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The Laws of Motion. In-Studio Interview with Alex Kanevsky

The Laws of Motion. In-Studio Interview with Alex Kanevsky

By Kim Power
An apple thrown in the air will fall downwards, obeying the laws of gravity. Its velocity will remain constant unless an outside force acts upon it. We rely on predictable laws of motion to navigate our daily world. However, in art, and more specifically in painting, these laws may be suspended, [...]



Tomás Ochoa: Social X-rays

Tomás Ochoa: Social X-rays

By Raisa Clavijo
The work of Tomás Ochoa (Cuenca, Ecuador, 1969) carries an implicit, powerful political message. This multidiciplinary artist takes Latin American society and history as essential raw material, analyzing them in light of his knowledge of semiotics, post-structuralist theories and decolonial discourse. His strategy is based on dismantling or deconstructing “official” history, [...]



Miguel Chevalier: Virtual Encounters

Miguel Chevalier: Virtual Encounters

By Heike Dempster
How do we interact with the space around us? How do we inform the city and how does the city inform us? What are the structures of cities and life in the future? Miguel Chevalier reaches for a technological, futuristic and seemingly abstract register to describe the city and urbanism and [...]



Henry Eric: Myth and History in the Perception of the Mundane

Henry Eric: Myth and History in the Perception of the Mundane

By Dannys Montes de Oca Moreda
The concept of “the sacred” has traditionally been connected to religion, the liturgical and the world of the supernatural and, by extension, to everything that “transcends” due to its closeness to the sublime, the consecrated, the venerable or the canonical. It is also connected to that which is [...]



Interview with Carolee Schneemann

Interview with Carolee Schneemann

“I began to motorize paintings in my constructions because men hadn’t done that.”
I’ve had this interview on my mind now for several years, and to be able to conduct it at this time is opportune, especially nowadays, with the way that history seems to be repeating itself. Caroline Schneemann’s work is relevant to [...]



To Find Freedom in Chaos. Interview with Elliott Hundley

To Find Freedom in Chaos. Interview with Elliott Hundley

Chaos and mayhem do not immediately come to mind when the ancient Greeks are evoked. Classical antiquity is far better known for its emphasis on rationality and balance, not to mention the immanently sensible quest for truth and beauty, particularly when it comes to the visual arts. But Elliott Hundley sees things differently. [...]



Push to Flush. How New York Lost the Idea of Modern Art…  (On Museums, Collections and Spectators)

Push to Flush. How New York Lost the Idea of Modern Art… (On Museums, Collections and Spectators)

By Paco Barragán
Having been asked to narrate my recent visit to New York to some of its seminal museums, my remarks on it must be taken as biased-in the nature of a reprobation-rather than as the expression of entirely independent criticism.
I freely admit that I gently borrowed the title from French professor Serge [...]



Kettle’s Whistle. Bold Statement and Responsibility

Kettle’s Whistle. Bold Statement and Responsibility

By Michele Robecchi
Ever since its first apparition in the middle of the 2000s, the work of Kelley Walker has seemingly courted controversy. His smearing with toothpaste and chocolate-cream enlarged magazine covers featuring African-American ladies or historical photographs of civil rights fights, it is not foolhardy to say, has generated one of the most [...]



Nothing Meets the Eye: An Interview with Matt Sussman

Nothing Meets the Eye: An Interview with Matt Sussman

By Scott Thorp
When reflecting on a work of art, how often is the object of your attention a reproduction rather than the original? I’d guess it’s more often than you care to admit. Matt Sussman is an Oakland-based writer who earlier this year wrote a series of essays exploring “the aesthetic and affective [...]



Art for a New Nepal: Ashmina Ranjit’s Synergetic Practice

Art for a New Nepal: Ashmina Ranjit’s Synergetic Practice

By Owen Duffy
“If the world has imagined and experienced Nepal and its people as an idyllic Shangri-la,” writes art historian Dina Bangdel, “the brutal aftermath of the April 2015 earthquake forever shattered that dream.” Social media and television feeds have since been inundated with images of Nepal’s cultural heritage in ruins; temples and [...]