Monthly Archives: February, 2008

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Platform2’s Failure Support Group

Tonight Platform2 hosted an event dubbed the Failure Support Group for a crowded hall of artists and friends. The event featured a series of artists presenting various failures from their lives. I am proud to admit that I presented a…

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BIG RED ON-THE-TOWN: MOBIUS

By BIG RED Friday, February 22nd, 2008 Candid snaps from a Big RED night on-the-town at Mobius for a performance by Jessica Rylan. Here is a short video of the performance:

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A REPORT FROM THE PHANTOM ZONE

By STEVE AISHMAN “The modernist age, of “one way, one truth, one city,” is dead and gone. The postmodernist age of “anything goes” is on the way out. Reason can take us a long way, but it has limits. Let…

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CHILDREN AND ART: INNOCENCE AND REALITY

By MONICA MCFAWN When I was a child, I remember being read “In the Troll Wood,” a strangely compelling picture book. Its characters were trolls, fairies and princesses–not exactly the most original subjects for a children’s book, yet there was…

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“THE WHITE CUBE”

By THOMAS MARQUET #29: This is a genuine grievance of mine with the Artforum. It’s like they’re hostile to the act of reading and want to make it as awkward as possible. -Tom Thomas Marquet is a cartoonist, sculptor, and…

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FROM BEYOND @ NEW YORK IS DEAD

By JASON DEAN In 2006, brothers Lucas and Jason Ajemian transcribed the Black Sabbath song ‘Into The Void’ backwards and arranged it for a classical orchestra. The piece, entitled ‘From Beyond,’ was scheduled to be performed 4 times in association…

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WORLD AS A STAGE @ THE ICA

By JAMES NADEAU “The spectacle cannot be understood either as a deliberate distortion of the visual world or as a product of the technology of the mass dissemination of images.” – Guy Debord It is tempting when entering the new…

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 4 YEARS AND COUNTING…

By MATTHEW NASH In October of 2006, Big RED & Shiny was included in the PRC|POV exhibition at the Photographic Resource Center. This show featured 30 artists, groups or companies that PRC members considered important for the future of photography…

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INTERVIEW WITH DARON MANOOGIAN OF HUAM

By JESS T. DUGAN Big Red & Shiny writer Jess T Dugan sits down with Daron Manoogian, Director of Communications at the Harvard University Art Museums (HUAM), home to the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Sackler Museums. Jess and Daron to discuss…

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Lee Walton artist talk this Friday

A few years ago, I was privileged to have my work included on Aspect: The Chronicle of New Media Art, alongside the work of Lee Walton. I knew a little of Lee’s work through his “Lee Walton vs. Shaquille O’Neill”…

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The Arts Policies of Presidential Candidates

Yesterday George Fifield sent along a link to the Arts Action Fund’s ArtVote website, which lists the arts positions of the various presidential candidates. As the field has narrowed, there are really only three or four that are relevant, but…

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David Claerbout at List Visual Arts Center

Belgian artist David Claerbout’s first museum survey exhibitition in the US will open this Friday at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center. In an article I wrote about his work in 2004, I summarized: “In his work, David Claerbout moves between…

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A CONVERSATION WITH SUSAN WIDES

By JESS T. DUGAN Jess T. Dugan: How did you begin making photographs? Susan Wides: My first photo project was a booklet of aerial photographs of the World’s Fair in 1965 shot from the Monorail while traveling above the spectacle!…

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WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF THE PHOTOGRAPH?

By MATTHEW NASH The invention of photography in the early nineteenth century is generally held to be the innovation that freed painting from its history as a representational medium and opened the door for a century of Modernist exploration. The…

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TRANSFORMATIONS @ GALLERY AT ELM STREET

By ROANNA FORMAN In her first show as curator, painter and installation artist Pamela Sheridan juxtaposes the works of three artists – painter Jeff Suarez, photographer Carol Gaudreau and her own – in a way that pretty much makes the…

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SEAN MICKA @ JUDI ROTENBERG GALLERY

By JON PETRO The Newbury Street art scene is pedestrian by location and concept. By which I mean, it’s neither dead or alive; it simply exists because of what it once was. It rarely shows any type of art that…

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CHIP HOOPER @ ROBERT KLEIN

By SCOTT ALBERG Chip Hooper’s ten silver prints, from the series New Zealand’s South Pacific and Tasman Sea, exhibited at the Robert Klein Gallery, are on first glance evocative of the hackneyed sublime one has come to expect from traditional…

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