Nothing That Meets the Eye: Cheap Imitations

05.13.2015  |  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.

In my last post, I discussed how artist biopics ironically rely on painstakingly crafted stunt doubles of their subject’s most famous pieces in order to consolidate the romantic image of the artist as lone genius. Despite the suspension of disbelief that lets us overlook, say, the fake Vermeers in Girl With a Pear... More

Power Equals Secret Pockets

05.11.2015  |  By

In Conversation: Aaron Gach of Center for Tactical Magic

Center for Tactical Magic is an international activist art collective that challenges existing power structures. unexpected projects sat down with CTM’s founder, Aaron Gach, in a coffeehouse in Albany, CA to talk about past and present projects.

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Five-Tone Kit: Ewan Gibbs & Pauline Oliveros

05.08.2015  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Projects/Series

This brief, 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.

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Community Property

04.28.2015  |  By

In Conversation: Chris Evans and Ernest Jolly Jr.

Chris Evans and Ernest Jolly, Jr. are a collaborative pair whose work brings together material, sound, history, and movement. Chris is a cellist and dancer with a background in comparative literature; Ernest is an installation-based artist with a background in couture. A friend set them up when Erne... More

Five-Tone Kit: Janet Delaney & Lou Harrison

04.24.2015  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Projects/Series

This brief, 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.

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Nothing That Meets the Eye: Not Pollock

04.24.2015  |  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.

Everybody has that feeling when they look at a work of art and it’s right, that sudden familiarity, a s... More

On Being-Hated: Ron Athey, Whip-Its, Envy.

04.22.2015  |  By
Filed under: Essay, Projects/Series

I know these posts usually start with something coherent, like where I am or where I might be going. How I want what I want when I want it, that sort of thing. Maybe it’s weird for me to assume that any of this might be interesting to you, voyeuristically or whatever. But god, I’m so tired I’ve gotta be honest. I did a lot of fucking drug... More

A Seventh Birthday for Open Space

04.15.2015  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd

Today, Open Space turns seven. For most kids, it’s a transitional phase marked by new responsibilities, new interests, and (naturally) one’s first cell phone.

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Objects Sublimated to Things

04.15.2015  |  By

The Thing, founded and run by artists Jonn Herschend and Will Rogan, is “is a periodical in the form of an object. It’s like a magazine, except that each issue is conceived of by a different contributor and then published on a useful object.” Four times per year, subscribers receive an iteration of the journal. Over the years those object... More

Collection Rotation: Kirk Stoller

04.13.2015  |  By
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For my installment of Open Space’s Collection Rotation, I’ve selected works that visually inhabit the narrow corridor that is the boundary between cohesion and collapse. It is the hidden stability of these works — a certain veiled resistance to failure — that I gravitate towards.

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