Archive for November, 2010

Hammer Lectures: Walead Beshty

November 30, 2010


Daniel Gordon and Lawrence Weschler

November 29, 2010

Daniel Gordon, Purple Bust, 2010

Daniel Gordon is giving an artist talk Tuesday night at Aperture Gallery as part of the Parsons Lecture Series. Unfortunately his lecture coincides with Lawrence Weschler’s lecture on the same day at SVA.

The New Vernacular

November 28, 2010

Atlas Sound – Bedroom Databank Vol. 1-3

November 24, 2010

As if releasing one great album a year isn’t enough, Bradford Cox (aka Atlas Sound) has just dropped not one, not two, but three free albums in as many days.

I have only just begun listening to them in earnest this morning as someone’s dark twisted fantasy has surprisingly gotten me all caught up and obsessed, but that’s another story altogether. Either way, I just love the generosity and prolific nature of Bradford Cox.

I wouldn’t be surprised if there was even another record up his sleeve coming tomorrow just in time for Thanksgiving.

Atlas Sound also has an upcoming performance at The Bell House in Brooklyn on Saturday, December 11. Get your tickets here.

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein

November 22, 2010

Untitled (Marie), Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, c. 1940s–mid-1950s

The Eugene Von Bruenchenhein exhibition currently on view at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City is a must see.

Not an exhaustive display by any means, the exhibition gives only a glimpse into this American artist’s eccentric and fascinating output yet it reveals Von Bruenchenhein’s completely tripped-out aesthetic and surprising use of materials.

Von Bruenchenhein worked in a range of mediums including photography, painting, drawing, sculpture and ceramics. He also wrote poetry. In the 40’s, Von Bruenchenhein photographed his wife Marie in various states of undress in standing and sitting in front of various floral-patterned wallpaper. The photographs showing off Maria’s mesmerizing beauty and sense of innocence, are reminiscent of classic pin-up style Hollywood glamour shots and supposedly number in the 1000’s made over the years.

Gold Tower and Gold Throne, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, c. late 1960s–1970s

In the 50’s Von Bruenchenhein started painting on masonite and cardboard. He mostly used his fingers as brushes and usually completed each painting in a single day. To call these paintings hallucinatory would be an understatement as they glimmer with out of control color and spacial incongruities.

Untitled, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, 1978

In the 60’s Von Bruenchenhein also began making sculptures out of discarded chicken and turkey bones. The bone sculptures depict odd throne-like chairs and tall babel-like towers which are painted in colorful and metallic colors. These are probably the most jaw-dropping pieces on display and they never cease to amaze as well as disgust (in a good way).

For further research, an archive of Von Bruenchenhein’s paintings can be found here and another gallery of images of works in various mediums can be seen here.

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein: “Freelance Artist—Poet and Sculptor—Inovator—Arrow maker and Plant man—Bone artifacts constructor—Photographer and Architect—Philosopher” is on view through October 9, 2011.

The City Proper

November 22, 2010

Installation view, The City Proper

If you are in the Los Angeles area, The City Proper, an exhibition at Margo Leavin Gallery curated by James Welling, looks like it’s worth checking out.

From the press release:

The legacy of New Topographics, the 1975 landmark exhibition at the International Museum of Photography, Rochester, NY—of which Gohlke was a part—echoes throughout The City Proper, as photographers train their lens on Southern California’s urban landscape. Predominately focused on images of Los Angeles, these artists underscore the nebulous boundaries of the modern megalopolis and invite new readings of the city that the majority of them call home. These contemporary images re-inscribe the myth of the American West and its historical depiction in romanticized landscape photography with hauntingly empty streets, banal settings, and occasional wry humor.

The exhibition is on view through January 15, 2011.

Touki Bouki

November 15, 2010

I have never seen Djibril Diop Mambéty’s Touki Bouki before but I’ve been told that it’s not to be missed and a one of a kind film.

Luckily it’s playing at 7pm on Tuesday night at BAM. Should be worth checking out if you don’t have anything else planned.

Tree of Codes

November 15, 2010

Jonathan Safran Foer’s new book Tree of Codes is literally carved out of another book, one of his favorites of all time, The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schultz.

Read an interview with Jonathan Safran Foer about the book and see some more images of it’s construction here. There is also a good interview with the publishers of the book, Visual Editions, over at The Experts Agree.

This method of creating one object out of another existing one reminds me of Robert Heinecken’s brilliant reworking of popular magazines in the late 80s and early 90s.

Robert Heinecken: Time Magazine – 150 Years of Photojournalism, Limited Edition cut magazine, 1990

I had the opportunity of seeing a copy of Heinecken’s masterful cut magazine reworking of Time Magazine – 150 Years of Photojournalism over the summer at Cherry & Martin in Los Angeles and I was blown away.

Robert Heinecken: Time Magazine – 150 Years of Photojournalism, Limited Edition cut magazine, 1990

More images from Heinecken’s cut magazine here.

Vivian Maier

November 12, 2010

By now most of you have probably heard about the discovery of Vivian Maier and her incredible archive of photographic street work from the 50s, 60s and 70s. John Maloof, who purchased Maier’s photographic archive at auction, has been slowly looking through the archive, scanning and even developing some of the 100,000 negatives he has in his possession.

Maloof recently updated the Vivian Maier website he keeps with the news that a book is forthcoming from PowerHouse and that a documentary film is also in the works. Lastly, there will even be an exhibition of her work at the Chicago Cultural Center early next year.

Bruce Conner: The Art of Montage

November 10, 2010

From Bruce Conner’s A Movie. Courtesy of The Conner Family Trust.

Film Forum is screening two separate programs of classic Bruce Conner short films starting today and continuing throughout the next two weeks.

Film Forum is essentially screening the almost complete body of film work left behind by this groundbreaking artist. The found footage collage works were ahead of their time when they were released starting back in the late 1950’s and are a must see if you’ve never given them a chance.

See them on the big screen where they really belong.

PROGRAM A: Cosmic Ray, A Movie, The White Rose, Marilyn Times Five, Vivian, Ten Second Film, Breakaway, Mea Culpa, Take the 5:10 to Dreamland, Valse Triste, His Eye Is On The Sparrow, Easter Morning

PROGRAM B: Mongoloid, America is Waiting, Report, Crossroads, Looking For Mushrooms

Bruce Conner: The Art of Montage continues through November 23, 2010 at Film Forum.

Leaders of Men, a write-up about Conner by Amy Taubin.