Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Wicked Cool stuff


I'm not certain who or what "bloggy" is but boy oh boy am I happy I came across them! 'Cuz on Friday they informed me that eight Canadian Artsits are having a show at White Columns.

Now, White Columns is a wicked cool and kick-ass place. To quote from their website "White Columns is New York's oldest alternative art space. It was founded in 1969 to present and uphold the most challenging and creative visual arts by under-supported artists." And a little bit further down, their "mandate is to represent the best work being done today by emerging and under-supported artists."

The artists in the exhibition, called "The Cave and the Island" are David Armstrong Six, Karen Azoulay, Massimo Guerrera, Jay Isaac, Damian Moppett, and Jennifer Murphy. I know of Karen Azoulay and Massimo Guerrera, the other folk (including the curator Xandra Eden) are all unknowns to me. But I can only assume that all of the work exhibited is rawkin'! If any of you are in the neighborhood of White Columns - or in other words in NYC - please let me know what the show is like, ok?

While I am quite excited about this, I can only laugh (quietly, of course, don't want to offend anyone) about lines like this from the press release:

1. "Jennifer Murphy creates an alternate high/low dynamic through her investigation of the correspondences between popular culture, art and iconic symbols."

Does this mean that she puts pictures of Michael Jackson in really ornate frames?

2. "For this exhibition, the artist will produce a new quasi-Minimalist sculpture maquette..."

What exactly is "quasi-Minimalist?" And if "The Cave and the Island is generously supported by Foreign Affairs Canada, Jay Alan Smith & Laura Rapp, and Kaye Beeston." Then couldn't they have come with the extra cash to build the sculpture?

3. "Comprised of artists Maura Doyle and Tony Romano, GLN will present a series of new works using keyboards and special sound effects to interpret the physical and visual context of The Cave and The Island."

Ummm, does this mean that they're going to play ambient versions of "I am a Rock" written by Paul Simon, "Islands in the Stream" by the brothers Gibb, but popularized by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, "Island Girl" by Elton John, "R-O-C-K in the U-S-A" by John Mellencamp, and "Planet Rock" by Afrika Bambaata?

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