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Out and About

Posted by ben on 09 Jun 2010 | Tagged as: announcements, interviews, links, music

Since it seems people are still visiting Emvergeoning looking for new posts, I thought I’d mention that the site is mostly on hiatus (but props to Thomas for keeping the event listings updated, it’s a lot of work), although we’ve all been busy with other projects in other venues. A few of my own pieces from the last few months are linked below:

  • My interview with Emily Morrison about her New Orleans gallery Trouser House was featured in Art Lies #65
  • Also in Art Lies, a review of the last round of residencies at Artpace (artists included Buster Graybill, Klara Liden and Ulrike Müller)
  • I did an interview with Barbara Ras about her newest volume of poetry, The Last Skin, that was published in the San Antonio Current
  • I went out to West Texas to see a concert by John Butcher and Joe McPhee at The Hill, and wrote about it for Glasstire (focussing on Jim Magee’s artwork) and Signal to Noise (focussing on the music) — the Glasstire article is here; the Signal to Noise article is print-only, and the magazine will be available this week
  • Most recently, I reviewed Good and Well at David Shelton Gallery for the San Antonio Current
  • Next week, my review of another Artpace show, On the Road (curated by Jens Hoffmann), comes out in the San Antonio Current as well

On, Of, or About

Posted by ben on 17 Oct 2009 | Tagged as: announcements, links

Justin Quinn: Moby Dick Chapter 54 or 13, 879 times E (detail)

Justin Quinn: Moby Dick Chapter 54 or 13, 879 times E (detail)

A little over a week ago I posted on Glasstire about a show of paper works up at Texas State University. It’s really worth checking out if you are in San Marcos (or driving through). The show closes this coming Thursday (the 22nd). Read the review and drop by.

“Six Years Later”

Posted by ben on 27 Apr 2009 | Tagged as: essays, links, responses/reviews

My review of the current Unit B show has been posted over at Glasstire:

While [Matt] Hanner tells us exactly what he means to convey with his symbol (which he refers to as “the 8th element”), [Stephen] Lapthisophon lets us gather meaning from his free-form visual associations. One potato lies in a nest, conjuring the idea of a particularly large and lumpy egg; others are scattered around as if they were stones gathered by Robert Smithson for one of his non-sites. Hanner’s symbol, rendered in three sculptures using neon, coiled metal wire and burnt incense sticks respectively, asks how materials influence meaning. We are asked on the one hand to synthesize meaning from the repetition of a simple object in various contexts, and on the other to analyze shifting signification as an abstract concept is made material.

What Gallerists Want

Posted by ben on 03 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: arts organizations, links, opportunities

Had your eye on a hot gallery, but not quite sure how to approach it? Got your foot in the door, but you’re worried about making the right impression on your first studio visit? Just can’t find the right gallery for your work? Not even sure you should be in a gallery right now? Thought you loved your gallery, but it’s just not working out and you need to move on? Trying to figure out how to deal with that jealous gallerist who won’t even let you set foot in another gallery?

Get all the advice you need in Edward Winkleman’s handy round-up of artist-gallery relationship advice. FREE if you click now!

R. Mutt

Posted by thomas-cummins on 29 Jan 2009 | Tagged as: graffiti, links

Never knew this. Always thought Duchamp was using the word Mutt to go against the purity of Modernism.

signature “R. Mutt” – It is not clear whether Duchamp had in mind the German “Armut” (meaning “poverty”). Later in his life Duchamp himself commented on the name of the alter ego he created for this work: ‘Mutt’ comes from Mott Works, the name of a large sanitary equipment manufacturer. But Mott was too close so I altered it to Mutt, after the daily cartoon strip Mutt and Jeff. But not even that much, just R. MUTT.” If we separate the capital and lowercase letters we get “R.M” and “utt”, “R.M” would stand for “Readymade” which is the fountain itself and “utt” when read out loud sounds like “eut été” in French (much like Duchamp’s L.H.O.O.Q.). Together it means “Readymade once was, 1917″. Word games like this are common in Marcel Duchamp’s work.

via Fountain (Duchamp) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

One of those link posts

Posted by ben on 22 Jan 2009 | Tagged as: links

I don’t think I’ve done this before, but I came across lots of interesting stuff this morning that I don’t have much to say about, so here’s one of those blog posts that’s just a list of links.