• Inside Man

      Monday, 24 January 2011 16:15

      Fifteen years ago, just a few months shy of his 20th birthday, Ahmed Alsoudani defaced a mural of Saddam Hussein in his Baghdad neighborhood. Alsoudani, who grew up in Baghdad, fills his paintings with vivid colors and graphic imagery depicting his feelings about war in Iraq. It was a youthful prank. Politics wasn’t part of […]

    • Drawing Near by Drawing Far

      Friday, 21 January 2011 15:07

      The thing to do when looking at a city is try to not look closely or sharply at the city. Look blurrily and let the shapes mass. Sometimes you’ll get the opportunity to be above the city while at the same time remaining within the city. You will be on the rooftop of a building […]

    • A Lighted Conversion

      Thursday, 20 January 2011 15:14

      I started working with light so that I could take the spatial and color concerns of my painting into a different realm. By developing a vocabulary of various lighting technologies, reflective materials, and structures, I’ve created works that fully activate their surrounding areas. I focus on both object and space, exploiting walls and other surfaces, […]

    • Escaping Measures

      Wednesday, 19 January 2011 15:07

      I am compelled to explore the bounded, yet infinite depth of the picture plane. I find the territory within the second dimension to be paradoxical, especially since paint is just a physical substance without form. The same set of physical forces that holds paint to the canvas also binds us to the planet, and gives […]

    • The Real Counterfeit

      Tuesday, 18 January 2011 15:39

      We cannot see reality for what it is. What we see is something presented to us by others as their version of reality. What I try to portray is certain characteristics of a reality that I encounter in my life, or what I call, the real counterfeit. In my work, the process of molding clay […]

    • In Living Color

      Monday, 17 January 2011 20:43

      At first glance, Robert Lucander’ paintings belong in the tradition of Pop, and in particular, that of the first works by Andy Warhol. Like them, their subjects come from advertising illustrations and, more generally, media images. Certainly, their appearance matches this aesthetic, with its clear graphics, flat solid color, effects of symmetry, and gaps. All […]

    • Inside the Black Box

      Friday, 14 January 2011 15:19

      Yehudit Sasportas works with traces of missing matter, with ghosts and shadows, both as personal and collective substance, and as a political metaphor. From William Shakespeare to Caspar David Friedrich to Andrei Tarkovsky, the landscape has had a mental function, serving as a projection, or as an expression of trauma and anxiety. In recent years, […]

    • Consumption on Display

      Thursday, 13 January 2011 14:58

      I am inspired by the images, processes, and materials found in our consumer culture, and as an artist, I am curious to explore how these can be used to draw attention to the way we see reality and life around us.
    For the slip-casting workshop I chose an ordinary Jik bottle off my kitchen shelf. […]

    • Point of Rupture

      Tuesday, 11 January 2011 18:45

      It’s more than just a moment captured; it’s an entire envelopment of what seems to be a delusive reality, unveiled and illuminated. Self-taught South African photographer, Pieter Hugo, creates a charged space between the lens and the subject, in full engagement with the environment. Each individual photographed shares a remarkable story through Hugo’s lens, revealing […]

    • Makeshift Landscapes

      Tuesday, 11 January 2011 14:54

      I began the Constructions series in late 2005 while visiting London. I’d met up with a friend the day before and we’d stayed up for the sunrise, then I walked around the city the next afternoon. I was tired, but moving fast and shooting, looking all around, and checking my camera when I suddenly realized […]

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