MBG Issue #180: Soft Packed For Infinity

Issue # 180Soft Packed For Infinity December 16, 2011 share 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 editor T’is the … Read More

MBG Issue #179: What’s Mine Is Ours

Issue # 179What’s Mine Is Ours December 2, 2011 share 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 editor There’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 … Read More

MBG Issue #178: Any Port In A Storm

Issue # 178Any Port In A Storm November 11, 2011 share 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 editor Here in the northeast the days are getting noticeably shorter. If an October snowstorm … Read More

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

Issue # 177We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat October 28, 2011 share with a friend: mbg dollar. Image courtesy of …might be good. from the editor Arts 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 … Read More

MBG Issue #176: Have Gun Will Travel

Issue # 176Have Gun Will Travel October 14, 2011 share 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 editor For all practical purposes I set out with this issue looking to make a series of observations regarding what’s … Read More

MBG Issue #175: Mystic Truths & Offbeat Revelations

Issue # 175Mystic Truths & Offbeat Revelations September 30, 2011 share 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 editor Arts capacity to reveal a set of truths—or fictions for that matter—places it … Read More

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

Issue # 174The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Again) September 16, 2011 share 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 editor Lately Austin’s art community has been getting chummy with transition. Major changes, that within the next … Read More

MBG Issue #173: Into the Great Wide Open

Issue # 173Into the Great Wide Open September 2, 2011 share 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 editor The ‘local’ has an increasing amount of cache these days. Applied to nearly everything in our lives from produce to politics, the … Read More

Just Because 11.3: Teruko Nimura

Just Because 11.3Spaces Between Teruko Nimura July 10th – August 7th, 2011 share with a friend: Image courtesy of the artist. Photo credit: Maia Assaf Project Details Overview About the Artist As an artist, Teruko Nimura is interested in the commonalities among human experiences and the ways that we use symbols and rituals to create collective memory. Spaces Between is an investigation … Read More

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

Issue # 172Zeros and Ones, Questions and Commas June 24, 2011 share 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, … Read More