Do we have a contemporary art thread?

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Postby galactagogue » Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:01 pm

guys paintings are mostly pretty formal
does everyone just want to see gifs of installations or something?
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Postby galactagogue » Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:02 pm

whats the text famnexdo?

i dont mind frustration btw i just think if yr gonna have fit in a thread, maybe be willing to talk about it?
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Postby famnexdo » Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:03 pm

I don't particularly agree with that sentiment at all. Although the word formal is sort of problematic within this context which is my bad, I guess
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Postby Phil » Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:08 pm

Really enjoy how the people just dropping drive-by complaints largely haven't posted any work.

But by all means, keep being condescending about fucking Rosalind Krauss lol.
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Postby famnexdo » Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:12 pm

Fine. It's something I wanted to avoid but if you want to see a really great, extremely informal, yet technically impenetrable set of paintings, check out the Richard Aldrich show that was just up at Gladstone.
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Postby galactagogue » Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:15 pm

Yeah these are interesting paintings, not in love but If you want to see more of them ITT, why not just post them.

also funny cus i think this is actually what dorito would seriously hate.
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Postby famnexdo » Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:22 pm

Mostly because I am not that interested in painting as a categorical excretion/exception within the fractured field that is the contemporaneous designation of art today, even though it is nestled in soundly mostly because of market forces and other weird homeristic tendencies from nostalgic critics and Internet art writers.
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Postby vivian darko » Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:26 pm

scurrydog wrote:can we make this a good thread?
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Postby Phil » Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:28 pm

Well then post things that aren't paintings?
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Postby galactagogue » Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:32 pm

famnexdo wrote:Mostly because I am not that interested in painting as a categorical excretion/exception within the fractured field that is the contemporaneous designation of art today, even though it is nestled in soundly mostly because of market forces and other weird homeristic tendencies from nostalgic critics and Internet art writers.


thread is young bb boy, make what you want happen.

this does make think about how lame it is that paintings are inherently more valuable in an art market than prints, for example. but thinking about art in terms of a market is so flat and pretty much takes you down a nasty lazy river of myopic concerns. there's nothing really wrong with the format though, just something in its status as consumable art object.
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Postby vivian darko » Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:34 pm

If you're not interested in people sharing paintings they like with each other, this might not be the thread for you (those Aldriches are gorgeous by the way--I'd post some but am on my phone & lazy)
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Postby famnexdo » Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:34 pm

if I may, I'd love to reccomend a very accessible book called the contemporaries written by my old professors good friend, roger white, who actually happens to be a painter that shows w Rachel uffner in the LES.

He talks with a small number of artists that exist on a shifting scale with/apart from the market (aka LA/NYC/major insitutions), starting w the OP Dana Schutz and viewing her work through the lens of its relation to a skewing/revival of the general art economy and goes through someone like John riepenhoff who runs a gallery space in Milwaukee and onto other marginal people who make more ephemeral work that may or may not deserve more recognition than they've gotten.

All this to say that a non-hierarchical, reflexive approach towards not just medium, but ones own reception of work, may be the most ethical/generous.
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Postby famnexdo » Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:39 pm

Phil wrote:Well then post things that aren't paintings?


See, but I love painting, and have studied painting for a really long time -- and I just think that the painters that are in fact the most interesting are those that are less bound to its medium specific traits, of which SO many painters in this moment are extremely bound to -- which I understand mostly as a strategy/vacuum within which to give the most credence ($$$$) to one's work, but has become quite dull.
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Postby galactagogue » Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:39 pm

looking into it, thanks for the rec.
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Postby galactagogue » Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:43 pm

famnexdo wrote:
Phil wrote:Well then post things that aren't paintings?


See, but I love painting, and have studied painting for a really long time -- and I just think that the painters that are in fact the most interesting are those that are less bound to its medium specific traits, of which SO many painters in this moment are extremely bound to -- which I understand mostly as a strategy/vacuum within which to give the most credence ($$$$) to one's work, but has become quite dull.


the weirdest part about you making this kind of argument, though, is your staunch refusal to demonstrate this well of 'unbound' painters. especially when no one is really denying your claim but it's like walking into a blue room and being like UGH THIS ROOM IS ONLY BLUE. Also if you want to talk about things the way that you do (and im glad you want to talk about it), you should probably throw down some concrete examples. in other words, what painters are you referring to?
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Postby famnexdo » Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:47 pm

See but then it would create a groundswell of comparisons and this versus that, that imho, wouldn't be especially fair to either, and simultaneously create another meta-categorical division that doesn't/shouldn't exist.
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Postby galactagogue » Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:48 pm

ok so you settle for the ivory tower approach?
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Postby famnexdo » Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:52 pm

so on that end, I'll post an abysmally small sample of some current photography work that I think is super relevant to our consumption ofimages in this weird moment of history:

Brendan Fowler:
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Lucie Stahl:
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Postby famnexdo » Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:53 pm

and ho boy is there more where that came from! just need the go ahead!
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Postby galactagogue » Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:58 pm

Nice

Brendan Fowlers stuff kinda reminds me of an evolution of John Stezaker, about 30 yrs before

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Postby famnexdo » Fri Mar 18, 2016 11:02 pm

Sure, or even John Divola if you wanna get pickier, I'm interested in how his pieces tend away from the flat and more towards the sculptural.
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Postby galactagogue » Fri Mar 18, 2016 11:29 pm

Yeah definitely, i like how Divola kinda makes me think of Gordon Matta Clark too.
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Postby galactagogue » Fri Mar 18, 2016 11:35 pm

for visual context/lurkers:

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Postby galactagogue » Fri Mar 18, 2016 11:36 pm

i guess this is moving away from 'contemporary' in a sense tho...
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Postby gravey » Fri Mar 18, 2016 11:38 pm

Love the Fowler pieces.

Divola is so amazing... the As Far As I Could Get series is one of my all time favorites
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Postby famnexdo » Fri Mar 18, 2016 11:40 pm

ooh, glad you brought him up actually -- was just reading about samara golden today (owes a lot to clark), whose batshit installations at moma and canada gallery were absolute highlights last year:

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Postby Phil » Sat Mar 19, 2016 5:29 pm

For some completely baffling reason they're only showing it for four days (it closes tomorrow) when everything else in the Open Plan series is getting two+ weeks, but I can't recommend the Lucy Dodd show currently up at the Whitney enough. If we're talking 'unbound' work, these are playing brilliantly with ideas from cinema (taking them off the wall so the light in the room can give a very filmic glow to the ones parallel to the windows; the 'masking' on certain canvases seems to be making this explicit) and installation (in addition to the obvious spatial element, they're quite smelly + there's live music being performed behind several of them at different points throughout the day); they're also just overwhelmingly beautiful as paintings on every level, these photos don't come close to doing their colors and facture justice.

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Postby landspeedrecord » Sat Mar 19, 2016 5:43 pm

thanks for the rec! gonna try and check that out tomorrow
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Postby galactagogue » Sat Mar 19, 2016 6:25 pm

oh phil those are beautiful. the installation is excellent too.
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Postby naturemorte » Sat Mar 19, 2016 8:33 pm

landspeedrecord wrote:thanks for the rec! gonna try and check that out tomorrow
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