Writing


 

 

Exhibition Review

Sonic Futures at the SanJose Institute of Contemporary Art

Sonic Futures at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art was a group show featuring works by Sofía Córdova, INVASORIX, Jeepneys, Laura Hyunjhee Kim, Keith Lafuente, Merritt Wallace, and Jenifer Wofford. The works consider social and political conditions such as environment destruction, ableism, racial inequality, gender discrimination, and White privilege as an entry point to rethink social and cultural norms in the next year, decade, or millennium. 


 

Cyclic Compression: Energetic Contact and the Artist as Medium

 

Catalog essay for Rhonda Holberton's solo exhibition at CULT. 

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Archives and Algorithms: Compressing Socio-historical Distance

 

A short form essay of my extensive research regarding taxonomical systems such as archives and algorithms. In the essay I compare the relationship between the historical archive and the categorical nature of algorithms. I note that the historical distance between the two systems are not so far apart in terms of the mediation of social identities and relations.

 

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The Actionability of the Archive

Written by Tanya Gayer and Julian Myers-Szupinska

The essay is an investigation of the archived work by artist Martin Wong and the philosophical theory related to the archive. The essay was included in the catalog for the exhibition Painting is Forbidden, shown at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA. 

 

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Shotgun Review–Bechdel Test Movie Night: Foxy Brown

The essay focuses on the film Foxy Brown and the film series that filmmaker and educator Cheryl Dunye launched featuring films that pass the Bechdel Test. To pass the test a film must feature at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. This seemingly easy requirement is surprisingly difficult for most films to do. On November 8, 2015 the New Parkway Theater screened one film that does pass, Foxy Brown, and was followed by a question and answer session hosted by Dunye herself. Although this film is not produced by Dunye, of interest to the Art Practical audience is be the conversation that followed concerning gender inequality in film. Dunye has been a long time advocate for women’s rights in the arts and politics, and the topics that she and the audience brought forth in the question and answer portion of the evening elicited a moving discussion. This review focused on the topics raised, the importance it has for the broad population of the Bay Area, and promotes the importance of such events that address gender inequality.

 

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Catalog Introduction

2x2 Solo Show

Ali Nashke-Messing


 

I Took Some Time, But I am Writing With Love

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In the catalog Bathed in Sunshine, Covered in Dust, I consider the arts community of Reno, Nevada–a place that shaped the beginning stages of my career as a curator, a colleague, a studio-mate, a confidant, and my sense of a supportive arts environment. The exhibition that the catalog draws from digs deeper into what makes art made in Reno so unique, strange, an intimately tied together. There is a deep investigation into a sense of place, memories, myths, and nostalgia that emerges from the show. 

 

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