“Cruel and beautiful…”

Chang Jia’s Sitting Young Girl from 2009 via Doosan Gallery

This Friday, March 7, Doosan Gallery in New York will open a solo exhibition of Chang Jia’s work. Chang is currently participating in the Doosan Gallery residency program. The exhibition will be up March 7 – April 3. Among the work to be exhibited, Standing Up Peeing (2006) will be shown. I wrote an article about those work for Modern Art Asia last summer.

Death of a Cameraman

Rudolf Steiner, Pictures of me, shooting myself into a Picture (2), 1997, Farbdia Fujichrome RDPII, 10 x 8 in. Image via Apex Art.

If you’re in New York or looking for an excuse to go, I highly recommend stopping by Apex Art to see Death of a Cameraman organized by Martin Waldmeier. In part of his statement about the exhibition Waldmerier states, Death of a Cameraman is not an exhibition about the killing of a young man, or about the civil war in Syria. It cannot be. It is an exhibition that acknowledges the presence of a new kind of image in which everything is at stake for the ones who make them.”

There is an exhibition talk today with Liam Stack and a film screening on October 22.

Martin, thank you for putting together such a poignant and informative exhibition.

Sunday Morning Coffee [Upcoming Exhibitions and Events]

Image via ACAW

27 August: The Distance Between at the Logan Center Gallery and Arts Incubator in CHICAGO.

5 September: Echo of Echo IIan exhibition of Joo Yeon Park’s work will open at Doosan Gallery SEOUL.

5 September: An exhibition of Sungsic Moon’s drawings will open at Doosan Gallery in NEW YORK.

7 September: Kyoung eun Kang will be part of a group show at NYFA @ IAP at Governor’s Island in NEW YORK. You’ve seen Kang’s work mentioned here before.

19 September: Asian Contemporary Art Week in SAN FRANCISCO.

19 September: EXPO CHICAGO will open in CHICAGO.

21 September: News From Nowhere by artists Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho at Sullivan Galleries in CHICAGO

5 October: Lee Bul’s exhibition at Mudam Luxembourg will open in LUXEMBOURG. You might know her form her Cyborg creations from years past.

Sunday Morning Coffee [Biggby’s with Bob]

Ariana Russell’s Sail via DesignBoom

DesignBoom says, “American artist Ariana Russell responds to the unique components of her skin to draw painless, temporary, and ephemeral designs on her body, the designs visible just long enough to photograph the results. Russell has a skin condition called dermatographia…” Read more of the DesignBoom article here.

The image above is an oddly appropriate transitional image from today to tomorrow. Today is the last day of my vacation, I move from bright blue lakes and warm wind back to the chilly bustle of Chicago. I’m cleaning out my email at Lansing, Michigan based Biggby Coffee with lukewarm decaf. Our vacation was wonderful but I’m looking forward to getting back to SAIC and some writing projects. Ta-ta, summer! Enjoy the links below!

Edward Hopper in 3-D via DesignBoom.

A human harp via DesignBoom. This reminds me a bit of Miru Kim’s Naked City Spleen.

A stunning reaction to devastation via DesignBoom.

Gwangju Design Biennale opens on September 6. Read a quick intro via e-flux.

What’s coming up at Doosan Gallery in New York and Seoul.

Next time I’m in Seoul I really need to visit this space.

1402 SEOK-DONG by Kyoung eun Kang

Last year I met Kyoung eun Kang in New York through my friend Gyun Hur. This Friday, June 21, she has a solo exhibition opening from 7-10 p.m. at Primetime in Brooklyn, NY. Kang uses a variety of media to explore herself and her family as they exist on opposite sides of the globe. Despite the distance, Kang explores  that space through the materials and memories that keep the family linked.

1402 seok-dong Kyoung eun Kang

Image courtesy of Kyoung eun Kang.

In the announcement for the exhibition she explains, “1402 Seok-doing is the Korean address where my family moved in 2 years ago while I was living in New York City. Through this exhibition, I try to imagine their life in their new home. I explore and reconnect family relationships inspired by family’s jokes, care packages sent by my mother, and hidden family stories. The works include a series of poems inspired by recordings of family conversations. A video shows family members recalling my uncle who disappeared at the age of 23. Family jokes are turned into photos and a sculpture made with ceramic radishes and sneaker shoes.”

