Essays

Concerning Sexual Performance

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by Mira Dayal

“Charge is a performance exploring the hyper-personal and sensorial connective tissue of human relationships, and the blurring of the senses by means of technology.” So begins the outline for Glasser’s performance at The Kitchen. The stage is set with two tall screens symmetrically placed at the corners of the floor facing the audience and a much larger, rectangular screen along the far wall. In the middle of … Continue reading »

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Two Coats of Paint Resident: Nancy Morrow

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by Danielle Fallon

Two Coats of Paint Resident: Nancy Morrow September 25 – October 2, 2015

Recently, I was given the wonderful opportunity to meet Nancy Morrow, an Associate Professor at Kansas State University and current Alumnae artist of A.I.R. Gallery. Nancy was recently chosen by Sharon Butler to participate in the Two Coats of Paint Residency as the second and newest resident, from September 25 – October 2, 2015. … Continue reading »

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Studio Visits: A Critical Aspect of Contemporary Art Practice

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By Mira Dayal The artist’s studio is often conceived of as a private space, a room for thought and exploration in which the artist can sustain direct engagement with their art. It is not usually conceived of as a public space open to visitors and conversation. Yet many artists working today see studio visits as critical to their professional and aesthetic development. Depending on the visitor, a studio visit could… Continue reading »
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Post-Internet Windows

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by Mira Dayal

“It started when I woke up on a Sunday morning to this image of a stuffed, fake leather recliner chair from Macy’s facing me on my pillow, where it had fallen out of the Times magazine the night before. I was horrified because I hate the image and what it represents, and I thought, ‘How did this get into my most intimate space?’” So artist Joan Snitzer … Continue reading »

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Cyclical Production: A Studio Visit with Joan Easton

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by Mira Dayal

What comes first in a work of art– the idea or the physical object? What if the physical object is never produced, or if it is produced without a target idea? This question forms the basis of thought in much of intellectual property law, art historical analysis, and curatorial proposals. For artist Joan Easton, this apparent dichotomy is a productive root of practice. What does Easton produce?… Continue reading »
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Metamodernism

Installation View of Metamodern at Denny Gallery, NYC. All Artworks © the artists. Photo by Sean Fader.

by Kristi Arnold

Installation View of Metamodern at Denny Gallery, NYC. All Artworks © the artists. Photo by Sean Fader.

Oscillating between modernism and postmodernism, the term metamodernism represents contemporary work concerned with modes of self-expression while reviving historical principals and techniques. And yet, metamodernism is not so simply defined. As noted by Timotheus Vermeulen and Robin van den Akker in the 2010 article, Notes on Metamodernism, the prefix “meta” … Continue reading »

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Understanding THE past/PRESENT

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By Mira Dayal One of the most challenging tasks an artist takes on is that of sparking interest in a work’s relation to the body without referencing the body. In sculpture this is especially vital as three-dimensional, upright structures inherently translate into bodily forms. Kathleen Schneider in her past/PRESENT installation at A.I.R. Gallery confronted this challenge with works that negotiate gravity, create textures, invite you to touch their forms and… Continue reading »
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