Issue #181
Flux Capacitors Are So 1985 January 13, 2012

Installation view from “Identity”, Artists Space, 2011
Photo: Daniel Pérez

From the Editor

Welcome to the future! The beginning of any new year is a time for speculating on what the next 365—make that 352—days will hold. Resolutions, those time-honored and often unfulfilled declarations of self-improvement jotted on Post-its, journal pages, and computer screens are all too familiar this time of year. After-all, who doesn’t need a little mental cleanse now and again? Really it doesn’t much matter if resolutions are fulfilled or not—the very act of writing them is a form of catharsis that embraces the potential that they represent. This shouldn’t stop us from looking ahead. We need simply to keep in mind the nature of such visions—speculative and discursive—and not be too hard on ourselves when our gym membership goes unused. Quantifiable results are measuring sticks better suited to corporate boardrooms than ones list of aspirations for the days that lie ahead, to say nothing of the work that makes up the subject and backbone of our journal.

Let's just take a brief glimpse into the crystal ball. In the future that’s already past, Houston’s Diverseworks announced that former Arthouse curator Elizabeth Dunbar will be taking up the helm. Only time will tell what sort of fruit one of Houston’s most venerable trees will bear under new leadership, but on the surface the fit seems to be a positive one. Let's hope Dunbar will continue to bring difficult and rigorous work to Texas, albeit with a warmer reception from the Bayou City. In Austin, AMOA + Arthouse is leaping into the new year as a single entity, with a hybrid name that is screaming for reconsideration, but whose upcoming programming looks to be a solid presence in the capital city–long overdue for a little stability this year. Only the ether is privy to the form and leadership the institution will end up adopting, but hopefully the opportunity to do something risky and dynamic is not wasted.

Our first issue of the new year presents a little slice of what makes ...might be good what it is. University of Dallas Assistant Professor Catherine Caesar dives into the D.F.W. airport and its long history as a locale for public art proposals and realized projects from a broad swathe of artists. From Tokyo, curator Mayumi Hirano brings us a review of Nobuko Tsuchiya’s exhibition We are living in a time machine at SACAI THE BATHHOUSE. Former ...mbg editor and Yale M.B.A. candidate Claire Ruud’s consummate look into Dexter Sinister’s exhibition “Identity” at Artists Space in N.Y.C. is particularly prescient in light of the increasing rights of corporations to act as people in this election year. Artists MaryWalling Blackburn and Roger White offer up a wide-ranging conversation that uses a shared listening experience of early 90‘s California band Dark Horse Candidate to talk about regionalism, empire, geophagy and the lessons artists and curators might glean from them. Back in Dallas U.T. Arlington Assistant Professor Benjamin Lima looks into painter Nigel Cooke’s exhibition at the Goss-Michael Foundation. Finally, our Project Space features Los Angeles artist Jed Lind.

The cards have great things in store for ...might be good this year. When October rolls around our journal will celebrate its 200th issue. No small feat and one that we’re incredibly proud to be able to share with you. If there is one part of the future we can predict its that we’ll continue to bring you thoughtful reviews, interviews, recommendations, and long reads from Texas and beyond on a broad range of contemporary art related topics. We’ll also look to capitalize on our unique role as a small digital publication and the freedom that entails by continuing to experiment with Twitter, artist project spaces, and texts that push against the edges of the typical forms our content takes. We hope you’ll continue to support us through your readership, donations and much appreciated feedback, now via, throughout the year.

Eric Zimmerman is an artist and Editor of ...might be good.


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