Category: Digital

Calendar. 09.04.13.

Carla Gannis and Justin Petropoulos, Legend, at Transfer Gallery
Regardless the Object Described Minutely, 2013. From <legend> </legend> an exhibition by Carla Gannis and Justin Petropoulos, at Transfer Gallery. Opens Saturday at 7pm, in East Williamsburg. (Image courtesy of the artists.)

  • NYC: Iran Modern, at the Asia Society. Opens Friday, on the Upper East Side.
  • NYC: Images of an Infinite Film, at the Museum of Modern Art. Opens Saturday. (This is a stellar opportunity to see Kerry Tribe’s Patient H.M., a gripping-melancholic piece of video art. I saw it at the Whitney Biennial a few years back and I couldn’t stop watching.)
  • NYC: Société Réaliste, A Guide to Hell, at P! Opens Thursday, in SoHo.
  • NYC: Sandow Birk, American Qur’an, at PPOW Gallery. Opens Saturday, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Pieter Hugo, Kin, at Yossi Milo Gallery. Opens Friday, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Allan McCollum: Plaster Surrogates Colored and Organized by Andrea Zittel, at Petzel Gallery. Opens Friday at 6pm.
  • NYC: Michael Günzburger, Bestiary, at Edward Winkleman Gallery. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Michael Raedecker, tour, at Andrea Rosen Gallery. Opens Saturday, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Blek Le Rat: Ignorance Is Bliss, at Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Opens Saturday, at 7pm.
  • NYC: Calligraffiti: 1984-2013, at Leila Heller Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Phil Collins, at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery. Opens Saturday, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Volcanic Visions: Barkcloth Art of the Ömie, at Cavin-Morris Gallery. Opens Saturday, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: María Magdalena Campos-Pons and Neil Leonard, at Stephan Stoyanov Gallery. Opens Sunday at 6pm, on the Lower East Side.
  • NYC: Ron Gorchov, at Lesley Heller Workspace. Opens Sunday at 6pm, on the Lower East Side.
  • NYC: Ati Maier, The Map is Not the Territory, at Pierogi. Opens Friday at 7pm, in Williamsburg.
  • NYC: Jesse McLean, Stars, they’re just like us, at Interstate Projects. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Bushwick.
  • NYC: Ray K. Metzker, Whimsy, at Laurence Miller Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Midtown.
  • Valhalla, NY: Sharon Butler, Dense Surveillance: New Paintings, at Westchester Community College Art Gallery. Through November 24.
  • Columbus, Oh.: The Pizzuti Collection opens its doors with an Inaugural Exhibition and a show of work by Cuban artists called Cuban Forever. This Saturday, in Short North.
  • L.A.: Neil Beloufa, Speaking About Best, at Francois Ghebaly. Opens Saturday, in Culver City.
  • L.A.: Bruce Davidson 1964/2012 and Camilo José Vergara: By Night in L.A., at Rose Gallery. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Santa Monica.
  • L.A.: The Stand-In (Or a Glass of Milk), at Public Fiction. Opens Friday at 7pm, in Northeast Los Angeles.
  • L.A.: Cecily Brown, at Gagosian Gallery. Opens Friday at 6pm, in Beverly Hills.
  • L.A.: Kai and Sunny, Caught by the Nest, at Subliminal Projects. Opens Saturday, in Echo Park.
  • L.A.: True Believers, at the Torrance Art Museum. Through October 12, in Torrance.
  • PLUS: My pal Souris Hong-Porretta has put together one hell of an artist coloring book. Check it!
  • PLUS PLUS: Super great review of Ben Davis’s new book 9.5 Theses on Art and Class by Christian Viveros-Fauné in the Village Voice.
  • PLUS PLUS PLUS: Ben will be presenting his book in New York at Housing Works bookstore this Thursday at 7pm. Do not miss!

Calendar. 01.02.13.

Model of PDP-1 (Programmed Data Processor-1) computer on which a playable simulation of Spacewar! will be presented as part of the exhibition Spacewar! Video Games Blast Off, at the Museum of the Moving Image. Through March 3, in Astoria. (Patrick Alvarado/Museum of the Moving Image.)

  • L.A.: Bridging Homeboy Industries, at Ben Maltz Gallery. Opens today at the Otis College of Arts, in Playa del Rey.
  • Oakland: Taro Hattori, at Swarm Gallery. Through January 20.
  • Reno: The Light Circus: Art of Nevada Neon Signs, at the Nevada Museum of Art. Through February 10.
  • NYC: Inventing Abstraction: 1910-1925, at the Museum of Modern Art. Through April 15, in Midtown.
  • NYC: Diana Cooper, My Eye Travels*, at Postmaster. Opens Saturday, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Print, at the Woodward Gallery. Opens Saturday, on the Lower East Side.
  • NYC: The Order of Things, at NurtureArt. Opens Friday at 7pm, in Bushwick.
  • NYC: Adam Parker Smith, 9:4:1, at Storefront Bushwick. Opens Friday at 6pm.
  • NYC: Sharon Butler, Precisionist Casual, at Pocket Utopia. Opens Sunday at 6pm, on the Lower East Side.
  • Amsterdam: Imagined Places, at the Tropenmuseum. Through April 14.

