A painted retrospective

In 1961, one year after Diane Arbus declared authorial independence from her husband, Allan, and five years after the birth of Cady Noland, Roland Barthes posited that “The press photo to painting is a message.” As pioneered by Arbus and later appropriated by Noland, the role of the press photo to painting expanded in a…

Helen Thompson, Xiamen painting Garden

There’s an inescapable whimsy inherent to the shape of spores and fungi. Equal parts amusing and sinister, they grow into limbless, fleshy creatures on the forest floor, complete with hats and awaiting stories of miniature, translucent females taking up residence in their cheap oil paintings. Artist Helen Thompson has expanded on this idea. Art in…

Daniel In The Lions Den

“Daniel In The Lion’s Den Writing To God” -Illustration For A Creation Science Evangelism Ministry of Kent Hovind (Only Kent Hovind has my permission to use this illustration) I will be working for a few months on illustrations to help Kent Hovind’s ministry, and not posting a whole lot of new Paintings for a while!…

Logics of scientific discovery

Toril Johannessen is a Norwegian artist whose research-based practice explores points of intersection between art and science. The results of the artist’s study of scientific subjects and natural phenomena, variable stars, synthetic stone and Icelandic spar, for example, are often presented as installations that make reference to pedagogical models and scientific methods of analysis, classification…

Pat Whiteread: critically shifting horizons

I saw Pat Whiteread’s installation at the Camden Arts Centre in November, and I was truly moved by it. Zero Survivability Situations (subtitled Nuclear Winter) was fronted by aspects of the military, and had at its core, a private space–the sphere of domesticity, where families and friends might share food and gossip: warm and secure,…

Learning in/as marginalia

Increasingly, education is a key subject for contemporary art and curatorial practice. Recent exhibitions like Documenta 12 and united-nationsplaza, and events such as Trans-pedagogy: Contemporary Art and the Vehicles of Education at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; De-schooling Society convened by the Serpentine and Hayward galleries in London; and Extracurricular hosted by…