Curators Zoe Whitely and Mark Godfrey subdivided a mass of 150 works from as many as 60 to occupy 12 rooms at the gallery. They also set an austere tone for the exhibition, as if to prepare the visitor’s mind, placing five screens at the entrance with each one playing, on a loop, speeches any luminaries including King, Malcolm X and James Baldwin.
artist Krisztián Balogh created land art called World Tree. The striking site-specific installation featured a series of small interconnected streams
It is the experience of paddling on still and quiet nights, the sky clear and the moon yet to rise that moved me to create this work. The mirror like surface of the water reflects the stars and I am given the sensation of moving myself through them. As the moon rises the small ripples from my paddle and canoe cutting through the water send the reflected light dancing across its surface. It is in these moments that I feel myself in intimate conversation with my environment. Not simply a creature living in this world but a part of its very nature; the earth, air, water and light living around me, within me and through me. In this project I attempt to make visible the silent language of this conversation.
Hope and Fear
Powerful meditations on identity, race, gender and class. Using various multimedia forms, sculptural installations, and contrasting variations the artist Bayeté Ross Smith creates really challenges the observer on so any levels. The sound installations are fascinating and make me really miss the days of boomboxes and the many owned over the years.
Hygieia is the Greek goddess of health, daughter of Asclepius (god of medicine) and Epione (goddess of soothing of pain). Here, in the first picture, she is shown fending off time and old age. Continue reading
Dita Gambiro: Hairy Continue reading
As part of the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art’s annual California Sculpture SLAM, Oakland artist Courtney Brown unveiled this unweildly typing device titled “Self Organization,” that went on to win first place. Brown used a 1938 Underwood typewriter affixed with sculpted bronze tentacles…
Toronto-based artist Cybèle Young creates a fantastic world of everyday objects made of paper. Whether it’s a guitar case, headphones, a small bag or an umbrella, Young not only carefully crafts miniature objects using fine Japanese paper, but turns these often overlooked objects into colorful sculptural artworks. In doing so, her imagination shows no boundaries. Continue reading
Bridging Home, 2010
In this country we tend to be naive about history. We think it’s Newton’s perfect mechanical universe, out there predictably for everyone to see and set their watches by. But it’s more like curved space, and infinitely compressible and expandable time. It’s constant subatomic chaos.
—E. L. Doctorow
Worn: Shaping Black Feminine Identity