Journal

Emo Artifice as an Archive of Feelings

In her installations, videos, poetry, and performances, Bunny Rogers not only evokes teen angst and depression, but also the emo icons through which she channeled those emotions at a younger age. These include the melancholic singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, the goth-punk version of Joan of Arc from the animated TV show “Clone High” (2002–03), and the jaded character Gaz from another cartoon series, “Invader Zim” (2001–06). Read more on Art in America.

FRIEZE LONDON 2019

According to Timur Si-Quin’s Transformers posters, there is a film and it is COMING SOON. Atop the generic graphics, which could advertise any number of iterations of the franchise, the artist has pressed bruised petals or littered the surface with delicate green leaves. The uncanny juxtaposition, adds a sense of play onto the deadening economic determinism of the modern Marvel corporation. Read more on TANK MAGAZINE.

张培力、曹斐、陆扬、方迪——共同呈现中国媒体艺术“微纪元”

本次展览的参展艺术家为来自中国的艺术家曹斐(1978)、陆扬(1984)、方迪(1987)和张培力(1957)。“微纪元——中国媒体艺术”特别展是对2001年汉堡火车站柏林当代美术馆举办的中国当代艺术家群展“生活在此时”的呼应和延续,都在探讨不同时期中国经济、政治、思想、科技上发生的巨大变化。Read in Chinese on Action Media.

CRITICS’ PICKS: Selbstbildnis at Société

“Selbstbildnis” examines the evolution of self-portraiture from the 1970s to today amid contradicting movements. While most of the artworks in the exhibition are pulled from the gallery’s roster of contemporary artists—Trisha Baga, Petra Cortright, and Ned Vena, among others—the show’s selection of historical pieces weaves a curatorial thread that deploys a meditative rather than disputative tone to complicate static notions of identity. Read full review on ARTFORUM.

微纪元

此次题为“微纪元”(Micro Era)的展览上展出了艺术家曹斐、方迪、陆扬和张培力的影像作品——“微纪元”抽取自刘慈欣的科幻小说,指涉灾难之后,留存下来的众生失去历史感之相。Read in Chinese on ARTFORUM.

Cyborg ärgere dich nicht

Noch mehr zeigt nur Lu Yang, Jahrgang 1984 und damit die junge Generation chinesischer Medienkunst. Ihre durch mehrere Räume mäandernde Geisterbahn aus Videos, Plakaten und monsterhaften Skulpturen koppelt das Weltwissen aus dem Internet egalitär zusammen. Egal, ob es sich um Mythen, historische Rituale oder Cyber-Fantasien handelt, alles ist verfügbar. Read in German on Der Tagesspiegel.

The Sci-fi Future of Food

The Nonbar (2017) is the first product from Nonfood, a company started by artist-entrepreneurs Lucy Chinen and Sean Raspet. Made from pressed lemna, chlorella and spirulina algae, with some roasted broad beans thrown in for added protein, the Nonbar is an attempt to make a food source that is stubbornly nutritious and optimistically sustainable. Read more on Frieze.

“Micro Era. Media Art from China” at Kulturforum, Berlin

Kulturforum in Berlin to host “Micro Era. Media Art from China” from September 5, 2019. It is being organized by the Nationalgalerie — Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the Gesellschaft fur Deutsch-Chinesischen kulturellen Austausch e.V. (GeKA e.V. 德中文化交流基金会), on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the city partnership Berlin-Beijing. The exhibition is a dialogue between artists Chinese artists Cao Fei, Lu Yang, Fang Di, and Zhang Peili. Read more on BLOUINARTINFO.

Bunny Rogers, Ed Atkins, and Other Artists Are Set to Debut Their First-Ever Performances at This Fall’s Performa Biennial

Video and installation artist Bunny Rogers will present her first live theatrical work at a local public school. Revisiting territory she explored in a trilogy of videos about the Columbine High School massacre, the new project will take the form of a high school talent show, touching on the way adolescent violence has evolved from school-yard bullying to the emotional torment waged online today. Read more on artnet news.

Conceptual art goes molecular with works you can smell but can’t see, and one that ‘sees’ you

Sean Raspet is a 38-year-old conceptual artist in Detroit who used to work with hair gel. These days, his material of choice is even more unconventional. He has literally stripped his practice down to the molecular level, as he considers the role of art in an age dominated by global capitalism, environmental concerns and quantum leaps in technology.
His first Hong Kong solo exhibition is called “New Molecules and Stem Cell Retinoid Screen”, a literal description of the two works he has brought to Empty Gallery’s minimally lit space. Read more on South China Morning Post.

Scented Trip: Sean Raspet

Raspet is an artist; flavor and fragrance chemist; and cofounder of the algae-based food company nonfood. He did not primarily train as a scientist, but developed a visceral interest in chemicals, and in the chemistry and materiality underlying the built environment and the economy at large, as a result of looking into the material conditions of our present times. Read more on Mousse Magazine. 

Artist Lu Yang Selected for Next BMW Art Journey

Art Basel and BMW announced Lu Yang as the next BMW Art Journey winner. The artist was selected by an international jury unanimously from a shortlist of three artists whose works were exhibited in the “Discoveries” sector at this year’s Art Basel show in Hong Kong. Lu Yang is represented by the gallery Société in Berlin. Read more on blouinartinfo.

Lu Yang was named winner of the BMW Art Journey Award

Through the BMW Art Journey Award, Lu will travel through Indonesia, India, and Japan to study traditional and contemporary dance, with the ultimate goal of reinterpreting the movement she witnesses through robotics. She said in a statement, “This is not just an art journey. It will be a wonderful start for me to open a new chapter of my creation.” Read more on ARTNEWS.

The Most Important Young Galleries in the World

At first, it seemed like purely a provocative stunt: At Frieze New York in 2016, the gallery Société had a solo booth by the artist Sean Raspet consisting of fridges filled with Soylent, which the dealers were giving out for free. But as is often the case with Société, there was more than met the eye. Raspet was hired by Soylent to create a new flavor that would be “abstract” in the way that his edible and smellable work usually is—making the meal replacement drink both the medium and message for the artist. Gallery founder Daniel Wichelhaus has built one of Berlin’s most exciting art spaces by pushing his artists to expand their platforms. Read more on Artsy.

Art Basel Highlights

Société’s Unlimited presentation is dedicated to an installation by Cultured 2017 Young Artist Bunny Rogers, “Self-portrait as Clone of Jeanne d’Arc.” For years, the artist has made work about the 1999 Columbine shooting. Here, she continues that series with 15 self-portraits that combine her own presence with that of Joan of Arc. Read more on Cultured.

Lu Yang selected for next BMW Art Journey

Art Basel and BMW have announced that Shanghai-based artist Lu Yang has been named the next BMW Art Journey winner. Born in 1984, Lu creates work that grapples with issues ranging from gender identity and sexuality to neuroscience, death, and the human body. Read more on ARTFORUM.

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