(noun) nonchalant absurdity with a dash of embarrassment.

(verb) to be shark bitten.

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

28 January 2012

Joel Sternfeld: First Pictures @ Luhring Augustine Gallery, Chelsea

Ai Weiwei: Sunflower Seeds @ Mary Boone Gallery, Chelsea

[PRESS RELEASE]Sunflower Seeds, an Installation by world-renowned artist and human rights activist AI WEIWEI. Seen for the first time in New York, Sunflower Seeds, as in the related Installation that debuted at the Tate Modern in London in October 2010, is a field comprised of millions (five tons) of hand-painted porcelain sunflower seeds. Each actual-size seed is unique and intricately hand-formed and painted by artisans in the historic porcelain-producing city of Jingdezhen in northern Jiangxi, China.

The sunflower, with its destiny to follow the sun, became a common metaphor for The People during China’s Cultural Revolution. At the same time, the seeds of the flower provided sustenance at all levels of society, and the ubiquitous discarded husks provided evidence of an individual’s existence. Ai Weiwei demonstrates that a staggering quantity of individual seeds may produce a deceptively unified field. The work is a commentary on social, political and economic issues pertinent to contemporary China: the role of the individual versus the masses, and China’s long history of labor-intensive production and export.

Damien Hirst: Spot Paintings @ Gagosian, Chelsea

Guard running toward me telling me I can't take a photo.

25 January 2012

FAMILY BUSINESS : The Virgins Show

The Virgins Show
Opening February 16, 6-8pm

FAMILY BUSINESS is a new exhibition space initiated by Maurizio Cattelan and Massimiliano Gioni.

Located in Chelsea at 520 West 21st Street, FAMILY BUSINESS is a guest house - a place where friends and enemies are invited to present the works of artists they support and projects they believe in.

FAMILY BUSINESS is the big brother of the Wrong Gallery, a minuscule space that Maurizio Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni and Ali Subotnick ran in New York from 2002 to 2005. Just like the Wrong Gallery, FAMILY BUSINESS is a non-profit space open to experimentation and irreverent exhibition formats, right in the heart of Chelsea.

The first exhibition to inaugurate this untouched space is aptly titled "The Virgins Show":all the featured artist have never shown before (Presumably they are in fact still virgins.) Early reports are identifying the show's content as what might happen if Mary Heilmann had a threesome with Martin Kippenberger and Blinky Palermo. It is curated by longtime virgin Marilyn Minter, who is also the author of this press release, the first she has ever written.

In addition to the pieces situated in the space there will be a constantly running video monitor featuring the very first works of artists who have agreed to abandon their sultry lives of debauchery and become Born Again Virgins. (If only for the duration of the show.)

The opening will feature a guest appearance by the band The Virgins, whose name is a bit suspicious as it is widely believed they are actually a grou of sexually depraved maniacs.

Also, no word back from Richard Branson, but we've got our fingers crossed.

Andrew Brischler
Eric Mistretta
David Mramor
Rebecca Ward
and more

Born Again Virgins:
Patty Chang
Kate Gilmore
Laurel Nakadate
Wangechi Mutu
Mika Rottenberg
Aida Ruilova

FAMILY BUSINESS is a free time-share: a space made available to people who have something interesting to say; a way to get to know new families and friends.
FAMILY BUSINESS is powered by the Center for Curatorial Studies - Bard College.
A guest + a host= a ghost.

24 January 2012

For Aubrie ♥

Aubrie, Liane & Natalie, 2001
As tears and memories came pouring in today, those that have not come to mind in quite some time, I am reminded of how fragile life is. Give more, take less, smile often, remember compliments, and forget insults. Life really isn't that serious. Change your ways of seeing if happiness is what you seek. Otherwise, I'm sure your misery can find some company rather quickly.

Aubrie Uellner, when I first met you I was an awkward middle schooler. Too skinny, braces, no tits and I looked up to you as this older, beautiful and amazing gymnast. I wanted to be so much like you. I'll never forget all the Friday night practices we hated, the year you drove all the way out of the way to pick me up for school so I didn't have to take the bus, beam routine after beam routine–-the ongoing beam star competition. You won, of course. You had such a warm heart. I hope you are dancing and spinning in heaven Esméralda. I ♥ you. All my love to your family. xx

23 January 2012

Dali Does it Better

'Resolve' Group Exhibition at Joshua Liner Gallery


Carsten Höller: Experience @ The New Museum

[PRESS RELEASE]“Carsten Höller: Experience” is the most comprehensive US exhibition to date of the artist’s engaging work. The current show gathers together a number of the artist’s signature works in an arrangement that transforms the viewer’s experience of time and space. Originally trained as a scientist, Höller is frequently inspired by research and experiments from scientific history and deploys these studies in works that alter the audience’s physical and psychological sensations, inspiring doubt and uncertainty about the world around them. His work often draws on social spaces outside of the museum such as the amusement park, zoo, or playground, but the experiences they provide are always far from our usual expectations of these activities. Höller’s art takes the form of proposals for radical, new ways of living by creating sculptures and diagrams for visionary architecture as well as transportation alternatives, such as his renowned slide installations. These concepts may seem impossible in the present day, but suggest new models for the future.

Each floor of the exhibition explores a different general theme within Höller’s work to provide a carefully choreographed journey through the building and the artist’s oeuvre. The fourth floor focuses on the theme of movement—featuring the artist’s spectacular Mirror Carousel (2005), which provides riders with a notably different physical experience than the traditional fairground merry-go-round, while at the same time reflecting and illuminating the space surrounding it. The third floor gathers together works that seek to provide an altered or utopian experience of architectural space. For example, his Giant Psycho Tank (2000) invites viewers to float weightlessly in the water of a sensory deprivation pool, providing a tenebrous, out-of-body experience.

Over the years, the artist has employed psychotropic drugs, flashing lights, and other stimuli to potentially alter the viewer’s mental state. His new site-specific installation on the second floor, Double Light Corner, flickers back and forth on a central axis, creating an immersive, hallucinatory experience. The work is paired with a recreation of Höller’s Experience Corridor in which the viewer is given the choice to undertake a number of self-experiments. The sculptures, Giant Triple Mushrooms (2010), icons of the kind of personal exploratory journey that his work has always centered on, will also be on view. Taken as a whole, Höller’s work is an invitation to re-imagine the way in which we move through the world and the relationships we build as he asks us to reconsider what we think we know about ourselves.