelo Pistoletto: From One to Many 1956- 1974. Focusing on his exciting first two decades worth of work (his first exhibition of portraits was in 1955 in Turin), they reveal the breadth of his accomplishments. Between his self-portraits, Mirror images, his Minus objects, participation in The Zoo collaborative project, and the onset of Arte Povera, definitely worth seeing. Its showing through November 2nd through January 16, 2011.

 

'Gold Self-Portrait,' 1960 oil, acrylic and gold on canvas, cm 200 x 150

'Gold Self-Portrait,' 1960 oil, acrylic and gold on canvas, cm 200 x 150

'The Present - Man seen from the Front,' 1961, acrylic and plastic paint on canvas, cm 200 x 150

'The Present - Man seen from the Front,' 1961, acrylic and plastic paint on canvas, cm 200 x 150

(plastic paint allowed for the viewer to see their own reflection, their own face, in these life-sized images similar to the way Pistoletto could see his own face whilst painting.)

'Double Ladder Leaning Against the Wall,' 1964, photograph on transparent plexiglass (2), cm 180 x 120 and 150 x 120

'Double Ladder Leaning Against the Wall,' 1964, photograph on transparent plexiglass (2), cm 180 x 120 and 150 x 120

 

'Hanging Lightbulb,' 1962-1964, painted tissue paper on polished stainless steel, cm 200 x 100

'Hanging Lightbulb,' 1962-1964, painted tissue paper on polished stainless steel, cm 200 x 100

'Three Girls on a Balcony,' 1962-1964, painted tissue paper on polished stainless steel, cm 200 x 200

'Three Girls on a Balcony,' 1962-1964, painted tissue paper on polished stainless steel, cm 200 x 200

'Biennale '66,' 1962-1966, painted tissue paper on polished stainless steel, cm 230 x 480

'Biennale '66,' 1962-1966, painted tissue paper on polished stainless steel, cm 230 x 480

'Lunch Painting,' 1965, wood, cm 200 x 200 x 50

'Lunch Painting,' 1965, wood, cm 200 x 200 x 50

'Twisted Canvases,' 1965-66, tempera on canvas, 3 elements, cm 230 x 120 each

'Twisted Canvases,' 1965-66, tempera on canvas, 3 elements, cm 230 x 120 each

'Walking Sculpture,' 1968, Action, streets of Turin, January 1968

'Walking Sculpture,' 1968, Action, streets of Turin, January 1968

(all photos courtesy of Michelangelo Pistoletto’s website)

 

UNTITLED gallery, a new edition to the Lower East Side, has a great solo exhibit of Matthew Chambers. It consists of 36 8′ x 4′ canvases hung side by side, melding abstraction and representation. His images are lush, a balance between regurgitated memory and complete abstraction (which stems from the realism of the former). He also created two artist books, one of ‘Figurative studies’ and one of ‘Abstract studies,’ which are quite intriguing. The show runs from October 22 through December 12th.

‘[Figurative Studies],’ 2010, Plywood, gold-anodized hinges, stain, graphite, colored pencil, india ink, acrylic, spray paint, china marker, paper. 24.5 x 23 x 5.25 inches '[Figurative studies],' 2010, Plywood, gold-anodized hinges, stain, graphite, colored pencil, india ink, acrylic, spray paint, china marker, paper. 24.5 x 23 x 5.25 inches
'In the Roughest Manner of Indication,' 2010, Oil on canvas, 96 x 48 inches

'In the Roughest Manner of Indication,' 2010, Oil on canvas, 96 x 48 inches

-The Met just opened John Baldessari’s Pure Beauty, the first survey exhibition in about twenty years. It has 50+ years worth of work. The video at the bottom of the Met’s page is 14 minutes of Baldessari discussing his work, hiiiiighly recommend it.

“I think in one way you could say I’m a collagist…I’m a pack-rat, I can’t get rid of anything…In my mind, collage is when two things don’t go together too easily. If its right there’s a kind of tautness that if you pull them apart any further it’ll snap, if you get them any closer it’ll be flabby. But when you get just the right tension its terrific.” -Baldessari

– Steven Kasher just opened SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL, 35 large-format images from the National Geographic archives. They’re looking to distill “pure beauty,” taken out of their narrative context and really showcasing the intricacies of photojournalism in the fine arts. Runs October 21st through November 23rd.

   Annie Griffiths, 'Swimmer at a Pool of Victoria Falls, Zambia,' 2008, C-Print, printed 2010, edition 1/10 30 x 40 inches

Annie Griffiths, 'Swimmer at a Pool of Victoria Falls, Zambia,' 2008, C-Print, printed 2010, edition 1/10 30 x 40 inches

Norbert Rosing, 'Winter Landscape, Upper Danube River Valley Nature Park, Germany,' 2008, C-Print, printed 2010, edition 1/10, 22 x 30 inches

Norbert Rosing, 'Winter Landscape, Upper Danube River Valley Nature Park, Germany,' 2008, C-Print, printed 2010, edition 1/10, 22 x 30 inches

Joel Sartore, 'The Tail Feathers of a Greenbul Bird, Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea,' 2008, C-Print, printed 2010, edition 1/10, 22 x 30 inches

Joel Sartore, 'The Tail Feathers of a Greenbul Bird, Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea,' 2008, C-Print, printed 2010, edition 1/10, 22 x 30 inches

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