“This past March, Reena Spauling presented Marie Karlberg’s “1 Hour of Limited Movement” at Market Art Fair in Stockholm, Sweden. For this performance, Karlberg stands isolated in a perspex box. The artist is clad in a black turtleneck and tights (a proper mix of casual dress and performance wear) and irreverently blows smoke toward an audience of art professionals as disembodied voices read texts over a loud speaker. Critiquing power structures within the art market, the texts (from unnamed gallerists) invite the artist to participate in various upcoming exhibitions but, always with budgetary or some other restriction. In several of the emails, gallerists remind the artist “what an opportunity” they are offering, even though there is no budget left to cover basic costs. Karlberg, states “I use performance to critic expectations of young artists’ marketability and the careers that consolidate out of that, in a personal way.”
Last Saturday, inside the marbled walls of a historic Art Deco bank in downtown Miami, local film and art collective Borscht organized an evening of performances, video screenings, and installations, as part of their tenth film festival running February 22 to 26.
Trina, da baddest bitch and a Miami icon, headlined the festivities with a raucous set performed on top of the bank’s vault.
Poetry Curtains by Baltimore-based artist sadpapsmear (above) glowed beneath the room’s vaulted ceilings. The Albert I. Dupont building offered a dramatic backdrop for the works, many of which were by female-identifying artists commissioned for the event and funded by a grant from La Croix.
Baltimore-based artists Marnie Ellen and sadpapsmear
Artists performing and presenting work included Adriana De La Torre, Antonia Wright, Jillian Mayer, Cristine Brache, Gabrielle Horruitiner, Marnie Ellen, King Coochie, Kelly Loudenberg, Rachel Johnson, Fereshteh Toosi, sadpapsmear, Betsy Holt, Hyperbody & Honda, POORgrrrl, Ambar Navarro, Natalia Lassalle-Morillo, Hope Harrelson, Marcelline Mandeng, Fereshteh Torsi, Ana Trevino, Desiree Moore, Alejandra Abad, Devyn Waitt, Marissa Goldman, Devin Harclerode, Keenon Brice, Erin Grant, Rindon Johnson, Adriana Cristal x Negashi Armada, Anna K.E., Miles Pflanz, Claire Côté, Lily Gottschalk, Lesley Nicole Braun, Dese Escobar, Sadaf H. Nava, Whitney Mallett, and FlucT x Minnie Bennett.
FlucT x Minnie Bennett, Sissy Joker La Pieta
Rachel Johnson, Escaped Exotics Field Guide
Miami-based Artists Rachel Johnson and Gabrielle Horruitiner
On February 5, India Salvor Menuez brought together artists and performers including Maria José, Sara Grace Powell, Rowan Oliver, Ser Serpas, Women’s History Museum, Ariel Zetina, Jahmal Golden, and Gia Garrison. Presented as part of MoMA Ps1’s Sunday Sessions series, their original works interrogated queerness, trans-feminine social dissonance, the othering of women, out identity, the symbolic connotations of garments, and collective consciousness.
Kate Steciw and Letha Wilson continue to reconsider photography as a medium via digital imagery with their coinciding solo exhibitions at Galerie Christophe Gaillard in Paris.
The works collectively respond to the incorporeality of digital life breaking from the repetitive linear photographic works which were very much in style during the early aughts.
In the front gallery, Steciw’s objects morph into satin spaghetti, coiled on the gallery floor. The works are digitally altered, alluding tools of photoshop. Stewics’s digital collages hint at the new role of imagery as a material of mass production plays. The industrialization of imagery and the software used to alter that imagery replaces classical sculptural material.
Featured in the gallery’s main space are the works of Letha Wilson. Surface Moves, continues the discussion of photographic relevance. In the center of the gallery two large spherical steel pipes rest on the rippling pleats of a twenty-gauge steel print of a landscape. Wilson expounds on the narrative qualities of these tactile works, with titles such as Rabbit Ears Pass Cement Fold (Double Angle I), 2016 and California Concrete Ripple Tondo, 2016. The man-made industrial materials used in Wilson’s work next to an image of a serene landscape create a natural disruptions for the viewer. These distortions are at once natural and combative as they reveal Wilson’s reconsideration not just of the presentation of photography but of the convergence of the natural and the technological as well.
Recently national fast food chain, Freshness Burger introduced an innovative solution to eating limitations prescribed by the cultural trend of “Ochobo” meaning small and modest mouth.
With the “Liberation Wrapper,” Japanese women can freely scarf down the company’s largest and messiest burger on the menu, the “Classic Burger” while maintaining a neat and poised composure.
