“Letters to the Reader is composed of 11 painted and laser-cut wooden panels representing fragments of wall or wall samples. At the bottom of each panel is applied marquetry that suggests parquet flooring patterns. The following text accompanies the installation:
While visiting the recently opened museum of modern Arab art in Beirut, I noticed with great surprise that most paintings on display had no shadows. At first I was beside myself, convinced that religious zealots had destroyed the shadows. But there was no debris. I pondered anxiously whether the shadows had lost their bearings or grip. But I suppose I should have known all along that the shadows were not destroyed nor lost: they had simply lost interest in the walls where they were made to hang. I decided to build new walls on which I carved shadow-like forms—magnets of sorts—in the hope they’d attract the restless shadows. Thus far, not a single catch.
With this project and for the past 8 years, Raad has been documenting the building of new infrastructures for the arts in the Arab world. His project has concentrated on the material and immaterial conditions that inflect, alter or color the experience of Islamic, modern and contemporary “Arab” art. Here, his works engage some familiar and peculiar architectural and display features (floors, shadows, frames, walls, views) he’s encountered in various historical and imaginary, current and future museums in the Arab world.”
Letters to the readers by Walid Raad at the Paula Cooper Gallery.
“For more than twenty years, Crewdson has used the streets and interiors of small-town America as settings for photographic incarnations of the uncanny. Working with a crew, he plans his images as meticulously as any movie director, from the nocturnal Twilight series (1998–2002); to the cerebral Beneath the Roses(2003–08); to Sanctuary (2009). His careful crafting of visual suspense conjures forebears such as Diane Arbus, Alfred Hitchcock, and Edward Hopper. In Cathedral of the Pines, Crewdson’s persistent psychological leitmotifs evolve into intimate figurative dramas. ” – Gagosian Gallery
This short animation made me happy and sad at the same time for some reason. How did it make YOU feel?
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If you happen to be in LA, you MUST go to LACMA at once! I got two names for ya: Calder and James Turell – Way to hit two birds with one stone! Needless to say, both exhibitions were amazing but make sure you buy tickets for Turell online as they are always sold out! You have until April to catch Turell and until July to see Calder’s work.
I wasn’t allowed to take any pics so here are two cool outdoor shots I took with my IPhone – I used Hipstamatic App.
Which effect do you prefer?
I was (finally) able to catch the Mike Kelley exhibit at Moma Ps1 right before the show ended. I spent the whole of my Saturday jumping from one floor to the next closely examining his work – It was jaw dropping. Unfortunately, I’ve been so busy so I wasn’t able to post my pics before and the exhibit is now over! (Mea Culpa). However, here’s a collage of some of his work – Trying to make it up here, show me ya teeth luv!