Opening Reception: June 21, 7-10 p.m.

Closing Reception: July 5, 7-10 p.m.

Kyoung eun Kang’s Website

Normalizing Naked

Image via Art Asia Pacific

Can you imagine going about your everyday activities nude? Art Asia Pacific ‘s Michael Young wrote about his experience at artist Stuart Ringholt‘s naked tour of Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art. He begins his article describing what he and his wife “wore” in the nude and continues to describe the less than enlightening experience of the tour. Read Young’s account here.

The New York Times’ Mark Whittaker also wrote an account of the tour. Ending on a more uplifting note, the conclusion, was similar to Young’s in that the experience of the art was not enhanced by being naked.

Recently on May 25, in conjunction with the exhibition <laughter>, Apexart in New York City hosted one of Ringholt’s tours.  

Would you go?

Sunday Morning Coffee [Color Block]

via DesignBoom

Tulips in bloom in the Netherlands (pictured above) via DesignBoom. Go to the festival!

The above reminds me of Gyun Hur‘s installation last spring in Savannah, spiritus lenis. Click here to read more and view the beautiful images.

To continue with yarn based color block installations, woven walls by Wies Preidje via DesignBoom.

This image from the exhibition Light Show at London’s Hayward Gallery— psychedelic, hypnotizing and open through April via ArtDaily.

Gregory Johnston at Stephen Haller Gallery in New York via ArtDaily.

Year in Review


Top highlights of 2012: receiving my MA in Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) which involved both a symposium and an art exhibition, starting my teaching job at SAIC, presenting at the (In)Appropriated Bodies conference at Cornell University, starting to write for Sixty Inches From Center, and being invited to present at the International Conference of Asia Scholars in Macau (June 2013).

Below are the top read blog posts from 2012:

1. Master of Arts Visual and Critical Studies Symposium 

2. NYC, April 10, Part I [Sandra Dukic and Boris Glamocanin]

3. Red Gate Reunion Series 2012: Crystal Ruth Bell

4. Landscapes from Pyongyang at Galerie Son in Berlin

5. Just Humans: An interview with Angelica Dass, creator of Humanae  

6. Red Gate Reunion Series 2012: Britt Salt

7. Felix Gonzales-Torres at Samsung Museum in Seoul via ArtDaily

8. Batman, Jaws, and Other Such Characters

9. Red Gate Reunion Series: Jon Hewitt 

10. Sunday Morning Coffee (Quicky)

Thanks for reading! I hope that your 2013 is getting off to a grand start!

NYC, April 10, Part I [Sandra Dukic and Boris Glamocanin]

Last Tuesday my colleague, Brandi Kulakowski, and I went to New York City for a day to meet with some artists. We had an incredible trip. This week I will share with you the two main gallery visits.

Sandra Dukic, The Anatomy of Female Feelings, 2012

First we met with Sandra Dukic and Boris Glamocanin at Splatterpool Art Space. Boris and Sandra had just opened the exhibition All in a day’s work curated by Boshko Boskovic. The collaborators just finished a six-week residency in Brooklyn at International Studio & Curatorial Program (ICSP). If you live in New York go see it!

Boris Glamocanin, Ode To the Revolutionaries & Myself (detail), 2012

When one enters Splatterpool you immediately experience Dukic’s The Anatomy of Female Feelings. The work is comprised of dishcloths with short statements embroidered into them ranging from “You should be pretty all the time” to slightly more obscure assertions. Dukic arranges the work so that the audience uses their body to maneuver through the piece reading each cloth. When the viewer comes to the end she is in the back half of the gallery space and encounters Glamocanin’s Ode To the Revolutionaries & Myself. Glamocanin’s piece began as a collection of dots on the wall. At the opening he encouraged the guests to pick up a marker and connect the dots–his work became a communal project. Again, the work requests the audience to use their body. The work almost completely covers the two largest walls in Splatterpool. Dukic and Glamocanin’s two works seem to exist independently but upon closer examination one realized the intricacies that bring the work and the two collaborators together.