Freshness Burger cleverly employed methods of illusion in their burger wrapper design, by placing the face of a closed mouth woman on the diamond shaped holder just big enough to cover the offending burger eater’s guzzling chomp. Freshness Burger included a commercial video in their promotion of the “Liberation Wrapper” citing that it was to “free women from the spell of ‘Ochobo’”. According to the company, sales of the “Classic Burger” have increased 213% since the introduction of this new campaign, however, it should be noted that while this may have been a lucrative move for Freshness Burger, it has done little in the way of true liberation.
In Galerie Emanuel Layr’s current exhibition, Fieber, Lena Henke, Lisa Holzer, and Margaret Raspé revel the creative process as a kind of sickness, something akin to an incurable fever! The exhibition, curated by Kari Rittenbach, works to recontextualize womanhood, domesticity, and creative production.
The exhibition features new sculptures from Henke’s Female Fatigue series. In My Piece of Cake and His Piece of Cake, sand, ceramic, and metal structures are tethered by classic pink rubber bands and accompanied by the corresponding molds. In these works, Henke pays homage to the innovation of Austrian architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky best known for her reinvention of the household kitchen, now commonly know as the Frankfurt Kitchen, whose streamlined design helped liberate the 1920s woman from the drudgery of housework.
Lisa Holzer’s photographs, enter the exhibition with a droopy, earth-toned, guttural smear. Puréed lentils and pure white sugar icing are reductive, sexy, and take center stage, like something between excrement and an abstract expressionist brush stroke executed with a spatula. These corporal photographs sweat beads of acrylic paint, their stillness challenging an appearance of exhalation.
Margaret Raspé’s super 8 films from the 1970s play throughout the gallery on a continuous loop. Raspé’s films were recorded point of view style by strapping the camera to a workman’s helmet, a technique that allowed Raspé to turn her everyday movements into performance. The impetus for this use of the camera spawned from a desire to expand on the political issues of the 1970s surrounding reproductive labor. The imagery in her films oscillates between scenes of domestic work and artistic production.
I know what you’re doing tonight. Not staying at home and watching “Stranger Things.” Dese and David Moses have back to school GLAM ready for you at China Chalet. Grab your Warby Parkers (with no prescription) and head downtown to see your friends, the stars of New York nightlife.
DJ DJ DESE
Susan Cianciolo will be leading a fanzine workshop at the Swiss Insitute this Tuesday. Workshop participants will be educated about Cianciolo’s self-published books and zines, not to mention create zines themselves using materials provided by S.I.
Susan Cianciolo is a fashion designer, installation artist, and filmmaker. During the last twenty years, the scope of her work has included fashion, art, craft, and performance. Her RUN collections produced from 1995 to 2001 were commercially successful and critically acclaimed. Cianciolo’s works are featured in museums and galleries across the world. Most recently she has exhibited with Yale Union, Bridget Donahue, and MoMA PS1.
Fanzine Workshop with Susan Cianciolo
Tuesday, August 23rd
102 Franklin Street
New York, New York 10013
RSVP with subject line “Susan Cianciolo Fanzine Workshop” to firstname.lastname@example.org
“What time is it?” probed Rasheedah Phillips, one half of the Philadelphia-based collective Black Quantum Futurism, who together with collaborator Camae Defstar, delivered a charged performance interrogating the political nature of temporal consciousness at Artists Space on July 14. Comparing the Western linear time construct with the general indigenous African time consciousness, Black Quantum Futurism’s performance traced the roots of white Southern slave masters using time as a form of social control, unraveling the ways time continues to confine us, especially those on the edges, margins, and intersections of society, in an effort to imagine new possibilities. “Out of the dust of the crumbling institutions of science,” Phillips proclaimed, “comes […] Black Quantum Futurism, a new science for a new world of our own making.”
Video shot by Ursula Mann and edited by Jason Hirata.
Black Quantum Futurism performed during an evening curated by Topical Cream, along with Bronx-based rapper Quay Dash, Middle Eastern songstress LAFAWNDAH in collaboration with writer Amy Zimmer, experimental noise duo MSHR, and a soundscape by post-trance producer DOSS. See full documentation of all the performances hosted by Artists Space and check out photos below by Walter Wlodarczyk.
LAFAWNDAH with Amy Zimmer
MSHR (Brenna Murhpy and Birch Cooper)
More photos of the performances by Luis Nieto Dickens at nosleep.co
Topical Cream presents a critical dosage of live performances by Black Quantum Futurism, Quay Dash, MSHR and LAFAWNDAH, set to a soundscape by DOSS.