Writing

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... +

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,... +