Friday, September 30, 2011
Folk Art/Outsider Art Cars at Andrei's Artistic Automobiles. "...Born in Romania and raised from birth in an orphanage, Andrei Palmer arrived in the US at age 6. His parents immediately recognized his artistic bent. Andrei has always viewed the world in a unique way. Excelling in painting, sculpture, and pottery, Andrei found his niche in creating cars made from such found items as cardboard, blister-packaging plastic, Christmas lights, and many others. Now 23, Andrei is a self-taught artist known for the vivid interpretation of his vision. His folk art cars include classics such as Rolls Royce, DeLorean, and Lincoln automobiles as well as utilitarian vehicles like the Peterbilt truck, cement mixer, and hearse."
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Untitled (c. 1960, Vintage gelatin silver print). From an exhibition of Photographs by Ralph Eugene Meatyard at Gitterman Gallery in New York, NY. "...The core of this Ralph Eugene Meatyard exhibition comes from a private collection that represents the breadth and soul of Meatyard’s work. One part of the exhibition focuses on the figurative, while the other showcases the ways in which Meatyard explored beyond the traditional photographic perspective. A voracious reader, Meatyard was exceptionally curious about a range of subjects and created diverse bodies of work that he would return to throughout his life. Spirituality underlies his often haunting and complex imagery. His experience as an optician gave him knowledge about lenses and vision that informed his work as a photographer, as did his interest in philosophy, especially Zen. This exhibition includes work from several of his bodies of work, including Motion-Sound, Zen Twigs, Light on Water and Romances."
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Photographing The Mexican Revolution
Photographing The Mexican Revolution by John Mraz at Zone Zero.
The Super-8 Years With Tuxedomoon
The Super-8 Years With Tuxedomoon at UbuWeb Film & Video. "...The entire span of every era of the much beloved and legendary Tuxedomoon - from their early beginnings in San Francisco through their many years in Europe. Impressionistically filmed in both grainy black & white and psychedelic color, by group co-founder Steven Brown. Fits together like a perfect 15-year dream."
The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl
More Mingering Mike. This time at The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. "...the first museum exhibition to explore the culture of vinyl records within the history of contemporary art. Bringing together artists from around the world who have worked with records as their subject or medium, this groundbreaking exhibition examines the record's transformative power from the 1960s to the present. Through sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, photography, sound work, video and performance, The Record combines contemporary art with outsider art, audio with visual, and fine art with popular culture. The exhibition features 99 works by 41 artists, including rising stars in the contemporary art world (William Cordova, Robin Rhode, Dario Robleto), outsider artists (Mingering Mike), well-established artists (Jasper Johns, Ed Ruscha, Carrie Mae Weems) and artists whose work will be shown in a U.S. museum for the first time (Kevin Ei-ichi deForest, Jeroen Diepenmaat, Taiyo Kimura, Lyota Yagi)."
Friday, September 23, 2011
Dalton M. Ghetti
Pencil sculptures by Dalton M. Ghetti.
Mingering Mike. "...Between 1968 and 1977 Mingering Mike recorded over fifty albums, managed thirty-five of his own record labels, and produced, directed and starred in nine of his own motion pictures. In 1972 alone he released fifteen LPs and over twenty singles, and his traveling revue played for sold out crowds the world over. How is it that such a prolific musician has gone under the radar for the more than thirty years? The answer is that it all took place in Mike's imagination, and in the vast collection of fake cardboard records and acapella home recordings that he made for himself as a teenager in Washington, D.C. in the late 1960s." Also... The Search for Mingering Mike at NPR.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Pieter Hugo: Permanent Error
Pieter Hugo: Permanent Error at Yossi Milo Gallery. "...Pieter Hugo’s new series, Permanent Error, depicts Agbogbloshie, a massive dump site for technological waste on the outskirts of Ghana’s capital city, and the locals who burn down the components to extract bits of copper, brass, aluminum and zinc for resale. Tons of outdated and broken computers, computer games, mobile phones and other e-waste are shipped to the area as 'donations' from the West, under the guise of providing technology to developing countries. Rather than helping to bridge the digital divide, the equipment is transformed into noxious trash threatening the health of the area’s inhabitants and contaminating the water and soil."
Elijah Gowin: Into The Sun
Elijah Gowin: Into The Sun at Robert Mann Gallery in New York. "...n this series Gowin has transgressed one of the most basic guidelines of photography, and of the gift of sight more generally by looking directly into the sun. To look in this direction is to seek communion with its faraway, generative force. At the same time it is an act that courts blindness, as the capacity for vision potentially self-ignites under its own ambition, like Icarus's melted wings. The eternal light source is that which enlivens our world generally, and which enables photography's particular art. Gowin's images reach towards the transformative and the transcendental."
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Self Reflections: The Expressionist Origins of Lisette Model
Otto Dix... Leonie (1923, Color Lithograph printed from two stones - carmine and green). From the exhibition Self Reflections: The Expressionist Origins of Lisette Model at Bruce Silverstein Gallery.
Lori Grinker: Distant Relations
Lori Grinker: Distant Relations at Nailya Alexander Gallery. "...Using medium format color film, Grinker chronicles her family’s diaspora with landscapes, portraiture, and interiors. Concentrating more on particular environments than people and practices, her landscapes and interiors focus on the atmosphere of the place. These fragmentary images stir the viewer’s memory and emotions and trigger wonder about our journey in life. Dr. Roy Richard Grinker, Lori’s cousin and a professor of Anthropology at The George Washington University, calls these carefully composed images 'an absent presence,' and George Slade, former curator at the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University speaks about them 'constructing moments in which absence is a salient property and memory seems to be in the process of taking hold.' Grinker embeds philosophical questions within quotidian events, endowing personal stories with broader meanings of other peoples’ cultural identity, geographic belonging and life-world rootedness. The present show is only the first chapter of Grinker’s search. Future work will take place in Argentina, Israel, the United Kingdom and Germany, reconnecting the family and forging links between past and present." More... Works by Lori Grinker at her personal site.
Edward Steichen: The Last Printing
Edward Steichen: The Last Printing at Danziger Projects. "...84 Edward Steichen photographs printed by the renowned photographer George Tice. Tice was the last person to print for Steichen in his lifetime. These prints not only remind us of Steichen's genius but also highlight the formidable quality of printing that George Tice has been known for throughout his career."
Thursday, September 01, 2011
Der Dada at UbuWeb: Historical. Edited by Raoul Hausmann, John Heartfield, and George Grosz. 1919-1920. 3 Numbers.