Systems: Can art transcend paradigms?

Lucas Blalock, untitled (crystalline screw), 2009

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with New York Close Up: Lucas Blalock’s 99¢ Store Still Lifes

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with New York Close Up: Lucas Blalock’s 99¢ Store Still Lifes

Lucas Blalock’s only plan is to work… preferably in the evenings. He deals with a set of parameters that his tools provide and brings things he purchases at local discount …

Stan Chisholm, WaitingForAMountain, 2010. Installation at Art Dimensions Gallery, St. Louis. Chisholm is a graduate of the CAT Institute.

Community Arts Training Institute: A Conversation with Roseann Weiss

Community Arts Training Institute: A Conversation with Roseann Weiss

During my time as a guest blogger for Art21, I’ve examined various initiatives that have transformed the cultural landscape of St. Louis. Despite the city’s dwindling population, the arts are …

Theaster Gates leading a tour of a once-abandoned home that is now central to his creative rehab efforts in Hyde Park, St. Louis. Image courtesy of the Rebuild Foundation.

Creative Rebuild: Theaster Gates in Hyde Park, St. Louis

Creative Rebuild: Theaster Gates in Hyde Park, St. Louis

Artist Theaster Gates likes systems. And what he likes more than a system itself is knowing how to leverage it. Though formally trained in handling clay, Gates also uses the …

Activist Archiving with Mona Jimenez

Activist Archiving with Mona Jimenez

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video The oft-repeated cliche about the early video movement in the United States is that it was driven by …

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Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | Şener Özmen

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | Şener Özmen

While preparing to travel to Diyarbakır, the largest city in southeastern Turkey, I discovered that telling Turkish people who live outside of that region that you’re going to visit Diyarbakır …

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Problematic: Answering Questions with Questions

A Problematic Introduction

Problematic: Answering Questions with Questions

A Problematic Introduction

It’s complicated. Last year, over 3 million Facebook users willingly adopted this dubious relationship status even after the drop-down menu expanded to accommodate eleven statuses, including newer options like civil …

Tomorow Is Another Day

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions (for Contemporary Practice) with Not An Alternative

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions (for Contemporary Practice) with Not An Alternative

I encountered the art group Not An Alternative for the first time about a month ago in Corona, Queens, where Tania Bruguera (featured last month in 5 Questions) had assembled …

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | In Poor Taste,* Lunch with Jani Leinonen

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | In Poor Taste,* Lunch with Jani Leinonen

I was waiting in line to buy a movie ticket when I heard the news: Jani Leinonen had been incarcerated. Conversations with my Finnish friends in the previous weeks had …

Photo by Nursel Kaymaz.

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | Burak Arıkan

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | Burak Arıkan

Burak Arıkan is a busy guy. When we met in Istanbul two months ago to discuss his work, he had recently returned to the city from a net art conference …

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Blogalogueing with Lee Montgomery

Blogalogueing with Lee Montgomery

LeE: this is me.. LeE… the one I told you about. You: Hi Lee! You know I just realized I could have probably been doing the interview this whole time, …

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Blogalogue, Part 4: Lee Montgomery

Blogalogue, Part 4: Lee Montgomery

Lee Montgomery got his BA in Film at Bard College, and an MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute. As the founder of Neighborhood Public Radio, Lee …

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Blogalogueing with Kristin Lucas

Blogalogueing with Kristin Lucas

Leave it to a web artist to push the boundaries in interview formats! Keep reading to experience mine and Kristin Lucas’s systems vs. networks conversation, Twitter style… Nikksters: How do …

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Flash Points

ETeam Reflections…

Flash Points

ETeam Reflections…

In case you didn’t notice, ETeam did a pretty good job of turning the tables on me. It would seem that systems and networks are tricky and unpredictable that way… …

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Blogalogueing with ETeam

Blogalogueing with ETeam

Preface: The following conversation took place in Second Life, at ETeam’s Second Life dumpster. I am Salty Clarity; ETeam is Lothar Apfelbaum and Tempo Strom. Tempo Strom is Online Lothar …

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Blogalogue, Part 2: About ETeam

Blogalogue, Part 2: About ETeam

ETeam is comprised of Hajoe and Franziska. They were introduced to me by Cary Peppermint, who met them at an exhibition they all participated in, called Ebay. ETeam’s work includes …

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EcoArtTech Reflections…

EcoArtTech Reflections…

My conversation with Eco Art Tech left me feeling a wee bit in the throes of an existential nihilistic crisis. Were systems and networks so radically out of our control? …

Flash Points

Making It Happen

Flash Points

Making It Happen

I have “email balls.” I sit behind my computer screen, protected by a Gmail-cloak of anonymity and I email whomever, whenever, whatever. I landed my first job out of college …

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Flash Points

Scenes from a Globalized Art World

Flash Points

Scenes from a Globalized Art World

I’d like to start my guest blogging with Art21 by bringing up a series of questions surrounding globalization and artistic representation. My primary research interest is in the art market …

"Yours in Food, John Baldessari" Book Jacket. Princeton Architectural Press, 2004.

Flash Points

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision: Breaking Bread

Flash Points

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision: Breaking Bread

Gastro-Vision is a new monthly column dedicated to all things food in contemporary art and visual culture. This month’s post also falls under the Flash Points topic, Systems. Yours in …

Congress, 2003, ink and acrylic on canvas, 71 × 102”.

