Non-Fiction

Who is Responsible for the American Dream? : Josef Strau at the Renaissance Society

10/17/2014
Who is Responsible for the American Dream? : Josef Strau at the Renaissance Society
Josef Strau, The New World, Application for Turtle Island, Installation view, 2014. Courtesy the artist; House of Gaga, Mexico City; Greene Naftali Gallery, New York; and the Renaissance Society, Chicago; Photo: Tom Van Eynde.
The following article was originally published by Artslant on October 17, 2014. I had a dream a couple years ago in which a new, previously unknown continent was discovered on Earth. The knowledge entered my consciousness first like the ambient news of a radio dispatch. It was an impersonal knowledge, born through the slippery medium of dream space, the source of the transmission overlooked as my dream self wondered instead about the profound consequence such a discovery might have on the... +

Enduring Materials – Perorma: Rashid Johnson’s Dutchman at Red Square Baths

09/21/2014
Enduring Materials – Perorma: Rashid Johnson’s Dutchman at Red Square Baths
The following article was originally published by Artslant on September 21, 2014. “And we’ll pretend that people cannot see you. That is, the citizens. And that you are free of your own history. And I am free of my history. We’ll pretend that we are both anonymous beauties smashing along through the city’s entrails [She yells as loud as she can] GROOVE!" —  Amiri Baraka, Dutchman, 1964. We gathered in the lobby of a recently renovated bathhouse at 1914 W Division... +

Inland Delta: Robert Burnier at Andrew Rafacz Gallery

09/19/2014
The following catalogue essay was originally published for Robert Burnier's exhibition, Inland Delta, at Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago, in 2014. “Imagine a vast sheet of paper on which straight Lines, Triangles, Squares, Pentagons, Hexagons, and other figures, instead of remaining fixed in their places, move freely about, on or in the surface, but without the power of rising above or sinking below it, very much like shadows — only hard and with luminous edges — and you... +

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... +