The Dubai-based artist — who, in addition to his visual practice, has worked as a curator, filmmaker, and furniture designer — frames his work on view here as a “self- and social portrait,” containing drawings and mixed media works spanning the length of his life. The works are funny and, in both content and presentation, confessional, with a “fuckboy guide” available in one piece, and a note reading, “Could I be in love with her? The happiness makes him anxious. I was confused,” in another. Whether he’s speaking about himself or imagining something else entirely, there’s a consistent theme of laughing at and reflecting on the self.
Raina Belleau and Caleb Churchill at GRIN
In recalling a piece of weird American history, Raina Belleau and Caleb Churchill have created an immersive environment titled “Fantasia Colorado” examining the nature of memory and myth, fact and fiction. Shortly before the Civil War, Belleau explained to me, Jefferson Davis imported camels from places like Malta, Turkey, and Greece to develop the Camel Corp — there were no trains, and mules were inefficient travelers. During the war, Confederate soldiers released the camels into the desert, one with a corpse on its back; it traveled freely until it was killed. One can imagine the fables and stories that followed after people spotted a mystery animal carrying a dead man.
Belleau and Churchill reimagine the slain camel, its desert landscape, and, in a movement mirroring the famed Unicorn Tapestry, pay it homage with a wool carpet made by using punch needles, a style favored in Civil War-era US. The resulting effect is such that you get to enter the story yourself.
Whit Forrester at C.C. McKee
“Plants take the literal substance of God, which is light, and turn it into form,” Chicago artist Whit Forrester told me. His display at C.C. McKee, “Domesticating the Numinous,” reveres the houseplant, with photographs of friends’ plants — they look like intimate portraits, as if the plants were people, with golden halos — and actual plants on crates throughout, the room oxygenated with their chlorophyll and lit with a dim glow. Houseplants, Whit explains, are a product of colonization — a partial result of Europeans importing and then housing botanical specimens — and though the plants stay healthy, they’re never quite where they ought to be. Caught between a space between living freely and supporting the humans that care for them, Forrester’s plants are both ethereal connections to nature and grounded reminders to remember we’re all part of the same ecosystem.
Anita Glesta at ArtW.
I was mesmerized by Anita Glesta’s immersive installation. Constructed with dreamy projections and moving images, REVERIE is dedicated to the nature of the heart, intimacy, the clandestine, and the quiet things that happen in a hotel room. Couples intertwined and reaching for each other are projected onto the floor, where the bed would be; small videos built into pizza boxes are stored in a refrigerator; body parts, like feet and small hearts,come in the form of resin objects, drawings, or spinning images in a video projected on the wall. Glesta has included a sonogram of her own heartbeat, and the sound is comparable to entering a womb. Mirrors everywhere mean the images and sounds move around you, as if you were in a heart itself. I felt, momentarily, very sad, as if I, too, was longing for a beating heart with whom to share a pizza.
The Soothing Center, curated by Jesse Bandler Firestone
There are a few spaces at Satellite designed for holistic healing and decompression, like the Soothing Center, curated by Jesse Bandler Firestone. Some of the highlights include Mattia Casalegno’s “The Open,” a mask lined with the volatiles released by plants after they’ve been cut (the signal they send to other plants as a warning). The mask delays your breathing just slightly enough to enable you to hear your breath, inducing a subtle trance. Keren Moscovitch’s “The Space Between,” originally a durational performance, enables two people to enter a small chamber and place wooden cylinders between their bodies, holding them while gazing at each other until the pieces fall away — a lesson in stillness and support. The Institute for New Feeling’s “Air Freshener” releases Oxytocin into a bathroom, rendering the most mundane of places a therapeutic space.
