Posts Tagged ‘The Seen’

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PIPILOTTI RIST // NEW MUSEUM

Digital Delirium By Vanessa Gravenor Pipilotti Rist’s work is known for her characteristic hallmarks of fusion between digital and cinematic space, between architecture and the body. Most of her work can be characterized by an aesthetic that weaves into feminism, body politics, and sexuality. This aesthetic is comprised of stretched out slow cam underwater shots[…]

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COMPLICATED BEAUTY // CONTEMPORARY CUBAN ART

by Brian Prugh Yoan Capote is quoted in the wall text by his painting as saying, “The sea, for me and for a lot of Cubans, was like a wall, more an image of isolation than a beautiful place. I grew up with a frustration about the limitation and an obsession about crossing the sea.”[…]

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FOREWORD // ART & LANGUAGE: A CONQUEST

By Stephanie Cristello  Download PDF In April of 2016, I was invited by Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts to attend the opening of the Philippe Méaille Collection at the Château de Montsoreau—a beautiful renaissance style castle installed at the convergence of two rivers, the Loire and the Vienne. The château was built on the remains of[…]

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EMERGENCY CONDITIONALS // ART & LANGUAGE

Edited by Stephanie Cristello Download PDF Texts by Stephanie Cristello, Jill Silverman van Coenegracths, ART & LANGUAGE (Mel Ramsden, Michael Baldwin), and Matthew Jesse Jackson. Designed by JNL Graphic Design. Published by EXPO CHICAGO, 2016. Limited edition publication of 250. Emergency Conditionals—first presented at the conference ‘Philosophy and Conceptual Art’ at Kings College London in June 2004 and subsequently[…]

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OLIVER RESSLER // SALT GALATA, ISTANBUL, TURKEY

In Conversation with Dr. Kostas Prapoglou  Who Throws Whom Overboard? is a survey of the work of Austrian born and based artist Oliver Ressler at SALT Galata in Istanbul, Turkey dating between 2004–2016 and addressing issues of migration, borders, citizenship, capital, society, ecology and alternative economies. Spanning numerous areas of SALT, the exhibition brings together[…]

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MOHAU MODISAKENG // LAUMEIER SCULPTURE PARK

by Brian Prugh Mohau Modisakeng, recently selected for the South African Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale along with Candice Breitz, has a video and six large scale photographs in his first solo exhibition in the United States at Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis. While all self-portraits, the works are multilayered, with different aspects[…]

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SADIE BENNING // SHARED EYE — INTERVIEW

In Conversation with Kate Pollasch Viewing Sadie Benning’s 2007 video work Play Pause is to be enveloped in a slow submersion of textural sounds, tactile traces, banality, and erotic intimacies that seems to unmask something indefinably true about living in Chicago. It is a work that lingers, like a shadow, coloring one’s own experiences from[…]

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BEN RIVERS // THE RENAISSANCE SOCIETY

by Brandon Sward Since temperature records began in 1880, the Summer of 2016 has made its mark in history as the hottest to date. As we watch politicians lock horns over the implications, and even existence of global warming, the art world has had its own sort of reckoning with nature—evidenced by the proliferation of[…]

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ZAK PREKOP // SHANE CAMPBELL GALLERY

by Matthew Girson  The paintings of Zak Prekop, most recently on view at Shane Campbell Gallery, stake an odd claim on the tradition of gestural abstraction. The bold vitality that once characterized expressionist gesture goes dry on Prekop’s brushes—its color remains, but is rendered stiff and flat. Operating at a sober distance from Capital “E”[…]

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ANONYMOUS STATELESS IMMIGRANTS COLLECTIVE

By Vanessa Gravenor It’s about a society in free fall… —La Haine The quote from the first passage in Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities is often cited and referenced. A Tale of Two Cities tells the story of the French revolution from the point of view from the oppressed and the peasants—describing the[…]

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VIRGINIA COLWELL // PROFILE OF THE ARTIST

By Alexis Brocchi Virginia Colwell lives and works in Mexico City—her work examines the space between official and unofficial histories, and the poetic ambiguities of truth and fiction in historical narratives. Often she begins her artworks with stories found in her deceased father’s FBI archive, which contains materials that he collected during his career as an agent.[…]

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CARLOS ROLÓN // MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART DETRIOT

by Sarah Rose Sharp In some respects, the Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead (2010), permanently located at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, is the perfect staging context for Carlos Rolón’s, known by the moniker Dzine, Vintage Voyages and Atomic Memories (2016). A site-specific reprisal of a theme that Rolón has worked on in previous installations, here, the artist’s[…]

