Inside Jihyun Hong’s compact studio, the artist has sheathed a whole room in metallic silver. Only select objects are left naked, and they’re arranged to suggest uncanny moments.
It’s not the first silver room I remember at a Bushwick Open Studios. My favorite was the short-lived Lair Collective’s “Punctuated Equilibrium V. 2.0: American Chimera” installation at 134 Grattan Street in 2008, which you had to look at with 3-D glasses to get the full sparkling effect. It was surprising and physically inaccessible, forcing us to look at the space from behind a barrier.
Andy Warhol was the king of chintzy silver installations. His Factory studio forever identified his name with silver walls, as did his “Silver Clouds,” which he made out of a new, space-age material.
The most famous use of silver in art history is the Italian Renaissance painting manifesto by Filippo Brunelleschi, who proved perspective using two panels, one of which was burnished with silver where the sky should’ve been. The result — which involved a special arrangement of the two paintings — most likely looked cinematic to people in the Renaissance because the sky appeared to move in the reflection.
In Hong’s room, any sense of illusion is static, and the uncovered objects are perishable; set against the matte metallic backdrop, they create a sense that the whole space was placed in a deep freeze.
Lewis’s tattered canvases and pasted over drawings mirror a world in need of constant upkeep and repair.
Seeing the Toronto Biennial of Art through my daughter’s eyes helped me push past some of its challenges by experiencing it on a primordial level.
Installations by Jessica Campbell, Yasmine K. Kasem, Suchitra Mattai, Haleigh Nickerson, and Nyugen E. Smith are now on view at JMKAC in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
With its titular blend of Western culture and Asian ethnicity, Tyrus Wong’s “Chinese Jesus” painting embodies Asian American identity.
Prehistoric Planet is visually ambitious, but the docuseries often fails to contextualize those visuals for the curious viewer.
The first global survey dedicated to the use of clothing as a medium of visual art features works by 35 contemporary artists, including Nick Cave, Kent Monkman, Louise Bourgeois, and Mary Sibande.
Imelda Marcos and her husband were accused of plundering billions of dollars from the country.
Probably not, but it sure looks like one.
Who says tragedy has to be tragic? Co-presented with National Black Theatre, this fresh, Pulitzer-winning take on a classic centers Black joy and liberation.
I won’t bother you with talk about how obscenely decadent and out of touch the Frieze art fair is. And yet…
Curators Tahnee Ahtone, La Tanya S. Autry, Frederica Simmons, Dan Cameron, and Jeremy Dennis offered the public a window into their curatorial processes through the work they produced during their fellowships.
As part of Hyperallergic’s Emily Hall Tremaine Journalism Fellowship for Curators, Jeremy Dennis presents an exhibition to offer insight into his curatorial process.