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  1. REVIEW:  MONUMENTAL AT BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC FOR ROUTINE MAGAZINE 

    "...the performers begin to waver between solo phrases and a collective groupthink. The bodies are working to understand, explore, reject and accept collaborative movement. As such, the clipped gestures borrow from a wide variety of recognizable ensemble choreography. From tap dance rhythms and show girl peacocking; to military precision and Maori tribe pride, the dancer's repetition and delivery evokes the diligence and training of these classic models, while their bodily demeanor seems frenzied, almost unhinged."

    Full review: HERE

  2. REVIEW: EDGAR ARCENEAUX'S UNTIL, UNTIL, UNTIL...AT PERFORMA FOR SLEEK MAGAZINE

    "During the 1981 inaugural Gala for US President Elect Ronald Reagan, African-American actor Ben Vereen performed inblackface in front of the live audience. The anachronistic styling was in homage to Bert Williams, the legendary vaudevillian actor for whom the indignity of blackface was a simple fact of the industry. Vareen’s performance was meant to bring this history of humiliation, and in-turn the current racial tensions of America, into a present day perspective. Unfortunately, the final five minutes of the production where Vereen intended to contextualise this were inexplicably cut by ABC from the national televised broadcast. It was an omission that shifted the intent of the performance from critical satire to one of complicit degradation, and home viewers were understandably perplexed."

    Full review HERE

  3. Erika Vogt, Artist Theater Program, 2015. A Performa Commission. Photo by Paula Court, courtesy of Performa.

    Erika Vogt, Artist Theater Program, 2015. A Performa Commission. Photo by Paula Court, courtesy of Performa.

    REVIEW: ARTIST THEATER PROGRAM BY ERIKA VOGT AT PERFORMA FOR SLEEK MAGAZINE

    “Artist Theater Program” is an exercise in collaboration. Created through an informal working process between Vogt and a myriad of peers (the cast includes Math Bass, Shannon Ebner, Lauren Fisher, Dylan Mira, Silke Otto-Knapp, Adam Putnam, and Nora Slade), these artists have come together to produce a two-night run of their cumulatively lead practice. Here, individual styles and agendas create a collage of multi-disciplinary and somewhat disjointed acts that are woven together under the umbrella title of “Lava Plus Knives”.  

    Full review HERE

  4. NEW PHOTOS FROM CHICAGO: FOTOFLOH.COM

  5. NEW PHOTOS FROM ITALY: FOTOFLOH.COM

  6. NEW PHOTOS FROM NEW YORK AND KENTUCKY: FOTOFLOH.COM

  7. INTERVIEW: CORY ARCANGEL FOR SLEEK MAGAZINE

    Summer 2015 Print Edition. 

  8. REVIEW: SARAH CHARLESWORTH AT THE NEW MUSEUM FOR SLEEK MAGAZINE

    Sarah Charlesworth’s career can be broadly situated alongside the Pictures Generation, a cohort of artists who came of age in the Seventies and began to work within the newly circulating visual language of mass media. For many, Charlesworth among them, the photograph became a device rather than a tool, and images were used self-referentially to upend photographic conventions pervading the ever-expanding worlds of film, television and print. Through the appropriation and altering of pre-existing “pictures”, artists sought to disrupt the political, sexual and social hierarchies that these modes of distribution enforced. 

    “Sarah Charlesworth: Doubleworld”, now on view at the New Museum, does the supreme job of articulating this early conceptual legacy, while expanding on her oeuvre, giving an inclusive look at  her unyielding dedication to  photography beyond the boundaries of newspapers and magazines. Curated by New Museum Artistic Director Massimiliano Gioni and Associate Director Margot Norten, the exhibition is organised into five rooms, each space presenting a cohesive and distinctly styled body of work that outlines the evolution of a practice that begins in the late Seventies and continues until 2012, just a year before the artist’s untimely death. 

    Full review HERE

  9. NEW PHOTOS FROM NEW YORK, THE HAMPTONS AND MONTREAL: FOTOFLOH

  10. REVIEW: LAURIE SIMMONS AT THE JEWISH MUSEUM 

    One of the largest challenges facing computer animation and robotics today is the phenomenon known as “uncanny valley”, a pseudo-scientific term used to describe the visceral aversion felt by a viewer in the face of an artificial human. This intangible life essence has become the unsurpassable gap between creating that which is life-like and that which is alive. It is this uncomfortable aesthetic slippage between artificial and the natural that Laurie Simmons examines in “How We See”, now on view at the Jewish Museum in New York.  

    While the scientific community works to create fiction that seems fact-like, humans are undergoing their own bionic transformations, often adopting increasingly digital characteristics as means to achieve a heightened beauty: image filters, Photoshop adjustments, plastic surgery and additive cosmetics are each ways in which we are able to control, adapt and alter our own human form.

