F.O.M.O. Are you familiar with this term? I suppose I am a bit slow on the pick-up of trendy acronyms, as I was introduced to it just last week. But it is instantaneously familiar and useful. In the event you are not already in-the-know, I will ensure you will not longer be left out. e.g., my recent introduction to the term: “She seems to have a penchant for surrounding herself with charismatic...
Specters, David Levine
David Levine, Spectator, Paul McCarthy, Los Angeles, 1971, 2010 The main characters of David Levine’s series, Specters, are not camera-ready. They are incidental evidence of this formative moment when the visual arts cannibalized all art disciplines and called it, Performance Art. Levine says, “The idea is to think about the audience, who are at once constitutive of the main event—this was the...
Reciprocity, Anxiety and the Aesthetics of...
When uncertainty and anxiety are the driving forces of my art practice, it is exciting to see entire exhibitions devoted to the subject, such as “Uncertain Spectator” at EMPAC and “Publics and Counterpublics” at Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo. What follows is a brief excerpt from an essay on the conceptual tactics of anxiety that drive my art practice. …….. Anxiety is a...
This Week’s Guest Blogger: Caitlin Berrigan
We are pleased to announce our guest blogger for this week, Caitlin Berrigan. Caitlin Berrigan is an artist who works in sculpture, video, and participatory actions to open a space of potential for confronting uncertainties within the context of social issues. She was an Agnes Gund fellow at Skowhegan and artist in residence at PROGRAM in Berlin. She holds a Master’s in visual art from MIT (2009)...
Medium of Exchange
As one of the first official acts of 2011, Virginia created House Resolution 557 which proposes the use of alternative currencies should the Federal Reserve go bankrupt. Although the Financial Crisis is said to be over, a great deal of insecurity remains about the solvency of the Federal Reserve. A few clauses from the resolution: WHEREAS, in the event of hyperinflation, depression, or other...
In the Shadow of the Sign
Responses to Anthony Discenza’s signs that have cropped up: Leo Strut It Will End in EARTS, from Julia Alsarraf, Curatorial Intern Sign on 8th Street
Anthony Discenza's signs on Rensselaer's campus
A few images of Anthony Discenza’s signs on Rensselaer’s campus on a sunny November day: