Summer is almost over and so are the dreary summer group shows. Finally! Starting off the season, I can’t help but taking a look at Team Gallery‘s website (one of my faves) to check their program and kick-start the upcoming fall season. This month, gallery Director José Freire is presenting a film by Spanish artist Santiago Sierra. I saw the film last year at Art Basel and it’s quite the porno flick. Anyway, I’m excited Team is taking in Spanish artists (NYC galleries take note). I’m heading to NYC next week, so the show’s opening is definitely on my to do list.[...]
Archive for August, 2010
At first glance, K8 Hardy‘s work might look like a Cindy Sherman knock-off. But a closer look reveals a more complex aesthetic rooted in gender role playing and fashion. To construct her images, Hardy rummages through thrift shops to find the most disparate clothes to piece together. The ways clothing acts as a definer and shaper of identity is one of the main subjects of her work.[...]
Gunilla Klingberg has gained international attention for her installations dealing with the viral aspects of visual language and our collective unconscious in the realm of contemporary consumer culture. With one foot in a critique of consumerism and the other anchored in a strong interest in spiritualism she distorts the familiar in such a way that a supermarket logo becomes a mantric chant.[...]
Following the success of Santurce es Ley, an independent union of art galleries that created quite a buzz for the area of Santurce to become (once again) the hub of the contemporary art scene in Puerto Rico, MIA Projects will be taking over an abandoned gas station in Santurce in Total Intervention; a one night only art happening that is meant to revitalize this once sought after art district. According to MIA (Missing in Action) founder and Creative Director, Margarita Alvarez, this will be the first of a series of pop-up galleries created by MIA Projects.[...]
Pablo Guardiola searches and achieves in finding the poetic in everyday objects; a paper bag with a grease stain becomes a world map, and a simple globe toy a paradox that points to geographical uncertainties and an increasing globalized economy. The use of different mediums of representation, such as photography, installation, found objects and sculptures, is clearly just a vehicle to mediate the relationship between perception and visual representation, which in his work coincide but still remain at odds with each other.
Myritza Castillo works within a very precise and calculated set-stage offering an often disjointed narrative that straddles the theatrical with the performative. Working mostly with photography and video, Castillo constructs and seemingly deconstructs narrative sequences that through pictorial motifs display very specific moments in time.[...]
Brazilian artist and writer Fabio Morais works with the deconstruction of language and the mapping of text and image to construct a visually engaging system of signs that relate to memory, language and identity. Frequently using writers, poets and critics as the basis of his works, Morais appropriates text, language and image and uses it as a place of negotiation between artist and spectator.
Sue Williams has lived and worked in New York since the mid-1980s. In her early career, she became known to a wider audience with her highly narrative painting. In taboo-like visual stories that seem like comics and caricatures, scenes of domestic violence and sexual obscenity, the artist expresses her rage over the enduring acceptance of sexism in society.[...]
“Just a matter of time” – the sequence of individual actions results in a specific present time. Past actions are part of this present, which is itself merely a passage to the future. In different ways, the artists Barbara Kasten, Allan McCollum, Jimmy Robert, Katja Strunz, Wolfang Tillmanns and Jennifer West literally pass through several material and formal qualities in their works.[...]
Colombian curator José Roca will be the Chief Curator for the 8th Mercosul Biennial to take place in 2011 in Porto Alegre, Brazil between the months of September and November. Since its inception in 1994, the Mercosul Biennial has focused on Latin American artistic production without forgetting the importance of maintaining an international scope. According to Roca, “If we understand the Biennial as a project of long-term cultural policy, it is logical that its positioning strategy so far has been from the outside in. Since we have reached this international positioning, we are at the right moment to intensify relations with local production, particularly the Brazilian one, Rio Grande do Sul and Porto Alegre.”[...]