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EXPO CHICAGO/2014
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AUGUST // IN REVIEW

 

TROY BRIGGS // OR GALLERY, BERLIN
by Ann Meisinger
 

Sending and Seeing

The description for shutter shudder ep.1 begins by telling the reader that Chicago artist Troy Briggs has placed a light bulb somewhere in Berlin, and that the bulb is listening. Wherever the bulb is installed (its location is never disclosed) it is connected to a website where anyone, anywhere in the world, can send it a message. The blub blinks these messages in Morse code, at which point the message disappears forever.
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PROFILE OF THE ARTIST // IAN WEAVER
by Gregory Maher


Nostalgia, A Dark Saccharine

Nostalgia—the kind that is intimately sewn into the patches of a family quilt—is the force that drives Ian Weaver’s work, and his current exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA). The gallery, “like a Kunsthalle,” is white-walled and nondescript, the perfect space to spotlight Weaver’s iconic “conduits of memory.” These objects take nostalgia as an impulse, a kind of time traveling that brings the viewer back to an edenic, isolated state or memory. Through that same impulse, Weaver explores the idea of how we navigate between individual and group histories. 
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NELLY AGASSI // DVIR GALLERY
by Sarah Peguine


On Control and Creation

For those familiar with 
Nelly Agassi’s work, her current solo exhibition at Dvir Gallery in Tel Aviv might seem surprising and destabilizing at first. Indeed, the exhibition marks a turning point in Agassi’s direction, usually known for her delicate fabric drawings, large-scale installations, and performances and video art relating to the artist’s body. In Down where the little fishes grow Agassi presents fourteen large-scale inkjet prints, which after a closer inspection, turn out to have numerous meeting points within her past pieces.
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HELSINGISTÄ // WESTERN EXHIBITIONS

by Hiba Ali

Helsingistä, the title of the exhibition currently on view at Western Exhibitions, means to be from Helsinki. The title anchors the geographical coordinates for the artists, Ari Pelkonen and Valpuri Kylmänen. Versed in the techniques of lithography and woodcut printing, Pelkonen and Kylmänen, have been working alongside each other ever since they met at the Finish Academy of Fine Arts.
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FLAKA HALITI // MUMOK
by Heather Findling

Constructing an awareness of space in a give-and-take manner, Flaka Haliti allows for a multi-sensory experience that revolves around the themes of distance, communication, and subjective perception in her exhibition, I See a Face. Do You See a Face, at the museum moderner kunst stiftung ludwig wien (mumok), in Vienna. Be it through the placement of overwhelming gray columns that are obtrusive, or through photographs that depict an endless sky with clouds turned into faces, Haliti reflects on her own personal encounters in the form of spatial contemplation.
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IMAGINE BRAZIL // MAC LYON
by Tara Plath

Imagine Brazil, which was recently on view at le Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, filled two floors of the museum with an overwhelming breadth of painting, sculpture, video, and artist books. A curatorial endeavor of Gunnar B. Kvaran, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and MAC Lyon Director Thierry Raspail, the exhibition makes no attempt to reduce Brazil’s expansive artistic landscape into any curatorial punch line or thesis.
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PROFILE OF THE CURATOR // PAOLA ANTONELLI
by Dominique Moulon

Paola Antonelli studied architecture and wrote about design before becoming curator of the Architecture and Design department at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York in 1994. She has taught at UCLA and Harvard, and is the author of Masterpieces: Everyday Marvels of Design, and co-editor of the exhibition catalogue Design and the Elastic Mind. Below is a transcript of our conversation, which touched on the potentials of multiple museum platforms to exhibit contemporary design, the “object off-line,” and its transition from the digital to the physical, and the possibilities of acquiring Open Source works.
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SIMON STARLING // MCA CHICAGO

by Shreya Sethi

Simon Starling contends with the very idea of transportation as his subject. Undertaking poetic expeditions that highlight specific global exchanges, the British-born neo-conceptual artist works across multiple disciplines—drawing from extensive research to construct meaning. In Flaga, a red and white Fiat 126 hangs on the wall like a painting.
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Image up top:  Valpuri Kylmänen & Ari Pelkonen, Helsingistä, 2014

 
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