Images in Search of a Narrative

Jeremy Shaw’s 7 Minutes is an arresting work of video art.¬† Currently in the loop of 25 videos that comprise Thermostat: Video and the Pacific Northwest in SAM’s Ketcham Forum Gallery, I pass… Continue reading

Identity Queue

As I sit in my living room, directly opposite a pile of three unwatched Netflix discs, I can’t help but think of John Swansburg’s recent analysis of this topic in Slate (via Paul… Continue reading

Black Box Apparatus

“Leopards break into the temple and drink to the dregs what is in the sacrificial pitchers; this is repeated over and over again; finally it can be calculated in advance, and it becomes… Continue reading

Fake Honesty, Honest Fakery

This morning¬†on NPR, Daniel Schorr discussed the “fakery” of the fireworks and lipsynching of the Beijing Games, bringing to mind Dave Hickey’s examination of the authenticity through Las Vegas’s Liberace Museum, “A Rhinestone… Continue reading

Community and the Honeybee Ballet

The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is typically the first place I visit while in San Francisco. Small to mid-sized contemporary arts institutions often struggle to become part of their communities for… Continue reading

History: The Belief and the Disbelief

While having my first (late) encounter with Alloy of Love and Heaven is Being a Memory to Others at the Frye last week, I found myself reading artist Dario Robleto’s labels in partial… Continue reading

Two Parts of The Forty Part Motet

The Forty Part Motet (A Reworking of Spem in Alium Nunquam Habui, by Thomas Tallis) creates a stunning fourteen minutes of interdependence between music and visual art. Although the work is frequently installed… Continue reading

Three Potentially Amazing Things: Music Edition

1. The Forty Part Motet by Janet Cardiff at the Tacoma Art Museum (opened last week). Image: Janet Cardiff, The Forty Part Motet, by Janet Cardiff (A Re-working of Spem in Alium Nunquam… Continue reading

Critical Dogma and Two Seattle Museums

In the June/July issue of Art in America, Irving Sandler contributes a strong article arguing against a revisionist understanding of the Abstract Expressionist movement being largely motivated by the Cold War ( “Abstract… Continue reading

No Known Copyright Restrictions

I can post this image, just as it is, because the Smithsonian recently published a group of photographs from their archives on flickr. They did this while recognizing the fact that these images… Continue reading