Houston-based artist Dario Robleto was recently described by Krista Tippett of onbeing.org as “famous for spinning and shaping unconventional materials—from dinosaur fossils to pulverized vintage records, from swamp root to cramp bark. He joins words and objects in a way that distills ...
The bees have proven themselves remarkably commodifiable, not only through the products they manufacture that humans enjoy, like honey and beeswax, but also as a pattern, a motif, a caricature. The market loves a stripe found in nature. If panda bears are the symbol of neoliberal...
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts: A single visit to the Institute of American Indian Arts' Museum of Contemporary Native Arts is enough to prompt wonder at why those visits are not more frequent [...]
Peters Projects: Is it possible for an artist to exhaust the format of the self-portrait? Or are we better off asking the opposite question: are artists’ reflections on their own likeness ever enough to fully describe depth of character, change over time, or one’s psyche?...
The night before the indigenous art collective Postcommodity planned on suspending twenty-six balloons along the US-Mexico Border, winds kicked up, threatening the next day’s work and the culmination of...
A recent exhibition at one of Santa Fe's truly contemporary galleries conveyed a tenet of what makes an art space in Santa Fe “contemporary” in the first place. The word is largely misused—by myself and [...]
After we finished talking, Nina mentioned that she had to work on a pair of moccasins: she’d started them, then halfway through changed her mind about the [...]
IAIA MoCNA: It's like seeing an afterimage. Though you blink, a vision continues to persist even after the original ceases. Over time, these images and afterimages layer upon one another, like sediment refusing to settle[...]
The newly acquired work at the Thoma Foundation, by such artists as computer pioneer Vera Molnar, Alan Rath, Steina Vasulka, and Guillermo Galindo, unfolds in so many technological and conceptual directions [...]
The lifeblood of Tom Joyce’s work is iron, from the molecular to the colossal. Iron, by mass, is the most common element on Earth, and it plays a role in the cosmos, our blood, industry, weaponry, perhaps even our memory. Joyce is quick to point out the material’s associative dexterity, [...]
Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Kerry James Marshall has said of his childhood, “You can’t be born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1955 and grow up in South Central near the Black Panthers headquarters, and not feel like you’ve got some kind of social responsibility. [...]
Mayeur Projects: I imagine them as children: O’Bryan on the sidewalk, rubbing the concrete with chalk, while Ross sits in the grass and fries ants with a magnifying glass. This comes to me only after [...]
The exhibition Southern Accent: Seeking the South in Contemporary Art debuted last year at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and is currently on view at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville [...]