• Psychological Territories

      Tuesday, 5 July 2011 19:18

      My current work reconciles my thoughts on the aftermath of recent conflicts with visions of the American desert. I grew up in the steppe of eastern Washington State; that area’s minimalist panorama and soft textures permeate my paintings. Yet deserts are the sites of some of our deepest national traumas, from Los Alamos, to the […]

    • The Luminiferous Aether

      Tuesday, 5 July 2011 18:53

      Given the recently retreating tide of shamelessly over-hung art fairs that wash over the NYC art scene each year, it has become increasingly satisfying to find art installed in the exact environment that the work deserves. Thankfully, in the moment when our art comprehension faculties need the reparative experience most, we are provided with just […]

    • EXIL: 11 Women Artists, the Slavic Nomads

      Tuesday, 5 July 2011 18:38

      In capacity of an experienced critic and a correspondent to NY Arts Magazine, the Tribes and Modern Painters, I have followed (through various written articles, interviews and the artistic catalogues that I have personally written and supplied) the development of the most promising contemporary artists who left the country once called ‘Yugoslavia’ and who have […]

    • Cinematography of Urban Madness

      Tuesday, 5 July 2011 18:24

      “A riveting new book, Pietro Reviglio’s Cinematography of Urban Madness questions the nature of real and imagined cinematic narratives in a visually stunning manner. The harsh lighting of an artist studio sets the tone for this short enigmatic work wherein autobiography meets fiction with violent overtones. Reviglio’s book is a quick read but densely populated […]

    • Leah Oates Interviews Yasuomi Hashimura

      Friday, 1 July 2011 19:15

      Leah Oates: What is your background and what was your progression as an artist? Yasuomi Hashimura: After I had left Japan in the late ’60s and after my couple years in Hawaii, I finally made it to the American mainland. I attended the Art Center of Design in Pasadena for a very short while because […]

    • Modern Idol

      Friday, 1 July 2011 18:54

      Walking into sculptor David J. Merritt’s studio is like walking into a gathering of friends and strangers. There are heads everywhere, humorous, personal, and impetuous. Merritt works quickly, in the moment. Unfired clay, tape, and foam capture his gestures and impulsivity. Dozens of colorful faces might still be moving under invisible hands. Their absurd features […]

    • The Extravagant Constructions of Joyce Melander-Dayton

      Thursday, 30 June 2011 19:25

      The title of Santa Fe-based artist Joyce Melander-Dayton’s current outing at the June Kelly Gallery in New York City reads Extravagant Constructions, an apt title, especially when you are standing up close and studying the artist’s intricately bejeweled craftsmanship and her use of materials and patterning (think Fabergé Egg or the Gobelin Tapestries). The work […]

    • IDOL: Becoming the Ritual Shrine: Video Works of Sam Clagnaz

      Thursday, 30 June 2011 19:11

      Hatshrine (2008), a 7-minute video piece by Sam Clagnaz, watches the faceless artist slowly and methodically assemble a shrine in his home. He places a plastic soda bottle on a straw seat, exits the frame, and returns to place wigs and hats on top of the bottle—the idol is emerging—one by one. The artist then […]

    • Philosophical Enquiry

      Tuesday, 28 June 2011 18:50

      My work explores an ongoing interest in how painting can negotiate a position vis-à-vis photography and a state of increasing technological mediation. This project has often pushed my practice into more interdisciplinary pursuits, into art historical and photographic research as well as into broader explorations of visuality. And though each body of work can often […]

    • An Icon of Play and Provocation

      Tuesday, 28 June 2011 18:34

      Narcissister is a multi media performance project that has been the primary focus of my artistic production for the past three years. The Narcissister persona brings humor and spectacle to explorations of gender, racial identity, and sexuality. I integrate performance (including elaborate costumes and sculptural props), video, photography, and collage to establish Narcissister as an […]

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