BOMB in the Building

Flash Points

Julie Mehretu interviewed by Lawrence Chua

BOMB in the Building

Flash Points

Julie Mehretu interviewed by Lawrence Chua

Welcome back to BOMB in the Building, where each week we’re featuring a BOMB contributor relating to an Art:21 Season 5 artist. This is our final week before the official …

Julie Mehretu. "Stadia II," 2004. Ink and acrylic on canvas, 108 x 144 inches. Collection of Carnegie Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, Gift of Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn and Nicolas Rohatyn and A.W. Mellon Acquisition Endowment Fund. Photo by Richard Stoner, © Julie Mehretu, courtesy the artist and The Project, New York.

Meet the Season 5 Artist: Julie Mehretu

Meet the Season 5 Artist: Julie Mehretu

The above video is excerpted from the Season 5 episode Systems, premiering on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 10pm (ET) on PBS (check local listings). Systems features four artists — …

Harrell Fletcher, The Report, 2003, xeroxed publication. All images courtesy of the artist, Christine Burgin Gallery, New York, and Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco.

BOMB in the Building

Flash Points

Harrell Fletcher interviewed by Allan McCollum

BOMB in the Building

Flash Points

Harrell Fletcher interviewed by Allan McCollum

Welcome back to BOMB in the Building, where each week we’re featuring a BOMB contributor relating to a Season 5 artist. This week, we’re switching it up again and featuring …

Allan McCollum. Shapes from Maine: Shapes Copper Cookie Cutters," 2005/2008. Polished copper, 5 1/2 x 3 2/3 x 1 inches each, each unique, formed in copper by hand. Produced in collaboration with Holly and Larry Little, founders of Aunt Holly's Copper Cookie Cutters, Trescott, Maine. Photo by Lamay Photo, © Allan McCollum, courtesy Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York.

Meet the Season 5 Artist: Allan McCollum

Meet the Season 5 Artist: Allan McCollum

The above video is excerpted from the Season 5 episode Systems, premiering on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 10pm (ET) on PBS (check local listings). Systems features four artists — …

BOMB in the Building

Flash Points

Krzysztof Wodiczko interviewed by Giuliana Bruno

BOMB in the Building

Flash Points

Krzysztof Wodiczko interviewed by Giuliana Bruno

Welcome back to BOMB in the Building, where each week we’re featuring a BOMB contributor relating to a Season 5 artist. This week, inspired by Kimsooja’s videos and installations, we’re …

Kimsooja. "Cities On The Move - 2727 km Bottari Truck," 1997. Single channel video projection, silent, 7:33 minute loop. © Kimsooja, courtesy the artist.

Meet the Season 5 Artist: Kimsooja

Meet the Season 5 Artist: Kimsooja

The above video is excerpted from the Season 5 episode Systems, premiering on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 10pm (ET) on PBS (check local listings). Systems features four artists — …

Richard Prince, "Untitled (four single men with interchangeable backgrounds looking to the right)," 1977, Mixed media on paper, Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Pictures at the Met

Pictures at the Met

As summer officially winds down, I can’t help but note that 2009 marks one very significant anniversary that seems to have been somewhat underappreciated, if not totally overlooked here in …

Paul Vanouse, “Latent Figure Protocol”  Figure was produced with the DNA of bacterial plasmid pET-11a.  Enzymes used to process the DNA are listed in each column.  Image produced December 06, 2006. Courtesy of the artist.

Flash Points

Fabricating the DNA Fingerprint

Flash Points

Fabricating the DNA Fingerprint

The most exciting moments of the intersection of art and science, for me, are when artists’ use of scientific materials and methods reveal new aspects of their media. Genetic evidence …

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BOMB in the Building

Flash Points

Barbara Kruger interviewed by Richard Prince

BOMB in the Building

Flash Points

Barbara Kruger interviewed by Richard Prince

Welcome back to BOMB in the Building, where each week we’re featuring a vintage BOMB interview relating to a Season 5 artist. This week, we stepped back into our archive …

Two Person Fight (One Orange): With Spectator, 2004. Three dimensional digital archival print with acrylic paint on sintra, dibon and gatorfoam panels, 84 x 79 inches. © John Baldessari, courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.

Flash Points

New Flash Points topic: Systems

Flash Points

New Flash Points topic: Systems

In celebration of the fifth season of Art:21—Art in the Twenty-First Century, premiering this fall on PBS, the current round of Flash Points topics correspond to our four thematic episodes: …

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Flash Points

Hybrids

Flash Points

Hybrids

In an exhibition currently on view at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago, artist Vesna Jovanovic both courts and antagonizes the intersection of art and science in the role of the medical …

John Baldessaei "Two Person Fight (One Orange): With Spectator," 2004. Three dimensional digital archival print with acrylic paint on sintra, dibon and gatorfoam panels, 84 x 79 inches. © John Baldessari, courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.

Meet the Season 5 Artist: John Baldessari

Meet the Season 5 Artist: John Baldessari

The above video is excerpted from the Season 5 episode Systems, premiering on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 10pm (ET) on PBS (check local listings). Systems features four artists — …