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Bye, Bye 2005


John Haber
Art critic John Haber says farewell to 2005 in Critic's Diary on his site, Haberarts


12.31.05 — BYE, BYE 2005

Before welcoming in the new year comes my favorite part of the celebrating—that long exhale of rest and relief from the old. You must be hoping that I shall not again have a year like this one again.

United We Stand Review


United We StandPostmasters Gallery

Review of THING.residency artists  0100101110101101.ORG, "United We Stand," Dec. 10-23, 2005 & Jan. 3-21, 2006, at Postmasters Gallery, 459 W. 19th St., New York, N.Y. 10011 

What I Did Today: 11/16/05


Bored at the Death Star I ventured out today:

Somehow I missed out on the  Mike Kelley gene  because I've never thought much of his work even though I do admit to a bit of sympathy for what he tries to do. Alas, there's no sparks, not even in the acres and acres of work now at Gagosian in Chelsea titled "Day is Done". I do admit that he's got the whole schizophrenic market cornered but others do it much more economically. And what's with the ridiculous report on the opening by David Rimanelli on the Artforum site:

Liberty, fraternity and equality...


GH and I were talking about this just this morning  at breakfast and he came to the same conclusion, that the riots in France not about poverty or religion but about the police.


November 9, 2005

Inside French Housing Project, Feelings of Being the Outsiders

ÉVRY, France, Nov. 8 - Amin Kouidri, 20, has been hunting for a job for more than two years now and spends his days drifting around a government housing project here under the watchful gaze of France's national police.

Review of Nicolas Schöffer Exhibition by Joseph Nechvatal


Review of
Nicolas Schöffer Exhibition
Espace EDF Electra
6, rue Recamier 75007 Paris
Until September 11th, 2005

If one discounts the existence of László Moholy-Nagy’s Bauhaus Light Space Modulator (1923-30) (rebuilt in 1970 and now in the collection of Harvard University's Busch-Reisinger Museum) – a visionary multimedia artwork that helped inaugurate the artistic dialogue between machines, light, shadow and motion - there is something to the claim that the Hungarian-born French artist Nicolas Schöffer (1912-1992) is 'the Father of Cybernetic Art'. At the very least this premise may now be entertained while viewing actual work (mostly mobile sculpture under theatrical lighting effects) and an incredible amount of documentation now on view in Paris at the museum of the French electricity company Espace EDF Electra.

"R&Sie(n)'s Dandy & Mutant A-life Architecture" by Joseph Nechvatal


R&Sie(n)’s Dandy & Mutant A-life Architecture
by Joseph Nechvatal

R&Sie(n)’s exhibition “I’ve heard about…©” opened on the 6th of July at the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris‘s temporary space at the Couvent des Cordeliers - and I think it is one of the most relevant exhibitions to what is going on in art today that is of importance. R&Sie(n) is an investigational architectural firm consisting of François Roche, Stéphanie Lavaux, and Jean Navarro; working here with Benoît Durandin. Together, they utilize generative heterogeneous mutations in the creation of proposed utopian city spaces. In fact what they propose at the Musee d’Art Moderne is the artificial growing of extruded urban housing (generative & robotic) - where new cities are constructed via robotic processes by feeding off the carcasses of older dying cities. Very viral. Envisioned is an approach to city planning based on growth scripts and open algorithmic procedures. Towards these ends the show itself includes some subtle audio tracts, model-sculptures, a fully immersive hypnosis chamber with video monitors, booking services, 3D movies and robotic drawings/plans that reveal the source code of the generative program at the heart of their work.

Short Review of Code 46 by Blackhawk


I missed it in the theaters last year, (in case it ever was in the theaters), but last night I screened Michael Winterbottom's flim-before-film-before-last & I think it cements his status as my fave working director right now. It's called "Code 46" & it is something I'd never contemplated & wasn't sure was even possible, a cyberpunk love story.

I saw A SoaPOPera for iMacs

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Hey, I saw this show too and it was great. Except I thought it should have occupied the whole space of the Galerie du Jeu de Paume instead of coupling it with a truly misplaced thingy (can't call this an exhibition really) about Charlie Chaplin. I hope the Galerie never indulges again in such audience seeking excesses, Chaplin was drawing lots of people indeed.

Elizabeth Neel Strung Up

Strung Up

A vital fusion of abstraction and representation is shrewdly inter-weft in the paintings of Elizabeth Neel. At Gasser and Grunert, her first New York solo exhibition, is a series of oil on canvas, aggressively gushing from the walls, with titles like Strung Up, Popped Off, Sucked Up and Flushed Out.

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