    Full review HERE

  11. NEW PHOTOS FROM PARIS: FOTOFLOH.COM

  12. NEW PHOTOS FROM LONDON: FOTOFLOH.COM

  13. NEW WORK, 2015 

  14. REVIEW: ADVENTURES OF THE BLACK SQUARE AT WHITECHAPEL GALLERY FOR SLEEK MAGAZINE

    Black is a colour that embodies everything and nothing. It is the absence of all colour in light and presence of all color in pigment. Black can be mythologized as eternity, vastness and space, while also implicating erasure, eradication and death. Similarly, the square is a vessel for ideas; easily occupied with text, image or design. For this reason, the black square is a mutable symbol, and can be used as an artistic vehicle that teeters between a utopian utilitarian ideal and totalitarian censorship.

    Full text: HERE

  15. NEW PHOTOS FROM MIAMI: FOTOFLOH.COM

  16. REVIEW: ME3M 4 Miami: A Story Ballet About the Internet AT ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH FOR SLEEK MAGAZINE

    One could argue that the internet’s social capacity is detached from the user’s physical form. While this characteristic allows participants to explore the myriad of information channels free from their own corporeal limitations or the boundaries of geography, this disembodiment is only in the literal sense. As anyone who has spent an hour schizophrenically clicking knows, the depth and width of the internet can be a deeply cerebral experience that is sometimes best described as a journey. This virtual contemporary phenomenon becomes the basis for Ryan McNamara’s hour long Performa commissioned piece “MEEM 4 Miami: A Story Ballet About the Internet”that was presented in spectacular fashion for two nights only in collaboration with Art Basel Miami Beach

    Full text : HERE

  17. REVIEW: TOP PICKS FROM ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH 2014 FOR SLEEK MAGAZINE

    Mendes Wood DM (Sao Paolo, Brazil)
    Sadie Coles HQ  (London, UK)
    Metro Pictures (New York, NY)
    Cherry and Martin (Los Angeles, CA)
    Annely Juda Fine Art (London, UK)


    Full text: HERE

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  19. REVIEW: KADER ATTIA AT LEHMANN MAUPIN FOR SLEEK MAGAZINE 

    "Born in France to Algerian parents in 1970, Kader Attia was raised between Northern Africa and a Parisian banlieue, an axis of locales from which the artist has drawn inspiration for much of his artistic practiceFor his debut exhibition “Show your Injuries” at Lehmann Maupin in New York, Attia addresses long standing questions of identity and power through a visual language that is weighted in post-colonial references."

    Full text: HERE

  20. NEW PHOTOS FROM NYC: FOTOFLOH

  21. REVIEW: BRAD TROEMEL AT TOMORROW GALLERY FOR SLEEK MAGAZINE

    "For his latest exhibition at Tomorrow gallery, Troemel works offline to create a sweeping metaphorical manifestation of our contemporary techno-social conditions. Speaking broadly, networked culture is a product of (or cause of) post-Fordism, the social and economic result of our technologic advancement. Post-Fordism has produced, among other things, a blurring between life, labour and entertainment. To reference this, the artist has installed a series of mid-size acrylic cases, one after the next, hung perpendicularly to the wall. Titled “LIVE/WORK”, these shiny, translucent plastic objects glow with a variety of candy-coloured hues but are actually each small colonies of infertile female harvester worker ants, the small bugs chewing their way through a nutrient-laden gel to create randomised tunnels. These are ant farms. The pet store microcosm of the home/factory divide."

    Full text: HERE

  22. REVIEW: FUTURE FEMINISM AT THE HOLE FOR SLEEK MAGAZINE 

    "...this collective of artists produced a series of wall hanging sculptures and a looped video as an aesthetic culmination of their intellectual and political thoughts surrounding hetero-normativity, female empowerment and the future of both.   

    The result is, most prominently, 13 large stone disks cut from a beautifully polished rose quartz. The marbled fleshy surface calls to mind everything from the womb to the cosmos, enhanced even more so by their circular configuration – a symbol steeped in pan-cultural references to eternity and reproduction."

    Full text: HERE

  23. JULY PHOTOS FROM GREECE: FOTOFLOH

  24. REVIEW: YVONNE RAINER: DANCE WORKS AT RAVEN ROW FOR SLEEK MAGAZINE

    "... economy of gesture, durational looking and precision of image is evident throughout the large array of displayed archival materials, video and audio in the multi-storey Raven Row.  To the credit of both Wood, and Rainer’s visually inclined practice, the exhibitions negates the usual pitfalls of trying to bring live bodies into a static space and Yvonne Rainer: Dance Works perfectly balances the line between pedagogy and performance in true postmodern fashion."

