MBG Issue #180: Soft Packed For Infinity

Issue # st.itch October 9, 2020 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 season for being … Read More

MBG Issue #179: What’s Mine Is Ours

Issue # st.itch October 9, 2020 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 critics’ computer screens … Read More

MBG Issue #178: Any Port In A Storm

Issue # st.itch October 9, 2020 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 wasn’t enough of a … Read More

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

Issue # st.itch October 9, 2020 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 politics demand? We should also … Read More

MBG Issue #176: Have Gun Will Travel

Issue # st.itch October 9, 2020 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 labeled the Texas … Read More

MBG Issue #175: Mystic Truths & Offbeat Revelations

Issue # st.itch October 9, 2020 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 in a distinct position … Read More

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

Issue # st.itch October 9, 2020 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 few years will dramatically change … Read More

MBG Issue #173: Into the Great Wide Open

Issue # st.itch October 9, 2020 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 local is, once again, … Read More

Just Because 11.3: Teruko Nimura

Just Because 20.1How a House Works… Andy Coolquitt 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 … Read More

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

Issue # st.itch October 9, 2020 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, we are Googling.” -Boris Groys from … Read More