And you know sometimes you need to talk and sometimes you need to be silent about art.
- Sally Smart
I was walking around, as always, looking at things and thinking. I saw something that made me wish I were somewhere else. I thought about where that would be and what it would be like there. I thought about what things would look like and what I would see. I thought about what I would do, how I would feel and what I would think about. I wonder if I’d wish I were somewhere else.
- Alix Pearlstein
"Frank’s new shapes derive from two…American institutions: Charles Eames and Frank Lloyd Wright. In a period when everyone has a source, usually some modernist master, Frank’s choices are somewhat unusual a designer and an architect. But given his concern with shape it seems only natural that he would be drawn to these two form-givers of American life. It is affinity rather than hunger for novelty that has led Frank to Eames and Wright. Wright once said that his development was conditioned by his desire to ‘escape from the box’ and discover forms more responsive to our inherent needs. Frank too unsatisfied by a programmatic repetition of forms.
Starting with an Eames chair or a Wright ranch-style house, Frank projects these three-dimensional objects as silhouettes, revealing the flat shape of their volume so that their internal surfaces are implied rather than articulated. The resulting works oscillate between representation and abstraction. His materials — rolled steel and plywood painted with encaustic — give these pictorial wall pieces a sculptural presence. In work where so much emphasis is placed on the edge, one needs to feel that the contour has been discovered…
This commentary on the ubiquitous reminds one of Frank’s appropriating contemporaries, yet he is not out to deconstruct anything. He may be deriving these flat sculptures from the modern heritage but his work is not an ironic exposition of the interchangeability of styles. Instead it is a conscious exposition of influence in action. He wants to indicate how previous solutions can apply to present problems. In his attempt to free himself from the box of minimalist abstraction he has managed to punch a few air-holes in the box of history. Succumbing neither to nostalgia nor condescension, he has found something positive in American culture and he is more interested in finding ways to continue, than in making hymns to the postmodern impasse. Like his sources, Frank’s work is reasoned and fluid, well-proportioned and striking, fresh and durable. “
"Reasoned and Fluid: New Work by Jan Frank" by Meyer Raphael Rubinstein and Daniel Wiener, ARTS Magazine, January 1987
Cathartic User Interface (CUI) (1995) is an interactive, multi-participant installation that allows users to quickly and effectively work through whatever conflicting emotions they harbor concerning the benevolent yet pernicious influences of computer technology on their lives. An open call was issued via the World Wide Web inviting the public to submit images, sound and texts dealing with their own personal experiences of, and frustrations with, digital technologies. This material was then incorporated into an installation consisting of a wall covered with ancient and obsolete PC keyboards. Users could pitch mouselike balls at the keyboards, thereby triggering an array of multimedia projections and sounds dealing with the more troubling and problematic aspects of technology. A ramp at the bottom returns the balls to the users for maximum cathartic effect. CUI can be utilized by any number of simultaneous users.
"Cathartic User Interface”, solo exhibition, 2000
"I’m very interested in the formal aspects of the web as a medium because it’s unlike anything that we’ve had before, specifically compostion is kind of problematic but it’s also challenging." — Rafaël Rozendaal
Phillips and Paddles ON! curator Lindsay Howard visit artist Rafaël Rozendaal at his Chinatown studio and discusses web-based art and his work ‘ifnoyes.com’.
Prelude to Rafael Rozendaal’s Postmasters show Opening November 30!
Believe me - it looks amazing in person!
Want to see the debut of Rafaël Rozendaal’s lenticular painting Into Time 13 08 13 in person? The Paddles ON! gallery exhibition opens today at Phillips and runs through October 12th at 450 Park Avenue, NYC (map).
Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday 12pm - 6pm
Here is one of Rafaël Rozendaal's lenticular paintings - the image is derived from an algorithm. You have to see it with your own eyes. There is a surprise for you in store when you view these lenticulars in person. You will have a change during the artists' solo exhibiton at Postmasters new location in Tribeca in November, but also from Oct 10, on the occasion of the first ever digital art auction at Phillips Auction House (UES location) in collaboration with TUMBLR and Paddle 8.
Into Time 13 08 13
lenticular painting, unique
64 x 48 inches
courtesy of the artist and Postmasters Gallery
more on the auction in the Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304713704579091192929676208.html?mod=WSJ_NY_MIDDLETopStories
Contemporary artists interpreting peace
films4peace is a short film commission by PUMA bringing millions of people from around the world together at screenings and online in celebration of World Peace Day, September 21st.
As an extension to our recent blog post on Anthony’s work, he’s sent us this video where he looks in more depth as his thinking behind his new work commissioned by films4peace for 2013.
ADAM CVIJANOVIC at the Moscow Bienniale which opens TODAY!
This is just a part of the monumental piece situated right at the entrance of the exhibition, totaling over 8 meters in width…that is 26 feet.
Don’t forget: Saturday, September 21, 10AM-8 PM
EVA and FRANCO MATTES (a.k.a. 0100101110101101.ORG)
keynote speakers at PRATT hosted festival Phatt-B THE ART OF TECHNOLOGY TERMINAL, BKLN
PHATT B will include a series of panel discussions with artists, curators, and writers working in new media and digital arts, workshops on art and technology, and an exhibition of work from eight contemporary Brooklyn digital art galleries. All programming is underscored with the idea that technology is used as a fine arts medium for personal expression. Sponsored by Art F City.
Workshops and Panels led by Pratt faculty 10-5 PM
Keynote by Eva and Franco Mattes from 5-6 PM
Gallery Reception from 6-8 PM
Pratt Institute’s Myrtle Hall
215 Willoughby Avenue, back lot
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Eva and Franco Mattes were born in Italy in 1976. Neither of them received an art education, and since meeting in Madrid in 1994, they have never separated. Operating under the pseudonym 0100101110101101.org, they are counted among the second wave of the Internet artists, after Net.art, and are renowned for their subversion of public media. They are based in Brooklyn, N.Y., but also travel frequently throughout Europe and the United States.
flash acrylic on tyvek
12 x 30 feet
As installed at SEVEN miami
Courtesy of Postmasters Gallery
Adam Cvijanovic, Stardust
Flash acrylic paint on tyvek
Fuck It List
graphite, colored pencil, and watercolor on paper.
20.25 x 16.25 inches
Courtesy of my friend Sarah Smizz (@smizz) who I made this drawing for.