Tune into Your Own Brain Waves with Steve Parker’s Suspended Constellations of Salvaged Brass
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by Grace Ebert
4h ago
“Sonic Meditation for Solo Performer No. 2,” salvaged brass, electronics, astroturf, EEG brain monitor, video projection. All images © Steve Parker, shared with permission Many therapists advise patients to reconnect with their inner voice, a part of treatment that, as anyone who’s tried it can attest, is easier said than done. But what if you could tune into to your internal ups and downs in the same way you listen to a song? In his Sonic Meditation for Solo Performer series, Austin-based artist and musician Steve Parker fashions immersive installations of salvaged brass. Suspended in ..read more
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Max Naylor Rambles Through Mystical Woodlands in Ethereal Oil and Ink Paintings
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by Kate Mothes
1d ago
“Storm Surge” (2023), ink on paper, 51 x 66 centimeters. All images © Max Naylor, shared with permission Through ancient wooded glens and along rugged sea coasts, Max Naylor invites us to wander along shady passageways, squeeze between lichen-cloaked boulders, and inhale the fragrance of wildflowers. His detailed landscapes in ink and oil paint (previously) capture petals, branches, waves, and an array of botanicals in dreamlike scenes that teeter elegantly on the edge of reality. Time of day is often indeterminate in Naylor’s paintings, where blue may suggest nighttime or just the shad ..read more
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Hot Dogs, Rats, and Birkin Bags: Paa Joe’s Wooden Coffins Are an Ode to NYC’s Ubiquitous Sights
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by Grace Ebert
2d ago
“Yellow Cab” (2024), Emele wood, enamel, cloth, acrylic, 92 x 27 x 44 inches. All images courtesy of Superhouse, shared with permission New Yorkers are known for their unwavering devotion to the city, but would they want to spend eternity inside one of its once-ubiquitous taxis or worse yet, in the body of a wildly resilient subway rat? In Celestial City at Superhouse, Ghanaian artist Paa Joe presents a sculptural ode to the Big Apple by carving an oversized rendition of the fruit, a Heinz ketchup bottle, a bagel with schmear, and more urban icons. Invoking the charms of all five boroughs, t ..read more
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Diverse Expressions: 5 Artwork Themes to Discover at The Other Art Fair Brooklyn This May
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by The Other Art Fair
2d ago
Dawn Beckles, “Forever The Cream” (2023), acrylic, charcoal, gold leaf, spray paint, paper on canvas Get ready for an art event unlike any other. The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art returns to ZeroSpace in Brooklyn from May 16 to 19. With each new fair comes new experiences, and this edition is no different as it unveils a vibrant roster of fresh artwork, new talents, and unexpected delights. This May installment promises an array of exciting features, including 120+ independent artists set to showcase their collections, the 10th edition of Mike Perry and Josh Cochran’s “Get Nude, Ge ..read more
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Street Photographer Tony Van Le Captures Beauty in Brevity
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by Jackie Andres
3d ago
“The Magic Number.” All images © Tony Van Le, shared with permission As John Koening writes in The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, the term sonder refers to “the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—an epic story that continues invisibly around you.” This profound feeling reveals itself in Tony Van Le’s street photography, circling around the meaningful coincidences that he captures instantaneously. Le is fueled by serendipity and strangeness. Having originally explored these grounds through music production, the artist has since moved toward ..read more
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In Venice, Jeffrey Gibson Envelops the U.S. Pavilion in Kaleidoscopic Color and Flawed Promises
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by Grace Ebert
5d ago
Left: “The Enforcer” (2024). Right: “WE WANT TO BE FREE”(2024). Mural: “WE ARE MADE BY HISTORY” (2024). All photos by Timothy Schenck, shared with permission Written in blocky, bright typography, “We hold these truths to be self-evident” wraps the top of the neoclassical facade of the U.S. Pavilion at the 60th Venice Biennale. The opening lines from the Declaration of Independence greet visitors to the groundbreaking exhibition the space in which to place me by artist Jeffrey Gibson, the first Indigenous artist to represent the U.S. with a solo exhibition. A member of the Mississippi Ba ..read more
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13 Bronze Figures Reinterpreted from Velázquez’s ‘Las Meninas’ Line Up in a Central Venice Plaza
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by Grace Ebert
6d ago
‘Las Meninas a San Marco’ (2024). All images courtesy of Contini Art Gallery, shared with permission Thirteen bronze women in wide pannier skirts stand single file in St. Mark’s Square in central Venice. The large-scale installation is the work of Spanish artist Manolo Valdés and on view for the 60th Venice Biennale that opened earlier this month. Known for recontextualizing the iconic figures, colors, and textures throughout Western art history, Valdés once again pulls from well-known source material for Las Meninas a San Marco as he reinterprets the subjects of Diego Velázquez’s 1656 paint ..read more
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With Few Glimmers of Hope, the World Press Photo Contest Documents War, Migration, and Devastation
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by Grace Ebert
6d ago
“The Two Walls” by Alejandro Cegarra, The New York Times/Bloomberg. A migrant walks atop a freight train known as “The Beast.” Migrants and asylum seekers lacking the financial resources to pay a smuggler often resort to using cargo trains to reach the United States border. This mode of transportation is very dangerous; over the years, hundreds have fallen onto the tracks and have been killed or maimed. Piedras Negras, Mexico, October 8, 2023. All images courtesy of World Press Photos, shared with permission From Israel’s ongoing assault leaving the people of Gaza in horrific destitution to ..read more
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