(noun) nonchalant absurdity with a dash of embarrassment.

(verb) to be shark bitten.

(adverb) in a manner that is nonchalantly absurd and embarrassing.

17 November 2011

Ai Weiwei Makes Tax Battle His Latest "Social Sculpture"

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Legal Battle as Art Form: Is Ai Weiwei’s response to the $2.4 million tax bill recently levied against him by the Chinese government actually a work of art? According to the AP, Ai has turned the government’s demand into performance art by posting official documents online, tallying loans from supporters, and making a video of himself singing an anti-censorship song. “This has become a social performance and there are so many people involved. Even the Global Times. They are also playing a role in this,” said Ai, referring to the scathing commentaries against him in the official Chinese newspaper. According to critic Barbara Pollack, “A lot of the work that Ai Weiwei's done with Twitter and his blog and all of that stuff that might look like just political protest in China, [but] many curators in the West have called it social sculpture.”


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Eleven Cubed : Primal Beings : Portraits by Anne Grauso

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14 November 2011

Meow. Meow. Meow. Woof. Woof.

Eleven Cubed: Primal Beings: An Art Happening by Anne Grauso & Friends

In celebration and in honor of Performa 11, you were or were not cordially invited to Eleven Cubed: Primal Beings, an art happening by Anne Grauso. Curated by Natalie Trainor, the event was the first of several salon series, where artists utilize their own spaces to create an interactive, engaging environment that focuses on creating art and empowering the artist. Combining the influences and ethos of Fluxus, the grassroots qualities of Happenings and the anything goes attitude of Dada, Grauso’s Primal Beings encouraged participation from its guests, but it was not required.

Slightly manipulating the space, Grauso created a photo booth and was able to get some great primitive-esque portraits including those of Malcolm Harris, Anne Huntington,Gabby the Cat, Mario Fernando Jimenez, Mauricio Herrerro aka the Fireman, Miguel Ovalle, Darnell Scott, Day Le, Danielle Riechers, Max Jahn, Amanda Wong and many, many more. Food was provided by Fat Radish’s Robin Hollis, where she offered guests a variety of meat dishes that could only be eaten with their hands--everything was devoured by the end of the evening. More art happenings coming soon. Perhaps we'll see you then.