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ISSUE 02 // PREVIEW TITLES

Under the Cover. THE SEEN announces the Spring / Summer Preview Titles launching Issue 02 in print this April. The full-color, oversize journal will be produced as a limited-edition 5,000 count run available for distribution at multiple public locations throughout the city of Chicago. With Staff Writers reporting from around the world, each issue of THE SEEN features in-depth[…]

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SIMON DENNY // SERPENTINE SACKLER GALLERY

by Kostas Prapoglou Having developed a profound interest in the culture of hacking, the perplexed world of computer programming and information technology, New Zealand artist Simon Denny has taken over the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in order to convey these fascinations to the London audience. Entitled Products for Organising, the show spans the entire space of[…]

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PATRICK BERNATCHEZ // LES TEMPS INACHEVÉS                          

by Tina Gelsomini At the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, an unbearably bright white room holds Lost in Time/Murcof (2014), a spinning vinyl record on a player looping the soundtrack to Patrick Bernatchez’s film Lost in Time. The haunting sound reverberates off of the empty gallery walls, functioning as a gateway; installed in a side[…]

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HOME GROUND: CONTEMPORARY ART FROM THE BARJEEL ART FOUNDATION

by Hiba Ali Designed by architect Fumihiko Maki in modernist style, the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Ontario opened to the public in 2014. Their most recent exhibition, Home Ground: Contemporary Art from the Barjeel Art Foundation, which closed earlier this month, featured twelve artists from the collection whose work depicts the transformative and unsettling[…]

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JOHN STEZAKER // THE TRUTH OF MASKS

In Conversation with Stephanie Cristello For British photographer John Stezaker, the truth happens on stage. While contained within the plane of the photograph, his sharp and precise compositions exact a world that exists just outside of the image—at once materially secular and trans-substantially sublime. For him, the conversation about the image is elsewhere; the photograph[…]

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JONAS WOOD // GAGOSIAN GALLERY

by Kostas Prapoglou The exhibition of American artist Jonas Wood at Gagosian gallery’s Britannia Street space is his first solo show in London. It encompasses a series of just under twenty new oil and acrylic on canvas and gouache and colored pencil on paper works. Ranging from very large to smaller sizes, Wood’s paintings are[…]

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WALID RAAD // MoMA

by Tara Plath This text is (here and there) a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental. This small print follows the text of Lebanese artist Walid Raad’s[…]

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PREM SAHIB // INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS, LONDON

by Kostas Prapoglou Prem Sahib is one of those young artists that since graduating have dynamically taken over the British capital by storm. His show Side On at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London is the latest of a series of shows since he graduated from the Royal Academy Schools in 2013. Spanning[…]

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Chicago Art Critics Forum

Saturday, November 21, 12:00–3:00pm Kavi Gupta | 219 N. Elizabeth Street Chicago, IL 60607 THE SEEN and EXPO CHICAGO, in collaboration with editions | Kavi Gupta, present the Chicago Art Critics Forum, convening writers living and working in the city to discuss current issues, topics on contemporary criticism, and encourage attending writers to network and[…]

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MUSEUM OF ARTS & DESIGN // INTERVIEW WITH SHANNON STRATTON

In Conversation with Tara Plath Shannon Stratton is the William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York.  Prior to her posting, Stratton was the Executive Director for Threewalls, a non-profit organization in Chicago, where she still sits on the Executive Board (see: Jeffreen M. Hayes appointed at[…]

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ASSISTED // KAVI GUPTA GALLERY

by Stephanie Cristello Curated by and including work of artist Jessica Stockholder, whose exhibition Door Hinges is concurrently on view in the lower galleries of Kavi Gupta’s Elizabeth Street location, ASSISTED features sixteen artists, and could easily be a visual essay on form and object-hood. Here, the group exhibition format is approached as a work in and of itself,[…]

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MATHIAS POLEDNA // THE RENAISSANCE SOCIETY

by Ruslana Lichtzier A Ballad of Wasted Time Notes on Mathias Poledna, coupled with some peripheral questions about the meaning of art. The Renaissance Society is currently exhibiting work by LA-based artist Mathias Poledna with a two-component exhibition: a 6:40 min color film, entitled Substance, and a spatial architectural intervention. The film portrays a Rolex[…]