Monday, October 25, 2010




en Maltz Gallery

A survey of artists who combine hand making and building techniques to create, engineer and hack unique, mostly functional devices, objects, machines and accessories; making either a social/political statement, creating new markets for individual styled products, or creating inventive ways to experience the tactile world, non-virtual, the “real.” Artists in the exhibition: Kim Abeles, Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Frau Fiber, Garnet Hertz, Justseeds Artists' Cooperative, Seth Kinmont, Liza Lou, David Prince, Mark Newport, Alyce Santoro, Shada/Jahn (Steve Shada and Marisa Jahn), Eddo Stern

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Waste Land

Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of "catadores" -- or self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz's initial objective was to "paint" the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both dignity and despair as the catadores begin to re-imagine their lives. Walker (Devil's Playground, Blindsight) has great access to the entire process and, in the end, offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit. View Trailer

From Adams to Lace

This exhibition explored the intriguing creations of the Festival Pattern Group - a unique project at the 1951 Festival of Britain involving X-ray crystallographers, designers and manufacturers. At the instigation of Dr Helen Megaw, a leading Cambridge scientist, diagrams of atomic structures inspired an eclectic array of patterns on curtains, wallpapers, carpets, lace, dress fabrics, ties, plates and ashtrays.
Watch Georgina Ferry give a talk on X-ray crystallography.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

On the Head of a Pin

  1. TOM FRIEDMANThis teeny sculpture titled, 'Headache' by Tom Friedman is carved out of an aspirin tablet. 
  2. Senior from BU talks about her microscopic subject matter WATCH VIDEO.
  3. MYKOLA SYADRISMykola Syadris, sculptor from the Ukraine whose little carvings can fit through the eye of a needle.
    Nicholas Sistler's little gouache paintings of interiors are massive at three inches in any one direction.
  5. Jin. Y. H. paints micro portraits less than one half inch in length.

Do Ho Suh

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Journey Around My Skull

Visit this blog to explore design & illustration border crossers.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Interactive Art

Tim Hawkinson
Camille Utterback (McArthur Grant Recipient)

Disembodied Communities

Vigils: The Night Watch
Lauds: The Coming of Light
Prime: Deliberate Beginning
Terce: Blessing
Sext: Fervor and Commitment
None: Shadows Grow Longer
Vespers: Lighting the Lamps
Compline: Completing the Circle

Spontaneous Combustion

Laura's NOTE: Aftermath of the LA Riots
I was in living in Los Angeles in 1992 and experienced the violence and mayhem of the Riots up close and personal. Buildings in my neighborhood went up in flames, caravans of looters broke into stores, mass law breaking and violence was constant, and at least 50 people were killed. The media aired the violence and destruction 24 hours a day for two straight days. Numerous video records of it all are easily findable on the net today. But what you won't find looking through videos on youtube, is any documentation about how people came together in South Central LA in the days following the riots to help clean up and help out. These flash mobs were driven purely by memetic contagion toward the good - and being part of them was among the most powerful experiences of my life. The question I had asked myself over and again in 1992 was, what might have happened if the media had aired these events in equal measure to the violence? That question remains with me today - unanswered.

Art & Action

Following are links to various artists, designers, & groups whose work engages community.

Remix Theory

Remix Theory Andy Warhol
Lawrence Lessig on Charlie Rose

Henry Darger

Here's an introduction to the captivating world of Henry Darger & The Vivian Girls. Click on link: In The Realms of the Unreal

The Art of the Steal

The Art of the Steal
A fascinating behind the scenes documentary film about how the Barnes Collection (worth 25 billion dollars) is being moved from its original home to a new building located on Benjamin Franklin Pkwy in Philadelphia.

A.I. & Everlasting Life

Signs of Mending: Yad Vashem

Here are a few pictures from just two of the many deeply moving memorial monuments at YAD VASHEM in Israel, The Hall of Names & The Children's Museum .

White Cube



People Matter

Last April, 99 works of bloggers, media personalities, and infolebrities will be given away to those in attendence. To learn how this project was organized visit the web site of NICK RAD.

William Kentridge

See new documentary film about this prolific artist at the Henry on October 18. AND attend an animation workshop following the film. HERE is an example of how he employs animation into his artwork.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Brad Spence: Material / Immaterial

ShoshanaWayne Gallery is pleased to present a group show featuring work by: Nicole Cohen, Jonah Groeneboer, Dinh Q. LĂȘ, Izhar Patkin, Elaine Reichek, James Richards, Michal Rovner, Arlene Shechet, KikiSmith, BRAD SPENCE (pictured here), Yuken Teruya, Shirley Tse, and Angela White.
Material/Immaterial features artists whose work embodies the indiscernible yet indissoluble link between the grand, abstract illusions and ideals of human culture and their basis in humble material conditions. In an age when subsistence-level survival is dependent on the weightless flow of digital information and global capital, these artists use the material properties of their work to give that contradiction a tangible presence.