Izhar Patkin: The Wandering Veil, 2013, installation view, Mass MoCA. // Source: MassMoCA.org

Izhar Patkin: The Wandering Veil, 2013, installation view, Mass MoCA. // Source: MassMoCA.orgs

Sights

Izhar Patkin: The Wandering Veil @ Mass MoCA

Image
Make Things (Happen), Sights

Get Excited: Artists Make Things (Happen)

Check out these shows featuring make things (happen) artists! 

Through 6/22
Surveillapocalypse
Five Myles, Brooklyn
(Maria HupfieldDavid Gregory Wallace)

Through 6/30
SIP 2013 Fellowship Show Part 1
Blackburn 20|20, NYC
(Dionis Ortiz)

Through June
Lexa WalshMapping the Archive
de Young Museum, San Francisco

Through 7/6
Piero PassacantandoI Paint You, You Paint Me
Ed Varie, NYC

6/21–8/17
Sondheim Finalists Exhibition
The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
(Lauren F. Adams)

And help make things (happen) artists support great alternative art spaces!

Take Genevieve Quick’s personalized tour of OMCA for Royal Nonesuch Gallery’s fundraiser.

Help Islington Mill* purchase a bus to provide access and mobility for its numerous artists/musicians/visitors (*co-founded by Maurice Carlin).

Standard
Sights

See: SURVEILLAPOCALYPSE @ FiveMyles, Crown Heights, BK

JUNE 7 -  JUNE 22, 2014 OPENING RECEPTION SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 5–8PM  SURVEILLAPOCALYPSE  INSTALLATION, WALL WORKS, PERFORMANCE BY BROOKLYN-BASED COLLECTIVE ARTCODEX, CANADA-BASED NATIVE AMERICAN COLLECTIVE OO7, AND GUEST ARTISTS OASA DUVERNEY, LAURA NAPIER, JOSHUA PETERS, DAVID GREGORY WALLACE, BRYAN ZIMMERMAN.

SURVEILLAPOCALYPSE
June 7—June 22, 2014
Opening reception Saturday, June 7, 5–8pm
FiveMyles, 558 Saint Johns Place, Brooklyn

Installation, wall works, performance by Brooklyn-based collective Artcodex, Canada-based Native American collective 007, and guest artists Oasa Duverney, Laura Napier, Joshua Peters, David Gregory Wallace, Bryan Zimmerman.

Sounds like a great show, and excited to support the ever-thoughtful Laura Napier, and of course Make Things (Happen) artists Maria Hupfield and David Gregory Wallace, who will be showing a kinetic shadow puppet installation (learn how to make your own with his activity sheet).

Standard
Jeremy Deller, My Failures, installation view, Hayward Gallery, 2012. // Source: JeremyDeller.com

Jeremy Deller, My Failures, installation view, Hayward Gallery, 2012. // Source: JeremyDeller.com

I highly recommend this video of a lecture by Jeremy Deller presented by Situations UK. His background and practice form a welcome alternative to the cult of young, ‘bankable’ artists (he was 31 when he staged his first art show—in his parents’ house). He mentioned instances of his indifference to the contemporary art world’s reception and its isolation/self-regard, as well as being pleased when an art object lost its aestheticized status and returned to being an object. I also appreciated his candidness about failure, and its productive possibilities, as seen above.

Sights

Jeremy Deller, My Failures, exhibition of rejected proposals

Image
Diango Hernández, If (page 45), 2011, oil on paper mounted on board and linen, 16.5 x 13.5 in / 42 x 34.5 cm // photo:  Anne Pöhlmann // Source: Alexander and Bonin, alexanderandbonin.com

Diango Hernández, If (page 45), 2011, oil on paper mounted on board and linen, 16.5 x 13.5 in / 42 x 34.5 cm // photo: Anne Pöhlmann // Source: Alexander and Bonin, alexanderandbonin.com

Love this series, especially as I’m thinking about a project on the disassembled self. See these at Alexander and Bonin, starting June 3.*

[*Full disclosure, I helped out with the changeover.]

Sights

Diango Hernández, If (page 45)

Image
Citizenship, Sights

Artists Answer Institutions’ Unasked Question

A Brooklyn artist self-organizes an exhibition in her own studio to make a brilliant, affirmative counter-statement to the problem of women’s under-representation in museum exhibitions and biennials.

The 2014 Whitney Houston Biennial: I’m Every Woman
Sunday, March 9, 4-8pm (one night only)
20 Jay Street, Suite 207, Dumbo, Brooklyn

“The biennial comes as a response to the continuing minimal representation of women artists in major museums and galleries. To bring some balance to the art institutions in New York this season, curator and artist Christine Finley will host more than fifty female artists from a varied range of geographic and cultural backgrounds, disciplines, methodologies, and generations. The artists studio will be transformed into an inviting, living space, a salon filled with work from artists including Mickalene Thomas, Guerilla Girls, Swoon, Sienna Shields, and Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens. The aim of bringing together so many creative voices is to sing a collective song that celebrates the contributions of pioneer female artists and marks a moment in our communal trajectory.”

Standard
Sights

See: Reconnaissance @ the Headlands Center for the Arts

Go see this show; it’s tightly curated with some great artists.

Laura Fischer, no. 5, 2013, concrete and thread, 7" x 8" x 7 // Source: LFischerStudio.com

Laura Fischer, no. 5, 2013, concrete and thread, 7″ x 8″ x 7 // Source: LFischerStudio.com

Lots of work across different media are included. Personally, I think fauna realism has its day, but I loved:

The poetics of Sandra Osborne’s two works: a series of monogrammed spoons spelling out “the sea” and a mound of shells.

Aaron Hughes’ Tea Project is not a woo-woo social dialogue; rooted in experiences in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay it is urgent and grave.

Rob Carter’s stop-motion photographic animations—always a pleasure.

Laura Fischer’s inventive, tiny weavings on rocks and concrete. I loved looking at the disparate materials, sensibilities, and scales.

Reconnaissance
Curated by Brian Karl
Headlands Center for the Arts
Sausalito, CA

Standard
Sights
Mathilde Ter Heijne,  Woman to Go

Mathilde Ter Heijne, Woman to Go

This is an interesting premise for a show: postcard reproductions of early Daguerreotypes of unidentified women, with texts about recognized women, given away for free. Increasing the visibility of women through this act of generosity/ distribution. More info at the artist’s site.

It’s on view at Jack Hanley Gallery in NYC. Nice to see non-commercial projects at a commercial gallery.

Mathilde Ter Heijne: Woman to Go @ Jack Hanley Gallery

Aside