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Nothing But Net: The Last Object

Nothing But Net: The Last Object

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by Marie-Clare Treseder 

Ai Weiwei and his defiant middle finger from his "Study in Perspective" series from 1995 to 2003 viewed on MoMA mobile app

Ai Weiwei and his defiant middle finger from his ”Study in Perspective” series from 1995 to 2003 viewed on MoMA mobile app


Commonly considered the next Trillion Dollar Revolution, mobile devices are dividing the way we interact with reality. In an art world intellectually dominated by relational aesthetics, surprisingly few artists are examining this new medium as a platform for performance and experimentation.

In our Age of the Unpaid Intern, mobile apps serve, for many, as an immersive experience—an escape route—even a virtual studio. Akin to a tableau by Hieronymus Bosch, the mobile experience is rife with mesmerizing commotion, momentary pleasures and untapped marvels.  (more…)


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Nothing but Net: Ruby in the Rough

Nothing but Net: Ruby in the Rough

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Lynn Hershman Leeson: The Agent Ruby Files

 

Since the sixties, San Francisco has been noted for its population of counter cultural miscreants and revolutionary ingenues. Its entrepreneurial economy is seeded by innumerable startups who increase the youth population, boost the regional wealth, and create a new class of aspiring art collectors and artists.

The endemic art scene has grown considerably from this, trading her hippies for hipsters. Properly paired, this collection of artists and entrepreneurs has already spawned some enticing innovations, not the least of which is net art. San Francisco’s unique nexus of tech and art is challenging its rival art capitals with the growing phenomena of net-centric and net-based art.  (more…)


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Man As The Object, For A Change?

Man As The Object, For A Change?

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by Tasnim Ahmed

The female form, as an object or a subject, dominates all realms of the canvas. She is convoluted and in fragments, as Picasso exhibits, and she is raw and exact, as Marilyn Minter’s paintings will depict. But while women have filled the frames, where are the men? (more…)


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Thrashing in Boregasm Tonight

Thrashing in Boregasm Tonight

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Man is a tool-using animal.  So it’s no surprise that a camera and screen printer is all it takes for photographer Kelsey Bennett and conceptual artist B. Thom Stevenson to pull off some wildly vibrant and noticeably twisted works of fierce art.

“Boregasm” is the title of their latest collaborative exhibition and it features highly adrenalized photo collages topped with spurts of rousing paint. Fake eyeballs, crotch shots and a cry baby Elvis are just some the visuals that make up the surreal imagery at this spine-tingling exhibit.

The closing reception is tonight at Fig 19 Gallery (131 1/2 Chrystie St) in New York’s Lower East Side. So make sure to check it out before it vanishes forever.

 

 


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The Confessional Honesty Behind Neon Art

The Confessional Honesty Behind Neon Art

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by Tasnim Ahmed

Blue radiated from everywhere in the room, from all surfaces, some darker and others translucent, but we were all of the same color from one end of the room to the other. A little boy, not older than five, stared at his newly ultramarine palms with curiosity and delight, then looked up and waved at me furiously, his smile wide and his teeth sapphire. I returned his wave, the back of my hand a warm and bright indigo. In this one long room, we were all the same color, a few darker, a few lighter, but the same. I stepped closer to the source of my wonder—two rows and endless columns of neon lights. The discreet tag on the wall read “Dan Flavin.”  Continued here…

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Nothing but Net: The Citizen Kane of Bad Art

Nothing but Net: The Citizen Kane of Bad Art

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Thomas Kinkade "Cobblestone Evening"

Thomas Kinkade, “Cobblestone Evening”

Thomas Kinkade, the self-described Painter of Light™ (and arguably, of the people), is much beloved for his opulent paintings and prints depicting pastoral landscapes with gushing golds and dew-ridden bushes. Examining the most successful artist of the 21st Century, and his web presence, informs us of our own deeply held fantasies. It is our artists who define us, who depict our desires — and what better medium than that fantasy factory, the internet? Although more known for his mega-galleries (read: megalomania) than his internet presence, Kinkade is a colorful case of the accidental net artist.  (more…)


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Fresh Air from Ballast Projects at SPRING/BREAK Art Show

Fresh Air from Ballast Projects at SPRING/BREAK Art Show

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RACHEL ROSSIN "Untitled 2" 2013 mixed media, plaster, acrylic paint 6”x 4”

Rachel Rossin’s “Untitled 2″ 2013, mixed media, plaster, acrylic paint 6”x 4”

 

I had never even heard of the SPRING/BREAK Art Show until last Tuesday when my usual cabal of art blabbing enthusiasts flooded my phone and inbox with alerts about this new curator-driven art fair taking place at the Old School in Nolita.

When I got there, it seemed like everyone else knew about it because the hallways were clogged with bodies. My normal reaction to large crowds is to immediately flee. But instead, this time, I just bypassed the art on the 1st and 2nd floor – I figured I’d loop back around to it later – slipped through the squall of après-work B.O. and hyper self-aggrandizing chitchat, until I reached the top floor where I could collect my claustrophobic self.

There I stumbled into a room curated by Ballast Projects, which boasted a compelling lineup of contemporary artists that knocked the wind right out of me.  Curated by Adam M. Mignanelli, founder of Ballast Projects, the room featured the works of six exciting young guns whose art tied into this year’s New Mysticism theme of  ritualistic behaviors and their relationship between the Self & the Divine.

Here are some photos from the airiest room with the most eye-popping art from SPRING/BREAK 2013.

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No Need For Words

No Need For Words

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Who needs words when you’ve got eyeballs and articulate wrist action. Londoner-cum-Brooklynite artist, Shantell Martin tries her hand at our first ever, wordless art review. Her latest line drawing “Looking UP and ROUND from objects FOUND,” illustrates her impression of the Brooklyn Museum’s mesmerizing and monumental El Anatsui exhibition. For more on this creative polymath, check out her most excellent work over at her website.

 

Shantell Martin "Looking UP and ROUND from objects FOUND"

“Looking UP and ROUND from objects FOUND” 2013


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Not Your Average Art Review: ‘NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star’ by Cedar

Not Your Average Art Review: ‘NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star’ by Cedar

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Babes At The Museum '1993 Mix' by Cedar

For the longest time, I’ve admitted to not knowing anything about art. I stick to celebrating the unsung style that garbs today’s art-loving cabooses while fully admitting to being an ignoramus when it comes to actual art history. With all my cards on the table, my steerage through the art world’s fringe has been a lot more bearable.

Lucky for us, writer, photographer and all around power-babe, Cedar Pasori is our first contributor with the kind of art juice in her bones necessary for weaving together the website’s first ever, totally amazing “art review.”

Last week, Cedar sampled the pleasures of the highly anticipated ‘NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star’ exhibit at the New Museum.  But instead of taking the obsessively scrupulous approach to art criticism by arguing the impossible and dissecting the minute, Cedar has prepared for us a delightfully unserious take on art commentary.

Read (and listen) to the first ever Babes At The Museum art review by Cedar, after the jump.

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