    Full test: HERE

  25. REVIEW: WHERE WHERE YOU? AT LISSON GALLERY FOR SLEEK MAGAZINE

    "In late 2013, New York art critic Jerry Saltz antagonistically questioned, “ If art comes from everywhere and everyone thinks differently, why does so much of what we see these days look the same?” This was a fair enough assessment of a trend that Saltz categorized as neo-mannerism – large, gestural, often monochromatic paintings that are as decorative as they are derivative, and ever-present on the contemporary art market.

    The dilemma of redundancy is very real. And while originality can be tough within any creative practice, it is even more so when the object in question is a vast, predominantly bare, canvas. This is where Lisson Gallery’s summer group exhibition Where Were You? begins its inquiry. Bringing together Allora & Calzadilla, Cory Arcangel, N. Dash, Robert Janitz, Paulo Monteiro, David Ostrowski, Michael Rey, Julia Rommel and Dan Shaw-Town, it frames these 10 international artists by their disparate individual art historical trajectories rather than an aesthetic manifesto." ....

    Full text HERE

  26. PROJECTJess Adams and I are collaborating on another research lead artist project that will be hosted at Ram Place Market (in partnership with the Barbican) on Tuesday July 15th and Wednesday July 16th. 

    Finding inspiration from the absurdity of the Tesco - brand  American ‘hand decorated’ cupcakes, our two day installation/performance will attempt to rematerialize our relationship to the cultish, craved, co-opted and agri-capitalised cupcake.  We will begin our research with the question of what happens when the food we need to fuel our bodies becomes subject to the fashions of fast-moving consumer cycles? Looking at and working through subjective ideas of taste, nutrition and quality we will start a dialogue about the economic, cultural and social implications of mass production and the fashion of food. 

    A publication will follow sometime in late 2014 / early 2015. 

  27. INTERVIEW: LIAM YOUNG FOR TREMORS MAGAZINE

    I interviewed speculative architect Liam Young of Tomorrows Thoughts Today  and Unknown Field Divisions for the latest issue of Tremors Magazine

  28. REVIEW: LARRY CLARK AT SIMON LEE GALLERY FOR ARTWEDNESDAY

    "Having recently turned 71, Clark’s four decade career doesn’t just represent a late 20th century adolescent zeitgeist, but is equally emblematic of a now forgotten way of working. Before the analogue camera’s diaristic tendency became a stylistic affectation, it was a process – the only process – for documenting and remembering. This notion of raw intimacy and impulsive archiving runs throughout the photographs, good and bad, and it is this up-close relationship of  thumbing through a personal history that makes  £100 Photograph Sale so remarkable."

    Full text HERE

  29. APRIL/MAY FOTOS FROM LONDON, PARIS & BERLIN: FOTOFLOH

  30. REVIEW: PABLO DELGADO AT HOWARD GRIFFIN GALLERY FOR ARTSLANT

    Full text HERE

  31. REVIEW: MATT LIPPS  AT JOSH LILLEY GALLERY FOR  ARTWEDNESDAY 

    "The densely packed analog photographs of San Francisco artist Matt Lipps take influence from sculpture and painting while all the while self-referentially playing with the medium of photography itself. Now on view at Josh Lilley Gallery through May 29th, Lipps’ solo show, Special Problems, is a continuation of the artist’s ongoing exploration into image culture."

    Full text HERE

  32. REVIEW:  PICK ME UP FESTIVAL AT SOMERSET HOUSE FOR ARTSLANT

    Full text HERE

  33. REVIEW: RONE AT STOLENSPACE FOR ARTSLANT

    "The idea of legitimizing a somewhat rogue practice and giving unorthodox artists a platform for representation is something that is not just commendable, but necessary, for the privatised art world. However, one is faced with the problematic nature of trying to commodify the un-commodifiable, and the inevitable dilemma of translation from site specificity to white box gallery." 

    Full text HERE

  34. MARCH FOTOS FROM NYC & TEXAS: FOTOFLOH

  35. THIS RIVER OF FUNDAMIENT AT BAM

    My very first job in Berlin was at Jonathan Bepler's studio working as a production assistant for the live performance of Ancient Evenings. Nearly four years later it's having its 5 hour and 52 minute cinematic world debut at the Brooklyn Acadmy of Music Feb 12 - Feb 16th.

    More info HERE

  36. INTERVIEW: 'Those Willing To Transform' – AN INTERVIEW WITH COCOROSIE FOR DASH MAGAZINE. 

    A preview of my interview with sisters/performers/artists CocoRosie: here

  37. JANUARY FOTOS FROM NYC & WESTCHESTER : FOTOFLOH

  38. INTERVIEW:  PROJECT O FOR ARTWEDNESDAY

    Many thanks to two amazing women, Alexandrina Hemsley and Jamila Johnson-Small, for sitting down with me to talk race, gender and identity in contemporary dance.

    Full text: here

    Find our more about their performance and amazing Project O here