Film as Sculpture

WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels recently ran an exhibition called “Film As Sculpture.” Curated by Elena Filipovic, one of the senior curators at WIELS, the exhibition focused on different ways to create (and think about) art that sits between the movement of film and the solidity of sculpture. The featured artists’ responses challenge the…

The White Rose by Bruce Conner (1967)

At the Jay DeFeo Community Tribute was a screening of this stunning and moving short by Bruce Conner. After working on The Rose in her studio for eight years, it was slowly and painstakingly hauled through the window – all 2,000 pounds of it. The physical and metaphysical size of The Rose is unmistakable, as…

Olafur Eliasson: Volcanoes and Shelters

Because of his work in several media, including installation, painting, film, and photography, I’ve always admired and felt the “filmic” qualities of Mr. Eliasson’s work. His public and contextual installations in particular prompt us to question the ways in which we interpret art and engage with the world, particularly when he draws ambiguous boundaries between…

On The Power of Black and White

There is a portrait of Marie-Therese Walter; done entirely in black and white paint and charcoal Picasso conveys the blondeness for which she was noted. In Lee Friedlander’s Nude Series, the women’s vitality shows powerfully in the stark contrast between the light of their skins and the shadows of their apartments. Many of Jay DeFeo’s…

Mary Boone Gallery: Forge by Ai Wei Wei

A delicious and solitary sojourn to the Mary Boone Gallery this week to see AWW’s wonderful latest. He did not disappoint. Forge is a gentle but not subtle homage to and critique of the 2008 earthquake in China which killed 5,000 schoolchildren; knowledge of faulty construction of the schools was covered up by the Chinese…

Now Playing: Ancient Evenings

Mr. Barney doesn’t consider himself a filmmaker, and rightly so; his process and method of delivery is quite different from conventional filmmaking. Film serves only to give his work the dimension of time; he imagines a work unfolding. If there were other media than film which would permit this unfolding, he will do it. Ancient…