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Archive Kabinett on Dieffenbachstraße in Berlin
with “If it looks like art it probably isn’t” by Warren Neidich
In two weeks, James Voorhies will be sharing his work with us at STUDIO Visits! He is an American curator, art historian and educator, currently based in Berlin. He holds a Ph.D. in modern and contemporary art history and is founder of Bureau for Open Culture, an itinerant curatorial and artistic initiative that utilizes exhibition, education, design, communication and publishing to position the art institution as an overall form of critical practice. Check out his websiter here: http://bureauforopenculture.org/
Voorhies and Bureau for Open Culture have worked with institutions such as MASS MoCA, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, Wexner Center for the Arts, Printed Matter, Bennington College, Columbus College of Art & Design, the Siena Art Institute, and Salon für Kunstbuch 21er Haus in Vienna. He has produced commissioned projects with a number of artists including Claire Fontaine, Thomas Hirschhorn, Learning Site, Mary Lum, Dennis McNulty, Red76, REINIGUNGSGESELLSCHAFT and Christian Tomaszewski.
Voorhies is visiting faculty at Bennington College in Vermont and has taught art history and critical theory at San Francisco Art Institute and Parsons The New School for Design. He has served as Director of Exhibitions at Columbus College of Art & Design, Deputy Director at the Wattis Institute, and worked in curatorial departments at Brooklyn Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
He is currently working on a book titled Falling from the Grip of Grace: The Exhibition as a Critical Form since 1968, which is a historical and theoretical account of exhibitions from 1968 to the present moment with particular attention to changing roles of the spectator. It analyzes connections between late-Modernist artistic strategies engaged with the exhibition as a critical form to subsequent dispersal of those strategies into contemporary curatorial, artistic and institutional practices.
September 28, 2012 Comments Off
“I’m one of the fortunate ones,
I love what I do and
I believe that my best work is still in front of me.”
September 27, 2012 Comments Off
Join us on Wednesday evening around 9pm in Holmes, Harder Hall to hear Lou give his Marriage Manifesto. Here’s what he says about it:
Observations and reflections on the nature of love and relationships developed primarily, but not exclusively, for students in their twenties.
“I am an artist–– not a psychologist, the Manifesto is as much a performance as it is anything else. My ideas are sometimes irreverent, possibly wrong-headed, but should keep you engaged long enough to realize that few of us know crap about love. We just like to think we do.”
September 21, 2012 Comments Off
As an artist my primary goal has always been to create magic with my artwork and to serve as an intermediary between the physical world, the world 0f existential illusion and everyday life. For thirty years my work has examined the edges of alternative photographic approaches. From my earliest clichés-verre to my pinhole photographs to my more recent combinations of 2D and 3D installation, I have developed image and object-making systems that exploit photographic space, perception and reinforce the ambiguous character of my narratives.
I am a writer of fiction, and my stories— my photographs, dioramas, and installations— reflect the idea that frequently there is a better description of truth in fiction than you can find in documents of the phenomenal world: The Mouth as Signifier of Status and Host for Pleasure and Pain. Animal Investigations in the Name of Science. Lack of Love on Foreign Soil. Big Jars of Teeth Launch Careers. Alleged Infidelity of Parents and What To Do About It. The narratives themselves represent fantasy masquerading as reality and emphasize an absurd world filled with the contradictory and inexplicable messages that bombard us daily. In this manner my work tends to function more like the irregular spray of a shotgun shell rather than a well-placed bullet. It moves in the general direction of my aim, scatters in the name of expression, and occasionally, if I’m lucky, hits something.
After a couple of decades of making art I finally have something to say….
September 21, 2012 Comments Off
…swiftly constructing large, labor intensive projects in relatively short periods of time and with fairly modest budgets.
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This week’s guest at STUDIO Visits is Chicago artist, writer, and curator Michelle Grabner.
When she writes about her own work, here’s what she says,
“My work consists of identifying, indexing, and transposing patterns. I also build elemental compositions that are foundational to the language of abstraction. These works take the form of painting, drawings, paper weavings, photographs, and stitchery. I am most concerned with enacting rudimental organization, articulating notations and embracing repetition. I believe that these dedicated activities are progressive and principled.”
Since 1999 she has co-directed The Suburban, an artist project space in Oak Park, Illinois. Since 1999 The Suburban has hosted over 150 artist projects. (thesuburban.org)
Join us at 9am this Wednesday in Nevins to learn more about Michelle Grabner! Or check out her website: http://www.michellegrabner.com/
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November 2, 2011