Thursday, May 31, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
Eleanor Harwood Gallery which opened on May 26. Although this piece took months to make, the final touch was done the day of the opening when I released all the cut pages and let them fall to the floor. The covers of the Artforum magazine hover off the wall six inches and the piece is about six feet high. The exhibit runs until July 7.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
|Artforum 34, Unsolicited Collaboration with Brice Marden|
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Artforum, the art magazine published in New York City (after a childhood in San Francisco and adolescence in Los Angeles), is accorded ecclesiastical status by many art worlders, despite its history in the 1960s and '70s as the de-facto Ministry of Formalism, a purist doctrine now fallen into disrepute: an undoctrine, almost, in Orwell-speak. Francesca Pastine's sculptural interventions with copies of the magazine for the past four years, then, have a certain sly humor. Notes Pastine: "They were familiar fixtures in my friends' homes, nobody wanted to throw them away. I was intrigued by their square format, particularly when the bloated art market was reflected in their one-inch thickness... Starting with the covers, I cut, bend, manipulate, pull, and dig my way through them, revealing a visceral topography of art trends... My X-acto blade mimics a pencil, subtracting rather than adding... Through physically intervening with these familiar icons of the art establishment, I suffuse the inanimate with emotional power, creating a palpable complexity of form and information." Pastine's intricately cut assemblages resemble, variously, quilts, lava flows, tree fungi, clouds, and kids' pop-up books; some of them, labeled "unsolicited collaborations," name names--of famous, envied cover artists. From May 26 to July 7 at Eleanor Harwood Gallery.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Beautiful Decay blogged my work. I love the idea of beautiful decay. I love that they recognized my Artforum series since they are a spoilage of the glossy magazine.