Strange Genitals at Art F. City
Vaginas growing with flora, bubble-blowing breasts, toothed and monolithic beasts: the body parts here are sensuous and ridiculous. Art F. City’s exhibition is dedicated to the sometimes-awkward, sometimes contentious, and sometimes powerful nature of our private and not-so-private parts. Sophia Park’s bronze and copper “cock cages,” studded with jewels, are veritably beautiful, and lined along the bottom of a mirror for prime selfies. Jared Buckheister’s stoneware urinals, whose figures ask you to urinate in their mouths, look as if they were unearthed from an archeological dig. Phaan Howng’s phallic plaster beast is genuinely scary. I also liked Ga Hee Park’s oil painting, “Studio Visit,” in which a woman, surrounded by penises, seems to drool. Or cry.
New Orleans’s Les Provocateurs is a self-described “afro-futuristic erotica DIY queer cabaret.” For Satellite, they invited queer artist and ballet dancer Dangerous Rose (born Diem Massad Al-Jouni) to help turn the space, which also functioned as a gallery, into a makeshift strip club. I came for Rose’s strip tease and stayed for it, too, because it was beautiful. Seeing the body’s strength and capabilities, so empowered and vulnerable, can make a viewer feel empowered, too — if they’re willing to find power in their own body, shouldn’t we all? It was hard not to look at the work Rose danced around, as well, in all its striking contrast. Bibiana’s installation, “Make America Great Again,” was also strong: a set of archival photographs from the Library of Congress, including Japanese internment camps, Klu Klax Klan marches, and a sign offering to pay top dollar for slaves, all juxtaposed with Bibiana’s own, blood-red stenciled “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” graffiti. It says plenty without having to say much at all.
Satellite Art Show continues at the Parisian Hotel (1510 Collins Avenue,
Miami Beach) through Sunday, December 4.
Remembering the Migrants Who Died in US Detention
Artist Jackie Amézquita will lead a caravan of trucks with the names of the deceased to LA sites representing systems of oppression and solidarity for immigrants.
Mark Thomas Gibson’s Cartoons See the US Going Nowhere
If Thomas Nast, who is considered the “Father of the American Cartoon,” has an heir, it is Gibson, who goes one step further and elevates caricature and commentary into art.
LSU School of Art Grants Highest MFA Stipends in the Southern US
With funded assistantships, full tuition waivers, and generous stipends, Louisiana State University helps students lay the groundwork for a successful lifelong art practice.
Kahori Kamiya Transmutes Grief Into Play
Through artworks that encourage viewers to explore varied vantages, Kamiya conveys her accrued wisdom and experiences without the weight of their pain.
Maya Deren in Vivid Focus
Maya Deren: Choreographed for Camera depicts how the artist’s life and ideas cemented her place as a champion and influencer of culture.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago Offers Summer Art and Design Courses Online and On-Campus
Emerging and established artists can choose from over 50 Adult Continuing Education courses at one of the most influential art and design schools in the US.
AI Image Generators Finally Figured Out Hands
Midjourney fixed its inability to render hands realistically, one of the telltale signs of an image being AI-generated.
Lorraine O’Grady, Emily Jacir Among American Academy of Arts’s 2023 Awardees
Artist Faith Ringgold and scholar Helen Hennessy Vendler received this year’s gold medals.
IDSVA Offers a Non-Studio PhD in Visual Arts: Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Art Theory
With no campus, the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts is a truly nomadic institution, existing everywhere our students and faculty are.
MTV’s The Exhibit Needs a Cutthroat Judge
In episode three, the artists created works about the pandemic and bonded with each other, which is cute but doesn’t really make for good TV.
Cauleen Smith’s Drylongso Depicts a Bygone Oakland
Smith’s 1998 film exudes the DIY charm of a low-budget, first-time feature while keenly depicting the complexities of both race- and gender-related inequalities.
Tyler School of Art and Architecture Opens 2023 MFA Thesis Exhibition Series
Students working in diverse disciplines explore temporality, connectedness in time and space, and global reckonings. On view in Philadelphia.
Take Ai Weiwei’s Middle Finger Anywhere in the World
A new collaboration between the artist and Avant Arte invites users to flip the bird anywhere and everywhere on Google Maps.
This week, gifted DeSantis a “fascist” snowflake, NASA’s Webb telescope captures a supernova, corporatizing London’s creativity, and much more.