Find me over at Studio 360.

Hey Y’all:

I’m over at Studio 360 talking about GIFs — such as Alex da Corte’s piece, above — and the Moving the Still show in Miami…

Check it!


P.S. I’d given a shout out to Paddy Johnson’s GIF show at Denison University, but it didn’t get in. But if you’re into all things GIFfy in the world of art, knowing about that exhibit is a MUST. Also, see Born in 1987 at the London Photographer’s Gallery, which is currently on view.


Miscellany. 07.11.11.

All times and seasons at once, a screengrab from Google Satellite of a piece of the Rockies in Colorado.

Every Time At Once
Since I’m all about Google Maps these days: I found the above image while doing a bit of research for a book project I’m working on. It’s a screengrab of an area in the San Juan National Forest, north of Durango, Colo. The area was clearly photographed over different periods, creating this wild juxtaposition of seasons and times. The whole thing reminded me of Joanne McNeil’s essay, Overfutured, in which she discusses the way in which the internet can appear to scramble our sense of chronology.

Art and Social Media
Paddy Johnson and Hrag Vartanian have a debate going on about the merits — or lack thereof — of recent art incorporating social media. I’m with Hrag on the fact that Paddy’s initial critique in L Magazine could have been a bit more nuanced, that there’s a difference between art that is made for a social media platform and art that merely utilizes social media as part of a larger concept. That said, I’m with Paddy on the fact that a lot of projects that have been presented have been less than compelling.

WTF is Twitter Art? (Graphic borrowed from Hyperallergic, with credit to Twittable Art)

To be fair, I have not participated in many of these (because, well, they’re just not very compelling), so it’s difficult to judge. But I did become involved with was Man Bartlett’s #24hEcho at PPOW last year — in which he read aloud Tweets sent to him over a 24-hour period. Certainly, if you just look at the Twitter piece of it, it is pretty banal. But there was something gripping about hearing my words echoed back at me over the internet in real time. It was like being in the car with my little sister, when she would repeat every last thing I said — an intriguing/annoying one-sided non-dialogue that was slightly unnerving. (For the record: I sent him Journey lyrics.)

Paddy has a more thought-out follow-up at Art Fag City. Particularly insightful are the comments about our “like”-happy culture. Definitely worth reading…

Update: Hyperallergic responds to the response. In terms of our “like”-happy culture, I agree, this is not just the province of social media (as Jim Poniewozik writes, in reference to TV). But when social media applications are built around nothing but “like” and “plus” and “favorite” — these types of somewhat fawning judgments are encouraged.

Random Linkage

  • The BBC on the expense and effort required to graffiti-proof public works of art. Which makes me think that maybe public works of art should be built with ephemerality in mind, because does any community need to be saddled with one sculptor’s “genius” forever? Would be more environmental, too… (@KnightLAT.)
  • Spiral Jetty Hijinks: Greg Allen, of, has formed a non-profit and submitted an application to win the lease for Robert Smithson’s work of land art. The Dia is probably feeling seriously flat-footed right about now. More here.
  • Not sure how I missed this: A piece from Studio 360 on visualizing the Civil War — discussing works by Winslow Homer and Mathew Brady.
  • An interesting talk by MIT’s  Sherry Turkle on the impact of technology on our lives.
  • Christopher Knight theorizes on why Warhol painted soup. Interesting read.
  • Really, really digging all the great L.A.-centric stuff I’ve been finding on East of Borneo.
  • A lovely photo essay by Matt Black on a rural Mixtec village in Mexico.
  • Brazil’s adaptive football fields.
  • ZOMG: Klimt Barbie. Hyperallergic imagines five others. My suggestions: Ana Mendieta Barbie (I mean, seriously), Senga Nengudi Barbie, and Patssi Valdez/Asco Barbie. ‘Cuz those bitches would be fierce.
  • Dial-Up modem sound, 700% slower. To which I add 12 hours of white noise. Duuuuuuuude.
  • Because I’m so Society: I made Manhattan Mag’s Twitter list (p. 46), along with @MuseumNerd and @NYArtBeat — and, most importantly, @patkiernan of NY1. In the papers!!!!!

Nostalgia for the Net.

Last night, I attended a highly interesting panel at Hyperallergic HQ in Brooklyn called “Nostalgia for the Net” — in which an interesting crew of folks (including Joanne McNeil, of the always awesome Tomorrow Museum) reminisced about the early days of the internet, when connecting to one another digitally involved acronyms such as Telnet and BBS. At one point, the discussion drifted to Steve Lambert’s recent discovery of the movie Space Jam‘s website — in its pristine 1996 state. And it reminded me that, recently, while doing research for an upcoming story in ARTnews, I came across the Whitney Museum’s website for a 2001 digital art exhibit called Bitstreams. It has retained its early millennium layout — complete with reference to Netscape. Old school!

Find the site here. Or by clicking the image above.


Over at Gallerina: The Art of Online Dating.

Artist R. Luke DuBois takes frequently-used words from online dating profiles and lays them over maps. Zombie, apparently, is popular in my neighborhood. Find out which NYC neighborhoods Booger, PMS and Ganja appear in (along with data related to other U.S. cities and states). My Q&A with DuBois is now up at WNYC.