Clouded Points of Access: Phantoms in the Dirt at the Museum of Contemporary Photography

08/06/2014
Clouded Points of Access: Phantoms in the Dirt at the Museum of Contemporary Photography
Greg Stimac, Santa Fe to Billings, 2009, Archival pigment print; © Collection of Museum of Contemporary Photography, 2009.347
Clouded Points of Access: Phantoms in the Dirt at the Museum of Contemporary Photography
Arthur Ou, Untitled (Mountain), 2007, Archival pigment print on rag paper; Courtesy of the artist and Brennan & Griffin, New York
This article was originally published by Artslant on August 9, 2014. What first reads like an astral constellation is in fact a photograph whose blackness is broken only by the erratic swarm of dead insect bodies. Greg Stimac’s Santa Fe to Billings (2009) documents the choreography of the countless lives his windshield intersected on a drive between locales. The momentum of each smash is evident—guts smear and spray across the surface, recording innumerable tiny accidents. To... +

The New [New] Corpse

08/03/2014
The New [New] Corpse
The New [New] Corpse Installation View, Sector 2337, 2014. Photo by Joseph Rynkiewicz.
The New [New] Corpse
The New [New] Corpse, Installation View, Sector 2337, 2014. Photo by Joseph Rynkiewicz. Left to right: Joseph Grigely, “Songs Without Words (Faust),” 2012. Pigment Print, Edition 2 of 3, 35 x 29.5″; Joseph Grigely, “Songs Without Words (Sekou Sundiata),” 2012. Pigment Print, Edition 2 of 3, 35 x 29.5″; Shane Ward, “Victory,”2014. Lead, flocking, granite, extruded polystrene, 58″ (h) x 14 x 14”; Carlos Martiel, “Break the Night,” 2014; Heather Mekkelson, “Debris Field: dependent clause,” 2008. Steel, ceramic, tile, gypsum, board; Jason Lazarus, “Untitled (Vienna, Austria),” 2008. Photographic print, 35 x 27″.
The New [New] Corpse
The New [New] Corpse, Installation View. Photo by Joseph Rynkiewicz. Left to right: Carlos Martiel, “Break the Night,” 2014. Documentation of a 2014 performance at Art League Houston; photograph by Alex Barber, 16 x 24″; Heather Mekkelson, “Debris Field: dependent clause,” 2008. Steel, ceramic, tile, gypsum, board; Jason Lazarus, “Untitled, (Vienna, Austria)”, 2008. Photographic print, 35 x 27″.
The New [New] Corpse
The New [New] Corpse, Installation View, Sector 2337, 2014. Photo by Joseph Rynkiewicz. Left to right: Aman and Auburtin, “Loop Island;” Preston-Myint, “Of Their Slaves and Of Thier Marriages;” Aman and Auburtin, “Loop Island;” Ward, “Victory;” Mekkelson, “Debris Field: told them to look after the young ones;” and Xaviera Simmons, “Super Unknown #2,” 2010, 89 x 42″.
The New [New] Corpse
Young Joon Kwak, “Aggregate Body (Book),” 2014. Edition of 50 + 2 Exhibition copies, 12 x 12 x 1/2″.
The New [New] Corpse
The New [New] Corpse, Installation View, Sector 2337, 2014. Photo by Joseph Rynkiewicz.
Oct 16 – Dec 11, 2014 / Sector 2337, Chicago IL Featuring Benjamin L. Aman & Marion Auburtin, Joseph Grigely, Young Joon Kwak, Jason Lazarus, Carlos Martiel, Heather Mekkelson, Aay Preston-Myint, Rachel Niffenegger, Xaviera Simmons, Shane Ward, and Shoshanna Weinberger; with Jane Jerardi as our November Studio Resident.
A group show with... +

The Field Notes Aesthetic: Heidi Norton at the Elmhurst Art Museum

07/27/2014
This article was originally published by Artslant on July 24, 2014. Mies van der Rohe is such an historic presence. The aftershock of his innovation is still palpable, reflecting as it does the evolution of an “international style after World War II.” It is hard to imagine, therefore, how one might absorb his architecture into daily life—much less install an exhibition under one of his roofs. That is the challenge... +

Made Not Begotten: Robert Mapplethorpe // Grand Palais

07/03/2014
Made Not Begotten: Robert Mapplethorpe // Grand Palais
Robert Mapplethorpe, Belly Button, 1986.
Originally published by The Seen, July 2014. “…Heva, naked Eve. She had no navel. Gaze. Belly without blemish, bulging big, a buckler of taut vellum, no, whiteheaped corn, orient and immortal, standing from everlasting to everlasting. Wombed in sin darkness I was too, made not begotten. By them, the man with my voice and my eyes and a ghostwoman with ashes on her breath. They clasped and sundered, did the coupler’s will.” — James Joyce, Ulysses, Episode Three,... +