Sunday, November 28, 2010

found: Jessica Craig-Martin

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I'm interested in how this photograph accidentally comments on the outwardly-seeming blind boosterism of the kind of photographs of food most often associated with the Foodie; much like those who constantly share photographs of their garden and leave fb status updates on swiss chard, foodies enjoy sharing photographs of almost everything they eat (this can range from greasy meals on the road to control-freak food-ornamentation). I can understand the insta-optimism of such images, and while the foodie's motivations and intentions are usually hidden or vague behind the silent, simple sharing of the photographs without captions, the inherent, immediate appearance of these photographs on their own is that of implied enthusiasm, idealism, and optimism. This implied optimism can have the effect of squishy warmth or shrillness depending upon whose screen has been infiltrated.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

found: Kerstin Braetsch, Aurel Schmidt, Lara Viana

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Monday, November 22, 2010

found: Christoph Holzeis

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

found: Nicole Cherubini, Martina Hoogland Ivanow, David Moore

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

found: Eduard Wiiralt, Josh Peters, Jessie Mott

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found: Nicola Pecorarol, Matthew Monahan, Ida Ekblad

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

found: Luc Tuymans, Paul Thek, Arshile Gorky

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Sunday, November 07, 2010

Notes on a Re-introduction to Jan Verwoert

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Last week I went with several MFA students to a talk by Jan Verwoert in Toronto. Both Jan Verwoert and Jörg Heiser have been formative influences in my work and life since undergrad. Mainly I internalized Verwoert's and Heiser's ideas rather than became conscious of them when they applied to work I saw. The talk last week re-introduced many of these internalized ideas, and brought me back to a kind of permission to focus on my actual interests and motivations.

In a Q&A period after his talk, Jan admitted that while he could be seen as setting up rules, he would rather propose his ideas as tools for artists to use any way they want. He may seem to have his own opinions about certain styles of painting, for example (in his reviews, decorative and expressionist marks don't seem very high on his list), but if you read his reviews in the light of his overall interests and ideas, you can see where there is always wiggle-room and possibilities for a return to painting and what painting means now, no matter what style an artist chooses.

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Jan Verwoert resources I recommend:

Jan's essay 'Exhaustion & Exuberance':
http://www.artsheffield.org.uk/as08/pdfs/exhaustion-exuberance.pdf

Jan's essay on the painter Tomma Abts:
http://www.davidzwirner.com/resources/46621/TA%20Parkett%20Verwoert

Jan's writing at Frieze magazine:
http://www.frieze.com/search/results/3c382a451910eba5446ef2bffce406a2/

Jan at e-flux magazine:
http://www.e-flux.com/search?keyword=jan+verwoert

Jan's new book of essays:

http://www.sternberg-press.com/index.php?pageId=1295&l=en&bookId=190&sort=year&PHPSESSID=d46bfcc31f90c9cab975755c60315319

A large collection of online lectures by Jan:
http://www.unitednationsplaza.org/person/41/
found: Monique Prieto

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