Published June 9, 2010 by Molly
Sarah De Bondt has done a whole bunch of things we could praise, but we’re gonna hunker down and focus on a few for now.
Her project The Free Library appeared a few years ago in New York and Philadelphia, and was based loosely on a film (La Chinoise) by Jean-Luc Godard. Erase any thoughts of pretense from your mind, however: the traveling installation turned each gallery into a functional library-type space where visitors were encouraged to hang out, browse books, lounge on beanbags and explore the space.
“Overthrowing the King in His Own Mind” is another highlight of the De Bondt oeuvre, a persimmon-colored catalogue, poster and invitation to an exhibition at Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Switzerland. Finally, we suggest checking out Wiels, De Bondt’s ongoing work for the new contemporary art center in Brussels.
Published May 18, 2010 by Molly
Eastside Projects is an artist-run space and public gallery in Birmingham, UK. The group commissions experimental contemporary art and hosts rad exhibitions as part of a project to serve the public good. Cool, no? The current exhibition is a collection of work by the London-based artist group known as hobbypopMUSEUM, who specialize in site-specific installations that combine sound, performance, film, and painting.
Eastside Projects has also released a bunch of awesome publications (above is an excerpt from Keith Wilson’s “What is Industry?”) including beautiful exhibition catalogs. Drop by if you’re lucky enough to be in the hood, or explore the website if you’re not. Either way, a productive experience.
Published April 15, 2010 by Molly
Oh boy oh boy oh boy. Is there anything more exciting than discovering a promising small press of exacting standards and prolific output? (That’s a rhetorical question.) Napa Press has been publishing art books and graphic novels and hosting flipbook competitions since 1997, and it’s still going strong. Managed by artist Jenni Rope and a gallery board, the press is rooted in a gallery and shop in the heart of Helsinki and supplements its bound output with limited posters and prints by Napa artists.
The creativity stemming from Napa is astounding and never-ending. There are egg-painting parties, illustration exhibitions, animation DVDs, documentary photo books and so much more. Check out the web shop here, or hey! Why not take a stroll past the gallery in Google maps to round out your conception of it?