Open Space Hiatus

08.03.2015  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd

Friends,

Open Space is embarking on a brief but complete hiatus, beginning today. We are deep into an exciting redesign and rebuilding of the site, and will halt publishing entirely during this next critical phase. We’ll return later this fall with a brand new look, new columns and features, an expanded archive, much-improved contributor and ... More

VERTIGO Obsession Pt. 2: The Judy Room

07.31.2015  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

Forgive me, readers, for I have sinned. My last post was over two years ago. You find me still obsessed over the subject of that post, the art work Vertigo, by Alfred Hitchcock, which in recent years has come to be considered the Greatest Film Ever Made. “Stand in line,” you say? Yes, there are all too many of us gaga for Madeleine an... More

Nothing That Meets the Eye: Double Trouble

06.23.2015  |  By
Filed under: Essay, Projects/Series

“Nothing That Meets the Eye” is a series of essays in which I think through the aesthetic and affective fallout of some of the odder, ubiquitous, and more stubborn byproducts of our culture of copies, reproductions, and fakes.

It is only fitting that I end this series back where it began, in the presence of Elaine Sturtevant’s work. This time I’m in Los Angeles, at LACMA’s installation of Double Trouble, the MOMA retrospective I first caught back in December of last year.

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Five-Tone Kit: Lewis Watts & Casual

06.19.2015  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Projects/Series

This five-part series — named after a section of composer Lou Harrison‘s (1917-2003) Rhymes With Silver — pairs an image of San Francisco from the SFMOMA Collection with a piece of music also created in or indebted to the Bay Area at large. Subjectively construed, open to intimacy and conflict, these selections are fleeting studies ... More

Collection Rotation: Leef Smith

06.15.2015  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

Sometime in the winter of 2001/2002 I saw the ORGANIC/INORGANIC Selections from the Permanent Collection of Architecture and Design show at SFMOMA, in which the work of the L.A. artists Form:uLA Dimension Laboratory particularly struck me. The strangely assembled, sleek black forms felt other-worldly, unbuildable, and slightly menacing, like insects ... More

Five-Tone Kit: Barbara Stauffacher Solomon & Anthony Braxton

06.12.2015  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Projects/Series

This five-part series — named after a section of composer Lou Harrison‘s (1917-2003) Rhymes With Silver — pairs an image of San Francisco from the SFMOMA Collection with a piece of music also created in or indebted to the Bay Area at large. Subjectively construed, open to intimacy and conflict, these selections are fleeting studies in aural-geographic-temporal synonymy and disjunction. They’re also intended for the weekend, toward whatever end/opening.

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Darkness at the Edge of Town: Steve Polta on Lewis Baltz

06.08.2015  |  By
Filed under: One on One

Steve Polta

Darkness at the Edge of Town

Lewis Baltz (b. Newport Beach CA 1945; d. Paris, 2014)

In their totality, the series and surveys of photographer Lewis Baltz detail an entropic world of chaotic construction and semi-domestic (and semi-domesticated) landscape. He is known for black and white photos which depict a humanity-free, dead/dying la... More

Nothing That Meets the Eye: Notes on Clones

06.03.2015  |  By
Filed under: Essay, Projects/Series

“Nothing That Meets the Eye” is a series of essays in which I think through the aesthetic and affective fallout of some of the odder, ubiquitous, and more stubborn byproducts of our culture of copies, reproductions, and fakes.

“Taste has no system and no proofs,” writes Susan Sontag at the outset of “Notes on Camp” (1964). “Any sensibility which can be crammed into the mold of a system, or handled with the rough tools of proof, is no longer a sensibility at all. It has hardened into an idea . . .”

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Juana Berrío on Tacita Dean

06.01.2015  |  By
Filed under: One on One

The work I want to talk about is Day for Night (2009), a film by British artist Tacita Dean, which is in dialogue with Italian artist Giorgio Morandi and his life-long painting practice.

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Five-Tone Kit: Lebbeus Woods & Caroliner

05.29.2015  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

This five-part series — named after a section of composer Lou Harrison‘s (1917-2003) Rhymes With Silver — pairs an image of San Francisco from the SFMOMA Collection with a piece of music also created in or indebted to the Bay Area at large. Subjectively construed, open to intimacy and conflict, these selections are fleeting studies ... More