MBG Issue #180: Soft Packed For Infinity

Issue # 180Soft Packed For InfinityDecember 16, 2011share with a friend:Šejla Kamerić, 1395 Days Without Red: A film by Šejla Kamerić, From a project by Šejla Kamerić and Anri Sala in collaboration with Ari Benjamin Meyers, 2011, Vídeo, color, 60 min 24 seconds. © 2011, Artangel, Sejla Kameric, Anri Sala, SCCA/pro.ba. (detail)from the editorT’is the season for being in transit. … Read More

MBG Issue #179: What’s Mine Is Ours

Issue # 179What’s Mine Is OursDecember 2, 2011share with a friend:Alejandro Cesarco, Picture #8, 2007, C-print, 23 1/4 x 30 1/2 inches. Courtesy of the artist. (detail)from the editorThere’s a tendency to embody art objects with a certain amount of agency. ‘What is that work doing,’ echoes the common phrase in crit. rooms, artists’ studios and critics’ computer screens around the … Read More

MBG Issue #178: Any Port In A Storm

Issue # 178Any Port In A StormNovember 11, 2011share with a friend:Erica Baum, Untitled (Suburban Homes), 1997, Gelatin silver print (Card Catalogue), 20 x 24 inches, Edition 6/6 + 2 AP. Courtesy of the artist and Bureau, New York. (detail)from the editorHere in the northeast the days are getting noticeably shorter. If an October snowstorm wasn’t enough of a reminder, … Read More

MBG Issue #177: We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat

Issue # 177We’re Gonna Need A Bigger BoatOctober 28, 2011share with a friend:mbg dollar. Image courtesy of …might be good.from the editorArts relationship to politics and social movements is, by necessity, a thorny one. How do artists and arts publications retain the potency of their doubt while simultaneously embracing the firm position social movements and politics demand? We should also … Read More

MBG Issue #176: Have Gun Will Travel

Issue # 176Have Gun Will TravelOctober 14, 2011share with a friend:Cao Fei, Shadow Life (film still), 2011, Single channel color video with sound, 10 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Lombard Freid Projects, NY. (detail)from the editorFor all practical purposes I set out with this issue looking to make a series of observations regarding what’s labeled the Texas art scene. … Read More

MBG Issue #175: Mystic Truths & Offbeat Revelations

Issue # 175Mystic Truths & Offbeat RevelationsSeptember 30, 2011share with a friend:Nick Cave, Speak Louder, 2011, Buttons, wire, bugle beads, upholstery, and mannequin, Installed: 93 1/2 X 199 X 123 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY. (detail)from the editorArts capacity to reveal a set of truths—or fictions for that matter—places it in a distinct position within … Read More

MBG Issue #174: The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Again)

Issue # 174The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Again)September 16, 2011share with a friend:Kara Hearn, TREMENDOUS (film still), 2010, Interactive performance/ installation at Recess Activities Inc. & video (trt: 1 hr 14 min). Image courtesy of the artist. (detail)from the editorLately Austin’s art community has been getting chummy with transition. Major changes, that within the next few years will dramatically change … Read More

MBG Issue #173: Into the Great Wide Open

Issue # 173Into the Great Wide OpenSeptember 2, 2011share with a friend:Shannon Ebner, Installation view at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, July 15 – October 9, 2011. Photography by Brian Forrest. (detail)from the editorThe ‘local’ has an increasing amount of cache these days. Applied to nearly everything in our lives from produce to politics, the local is, once again, the … Read More

MBG Issue #172: Zeros and Ones, Questions and Commas

Issue # 172Zeros and Ones, Questions and CommasJune 24, 2011share with a friend:“The question is whether criticism today is a statement about one’s beliefs at all. Cultural production is based on memory: we have known that since Plato. And today, I’d say, we have lost our memories, and memory has been replaced by Google. Instead of memorizing, we are Googling.” -Boris … Read More

MBG Issue #171: Think Jimmy Stewart

Issue # 171Think Jimmy StewartJune 10, 2011share with a friend:Tracey Moffatt, First Jobs: Pineapple Cannery 1978, 2008, Archival pigments on rice paper with gel medium, 28 x 36 inches. Courtesy of Artpace San Antonio and Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York. (detail)from the editorEven the most optimistic supporters of Austin’s expanding contemporary art scene can admit that it is suffering … Read More