Non-Fiction

Heather Mekkelson: The Flood that Never Came

05/24/2013
Heather Mekkelson: The Flood that Never Came
Heather Mekkelson. “Limited Entry,” 2008. Mixed media (soaked in clay slurry, particulates added, sealed). Old Gold, Chicago, IL. Courtesy of the artist.
The following essay was originally published in Art21 in May, 2013. It was the summer of 2008. It was hot. And humid. Everything was green and/or sweating. People who didn’t sweat stood out. Their reserve both enviable and mysterious—a contrast from everything else. Refuge from the heat was similarly impressive and constantly sought. Most apartment galleries were barely tolerable for... +

Inverting Expectations: An Interview with Guy Ben-Ner

04/28/2013
The following interview was originally published by Artslant on April 28, 2013 Guy Ben-Ner began with an idea. He wanted to divorce a soundtrack from a film, then make a new film that accommodated the appropriated soundtrack. The idea provided a mechanism, defining the rules of a game which would yield Ben-Ner’s latest work, Soundtrack. He decided to appropriate 11 minutes of sound from Steven Spielberg’s, War of the Worlds. In Ben-Ner’s version the world is not... +

Jessica Stockholder

03/28/2013
Jessica Stockholder
Jessica Stockholder, Lift, 2013. Installation view, 1301PE.
The following article was originally published by art ltd., in March 2013. One would never suspect that Jessica Stockholder’s ivy-covered studio was originally a barn. The one-story building on the edge of the University of Chicago’s predominantly Gothic-style campus has high ceilings inside, skylights, windows and clean white walls. While it may be a far cry from those iconic red structures... +

Sorry for Being a Genius: Aida Makoto at the Mori Art Museum

02/28/2013
Sorry for Being a Genius: Aida Makoto at the Mori Art Museum
Aida Makoto, Picture of Waterfall, 2007-10, Acrylic on canvas, 439 x 272 cm.; Collection: The National Museum of Art, Osaka / Courtesy: Mizuma Art Gallery
This article was originally published by Artslant on Feb 28, 2013. "There is no more chastity in the Young-Girl than there is debauchery. The Young-Girl simply lives as a stranger to her desires, whose coherence is governed by her market-driven superego." —Tiqqun,Preliminary Materials for a Theory of a Young-Girl, 2012 Aida Makoto's retrospective exhibit, “Monument for Nothing,” is a stunning body of work, taking full advantage of its towering exhibition site. The... +